New Must-See Boutique For The Modern Bride

Looking for a gown that's romantic yet contemporary, welcome to the "new refuge for modern brides."

  • Photography by Carolyn Haslett

Looking for a romantically effortless gown with a modern edge? We talk to bridal designer Sally Eagle from The Haven , the brand new bridal boutique perfect for brides who dare to be different.

Tell us a little bit about The Haven

The Haven is Auckland’s newest bridal boutique for the modern bride who is looking for something unique and refreshing.

I have always loved the idea of opening a bridal store in Auckland. There are so many amazing wedding dress designers out there that are creating unique and fashion-forward dresses and I want New Zealand brides to have access to these brands.

How is The Haven different to other bridal boutiques?

The Haven is for the bride that doesn’t want a cookie-cutter wedding dress. For the bride who doesn’t settle for the traditional but still adores romance. We want our brides to feel refreshed and have a modern, relevant place where they can discover their dream gown.

What designers do you have on offer?

We only stock independent designers, so nothing is mass-produced but rather created for each individual bride. We chose designers that we feel are romantic and effortless, but with a modern edge.

We carry designers such as New Zealand designers Sally Eagle and A La Robe, the Canadian designer Truvelle, Charlie Brear from the UK and Alexandra Greco from the US.

What are the first steps for a bride when they begin dress hunting?

Have a look online and gather images of the kind of styles you like. Pinterest is perfect for this. Then once you come to trying on dresses, you’ll be able to start with the styles you already know you like the look of.

Also be selective with which bridal stores you visit. It can get overwhelming if you go to too many. Look on their websites to make sure the dresses they sell match your style.

What do brides need to consider when they are trying on gown?

Finding something that is true to your style and is the right shape for your body is ideal. It’s good to have an open mind – sometimes a shape you thought wouldn’t work for you might just be perfect!

What is your favourite part of helping brides select their gowns?

It is the most amazing, magical moment when a bride finds her dream dress. She puts it on and can’t stop smiling and she doesn’t want to take it off. That’s what it’s all about!

Pop in for a visit at 15 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn, Auckland or visit them online at

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