The Ivory Chapter Featured in Derbyshire Life Magazine

For anyone that’s anyone in Derbyshire you have likely seen our three-page feature in the September issue of Derbyshire Life Magazine. I was thrilled when one of our brides-to-be sent a message saying ‘great article in Derbyshire Life’ Immediately I ran out and picked up a copy, I wasn’t disappointed it looked so good on the lovely glossy paper, I felt a real sense of pride… followed by my daughter saying “mummy you’re in a book” …well not quite but to her I may as well be!

So this particular copy of Derbyshire Life has been carefully passed from friends to family members to read, digest and comment on-I have taken my Father’s comment on board “you could have tried to look a little smarter, ripped jeans, tut”  Thankfully they have all tried their hardest to not crease the pages, this is one to show the grandchildren!

So here it is, for you all to read without the worry of dog-earing the pages!

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Watters 2018 Bridal Collection Winging its way to The Ivory Chapter

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For any bride who has being doing their ‘wedding dress research’ will have no doubt swooned over a fair few Watters wedding dresses. There is something quite unique about the style of a Watters dress. The way the dresses are designed with figure hugging stretch lining means the dresses also feel amazing on too. They are ‘barely-there’ in terms of structure- you’ll never see a corset or boning on a Watters dress…


Take a look through the collection of Watters wedding dresses (here) that we will be stocking in the autumn and feast your eyes…

If you’d like to try and of them then please get in touch to make an appointment.

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The Art of a Bridal Seamstress

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I have often referred to our seamstress as a ‘magician’ and I wanted to write a blog today to celebrate the dying art of the skilled bridal seamstress.

Anyone who has the confidence to put scissors to your wedding dress in my opinion undoubtedly needs to be sure of what they are doing, its a job for the brave.

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Holly @thesewingroomderbyshire is our seamstress at The Ivory Chapter, she the ‘ying’ to my ‘yang’ with her candy floss pink hair and super-creative style that compliments my steady personality and slightly prim style. But aside from this she is also highly-skilled and experienced in de-contructing a wedding dress and putting it back together so it fits like a glove.


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Your dream wedding dress is often picked from a showroom sample that more often than not isn’t quite your size. So when you get ‘that call’ from the boutique to tell you that your dress has arrived, there is a thrill of seeing it again and the anticipation of oh gosh what if it doesn’t fit. And this is where you can have a huge amount of comfort knowing that Holly is on-hand. So whether you’ve gained or lost a few pounds, Holly will put your fears to rest, she has the patience to deal with anxious brides (and their Mothers) she is super-talented in her craft.

So there’s one thing for sure, you’ll be heading down the aisle looking absolutely amazing in your perfect dress.

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A little taster of what’s to come from Watters

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The aftermath of The White Gallery leaves me wanting to buy into so many of the fabulous new bridal collections. But there was a designer ‘Watters’ that offers very feminine yet contemporary bridal wear that I think you Ivory Chapter girls will love.

So, Watters have kindly let me borrow some samples to show you all before the new collection’s samples arrive in the autumn. All of the dresses that will be available to try are on the Watters page of this website just press here to see!

And this is my personal fave …

Dresses featured are available to try from Friday 9th June 2017

Prices start at £2183



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The Ivory Chapter the first to share ‘our story’ in leading Bridal Magazine.

Take a look at our story in Bridal Buyer magazine.

It makes me super-proud that leading Bridal Magazine ‘Bridal Buyer’ has chosen to run their very first ‘one retailers story’ on my personal experience at The Ivory Chapter.

I am sure you’ll agree with me that Cymbeline wedding dresses are just so chic and well ‘Parisian’ that although they look spot on trend they also have a timeless elegance about them. I look back on my dress from 13 years ago and think it still looks ‘relevant’.

Its not often I put pics of myself on, but here it is… my Cymbeline wedding dress ..


Please do excuse the mess in the background- we were under-taking a major renovation project on the house at the time- nothing like the stress of moving house and getting married within a few months of each other.


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There are bows and then there are Cymbeline BOWS!

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It’s all about the ‘bow’ I see from all of the features that I have read following Barcelona Bridal Week, well when I went to see Cymbeline’s new 2018 collection in London on Sunday I was rather mesmerised by this dress and her bow!


What you can’t really see from this photo is that there is beautiful spot lace layered under the delicate floral lace- she really is a stunner…All being well she’ll be available in The Ivory Chapter by the end of 2017.


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The Ivory Chapter-off shopping for wedding dresses to add to our collection…


I’ll be heading off to London on Sunday to visit The White Gallery in Battersea Park. A very important date in a bridal boutique’s calendar- this is where we will go and look at the new 2018 bridal collections from wedding dresses, to bridal accessories, shoes and all of the trimmings. There are over 70 designers from across the globe, so it is literally like being a kid in a sweetie shop!

I am so excited to see our fabulous Alan Hannah’s new wedding dress collection. They will be showing off their amazing creations on the catwalk, I’ll get some pics and keep you all in the loop.

I am also meeting with Sassi Halford to see their new So Sassi wedding dress collection, we’ll be in for a treat ladies!

After the main event I will be heading to a Chelsea hotel to see what our Parisien faves ‘Cymbeline’ have been woking on for their next super-chic wedding dress collection. I have adored working with them, their dresses are so effortless but offer something very special and a little bit different. As i may have told you before, I wore a Cymbeline wedding dress for my big day 13 years ago, and I love them as much now as i did back then.

And let’s not forget our bride tribe… Maids to Measure have a super-cool new bridesmaid collection. How can I resist with a name like ‘written in the stars’? So there will be some new bridesmaid dresses hanging here in The Ivory Chapter very soon.

And maybe the other thing that is getting me very giddy is the prospect of not only seeing Savannah Miller’s bridal collection in the flesh…but getting to meet Savannah Miller herself!!! When her agent asked if i would like to meet her, I’m not kidding it was hard to stay cool…hell yeah!

I do also have one more trick up my sleeve too, but that’s a little secret, but trust me on this. If I pull it off you are going to LOVE me!!!

I will be keeping you lucky bride-to-be posted with all of the excitement from the day!


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Alan Hannah’s 2018 Wedding Dress Collection, will be showcased in just a few weeks time.

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Well, this is more of a hot topic for me than you perhaps, but I can’t quite explain just how giddy I am to be seeing the new 2018 wedding dress collection from Alan Hannah on Sunday 14th May down in London at The White Gallery.

I am a very proud stockist-they are such a force to be reckoned with in the world of Bridal. Marguerite and Alan Hannah work tirelessly to bring the best of British Bridal to brides all over the world.

And… there is more exciting stuff to come, I can’t wait to see what creations Marguerite has designed this time.

Here’s to British talent!

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Are you ready girls…blue is the new pink

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One of the wedding dress trends that has come out of Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week is  ‘pale blue’. There were a number of designers showcasing their new super-subtle pale blue wedding dresses. It is quite refreshing to see a new colour coming through- moving away from the champagnes and blushes to something that little bit different. The wedding dress on the main image is from designer: Randy Fenoli

I am not sure yet if we’ll be buying into this new colour for 2018,I guess it all depend on how brave I’m feeling.



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