I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you. People expect you to conform when it comes to ‘bridal’ (still not comfortable with that word!) and the thought of wearing a big frilly thing, or a veil, or looking demure into the middle distance waiting for the right light for the photos made me feel nauseous! Finding ‘the dress’ was not a comfortable experience until I came to the boutique. It was so refreshing that it was confirmed I didn’t have to conform and could totally feel like myself.Everyone fell IN LOVE with Jamie!I wish you every success in the future!Thank you for being the ultimate feminist!
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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.
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.
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From the moment Rachel offered round a plate of fondant fancies to have with a cuppa on our first visit to the shop I knew we were in the right place. To be honest, I didn’t want a ‘proper’ wedding dress, my older sister bullied me into it! My sister, Ruth had heard about Rachel’s boutique from a friend of hers and suggested I take a look for something that would still be very bridal but far more ‘me’ than anything a more traditional wedding dress shop would be able to offer. It’s always about the little things and Rachel thinks about all of them - or perhaps she doesn’t do it on purpose. Barefoot in her shop it’s as if Rachel has invited you into her home with her dresses being cared for and spoken to like members of the family. We got married in West Wales and to have a bespoke dress (at a ridiculously affordable price) made by a Welsh designer really made our very small, intimate day feel complete. Both Rachel and Angharad made me feel so comfortable and I absolutely fell in love with Enfys from the incredible Ffrog collection. Rachel’s was the first and last boutique we visited. There really was no point even looking elsewhere. Thank you Rachel for being so caring, thoughtful, kind and considerate every step of the way.
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!
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When I got engaged I couldn’t wait to start wedding planning, but I was very apprehensive about going wedding dress shopping. I put it off for as long as I could! My first appointment was with Rachel and to be honest I didn’t need to see anyone else. I knew I didn’t want anything too traditional, and as soon as I walked into the boutique with my mum, maid of honour and future mother in law, I knew my dress was there. I picked a few dresses I liked the look of and then Rachel worked her magic and picked some styles she thought would suit me too. After trying on 3 beautiful dresses, I tried on Cecile (which Rachel picked) and I fell in love. Rachel dressed me with the accessories and I knew that was the dress I was going to get married in. The process was so much fun too, from picking the dress, meeting the designer and your dress being custom made for you from scratch! Amazing! Rachel’s passion and enthusiasm for her dresses, designers, and brides is so contagious. She put me at ease as soon as walked through the door and nothing was too much trouble. Rachel is an asset to Penarth, Wales and the wedding industry as a whole. I am immensely proud to call myself a boutique bride and I would recommend Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique to any future brides in a heartbeat. Thank you Rachel for making me feel beautiful on my big day!’
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.
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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!
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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.
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