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


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




Photography credited to Paula O’Hara and Jonathan Ryder.

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A re-introduction

Ivory & Pearl has been open for such a long time now, I feel like I need to re-introduce myself! We’re in our forth year with literally hundreds of Ivory & Pearl brides, it’s still a little surreal – and we still love it!

So, who am I? My name is Kate Speers (formerly Clingen) I married my lovely husband Chris Speers, if you’re from Comber you may possibly know him, five years ago this summer and we have two children Daisy and Jack (thought I’d add a photo, sure why not, here we are at the zoo last week below).

After doing Business Studies at University, and working in the corporate world for seven years, I decided it was time to set out on my own, so I did! My vision for Ivory & Pearl was a Bridal Boutique that had wedding dresses that weren’t stocked anywhere else in Northern Ireland or Ireland. Dresses for the modern bride, who wants a dress that’s a little fashion forward, that is unique and represents them! And that is now what we stock, with designers such as, Claire Pettibone, Naomi Neoh, Anna Campbell, Catherine Deane, Claire Pettibone Romantique, Flora and Karen Willis Holmes.

I personally LOVE our dresses, when I look along the rails now, I would HAPPILY wear each and every one of them!

We are always on the look out for new designers and have done a lot of designer weekends this year for visiting designers and it’s been a great way to see new and different gowns!

We are based in the lovely Georgian House in Comber, it really is lovely! Wooden floors, chandeliers, and fires which are always lit in the Autumn/Winter months! I went out one day to find a premises and on my first day, found the Georgian House – it even has a tea house / restaurant downstairs – it was meant to be!

As well as myself in the boutique (although I’m off for a little while on maternity at the moment). There is Kathryn, who is fantastic, you will most likely have met her if you’ve been in Ivory & Pearl or Willow & Thread recently as she works full time and has been with us for nearly a year, Sharon who also owns Innocent Chaos and Sara who is Chris’ cousin and studying to do midwifery (so if you’re nervous about bringing pregnant family/friends… we have you covered!)

In September, we also opened a fashion boutique Willow & Thread, which is right next door. So if you have a bridal appointment with us be sure to pop in! (I also then had our second baby and moved house all within the space of three months, not one to do anything in halves)!

To book an appointment, give us a call on 028 9187 1135 or email hello@ivoryandpearl.com

Don’t forget we can also bring in most dresses from any of our designers even if we don’t stock that particular dress! So if you spy a gown online – drop us an email. And if you’d like to speak to me directly – just email kate@ivoryandpearl.com

You can also follow us on:
Instagram @ivoryandpearl
Snapchat @ivoryandpearl

AND follow us on Willow & Thread
Instagram @willowandthread
Snapchat @willowandthread

Love Kate



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Catherine Deane 2015 Wedding Dresses

When I opened Ivory & Pearl, I approached Catherine Deane about stocking their gowns, because I loved her branding, loved her website, loved her dresses! At that time though they weren’t available, HOWEVER, last year they approached me as they were starting to sell into Bridal Boutiques. AND boy am I glad I took them on.. here are a few of the gowns that are due in NEXT month!! Excited.com

Love Kate


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So today is my birthday, I’m at the age now were I don’t want to think about being another year older! The year just seems to fly by – you just get used to bring one age and then Bam! you’re another year older!

This year though, we have a beautiful baby girl to celebrate with! She has definitely turned our world upside down. People kept saying to me “nothing prepares you for a baby” and I honestly thought to myself, I work 7 day weeks, I’m used to working hard and then Daisy came along and I understood what they meant! Especially in the initial weeks, as it’s lack of sleep, now though, we have got into a routine and I absolutely love having time off with Daisy and just relaxing and taking the day at our leisure! Life is super busy, I suppose having a baby and a business things were always going to be busy, then throw into the mix, a youth group with church we help out with and our house currently being up for sale, yes I think we are mad!

Daisy is amazing though, we call it ‘Daisy TV’ we just watch her for hours, sometimes she does nothing but next thing she’ll yawn, suck her fingers, sneeze, smile, it sounds ridiculous .. And it is! However, she’s our first and the first grand child so we’re all a little mesmerised! We are also extremely thankful for all the support they give us, we couldn’t do half of what we do without them!

Having Daisy for my birthday is amazing, but Chris is feeling the pressure, as rolled into one present – there is a “pushing present” apparently this is really a thing for having Daisy, and I’m definitely milking it, an anniversary present (from August, which slipped his mind and very nearly did mine too) and my birthday. Chris’ problem was that he set the bar too high when we dated and then he proposed in a hot air balloon (yes really)! I haven’t got it just yet…

We’ve a busy few weeks ahead with a Designer Weekend for Claire Pettibone (10th – 12th October 2014) and one for Naomi Neoh (1st – 2nd November 2014) coming up!! This means we’ll have the full collection of both in the boutique just for the weekend and 10% off all gowns purchased during the weekend! I love having designer weekends, and if they’re designers that you love.. it’s definitely worth coming to!

Love Kate


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Love and the Shoreline

Today I was involved in a photo shoot at Tullyveery House, with other amazing professionals within the bridal industry, honestly it blew my mind how spectacular everything looked, I cannot wait to share the entire shoot with you. However, in the mean time I thought I would share with you another shoot that Ivory & Pearl wedding dresses were used in last year! The photos are just outstanding by the extremely talented Paula O’Hara Photography! See all the other suppliers involved at the bottom <3



















Alise Taggart – Stylist
Cinematography – Story of Eve
Floral Earth – Florals, driftwood, hurricane vases,
Ursula Bamford – Headpieces,
Jennifer Ireland – Makeup
Lynette Murray – Hair
Ivory & Pearl – Wedding Dresses
Table 10 – Chivari chairs
Paperbark – Stationery
Ruta Mineikyte – Model
Piaras Smyth – Model
Cakes by James
J Bird Bakery – Macarons
Coppermoon – Rings
Innocent Chaos Jewellery – Feather bouquet

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