April & Christopher, 13th July 2019 

This lace Annasul Y gown with blush underlay that April chose for her big day has a gorgeous vintage feel. We just love the balance of the long sleeves with the plunging back.

“Thank you so much for your help and care in finding and altering my dream dress. I had really struggled to find what I wanted. You’ve got such a beautiful shop with some very unique dresses.”

Jess & Peter, 17th August 2018 

Lovely Jess looked sensational in her Catherine Deane ‘Zoe’ gown – the silky soft tulle and delicate embroidery made it an elegant choice that moves gracefully with the wearer.

“Every visit to The Ivory Secret has been so special and personal. Eleanor made me feel so relaxed right from the start and the journey has been unforgettable – something every bride should experience. I would recommend to everyone to come and see Eleanor and her beautiful dresses”

Laura & Dan, 6th July 2019 

We can’t get enough of the floral emblems on our Willowby bride Laura’s gown!

“I can’t thank you enough for all your help and patience. I’d been to about nine shops and had completely given up on the idea of finding a dream dress. Nothing was too much trouble for Eleanor. The shop and dress selection are absolutely stunning and the changes to my dress were perfect.”

Dani & David, 14th July 2018 

Dani looked a vision in her lace Annasul Y gown, and ethereal Joyce Jackson veil.

“Thank you so much for all your support and giving me the most wonderful experience. I came into the shop one year ago and had no idea of what style of dress I wanted and I’m now going home with with the most stunning dress and veil I have ever seen.”

Sinead and Mark, 7th July 2018

Sinead was a picture of romantic elegance in her Annasul Y lace gown with slim A-line silhouette. We love the delicate lace on the shoulders and the way the silvery embellishment accentuates the waist without the need of a belt. 

“I can’t express my thanks enough to Eleanor for such an amazing service and wonderful experience on the journey of choosing my wedding dress. Nothing has been too much trouble and I have felt in such safe hands. I am so unbelievably excited about wearing my beautiful wedding dress and it is everything I imagined it to be. I can’t recommend Eleanor and The Ivory Secret enough to any future bride.”

Photographed by Jon Malyn at Indigo Perspective Photography

Andrea (left) and Jade, 9th May 2019

Andrea’s wedding outfit was cool, modern and best of all completely unique! She paired the Darla satin bodice with Jaren lace overlay from the Catherine Deane bridal separates collection, combined with a bespoke pair of silk trousers from our Eleanor Rafferty label. Très chic!

“I was instantly made to feel at ease, welcome, and the approach to everything was personable, professional and relaxing. I have been given the most gorgeously made unique wedding outfit, which has far outshone any expectation I had. I keep getting heaps of gorgeous comments about my outfit, everyone loved it and of course ‘The Ivory Secret’ was shared among all as the reason why I felt amazing and what my experience was like with you both. THANK YOU x “

Emma & Nathan, 27th April 2019

Emma absolutely rocked her Willowby wedding dress, with its oversized Dalia-inspired floral motifs and swathes of tulle skirt, such a show stopper!

“I could not recommend Eleanor enough, she kept me calm and at ease from start to finish, and nothing seemed like too much trouble (even answering my hundred questions over Facebook messenger? She helped me find the most beautiful dress and I cannot wait to wear it on the big day!”

Rachael & Chris, 12th April 2019

Lovely Rachael selected key pieces from our Catherine Deane bridal separates range in order to create her own individual bridal look. And we just love the graphic lace of the Jemma top! 

“Thank you so much for helping me to choose my perfect gown. I loved wearing it on the day and felt great! I had so many compliments from our guests too. It really was such a special experience coming to The Ivory Secret and I really appreciate your advice and guidance throughout the process.”

Photography credit Ivan Hoo Photography

Gemma & Ross, 1st September 2018

Would you believe this dress started out with a ‘V’ neckline!? We transformed it into an illusion front with the addition of a lace yoke and matching polka-dot tulle for an even more elegant finish.

“Thank you so much for helping create my perfect dress! You were very patient and thorough, describing the additions you would make to the dress to achieve the vision I had. Each visit to The Ivory Secret has been a pleasure, with Eleanor showing attention to detail and a personal experience. Would highly recommend!”

Anna & Stuart, 20th October 2018

Our Annasul Y bride Anna looked ever so elegant in her long-sleeve wedding gown. The subtle blush tulle lining and intricate lace give an air of vintage grace to this modern silhouette.

“Thank you so much for all of your help. I am absolutely thrilled with my dress, shoes, and hair piece. I will definitely be recommending you to friends and family!”

Liz, Maid of Honour for Alison & Ashley, 6th September 2018

Bride Alison came to our boutique in search of a dress for her maid of honour Liz. The elegant La Fi gown from our own Eleanor Rafferty collection was just the ticket.

“The biggest thank you ever! As well as the dress being absolutely beautiful, the care and attention to detail taken with fitting it perfectly to Liz was so appreciated. We both felt very special each time we visited, and you have been so helpful, knowledgeable and welcoming. Thank you for making Liz look and feel so special (because she is). Thank you! Alison and Liz xxx”

Ashleigh & Greg, 8th November 2018

Ashleigh wanted to create a unique look and had purchased a full and floaty bridal skirt but was struggling to find the perfect top to accompany it. She was spoilt for choice with our Catherine Deane bridal separates, and decided upon the sleek Darla satin bodice, overlaid by the Jaren top, resulting in a gorgeous bohemian look for her wedding.

“I came to The Ivory Secret on the hunt for a top to go with my skirt and had hopelessly been to 5 other shops. Eleanor was very patient and helpful in suggesting tops and other possibilities to match the skirt. I fell in love with a Catherine Deane top she newly got in and she kindly agreed to alter my skirt as I had purchased from another shop quite far away. Eleanor has helped me create the unique look I wanted for my wedding and has been genuine and helpful throughout.”

Rhianne & Johnny, 30th June 2018

Rhianne’s smile here speaks volumes as she rocks our gorgeous Catherine Deane ‘Fantasia’ gown. The delicate lace and softly-pleated tulle skirt create an effortlessly beautiful look for a free-spirited bride.

“Many thanks for all your guidance and support in helping me to choose the perfect dress, and for getting the alterations just right. It has been a really lovely experience coming to The Ivory Secret, and I would definitely recommend it to other brides! Eleanor, you have been clear, helpful and you have expert knowledge. Thank you for all of your help.”

Alice & Nathan, 1st September 2018

Alice looks absolutely divine in her dreamy ‘Ophelia’ wedding gown by Belle & Bunty with its waterfall sleeves. The gown has swathes of blush silk satin and ivory lace overlay falling softly from the dropped waist, in a design inspired by 1930’s fashions. 

“I just wanted to email and say a huge thank you for all your help in selecting my wedding dress and for being so lovely at the fittings and for the fab job you did in making it fit so perfectly! I absolutely loved and still love my dress and shoes and I loved every minute of wearing it at our wedding!! It got many compliments and people where very very interested to know where it was from, I couldn’t recommend you enough.”

Katie & Lewis, 18th August 2018

Catherine Deane’s ‘Suri’ gown caught our bride Katie’s eye the moment she entered our boutique. This dress is both classic and feminine with floral lace,  key-hole cut out back, and waist-defining silhouette.

“I’m so glad I took a friend’s recommendation and came to The Ivory Secret. My mum and I saw the dress as soon as we walked in, but it was so easy to love many of the dresses Eleanor has. I’ve always felt so at ease here during fittings and trusted Eleanor’s advice and skill. I’ve just tried it on for the final time before the wedding and it is simply beautiful. I can’t wait to show it off! Thank you so much!”

Natalie & Luke, 23rd June 2018

Catherine Deane’s ‘Tamsin’ gown turned out to be ‘the one’ for our lovely bride Natalie. Feminine and whimsical with its embroidered tulle bodice and floaty skirts, this wedding dress looked particularly magical amongst the beautiful flowers and fields of their wedding venue.

“I cannot thank Eleanor enough for all her help and support throughout the process of finding my beautiful dress! She makes the whole experience so relaxing and not rushed or stressful which I experienced in other shops. The shop is so calming, intimate and just lovely. It makes you feel special as soon as you walk in. I genuinely felt amazing in Catherine Deane’s incredible Tamsin blush dress. I could not have picked such an amazing dress without her. Thank you so much!”

Photography credit: Mimosa Photography  www.mimosaphotography.uk/

Jo & Gareth, 13th August 2016

Jo fell in love with an Annasul Y beauty – with floral lace embellishments and swathes of romantically-soft tulle skirt, it’s not difficult to see why! We love the soft satin bow at the front too. The addition of little gypsophilia blooms in Jo’s hair just made the look so effortlessly elegant, and just perfect for a countryside wedding.

” I absolutely love your shop and so happy to recommend my friends to you.”

Sophie & Luke, 27th July 2018

Sophie chose our gorgeous lace Annasul Y wedding gown for her big day. The bateau neckline, illusion back and delicate capped sleeves made it an elegant and romantic choice. 

“I had my final dress fitting today. Everything fitted perfectly and I love my dress. Thank you Eleanor for all your help, you have been amazing. Will definitely recommend. Thank you again”

Phoebe & Dan, 28th June 2018

Phoebe fell in love with the Freya gown by Catherine Deane and we couldn’t describe it any better than she has below…

“Freya was a Goddess of love and fertility, and I certainly felt like a Goddess in dreamy layers of soft blush tulle and sparkly jewelled bodice! I found The Ivory Secret while searching for Catherine Deane stockists, and attended their trunk show on a rainy Tuesday. Eleanor immediately made me feel welcome and elegant by letting me try on so many of the lovely bohemian gowns. The Freya gown just made me feel like such a princess, that it skipped round my head for days. Over the two fittings, and months that passed, Eleanor always kept me informed and was so super lovely and helpful. Down to my final fitting where I burst into tears of happiness.”

Hannah & Tom, 9th December 2017

Hannah’s choice of wedding dress was a beautiful lace Annasul Y gown, which features beading on the bodice, and on the intricate scalloped-lace edging. The fitted silhouette and illusion neckline suited her perfectly!

“Thank you so much for all of your help in finding my perfect dress. The alterations are fantastic. I’ve been so lucky to find such a calming, knowledgeable bridal shop, which has nothing but beautiful things. Fantastic service, I shall be recommending you to every future bride I know. “

Hannah & Jon, 2nd June 2018

Hannah wanted a fairytale gown for her wedding, and the ‘Jo’ gown by Catherine Deane fit the bill perfectly, with it’s delicate woodland lace. The addition of the floaty tulle ‘Hayley’ overskirt made it even more enchanting. 

“You have come through for us, supplying the dress I had been hunting high and low for. Thank you so much for putting in so much time and attention into finding it for me. The shop is such an intimate space, perfect for Mother and Bride to have a moment. I am completely over the moon, it fits like a dream and so comfy, I can’t wait to share it with my husband to be and all our guests. A million thank yous”

Natalie & Sebastian, 30th June 2018

 Natalie had her heart set on Catherine Deane even before she visited us, and created her perfect gown from our bridal separates collection, pairing the flowing Delia skirt with the beautifully-embellished Michelle top.

“Everything is perfect! I was so glad The Ivory Secret sells gowns from Catherine Deane, as I could only find one shop in Switzerland. Eleanor was so helpful throughout the whole process – I’m so glad I found her. I would definitely recommend The Ivory Secret to any future bride.  Thank you sooo much!”

Photography credit: Nick Walker Photography – https://nickwphotography.com/

Bryony & Tom, 23rd June 2018

Bryony wore a bespoke Eleanor Rafferty silk satin skirt, with delicate godet embellishment; teamed with the beautiful Michelle top by Catherine Deane. 

“Many thanks for your creativity, hard work and patience throughout. I am really chuffed that I have a unique dress that is just beautiful. I really can’t wait to wear it on the day and get dancing – the movement in the skirt will look really pretty.”

Karen & Tim, 23rd June 2018

Karen chose to customise a fun 50s number by Louise Bentley – adding a blush organza layer to the skirt, and matching this with a blush pink bolero. A short, lace-edged veil and Rachel Simpson suede shoes completed the look for her wedding in Bath.

“The dress was so lovely I really did feel so special and I love the photos. Thank you for all your help.”

Photography credit: Rock Rose Photography  https://www.rockrosephotography.co.uk/

Maxine & Aidan, 2nd June 2018

Maxine fell for our beautiful Annasul Y wedding gown – with delicate lace, intricate beading, and an almost Edwardian-style ruffle edging the deep-v at the back.

“Dear Eleanor, thank you to you and your mum, I loved my dress after the last minute alterations. It stayed up and felt comfortable all day. Thank you both for your hard work in making my dress how I wanted it.”

Chrissie & Lawrence, 1st June 2018

Chrissie was undecided on what she was looking for in a wedding dress, but our Catherine Deane ‘Harlow’ gown won her heart…

“Thank you so much for a wonderful dress shopping experience. I absolutely love my Catherine Deane dress. Eleanor you have been wonderful to work with, for all the support and alterations. I highly recommend The Ivory Secret to all other brides to be. I have really enjoyed my trips to this lovely boutique and shall miss coming, but shall come away with such a positive experience.”

Photography credit: Sarah Jayne Photography https://www.sarahjaynephotography.website/

Sarah & Chris, 28th April 2018

Sarah had her heart set on a boho-style dress for her wedding and we were able to create her dream look from our Catherine Deane bridal separates collection. The delicate crochet and fringing of the Jaren top really encompasses the free-spirited theme.

“Thank you so much for helping me choose my dream dress. I was really struggling to find anything in the boho style I wanted. It looked amazing and I felt fantastic in it. The whole experience has been wonderful and nothing too much trouble. I would recommend The Ivory Secret to any bride wishing to find that dream dress”

Photography credit: Freckle Photography http://www.frecklephotography.co.uk/

Rachel & James, 2015

Rachel married James in a gown that was designed and made in-house under our Eleanor Rafferty label. The fitted silhouette was created in a sumptuous satin, and finished with lace detailing and a plump bow at the back. 

“I had a lovely bespoke dress made in 2015 for my wedding. It was beautiful and just what I wanted.”

Sophie & Gavin, 7th April 2018

The beautiful ‘Theodora’ gown by Louise Bentley underwent a transformation as The Ivory Secret team worked to create Sophie’s vision for her big day.

“It was a pleasure working with Eleanor to create my perfect wedding dress. I had a vague idea of what I wanted and Eleanor brought this vision to life, transforming a full—length backless chiffon dress into a tea-length dress complete with full lace back. I had full confidence in Eleanor’s skill and expertise, and was delighted to have such a unique dress on which I received so many compliments. Would highly recommend.”

Photography Credit: Gez Harris Photography

Lauren & Luke, 28th October 2017

A perfect fusion of modernity and secret-garden romance – the Jolie gown from Catherine Deane suited Lauren beautifully!

“I am in love with my dress! The service I have received has been amazing, and I would very much recommend the shop to anyone looking to purchase a wedding dress. The dresses are beautiful, the service is brilliant, and the experience has been wonderful. Thank you so much.”

Sophie & Jon, & M.O.B. Bev, 16th September 2017

Sophie fell for the first dress she tried on in our boutique – an Annasul Y gown made in a beautiful lace with delicate three-quarter-length sleeves. Making it a family affair, her mum, Bev had her mother-of-the-bride outfit (a dress and coat) designed and made in-house under our Eleanor Rafferty label.

“A massive thank you for my BEAUTIFUL dress. The first dress I tried on and it is the one I am wearing to my wedding! I cannot thank you enough.” – Sophie

What amazing people – kind calm and attentive. Beautiful dresses. Made my daughter and I feel very special and welcome. Beautiful, beautiful dress and coat, so pleased!” – Bev

Amy & Harry, 10th June 2017

Amy visited us when we were hosting a Catherine Deane trunk show event, and it was here that she discovered the gorgeous Ostara gown. The bodice is adorned with pearlescent beadwork, finishing in a delicate scalloped waistline and the romantic skirt of billowing silk chiffon is perfect to dance the night away in.

“From the very first visit I knew this wonderful shop would be a very different experience than any other. Such an amazing collection of dresses and accessories with such a relaxed but pampering environment. I feel so very lucky to have found my dream dress here and have been thoroughly spoilt with such wonderful service and exceptional attention to detail all along the way.

I have loved every visit and am sad not to come back! Thank you all so much.

Laura & Josh, 1st September 2017

Laura chose the gorgeous ‘Clover’ gown by Annasul Y for her wedding day. The elaborately-beaded lace and soft tulle overlay make it a real showstopper!

I cannot recommend this beautiful little shop enough. From the moment I walked in I was made to feel welcome and at ease. There are so many beautiful dresses but the first dress I tried on was ‘THE ONE’. Eleanor’s knowledge and calm nature meant that I totally trusted her to make alterations to my beautiful dress. I had so many lovely comments about my dress on my wedding day! I’ve loved visiting the shop for fittings and feel a little sad that the whole experience is over. Thank you to Eleanor and Liz for helping me to find my dream dress.

Hayley & Paul, 30th September 2017

Hayley looked a vision in her gorgeous Catherine Deane ensemble. She fell in love with the figure-hugging Jolie gown with its bold rose-lace design however she wanted a bit more impact on her special day which is when we suggested pairing the dress with this dreamy tulle overskirt. With the skirt also named Hayley, it was meant to be!

“I was in love with my dress on my first fitting. Eleanor was so lovely, patient and understanding. I’ve really enjoyed my experience getting my beautiful wedding dress, and would strongly recommend to future brides.

Millie & Andy, 19th August 2017

Millie looked like a Hollywood starlet in her art-deco inspired wedding gown designed by Catherine Deane, and an exquisite vintage gem stone headpiece by Kye Tew

“I cannot begin to tell you how many comments I had about what a beautiful dress I wore – and it is all thanks to you. I could not have imagined a more elegant and stunning gown if I tried – it made me feel so wonderful on the day. Thank you for all your careful work and patience in helping get my dress perfect for the day. You really were brilliant and I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate all you did.”

Lauren & Thomas, 29th July 2017

Lauren was a vision in her beautiful dress from our LM by Lusan Mandongus label, with its beautiful scalloped lace edging and glistening beadwork, framed with a soft Italian tulle veil.

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping me to find the perfect wedding dress. I was beginning to give up hope that the dress I had in my head actually existed until I came to your wonderful boutique. When I tried on my dress, it was everything I had hoped for and more. Thank you so much for making it such a wonderful experience. You were so professional, patient and kind – I wish I could do it all again! I felt so happy in my dress throughout the whole day.”

Laura & Toby, 20th May 2017

Laura was the epitome of vintage elegance on her wedding day – teaming the Art Nouveau-inspired ‘Charlotte’ dress by Catherine Deane with an original vintage lace veil. 

“Thank you both so much for helping me find my perfect dress! I have always felt welcomed and listened to, which means on my wedding day I’ll be wearing the most beautiful dress that makes me feel like ‘moonlight and meadows’;and that is all thanks to you. You are always going a step further to make my vision come true – thank you. Love Laura x “

Kelly & Ben, 6th May 2017

Kelly glided down the aisle in the dreamy ‘Harlow’ gown designed by Catherine Deane. The champagne colouring, intricate beadwork and ethereal tulle skirt was just the impact she was looking for on her big day.

Photography: Twisty Focus

“I went to Ivory Secret as my last chance, it was only a few months before my wedding. The team were fab and they were able to fit me in at a moments notice. I loved my Catherine Deane dress,  it was beautiful on the day and everyone was agog at how lovely it was. I felt great in it and it was worth every penny to see Ben’s face when he saw me.”

Jody & Dave, 5th August 2017

Jody looked effortlessly elegant on her wedding day, wearing the aptly-named ‘Fantasia’ gown by Catherine Deane. A dream in softly-flowing pleated silk chiffon with an intricate lace back, framed perfectly by an Italian tulle veil.

“I absolutely loved wearing my dress and felt like a princess the whole day! Thank you again so much.”

Katie and Phil, 22nd July 2017

A beautiful blush-toned wedding gown by Annasul Y was the one that caught Katie’s eye when she visited our boutique. The warm colouring complimented her skin tone, whilst the ivory lace overlay gave it a real vintage feel, enhanced by the delicate buttons that adorned the back of the dress.

“We had a fabulous day and I felt so amazing in my annasul y gown! I really didn’t want to take it off! Many thanks again for all your help with choosing the gown – you made the whole experience really special.”

Barbara and Dominic, 25th March 2017

Barbara chose Yasmin by Catherine Deane for her special day and the slim silhouette fitted her like a dream! The delicacy of the lace and the softly-falling train created a look of graceful elegance.

” The Ivory Secret were fantastic in helping me find my wedding dress, they made it such a special experience all the way through. It is exactly the kind of boutique I was looking for with such beautiful, elegant and unique dresses and accessories to match. I can’t thank you enough for being so wonderful and making the experience of finding a dress so enjoyable! “


Katherine & Calum, 26th November 2016

For Katherine it was the Zoe gown that stood out in our boutique, in particular because of the open back – a dream of sheer fabric, accented with delicate floral embroidery. There is a beautiful fluidity to the silk tulle skirt which falls in a soft silhouette, making it elegant yet easy to wear. The dress speaks for itself and therefore the only finishing touches needed were a narrow beaded belt and simple veil.

Photography credit: Lee Maxwell Photography


“I adore your shop; stepping inside for the first time felt like all the childhood wedding dress fantasies coming true. You have been ever so helpful and just plain lovely. You helped me to feel relaxed and at home – impressive given how nervous I was coming in on my own due to family being long-distance. I can’t recommend The Ivory Secret enough, thank you again.”


Sarah & James, 16th July 2016

Sarah was a bohemian beauty in the Gardenia dress from Claire Pettibone’s Romantique Collection. This gown features the designer’s signature illusion lace back with gorgeous flowers blooming along the sheer lace, which looked stunning paired with Sarah’s floral crown.

“I want to say a massive thank you to you for helping me with my perfect dress…I felt amazing on the day.”


Anne & David, 20th June 2016

Anne’s gown was designed and made in house under our Eleanor Rafferty label.

As one of our bespoke brides, she was able to see the dress evolve, from a sketch and fabric swatches, into a calico toile and finally the finished gown made in champagne satin, with a delicate beaded-lace overlay.

Sarah & Paul, 28th May 2016

Sarah loved the unusual laser-cut flower design of her Charlotte Balbier gown but had always envisaged wearing a wedding dress with sleeves. We were able to make a tulle bolero which was sewn into the dress to to make her wish come true, and used extra motifs from the dress to edge the neckline and sleeves. Sarah also chose to have her two bridesmaid dresses made with us to ensure in a rich red satin.

“Thank you for helping me choose my perfect wedding dress and with your advice and expertise making my dress bespoke to me.  The added bolero and sleeves was a perfect feature to my gown.

Also thank you for making my bespoke bridesmaids dresses. It was so nice to be able to see your designs and choosing the exact colour and fabric. All the way through we felt we were in safe hands and the dresses were stunning. 

We had so many lovely comments on our special day for our beautiful dresses and we had so much praise for you.  You did a fantastic job on all the dresses and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you and your lovely boutique to future brides.”


Emily & Giles, 18th July 2015

Emily chose an elegant satin Charlotte Balbier dress with a sleek silhouette and detailed lace bodice. Arguably the most beautiful aspect of the gown was the feature-back in lace, finished with delicate buttons. A soft lace-edged veil by Joyce Jackson veils framed the dress beautifully.


Jen & Maxi, 29th October 2016

Our gorgeous October bride Jen said ‘yes’ to the dress at her first appointment and it’s not hard to see why! The Annasul Y gown had a real wow factor with it’s fitted mermaid-shape, blush colouring, and ornate lace detailing.

“You guys are incredible! From the moment I stepped into the shop, until the day I collected my gown, you have made this experience so special. You made me feel so at ease and found my dress on the first appointment! The atmosphere, attention to detail and standard of service is impeccable. Maxi loved my dress and I am still having compliments about it. Thank you for making the whole experience one I will cherish.”

Beth & Oliver, 22nd October 2016

Beth came to us knowing we were a Catherine Deane stockist, and very much fell in love with the ‘Zoe’ wedding gown. We can see why – with it’s Grecian-style silk tulle pleats and delicate floral embroidery and statement back, it oozes understated glamour! We then decided the perfect way to frame it would be with one of our Joyce Jackson veils, edged in a soft lace, and voila!

“I love my dress! Thank you so much for helping me find it. Every shop I looked at online was so same-y. The Ivory Secret however, provided many beautiful options. Everyone has been delightful and you have made me feel relaxed and given great advice without being patronising or gushy. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my experiences here! You played a big part in making the day so special. I got so many compliments on the dress!”

Freya & Jamie, 17th September 2016

Freya truly was the blushing bride in her mermaid-style gown, which was made in a subtle nude tulle with a vintage lace design. The overall look was made even more dreamy with the addition of a Joyce Jackson train-length veil.

Photography credit: Ross Talling

“My experience with The Ivory Secret has been wonderful. Mum and I have had many special times visiting to try on dresses and have fittings, when every detail has been covered. It really has been everything I had hoped for when searching for ‘The Dress’.”

Joy & Alan, 18th June 2016

Joy’s satin fishtail-style wedding dress was designed and made in house under our Eleanor Rafferty label, and featured a lace bodice and delicate bows on the shoulders, utilising fabric from Joy’s Mum’s wedding dress as a personal design feature.

“When I was looking for my wedding dress, I was looking for something unique to me, that would feel and look amazing. I searched for months and found nothing, the shops were all too corporate or the staff were not friendly. I decided to try and find someone to make one for me. It was then I came across The Ivory Secret. Alicia was friendly over email, and invited me to come in for a visit to meet them. I then met Liz, who after trying on gowns in their beautiful boutique, said she could help me design my own unique gown and create it for me. Liz worked with me to create a gown I loved, and that met my individual budget.

When I finally tried on my gown, that I had created with Liz and my mum, it was breath-taking. It made a special moment even more special. I had lace from my mum’s wedding dress and a design stemming from Italy’s top designers, but it was made locally by a lady who truly is doing what she loves.”

Gwen & Mike, 27th August 2016

Gwen was searching for a vintage-style wedding dress and our Catherine Deane ‘Charlotte’ gown – with its warm gold colouring and Art Nouveau-style embroidery – ticked all the boxes!

“Your selection of dresses was the best I came across and it was such a relief to find somewhere which stocked so many beautiful vintage style gowns. You were both very patient and helpful with me and my family during our trips to the shop and it is a place I always looked forward to visiting.   

I loved every minute of my wedding and am so pleased that I found my perfect dress in your little gem of a shop! I received so many compliments about how unusual and different it was – and I have The Ivory Secret to thank for this! “

Sofy & Dave, 13th August 2016

Sofy fell in love with the gowns in our Catherine Deane trunk show, and eventually decided that Carli was ‘the one’, as she always dreamed her gown would have an open back. The pearlescent embellished bodice and swathes of gossamer-silk chiffon skirts make it a real fantasy dress.

“A beautiful bridal boutique with friendly, knowledgeable staff. I knew that I would not be sold a dress that didn’t suit me and I had plenty of time to make my decision. Thank you to Alicia for pinning the dresses so carefully so that I could really get an idea of what looked right! I cannot recommend you all enough.”

Kelly & Ryan, 6th August 2016

After years of driving past and admiring our boutique, Kelly found the dress of her dreams here – a beautiful Annasul Y gown with subtle blush tulle underlayer and a soft vintage-look ivory lace. The button-back detail and capped sleeves were the elegant finishing touches that won this bride’s heart.

“I can’t thank you enough for all your support and help. I always knew I would find my dream dress in your beautiful shop. I have been driving past for years, staring at the window with love! You will not believe the amount compliments I had on the dress, it was simply stunning, beyond my wildest dreams! “

Claire & Paul, 30th July 2016

The Yasmin dress by Catherine Deane is such a stunner, it’s no surprise that Claire fell in love with it. The antique-gold colouring of the silk and lace is so flattering and unusual. We stitched additional lace appliques onto the shoulders and back of the gown to give more coverage and detail. 

“The Ivory Secret is such a wonderful bridal shop; such a personal experience and the dresses are all magical! I found my perfect dress very quickly and the process from then on was straightforward and enjoyable.” 

Alice & Dan, 20th August 2016

Alice looked effortlessly elegant in our Laverne gown from the Catherine Deane collection. The free-falling silk tulle skirt teamed with the Art Deco style lace back creates a real statement that is a joy to wear.

“My whole experience with The Ivory Secret has been absolutely wonderful. The boutique itself is like a haven, so beautiful and relaxed. I’m quite sad that I don’t get to come back. Absolutely thrilled with my dress – something truly special for the most special of days! It was a real pleasure to wear, I loved it!”

Cleone & Sean, 21st May 2016

Cleone visited our Bristol boutique where she fell in love with ‘Adelaide’ from our Claire Pettibone Romantique Collection. The cape she had made by our wedding friend Laura Davey complimented the whimsical and bohemian nature of this lace gown perfectly.

“I want to thank you for all your help choosing my dress. You made the whole experience a pleasure, which having already been to a few boutiques I was surprised how uninspiring I found lots of places?! But not at the Ivory Secret, your collections are beautiful and individual and your advice and suggestions were truly appreciated. I went to Laura M Davey as you advised who made me a wonderful veil/cape (yes, CAPE!). I LOVED the whole ensemble, thank you again.”

Cat & Darren, 16th July 2016

Cat’s dream dress turned out to be a stunning strapless number by Annasul Y, hand-beaded onto a soft lace design and nipped in at the waist with a gorgeous satin sash.

“The best experience ever, made me feel so special as an individual, and to top it off found my perfect dress. Thank you so much for everything you did for me and my gown. I absolutely love my dress and the service Eleanor & Alicia gave me. They were so helpful with every little detail. We had an amazing wedding day and I had so many compliments.”

Sarah & Alex, 2nd July 2016

Sarah was enamoured by our lace LM by Lusan Mandongus gown, which twinkles away with subtle beading. As Sarah preferred to have a capped sleeve, we made her wish come true with additional lace appliques on the shoulders. Finally a lace-edged veil framed the gown beautifully. 

“I wanted to say a massive thank you for all that you did for me and my amazing wedding dress. All of the alterations you made were spot on and the capped sleeve you added just finished the dress off for me. So many people commented on the dress on the day and it made me really feel like a princess. I can not thank you enough!”

Laura & David, 11th June 2016

Laura fell for the Yasmin gown by Catherine Deane with its lovely vintage-gold tones. To really make it her dream dress we added sleeves in matching lace and the look was completed with a beautiful lace-edged veil.

“Thank you so much for all your time and help with the wedding dress, it really was perfect.”

Jill & Gerrit, 28th May 2016

Jill visited our Bristol boutique which is where she fell in love with the bohemian lace Patchouli gown from our Claire Pettibone Romantique Collection. 

“Thank you Ivory Secret for all your care in altering the dress I couldn’t have been happier with it and it was comfort itself to wear all day. Your dresses are different, stylish and more elegant than anything I could find elsewhere and just what I wanted as an older bride, big thank you again, just wish I could wear it for another day!”

Sabine & Glenn, 28th March 2016

Sabine looked stunning in her Annasul Y gown, with it’s delicately beaded bodice and ethereal tulle skirt. It suited their destination wedding perfectly.  

“I absolutely loved my wedding dress and had fantastic customer service! You were so helpful.”

Natalie & Bradley, 24th March 2016

Natalie fell in love with our ‘Luccia’ gown  by Charlotte Balbier – with it’s delicately embroidered tulle and romantic chiffon train, we can see why! 

“A massive thank you for all the hard work you put in to making my gorgeous Charlotte Balbier dress beyond perfect. I felt amazing all day and so comfortable. The dress was everything I could have wished for and more thanks to your amazing talent. 

I had an absolutely brilliant experience buying my gown from The Ivory Secret. Many thanks again, I definitely recommend you for a personal bridal experience.”

Emma & Jack, 1st August 2015

Emma picked a made-to-measure gown named ‘Patisserie’ from our own Eleanor Rafferty label. The dress was made in soft seashell-pink silk and she completed the look with a lace bolero, bespoke sash and Kye Tew headpiece.

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for creating the most amazing dress for me. I really enjoyed wearing it and was able to climb over gates, sit on hay bales and dance all night without worry. I felt amazing in it, perfect for our fantastic un-traditional wedding day. I shall never forget it.”

Ciara & Matt, 11th July 2015

Ciara picked out a beautiful full skirted gown from Ivory & Co. which featured sumptuous silk skirts and a delicate lace bodice.

Photography credit: Mike Legg Photography

“I have such fond memories of The Ivory Secret! The dresses are beautifully presented and looked after with great care. I was able to try on so many styles within my budget and was given genuine and helpful advice.

The whole process was made easy, from arranging fittings and alterations, right through to picking up before the big day. I would recommend The Ivory Secret to any bride-to-be.”

Sofie & Ben, 18th July 2015

Sofie chose a gorgeous Annasul Y gown with rose-pattened lace and added our Orlando train-length veil.

“From the moment I walked into The Ivory Secret I knew that I would find ‘the one’ …. there was just something very special about your beautiful boutique! 

My dress was the very first that I selected to try on… I fell in love with the unusual rose bud detailing. It was everything I had always dreamed of. It felt classic and traditional but also so different and unique at the same time!

Nothing was ever too much trouble in the boutique, the girls are so knowledgeable and made me feel so at ease with the whole process.

Thank you so much for my dreamy dress and for all your help and support.”

Christie & Barry, 25th July 2015

Christie looked wedding-wonderful in her Annasul Y gown, matched with beautiful accessories by Kye Tew

“I just wanted to send you some pictures of my dress on the day! I absolutely loved it and everyone commented how beautiful it was. Thank you so much for all of your help and for being so lovely throughout.”

Gemma & Jonathon, 20th June 2015

Gemma wore the lovely ‘Louisa’ gown by Charlotte Balbier

“Just a quick note to say a HUGE HUGE thank you for all your help, support and advice whilst choosing my dress. You offer such a personal and professional service and all your ideas were welcomed. I loved the dress and had so many wonderful comments. Our special day was magical and we made so many wonderful memories. Thank you again.”

Gabrielle & Chris, 6th June 2015

Gabrielle picked a beautiful beaded tulle gown by Annasul Y

“We had the most wonderful wedding weekend filled with lots of laughter and happiness. Cadhay and it’s gardens were so beautiful and my lovely wedding dress blended in with the dreamy setting. Your support, advice and kindness was very welcomed and the surprise ‘something blue’ patch you so kindly stitched into the dress was gorgeous.

Keep being amazing.

Love Gabrielle and Chris”

Leanne & Glennon, 30th May 2015

Leanne chose a gown from the LM label by Lusan Mandongus for her big day

“I just wanted to thank you all for all your patience, hard work and attention while choosing my amazing wedding dress at your boutique. You were all amazing and should be so proud of yourselves. Glennon and I had the most amazing day and my dress was completely stunning; everyone loved it and it fitted like a dream! I simply felt amazing. Thank you all so much.”

Robyn & Phillip, 30th May 2015

Robyn chose her beautiful gown from our Annasul Y trunk show and finished the look with a lace-trimmed veil

“Everyone at the Ivory Secret was brilliant from start to finish. I was really nervous about trying on wedding dresses but Eleanor, Liz and Alicia were so friendly and welcoming that I was soon getting stuck into fabrics and styles. 

The whole experience from the minute that I walked into your beautiful boutique was second to none. It was the perfect setting for such a personal experience.

My dress was more than I ever could have dreamed of and it was so right for our wedding. Thank you so much for all your help in finding the perfect dress.”

Frances & Dan Bowden, 6th Sept 2014

Frances looked beautiful in Charlotte Balbier’s ‘Pearl’

“Dear The Ivory Secret,

We wanted to send a quick note to thank you for the amazing dress. The service was outstanding and if I could visit to buy another dress I would!

We had a fantastic day and were blessed with sunny weather

Lots of love,

Frances & Dan”

Aishling & Peter, 2nd Aug 2014

Aishling looked gorgeous in her Annasul Y wedding dress

“Dear Eleanor & Liz,

Here is my favourite photo from our day, it shows off the dress really well!

Love Aishling”

Catherine & Tristan Adams, 2nd Aug 2014

Catherine wore the gorgeous Boadicea wedding dress designed by Charlotte Balbier

“Thank you so very much for all your hard work in finding the perfect wedding dress.

The service that you provided was exceptional and from the moment I first stepped into your beautiful boutique, I knew it was where I wanted to buy my dress from. Your honesty, service, needlecraft and ideas are second to none, not to mention the customer service and lovely atmosphere we experienced each time we came in.

The dress and accessories were loved by everyone, especially Tristan, the groom.

Thank you also for the card – a lovely touch!”

Hayley & Peter, 20th June 2014

Hayley chose ‘Elodie’ by Charlotte Balbier

Photography Credit: Pippa Heath

“Thank you Eleanor & Liz for your amazing service and for my beautiful wedding dress. I cannot thank you enough for helping make the most special day for us. Your shop was a very special find! Elodie was so comfortable I was dancing till the sun came up and the birds were singing!

You truly were amazing and I loved wearing Elodie. You should be proud of a simply beautiful shop and selection of dresses.

Your service, manner and kindness will never be forgotten. Plus the best cup of tea…given in Eleanor’s Gran’s vintage tea cups! The little things

Elodie was the dress and I was the luckiest girl. I will never forget what you did for me and helping make my day so special”

Julia & Marc, 7th June 2014

Julia fell for ‘Vintage Parie’; a design from our in-house label Eleanor Rafferty. Originally this gown would have sleeves but as this bespoke edition, we made it sleeveless and with a sweet bow sash

“My dress looked beautiful and it was totally me.

You were great in the lead up to my wedding and were patient with me when I couldn’t decide on the length. I enjoyed the experience of having my dress tailor-made for me and I always felt confident that it would all be perfect on the day.”

Elene & Ryan, 7th June 2014

Elene wore the romantic ‘Elodie’ by Charlotte Balbier.

“A MASSIVE thank you for all your help in choosing me my perfect wedding dress! I have never had so many lovely comments nor have I ever felt like such a princess!! The day went without a hitch and I thank you also for being so flexible with my dress fittings in the lead up to the big day!”

Johanna, 7th June 2014

Johanna wore Charlotte Balbier’s ‘Zara’ dress with bespoke shrug insert

“Thank you so much for my stunning dress. Eleanor and Liz are such lovely people, very professional and put you at complete ease. A stunning boutique, such a personal service and gorgeous dresses”

Charli & Gary, 31st May 2014

For Charli, ‘the one’ turned out to be Charlotte Balbier’s ‘Tabitha’ gown

“To Eleanor & Liz,

Thank you so much for your time, help, kind words and of course my dress!

We had such an amazing day from start to finish. I felt a million dollars!

Many thanks,

Charli & Gary”

Rachel & David, 26th April 2014

Rachel wore the stunning Constance gown by Charlotte Balbier.

“Everyone was so complimentary about my dress and bolero – thank you so much for your help and advice in helping me choose the dress!”

Hayley & Chris, 14th March 2014

Hayley fell in love with an Annasul Y gown and had a bespoke back-necklace made by Kye Tew

“We would just like to say a huge thank you again for all your hard work and making our day perfect!

The Ivory Secret had the most gorgeous dresses I’d ever seen which is why I ended up with the most beautiful Annasul Y bridal dress! Liz was so patient and she and Eleanor couldn’t have helped and advised me more! As a worrier .. I really appreciated it! I can’t thank you enough for your amazing work on my dress and for just making my whole experience so memorable!

The dress was the dress of my dreams thanks to you”

Holly & Richard, 21st Dec 2013

Holly looked winter-wonderful in ‘Pearl’ by Charlotte Balbier

“Thank you so much for all your help to find the perfect dress. I loved wearing it and had so many compliments, I wish I could wear it again and again.

I wish you all the best, it was a pleasure to meet you”

Lucy & Alex, 17th Aug 2013

Lucy dancing the night away in ‘Tabitha’ designed by Charlotte Balbier

“Hi Eleanor

I just wanted to send you a belated ‘Thank You’ for everything you did to make my wedding dress so beautiful and for helping to create such a special day for myself and Alex, it all feels like a dream now!

Despite the awful weather we had such an amazing day and I had so many comments about the dress, so thank you so much.

With love and best wishes, Lucy & Alex”

Freya & Mark, 17th Aug 2013

Freya wore a romantic lace and tulle wedding dress designed by Annasul Y

“The lovely, attentive and knowledgable ladies at The Ivory Secret rescued my ‘perfect dress’ search which had up until that time been fairly stressful!

Such a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere,  and a selection of fabulous dresses to choose from, I was looked after so well and given as much time as I needed to come to the all-important decision.

All this really did make for a wonderful experience that I would certainly recommend.”

Laura & Richard, 17th August 2013

Laura wore the lovely ‘Elodie’ gown by Charlotte Balbier

“The Ivory Secret is truly a bridal boutique that every future bride in the area should visit! After spending countless hours trying on dresses in other shops, coming to your boutique was a breath of fresh air.

Your personal service to each bride is very refreshing and made me feel special and not for one second like the basic customer service that I received elsewhere. You also made my mother and sisters feel welcome in my quest to find ‘the’ dress.

Eleanor your patience is outstanding as I tried to decide between two Charlotte Balbier dresses, trying them over and over until making the right choice in Elodie.

Liz, your skills as you sized me up for the perfect fit, I will be forever thankful for your service and without hesitation will recommend you!”

Cecilie, 3rd Aug 2013

Cecilie picked a wonderfully romantic wedding dress by Annasul Y

“Dear Eleanor,

I must say my dress was amazing, see for yourself!

Even though the wedding is over, I’m still having sneak peeks at my dress. Love it so much!

Cecilie x”

Kerrie & Chris, 3rd Aug 2013

Kerrie loved her ‘Flo’ gown by Charlotte Balbier.

“Thank you for all your help in finding my dream dress! I absolutely loved wearing her and I couldn’t have wished for a better service. I was made to feel so relaxed during all the time I spent in your shop. You truly know your job and made it such an enjoyable experience for me.”

Holly & Stuart, 13th July 2013

Holly chose a gown by Charlotte Balbier called Alice for her big day

“I just wanted to write a note to say a massive thank you for all your help with my dress. You were so patient throughout the process and I was so pleased with my dress and the fit. You may have also noticed our wedding was featured in Devon’s Wed magazine. Thanks again for all your help and I will definitely recommend you to everyone I know!”

Chloe & Tom, 25th May 2013

Chloe looked radiant in her bespoke lace wedding dress made in-house under the Eleanor Rafferty label.

“I still smile every time I think about the beautiful dress you designed and expertly created for me.

The whole process of looking at styles and flattering lines as we developed the design was exciting and fun. Brides usually only get to try on their dress a few times before the wedding and I felt so fortunate to be able to see it evolve. I had every confidence in you making me look wonderful but I still can’t believe to this day just how wonderful it was. It exceeded my dreams.

I have photos and memories I will cherish forever. Thank you for making me my dream dress.”

Helen & Sam, 8th Sept 2012

Helen looked wonderful in Charlotte Balbier’s ‘Tabitha’ gown

“Just a note to say thank you so much for making the whole wedding dress-buying process such a lovely one. It was always a pleasure to visit your beautiful shop and I will always tell anyone who says they are engaged to come and see you!”

Ellie & David, 1st Sept 2012

Ellie commissioned a bespoke dress of delicate lace to be made in-house under the Eleanor Rafferty label.

“I’m writing to say a big THANK YOU for creating my beautiful dress. It’s truly gorgeous and I really enjoyed wearing it on the day (if only I could find an excuse to wear it again!)

I also wanted to thank you for making the whole dress making/creating/trying on experience so lovely. When I arrived at your door I was getting bored and annoyed with wedding dress shopping and I was worried no one would ever ‘get’ what I wanted. So it was nice to walk in and feel ‘this is the right place’! Ellie- you did a fantastic job of listening and getting to grips with what I wanted and the two of you made an absolutely cracking dress.”

Katie & Phil, 9th June 2012

Katie looked beautiful in Charlotte Balbier’s ‘Alice’ dress

“Thank you for making the whole process of choosing and fitting my lovely wedding dress so personal and special.  It has always been a real treat to come to your little boutique!  You have given so much care and attention over every detail.  It has been the least stressful part of all the wedding preparations!”

Kerry & Neil, 10th April 2012

Kerry fell head over heels for Charlotte Balbier’s ‘Luccia’ wedding dress

“The experience of stepping into the shop on that day with my maid of honour was nothing short of magical. I had started smiling the moment I found the dress and didn’t stop. Time ceased to exist inside this magical emporium where dreams are made.

Eleanor was truly lovely conducting operations in a gentle but professional way making me feel as if mine was the only wedding happening in 2012, which is of course true for every bride.

I wanted to add something to the shoulders and Eleanor and Liz couldn’t have been kinder or more helpful. In the end we decided to make both a bolero to wear for the church service, and off-shoulder sleeves for the evening reception.

To complete my ensemble I chose gorgeous Rainbow shoes, a beautiful Charlotte Balbier flower for my hair, and a Joyce Jackson veil made from very soft Italian tulle decorated with tiny pearls and crystals to match my dress.

When my dress arrived I had lost a little weight but Eleanor and Liz altered it to fit perfectly.

As an older bride to be able to slip on a beautiful dress like this that fit in all the right places without extra help made me feel fabulous.

Eleanor and Liz at The Ivory Secret do not sell dresses, they help create magical moments that will stay with you for a lifetime, formed from dreams you never dared to believe could come true.”