Kendra Ficks

BRIDE: Kendra Ficks

WEDDING DATE: Sunday 27th November 2021

WEDDING VENUE: Waipuna Estate

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Orion Chau Photography and Ira Redepenning (Dream Gear Photography)


My experience with Wilkins Bridal was nothing short of an answer to prayer. As a plus-size bride, I was terrified of stepping into a bridal shop. After looking at a few bridal websites online, it was clear that my body didn’t fit the typical ‘bridal’ image. I was also worried that no shop would have anything that I could actually try on, so I was just going to pick a cheap dress online. I thought that the moment that every girl dreams of where they say “Yes to the Dress” just wasn’t going to happen for me. That was until my bridesmaids organised a surprise bridal consultation at Wilkins Bridal. I had no idea until we stepped into the beautiful shop what was going on!


April made me feel comfortable from the very beginning. She assured me that they had a range of dresses that I could try on and that they were able to work within my budget. After trying on at least six different styles, I had my “yes to the dress” moment. It was an overwhelming feeling and I was so grateful for how kind and professional April was throughout the whole appointment.


The next step was to begin the alterations. I wanted some pretty sleeves put on the strapless dress I had chosen and I had dreams about a big pink bow at the back. Jenny-Lea got my vision from the very beginning. She understood that there were areas of my body that I wanted to highlight and others I didn’t and she encouraged me to see myself as the beautiful bride I was. Jenny-Lea’s sewing proficiency and ability to bring an idea to fruition made the whole process so comfortable and easy.


From that first nervous step through the door, to the last step out of the shop with my beautiful dress, April and Jenny-Lea were incredible. I can’t thank both of them enough for the glow that I carried with me on my special day.

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