Dee Bowden


Dee is the foundation of the Hamilton team. A consultation with Dee will be full of laughter and love. Love of brides, love of gowns, love of matching the two. Dee is really passionate about giving brides a positive body image with reassurance, and demonstrating how a beautiful gown looks. Many of our brides come to think of Dee as their second Mum!

Photo courtesy of Nicola Inglis.

What our brides say about Dee

  • Dee was so awesome!! Made me feel so comfortable. And I found my perfect dress. Thanks again, Nina King

    Nina King

  • Hi Hayley and Dee, We got married on Saturday and it was the most magical day. Thanks to you two I felt like an absolute princess, Luke loved it and so many people commented on my dress - didn't want to change at the end of the night. Thank you again for your incredible service. You made choosing my dress so incredibly easy and so much fun.

    Samantha Murray

  • I'm not from New Zealand, so I had no idea where to start with looking for a wedding dress. Everything I was seeing online was either too far away or way out of my budget. When I went to Astra Bridal in Hamilton, Dee right away made me feel special and at ease. She wasn't pushy at all and listened to what I was picturing- thus, I found my wedding dress! Astra Bridal was wonderful, 100% recommend you go here to find your dress.

    Krista Knaggs

  • Dear Dee,

    Thank you for the wonderful care you took with helping me in choosing my wedding dress. You made the experience so special and I love my gown!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Warmest wishes,

    Deborah xx

    Deborah Tritt

  • Being a plus sized bride, I was very nervous to try on dresses. Dee and the girls at Astra Bridal were absolutely fantastic! They were all so accommodating. Dee, thank you kindly. You know exactly what you're doing and made me feel so beautiful! I Highly recommend to anyone looking for wedding dress as they have a beautiful range of gowns xxx

    Kate Henry