Real Bride Alert
Well it would appear we have been in hibernation! I need to get back into blogging, especially of our gorgeous brides! Believe it or not, in about 4 weeks time we get a little quieter, as all of our summer brides will have collected and may be even had their wedding day, so fingers crossed I will have more time to blog!
Today we are kicking off our end of hibernation with Kate, who was an absolute delight to deal with! She had spied this Claire Pettibone dress before, and as soon as she put it on it looked amazing! Of course, we tried on other Claire Pettibone, to make sure it was the one but nothing compared!
Kate brought her son and daughter to the fittings, and I have to say they were an absolute credit to her, they were so mannerly and just so delighted and happy for their mum that she was having her dream day! When Kate collected I had just had my baby boy, Jack and she bought me a beautiful framed poem “if” for him as her son had it too!
It’s been so nice looking through Kate’s photographs and seeing the little touches, the venue is Orange Tree which is one of my all time favourite venues as well! Thank you Kate for buying your dress at Ivory & Pearl, and telling your family and friends about us 🙂
Kate’s hubby also owns Fresh Graphics, who I am getting some cards printed with at the moment, so if you need anything printed, check him out here: Fresh Graphics
I’ll be back … in the not too distant future!
In the words of Marilyn Monroe:
“Give a girl the right shoes… and she can conquer the world”
So there really is no better occasion to don the most amazing pair of shoes you have ever owned that your wedding day! Whatever your style, whether it be quirky, glamorous, sophisticated or comfortable we have put together a range of wedding shoe options, along with our recommendations of the best bridal shoes from both designer ranges and the high street.
Designers Bridal Shoes:
For a fairytale wedding look, Emmy bridal shoes give that real princess feel (they even have a shoe called Cinderella!). They are beautifully made with a touch of vintage glamour, specialising in hand beaded embellishments. They also have a unique branded crystal on the sole, emphasizing true luxury.
Another designer brand, Rachel Simpson is a British designer based in Birmingham. With a passion for all things shoe related, her bridal ranges are comfortable, unique and elegant. For each bridal shoe, there are a variety of colour options that fit well with popular bridal themes and colours i.e. pastel blues, greens and pinks. We have handpicked our personal favourites…
Sienna Embellished £279
Isabella Porcelain leather £199
Darcie Rose gold £195
This London based unique designer offers luxurious ready-to-wear bridal shoes, with personal customisation- with the option of creating a bespoke bridal shoe for your wedding. All shoes also have coordinating bridal handbags and hair accessories. I have also picked out a gorgeous pair of bridal pumps- for those who want ultimate comfort on their big day.
Sakura Ivory £450
Lillie Lace pump £190
For something a little more edgy and un-traditional with ‘Rock star’ vibes, Valentino’s classic ‘rock stud’ is the perfect bridal shoe! Valentino also do classic cut shoes such as these leather courts as seen below…
‘Rockstud’ pump £540
Other suggestions of designer bridal shoes include: Badgley Mischka, Christian Louboutin & Jimmy Choo.
High Street Bridal Shoes…
For a high street option, with something a little more affordable (but equally as beautiful!), checkout Dune. Dune can be found in the high street and also within some major department stores such as Debenhams or House of Fraser.
‘Behold’ Champagne £54
Roland Carter ‘Dila’ Gold £40
Roland Carter ‘Deena’ Silver £34
Other suggestions of where to find gorgeous bridal shoes on the high street would be: ASOS, Missguided & NEXT, they have a great range of affordable bridal shoes (with new 2017 ranges!)
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I found my Mister, but I still need my Sister…Will you be my bridesmaid?
We all want to think of the most unique and memorable ways to ask our lovely ladies “will you be my bridesmaid?” something to treasure forever and celebrate your friendship. There are lots inspirational ideas out there of fun, adventurous, sentimental and even humorous ways of asking your nearest and dearest ladies to stand by your side as your bridesmaid at your wedding! We have put together a few of our favourite ideas for you to consider… Whether you want a simple gesture or a grand ‘maid of honour’ proposal we’ve got you covered!
- Personalised jewellery
A simple classic that will never get old, a timeless piece of jewellery to ask your ladies the all important question will be something they can get the most use out of. You could use a ‘save the date necklace’ or give a more traditional piece of jewellery with the crucial question behind it, like these gorgeous little gold bracelets below.
- Personalised letters
Nothing says personal like a card!! Letters and posters can be combined with other gifts, trinkets and gestures, however I feel a personalised letter or card is the most sentimental. A pretty card like this floral one below is a beautiful little gesture for your maids to keep forever. (P.S Check out our range of ‘thank you for being my bridesmaid’ cards in our boutique, they are stunning! – See our Facebook for details & pictures ).
Maybe you want something a little less serious, where you can embrace the funny and humorous side of your friendship? I personally love this light-hearted idea, especially the idea of asking your bridesmaid to complete your #squadgoals at your wedding! Maybe even an SOS bridesmaid emergency box of things to prevent any wedding disasters (i.e. a sewing kit!).
- Box of surprises- memories & goodies
A beautiful trinket or jewellery box like this would be a perfect addition to any dressing table! Fill it with old memories, photographs, sweets, treats and goodies for the ultimate gift. It’s also a good idea to make up a little ‘pampering box’- possibly gather all the bridesmaid for a girly night in with a bottle of wine and beauty products then present them with a little box like seen below! It does require a little more effort and some DIY, however it is a lovely gesture and something they will certainly remember!
Small keepsakes that are personal to your bridesmaid in my eyes- are ALWAYS a good idea. If she loves candles why not get her a personalised one? Small intimate gifts like this can go a long way. Cute little trinkets can be added into a box of goodies, as mentioned, or given on their own as a small gesture- perfect for on a budget! There is also the option of personalising a lovely plaque or which can you can fit those thoughtful little poem verses in- sure to bring a few tears!
A shared love of food? Why not ask through baking a cake or some cookies! The homemade aspect gives that personal, memorable touch. And let’s be honest, who could say no to cake and cookies? Although this gesture can’t be kept forever it’s the cutest little idea!
- Surprise adventures
What better way to make the ultimate bridesmaid ‘proposal’ than taking your girls (or just maid of honour- if on a budget!) out on a surprise adventure, to show them how much they mean to you. Ideas like a trip to the spa for some beauty treatments, an afternoon tea, a picnic or even just a fun road trip adventure- something unique to your friendship and what you like doing together most.
These are just a few examples of ways to ask ‘will you be my bridesmaid?’, recently engaged myself I will definitely be using some of these ideas ! **TIP**
[www.notonthehighstreet.com will become your new bestfriend ! They have lots of little unique gifts for asking your ladies to be your bridesmaids, featured above!]
Catherine Deane Trunk Show
On the 19th January 2017, for one weekend only, we will be receiving the full Catherine Deane collection AND there will be 10% OFF all gowns purchased that weekend!
Catherine Deane has always been one of my favourite designers, I love everything about her collection, from the branding to her wedding dresses, and she’s even from Ireland!! Her family actually own a castle, yes a castle here.
We are looking forward to hosting our very first Catherine Deane Trunk Show, and as we have now opened our second, private changing room – we still have spaces available (two or three!)
To book an appointment, call 02891871135 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
It is 2017… How did that happen? I can’t believe we’ve been open for four years and what a four years it has been! I am so, SO excited for the year ahead.
So, 2017 is a little different for me, I now have two kids, two and a half years and under and it’s crazy. I love my balance at the moment though, and to be totally honest – it’s probably taken me until now to get the right balance. When Daisy was born I felt guilty that I wasn’t working and was back to work so soon. However, I’m so glad Jack came along as whenever I had him – I realised how important those early days are and I was able to take MUCH longer off plus I had the added bonus of a one year old to entertain me, and boy does she entertain me. She is such a girl, she loves clothes, shoes and doing my make up… I love them with all.my.heart.
So I have had to get my life in order, and be organised and I have a few hints and tips for you all, as I am sure you are all ranging from a little stressed to mega stressed depending on what stage of your wedding planning you’re at. So here’s what I have done.
Okay, so I know this is nothing new, but we’re so bad at buying food and then not eating it before it goes out of date and it’s such a waste – so we have started cooking meals out of Lean in 15, and we literally buy all the ingredients we need for that week, plus the essentials. Then I don’t have to think about what we’re cooking that night as we’ve already decided; of course I have a few chicken nuggets in the freezer just incase and the odd night where I’ve no clue what we’re making. Beans on toast anyone?
My Make up Organiser
I love this organiser I bought it off eBay… it holds all my make up that I need in the morning, and as long as Daisy hasn’t got her hands on it, it stays lovely and organized. Plus it only cost £10 on eBay. Here’s a link to one: http://bit.ly/2iMuDKC
It took me long enough, but I have moved my diary online… and I love Google Calendar, I can see how busy we are for the coming weeks. I can plan Designer Weekends, Sample Sales so easily and if a bride rings my mobile, I can let them know my availability easily. I highly recommend it. Oh and we are expanding Ivory & Pearl, so we now have the availability to offer extra appointments in the boutique, which are still private. boom.
Okay, so I don’t exercise, I really should. Does standing up all day long count? Yes, I think so. However, Chris has just joined Pure Gym and rang me yesterday to tell me the best news.. I said unless he’s telling me that’s he’s coming to take the kids and has booked me in for a massage, it’s not exciting. And, no, it wasn’t that.. however, Pure Gym is coming to Lisburn.. right on our door step!
Well here’s to a Great 2017.. We have new designers coming in this month, lots and lots of trunk shows.. which will be the next blog so keep an eye out!