When Rupi came to visit us she was always in a happy mood. We loved meeting all her sisters who were very supportive and friendly. Rupi got married in the St Paul’s cathedral in front of 300 guests. What a pleasure it has been working with her to make her dream wedding dress.
Photo by Elise @37153_
We had previously made a dress for Summer's sister and now it was her turn. Throughout the whole process we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the family as various members came to different fittings. Summer got married in a friend's farm in Otaki to Josh on a beautiful warm day.
Photo by Yvonne Liew
Managed to pull together a wedding the day before lockdown! Immediately after the announcement was made, Kaia rang to ask if it was going to be possible to come and get her dress the next day, as rather than postpone the wedding, she was doing the opposite and bringing it forward.
She married her partner Austin in the garden of her celebrant with a few close friends and their two little girls. They still plan on having a larger celebration later on with all the family and more friends, so Kaia gets to wear her dress twice!
Photo by Nature in Sync photography
Uella was taken by helicopter to snow capped mountains for her Queenstown wedding. She looked absolutely stunning in a slim lined silk satin gown with a three quarter sleeved top in our Viola lace. Uella said that her wedding day was magical and she had a massive amount of compliments on her dress.
Photo by Warren Williams
Sarah originally came to us for alterations on a dress that she had gone to Auckland to purchase. Bit by bit though, she fell in love with our dresses and ended up with a totally new dress that she felt happy and comfortable in.
Her dress featured an applique neckline and a scalloped lace edge on the cap sleeves and hem of her lace top. She wore this over a full floaty silk skirt with a low back which looked stunning under the lace.
Sarah was married at Boomrock and her lovely photos are by Billie Brook.
Sarah had this to say: Andy and I got married last week and the dress was amazing! I felt so great and comfy in it, so thank you and Prida again for making me such a wonderful dress and lace top.
Kelsey looked gorgeous in our Villa Lace dress over the Satin Mountain top dress, this is what she said about her day;
Our big day was incredible I loved how it all came together and wearing my dress was one of my favourite parts of the day! I got 10,000 complements on it too - I'm so grateful for all of your and Prida's hard work, it was my dream dress.
Photo by David James Picture Taker
I met Kylee only five weeks before her wedding day! She had already bought a beautiful dress to wear and even had the alterations done. However, she decided at the last minute, that for her wedding day, she actually wanted something made for her that would be really special. Kylee chose a simple silk satin dress in an oyster colour which we embellished with an old Hollywood style belt.
Kylee and I discovered that we had lots in common and I loved hearing all her stories including the ones from after the wedding.
She was married in the old wooden chapel at El Rancho in Waikanae, she said that she had a great time at the wedding and everyone loved her dress.
-Emma Monaghan Photography.
Jess had a small winter wedding and ended up with two options of lace tops so that she could be flexible with weather. Here she is wearing the Jessica Lace Top which is just perfect for her!
Photo by Sarah McEvoy
Milly visited us in the studio one Friday on the hunt for a dress that would fit with the bohemian aesthetic she had planned for her wedding. She found what she was after in the Jessica dress and we made her one with long sleeves, a low back and pearl button detailing.
Milly married her childhood sweetheart in the grounds of the school where they met, which made a stunning setting styled with persian rugs, hay bales vintage sofas and a Toi Toi arch.
Hey! The day was amazing but the dress was BETTER!!!! I can't thank you enough for doing such a beautiful job!
Our lovely Scottish bride Mari looked beautiful in a blush pink silk dress overlaid with our Aimee lace. She had pearl buttons to fasten it up the back and a gorgeous neckline which we created by hand cutting and sewing on the lace motifs.
Mari Said she had an amazing wedding day and that the dress was a huge part of it.
She was married at Foxglove and her photos were taken by Rainer Macalister from Golden Light Photography
Siobhan came to us with an open mind about her wedding dress but an idea that she may like a soft bridal colour other than ivory or white. We pulled out a piece of blush coloured crepe de chine and paired that with our Aimee lace and knew we had a winning look. We made Sihoban’s dress with a full floaty silk skirt, and her lace top with long sleeves and a hand applique neckline.
She was married at the Short Straw Cafe in Whitmans Valley and these stunning photos by Rachel Sarah photography are taken on the tree lined road leading up to the venue.
Sihoban emailed us after the wedding and said:
"Thank you so much for designing the most beautiful dress for our wedding day. I felt incredibly elegant in my one of a kind dress.
Everyone commented on the colour and the beauty of it.
Thank you for meeting all the things I was looking for in a dress and more."
Bonnie’s dress belonged to her late Mother and had been lovingly stored away for her by her grandmother. It was a great honour that she chose me to cut such a special dress and recreate it to be just right for her and her wedding day.
Bonnie had a beautiful wedding filled with creative personality. She made the bouquets and flower crowns herself and her bridesmaids wore an array of colour and style that suited them as individuals.
Bonnie got in touch after the big day and said “ I just wanted to thank you again for making my wedding dress so beautiful! We shared the most magical and heartwarming day with all our loved ones, giving us precious memories we all treasure"
Photo by Sarah- Lee photography.
Naomi looked stunning in her Renaissance Lace dress featuring a high neckline and a full skirt. Her photos from “ Two night Owls” were featured in “Hello May”.
Lisa said her wedding was fantastic and she had amazing weather for her Otari Bush ceremony and reception on Wellington’s waterfront. She looks beautiful in her Silk Mountain top dress with a Jasmine lace top.
Photo by Melissa Maguire.
Gen chose a lace top in our Meadow Flower Lace which looked gorgeous on her, she wore this over a silk crepe de chine dress cut into a half circle.
Gen said she had lots of comments on how amazing the dress was.
Francesca managed to pull together a wedding in record time so as to have a special guest there, who was leaving to live overseas.
We managed to make her dress over just five weeks and enjoyed the challenge!
Francesca said "Our wedding was absolutely lovely! I LOVED my dress, and it got so much admiration from my guests... I'm so glad that I ended up in your little upstairs salon that day! <3 The lace top was such a show stopper, and it caught the light in the photographs so beautifully... I wish we could get married all over again, so I can wear the dress again"
Holly wore a gorgeous loose fitting top in our Daisy Lace, it featured an open back which showed the silk covered buttons running up the back of the dress below.
"Thank you so much for creating a dress that worked so well. I felt beautiful and comfortable. I got lots of lovely comments about how well the dress worked with the baby bump and the fabric flowed so naturally. I had a lovely day and really enjoyed my experience of having the dress made. Your knowledge of how it would work best was really invaluable. "
Cynthia always knew that she would be buying her wedding dress from Sophie Voon bridal, so, when we closed our Willis street shop, she came to put in her order before she even had a wedding date.
Cynthia loves the art Deco era and wanted a dress that reflected that. She found what she was after in the Charlotte dress with a lace bodice and a matching separate bolero that she could take on and off.
She had a beautiful wedding at The Wellesley with Wellington icon Simon Wolf doing photography.
On the Monday after the wedding, her new Husband Greg rang to tell me how amazing Cynthia looked and how much he liked her wedding dress. I think that’s the first time that a groom has actually taken time to ring and thank me personally!
Helen lives in Christchurch so we organised her fittings to coincide with gigs she had on in Wellington for her all women jazz band. She had an amazing wedding, getting married on the deck of new house they had just built. Photo by Adam Hodgson
Robyn's Dress was made from a piece of lace which was once on her mother's dress and had been lovingly stored in acid free paper for years. The vintage lace was made of rows of daisies and had a fun 1960's look to it.
Robyn fell in love with the soft tulle on our Swan Lake Dress and the shape of one of our little lace tops. We decided to combine these ideas to create a dress that was unique to Robyn and just right for her special day.
As usual there initially appeared to be more lace than was actually possible to work with, but thankfully the style of the daisies lent themselves to easily being able to be cut and replaced where we needed them to be.
Robyn's Mum was thrilled to see her lace in her daughter's wedding dress and it bought back memories of her own gown from 1966.
Photos by Brady Dyer.
Olivia wore the Alana Lace over the Swan Lake Dress. Her top was made with the scallop edge of the lace along her neckline and she had a silk satin sash at her waist.
She said she had a fantastic day, and was super happy with her dress. Everyone commented on how beautiful the lace was.
Nicola wears a Meadow dress teamed with a lace top.
"We had a lovely wedding day, I absolutely loved my dress, and had so many kind comments about it."
Photo by Amy Shultz
Kathy was married in the Wairarapa on a family farm. She wore a three quarter length dress created just for her in all-over lace with a strapless base dress in Dupion silk.
"Thanks again for the amazing dress! I absolutely loved it, and got so many comments about how perfect it was"
Photo Sarah McEvoy
Shurun chose a beautiful lace sleeved lace top over the Swan Lake Dress
"We had an amazing day and I've had SO MANY compliments on the dress"
Ebony Lamb Photographer
Alice wears our lovely Viola Lace over a full circle crepe de chine dress.
"We had a fabulous, fabulous day and I was so happy with the dress :) .Thanks again for making such beautiful dresses. You and your staff were amazing to work with!"
Photo Anna Munro
Tessa looked beautiful in her Jasmine top with floaty sleeves and her silk crepe de chine Charlotte dress.
“ I absolutely loved my dress, it was super comfortable and I felt like "me" in it so I really can't thank you enough for this. A lot of our guests kept commenting on how much it suited me which was lovely to hear. I'm not normally a dress person so this was one area that I was most nervous about, however you made everything so easy and stress free that it turned out to be one of the easiest parts of the entire wedding process!”
Photo by Eva Bradley.
I was so relieved the moment I walked into the shop and started having fun! Bridget made mine and girl friends experience of trying and buying a wedding dress SO enjoyable. In the run up to our trip to Wellington I had mixed feelings about finding a dress and found the idea incredibly daunting but as soon as we started mixing and matching in the shop it became hugely enjoyable and quickly found dresses I felt confident in. Bridget was also great at keeping on top of my emails and the whole process was easy, friendly and professional.
Even though there was quite a few dresses I loved, Everyone agrees that I found the perfect one in the end and I have had countless amounts of complements. Thank you for making such a beautiful wedding dress, wearing it felt luxurious and comfortable - a combination I didn't know could exist and I feel honored to wear such amazing lace which complemented the surrounding beautifully.
Thank you for being so patient with me and coming up with multiple ideas/suggestions when I wasn't sure about something. Thank you for taking such amazing care of my Mum's dress and lace and creating the most stunning, perfect dress for me. You are so talented and i was lucky that you were able to make it for me!
Shani and her partner Mike organised a surprise wedding at the last minute for their families!
She fell in love with the Meadow Flower Lace which she wore over a dress in silk crepe de chine.
Here's what Shani had to say;
"I wanted to thank you again for my amazing dress and your incredible service from my first visit!You made me feel completely at ease with something I felt uncomfortable with (dress shopping!). My dress was absolutely stunning and Mike absolutely loved it! He was so worried that it would get dirty during the day and asked if I could wear it every day haha.
Thank you so much for all the last minute alterations. I really felt like a princess last Wednesday and all because of the dress!"
Photo by Sarah McEvoy
Katy came wanting a dress that was created just for her. We made her a gorgeous gown featuring dupion silk under an overdress of ivory lace, which had floaty tulle sleeves trimmed with delicate applique.
Katy had a beautiful wedding and even managed to get her honeymoon in just before lockdown. She loved wearing her dress and said that it added to the Joy of their day.
Photo Dan Whitfield
Our colourful bride Alice looked stunning in a strapless dress made from the Jacaranda embroidered silk.
Alice said "I would like to thank you again for making such a beautiful dress for my special day. I got endless compliments and I truly felt like a fairy princess the entire day. "
After some disastrous false starts at some of the other bridal stores, my husband-to-be told me to go and check out Voon as he had seen a dress through the window and what can I say, the friendly welcome given to me by Bridget was all I needed to know that I had found the place I wanted to get my dress from!
They helped me customise my two-piece dream dress and got it all done in only a few short months.
I can not recommend them enough for their professionalism, beautiful designs, and for just being friendly.