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Ava Designers


Meet The Team

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Paula is the proud owner of Ava Rose Hamilton, home of Say Yes To The Dress Lancashire!

She has been in the Bridal industry since she was 18 years old. With over 35 years experience Paula leads a dedicated and passionate team working alongside her daughters and close friends with her son Conor also running The Bridgewater Menswear department situated within the Colne boutique.

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Ava has been around bridal ever since being a little girl. After watching her mum build up the family business she always knew she loved bridal. She also gets to work with her mum and sister everyday day! Even her brother has the menswear department.
Ava finds her job so rewarding to be part of a brides journey from that special moment of finding the perfect gown and then throughout all the fittings to ensure the gown fits perfect, right up until helping them out to the car with the dress the day before the wedding! She believes it's so lovely to share the wonderful journey and memories with all our lovely brides. Her passion for the industry is seen throughout the series of Say Yes To The Dress Lancashire.

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Niamh loves working alongside her sister Ava and mum Paula, which is so special because Ava and herself have grown up around bridal.

Working in the Colne boutique Niamh loves been apart of the Say Yes To The Dress Lancashire team and endeavours to make sure every Bride has that once in a life time experience throughout their bridal Journey.

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Bernie has worked for Ava Rose Hamilton for over 10 years. She enjoys working alongside her sister Becki in the Silsden boutique and also been featured on Say Yes To The Dress Lancashire.

She adores the excitement and satisfaction that culminates in the creation of a bride’s perfect look. She appreciates the fabulous structure of the Essense of Australia corsets and how they enhance beautiful curves and feminine silhouettes. A true romantic at heart, she loves flowers, soft flowing fabrics and sentimental touches. Bernie likes to bring a sense of fun and excitement to her appointments.



Becki couldn't wait to join her sister Bernie and the Ava Rose Hamilton team after completing her diploma in Fine Art and Photography. She always draws on this when considering the artistic elements of a bride’s attire, hand picking the perfect dress and accessories. With a passion for cutting edge fashion she loves the sleek, sophisticated, clean cut lines of the Enzoani collection.

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Kay is a bubbly, people person. She dresses brides with an honest enthusiasm. She is dedicated to helping her brides achieve their desired look, whilst adding a little bit of fun to the appointment.

Kay loves the clinched waist and full skirted look of the 1950’s. She has an appreciation for the detailing and beadwork of the Signature collection, and loves the excitement and extravagance of an Ian Stuart dress.

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Michelle brings so much passion and enthusiasm to her appointments. She loves working with the unique styles of Ian Stuart but also has an eye for the beautiful detail found in the Martina Liana dress's. Her excitement to find the perfect look for her brides is completed in the accessories appointment where she loves finding the perfect tiara, headpiece or veil.

She loves working alongside her cousin Zoe on the Colne boutique.



Rebecca brings excitement and enthusiasm to the boutique,she loves to dress brides and find the perfect accessories to complete their look for their big day. Rebecca loves the classic simple designs and fabrics and has an eye for the Enzoani gowns. Receiving pictures of our beautiful brides once married gives her more drive and passion.



Gina has been sewing since the age of eight. Working along side the team on the premises she loves creating bespoke jackets and customising brides dress's so every bride has her unique look. As long as the Brides happy, Gina is happy.



Victoria loves to use her experience in costume design and textiles to perfect her brides vision on her special day. With a keen eye for detail she works closely with her brides, utilising her knowledge of fabrics and garment construction to bring each element together into their desired look.



Joan has been a seamstress all her life, working in the industry since 1976.

She has worked with independent designers creating their collections and before that made bespoke wedding gowns from Toile to finished look for brides for over 20 years.

She loves all the intricate detail and precision that goes into ensuring the perfect fit for every bride.



Zoe works in between both boutiques, working along side her cousin Michelle in our Colne boutique. She has a passion for the Martina liana gowns. She loves their intricate laces, decedent beadwork with a modern twist. She loves handpicking accessories for each one of her brides.

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JJ has come from a design background and was so happy to be given the opportunity to work at Ava Rose Hamilton. From a young age he has always wanted to work in occasion wear and design. He recently graduated with qualifications in textiles and photography and also won the textiles Faculty award for his dedication and skills within the subject. Winning the award made his passion for the industry even stronger.

JJ loves been able to work with the beautiful gowns and helping make brides happy. He takes so much pride in the hand finishing of the gowns ensuring each brides gown is ready for collection and their magical day.

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Emma works within the Silsden boutique. Growing up in Silsden it was her dream to work for Ava Rose Hamilton. There are so many aspects she loves about the bridal industry, seeing the brides journey from selecting their dream gown to helping them complete their look with the perfect accessory. She loves the long lasting relationships we create with our brides and takes passion in looking after them throughout their journey with Ava Rose Hamilton.

Her favourite designer is Martina Liana as she adores the detailing and intricate design that goes into each gown, she also believes a little bit of sparkle can create the perfect look.

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Eliza has always had a family connection with the Ava Rose Hamilton, she has grown up in boutique as the building has been in her family for over 150 years. So when she had the opportunity to work for Ave Rose Hamilton it was like she was home. She has just completed her apprenticeship in customer service and loves having the opportunity to make every brides experience special from start to finish. From the beginning she has always been drawn to Ian Stuart wedding gowns as she loves his unique designs and show stopping looks.