Testimonials

what she said…

A few testimonials from the gorgeous woman I’ve worked with.



It seems a lot of local designers have a certain template they just tweak here and there; I found them pretty boring. Then I was browsing Pinterest and came across an amazing local designer called Alana van Heerden. Her dresses were the only ones that felt like they were especially made for each of her brides. They really reflected the women in them. I had a clear idea of what I wanted and knew Alana was the only one who could bring it to life.


We met and she sketched and made suggestions for the design. I knew I wanted pleated tulle (David loves pleats) on the skirt and long sleeves with mesh and lace – perfect for autumn. I dislike traditional lace though, so Alana hunted down some exquisite “vine” style lace to use. I also adored the deep V at the back.

AMANDA



Ek wil net vir jou absoluut prys vir jou amazing diens & jou ongelooflike talent!



My trourok was glad nie iets wat ek presies geweet het hoe dit moet lyk nie (haha obviously nie!), maar jy het op een of ander manier reg gekry om ‘n nie-bestaande droom rok – ‘n droom rok te maak! Die oomblik wat ek daardie rok aangetrek het, het dit my werklikwaar soos ‘n prinses bruid laat voel en van daar af het my hart nooit weer normaal geklop nie!


So, soveel dankies vir jou, vir jou passie en jou vriendelikheid!


NINA

Nina - Yolande Marx Photography - Alana van Heerden Wedding Gowns


Sjoe, Alana, ek het so pragtig en gemaklik gevoel, die rok was net so perfek. En almal was mal daaroor! Die kleur en die vloei van die rok … Dit was alles so pragtig! Baie dankie vir al jou moeite en liefde wat in die maak van die rok ingegaan het. Dit was so n heerlike proses om saam met jou aan die rok te werk en ek is spyt dit is verby. Maar jy was n groot blessing op my pad en sal dit vir altyd koester!

CARIN




Dankie dat jy vir my ja gesê het. Ek weet teen daardie tyd moes jy al lankal afgeskaal het, en toe hark jy my nog in – sjoe, dit was so ‘n groot opoffering! Dankie dat jy bereid was om met jou magie op jou kniee te gaan om my rok vas te steek en aanmekaar te weef –  nie ‘n oomblik sou ‘n mens kon raai dat ‘n hoogswanger dame daardie rok opgetower het nie.


Dankie dat ek elke keer opgewonde kon wees oor ‘n pas, want jy was so opgewonde saam met my. Dat dit gevoel het asof jy ‘n hartsvriendin is wat my belange op die hart dra. Dat jy uitgevra het, komplimente gegee het en dat jy veral so vrygewig was met jou talente. Elke keer was ek soos ‘n kindjie oorbluf met wat jy reggekry het. Ek’t elke keer heimlik gegiggel as ek weer in die kar klim, want in 10 minute het jy my spesiaal laat voel en laat uitsien om in die rok by die paadjie af te stap.


Dankie dat ek jou TEN VOLLE kon vertrou – nie een keer hoef ek vir jou ‘n prentjie te wys of te vertel wat ek eintlik wou gehad het nie. Jy het die prentjie in my kop in veelvoude verbeter. Die rok waarin ek getrou het, was meer ek as wat ek ooit vir myself kon voorstel.


Dankie dat jy die rok so perfek ontwerp en gemaak het: ek het my ma soveel keer gevang wat sy weer daarna loer, nog iets bewonder, dat jy my pa in trane gehad het toe hy my die eerste keer sien (“Sus, jy het nog nooit mooier en meer soos jouself gelyk soos nou nie”) en dat my boetie breë bors rondvertel het hoe mooi ek lyk. Dankie dat Johan gedink het daar is nie ‘n mooier rok nog ooit gewees nie. Dankie dat ek kon rondbeweeg, drukkies uitdeel, dans, en liefhê omdat die rok so gemaklik was.


ANCHEN


Alana het my idees vas gevang binne die eerste paar minute van ons konsultasie.

Ek kon nie gelukkiger wees nie!

FRANCES


Alana, sonder enige verwysing, het jy dit reg gekry om my droomrok op te tower! Jy het van die begin tot die einde my rustig laat voel en jy was saam my opgewonde met elke pas! Jou talent het behoorlik afgeshow met die byvoeging van die kant van my ma se trourok. Ek raak nogsteeds bewoë as ek daaraan dink. Dit is vir my bitter spesiaal en ek is werklik dankbaar dat jy my sprokiesrok vir my gemaak het. Jy het ‘n ongelooflike talent! Duisende dankies!


KIKA

Kika - Alana van Heerden Wedding Gowns

Weereens dankie vir die wonderlike ervaring wat ek by jou gehad het en vir my pragtige rok! Ek het soos ‘n koningin gevoel in my rok.

Caroli

Alana van Heerden ~Wedding Gowns


I loved the whole experience. 


Louise

Alana van Heerden ~ Wedding Gowns

Working with with Alana was an absolute highlight of the wedding planning process! I initially felt unsure because I had too many ideas. I also never had a dress made before and it felt a tad bit daunting. However, her calm nature and friendly smile made the process such a joy! When you are someone who appreciates different styles and likes to express yourself with interesting textiles, odd jewelry and hippie skirts, yet also appreciate beautifully tailored coats and minimalist styles, choosing 1 design can be a bit overwhelming! Alana made this process so much easier and made me the dress of my dreams!


LILLIAN



I immediately knew that Alana would understand what I want. Every time I went to her for a fitting, she blew me away with what she had done. She had taken what I wanted and made it even better. She really is amazing!


NIKITA



I just LOVE my dress and I think Alana created an extraordinary piece of work!

Tanja-Mari Theron




Alana is such a lovely person. She truly lives up to her brand name: Made with love – as she pours so much love and kindness into the making of a dress. I felt secure and at ease from the start. Many say that when you have a dress made, you put yourself under a lot of stress. When you use Alana, that is definitely not the case. She is so talented and creative and she makes sure your dress is perfect! Thank you, Alana!


ERINE


Alana has such an unique creative way of designing wedding dresses. When I stumbled upon her website, I spent hours just admiring all her dresses. I immediately knew I wanted her to make my wedding dress. 
She makes you feel special and like a one of a kind bride.
Her dresses are definitely made with love.


UBRE



Alana helped me so much in shaping my dream dress, we got together regularly and adjusted things here and there to create my ultimate gown.


HELOISE



I still think I have the most beautiful dress and I think it will stand the test of time. It was a pleasure to work with Alana – she made me feel so comfortable and was able to pull off my dream dress in just two fittings.


ANSCHKE


Alana was so incredibly patient. She was able to work with me so that I achieved everything I wanted.


Dee Marco




Alana is a fantastic designer and dressmaker. So glad I found her to make my dream dress.

Cemari Robertson


I honestly didn’t think I could be more pleased with my dress! Alana is a miracle worker!

Leigh-Anne


Ek wil graag vir jou BAIE dankie sê dat jy my so mooi laat lyk het op my spesiale dag. My rok was perfek gewees, dit het perfek gesit en elke liewe mens het vir my gesê dit is die mooiste rok wat hulle al ooit gesien het. Om te sê dat die dames uitgefreak het daaroor is ‘n understatement.

So so baie dankie vir jou sagte liefde en opgewondenheid in die proses en dat jy aan elke liewe wens gehoor gegee het. Ek weet nie hoe om genoeg dankie te sê vir my pragtige rok, en vir wie jy is, nie.


LIZL

Alana van Heerden Wedding Gowns | Lizl


My experience with Alana was great fun! At our initial meeting I described my dream to her and her face literally lit up with excitement. She was more enthusiastic about my dress than I! That is when I knew I have found the perfect person to design my dress! Alana made all my wishes come true!


Lelanie de Wet




Alana is a great designer. My dress was perfect. Just the way I had imagined it!


Rozanne Serdyn

Rozanne Serdyn ~ Art Photo

The moment I saw Alana’s webpage I knew that she would be the the designer for me – the one that would bring all my ideas together and create something beautiful.


MAXINE


Jy is so ‘unbelievably’ goed in wat jy doen dat geen persoon sal verkeerd gaan met jou nie. Ek wil net he almal moet hulle rokke by jou doen!  Dankie vir alles, jy sal altyd in my hart bly en jy sal altyd deel wees van daai hoofstuk in my lewe. Dankie dat jy al my drome laat waar word het.


LEANDRA

Leandra - Alana van Heerden Wedding Gowns

So so baie dankie vir jou sagte liefde en opgewondenheid in die proses en dat jy aan elke liewe wens gehoor gegee het. Ek weet nie hoe om genoeg dankie te sê vir my pragtige rok, en vir wie jy is, nie.
Ek weet nie eintlik hoe om vir jou dankie te sê sodat my absolute dankbaarheid weerspieël kan word vir my fantastiese trourok nie.
Dit was alles en nog meer wat ek wou hê. Ek het die dag soos ‘n prinses en die mooiste bruid gevoel. Ek dink seker die beste manier om te weet die rok pas jou goed as jou man en pa nie uitgepraat kan raak nie.
Watse besonderse en spesiale oomblikke was dit nie!
Dankie vir jou great persoonlikheid en manier om mens net spesiaal te laat voel en dat jy altyd eerlik is en die beste raad gee.
Dit was so ‘n amazing ervaring vir my en die res van my gevolg en familie wat deel was van die proses.


YDA

Yda ~ Alana van Heerden Wedding Gowns


Alana was truly magnificent! Within minutes of our first consultation she had drawn precisely what I had envisioned. No doubt- she was the one to make my dress.

I absolutely loved every detail and would not have changed a thing! I was 4 months pregnant at the time and Alana fashioned the dress to fit my bump perfectly!

I have recommended her too many of our brides. It was lovely to walk down the aisle and hear whispers from our guests of how pretty the gown is.

Thank you so much Alana, I have the dress hanging up in our showroom and get soooo many wonderful comments on how stunning it is!


Angie De Bock



From the very moment I said YES, there was only one designer I had in mind.
For this woman was to create a master piece for a bride who longed for something out of this world.
I trusted my intuition, strength, inner most desires and Alana created my beautiful gown with intricate and unexpected detailing.
With detailed flowers on my dress, they laid on my skin and touched my body – reminding me of power, grace and romanticism.
Alana van Heerden Wedding Gowns are for elegant, forward thinkers – who truly cherish the importance of the wedding dress.
From the bottom of my heart – THANK YOU

Lizelle Cloete

Alana van Heerden Wedding Gowns | Lizelle


My wedding dress was absolutely everything AND morethat I could’ve wished for. I am so upset thinking that I will never be able to wear it again. This dress was truly timeless and I felt so classy and elegant.


Thank you for always being so friendly and patient throughout the process. It was so much fun and I really enjoyed seeing this dress become a dream dress!


MEAGAN

Alana van Heerden Wedding Gowns | Meagan


Ek wil net so graag weer vir jou baie, baie dankie sê vir die ongelooflikste trou rok wat my soos ‘n prinses laat voel het.

 

Carien van Deventer

Carien - Alana van Heerden Wedding Gowns


Just want to say I LOVED LOVED LOVED my dress. It was me to a T. I felt so at home and comfortable in it and it just suited my personality 100% – like this dress and I were always meant to be.
Thank you for contributing to the most magical day.


JESSICA

Alana van Heerden Wedding Gowns | Jessica's Wedding Dress

I just cannot thank you enough for this exquisite dress! I love it even more every time I see it! You really brought all my dreams to life!

Jaclyn

Jaclyn's Wedding Dress made by Alana van Heerden


Working with Alana was amazing! She was really fun and relaxed during the whole process. She advised me on what textures would work best to achieve the look I wanted- and that within my budget.

I loved my dress. 

The material buttons, the elegant lace straps, the fitted rouged bodice, the sweetheart neckline – just the beautiful simplicity of the gown. I absolutely adored that I could show off my blue suede shoes!


Alana went above and beyond – until I was wholly happy with every single feature and had my picture-perfect dress – down to the last little button.


HELENA


Ah, Alana is such a sweetheart! I loved seeing her (and her gorgeous grey cat) for fittings. She instinctively knew what I wanted and had great suggestions and insights when my creative well ran dry.
I’ve dreamed many dreams about my perfect wedding dress and had incredibly high expectations – and Alana exceeded them!


Of course a mother also has visions for her daughter’s special day and it can be challenging to please both your mother and to stay true to yourself. I envisioned something simple and my mother had reveries of layered lace. Alana came up with the brilliant idea of a detachable lace skirt – pleasing both myself and my mom (whom I love dearly)! During the ceremony I wore the lace and took it off for the remainder of the day.


The fabricated bouquet was the most beautiful I have ever seen. Alana also sewed a special message inside my husband’s suite. I really love Alana and all my bridesmaids loved her too. So much so that they’re all super excited to see her for their future weddings too!


CAYLEE


Weereens baie dankie Alana vir my pragtige rok- ek kon vir niemand beter gevra het nie! 


Simonie Rossouw


Alana was incredible.Within 10 minutes of our first meeting she had perfectly interpreted what I wanted into a sketch. I was in London until 2 weeks before my wedding and within those 2 weeks, she pulled the whole thing together. She listened to what was important to me and it showed in the dress.


SUSAN



Alana is one of my best friends, so our interaction was all love and fun filled – so relaxed.

I loved my dress! It was perfectly light and comfortable. Just as I had imagined.


Marita Palm



Alana is literally one in a million. Her comforting aura assures you that you are in great hands. She has this infectious, sincere smile that makes you want to be in her presence. Her eyes expose a infections enthusiasm for the future. Above all, she has a beautiful heart. She is interested in your story. Your experience. What you want.

What an amazing talent!


Alana, thank you for not only making 2 dresses that I am still totally in love with…but for inspiring me with your beautiful heart. I believe one’s wedding is a collective of your experiences leading up to the big day – and your part in my journey made the experience just that extra special!


LANE



Alana is so AMAZING!

I told her I loved lace and showed her a few pictures of dresses that I really liked – and right there, on the spot – she combined all the ideas and designed the perfect dress for me! She is innovative and stylish- so I felt confident leaving the design of my dress in her capable hands. She made me feel so comfortable at each fitting and she was just as excited as I was about the dress!

To this day people still compliment me on my dress! It was unique and perfect for my body – that is the sort of detail that Alana invests into each one of her dresses.


Elmarie Viljoen






It is more nerve-wracking to have something designed but completely worth it if you have the right designer. I loved loved loved my dress! It was so me.
Alana did such an amazing job! I adored my dress!

ANEL



Alana, who I just loved from the beginning – immediately grasped what I wanted and made me the perfect dress!


Nadia Beukes



I think Alana is a wonderful human, awesome friend and highly professional! She just gets it! I love her energy and beautiful smile. Most importantly…she makes a great cup of coffee!


Nadia Beaumont



Thank you for making me feel so safe – every step of the way. The amount of effort you put in is incredible! Your work is magical and your personality is warm and kind. You managed to give me a dress that spelled my name.


JUANE



I have been a bridesmaid a couple of times and have been to different designers and dressmakers over the past years.


Alana is by far the most professional, most down to earth and easy-going designer that I have come across.


The dress she made me fit better than a glove and exceeded any expectations I ever had about my wedding dress. I am in awe at her talent.



GWYNNEDD.



Alana made a dress that was everything I hoped it would be and that enabled me to feel amazing on my big day. I’m really grateful for that!


Jessica Davies



It was great to work with Alana. She always made me feel special and gave me different suggestions to change the dress to best suit my style. I could not thank her enough for the special part she played on our wedding day!


CHANTELLE



I recommend Alana wherever I go. The initial reason I chose her as my designer was that I could see from her portfolio that she does not force one style on all her designs. She creates unique pieces that are equally beautiful – perfect for each bride’s personality. I had such an amazing and enjoyable experience with her.

Thank You, Alana!


Carol Roux



Alana was the first, and only, designer I contacted for a consultation. I just loved everything about her! She is such a beautiful person, inside and out. I was always excited to go for my fittings because she always made me feel special and important. She is so kind and warm-hearted, and always made me feel at ease – it felt like I was going to visit a friend.


Alana really puts a lot of hard work and effort into making bespoke wedding attire and I would recommend her to anyone.


HANCHEN


Alana is very talented and is an excellent dressmaker!


I loved the colour – Alana dyed the material until it was the perfect hue. Her workmanship and attention to detail is immaculate. She is prompt and committed to an agreed time schedule. She has a very good balance between listening to ideas and making suggestions from a designer’s point of view.


From her talent, knowledge and expert advice stemmed my dream wedding dress.


MINETTE



Alana is a world class designer! She is both amazing and inspiring. I recommend her to all my friends.


Lisma Gelderblom




Ek wou net weer vir jou dankie se vir my stunning rok. Dit het soos ‘n handskoen gepas en ek het soos ‘n Hollywood ster gevoel! Ek het verskriklik baie komplimente gekry oor die rok en die feit dat dit so uniek is. Almal was gaande oor die beaded lace.

Die hele proses was ‘n absolute plesier saam met jou! Die rok het my wildste drome oortref!


HELENE

Helene Review


Alana and I come a long way and I couldn’t imagine anyone better to share this experience with. Not just because my dress was absolutely perfect, but also because Alana has such an amazing nature. She has this unbelievable gift to draw out each bride’s personality in their dress.


MICHELLE

Alana van Heerden | Michelle Cronje


Ek wil net dankie sê vir n ONGELOOFLIKE trourok! Jy het my rerig om my mooiste laat voel in my pragtige trourok.


Tanya



Alana is one of the most amazing people I have ever met.


From our first appointment I knew that she would design my dress. It was like I had made a new friend instantly. She has such an amazing, addictive laugh and her warm personality makes you feel so comfortable from the minute you walk into her home. Nothing is too much for her. She was calm and comforting at every appointment – no matter how many times I decided to change something. You can sense the love and passion!


NICKY