Dressing for your Venue

Dressing for your Venue

Dressing for your VenueYour wedding is ultimately one of the most important days of your life, but it should also be the most enjoyable. Once you’ve decided on your venue, everything else should fall into place., including your outfit.

The dress

The wedding dress is the one fashion item all young girls dream of, and although the style of dress may change as you grow older and your tastes change, it remains an important decision and a dream buy.

You of course want to buy a dress that suits your figure, and makes you feel as beautiful as you look on your big day but you must consider where you are getting married before getting too carried away.

Beach weddings would mean that heavy fabric and tight corsets are a no go, instead you should consider light fabrics that flow. Tight fitting may be flattering to your figure but after hours under the sun could cause unflattering scenarios (no one wants sweat patches in their wedding photos).

Church weddings: Ok, so I know this is a very broad term, but some churches are very old, and very, very cold, especially in the colder months. A strapless, light fabric dress may cause unwanted discomfort.

These are only a couple of examples, but ensure you consider your own comfort when purchasing that dream dress.

The shoes

There are so many things to consider when buying wedding shoes such as the height the style and the colour that brides often forget about the environment they will be wearing their shoes in.

If your wedding is outside, make sure you consider the ground you will be walking on, cobbles and grass don’t go well with stilettos. Don’t worry too much if you want to keep the height of heels, as wedged wedding shoes can give height and stability!

Dressing for your VenueThe flowers

Flowers aren’t usually considered part of the wedding outfit, but you will be holding them in photographs and down the aisle. You may also want your groom to have a flower in their lapel.

The flowers are usually picked to match the colour scheme, but they can be integrated with the venue too, especially if you’ve gone for something a little more unusual. Try matching the colours of the venue itself, look at the carpet and wall colours.

What time of year is it? Sunflowers in Summer would make beautiful and unique photographs. Similarly, Red flowers such as Red roses contrast beautifully with white (Not to mention they are a national symbol of romance and love).

Your wedding day should be a happy and memorable experience. Relax and think logically, but don’t forget to enjoy every moment from picking the venue to trying on the dresses, to saying ‘I do’.

Author – Molly Jones

Molly is a Marketing assistant at Pink Paradox London. Molly has always been interested in fashion, specifically shoes, and regularly writes content for both Pink Paradox and Benjamin Adams. Pink Paradox London is a global brand supplying high quality, comfortable wedding shoes suitable for all seasons. Starting as a family run business over 30 years ago, today Pink is an award winning brand and regarded as one of the leading bridal footwear providers in the world.



Lainee Hermsen

Lainee Hermsen

Lainee HermsenAfter 10 years of working individually with brides, Lainee Hermsen has launched an affordable and accessible collection of bespoke gowns.

Available through her unique ‘virtual reality’ ordering and measuring system, the collection ‘Haarlem in bloom’ has been designed with the intention of providing gowns for all shapes, styles and personalities of brides. Her website www.laineehermsen.co.nz includes skype fittings, tips and tricks articles and more. All the gowns are basic designs that can be tweaked for each individual.

Lainee intends to share her bridal couture skills and knowledge to an international level.

‘I love working with each individual bride and I don’t want to loose that part of my work by selling online.

All in all making it a special and personlised experience for both Lainee and the Bride to be!


Unveiling the Veil

Unveiling the Veil

Unveiling the VeilUnveiling the Veil

by Anita Turner-Williams

One of the most beautiful accessories a bride can wear is a veil. It is one of the oldest bridal accessories – around the Middle Ages they were worn to protect the bride from evil spirits. Nowadays veils serve many other purposes; with a veil, you are adding drama, elegance, softness and balance to your look. This seemingly simple snippet of fabric can do wonders for accessorising and, if chosen with care, can become a defining element of your bridal look.

The first thing to think about when considering a veil is how it will compliment your dress. The style of your gown should be the deciding factor on whether or not you wear a veil and, should you choose to wear one, the cut of the veil should be determined with care. For example, if the back of your gown has been designed to wow, you’re not likely to want to shield it from view with a long-trailing veil. If you have a gown with a detailed back, chances are you’ll either go for a small hair accessory or nothing at all. It’s important to be aware that this will vary from gown to gown and is best decided upon while trying on the finished dress so that you can see for yourself what it will look like on the day. This will also help with determining the finer details about the veil, such as trimmings and decorations.

For an added touch, veils can be edged with ribbon or lace and decorated with hand-crafted fabric flowers or diamantes to emulate the detailing of your gown and add extra flourish to your look.

Once you’ve decided to wear a veil, the next thing to think about is the fabric the veil is made from. To best compliment any gown, veils should be made in the finest of tulles, either of silk or nylon. Some veils – usually those found online – are made of net, which is coarse, stiff and generally unflattering. You need to be wise to the fact that there are different qualities when searching both in-store and online.

Aside from complimenting the gown you are wearing, the style of your wedding can also be enhanced by a veil. Different types of veils can play a dramatic role in embellishing the atmosphere of the era that inspires your look and your wedding. Vintage-themed weddings in particular are hugely popular and well-suited to veils, though the particular style varies with the decade. A simple gown, as seen in the seventies, will be stunning with a lace edge, whereas layered short veils echo the fifties.

Most brides seeking a modern look tend to opt for simple and long. This style is commonly favoured over other styles as it will work best, flatter and add elegance and drama to most types of gowns and weddings. Every year, at least two or three of my brides will come in with their family veil. Often it was worn by Mum or Nana and is truly beautiful, (some bring in veils that were bought from my mum, Vinka!). It may be a little worse for wear with a few holes, but these vintage veils (which are usually embroidered) bring a very special family connection to the wearer and cause a few happy tears!

The veil is of course a hair accessory, so naturally your hairstyle will have to form a part of your discussion. Some important questions to consider include whether or not to wear your hair up or down, and how to fasten the veil. Most veils are attached with a comb, while more traditional styles such as the Spanish mantilla are draped over the head and secured with pins or hair clips.

Choosing whether or not to wear a veil and further deciding on the right one for you is a surprisingly weighty choice that can take many by surprise. If you are having trouble in making a choice, the best advice is to keep an open mind and talk it through with your gown designer. With the help of their experience you’ll end up with a veil that suits you perfectly.

Ultimately, remember that the veil is a prop that is there to make you look and feel like the bride of your dreams – you shouldn’t settle for anything less, and your photographer will love you for it!



Glamour Gowns

Glamour Gowns

The rise of Glamour Boutique, the event-wear specialist with a cutting edge, and exclusive NZ stockist of Tadashi Shoji.

Established in 2012, Glamour Boutique is the destination for the f

ashion conscious in search of standout pieces for special events.

Recently a nalist in ve categories at the Newmarket Business Association Awards, including Retailer of the Year, Best Innovation of the Year, Best Customer Experience, Young Business Person of the Year and People’s Choice (which they won) – Glamour Boutique is now recognised as being at the forefront of fashion when it comes to special event-wear in New Zealand.

Clients are invited to work alongside Glamour’s experienced stylists so that women of all shapes and sizes can feel glamorous and stylish. With a mix of ne fabrications, superior craftsmanship and luxurious details, Glamour’s ethos is not to sell to, but rather to style.

Director Charone Mackessack has created a shopping environment that is spacious, contemporary and luxurious, with all team members trained in styling. She offers an in-store experience thatexceeds clients’ expectations, and the boutique continues to build on its already impressive reputation.

The team found that they were constantly being questioned by clients on the best place to get hair or make-up done, or what shoes and accessories would suit the gown they had chosen? The introduction of The Style Space at the sensational Newmarket store has meant that customers can now enjoy a complete experience with the following on offer:

– Complete The Look / Event Make-Up – Closed Door Shopping Experience
– Special Event Styling

Stockists of luxe brands such as Tadashi Shoji, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Badgeley Mischka and Black Halo, clients are able to experience looks straight from the catwalks of New York Fashion Week, with pieces hand-picked on regular overseas buying trips to New York and Los Angeles.

If you’re a bride who likes to be a little non-traditional, Glamour should be your rst stop. All members of your bridal party are sure to be guided towards just the right look, and the bridesmaids will dazzle in some of New Zealand’s best gowns!


Trish Peng

Trish Peng


For Trish Peng, 2016 is about exploring the four elements of water, wind, re and earth.

Encapsulating the gowns in their most natural form, the campaign was shot at Cable Bay vineyard, creating ethereal and un-orchestrated images.

Trish Peng made her latest collection for the modern bride; creating elegant, timeless silhouettes as well as extravagant, full gowns for that lasting impression.

Fabrics of silk satin, tulle, French lace and embellishments of Swarovski crystals and pearls bring elegant touches of luxury to every gown.

Hand sketched by Peng for each bride, every dress is custom made for the perfect t.


Trish Peng stole the limelight today at wedding show section of New Zealand Fashion Week, closing with a custom made red lace dress featuring a 20-meter train.

The dress took over 120-hours to create and was lovingly crafted from Christian Dior lace own all the way from France. The vintage lace was embellished with Swarovski crystals and featured a 20-meter silk tulle train.

Trish collaborated with Anna Marguerite to create the gold headpiece and feature shoulder-clasp.


Natalie Chan

Natalie Chan


With an aesthetic steeped rmly in feminine romance, Natalie has created a capsule bridal collection encompassing her signature style. Gowns are uid with winsome detailing and are included alongside an assortment of charming separates, perfect for the contemporary bride and her bridal party – think tted lace tops, slim cut modern bodices, gathered tulle skirts and voluminous silk dupion skirts with deep pockets. A palette of ivory, dove grey and rose-pink is used, while textured tulle, quality silks and ne laces add just the right amount of whimsy.

All of the designs are handcrafted in Natalie’s Auckland atelier and are available in a size range from 8-14

Photography: Kirsty Peta Stone, assisted by Kimberly Elizabeth Location: Smith & Caughey’s Lippincott Dining Room
Flowers & Bouquets: Cartier for Flowers
Glassware & Candles: Creative Style

Ribbons: Feathers & Stone
Hair: Dry and Tea
Makeup: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Shoes: Mi Piacci

Models: Nicole & Zoe, Unique Model Management


The Unveiling

The Unveiling


By Alison Brewer


Veils have been used over the centuries for various reasons, even shielding a woman’s identity as she rushed to meet her lover.

Brides once used to wear their hair flowing down their back at their wedding to symbolise their virginity and bridal beauty … oh, how things have evolved … or have they?

In the 19th century, wedding veils came to symbolise not only the woman’s virginity, but also her modesty. After the full conclusion of the wedding ceremony, often the bride’s father would lift the veil, thus giving the bride to the groom who would then kiss his new wife. Sometimes the new groom would lift the face veil in order to kiss his new bride, symbolising his taking of her and his right to enter into conjugal relations with her. In these instances, the lifting of the veil was a ritualistic act.

In the dance of the seven veils, the veil was used for mystery and to hint at sensuality, framing the body and accentuating movements. Did you know that in some parts of West Africa men wear veils, albeit for protection from the heat and sands. In countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh the man’s veil, referred to as a Sehra and typically made of flowers or beads, is worn on his wedding day.

In Roman times brides were thought to have worn an intensely flame-coloured and fulsome veil, called the flammeum, apparently intended to protect her from evil spirits on her wedding day. Just imagine if that was still standard practice with today’s colour coordinating and styling!

Modern brides choose more elaborate hair styles for their big day with the hair itself becoming an accessory, created to be on display. Yet quite often this is hidden for the majority of the wedding day proceedings by the veil.

Brides today have the option of many veil styles, from Angel-cut and birdcage to mantillas and bandeaus. The styles and lengths are endless and can be selected to suit your dress, your personality and any cultural or religious beliefs you may follow.

So, the question remains … to veil or not to veil?





by Anita Turner-Williams

If you love lace, you’re not alone. This feminine fabric has a history that is thought to date back to the early sixteenth century. Because lace evolved from so many techniques, it’s hard to say where it originated, but Venice was where the first lace pattern books were printed around 1550. By the 1600’s, lace was being made across Europe including France and England.

Once the fabric of noblemen and royalty, often woven with gold or silver, the popularity of lace spread, spurred on by the industrial revolution. By the late 1800’s, virtually all laces were machine made and it wasn’t long before handmade lace production had virtually disappeared.

Lace and the royals, especially royal weddings, go hand-in-hand. Queen Victoria was often seen draped in lace from head to toe. The Spanish also love lace, and mantillas are worn in a range of colours. Let’s not forget Grace Kelly whose lace veil and sleeves had women across the globe racing to follow suit.

Prada’s use of lace in their 2008/9 Collection started a lace renaissance that has yet to wane, as evidenced by the Sarah Burton for McQueen dress worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day.

There was a time when Vinka herself used to import directly, and wholesale a fabulous range of lace. She made regular trips to Europe, sometimes taking me with her, to visit some of the top textile and lace houses in the world. Times have changed, however, with the market shrinking and much of the world’s manufacturing being done in bulk in Asia.

Designers in New Zealand are lucky to still see the best of what Europe and the world has to offer, with representatives from some of major textile houses visiting us a few times a year to tempt us with an amazing array of samples from their latest collections. We order and the laces are made! Some of the European laces are beaded in Asia, simply to keep the costs down.

Luckily we have some very talented importers based in NZ who develop and produce a beautiful range of laces through Asia, giving us more options at very reasonable prices. Brides have never had it so good – so much choice and quality!

You don’t choose lace because it’s French, English or Italian, or that matter Chinese, or American; rather for the subtle finishes and effects that each lace provides. Beaded or not beaded is another consideration, and only the bride knows what she’s happy with.

The funny thing is many of the lace designs we see today are the same as what was on offer back in the early 20th Century. It’s highly likely your Nana could have had the same lace! The difference now is that we have options, not just in the design of the lace, but also how the lace is developed, whether or not it’s beaded, and with what, corded, and colours. No wonder the love affair with lace continues!



Cultural Couture Fashion Shoot

Cultural Couture Fashion Shoot

Photography Chris Dillon, www.dillon.co.nz

Hair & Makeup Nicki Collett, www.nickicollett.com

Models Tihi King, Alex Sogno

Cultural Couture

Cultural Couture
Shona Tawhiao, www.tawhiao.com
Te Wai Manuka by Norwin NZ, www.norwinnz.co.nz
Kiri Nathan, www.kirinathan.com
Shirts & Waistcoats: Te Wai Manuka by
Norwin NZ, Embroidered by: Empro Stitch Media, www.empro.co.nz
Bouquets & flowers: www.artiflax.co.nz, www.flaxation.co.nz
Pounamu: www.kirinathan.com
Jewellery: Lisa Tamati, www.lisatamati.co.nz
Hosts: www.hamuranalodge.com
On location in Rotorua: Mitai, www.mitai.co.nz
Te Puia, www.tepuia.com
Hamurana Springs

Wild West Coast Fashion Shoot

Wild West Coast Fashion Shoot

Wild West Coast Fashion Shoot

Photography Chris Dillon, www.dillon.co.nz

Hair & Makeup Nicki Collett, www.nickicollett.com

Model Claire Cachijiyan

Wild West Coast Fashion Shoot
Vinka Design, www.vinkadesign.co.nz
Wild West Coast Fashion Shoot
(Opposite) Gown Bridal Brilliance, www.bridalbrilliance.co.nz
(Top) Gown Bridal Brilliance, www.bridalbrilliance.co.nz
(Bottom) Gown Vinka Design, www.vinkadesign.co.nz
Jewels Clara Jewellery, www.clarajewellery.co.nz
Wild West Coast Fashion Shoot
(Opposite) Gown Vinka Design, www.vinkadesign.co.nz
Necklace worn as hairpiece & earrings Clara Jewellery, www.clarajewellery.co.nz
(Top) Gown Vinka Design, www.vinkadesign.co.nz
(Bottom) Gown Bridal Brilliance, www.bridalbrilliance.co.nz
Wild West Coast Fashion Shoot
(Opposite) Gown & Hairpiece Jane Yeh, www.jane-yeh.com
(Top Left) Gown & Hairpiece: Jane Yeh, www.jane-yeh.com
(Top Right) Gown Bridal Brilliance, www.bridalbrilliance.co.nz
(Bottom) Gown & Hairpiece Jane Yeh, www.jane-yeh.com
Chair Cavalli Interiors, T: 09 236 3205
Jewellery Clara Jewellery, www.clarajewellery.co.nz