Some kind words from happy clients!


We are indeed on honeymoon - soaking up the Italian sun :)

It was a lovely day that went by too quickly :(

Here are a few pictures for you of the day.

I had lots of lovely comments about the dress.

I'm so glad I found your lovely shop - you were both a pleasure to work with!

Love Hilary xx


hazelI recently bought my bridesmaid dresses from your shop and just wanted to thank you very much for your help and the great service we received.

I attach a picture of us all on the day and the bridesmaid dresses in action.  They were lovely and many guests commented on them.  Very happy with the choice!

Thanks again!

Kind regards


emma-testimonialHere is a photo of me with my beautiful bridesmaids! They looked amazing!!



marie-testimonialI want to thank you, Elaine, Helen and the team at BB&L, for everything you did for me in the run up to our wedding. Not only did you help me find the perfect dress, you also found the perfect dresses for my three Bridesmaids and also our little Flower Girl (princess). You made the whole process very relaxing and enjoyable for us all. Your recommendations for Amanda who altered my dress and for Alison who made Mum’s hat were fantastic, thank you so much – they were both incredible! On top of that, you sourced our shoes which were so comfortable and looked perfect with our dresses! My experience at Borrowed Blue & Lace was absolutely wonderful and I can’t thank you enough for being so lovely, helpful and accommodating. You ladies did a wonderful job and I must also thank you for all the ideas and advice you gave to me over the last year on to a whole bunch of wedding related items. I really couldn’t have done it without you!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

I will be sure to recommend you to every soon-to-be Bride I meet.



michelle-testimonialHere is a photo from our wedding in Cyprus last week. It was so hot on the day, 35 degrees, everyone loved the dress and said how fitting it was for feel of the day and the weather, my husband (!) said it was very 'me' so I think you did a great job with your advice and recommendations, I couldn't have been happier with how it turned out, thank you!

Michelle X

Jennifer and Tim

I was so pleased to discover Borrowed Blue and Lace. As soon as I made the initial enquiry I was confident that I would get the support, interest and expertise I was looking for.

Nothing was too much trouble and I was always warmly welcomed! Our bridesmaids dresses looked absolutely lovely and they all loved their shoes too.

Thank you so much for making it such a pleasurable part of the wedding organisation. 

Lyndsay & Antony

Dessy twist dressesWell I am now Mrs Sanders, we got married 10 days ago and the wedding blues are kicking in! :)

The day was amazing, far better than we ever imagined! Even though there was a thunder storm and torrential rain up until about 2.30pm on the day - we couldn't believe it! But as soon as I left the hotel for the venue the sun came out and we had our sunny Cyprus wedding after all :)

I just wanted to send you an email to say a huge thank you for all the help with the bridesmaids dresses and ties etc... we have had so many great comments about the dresses and colour and I have to say I love how it all looks together in the photos attached. It's my favourite colour but love it even more now :)

I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone I know getting married in the future.

Thanks again for everything.

Lyndsay & Antony x

Helen Byrne

wedding-dress-for-helenI was very apprehensive about finding a dress for my big day, the wedding day had been a last minute decision and I only had 4 months to plan the whole thing. All the other wedding dress shops had said they couldn't turn around a dress in such a short space of time and I had been a tried on a few dresses from the high street and they looked ok but I didn't feel they were the "one" so I contacted Helen to see is she would be able to help.

As soon as I walked into Helen and Elaine's beautiful shop I felt at ease, it was like a bridal heaven. Helen came up with some great ideas and options for me and all the dresses I tried on all felt wow! I now have a beautiful dress on order ready to be delivered with enough time for any alterations with some amazing accessories and lots and lots of great tips from Helen on how to make our day a day to remember.

I can't recommend Borrowed Blue and Lace enough, thanks to the wonderful atmosphere that Helen and Elaine create, they are very knowledgeable and have engaged with local suppliers to provide the whole wedding experience. I can't wait to go back and try my dress on!!


Helen Byrne

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Kat Vaughan

Amazing, friendly, knowledgeable and went the extra mile in making my wedding perfect.


Karen Suter

Beautiful boutique, plenty of space and very bright and airy.

Thanks to the wonderful help and advice from Helen and her team we found our perfect dress and will enjoy a perfect day.

Thank you so much.

Karen Xxx

Vicky Pickles

Visiting Borrowed Blue and Lace to shop for a wedding dress was a lovely experience. Helen put me completely at ease and made the experience a very positive one. Giving me time and space to browse through all the different styles in the shop and then fitting the ones I liked so I could get a really good feel for how I'd look once they were tailored for me.  She is also a mine of information on wedding suppliers and getting the most from your wedding day.  I'd thoroughly recommend going to see her.


Jane Barcley

I worked with Helen on my 50th birthday party. It was quite a complicated event which required meticulous organisation and co-ordination.

Helen was super organised and ensured that everything ran like clockwork and, most importantly, she was a great pleasure to work with and made the preparation as fun as the party itself.

Jane Barclay Film Producer - David Gill Gallery London

Thatcher Cook

Helen is a magnificent person to work with on weddings. Her warmth, enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra distance are only paralleled by her ability to organize, conceive and implement complicated wedding logistics... and

Helen does it all with a smile and professionalism! She is a favourite vendor to work with, that is for sure ...

Thatcher Cook - Destination Wedding Photographer

Corbin Gurkin

Helen is a joy to work with. Her impeccable taste and curated style is the delight of any photographer and bride alike.  With an attention to detail and a keen ability to interpret her clients' visual style, Helen has created and planned events that range from intimate gatherings to full-scale weekends.

Helen's approach blends the best of skills in a planner - a creative spirit with a talent for organization.  The result is a highly personalized experience and the ultimate bespoke wedding or event.

I have had the great pleasure of photographing numerous times for Helen and continue to be inspired by her beautifully executed events.
Corbin Gurkin - Corbin Gurkin Photography

Emma & David

From our very first meeting we knew that you would be able to help us achieve the unique wedding celebration we had always dreamed of.  We loved your relaxed but professional approach, which meant you were happy to hear all our ideas and suggestions and nothing was impossible.

Working with Helen was an excellent experience, as it took all the stress out of planning our wedding in a country where we didn't speak the language!

Firstly, finding the most unbelievably romantic venues, then guiding us in supplier selection and providing liaison, ensuring the essential legal requirements were completed, and finally overseeing the day - were all brilliantly taken care of by Helen and James and their team.

Helen's detailed timetable and regular telephone calls and updates made sure we were making decisions in plenty of time and we felt totally at ease and confident throughout.

When the weekend finally came, we were relaxed and really looking forward to it, as we had no doubt that every detail had been taken care of by Helen.

The wedding and venues were perfect, the atmosphere was truly magical and we all had a fantastic time.

Thank you once again for making our Tuscan dream come true.

Emma & David Villa Vignamaggio, Tuscany

Ross & Kirsten

During the initial planning stages Ross and I were even more overwhelmed with the friendly approach and interest that Helen and James both had with Italy and the range of venues they had to offer us. Very quickly we were on our way out to Italy with James who showed us a selection of venues. We found a stunning villa and town hall to host our wedding which was all organised and booked with immediate attention.

From here Helen used her creative skills to help me make decisions about my colour scheme and flower selection. Helen was helpful and supportive throughout. We kept in touch by phone and email and all I had to do was make my decisions on design, colour, shape, size of all of the various accompaniments to the day. Helen booked and sorted out everything from the details of our guests rooms, to the music, cars, flowers, all of the stressful things I would have had to do myself if we were getting married in the UK.

The wedding day its self was a dream, everything ran like clockwork and this was due to Helen’s hard work to ensure everything was perfect for us. Helen was there throughout the day making sure every fine detail was as we had asked for. We felt like we had adequate time to take in our day and appreciate everything that was around us. If you are looking for a romantic wedding in a beautiful part of the world we have every confidence that Love and Lord will make your day everything you have ever dreamed of. Thank you Helen

Thank you so much for giving us the most amazing wedding in Tuscany earlier this year.

Ross & Kirsten Certaldo, Tuscany

Sue & Mark Blachfield

We first met Helen in 2003 when she organised our Wedding and accommodation for 50 people in Siena, Italy.  Right from the beginning we were impressed with her commitment to excellence.  True professionals listen to their clients and Helen possesses the ability to expand an idea and turn it into reality without her clients feeling that the integrity of their requirements is compromised.

Throughout our 6 month working relationship with Helen we worked collaboratively.  She ensured we were always kept up to date with progress, giving us honest and direct feedback and remaining calm despite having to deal with an inevitable number of challenges during the planning process.

Helen has a terrific sense of style as well as a little black book of top notch contacts and suppliers.  In her quest for perfection she insists on getting it just right and our guests still refer to the event as the most memorable and beautifully executed wedding they have  attended.

We are now lucky enough to count Helen as a friend as well as someone we rely on for expert advice.  This year will be our tenth wedding anniversary and it goes without saying that we will be turning to her to plan another memorable event for us.

Sue & Mark Blanchfield, Siena Tuscany 2003

Lindsey & Mark Chatwin

Helen was an amazing asset to our wedding. From start to finish she handled everything professionally and beautifully.

We had the most amazing day and couldn't have done it without her.

Lindsay & Mark Chatwin, Lake Como, Italy


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