I’ve never been the kind of girl who enjoys shopping, so the thought of shopping for a wedding dress with my mum and sister seemed very daunting. But I’m very lucky that I’ve been friends with Rachel since we started secondary school together and when she opened the Boutique, I knew that would be where I would find the perfect dress.
I didn’t really have a fixed idea of what I wanted, only that I wanted to feel comfortable. Rachel selected some dresses and I tried them on with varying amounts of help to zip and pin me in. When I tried on ‘Deryn’ I knew it was the one, it felt perfect, but I really liked the cape that went with ‘Mali’, I tried it on with ‘Deryn’ but it didn’t look right.. Rachel had the perfect solution mix and match with a different caplet. I’d found it, the perfect combination, I was thrilled.
Although we grew up together I couldn’t live much further away from Rachel now, and as we hadn’t left much time between selecting the dress and the wedding date, I wasn’t able to make it back to Penarth for a fitting. But Rachel and the Ffrog designer agreed that they could courier the dress to me and I could get it fitted and altered in Suffolk. Perfect! I couldn’t wait for the parcel to arrive, and when it did (beautifully wrapped) I tried it on instantly! It fitted like a glove, and given I didn’t know what shoes I would be wearing when Rachel took the measurements; I think that is pretty amazing!
I had the best day ever, and the dress was so comfortable and survived the ceremony, outdoor games, dancing and fireworks without any trouble (don’t even think it needs cleaning).
I was so happy with my wedding dress experience and a lot of that was down to Rachel, she knows how to take someone’s vague ideas and produce the perfect outfit. I felt at home in the boutique and knew that Rachel would give me her honest opinion and wouldn’t let me wear something that didn’t suit me. She isn’t out to ‘make a sale’, she wants you to feel your best on your special day, and does everything she can to make your ideas a reality.
Photo By: Esme Power
Well what can I say? I was extremely daunted by the experience of shopping for a wedding dress as I had no idea where to start. After beginning the day with a pretty unpleasant shopping experience, I strongly believe fate brought me to the boutique. As soon as you opened the door I knew that you were definitely the person to help me find the right dress. You invested a lot of time and energy in ensuring that I found a dress which was perfect for me. Your enthusiasm and love for wedding dresses made the experience magical and I enjoyed every moment. Even after a few second thoughts about whether a short dress was for me, you calmed my nerves and reassured me. It was definitely the right decision; I felt incredibly special and loved every minute of wearing the gorgeous Lil.
I cannot recommend you and your boutique enough; your expertise was invaluable and so many other brides should have the extra special experience that I was lucky to have. Thank you so much, Rachel!
Photo By: Francesca Hill Photography
I just wanted to say how fab your boutique is. It was the first dress shop I went to and hindsight I needn't have gone anywhere else. So thanks very much for all you help and advice, and for making the wedding dress shopping experience so fun and stress-free. The dress was perfect and got so many compliments. Best wishes, Lydia x
Photo By: pollyandsimon.com
It was an absolute pleasure to be a boutique bride, every appointment and fitting catered for my every need. Rachel was always accommodating, complimentary and fabulous. Rachel and designer Sophie worked very hard to make my dream wedding dress a reality. I cannot thank you enough for making my experience extra special.
Photo By: Andy Smith
Based on a recommendation from a past Boutique Bride, I also got in touch with you and organised to meet you on a Sunday morning. Firstly, your boutique is stunning and your dresses are all so unique. Your passion for what you do absolutely shone through and I felt instantly reassured. You took one look at me and knew exactly what would suit me. You took time to show me all your "ladies" - you name all your dresses, which again, adds a very personal touch - but it was clear what was going to suit my shape and you also listened to what my wedding vision was, in order to find me the perfect dress. The first dress I tried on was Ava by a Welsh designer Helen Rhiannon and she was perfect. You then helped me pick accessories (hair Pom Poms are amazing!) and a veil and made the whole experience exactly what I had dreamed of. For that I cannot thank you enough.
Throughout my wedding plans you were there with helpful advice and reassurance and made every step of my wedding dress "journey" so easy and stress free, even offering advice on other elements of my day, which were invaluable. You were always so warm and friendly and you really made me feel valued on every trip to the boutique. I felt so proud on my big day to be a Boutique Bride and cannot recommend you highly enough to other brides.
Photo By: Jon Turtle: Photographer
I had a very particular idea of what I didn't want to wear on my wedding day and with that in mind trawled through pictures on the Internet. I stumbled across Rachel's website which looked exactly like the kind of boutique for me. I was not disappointed. As soon as I saw 'greta' by e&w, I knew I had to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.
I was very pleasantly surprised when I went to the boutique with my mum. It is small but cosy and the dresses are beautifully presented, along with fantastic accessories and shoes. Rachel really knows her stuff and the carefully edited dresses are perfect. It's so much better having a selection of great dresses without any fillers. Rachel was enthusiastic and friendly and made me feel very comfortable.
This was the first appointment I had and I knew that I would find what I wanted. I fell in love with greta as soon as I tried her on. I tried on about 7 other dresses and there were at least 2 other dresses I would have been very happy to wear.
The dress fittings were very laid back and everything went without a hitch. Both Rachel and Sophie were fantastic and I was confident that I had made the right decision. I loved wearing greta on my wedding day, I felt incredible and I was sad to take her off. I would recommend Rachel' boutique to everyone as she is a natural and her dresses speak for themselves.
Photo By: Jake Morley
Thank you so much Rachel for your hospitality, enthusiasm and guidance in helping me choose the perfect wedding outfit. I wasn’t a straightforward customer as I needed something to hide the insulin pump on my arm, but you guided me through options with consideration and sensitivity. The skirt and top by E&W Couture were a perfect choice for my desire for a relaxed and comfortable outfit that still flattered my figure, and it was wonderful to have the option to alter the sleeve detail to meet my needs. The whole process was incredibly easy and straightforward and the bespoke skirt and top were ready incredibly quickly with impeccable attention to detail. It was also wonderful to know that I was buying a unique, handmade outfit entirely Made in Wales. Thank you so much Rachel – I have no hesitation in recommending your beautiful boutique to everyone.
Photo By: Dan Staveley Photography
I just wanted to thank you for all your help and loveliness with helping me find my dress! It was an absolute dream to wear, and I had so many lovely comments from people. Here's a little photo! Diolch yn fawr iawn. You're a star ⭐️
Photo By: Warren Orchard
The dress! I just LOVED wearing it the whole day and was, in fact, in my dress for over 12 hours as I watched the sunrise in it on hay bales with my husband and the other 'survivors' at 6 in the morning! Angharad did such a beautiful job of my dress and so many people commented on it, how lovely it was and how it was quite different from other wedding dresses. I couldn't sing your praises highly enough. As I said at my last fitting, choosing my dress and the whole process was a total pleasure and one that I didn't expect to enjoy quite so much. Thank you so so much. I will recommend you to everyone I know who is getting married in the future.
Photo By: Pippa Carvell
I must admit that I was slightly apprehensive at the thought of shopping for a wedding dress. Unlike many others it seemed, I hadn’t spent my childhood dreaming of my wedding day or the style of dress that I might wear for it. In fact, I wasn’t entirely sure that I would wear a ‘wedding dress’ at all – I thought perhaps I would opt for a dress that I could wear again, or else a generic white dress that might fit the bill for the occasion. However, curiosity got the better of me, and I decided that I didn’t want to regret missing out on the experience of wedding-dress-shopping. Rachel’s lovely boutique was like a breath of fresh air. The welcome and ambience was quite unlike any other – Rachel was so friendly and patient. It was a lovely experience, having the boutique to myself, with the time to try on dresses without feeling rushed or pressured. By the end of the appointment I knew for certain that I was indeed going to buy a wedding dress and that it would come from Rachel’s boutique – I just had to decide which one was right for me! My dress felt so special. It was elegant, yet a little bit ‘different’, and the fact that it was handmade in Wales made all the difference to me. Rachel really gives you the confidence to feel good in your dress. She offered me her opinion when I asked for it and made the whole experience a pleasure. Rachel also made other invaluable suggestions, including a lovely place to buy wedding shoes and other useful tips. Rachel really goes the extra mile and truly cares how her brides feel. Thank you Rachel.
Photo By: Gayle Henderson of Pixel Chicks Photography
I think it's fair to say I was a confused bride who had absolutely no idea what she wanted but knew exactly what she didn't want. In the early days I was anxious that this would mean settling for a dress which ticked all the boxes but that's it - the dress experience was for movie montages and the select few lucky real life brides but not for me. I knew from our first appointment that this was not going to be the case. My insecurities quickly vanished, I had a tummy full of tea and fondant fancies, three dream dresses to choose from and wedding excitement officially kicked in. I looked forward to my Fridays with you and Sophie at the boutique for weeks and will miss them a lot!
I had such a fabulous time prancing about in Mable on my wedding day and everyone absolutely loved her! I know that these moments are not just down to the dress, they are down to your enthusiasm for making sure every boutique bride feels beautiful, comfortable and confident.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for being my "Wedding Dress Lady"
Photo By: Sara Beaumont Photography
It’s closer to our first anniversary than it is our wedding day now, that’s how un-organised I am. Rachel was brilliant at keeping me on track and getting my prefect dress and veil sorted in a very short amount of time. Rachel is organised, efficient and reliable. She was everything I needed whilst hurtling towards the big day!
Rachel’s boutique is charmingly and unique. All the dresses (or The Girls as Rachel calls them) are on display for you to peruse at your leisure. And the boutique itself is welcoming and private.
The dresses that are lucky enough to be included in the collection are absolutely beautiful. And you can have them tailored to your exact measurements by the designer themselves. As well as having any customisations you want to make the dress yours! The quality and designs are to such a high standard anyone who walks into Rachel’s boutique would be hard pressed to not find a dress that isn't The One! Thank you Rachel for helping me find a dress that is so me and making my wedding day the perfect day.
Photo By: Julia Collier
Although I love dresses and shopping, I must admit I wasn't looking forward to the prospect of trying endless ill-fitting sample dresses on in countless bridal shops with over-pushy assistants. I was even contemplating not even visiting a store! How lucky I was to find Rachel and her lovely little boutique!
I knew the dress was 'the one' when I first tried it on! When I then turned up to my first fitting to find the dress fitted perfectly and needed no alternations I knew it was fate!
What Rachel does is so different and so special. Supporting local business is very important to me and to have my dress handmade for me by a very talented Welsh designer made the whole experience so personal.
My dress 'Mair' was an absolute dream to wear on my wedding day. The dress looked amazing all day but was comfortable to wear and very easy to get on!
I have loved being a boutique bride and my visits to the boutique are some of my favourite wedding planning moments... I am only sad that I will now have to find excuses to go visit Rachel and catch up!
Thank you Rachel for encouraging me to make the choices that were right for me and for going above and beyond in terms of the experience you have given me. I adore your little boutique and everything it stands for.
Photo By: @jorgelizalde www.studiocano.co.uk
Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique is an experience that every single girl should have when choosing her wedding dress and accessories. The boutique is the most beautiful little place and Rachel's fabulous personality is infectious.
My friend Sarah and I stumbled across the boutique a few years ago whilst in our wellies and popped in for a look - both of us never looked back. I purchased the most beautiful bow headband to wear for my special day and absolutely loved it!
Since that day I recommend any bride to be to make an appointment with Rachel!
Photo By: Simon Gough Photography
Choosing a Wedding dress is probably one of the most significant and emotional experiences for any future bride. Choosing a retailer who can help you visualise that perfect dress even more so. Fortunately for us, we chose Rachel's very beautiful, elegant and charming Boutique in the heart of the seaside town of Penarth.
From the moment we entered the Boutique we knew we had met our perfect match.
Rachel made us feel so welcome and created the perfect atmosphere, relaxed and cosy with a side of fun and frolics and the selection of gowns were simply stunning! With a strong vintage inspired style, we were truly spoilt for choice by the incredible designs and fabrics.
What we absolutely loved was the bespoke aspect of buying our dresses with the ability to choose accessories created by a number of designers and Rachel's enthusiasm and expertise made this process of wedding planning an absolute delight.
As two brides, we wanted to maintain an element of mystery surrounding the big day so chose not to reveal to the other which dress we had chosen but still wanted to complement each other if possible. With a little guidance from Rachel, we definitely achieved that and received so many compliments from our friends and family.
Wales is our adoptive home so it was incredibly special for us to have our beautiful gowns and accessories handmade by some awesomely talented Welsh designers, Sophie at E&L Couture, Helen Rhiannon and Claire Hill.
We were both absolutely thrilled with our beautiful gowns and unique accessories and we cannot thank Rachel enough for helping us with so many of those important decisions and for making us feel so wonderful.
Thank you so much, love and best wishes,
Lou & Abby Photo By: Jon Turtle: Photographer
My memories of planning the wedding are like whirlwind, but punctuated by moments of absolute calm, and those moments were spent with you in the boutique!
Rachel, the boutique is the most gorgeous, calm and lovely place. The whole place exudes positivity and warmth.
I was quite nervous about choosing a dress, it’s a big decision and I am renown for being a hopeless shopper, but as soon as I stepped into the boutique I felt at ease. You were so supportive, kind and generous with your time. You made the whole thing so easy and most of all enjoyable. It really was one of my favourite parts of planning the day - seeing you and Helen and watching the dress take shape.
The dress was an absolute dream and I loved wearing it, I felt comfortable and natural in it, and will always remember how happy I felt when people commented it was exactly ‘me.’
A huge massive thanks straight from my heart. I'm so proud to be a boutique bride and would recommend you to anyone.
Photo By: Leona Patterson, Life Through a Lens Photography
From the second that I spoke to Rachel on the phone to book an appointment, I immediately felt much more relaxed about dress shopping! Many of the other places that I had been to were worried that six months wouldn't be long enough to find the perfect dress but this was not an issue at all here! I fell in love with the first dress that I tried on, even though I tried on so many other beautiful dresses! The appointments were always lots of fun with Rachel and Sophie and I loved every second. Sophie worked her magic and made the dress 'me' and I loved everything about it. From the beginning of my wedding to the last minute, I absolutely loved wearing Mable, she was so comfortable and beautiful and I honestly am so glad that I found your boutique! xx
Photo By: Ryan Welsh Photography
Just a HUGE thank you for making my dress experience the best ever! I have dreaded the process and you made it fab for me and those who came with me. I felt amazing on the day and this is down to you, so thank you.
Photo By: Owen Mathaias Photography
The moment I entered Rachel's Boutique I knew I was going to find the perfect dress. Not only was the boutique so beautiful, intimate, welcome, and charming, but Rachel was amazing. She made me feel relaxed and excited. Prior finding Rachel's Boutique I had tried on a few dresses in another shop, it was a horrible experience that left me feeling deflated and nervous. But Rachel's excitement and sparkling personality dissipated my nerves. Rachel didn’t feel like a stranger, but rather a friend that I had known for years.
I went into Rachel's Boutique on my own as my family couldn’t attend, so initially I was sceptical of finding a dress and doubted I would commit there and then without my family and friends around to help. But with Rachel I felt like I didn’t need anyone else. Rachel’s honesty and sincerity shines through, and I trusted her opinion. Rachel’s passion, understanding, and honestly just shines through. Her dresses are all so special, unique and all beautifully made by local designers. I told her what I had wanted, what type of look and feel I was going for, and she immediately understood. I let Rachel choose a few dress, and I loved trying them all on. But as soon as I put on ‘my dress’ I knew it was the one.
The dress was elegant, classic, timeless, and so personal. It was everything that I wanted, and more. It was the perfect dress. My dress was exactly what I wanted it to be, I felt beautiful, romantic, comfortable, and confident. I had the most amazing time, and the most amazing dress. I am so grateful to Rachel for finding my dream dress and for making the experience so enjoyable. Rachel made me feel truly special on my wedding day! I am so proud to declare myself a Rachel Burgess Boutique Bride!
Photo By: Loveseen Photography by Claire Adams
I never considered myself a 'typical' bride, so starting my search for the perfect dress was daunting to say the least! Part of me was dreading it, fearing I'd be forced into a dress that just wasn't me. Luckily, my search didn't go on too long, and only took me as far as Penarth, to Rachel's beautiful boutique.
Rachel understood straight away that I didn't want a traditional dress. She found several dresses for me to try, from vintage gowns to handmade creations, and it was one of the latter - just the second dress that I tried on - that ended up being mine; "Lil is the dress for me" I told Rachel, and I think she was just as excited as I was to hear those words!
Over the next few months I went for a number of fittings. Adjustments were made to ensure the dress was just right for me, and Rachel came up with some wonderful accessories - a petticoat, a sash and a pom pom for my hair - to match the ruby red shoes I'd chosen. She made the whole experience of choosing the right dress, and creating the perfect wedding outfit, entirely stress-free and fun. Thanks Rachel!
Photo By: Maxine Howells Photography
I actually never wanted to get married, I didn't want the whole big white wedding etc, but then I met the man of my dreams, and things changed a bit.
I still didn't want the fuss of a wedding and actually ordered my first dress off the internet for about £100, I tried it on and it was fine.
However, being the first of my siblings to get married (and probably the only one anytime soon!) I did want to give my mother the experience of shopping for a dress.
I arranged for 3 fittings one Saturday afternoon, the first two went ok, the sales assistants were a bit pushy and not that interested in what I was trying on, but I didn't really think anything of it.
We then went into the last shop and instantly felt the difference. Rachel and her wonderful boutique was like a whole different experience, warm, welcoming, and friendly. There were 5 of us, so fitting us all in to her boutique was tight, but no trouble!
All I can say is that Rachel made my not really interested experience into a whole different ball game. I was now torn over 2 dresses and had already forgotten about my £100 dress off the net.
Rachel was not pushy in anyway, really listened and genuinely took interest in me and the dress.
From start to finish Rachel was fantastic, the boutique itself is quaint and everything is just gorgeous!
Photo By: Vlasis Vlachos
I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your hard work in creating my dream wedding dress. It was completely perfect and I felt like a princess for the whole of our wedding day. I really didn't want to take it off; even at 2 o'clock in the morning when all the dancing had finished and most of the guests were in bed, I still wanted to float around the house in my beautiful gown! I will treasure every memory I have in it and will certainly be keeping it as a family air loom!
From the very early stages of choosing the "Esthea" (I love that you name the brides gown after her!), I just knew she was the one! Until finding the boutique I had struggled to find the perfect gown; being a curvy lady, it was so important for me to feel myself and be proud of my curves. I had complete faith in you both knowing what suited my body shape and ensuring I felt beautiful. Thank you so much for that. You both are truly talented and amazing!
Photo By: Art By Design Wales
As a 50 something second time around bride, I was chilled about everything … except the dress! Everyone had an opinion on what I should wear on my big day, but every shopping trip left me feeling depressed, old, anxious .. and very unbride like!!
The day was drawing close and it felt like time was running out, so having driven past Rachel’s shop, one day I called Rachel and said in a very stressed voice “I’m 50 something, it’s a small wedding, I don’t want to look like a meringue or the mother of the bride but I do want to look like I’m getting married … is it worth me coming to see you?!”. Her response was “I’m putting the kettle on, come on around, the fondant fancies are waiting”. What followed was an hour that not only made me feel like a bride, but also made me feel excited about being one!
Rachel let me talk through how I wanted my day, how I wanted to look, how I thought I didn’t want to look … and then we looked at the dresses. I had a fantastic time trying on dresses that I knew I would have loved to wear 30 years ago, but I knew they weren’t for me at 50 something. But then something happened. I started to try on dresses that were for me at 50 something! And they didn’t make me look like the mother of the bride!
When I tried on my dress (MY dress!), I knew. I just knew. And Rachel knew. The only problem was, it was white. Very white. No problem, said Rachel, we can do this, we can do that, and hey presto, we have YOUR dress, in slightly muted colours that feels more comfortable for you.
And so, six weeks later, I got married, in my dress. At 50 something, I walked towards my husband in MY wedding dress, feeling every inch the bride, and every inch special.
Thank you Rachel, it’s really not going too far to say that you made my wedding day what I wanted it to be, and you turned 50 something old me, into a bride.
Photo By: Keith Stevens
Getting my dress was by far the best experience of all my wedding prep!
Cwtched in the centre of Penarth is the most beautiful bridal shop. It has a feel unlike any others! The boutique is always warm and inviting. There is a fabulous range of dresses to suit all styles and offers chic accessorises to complement the dresses.
Rachel is the most bubbly person who always made me feel at home. The boutique is private but very relaxed and laid back. Rachel has the nicest way about her, an incredible eye for style and offers all sorts of wedding inspiration and ideas.
Choosing the dress was made so easy. I was taken by the amazing vintage selection (although all the dresses are stunning), and chose a long sleeved lace dress(she's called Seren). I never imagined that the dress would receive so many compliments or that a dress could make me feel as pretty as I felt!
Both my mum and my sister got their outfits from the Boutique, also vintage dresses which worked so well together.
I feel so lucky to have found the bridal boutique and to have met Rachel. I enjoyed visiting the boutique so very much and will treasure the trips there as much as my wedding day !
Photo By: Jon Turtle: Photographer
Thank you for making me feel at ease in every dress fitting and for helping me choose a dress that made me feel like a vintage princess! 'Frenchie' really was the perfect dress for me, I felt so comfortable and confident all day. I love the way you make your customers feel like your close friends by taking interest in them, I really enjoyed the dress fittings, I shall miss coming to your beautiful little boutique!!
Photo By: Bryher Davies Photography
I vividly remember my first encounter when I called Rachel to make my appointment. Her voice had a huge smile behind it which was matched by her sunshine personality when I finally met her.
I popped along one Wednesday evening after work – not really expecting anything, other than to look a few dresses and get a feel for the styles available. However - my first visit amazingly culminated in finding ‘the’ dress.
I came across my dress, Rhonda, which was nestled amongst a small collection of beautiful vintage dresses and immediately fell in love. I tried on several dresses/styles – but kept coming back to the ‘one’. It was perfect for me and I couldn’t stop looking at it. Deal done. Rachel was so helpful and encouraging but never pushy, and gave me the space to decide what was best for me. Subsequent visits to have alterations made to my dress and jacket were so much fun and I really felt so special. Dressmaker Annie was fabulous too and without forcing any of her opinions on me, helped me to make a perfect decision regarding one major alteration I had requested.
On the wedding day I felt like a modern day Audrey Hepburn and my dress made me feel like a movie star.
I am so happy to recommend Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique, it's beautiful, individual and very personal. The service is amazing and so friendly and Rachel really loves her dresses. I was actually quite sad to not have a reason to visit anymore………
Photo By: Emily Shurmer
Rachel, thank you so much for helping me find my perfect vintage dress! You have the most beautiful collection of Vintage dresses and I wanted all of them. However, when I put "Morwenna" on, I knew she was the one. Nothing was too much effort, including attaching a cape to my beautiful dress! You really helped make my Wedding the best day of my life! Lots of love, Charlotte
Photo By: Oliver J Photography
I first came across your little boutique when I was driving back from the church we were going to get married in. As we went passed I saw the most amazing tea length polka dot dress in the window and had to stop myself from shouting out ‘that’s my dress!’ as my husband to be was in the car! I made up my mind right there that I HAD to try that dress. From the first phone call you were so enthusiastic and welcoming, I couldn’t wait for my appointment. As the day of dress shopping approached though I was starting to get a bit nervous. I knew wanted a shorter dress but was worried that they wouldn’t look good and I would end up with nothing or something I didn't want. On day, I had been to 2 shops before yours. They weren’t really the fairytale experiences that I thought wedding dress shopping would be. I had seen a dress in the first shop that I liked but I wasn’t prepared to commit right then as I knew I still had the dotty one to go!! Then I went to you and the experience in your boutique was so much better than the rest. Your passion for what you do and getting to know your brides individually was so evident and I had the most amazing time. The first dress I tried on was the polka dot dress, I was sure from the start that I wanted a shorter dress and as soon as I put this on I knew this was the one for me. After trying on lots of the other amazing dresses (just to make sure!), we went back to the first one and the rest is history. There was no pressure from you to make a decision, but my mind was made up.
The personal service from both you and Helen at my follow up appointments was fantastic, and I felt like a princess each time. I love how you support brides to be creative and make the look their own, and were so encouraging when I said I wanted to bring some blue into my dress to fit our colour scheme and you got me the most perfect powder blue petticoat to match the blue bow Helen made for the dress.
I enjoyed my time in the boutique so much that I was actually a bit upset that the first draft of the dress that Helen made for me fitted so perfectly that it only needed hemming and a zip adding so I didn’t need another fitting!
I LOVED wearing my dress on my wedding day and got so many compliments about it ( even from random strangers on the pier when we were having our photos done!).
Hopefully (!) I won’t be needing another wedding dress , but I will definitely recommend the boutique to any of my friends who get married after me.
Photographer: Simon Gough Photography
Rachel Burgess Bridal gave me the perfect wedding dress experience, I was really quite nervous about trying dresses on but Rachel made me and Mum feel so welcome and relaxed. Rachel encouraged me to try all sorts of dresses on and really encouraged me to find a dress that reflects who I am. Rachel's service is truly personal, unrushed and fun. Her dresses are all so special, often unique and all beautifully made by local designers. My dress was exactly what I wanted it to be, I felt beautiful, comfortable and confident and looking back at my wedding photos, you can see that.
I loved going to my fittings in Rachel's beautiful little boutique and will really miss those visits, I'm so grateful to Rachel for helping me to find what I didn't know I was looking for until I found it, my 'dress with attitude'!
Photographer: Morgan Brothers Photography
If someone had told me that for my wedding I would be wearing a polkadot dress with a cowl neck and gunmetal chains, I would have thought they were pulling my leg. However, that's exactly what I chose to wear, and more than that I loved it. Of course that description no way does Mable justice. She was a dream to wear, so comfortable but so elegant. The fact that she made my Mum cry when I tried her on for the first time made me know she was the dress for me. However, without your help and advice I don't know if I would have picked her out to try on. I loved the fact that she was designed and hand made in Wales so I was supporting local independent businesses.
So a massive thank you and "merci" to you and Sophie. I really appreciated the flexibility with the appointments, all the suggestions and help making decisions about what to wear with her and all the enthusiasm about the wedding. I'm now looking for another excuse to wear her!
Photographer: Agence Photographique Nantaise
I didn't know where to start when choosing my wedding dress. I knew that it had to be the most special dress that I would ever wear, something that made me feel fantastic and that would be a talking piece for my guests...that seemed like a lot to ask for from a dress.
The moment I entered Rachel's boutique I felt like anything was possible. Not only was everything so beautiful, but there was such a broad range to choose from: could I be a simple and sleek satin bride? A girly 50s bride? Maybe a unique and decidedly cool 70s bride? There was something for everyone in the boutique and it was so fun to imagine all these possibilities.
I saw my dress straight away. I loved the thick, luxurious lace and the beautiful little flower detail, so reminiscent of vintage Dior. As soon as I put the dress on I felt amazing. Rachel excitedly told me that the dress was called Sasha, because Sasha is a little bit fierce! And that summed up how I felt. The dress was elegant, a wonderful celebration of natural womanly curves, but there was something extra special about THAT fit on my hips that made me feel like a powerful, confident, best possible version of myself (and had my best friend jumping up and down with excitement!).
Rachel's excitement was intoxicating and her bubbly personality dissipated my nerves. She encouraged me to choose a dress that flattered my figure and taught me that the perfect wedding dress will compliment what you already have; you don't need to spend hours in the gym to change your figure for a dress!
I am so grateful to Rachel for finding my dream dress and for making the experience so enjoyable. I really miss going to my fittings! Rachel and Helen made me feel truly special on my wedding day and I love my dress so much, as did my new husband! The dress really did become a talking point at the wedding and I am so proud to declare myself a Rachel Burgess Boutique Bride!
Photographer: J P Wedding Photography
Dear Rachel and Helen, Where do I begin, it has been such a pleasure to dip in to your world of ‘boutique brides’. Since our fun filled first appointment (with bridesmaid, Mum and Grandma in tow) we felt so reassured by you, and had an amazing, leisurely and super-fun time trying on dresses, thank you for your sense of fun and honesty.
I was convinced I was going to ‘go vintage’ but really had nothing particular in mind. When I eventually stepped into ‘Lois’ everything fell together and I knew I had found the one.
Our following appointments were prompt and professional, I always felt in safe hands and your excitement and joy is infectious.
At our final fitting the dress felt glorious, every tiny detail so considered, the quality of the fit and fabric magnificent and the accessories you had expertly arranged all came together perfectly. I knew that in the best possible way that I wouldn’t be thinking about my dress on the day; and I was right. It felt like a dream, so comfortable and glamorous, I felt amazing in it, new husband thought so too, but I guess he’s biased. Cannot thank you enough for all your good advice and for my fabulous dress!
Photo By: Simon Gough Photography
I can't think of the words to thank you enough for the amazing experience I had at your boutique, Rachel. From the moment I entered the shop with my mum and two sisters I just had the most fun all the way through the process. I loved trying on so many of the beautiful styles of dress you have in the boutique and being surprised by how many I really liked once you had styled them slightly to suit me but once we settled on the one and only I knew there was no going back!!
I so looked forward to every fitting even though I am a bit body conscious, all of that went out the window once I was in the capable hands of you and Helen! You were both supportive and helpful at every turn and I love that we created a dress that I could move in on the day and that felt so "me".
I never thought that having a dress specifically designed for me would be so natural and easy, every decision felt like a natural progression. Every time I tried on the dress I didn't want to take it off and I felt like a million dollars on the big day. Thank you so much!
Photo By: Jon Turtle: Photographer
Thank you so much for being amazing and helping me to find a beautiful wedding dress that was 'me'! From our first little chat before I came to the Boutique I knew I wouldn't have to look anywhere else. Thank you for tea and french fancies, for support and for showing me 'Frenchie, who then magically transformed into 'Vicki'! It was like having a good friend all the way through the process. I felt like a prettier version of me on the day. It was awesome. Thanks again and lots of love.
Photo By: Camera Hannah
The experience I had shopping at the boutique was like no other. So relaxed, no pressure and I loved the fact that I could put my own touch's to my wedding dress. I enjoyed each visit so much, with yummy cake and tea to look forward to each time :) very personal experience and it was like shopping with friends having Rachel and Helen there as well.
Photo By: Eminent Photography
I visited Rachels fabulous boutique after many endless appointments elsewhere. I was really struggling to find a dress to suit my short height but also wanted something different from everything else I had tried on.
Rachels boutique is super cute with so many special touches from her boutique brides to her scrummy French fancies. But Rachel herself is the real special touch, she has so much time for each bride to be and will make you feel fabulous! All the dresses are handmade and each one is so different to the next.
I fell in love with a gorgeous dress made by Angharad. However as I am a bit on the short side it needed adjusting to fit me. Angharad spent the next year adjusting and adding little extras for me she is such a talent and I feel very lucky to have had my dress made by her, these dresses really are bespoke and they will fit like a glove.
I have to say the whole dress experience at the boutique was wonderful I got to see my dress every few months through each stage. Rachel is incredible and anybody getting married should visit her boutique you won't regret it...I promise.
Photo By: Blueskyjunction Photography
*Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!*
Rachel Burgess Boutique in Penarth is truly fantastic and made my whole wedding dress shopping experience fun, exciting and a real joy!
I was recommended the Boutique by a colleague at work and never looked back. I remember receiving a lovely voicemail from Rachel just confirming plans for the appointment, her singing smiling voice down the phone, made me chuckle. As soon as I stepped through the door of the cute vintage boutique I was made to feel very welcome and at home. The Boutique is unique in so many ways, not only is Rachel blooming marvellous, but it really has a personalised touch, with only one bride per appointment, the curtains are drawn for privacy and then there is no pressure and just time to enjoy trying on all the lovely dresses.
I remember trying on what was going to be me dress. It just felt so comfy, so elegant and more importantly I felt myself, something I know Rachel strives for all brides.
I looked forward to every appointment thereafter and meeting Helen, the designer of my dress, was a real treat. Together Rachel and Helen are such a fun team and genuinely have a passion for the work they do.
One of the things I really felt was so special was that they name the dress after the bride. So, ‘The Naomi’ was made, with a few personalised alterations I requested working alongside Helen, and was truly unique for me. I honestly can’t thank Rachel enough for making the whole experience truly fun and stress free.
On my wedding day I was able to walk, dance, jump, eat and even Charleston comfortably in my dress, feeling wonderful and comfortable all day, so much so I didn’t want to take it off!
I would recommend the fabulous Rachel Burgess Boutique for any bride who is looking for a fun, stress free and genuinely passionate team to help them find the perfect dress for them. Thank you Rachel! X
Photo By: Aled Garfield Photography
Where do I even begin?!?! From the bottom of my heart Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all your help, support and guidance in creating 'The Angharad' Being engaged for 2 years...a very happy time but one thing that shadowed that was going wedding dress shopping!! A daunting thought having another lady seeing my body nakey!! But from the second i walked into the boutique (on my own) I was greeted with a cuppa and a fondant fancie! Yum:) We sat for ages sipping my tea whilst Rachel was asking questions about the wedding-the time of year, the theme, location etc and before I knew it she visualised the whole day just like I did!! Rachel pulled a few dresses out for me to see, and we tried the first one on-a Helen Rhianon dress called 'Rhiannon'. I knew I didn't want a starchy laced boned dress as I wanted to feel comfortable on my big day. SHE WAS ABSOLOUTLEY PERFECT!!! Comfortable, soft on my skin and elegant! I smiled instantly and knew I'd found the one! Of course I needed to return with my mami for her approval! When I returned with my mami she loved it and said it was very me:) One thing Rachel makes sure of is that her brides are true to their personalities. Be who you are on your big day not what people want you to be!
A gentle knock on the door and in comes Helen Rhiannon, the tall, beautiful designer, both Helen and Rachel are similar in personalities-Happy, Bubbly and so accommodating!! Baring in mind my second appointment was at 8pm (due to my work commitments) and both were as fresh as daises after a 12 hour day!! Helen started measuring me for 'The Angharad' and we sat down for a while chatting about things I would like to alter from the 'Rhiannon',That night I walked out of the boutique with a beaming smile and weight off my shoulders knowing my dress was going to be perfect in the hands of Helen and Rachel. Within weeks Helen worked her wonders and she arrived the boutique! I tried her on and my mother starts crying and so did I!!!! She was just perfect!! All I ever wanted and more:) Thank you, Thank you, Thank you both for everything!!! I miss our regular appointments! It was just like a girly night in with best friends trying on a special dress!! Diolch lovely ladies!! xx
Photo By: Jon Turtle: Photographer
Dearest lovely Rachel
You're a bloody wonderful woman - anyone ever tell you that? You'll notice one ridiculously smiley bride. You did that. Yes, ok, so there's a whole list of reasons for being so ridiculously smiley ... the groom, the friends, the venue, the flowers ... but the dress was a huge part of that, and that was entirely down to you. Yours was the first boutique I visited and any other shopping was pointless after that - I fell in love with the dress and your little sanctuary.
The dress was everything I could have hoped for, thanks to you and Helen Rhiannon, and I can't thank you both enough.
Photo By: Vision in Print.
I adore my dress. It made me smile (and cry a little) from the first time I tried it on. It was perfectly cute and made me feel positively glowing. Apparently there was a hook to hold the train up in the evening, I don't know if this is true as I couldn't bear to stop showing the dress off in all its glory, veil included, until bedtime! Thank you so much for everything. I couldn't imagine buying the dress from anyone else.
Photo By: Simon Gough Photography
Just wanted to say a big thank you for making my experience so special. I had been to a few dress shops before I came to you and to be honest the way you made me feel was out of this world. I have had many people asking where I got my dress and I tell them all about yourself and Helen Rhiannon. My dress was so comfortable and light. I would recommend anyone to get their dress from you as you really are an amazing person and definitely suited for this amazing dream job. Thanks again to you and Helen. Here is one of my favourite pictures of the dress as it is simply beautiful xxx
Photo By: Maria Farrelly
Thank you so so much to you and the beautiful Helen Rhiannon for the most amazing dress in the world. I don't know how to thank you both enough for making the experience of my wedding dress one of the most fun and enjoyable experiences of the whole wedding. You will be pleased to know that everybody adored the dress as much as we did on the day and the 'Lara' took the wedding by storm!
Seriously though, you both transformed the terrifying prospect of getting a wedding dress into fun and excitement. From the moment I walked through the door you gave me confidence through your bubbly demeanour and you were patient whilst I tried a million different dresses and then bows! I was never rushed, or made to feel like just another bride as with so many other places. You made me feel special and amazing the entire time - even after hours of being in the boutique for the first dress fitting.
I will miss coming in and seeing you both, but hopefully I will see you again even if I won't get to wear the 'Lara' whilst I'm there!! Love and hugs to you and Helen, xx
Photo By: Simon Gough Photography
"The dress looked amazing and I didn't want to take it off!!! We had such a fabulous day! Thanks for all of your help in making my wedding dress and bird cage perfect for me xxx"
Photo By: Ryan Welch Photography
"Ladies you must have heard of the famous Coco Chanel quote “A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous” and that’s exactly what Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique is ‘classy and fabulous’.
My first visit to the boutique in search of the perfect dress for my wedding day smashed my expectations of wedding dress shopping. I stepped into a sophisticated, girlie, boutique where Rachel made me feel very welcome and at ease with her sparkly personality. It was such a special experience due to the appointment being private and not rushed. Rachel took an instant interest in my ideal dress and wedding plans, she even offered some amazing ideas herself.
I found my dress straight away and loved her the moment I put her on – a gorgeous white lace dress with a handmade veil to match designed by award winning, Welsh Designer, Helen Rhiannon. An added extra in the boutique are the gorgeous accessories, shoes and silk bouquets on offer, it just made my experience that bit more exciting!
Guaranteed to meet everyone’s budget I highly recommend Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique - I love it so much I still pop in now to see the new dresses Rachel has available. A classy shop with a fabulous lady!"
Photo By: Simon Gough Photography
"I had decided on a 1950's vintage feel to my dress, but I definitely wanted to have some unique detailing so that my whole look was very much 'me'. I had always loved the look of birdcage veils, and when I saw this one in Rachel's boutique I fell in love with it! It was so quirky and yet totally beautiful and elegant. What's more, we had birds on all of our invitation designs. I met with Claire the designer and when I said I was having blue details on my dress, she suggested adding some blue feathers to the birds, which were amazing! I felt great in it all day and got so many lovely comments, like 'oh my gosh, there's birds on your head!' Just brilliant! x"
Photo By: Simon Gough Photograhy
A massive thank you for my perfect dress! Rachel made the whole experience special and unique. Thank you so much!
Photo By: Maria Farrelly
"To be honest I am not sure which I loved more, my dress or Rachel! From the first phone call I knew I was in good hands, she seemed to understand everything I was looking for in my dress, and was probably more enthusiastic about my wedding than I was! I think she could have handed me a black bag and made me feel beautiful in it! Fortunately that wasn't the case and what I ended up with was a beautiful vintage dress that had my name written all over it. As soon as I laid eyes on Elsie, that was the perfectly apt name Rachel had given my dress, I knew she was the one I would be getting married in. Rachel was totally accommodating, gave great suggestions without being pushy, and gave me, my mum and my sister 100% attention. If nothing else we had a great day out! I couldn't recommend this boutique highly enough, it's unique, chic, beautiful and so very personal. The service is second to none that I have come across. If you are looking for that individual dress, accessory or even just a good old chin wag, a cuppa and a fancy little cupcake then I would definitely suggest popping into Rachel's Bridal Boutique."
"I had no idea what I wanted my wedding dress to look like. Not the first clue. I guess I always knew that it would be an act of fate that led me to find the perfect dress- the ONE- as so many people had told me. And that's exactly what happened. I heard about a new bridal shop opening up in Penarth and as I was working just around the corner, I decided to pop in and see if it had anything to offer.
Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique had SO much to offer! A gorgeous elegant boutique, filled with Rachel's personality and passion. Rachel was so welcoming and full of fun, I knew immediately that this little shop would give my mum and I the dress shopping experience we had been waiting for. I booked an appointment there and then for the following week.
After coffee and cake and a morning of trying on every dress in the shop, I had found Rose. The One. A vintage dress that was everything I didn't even realise I'd been dreaming of! I loved this dress. Given the name 'Rose' by Rachel (she names all her dresses!), due to the flower design featured on the back, it was different to any wedding dress I had seen before. 'She' had a 6 ft detachable train- wow! Rachel helped and advised on veils and accessories, and between us we decided on a bespoke birdcage veil to be designed by Claire Hill. We then added a handmade traditional veil along the way to complete the look.
I left the shop on cloud nine and it didn't stop there. Every fitting at the Boutique was filled with chat and fun and lots of advice! I can honestly say that walking into that new little shop in Penarth that day enriched my whole wedding experience. I felt wonderful in my dress on the day, so comfortable, so me! And Rachel gave me the confidence to go for it and just be ME."
Photo by: Simon Gough Photography
Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique is what I used to imagine a bridal shop to be when I was growing up; girly, intimate and fun! In the months leading up to discovering this haven of a shop, I went to quite a few bridal shops which were always fun, as I was with my friends and family, but I always felt like we were watching the clock for the next bride to arrive.
But from the first moment I walked in to Penarth Bridal Boutique I really did feel special, like I was shopping with a friend. Lovely tea from china tea cups, French fancies and Rachel’s infectious enthusiasm, it’s all because she loves what she does. I always felt like we had all the time in the world, and I am so happy with The Dress!! I had the best day of my life and I really did feel like an old school movie star!
Thank you Rachel for sprinkling a little bit of something special to our wedding.
Photo By: Elan Images
The wedding dress choosing is a truly momentous moment in a girls life, and when we were planning our small wedding ceremony I wanted a vintage theme from the outset. We work within the wedding industry ourselves therefore had our firm favourite suppliers already in the bag. Rachel was one of them, without hesitation. Unlike the majority of brides I left it quite last minute to go and get my dress...this I believe was down to a quiet confidence that I didnt have to worry too much because Rachel would have the perfect one for me. How right I was! Rachels boutique is a little piece of Vintage Heaven, and I adore the feel within it, from the decor to the trinkets, the lighting and most importantly the dresses! Rachel is delightful and charming, advising where needed, reassuring and fun. My daughter and I had the most amazing time exploring and Rachel closes the boutique which made the experience feel all the more special for us. We had tea and cakes and lots of giggles. I remember asking Rachel if she always had an idea of which dress would suit each bride when they came to her and then trusted in this perception when I asked Rachel to choose the fouth dress to try on. I wasnt convinced that the dress she pointed out would be suitable, it really was not what I had in mind! It was lace! ( not sure) and it was knee length! ( being quite small I thought a shorter dress would make me look smaller!) I tried it on after a little wibble and was totally blown away when I looked at my reflection. It was perfect and my decision to have 'Dolly' as my fairy castle dress was made. I was thrilled beyond words. Rachel has a unique approach to brides and she should be very very proud of her achievements so far...I have recommended her services and the boutique to all my own brides and will continue to do so. It was a pleasure Rachel and I am also very proud to now call you one of my good friends, you are one in a million xx
Photo by: Photography By Jules
The thought of going from bridal shop to bridal shop, seeing dresses that I could neither afford or want to wear because they were not 'me' made me feel quite ill. So I set to work on ebay thinking, it's just a dress, a few purchases later and fed up of battling with what I 'should' have because that's what everyone does kinda feeling, I reluctantly started a search for actual shops - ta da! The solution was born, a phone call, and an appointment later I had found the perfect place and the met the perfect person to help me with my quest. The Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique.
How my mind was changed, I wanted a dress, a fabulous dress, something different but beautiful and I wanted to be able to afford it, I got all of this and more from Rachel and her fabulous boutique. perfectly individual and tailored to me, my whole wedding dress experience was turned from an annoying must have to a delight that me, my Mum and Rachel shared together.
Rachel and I named her Darcey and I couldn't wait to show her off - the boutique is the perfect place to start your wedding memories.
Photo By: Rocksalt Photography
Rach, you don’t know this but we met on a dreary Tuesday lunchtime at my desk back in April this year, my mum was moaning to me via text message about how we had not done anything “wedding-related” since the engagement at Xmas, but lo and behold to her I was planning a wedding-dress-shopping-Easter-bank-holiday visit home, the problems began when I didn’t know where to start. So I googled “Vintage Wedding Penarth” and there you were. I had a vague idea of the type of dress I had in mind; I wanted a classic simple stylish dress and so on that Easter Weekend I took the plunge and visited the first and only Wedding Dress shop, and there was Penny. With your help and the fabulous skills of the lovely Annie, we gave old Penny a new lease of life and brought her into the 21st Century. Everyone loved the dress, thank you so much ladies from the very bottom of my heart.
Photo By: Gary Stevens Photography
Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique is the perfect place to find the perfect dress! Rachel is a superstar and really gets to know her brides and cherishes finding a dress that does disguise who a person is but enhances it! She really listens and makes the whole experience so much fun!
Putting my dress on in the morning of my wedding was so exciting, I felt like a movie star! I also know that no one else will have a dress like mine! Thanks Rachel, I am proud to be a boutique bride!