Maryke, welcome to the Midlands Bridal Fair 2017 in KZN. We are so excited to introduce you and your business to our Brides- and Grooms-to-be!
Tell us a little bit about yourself
My love affair with wedding dresses began at the tender age of nine and I have been dreaming up wedding dress creations ever since.
It is my belief that a Bride’s wedding dress is all about her. Merging a Bride’s personality with my classic design aesthetic result in a unique, custom designed wedding gown that reflects her individuality.
Tell us about your business and what you offer
My passion combined with a Bride’s vision brings about a one of a kind wedding dress, uniquely suited to the Bride wearing it. By having a bespoke wedding dress made you are assured of a personal experience which will stay with you for a lifetime.
Each Maryke wedding dress is handmade according to your personal measurements, right here in Hilton, KZN.
An impeccable fit, meticulous detailing and the use of the finest materials are synonymous with a Maryke design.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
I used to sew tissues together during kindergarten break times. Armed with a tapestry needle and wool I sewed these tissue creations for my Barbie doll. While packing for my big move from Gauteng to KZN I discovered bridal magazines dating back to 1989 which, subsequently, was also the year I sewed my first outfit. It has truly been a lifelong passion of mine.
How long have you been doing this for?
What do you love most about your job?
I honestly love every aspect of what I do, but there is a moment somewhere during the fitting process when a Bride steps into her wedding dress and does a little ‘swish’… that is my favourite moment! It is then that I know for certain that I have managed to capture her essence in her wedding dress. That moment cannot really described, it can only be experienced.
What differentiates your business and makes you stand out? What are you known for?
I listen to my Brides. I hear what their needs and desires are and take that into consideration when I design her gown.
In addition to that a Maryke design is known for its impeccable fit and meticulous attention to detailing.
What can visitors to the Midlands Bridal Fair expect to see from you at the fair?
Brides can expect to see some of my exquisite yet classic designs, as well as having the opportunity to meet me in person on the day.
Any client testimonial/s you’d like to share?
One of my favourites: “Just wanted to thank you again for my beautiful dress. I felt like such a Queen on the day, and I really didn’t want to take it off. I love it, and it’s so sad that I won’t be able to wear it again on my wedding day! Want to do it all over again! When I look at our wedding photos and see how amazing my dress was I feel so happy, so thank you for allowing me that privilege! Thank you for making such a perfect dress for me!” – Lise
“I just want to say a very big Thank You for the awesome dress. But it is not only the dress, you made the whole experience so fun and awesome and you were so friendly. I really appreciate all your effort and I cannot wait to show off your beautiful design next weekend.
You are one in a million. Thank you!’” – Jade
“Words cannot explain how thankful I am to you for making my wedding dress look so amazing. You really are so talented and brilliant. Thank you also for being able to read me like a book, you always knew when I was having a bad day and always managed to make me feel better. On my wedding day I felt like a Princess and everyone commented on my dress and how stunning it looked. Thank you so much for everything you did to make my day so memorable.”
“From the bottom of my heart I would like to say Thank You for making my dream wedding dress so perfectly. It was an absolute pleasure having you part of this special time in my life. You were so professional and I will recommend you to anyone. Thank you for your advice and chats! I love my dress so much and have only received compliments. I wish you all the success, love and happiness for your business in Hilton.” – Annarie
“Where do I begin? A good start is admitting you are an amazing wonder woman. Thank you a million times over for making me my dream dress. I couldn’t have asked for anything better!” – Jo
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating the wedding dress of my dreams. I absolutely LOVE it! Thank you for the hard work you put into it, for all your time and for always being so understanding. I really appreciate it.” – Karolien
Tell us what inspires you. Any websites, people or companies that you follow?
I am inspired first and foremost by my Brides; the unique individuality that each of them bring to their designs. Then, beautiful lace fabrics.
As a designer one always keeps one eye on the international trend front, so I do love to see what designers come up with during the New York Bridal Fashion week.
Any upcoming wedding trend forecasts?
There will definitely be a few halter neck designs creeping in. Bridal capes seem to be a hot international trend for 2017 and, for the brave out there, a designer bow might just do the trick. Two trends that seemed to have spilled over into the new season are plunging V-front necklines as well as it’s complete opposite: high necked lace designs.
What advice would you give Brides- and/or Grooms-to be?
Be yourself and stay true to who you are. Try to avoid getting caught up in other’s opinions and follow your heart.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“That which is done in love is done well.” –Vincent van Gogh