A boutique bridal design company founded by two sisters has emerged from the busyness of two young families, and with the help of a business mentor is poised to take on the world.

Boho Bridal Design is the brainchild of free-spirited sisters Abbey and Lisa, who saw an opportunity to create extraordinary wedding dresses that marry the tradition of the big day with something altogether more bohemian.

“From the outset we’ve set out to be fiercely fashionable, but also to reflect the person who’s wearing the dress,” says Abbey.

“It’s important for us that our creations are both soulful and playful at heart, not just an off-the-shelf product.”
This absolute attention to detail and originality takes time though, which is often in short supply as both Abbey and Lisa also have young families.

“We are both very determined when it comes to balancing our young families and achieving the goals we have for Boho Bridal Design,” Abbey says.

“The reason we are doing this is for our families. It’s incredible to be able to do what we love and not have to miss time with our children,” adds Lisa.

As a small business, the sisters have to cover all bases, often wearing multiple hats at once.

“We do everything from designing the gowns to quality control, administration to arranging consultants and stylists, book-keeping to marketing, and anything else we need to do to help the business achieve its goals.”

“It’s a huge challenge, though it is helped by the massive satisfaction we get from doing something we love.”

When looking for support options, the pair came across the Business Mentors programme on social media and discovered that friends were using the service. A call to Venture Taranaki resulted in a mentor to help them focus on the behind-the-scenes aspects of the business, including business planning and operational procedures.

“Working with a mentor has given us an outside perspective that has really helped ground us and bring us back to what’s important. It’s really easy to get caught up in the little things, and our mentor has been a wonderful support that has really enabled us to move the business forward towards our long-term vision,” Abbey says. 

That vision includes taking a Taranaki business founded on love to international heights, suggesting that Boho Bridal Design is definitely one to watch.