Wedding Gowns

Every bride is treated as an individual, with her dreams a top priority in the design process. The bride’s figure and her personal style are taken into account, not to mention her budget. Often the bride has an idea of what her perfect gown will look like. Nicola captures this vision and develops it until the bride is sure that she will look like a princess on her wedding day. Then fabrics are chosen and the fun begins!

Whether it be your ideas, a design from Nicola’s imagination, or a collection of pictures from magazines, Nicola will work with you to make sure your gown compliments your figure, enhances your personality, and coordinates with your theme.

You may want simple and elegant, or theatrical and over-the-top. Nicola has a keen interest in historical costume (think Dangerous Liaisons, Marie Antoinette, Pride and Prejudice) and will lovingly recreate a gown from any era with historical accuracy. This is your big chance to be a princess (or a Movie Star….)

See our wedding gown details & extras. Click any photo to enlarge.

Kendal - Full silk chiffon skirt with wide waistband.  Divine lace crop top with dainty neckline
Kendal - Full silk chiffon skirt with wide waistband. Divine lace crop top with dainty neckline
Tracey - Silk Duchess satin gown with bateau neckline, and very full pleated skirt
Tracey - Silk Duchess satin gown with bateau neckline, and very full pleated skirt
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Maddie - lace back with covered buttons
Maddie - lace back with covered buttons
Violetta - Silk satin with gorgeous pearl beaded insert in the skirt, and hand-beaded tulle cap-sleeves
Violetta - Silk satin with gorgeous pearl beaded insert in the skirt, and hand-beaded tulle cap-sleeves
Ruth - Double layer silk chiffon skirt with Dupion silk and lace bodice
Ruth - Double layer silk chiffon skirt with Dupion silk and lace bodice
Ruth - corded lace, dupion silk, and silk chiffon dress.
Ruth - corded lace, dupion silk, and silk chiffon dress.
Elise - Flirty silk chiffon skirt with V-neck lace bodice
Elise - Flirty silk chiffon skirt with V-neck lace bodice
Dani - 3D lace gown with sheer lace sides
Dani - 3D lace gown with sheer lace sides
Dani - 3D flower lace over champagne satin.  Pearl strands drape down the deep back
Dani - 3D flower lace over champagne satin. Pearl strands drape down the deep back
Jen - Heavily beaded scalloped lace in a soft champagne.
Jen - Heavily beaded scalloped lace in a soft champagne.
Heather - short beaded lace dress with round keyhole back
Heather - short beaded lace dress with round keyhole back
Haylee - White cripe wedding gown with intriguing back, long sleeves.
Haylee - White cripe wedding gown with intriguing back, long sleeves.
Haylee - Long sleeved wedding gown with revealing side split
Haylee - Long sleeved wedding gown with revealing side split
Zena - Tea-length tulle skirt and beaded lace bodice with cap sleeves.
Zena - Tea-length tulle skirt and beaded lace bodice with cap sleeves.
Dallas - Multi-layered tulle skirt in ivory and black, trimmed with lace.  The bodice is pale gold lace with rouched tulle at the bust
Dallas - Multi-layered tulle skirt in ivory and black, trimmed with lace. The bodice is pale gold lace with rouched tulle at the bust
Jasmine - Nude gown with 3D lace positioned at the "appropriate" places
Jasmine - Nude gown with 3D lace positioned at the "appropriate" places
Jasmine - married in Thailand in a lace and nude wedding gown.
Jasmine - married in Thailand in a lace and nude wedding gown.
Hannah - Bias cut silk satin gown, with draped cowl neckline
Hannah - Bias cut silk satin gown, with draped cowl neckline
Hannah - Silk satin gown with laced up open back
Hannah - Silk satin gown with laced up open back
Cynthia - Full lace gown with key hole back
Cynthia - Full lace gown with key hole back
Rosie - Guipure lace mini-dress, with detachable silk chiffon skirt
Rosie - Guipure lace mini-dress, with detachable silk chiffon skirt
Georgia - White guipure lace gown with V-neck and plunging V-Back
Georgia - White guipure lace gown with V-neck and plunging V-Back
Steph - Amazing 3D lace over Ivory Satin
Steph - Amazing 3D lace over Ivory Satin
Jess - full lace, backless wedding gown, mermaid skirt with small train.  Overlooking Lake Tarawera
Jess - full lace, backless wedding gown, mermaid skirt with small train. Overlooking Lake Tarawera
Melissa - Incredible dusky pink skirt, made with hand-dyed silk organza, chiffon, and feathers.  Short at the front, flowing into a train
Melissa - Incredible dusky pink skirt, made with hand-dyed silk organza, chiffon, and feathers. Short at the front, flowing into a train
Hayley - Long sleeved beaded lace bodice with silk chiffon skirt, and detachable train
Hayley - Long sleeved beaded lace bodice with silk chiffon skirt, and detachable train
Gwendoline - Tulle and lace gown over bias satin slip, tied at the waist with a silk chiffon  sash
Gwendoline - Tulle and lace gown over bias satin slip, tied at the waist with a silk chiffon sash
Irene - corseted lace bodice, A-line lace skirt
Irene - corseted lace bodice, A-line lace skirt
Kate - Stunning beaded lace gown with key-hole back, catches the light in the Rarotongan sunset
Kate - Stunning beaded lace gown with key-hole back, catches the light in the Rarotongan sunset
Rachel - Italian tulle skirt with lace bodice, matching lace Head-band with tulle ties
Rachel - Italian tulle skirt with lace bodice, matching lace Head-band with tulle ties
Lindsay, with a key-hole back shaped like a Heart
Lindsay, with a key-hole back shaped like a Heart
Tui - short lace dress with cap sleeves and low back
Tui - short lace dress with cap sleeves and low back
Rebecca - Beaded lace gown, with draped shoulders
Rebecca - Beaded lace gown, with draped shoulders
Rebecca - Front view
Rebecca - Front view
Kari - stunning open back showcases  gorgeous lace
Kari - stunning open back showcases  gorgeous lace
Chin-Hang - Delicate pleated bodice, and tulle skirt.  Back features lace-up closure and over-sized bow (see "Details")
Chin-Hang - Delicate pleated bodice, and tulle skirt.  Back features lace-up closure and over-sized bow (see "Details")
Benita - Beaded lace bodice, with lace-trimmed petal skirt
Benita - Beaded lace bodice, with lace-trimmed petal skirt
Emily - Bias cut gown with lace bodice and draped cowl back
Emily - Bias cut gown with lace bodice and draped cowl back
Ksenia - V-neck chiffon gown with beaded detail
Ksenia - V-neck chiffon gown with beaded detail
Katy - Vintage lace bodice, with tulle skirt and sleeves
Katy - Vintage lace bodice, with tulle skirt and sleeves
Leakhana - Incredible beaded lace gown, Mermaid skirt and lace back
Leakhana - Incredible beaded lace gown, Mermaid skirt and lace back
Annika - Stunningly simple lace gown, sweetheart neckline
Annika - Stunningly simple lace gown, sweetheart neckline
Corded lace wedding gown, with tulle shoulders
Corded lace wedding gown, with tulle shoulders
Jennifer - metres of silk organza, stripped and sewn into roses.  Pleated bodice and beaded belt
Jennifer - metres of silk organza, stripped and sewn into roses.  Pleated bodice and beaded belt
Kama - mermaid style dress with top frill
Kama - mermaid style dress with top frill
Tonya - Silk satin draped gown
Tonya - Silk satin draped gown
Lace and organza gown, with side flower detail
Lace and organza gown, with side flower detail
Michelle - Long sleeved lace bodice and silk chiffon skirt, perfect for a winter wedding
Michelle - Long sleeved lace bodice and silk chiffon skirt, perfect for a winter wedding
Nicki - lace bodice and pouffed silk skirt, no train
Nicki - lace bodice and pouffed silk skirt, no train
Nadia - Lace gown with V-neck and sleeves
Nadia - Lace gown with V-neck and sleeves
Bianca - Fabric from her mother's and grandmother's wedding gown was used with beaded lace to create a stunning and sentimental gown
Bianca - Fabric from her mother's and grandmother's wedding gown was used with beaded lace to create a stunning and sentimental gown
Jenna - Duchess silk gown, with cap sleeves, no train
Jenna - Duchess silk gown, with cap sleeves, no train
Vikki - Satin pleated gown with beaded details and unique back (see details)
Vikki - Satin pleated gown with beaded details and unique back (see details)
Natalie - Thai silk dress, with silk organza skirt, and hand-made flowers
Natalie - Thai silk dress, with silk organza skirt, and hand-made flowers
Tarryn - woven chiffon bodice and floaty skirt
Tarryn - woven chiffon bodice and floaty skirt
Rachel - beaded lace bodice, with layered organza skirt
Rachel - beaded lace bodice, with layered organza skirt
Lisa - Pleated satin gown, with pale pink silk chiffon flowers on train
Lisa - Pleated satin gown, with pale pink silk chiffon flowers on train
Karmen - Silk chiffon draped gown, with silk satin accents
Karmen - Silk chiffon draped gown, with silk satin accents
Gaynor - Amazing black lace over silver satin, bias cut skirt, and cap sleeves
Gaynor - Amazing black lace over silver satin, bias cut skirt, and cap sleeves
Amethyst Single-Shoulder gown with stiffened ruffles and lace.  This gown can be made in any colour.
Amethyst Single-Shoulder gown with stiffened ruffles and lace. This gown can be made in any colour.
Beautiful hand-made flowers peek out from under the ruffles.
Beautiful hand-made flowers peek out from under the ruffles.
Romantic lace and tulle wedding gown.  Cap sleeves cover the shoulders, and a beaded bow complete this gown.
Romantic lace and tulle wedding gown. Cap sleeves cover the shoulders, and a beaded bow complete this gown.
Back view of Lace and Tulle gown.  Low back with lace over-lay with dainty covered buttons.
Back view of Lace and Tulle gown. Low back with lace over-lay with dainty covered buttons.
Silver bias-cut gown with black lace, embellished with organza ribbon embroidery.  This gown can be made in any colour.
Silver bias-cut gown with black lace, embellished with organza ribbon embroidery. This gown can be made in any colour.
Deep back with stunning drape and beaded strap.
Deep back with stunning drape and beaded strap.
Beaded satin gown with over-lapping detail.
Beaded satin gown with over-lapping detail.
Back view of Beaded Satin gown.  A bustle is formed from the box pleats.
Back view of Beaded Satin gown. A bustle is formed from the box pleats.
Kim - White silk chiffon gown with stunning ruffled flowers on one shoulder.
Kim - White silk chiffon gown with stunning ruffled flowers on one shoulder.
Kim - silk chiffon, low back with ruffled detail
Kim - silk chiffon, low back with ruffled detail
Tania - Full view including long satin edged veil
Tania - Full view including long satin edged veil
Ashley - close-up of hand-woven strapless bodice
Ashley - close-up of hand-woven strapless bodice
Debby, tightly corseted in gold silk
Debby, tightly corseted in gold silk
Debby - Back view or  corset and bustle
Debby - Back view or corset and bustle
Lauren - Back view of Vera Wang inspired gown in ivory silk organza with masses of pleating and froth.  See the "Details" section for more close up photos of this gown.
Lauren - Back view of Vera Wang inspired gown in ivory silk organza with masses of pleating and froth. See the "Details" section for more close up photos of this gown.
Amy - Flirty short wedding gown with three layers of organza with draped and beaded bodice
Amy - Flirty short wedding gown with three layers of organza with draped and beaded bodice
Angela - tiered white silk chiffon gown with tight ruching and lace trimmed bodice
Angela - tiered white silk chiffon gown with tight ruching and lace trimmed bodice
Abi - Ivory and pale gold satin ruched gown, with full skirt and beaded lace detail.
Abi - Ivory and pale gold satin ruched gown, with full skirt and beaded lace detail.
Alex - hand-made flowers with beads and feathers adorn the single shoulder strap.
Alex - hand-made flowers with beads and feathers adorn the single shoulder strap.
Alex - back view; hand-made silk flowers sweep over one shoulder onto the lace and chiffon draped bodice.
Alex - back view; hand-made silk flowers sweep over one shoulder onto the lace and chiffon draped bodice.
Bianca - close up of boned brocade 17th century style Corset.
Bianca - close up of boned brocade 17th century style Corset.
Susan - Champagne satin gown with cross-over rouching and pouffed skirt
Susan - Champagne satin gown with cross-over rouching and pouffed skirt
Jesse - Beautiful brocade and dupion bodice and full skirt. Inspired by the 1700's wedding gowns. Extrememly heavy boning. Detachable sleeves. Swarovsky beading.
Jesse - Beautiful brocade and dupion bodice and full skirt. Inspired by the 1700's wedding gowns. Extrememly heavy boning. Detachable sleeves. Swarovsky beading.
Teresa - "Pride and Prejudice" bride. Chiffon dress with separate embroidered silk robe
Teresa - "Pride and Prejudice" bride. Chiffon dress with separate embroidered silk robe
Sue - beautiful low back with detachable pleated train
Sue - beautiful low back with detachable pleated train
Briar
Briar
Katie - Beautiful lace dress, tulle shoulders with beaded trim.
Katie - Beautiful lace dress, tulle shoulders with beaded trim.
Katie - lace gown with fur cape
Katie - lace gown with fur cape
Boned bodice, with 18 layer tulle skirt.
Boned bodice, with 18 layer tulle skirt.
Ainslie - 1700's style wedding dress. Champaigne satin with beaded silk front panel.
Ainslie - 1700's style wedding dress. Champaigne satin with beaded silk front panel.
Teresa - Plunging Halter-neck silver satin gown
Teresa - Plunging Halter-neck silver satin gown
Erin- Long satin-edged veil
Erin- Long satin-edged veil
Erin - Beautifully boned bodice with heavy beaded belt.
Erin - Beautifully boned bodice with heavy beaded belt.
"Rosamund" - Silk satin 1700's Wedding gown. Sleeves are detachable. (sample gown)
"Rosamund" - Silk satin 1700's Wedding gown. Sleeves are detachable. (sample gown)
Melissa and Bridesmaids with soft tulle overlay
Melissa and Bridesmaids with soft tulle overlay
Dupion Silk 1880's style wedding gown.  Included an authentic  handmade 1800's corset.
Dupion Silk 1880's style wedding gown. Included an authentic handmade 1800's corset.
  • About Us

    Beautiful wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and gowns for every occasion.

    Nicola is an Award-winning designer who has been creating stunning gowns for Brides and Bridesmaids for over 20 years.

  • Contact info

    Our Location:

    128 Mountain Rd,
    Epsom, Auckland, 1023
    Phone: 09 631 5604
    Mobile: 021 918 141
    Email: info@nicoladawsondesign.co.nz

  • Testimonials

    • "... I also showed her my top two favourite wedding dresses, and she designed one dress combining both designs. I was sold ..."
      Nicki
    • "Nikki captured everything about me in the dress... On the morning of the wedding, I cant describe how I felt when I put it on.  "
      Nicki
    • "Nikki was excellent to deal with. Together we designed my wedding dress which was beautiful. Her knowledge, creativity and skill is exceptional."
      Joanne Williams
    • "Nikki has a great personality and very easy to deal with. WE are going back to Rarotonga next year and will get Nikki to design me another dress to celebrate."
      Joanne Williams
    • "Nicola was able to create the difficult gown that I had envisioned with ease. I absolutely love my dress and hope I and wear it again one day!! Throughout the whole process she was extremely helpful, understanding and friendly, even when I had last minute changes to make a few days before the wedding."
      Tui Moore
    • "…that was my princess moment. When I look at our photos now, I remember how happy that dress made me feel. Thank you so much Nikki, Im so glad your stunning product was such an important part of my day."
      Nicki
    • "By the time I found Nikki I had almost given up on my dream dress. I was so shocked when Nikki said that although it would be difficult she thought that she could do it. And she did! My dress was and still is amazing, and was everything I ever dreamed. I’ve had so many compliments about it and would highly recommend Nikki to anyone who is looking to have their dream gown made. Thank you again Nikki for making me the perfect dress."
      Jennifer
    • "10/10! I love my dress. Nikki did a great job on my gown, was for our vow renewal in Rarotonga so I wanted something appropriate but cool and comfortable. Nikki achieved all of this."
      Melisha
    • "Our photographer said “that dress is mean” haha, and it was. Also it was very flattering, slimming and incredibly comfortable."
      Melisha
    • "She was able to make my custom designed dress at a fraction of the price as other companies had quoted me with beautiful quality and exceptional customer service!"
      Tarryn Donaldson
    • "My dress turned out to be everything that I wanted it to be and I looked forward to the journey out to Nicola for fittings as she is such a lovely down to earth person to deal with. I would highly recommend Nicola for any dress you may need!!"
      Tarryn Donaldson
    • "From the moment we met I knew I’d found the right person to make my gown. Nikki made me feel instantly comfortable, I had a bit of an idea as to what I wanted and Nikki was fantastic at putting forward suggestions so that we came up with the final design."
      Gaynor
    • "Nikki was just fantastic. From the first consultation she (seemingly effortlessly) took on all of my many ideas, added her own unique design ideas and came up with something really beautiful and just perfect for me."
      Jenna Evans
    • "It was a great and very relaxed process of fittings and tweaking until my dress was just perfect. Nikki has a great eye and was very good at adapting as she went along,"
      Jenna Evans
    • "Every aspect was perfect - design, fit, detail, sewing, etc. On my wedding day, I stepped into my dress and felt amazing. Nicola was great to deal with, even when I changed the entire skirt of my gown one month in."
      Rachel
    • "Nicola is just fantastic! I envisioned the most difficult dress to have designed and made - and she pulled it off brilliantly!"
      Lauren
    • "The art of dressmaking is a dying one. It is very rare to find a woman that is so passionate about her work, who completely knows what she’s doing and has all of the “old” skills to make an absolutely amazing gown. The end result was exactly what I wanted."
      Angela Burgess
    • "I work in Event Management and deal with Brides on a daily basis - I could quite confidently say that the dress she made me for me was one of the very best I’ve ever seen (not to be bias) & I would definitely recomend her to anybody who (like me) has something different in mind, is very fussy about detail & is on a budget!"
      Kim Metahysa