Owner and designer Lani van Rooyen realized early on that her passion for beautiful gowns and the design thereof far outweighed other career choices.  She went on to study fashion design in her native South Africa under the watchful eye of two established designers, where she won the awards for Best Student Design and Best Art Student in 1996.

Following her studies, Lani established her first studio, designing and manufacturing a variety of gowns and garments. It was during this time she discovered her ultimate passion - that of designing and creating wedding gowns, and doing her part in making brides’ wedding day extra special.

In 2000, realizing the need to expand her business and design knowledge, Lani shifted to part-time design and embarked on a world-wide journey which lasted several years - from tailoring on cruise ships to attending business and fashion schools in London, to gaining experience in the field of hospitality.

After following her husband to Canada, she established R O O Y Couture & Consulting in 2009, where today she is doing what she loves best: dressing Alberta brides.

{rooy} - derived from Lani's last name, means 'red' in her native tongue Afrikaans.