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

Claire Pettibone Bride










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Hi everyone 🙂

Some of you may have already met me, and some may meet me in the future. I have been at Ivory & Pearl / Willow & Thread since the summer… But boy do I now know what “wedding season” actually means. Ivory & Pearl is so busy at the moment, not only do we have brides finding their gown for their weddings next year (and some last minute brides for this summer) but we also have all the alterations and bridal collections taking place. Plus Easter is this weekend… where has the time gone, it feels like it was Christmas just 2 minutes ago!

I am really enjoying seeing brides coming to see their actual wedding dresses for the first time before their big day – it’s all very exciting! They are excited but also a little nervous which is to be expected as many brides haven’t laid eyes on their dress for several months! I love seeing the emotion when brides put their dresses on, it then becomes all very real as this is THE dress, it’s not just one of our dresses but it is their dress now that they will be walking down the aisle in, in just few weeks time!

There’s so much more to weddings than I ever could have imagined! We’ve been flat out with Sample Sales and Designer Weekends. And this weekend we have our last Designer Weekend for now, Naomi Neoh. I adore these dresses, the fabric the structure, they are so romantic and elegant! So DATES… Friday 25th & Saturday 26th, Saturday is fully booked at the moment but we do have a few spaces left on Friday if you would like an appointment to view this collection please ring the boutique on 02891871135

So what am I doing over Easter – WELL my cousin is getting married this Saturday and I am so excited! It is the loveliest of occasions watching two people make a lasting promise to each other surrounded by all their loved ones. It really is the best day and I can’t wait to see how stunning she will look in her wedding dress. I am looking forward to spending my Easter weekend in the luxury of the Galgorm Hotel! I love this hotel, especially their spa! I have never been there for a wedding before but I have heard it’s fabulous and it will be a very special occasion.

What I am wearing – I got my own outfit from The Boudoir, it’s a beautiful off the shoulder Eden Row dress and I also hired a headpiece from there to match, I got my bag from Zara and my shoes are ted baker – so I can’t wait to get dressed up myself! I am getting my hair done by Hedonist Hair situated in Botanic Avenue and make up by the talented Jennifer Ireland so I really can’t wait to get pampered. I also just got my hair coloured for the first time in nearly a year by the lovely Emma Crawford, she is based just outside Comber at Pearhill tree and her studio is delightful with the added extra of a cup of tea and caramel square. I would definitely recommend paying her a visit.

It is then my birthday the following Wednesday so i have a lot to look forward to!

Whatever you are up to I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing Easter break and all the wedding preparations are coming along nicely!

Lots of love,
Kathryn xoxo


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New Year Resolutions…

Have you made any? Broken any? Don’t worry there’s always next year, and if you haven’t made any.. there’s still time!

With the Christmas extravaganza officially over & the New Year well & truly brought in; many feel the January blues are upon them. Some are upset that Santa has been and gone and that the Christmas holidays are over for another year, some have put on a little extra bit of cushioning after indulging on too many Mince Pies and are feeling the effects. You are also probably counting down the days until pay day as Christmas has well & truly left a hole in your back pocket. So as the ‘New Year’ ‘New Me’ sayings begins so does the New Year Resolutions. For many, it often feels like a forced way to make a change. After all, if you really wanted to make a change, why wait until January. If you’re serious about making a change, it’s important that you put specific goals in place in order to achieve success. And the great thing about resolutions is they don’t have to just live in your personal life; they can be a powerful aid to help you grow your business, as well.

Last Year I took up the resolution of cutting out Chocolate & as I am a self proclaimed chocoholic who loves nothing more than a bar of diary milk there was little faith that I could do it however it’s amazing what determination and a little bit of stubbornness can do to a person. It taught me that once you set your mind to something there is very little that can stop you from achieving it. It is a great time to exercise your own individual will power.

This year I haven’t come up with one, so I thought I would look into a few ideas. I looked online & found a few resolutions I would opt for, the one that appealed to me most would be to “schedule “me” time, turning off my phone, computer and other electronic devices.” I would get told quite a lot that I couldn’t cope without my phone as I am always glued to it so I think an hour or two a day social media free perhaps in the evening when you’re sitting down with your family would be good to switch the phone off & interact more in conversation, I feel this would be a good way to start 2016!

Below are a few other ideas:

• Write one handwritten letter a month to someone special
• Take the stairs instead of elevators and escalators to get daily exercise
• Walk or ride your bike to places instead of driving
• Cook at home more often—you will learn new cooking skills and save money.
• Do something out of your comfort zone.
• Be more willing to talk to others and learn something about strangers.
• Sign up for a dance or art class.
• Start running a little further each time you run.
• Read one new book each month.
• Turn off the Internet and television and read a book before falling asleep.

Love Kathryn


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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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