Charlotte & Tom: 14th June 2019

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Heading out onto the water in a rowing boat may not be the first activity that springs to mind for your wedding day; but for Charlotte and Tom, it couldn’t have been more fitting!

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Marrying at two of Essex’s most picturesque locations, Dedham Boathouse and Milsoms Le Talbooth, a riverside wedding was the perfect setting for the couple to tie the knot; with a white and gold colour palette complementing each aspect of their romantic celebrations. Even the rowing boat had a gorgeous floral arrangement on board!

Charlotte wore the beautiful Lavender by Enzoani - an A-line gown adorned with floral appliqués, a deep V lace back and - usually - a beaded waistline. Charlotte opted to customise the dress: changing the beading to a beautiful array of pearls to match her stunning Jimmy Choo shoes.

How did Charlotte decide on her dress? “It was the first dress I really liked on the hanger in the shop, as it looked so special. It was really love at first sight,” she explains. “I was hesitant at first as it was a cream antique colour and not ivory, but I thought I would still try it. I loved it. I did try on others after and nothing came close, so I tried it on again and said yes!”

The “antique princess” look, as Charlotte describes it, was completed with a chapel length lace veil and gold Ophelia Crown from Flourish by Victoria Percival - which was chosen by Charlotte’s mum.

“It was my mum who said ‘try this on’, and I laughed at first and was like ‘mum, I’m not wearing a crown’. But wow, did it complete my look and was stunning! You need accessories to complete the look of the dress, and your theme or style. It brings it all together.”

Charlotte’s desire to emphasise the white and gold theme even extended to husband Tom - whom she asked to wear white, but he wasn’t convinced! Luckily, she managed to find other unique ways to incorporate the colours; the table cutlery was gold (“I had to eat from gold cutlery. It was expensive but worth it - attention to detail is key!”), the bridesmaids and mother of the bride wore ivory, and all the floral decoration and balloons were, of course, white.

Despite not having the ivory dress she originally set out to find, Charlotte couldn’t have been happier with her choice, and finding the right dress is an easy task when following her advice. “Don’t take photos in the dress when you say yes. Looking back at the photos afterwards will make you doubt it, as it may not fit perfectly at that point.” She adds, “Don’t go to lots of shops - choose one shop that suits your style and budget, and after the advice from the staff on your figure etc., and for sure you will fall in love with one.”

Photography Natasa Leoni
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This week at MiliMili Bridal

Hello lovely readers,

Apologies I have been terrible at keeping the blog up to date.  Its been super busy and if I am being honest I sometimes do not what to write about! So, I thought why don't I do weekly updates of whats happened in the boutique.  That keeps you guys in the loop of the latest events, dresses and news.  I can then do specific blogs along the way covering anything else you would like me to cover. 

So lets get started with the updates from the week just gone!  

On Friday we announced the start of our end of Summer Sample Sale.  This is where we sell off some of the samples in the shop to make room for the new dresses coming in.  This is a fantastic opportunity to get one of our designer dresses at a reduced price.  If you also don't have much time to your wedding date this is perfect as the dress is here ready to go.  Here are a couple of the dresses available but we have over 30 styles available. 

Blue by Enzoani Kami Was £1575 now £750 Size 14

Blue by Enzoani Kami Was £1575 now £750 Size 14

In other news, we received some new dresses this week.  I love it when we receive the new dresses, its like opening presents.  Abby also enjoys new dress deliveries as she gets to try them on!  This week we received one dress from Eliza Jane Howell and two from Rosa Clara. 

Blue by Enzoani Kingston Was £1440 Now £650 Size 12

Blue by Enzoani Kingston Was £1440 Now £650 Size 12

Tracy Lorde by Eliza Jane Howell Was £2997 Now £1200 Size 12

Tracy Lorde by Eliza Jane Howell Was £2997 Now £1200 Size 12

Eliza Jane Howell Pompeii - this is a beautiful hand beaded dress with flattering cap sleeves and sexy low back.  

Eliza Jane Howell Pompeii - this is a beautiful hand beaded dress with flattering cap sleeves and sexy low back.  

Rosa Clara Drake - this dress is a real show stopper! A princess gown with long sleeves and a scalloped neckline, finished off with a beautiful long train.

Rosa Clara Drake - this dress is a real show stopper! A princess gown with long sleeves and a scalloped neckline, finished off with a beautiful long train.

Rosa Clara Abira - a sophisticated and elegant guipure and lace with halter neckline. 

Rosa Clara Abira - a sophisticated and elegant guipure and lace with halter neckline. 

If you would like to try any of these dresses then give us a call.  In the meantime have a fabulous week! 

Lauren xx 

Greyfriars Photo Shoot

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of arranging a bridal fashion shoot with some amazing fellow Colchester suppliers.  We completed the photo shoot at GreyFriars in Colchester which is a luxurious 5* hotel and is absolutely beautiful.  The photographer on the day was Andrew Mark Wade photography.  Hair was by Admire Colchester and make up by Scarlett Allen.  I can highly recommend all of these suppliers, their work is amazing. 

Here are some of my favourite pictures from the day.  Let me know what you think! 

Desiree by Eliza Jane Howell

Desiree by Eliza Jane Howell

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McKinley by Enzoani

McKinley by Enzoani

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Margo by Enzoani

Margo by Enzoani

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Cydney & Joe

On the blog today we are featuring the Boho perfect Cydney and Joe.  I posted a photo of Cydney on our facebook a few weeks ago and everyone absolutely loved it.  So now you are in for a treat with lots more pictures of their beautiful day. 

Their wedding took place at Newland Hall in Chelmsford.  It is a beautiful setting consisting of a Tudor Manor House with a moat, stunning gardens and a woodland with 4 lakes!  

Cydney has a blog and a popular Instagram account where she posts about all things trendy, so I knew that her dress was going to be something relaxed but fashionable.  The dress she decided on was Inaru by Blue Enzoani.  The dress has a fabulous feature back and is a champagne colour which worked beautifully with Cydney's skin tone. 

Joe and Cydney's photographer for the day was HS Media, so a thank you to them for capturing the day. 

Cydney's hair looked gorgeous!  The loose curls and stunning flower crown worked so perfectly with the dress and completed the boho style.   

The bridesmaids complemented Cydney's look with their cute matching flower crowns.  You all have probably realised by now that we love something a little different from the ordinary and these bridesmaid dresses are a prime example!  The dresses are from Asos and are a step away from the traditional bridesmaid dress. 

Talking of non traditional, has anyone noticed the shoes!  Cydney and her bridesmaids wore Cowboy boots!  Cydney's dad is American (he has a great American accent btw) and this was Cydney's nod to her American roots.  

Joe looked very dapper in his suit as did his groomsmen.  I have to say, this makes me feel very old as I have known Joe's family for many years now and my main memory of Joe is of a little boy running round with a toy snake pretending to be Steve Irwin! 

The flowers for the wedding were by Belle Rose Boutique.  The blue and coral are a gorgeous combination which carry on the Boho look. 

The naked cake was by Sweet Sam and looks delicious. 

Joe and Cydney put so much thought into the extra special touches for the day.  I love the flip flops for guest and the polaroid camera is a brilliant idea. 

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Willis!!  Thank you for allowing us to be part of your special day.