Real Bride Alert ➳ ➳ ➳

Can you tell that we are a little quieter this week? I am actually getting a chance to get caught up on paper work, and blogging… it’s a dream! When it comes to who we feature on our blog, it is literally down to right bride, right time, the lovely Rebecca sent me these images last week which was perfect timing as I have time this evening to do a blog! If you did buy your dress at Ivory & Pearl, we would ABSOLUTELY love to see it all come together! Ideally the professional photographs, send them to kate@ivoryandpearl.com and we will keep adding real bride images here throughout the summer!

Back to Rebecca, she purchased the beautiful Eden by Claire Pettibone. However, unfortunately she had Breast Cancer, and had to go through nine surgeries in total, therefore she wanted to customise it a little to hide the scars on her back and side from her reconstruction! So…  she added sleeves, which look absolutely amazing, and is happy to say that she’s feeling fine and couldn’t be happier!!

Rebecca and her hubby married at Villa Cipressi, Varenna, Lake Como. You would never believe Rebecca looks 55, and she herself says especially considering what she’s been through, she doesn’t think she looks too bad. Well.. given what you have been through and at 55, we thinking you look blooming amazing!!! It also takes courage to wear a blue wedding dress on your wedding day, and we are so pleased you chose to push the boat out and wear a dress that was so different, you look absolutely gorgeous!



P.S. The headdress and Veil are from ‘ What Katy Did Next’ and the shoes were preloved ‘Emmy.’

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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!

Love Kate
xxx

Claire Pettibone Bride

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Q & A with the lovely Gillian from The Little Cupcakery!

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Give us a little background to who you are, what you do and how you ended up there.

I am Gillian, a wife, a mum, a teacher and a wedding cake designer.…life is busy!! I started my business in the summer of 2012 when my friend Lucy persuaded me to make her wedding cupcakes! At first I made mini cupcakes but everyone kept asking if I would make them a cake and so eventually after a lot of practise and eating a lot of sample cake recipes, I launched my celebration and wedding cake collections.

What do you love most about your job?

All of it…apart from the washing up! I love the creative process. I love meeting brides and discussing their wedding and bringing it all together in cake form. I adore designing and baking wedding cakes and creating each and every little sugar flower that adorns the final display.

Is there a popular cake or does each bride want something different?

Generally brides want a cake that is going to appeal to all their guests. I offer a different flavour/tier and so often they get 3/4 choices of cake. My most popular would definitely be the Strawberry & Champagne-light and fresh and perfect after a wedding meal.

Would you recommend anywhere for brides to look for inspiration?

There is a wealth of information in magazine form, blogs and online. Pinterest is a great starting point to get ideas of the kind of design that you might like…and even the kind you don’t! But don’t worry if you cant decide-if you bring a few ideas to your consultation a good designer will be able to look and listen to your thoughts and suggest some ideas for you. Try starting here https://uk.pinterest.com/tlcni/

Have you any advice for brides on choosing their cake?

Choose something that you will enjoy and love to eat. It is your day and it is important that you love your cake! Don’t order a sugarpaste cake if you are one of those people who pick off the icing and leave it on the plate! There are other options such as chocolate ganache, a naked cake or buttercream. The choice is yours.

What did you enjoy most about your wedding day?

Definitely having all the people that we loved the most in the one room altogether! Waltzing with my Grandpa would have to be up there too-a memory that I will treasure forever.

How early should I book my cake?

You can never be too early-especially if you are having a summer wedding or a Saturday. Good cake designers will be booked up more than a year in advance. If there is someone in particular that you would like to design your cake get in touch and see if they are free. I take names and then a small deposit nearer the time to secure your date. Then we meet and chat over coffee and cake


How can brides get in touch?

Best way is via email at hello@thelittlecupcakeryni.com or via message on
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thelittlecupcakeryni/?fref=ts

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Photography credited to Paula O’Hara and Jonathan Ryder.

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An Ivory & Pearl Bride in a Claire Pettibone Gown

As you all know I am a big Claire Pettibone lover!! How could I not really, her dresses are just amazing, so intricate, ornate, different, just absolutely stunning!! Claire Pettibone’s dresses are just so different from other designers, not only that, her dresses are so different from each other!! I also love her use of colour, okay, okay, that’s enough, I hear ya! I am so happy with our designers at the moment though, I am having a lot of fun choosing new dresses, and can honestly say we have amazing gowns! Only more stunning  gowns to come.. next blog.. a designer we currently have but new dresses arriving in March… wait until you see them!!!

For now, I’ll leave you with Deborah in her gorgeous Claire Pettibone Kristene gown with the low back – love a good low back! Photos by Kat Mervyn, who will be at our open night on 17th February 2015 (just saying!!)

Love Kate
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