Stephanie wore the ABSOLUTELY Stunning Sierra gown by Anna Campbell and she chose it in bone – which is a very soft grey, she looked gorgeous.

Stephanie had a destination wedding, and Anna Campbell is perfect for the hotter climates and for travelling long distances!

Here are a few snaps !!

Kate xxx





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#ivoryandpearlbride Aimee

The beautiful Aimee flew over from France to find the “one”, originally from Whitehead it was a nice excuse to meet up with all her family and friends. Aimee and her mum own a beauticians in France, and for me that conjures up all sorts of lovely images. Aimee did all of her research online .. my kind of bride ūüėČ and came with a clear idea in her head.. and first shop, first appointment the dress was bought.

Aimee also gave up smoking about 6 months before her wedding.. and how amazing does she look as well as kicking the habit.. it was worth it Aimee.. you look amazing! 

Aimee says: 

“Hi Kate,¬†
I have attached some pictures of my magical wedding day in France. Everything was perfect, the sun was shining, about 29¬į, not too hot just right. I felt absolutely beautiful in my gorgeous dress which fitted me perfectly ! Thank you for helping me find the most incredible dress!¬†
Thank you again for everything! 
Mrs Watson <3 “

Facebook : @DanielSmythNI
Instagram : @danielsmythni

Love Kate

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#ivoryandpearlbride Esther

“Hi Kate and the girls,

Thank you so much for all your help last year in the run up to our wedding in February. My Catherine Deane dress was just perfect. Here are a few photos of our day.

Love Esther”

Esther wore a beautiful Catherine Deane dress … which we don’t even stock, she had spied it online and we brought it in for her to try on! I love when this happens, as we get to see another dress – we can never see too many wedding dresses!! It was perfect for her, and the colours were perfect.

Love Kate







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South Africa

I love travelling, a little too much! I’m already planning next years summer holidays, even though we said we’d take a year out!! I came across our itinerary for the South Africa trip we did a few years ago (with a 6 month old) and I thought someone might find it useful. The route was great – we went to Joburg first of all and then we did the Garden Route down to Cape Town. South Africa is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.. it’s absolutely amazing! Accommodation and food is so cheap,¬†¬£7.00 for a three course meal and cocktails are ¬£2.00! However, the closer you get to Cape Town the more expensive it gets! Below I have literally copied and pasted my planning from before we went, we didn’t end up doing all of the activities, so I have just ‘italics’ the ones we did actually do! We also did more activities once we got there, but of course I’ve forgotten some of the places. I, however, like having a basic plan and accommodation booked and then work around that! Just to note, we stayed in decent accommodation but definitely not fancy fancy places – apart from the safari!!¬†I’ve also¬†written a few comments down the side from what I can remember ūüôā

Any questions feel free to get in touch!

Kate xxx




Things to do


11th Dec 2014

08:20 departure from Dublin

Get the lounge pass – as there is unlimited food/drink. Free wifi and a shower to freshen up in between flights.

12th Dec 2014

Arrive Joburg at 08:40



There’s no jet lag as there’s only 1/2 hours difference.

13th Dec 2014


Soweto and Apartheid Tour


This tour is definitely recommended – it took in the shanti towns and the Nelson Mandela Museum.

14th Dec 2014


Mangwanani Spa 

A really good/reasonably priced all day spa.

15th Dec 2014


Ivory Tree 

This place is a little more expensive but sooo amazing! Food is all inclusive – there is an outdoor shower (ha!) and the safaris are just out of this world! You also don’t need any vaccinations at this safari either.

16th Dec 2014

Ivory Tree

We also visited Sun City resort when we were here Рit has a swimming pool, crocodile farm, rides etc.. 

17th Dec 2014

Fly to Port Elizabeth

Tsitsikamma Village Inn (£104)

Fifth Avenue Tours

Not the most amazing place to stay but central to everything.

18th Dec 2014

Tsitsikamma Village Inn


Storm River Suspension Bridge

Tsitsikamma National Park is so beautiful – and so nice to go and have a picnic at and a swim in the sea.

We also did the tree tops – which is zip lining through the forest.


19th Dec 2014


Candlewood Lodge

Robberg Nature Reserve for walks and scenery

This accommodation again was okay, clean and inexpensive, breakfast included. 

20th Dec 2014


Candlewood Lodge

Meerkat Adventures ‚Äď de Zeekoe Reserve

Cango Caves

Bella Mia Pottery

Ostrich Farm

Rust & Vrede Waterfall

Cango Wildlife Ranch

Wilgewandel Hol Farm

From Knysa we travelled to Oudtshoorn¬†and did the Cango Caves – worthwhile seeing, and the Cango Wildlife Ranch – we ate ostrich¬†here! You can also ride an Ostrich at the Ostrich farm.. which we didn’t do.


Dinner at Olive Tree – YUM! However, all food is sooo good and sooo cheap! It’s honestly so, so fresh and every meal we had was delicious.

21st Dec 2014


Abalone £225


This is a beautiful hotel.. definitely recommend!!

22nd Dec 2014



Whale watching

White Shark Diving at Gaansbaii 

Depending on season you can watch the whales .. we¬†didn’t see any!

23rd Dec 2014


Spier Hotel (£75)

This is an amazing hotel….. definitely¬†recommend!! Lots of wine tours here and the scenery is fab!

24th Dec 2014

Cape Town

At V&A Waterfront

Cape Town is so beautiful, and¬†I felt very at home! Christmas isn’t commercialised which is actually lovely, we barely saw a Christmas tree up and on Christmas Day everyone was outside eating and drinking and just loving life!

25th Dec 2014

Cape Town

City Lodge Pinelands

Table mountain

Aerial Cableway

Hop on hop off bus 


Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

26th Dec 2014

Cape Town

Cape Point

Lions Head

Robyn Island

27th Dec 2014

Cape Town

Signal Hill

The castle of good hope

District 6 museum

Abseil Africa/Cape of Good Hope

28th Dec 2014

Fly to Joburg

It was cheaper for us to fly back to Joburg than to fly from Cape Town .. a bit of a pain but was grand, and I was just so excited to have seen SA!

29th Dec 2014

20:30 leave Joburg

30th December 2014

13:40 arrive in Dublin

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A working mama Рmy life outside of the boutique

So I can 100% say I have settled into a working mum – I’ve got this! It’s only taken me 3 plus years, but here I am, I am loving work and loving having a work/life balance, something I’m so relieved/thankful that I have!

I have to get out of the house or it is a verrrrryyy long day, especially as my hubby works very long days and I’m usually up from 6! I have been trying to explore little old NI, so¬†I decided to jot down a few of the places I have been, unfortunately some/a lot of them are weather permitting.. here’s praying for a few crisp dry Autumn days…

Pickie Park

Pickle Park is absolutely gorgeous in the summer months Рit has a play park, a train ride, swans, a cafe (and Mauds!!) Also remember to bring your swimming cossie (for the summer months) as there are sprinklers for the kids to run in and out of.

The Gruffalo Trail 

This is some walk so be prepared, I haven’t invested in a double buggy pram as I keep thinking one will want to walk but in reality I end up carrying and pushing !! In my experience I didn’t feel completely comfortable as it’s quite covered and it was quiet when I went, so I would definitely recommend going with a friend in the day light – the book is also fab!

The Giants Lair 

My daughter is 3 and boy did she love this! She was mesmerised with the fairies and loved making up stories about what they were doing. There is also a play park and an ice cream van for the kids.

Streamvale Farm

We have visited lots of farms, and Streamvale really is hard to beat! Again, not a great time for this blog as Spring time is a great time to go (check out their opening times before heading). There’s so much¬†to do though, whether that be playing shop, a go on the barrel ride, go karting, slides¬†or feeding/petting the animals.

Castle Espie

This is one of the National Trusts little treasures. Castle Espie isn’t one place that is overly advertised but it is a great place for the kids. They love feeding the ducks, and watching the birds. There is also an in door play area – granted it is small but¬†the kids will burn off some steam!


Newtownards kids paddling Pool

This is an 18″ pool with lots of toys for the kids to play with, it’s a small circle so you can sit around the side watching them (fully clothed) without worrying about their safety.


We have been to lots of play cafes but it’s¬†hard to beat Funtastic, my husband thinks the food replicates that of a normal “adult restaurant” and I love that it is routinely cleaned (OCD alert)!! The activities are also perfectly sized for toddlers (I’ve been to some that the steps are too big for little people!)

Lisburn Leisure Plex

I have to be honest, it is more a¬†Saturday¬†morning activity with my hubby as he takes two toddlers swimming – rather him than me!! But the kids absolutely love it and they’re absolutely wrecked afterwards!

Mount Stewart 

Mount Stewart frequently have jazz events Рin which the kids can run around, kick a ball, we can chill, then have a picnic and go for a walk afterwards.


Free childcare 3 years up – enough said.

Ulster Museum


There is much to do in Newcastle.. have a bbq, go to Tullymore Forest Park, have a Mauds, go on the Amusements, go on the swans…

Can’t beat a good old¬†park .. Wallace Park // Lady Dixon Park // Delamont Park

For a coffee shop,¬†Vic Ryn¬†is hard to beat, there are lots of other kids (so you don’t need to worry if yours have a tantrum) and there is a dedicated play area with lots of toys for the children. It also has the most amazing scones and tray bakes, as well as lunch¬†options!

Still on my list is:
Armagh Planetarium
C&Js Petting Farm
Steam train Downpatrick
Eden Pottery
Tayto Park
Slieve Donard / Titanic for visiting Santa

Also, keep an eye out on your local councils Facebook pages for specific events, we are going to:
Lisburn The Whispering wood in Hillsborough Forest 

If anyone has any others places, please let me know.. 

Next one will be wedding related.. I promise.

Love Kate

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