Julia’s beautiful wedding day!

Real bride in classic lace dress.

We’ve just received a lovely thank you and these beautiful photos from Julia’s wedding day. She sent such gorgeous shots I just had to share!

Real bride, country wedding NZ.

Real bride, just married.

The bride looks beautiful in our Fitted Guipure wedding dress! Julia is quite petite and I love how this essentially sleek wedding dress hugs her figure and adds a touch of glam.

Beautiful bride, stunning photos – what a perfect wedding!

Real bride, real wedding, NZ

Real bride in lace wedding dress.

Julia writes:

Hi Anna

We received our photos back last week and I thought you might like to see some of my favourite dress in the world ūüôā 

I can’t thank you enough, it really was the dream dress to wear.  

Hope all is going well for you – no doubt in full swing for next season already!

Take care and all the best


Photos: Natalie McNally

Wedding dresses featured in NZ Weddings

Have you read the new NZ Weddings magazine yet? The Diamond Issue has just gone on the shelf and it’s a must read for all New Zealand bride-to-be’s!

We are stoked to have lots of editorial features in this edition, for this blog I added a few great shots of our wedding dresses from their last edition.

Diamante back wedding dress photo.

Diamante Back Wedding Dress

Who doesn’t love the stunning Diamante back wedding dress? Best worn with curves it’s show stopping for those of you who have a great figure and don’t care to show it.

Boho wedding dress photo.

Boho Wedding Dress

The Boho wedding dress is a vintage inspired lace dress with fresh styling. Comfortable on a hot day and great for dancing it is cut with a high waist line. The slim fitted waist with a fully flared skirt is a very flattering, feminine cut.

Simple Beaded wedding dress photo.

Simple Beaded Wedding Dress

This Simple Beaded wedding dress is a new take on our Silk Satin¬†style. I’ve just finished it and am still oohing and aahing over the correct waist features and if I should add a chiffon train.

Beaded Sheath wedding dress photo.

Beaded Sheath Wedding Dress

What a stunning shot of our beautiful Beaded Sheath wedding dress. So classic, yet special, it is easy to wear and looks great from any angle. The luxurious custom-beaded sleeves add lots of glam and photograph beautifully.

Unique lace wedding dress photo.

Unique Lace Wedding Dress

This is a Unique Lace wedding dress which I made just once. I love the cut and sheer sleeves, and at this stage am looking around for a slightly softer lace with beautiful edging to re-make this dramatic design.

Gatbsy wedding dress photo.

Gatsby Wedding Dress

The pretty Gatsby wedding dress has such a stunningly detailed bodice! Every panel is hand-beaded, then careful stitched into shape. Looking pretty and simple in daylight the many sheer crystals in the bodice will sparkle beautifully in candle light.

Diamante Collar wedding dress photo.

Diamante Collar Wedding Dress

The Diamante Collar dress is a style to be remembered¬†by. Decorated with a rich neck piece the back’s fine straps hold and detail the extra low back.

NZ Weddings cover photo.

NZ Weddings Cover

We’re on the cover! Yay!

To try on any of the wedding dresses featured here and many more new styles book a free consultation here:

Online Calendar

It will be great to meet you!

We’re still taking bookings for summer.

So many of the brides who are coming to see me now have their wedding planned for this summer. Usually the first question is: “Have I left it too late”?

At this stage we are still taking bookings for summer weddings. Timelines differ a bit, depending on the wedding dress you’re choosing.

Boho lace wedding dress.

The stunning Boho lace wedding dress.

Lace may need to be ordered – in some cases fabrics even have to be woven to order. Patterns may need to be graded or the style is still being fine tuned. Beading will have to be painstakingly hand-made.

However, we can usually make it work. Just last week a bride who’s flown in from Germany has booked her dream gown with us, and will be picking it up early December on the way to the airport.

Stunning classic wedding dress.

This classic wedding dress features a striking silhouette and beaded cap sleeves.

Our new bridal collection is being very well received, brides just love the flowing, flattering cuts, gorgeous materials and new, fresh styling.

We are still building stock for a variety of sizes, with more beautiful gowns are being finished all the time.

Fitted lace wedding dress.

Stunning fitted lace wedding dress with contemporary feel.

At the same time I am working on more styles, lace dresses as well as contemporary simple or beaded gowns. All are in the design and pattern stages to be in the studio by January.

I consider myself very lucky to be able to meet so many wonderful women and help them feel their most beautiful on the big day.

Diamante back wedding dress.

The tailored Diamante Back wedding dress features a beautiful sheer back.

Currently our wedding dress collection is in the USA, to be be back in the studio by the end of November.

For your perfect wedding dress for your summer wedding book a complimentary consultation with Anna now: Online Calendar


Opening dates over the holiday period:

I am away for 10 days mid December, then over the Christmas / holiday period on Fridays and Saturdays the studio is generally open for appointments.

Bride’s Editorial In NZ Weddings

Jessica’s dream wedding is featured in NZ Weddings Magazine!

The beautiful bride’s¬†exquisite French Chantilly wedding dress featured a very low back and fitted sheer lace sleeves.

She completed the breathtaking look with a luxurious hand appliqued and very long lace trimmed veil.

Enjoy the stunning photos by Anna Kidman.

Real bride wedding editorial.
Real wedding, real bride.

View more of our beautiful brides here.

Back from New York!

What a month it has been!

Taking our¬†ready-to-wear bridal collection to show at the New York International Bridal¬†Week it’s been a busy few months. We needed to show a minimum of 20 styles, and of course all supporting material had to be up to scratch.

The favorite styles at the show were our fitted diamante detailed gowns, with the classic Diamante Back Wedding Dress particularly popular.

NY bridal week our booth.

In the meantime one of our beautiful brides has been featured in Stuff weddings. Alexia and Paul’s Greek wedding had everything you’d imagine in a¬†perfect fairy tale.

Chuffed that Alexia has included such a kind comment about us:) Thanks Alexia!

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Update from the workshop

It’s been a busy few months, with new¬†styles being added to our wedding dress collection almost every week.

There’s some great new wedding dresses¬†here and I am aiming¬†for 30 stunning¬†styles in a variety of sizes¬†on our¬†racks for later this year.

Soft & light wedding dress, cotton lace over nude silk.

New soft & light wedding dress, cotton lace over nude silk, currently in store in a size 12.

Our first Trunk show in Sydney at Marry Me Bridal is nearly over and the full wedding dress collection will be back in the studio by Saturday September 24th.

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Beautiful Bride – Amanda

We love it when a bride-to-be discovers Anna Schimmel through word of mouth. That’s exactly what happened when our beautiful bride Amanda saw her friend’s couture wedding dress. Amanda was inspired and instantly knew she had found her wedding dress designer.


Amanda brought in pictures of her ideal look to her consultation. She loved the on trend look of lace over nude with a mermaid shape and lots of layering. We decided to personalize the design but stay on look.

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