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London Wedding

girl on bridge

photo credit : muse motion

It’s central London on a freezing cold night. A dazzling bridge shines bright and in the distance the city skyline glows. From an iconic black cab emerges a bride in a one-of-a-kind blush pink embroidered Shimmering Ivory gown, designed with passion by Sian Hughes Cooke. On her feet are dainty lace Aruna Seth heels adorned with a beautiful diamante butterfly. A sparkling crystal and  rose gold crown by accessories designer Victoria Percival provides the perfect finishing touch. She looks as if she's stepped straight from the pages of a fairy tale.


Our talented photographer / videographer friends at Muse Motion helped the love story of a couple reunited in London come alive while showcasing one of our favourite bespoke gowns.


We recognise that although people are having micro weddings, the wedding dress is still of the upmost importance to the bride. Whether you are having a London, city or more rustic wedding the gown provides a key part of the beauty of your special moment.


With help from creative consultant Anisha Vasani we could style blogger and influencer Georgie Clarke in a way that truly represented Shimmering Ivory- effortless but undeniably glamorous.  Photoshoots in London are important as they exemplify that we are a British brand whose dresses are hand stitched with love in Hertfordshire. 


Once again, this shoot was truly a team effort. From the fabulous makeup by Tanjia Sayed, to the hair by Annabel Rose Hair and Beauty, the ‘glam team’ were out in full force. For the first time, we were lucky enough to work with a luxury menswear brand from Berkhamsted, and William Young’s timeless suit matched our dresses perfectly.  Those involved enabled us to truly capture the essence of what it is to get married in a Shimmering Ivory wedding dress.


Georgie and her partner Ben went above and beyond in their efforts to transform into their characters but also remain as warm as possible in the bitter cold. The beauty of using a real couple is that the chemistry was infectious and provides authenticity and Georgie is an influencer that really represents the beauty of real women.


By the end of the shoot all our hands were numb with cold and even just the taxi’s warmth was inviting.  The limited time to shoot alongside the bustling venue meant time flew by. We couldn’t have been happier with the shots (even if we’re still warming up!). The question is… where will Shimmering Ivory be travelling next?

‘Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world’.


 photo credit :Muse Motion


In the words of Marilyn Monroe, ‘give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world’. It follows that, your wedding shoes are some of the most important you will ever wear. Whether it be dainty flats or statement heels, we’re helping you put your best foot forward. 

1, Sophia Webster
Sophia Webster have invited brides to be to put the SW stamp on their big day with their line of bridal footwear. Whether it be their classic Chiara’s adorned with the brand's classic butterfly or their playful ‘wifey for lifey’ sandals, these shoes are sure to be the perfect finish to your outfit.
2, Freya Rose
Stocked at Shimmering Ivory, Freya Rose is renowned for her incorporation of fine jewellery within her shoes. Pefectly paired with one of our bespoke gowns as, much like our dresses, no two pairs of Freya Rose shoes will ever be exactly the same. Ethereal and contemporary, these shoes are perfect for the stylish and modern bride who wishes to channel her inner femininity.
3, Aruna Seth
Originally founded in 2009, these timeless shoes aim to elongate the leg while also maintaining comfort. Self-described as ‘classicism reworked’, AS’s key collections are based on the emblematic butterfly. What’s more, they even sell little shoes perfect for flower girls or bridesmaids.
4, Jimmy Choo
At Jimmy Choo not only the Bride but the Mother of the Bride, groom and bridesmaids are all catered for. From gold or silver sandals to silver, satin or lace stilettos, all eyes will be on you if you say, ‘I do in Choo’.

5, Emmy London
From show stoppers to sophisticated silhouettes, all of Emmy’s shoes are designed and handcrafted in London. With both ‘off the shelf’ and ‘made to order’ options available, the simplicity of Emmy’s shoes along with their unique and comfortable toe/ heel shape ensure that brides can stride with confidence.  





Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Wear it Pink.

wear it pink 

Every October, people worldwide show their support for those affected by breast cancer. At Shimmering Ivory, this is a cause incredibly close to our hearts. Not only are we a team of women ourselves, but we also have worked closely with many brides, (and mothers of brides) who have been personally affected by this disease.


The beauty of a bespoke gown is the ability to tailor it precisely to each woman’s desire and needs. While we wholeheartedly believe in celebrating all women’s bodies, we understand that many of our customers have factors they want to take into consideration when choosing a gown. Whether it be asymmetry, double mastectomy concerns or following breast enhancement, we have experience in creating flattering designs and shapes with this in mind.


We have worked with multiple clients who have undergone a masectomy . We pride ourselves on the relationship we build with our clients, and we want them to feel completely secure and open whilst with us. We want them to be part of the process! When working with these clients we make sure we understand their needs, their journey and what they needed from us. We want each woman that comes in to not only look beautiful, but to feel beautiful and comfortable in themselves. 


2020 has acted a powerful reminder that we’re all united as one. Our choices and actions have the power to protect one another. By supporting other women and working together we want to help, to both encourage women to access the care they need, but also to celebrate their beautiful body in any shape or form. 


For more information on breast cancer awareness see: https://breastcancernow.org/get-involved/breast-cancer-awareness-month

Your Dress Journey

Shimmering Ivory make all their beautiful bespoke dresses by a talented team in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. For the convenience of the London and International bride we  can meet up with you at the luxury space of The Wedding Gallery  at One Marylebone road  to discuss your dream dress requirements  and provide a design consultation. We will bring with us an exquisite selection of fabrics and laces and our talented designer Sian will sit with you and sketch up your ideas that will then become a reality.

Our beautiful bespoke dresses that are hand made for you  range from  £3,500  -  £25,000. Your special dress will be unique  and the price quoted for your design will include all the fitting charges  -  so that you can really feel your very best on your wedding day.

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Congratulations On Your Engagement!

Congratulations! You’re Engaged!

Let's get you dressed! We are looking to design a unique dress for you! We believe that a bride's wedding day look should be an extension of her personality and make her feel like the most elevated version of her everyday self. We don’t believe that you should fit the dress… the dress should fit you!
Located in the quaint town of Harpenden Hertfordshire within a 25minutes of St Pancras and 10 minutes from St Albans and Luton ; Shimmering Ivory Couture Bridal provides exquisite hand-stitched wedding dresses and unique dresses for mother of the Bride and mother of the Groom.

 Having designed dresses for a vast number of global brides, who have got married in some exotic places all over the world we are able to fulfill your wedding dress dream. We work out of a lovely studio and offer a fun, unpretentious vibe, a fresh alternative to the mainstream bridal shops.  

Our bridal gowns reinvent the traditional – Just like the brides who wear them. From classical vintage couture to bohemian spirit or a Rock and Roll vibe  -  you can wear them with a veil in a Chateau in France or barefoot in the sand on a beach in Mexico. Our looks are special and seasonless. Come and experience the magic of Shimmering Ivory!

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