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We love Vinka Designs and have worked with designer Anita Turner on styled shoots for Simply Wed and our new venue, Tui Hills. Vinka wedding dresses are literally works of art – exquisite fabrics and details expertly fitted to your body. Founder Vinka Lucas, who is Anita’s mum, was recently appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the fashion industry and design – a well deserved recognition for an icon of the indusry. 

Anita Turner innately understands the importance of enhancing your figure and shape, so that you will look and feel your best in your DREAM dress on your special day. The picture above shows Anita’s daughter, gorgeous model Helena, wearing the stunning silk and tulle Ivy dress at Tui Hills. We sat down with Anita and asked her a few questions about wedding dresses and design.

How did you get into Wedding Dress design?

I was raised pretty much in an atelier, and encouraged to create from a very  young age. Vinka Lucas my mother delighted in designing evening and bridal gowns and I wanted to be just like her.

How do you go about getting a wedding dress custom-made?

I can only speak for ourselves but I would suggest making an appointment to come in and see us at Vinka! Really it all starts with a conversation and also seeing and perhaps trying on some of our gorgeous gowns certainly can get the inspiration going. We have an incredible selection of fabrics and laces to draw from so it can be very exciting to see the possibilities!

How do you know if a dress maker is good, and can execute your vision?

I would recommend doing your homework, check the reviews and ask questions. You really need to be able to communicate with your designer so meet with them and see their work first before committing. A good designer will guide you and give you best advice

What are the latest wedding gown trends for 2019?

So many exciting looks that are strong for bridal in 2019, truly there is something for everyone. Really it depends on the wedding you are planning, and that the gown not only suits you but the environment you are in. Sheer layers with beautiful delicate beading. Fitted bodices for everything, either matched with full dramatic skirts or fitted tailored clean lines which are form fitting and made in glorious crepes or silk is another strong look. Lace sleeves are still very much in demand, matched with a beautiful sculptured  lace bodice.

Lace  gowns will always be in fashion especially made to feature beautiful low backs, a classic timeless look as is silk chiffon and tulle dreamy and romantic.

 Can you wear pants or go non-traditional?

Absolutely! So many wonderful ideas and concepts. However what ever you do it must flatter you.

What is the best part of your job?

Seeing my designs come to life and the brides being so happy and feeling beautiful brings me so much joy. It does sound corny but it’s true!

View the latest Vinka Couture Collection here.

Photo of Helena Turner wearing Vinka by Nicola Topping, make-up by Serenity Makeup, hair by Cisco & Rose, flowers by Meghann from Go Wedding Flowers.

Styling by Louise Ngaei

Venue: Tui Hills

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