Meet Our Owners
Nadia Williamson is a Canadian designer, an award-winning entrepreneur, a philanthropist and a romantic.
With an astounding eye for detail and a love of storytelling, Nadia began her career as a freelance costume designer in the Film and Television industry. At 19, mentored by some of Canada's most celebrated designers, she started as a buyer and five years later became the head of the department. From big screens at Cannes and TIFF to award-winning digital series and commercials, her work has now been seen around the world. She has dressed and worked side by side such notable stars as Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, Jeff Bridges, Jamie Fox, Maria Bello, Rufus Sewell as well as Kim Coates and Amy Matysio to name a few. In her late twenties, Nadia dove deeper into the world of fashion, took a break from Film and TV and graduated with a diploma in Fashion Design from Montreal’s Le Salle College. She continued to live and work in Montreal styling fashion and editorial shoots, sewing her own ready-to-wear line and dreaming her next move - which would be home.
Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, this prairie girl decided to move west and connect with her roots. In December 2005, Williamson opened NWL, a contemporary women’s dress boutique. She was quickly rewarded remarkable success through a dedicated work ethic, healthy business instinct and her magnetic and luminous personality. In 2009, as the business grew, Williamson moved the shop into the historic Leader Building in downtown Regina and became one of the most notable bridal boutiques in the province. Over the last decade, NWL provided her with opportunities to develop the community through her support of numerous local business’ and events, her work with youth, as well as her charitable involvement, which includes the co-creation of The ‘Champagne’ series: A Cause for Fashion (benefiting The Arthritis Society, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, and The Autism Resource Centre) and her most recent endeavor, Build Love for Habitat for Humanity. Nadia received the YWCA’s Young Woman of Distinction Award, has sat on a profusion of boards and in 2015, was titled the fifth female Chair of the Regina Chamber of Commerce board.
When Nadia opened NWL, she had a small collection of wedding and cocktail dresses. 13 years later, NWL is not only thriving, Nadia has now helped over 10,000 brides prepare for their special day. An elegantly curated collection of bridal, cocktail and special occasion, Nadia is known for her impeccable taste, stunning selection and personal touch. The NWL experience is brought to life by a team dedicated to creating the best possible experience for every client.
In 2018, Nadia had her own special day and married the man of her dreams in Los Angeles. Continuing to make her mark in bridal and grow her business once again, Nadia opened NWLA in the heart of Santa Monica, California, allowing Nadia the opportunity to share her passion and expertise with brides in LA and beyond.
Teagan Barnes is an undeniably hard-working wife and mother, and now, she has partnered with Nadia Williamson in NWL Dresses.
Choosing to lead by example, Teagan is an optimist – a champion for all women, helping them look and feel their best, especially important when choosing apparel for special occasions. She is a mother of three who is deeply rooted in Regina, Saskatchewan. Teagan was married in 2012 in an unforgettable Pronovias wedding gown from NWL.
Teagan received a BFA in Costume Design from the University of Regina while working full time as manager at NWL. Her education afforded her an impeccable sense of taste, craftsmanship and attention to detail. After 12 years at NWL, Teagan is an expert at creating an exciting, yet inviting experience in the search for the perfect dress.