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Gown Designer Profile: Vinka Design

Image by Kate Little for Harlow Garland

Image by Adelina Photography for Harlow Garland

Image by Kate Little 

Image by Angela Taylor 

Image by Adelina

Image by Kate Little 

Image by Angela Taylor 

With so many silhouettes, lengths, fabrics and necklines, the world of wedding gowns can be an overwhelming one often brides have a portfolio of gowns in a certain look that they absolutely must have, and often, they're let down when they find the style just doesn't suit them.

This is where it pays to go to someone who knows gowns, who understands your form and how best to flatter it.

Whenever we want gowns, we head straight to see Anita at Vinka Design. Not only are each of her many gowns a handcrafted masterpiece but Anita is the ultimate designer - she knows exactly what will look good and what won't.

Anita lives and breathes bridal gowns, she's a second generationdesigner with her mother, Vinka - the company's namesake, having been the go-to designer in her time. Vinka's care and attention to detail was passed on to Anita who has grown her skillbase and eye for design to a whole other level.

We've taken models and brides alike to see Anita and everytime, they leave the appointment floating on air. Even if they had a certain idea going in, they're never 'let down' that a certain style won't suit and Anita's talent for knowing her gowns and knowing what will look best on your figure means that every bride is given the utmost in care and attention until they're happy with their gown.

Vinka Design have also helped many a bride who has ordered online only to be devastated by the quality or fit of their purchase and have headed to Vinka dEsign to find something they can truly fall in love with.

As well as a plethora of ready-to-wear gowns hanging on the racks, Vinka Design create bespoke gowns to cater to your dream wedding vision. Whether it's a plain bohemian style gown for a rustic country wedding or an opulent Victorian style lace gown with beading, she can create it.

A trip to Vinka Design is an absolute delight and is reminiscent of all those stunning bridal boutiques you see in film that are so lacking in real life. Wandering down a hallway adorned with photos of past brides wearing Vinka Design creations you're greeted by a palette of soft feminine tones and racks of gowns in all manner of white tone, texture, glitz and femininity.

A comfortable consultation corner awaits with a stack of wedding magazines to peruse and the counters of wedding accessories are enough to make you swoon until you see the sheer selection of laces and fabrics just waiting for you to fall in love. The workroom is also on site and is constantly buzz with busy fingers meticulously stitching beads onto delicate lace.

This post shows a small selection of the gowns we've sourced from Vinka Design, as you can see, the variety is wide, the detail impeccable and the beauty of these gowns, striking.

If you're at the gown-buying stage, Vinka Design should definitely be your first and last stop. The gowns are incredible and won't cost you a house deposit, the service is impeccable and the craftsmanship unmatched - don't just take our word for it though, head in for a consultation, no commitment required, to see what we're talking about, feel that confidence and bask in your wedding gown hunting glory.

Vinka Design

Level 1, 242 Queen Street, Auckland

(09) 300 3047

Vinka Design at the Look Good Feel Better Charity Show

We love this image by @vinkadesign taken backstage at the Look Good Feel Better charity show yesterday. The model wears the 'Charlotte' gown, one of the gowns we used in our Industrial Winter themed styled shoot recently. 

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Behind the Scenes: Industrial Winter Styled Shoot

This shoot was by far our favourite yet and also our busiest. As well as sourcing the elements, we also created some ourselves, like the candelabra and votives made from copper pipe fittings, the floral arrangements, the hinge placemarkers and the handpainted favour cakes. 

We had a truly wonderful assortment of vendors for this shoot who were an absolutely pleasure to work with! 

Kate Little Photography was our first photographer with Flynn Gough acting as second shooter on film, digital and Polaroid. 

Robyn Munro from Inspired Hair twirled up a storm of follicle fabulousness on our models while Meagan Rawlings perfected the palette of our model canvases. 

The incredible gowns were once again supplied by Vinka Design- the absolute best in bridal couture. The suits were sourced from Munns (Lavinia at Botany Munns is your go-to girl for all things suits!) while the bridesmaid attire was sourced from Alannah Hill in Newmarket - garments, we're STILL getting compliments on from those involved. 

We sourced the chairs from The Great Hiring Co, the gold cutlery and festoon lights from The Pretty Prop Shop, those incredible dinner plates and angular champagne flutes from The Studio of Tableware and the rest we sourced or created ourselves.

Check out the behind the scenes pics below as well as our fabulous behind the scenes video by Aidan Rogers Videography!

Industrial Winter Styled Shoot

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In an effort to inspire brides coming into the winter season, we sought to build upon a platform of greys and soft greens by introducing complementary industrial elements: antique light fittings, hinges, copper, pipe connections, and gold cutlery, focusing on the open palms at each setting. Vibrant red draping marks the ceremony space, lit delicately by the glow of the bulbs, and the assortment of unique blooms and dried flowers intermingled with moss-covered sticks lend grand texture and warmth to the sparse open space..

To view the full album of images, please head over to our Facebook page or to our Galleries.

Styling, floristry, custom props and shoot direction: Harlow Garland -

Photos: Kate Little Photography

Thanks to: Vinka Design, Ponsonby Central, Munns, Alannah Hill, Meagan Rawlings Makeup Artist, Inspired Hair, The Studio of Tableware, The Pretty Prop Shop, The Great Hiring Company, Create + Curate Design Studio.

Old World Winter Styled Shoot

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Combining Mudbrick's old-world feel and our model's Macedonian heritage, we sought to evoke an almost Medieval opulence to inspire our brides coming into the winter season with a plentiful bounty of lush blooms in rich jewel tones, invoking the senses with touches of fur, brass, pomegranate and tamarillo, the roar of the open fire and the scent of mulled wine, accented by the classical Versace Medusa at each place setting.

Check out the full gallery of images on our Facebook page or in our Galleries.

Styling & Floristry: Harlow Garland 

Photos: Angela Taylor Photography


Thanks to: Vinka Design, Mudbrick Vineyard, Munns, Island Beauty, Lindsey Lampert Hair and The Studio of Tableware.