Typical British weather can play havoc with a bride’s pre-wedding nerves. Will my dress get acquainted with muddy puddles? Is my hair going to survive gale-force winds? Do I need to recommend umbrellas on the invites?
If - like Danielle and Chris - rolling sandy beaches, blue skies and sun-kissed skin are more up your street, one way to (almost!) guarantee sunshine on your wedding day is by heading overseas and arranging a destination wedding.
Setting their sights on the beautiful Dreams Palm Beach in the Dominican Republic, with their ceremony overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Danielle set out to find the right dress to match the picture-perfect venue. She always knew she would purchase her dress from MiliMili, saying “it was the boutique I would always walk past and say to Chris ‘if we ever get married, I will buy my dress from here’.”
The dress Danielle decided on was Luz, from Blue by Enzoani: a sleek, fitted mermaid gown made from beautifully soft georgette and chantilly lace, featuring a plunging neckline and matching back. Danielle customised the dress; adding floaty, butterfly-style sleeves to complement the relaxed atmosphere of the celebrations.
“I have always known what style of dress I wanted. It had to be something chilled, with a boho vibe, and also have cute embellishments,” Danielle explains.
“I wanted a dress that flattered me, but also covered the parts that I am slightly self conscious about. I asked MiliMili to add the sleeves, which made my dress everything I could ever want. It was perfect: the dress I had dreamed of was finally becoming a reality.”
Once the ‘perfect’ dress was found, everything else easily flowed with the laid-back theme. “Me and Chris are a chilled couple in general, so wanted our day to have that relaxed vibe. We didn’t really have a colour scheme, but the bridesmaids wore a lavender coloured dress, which gave a vintage feel.”
One detail that held an extra special place, though, was Danielle’s veil and headpiece. The accessories, which complemented her dress in the most perfect fashion, were gifted by her best friend as her ‘something borrowed’ - a gesture that meant a lot to Danielle.
Enjoying a day full of heartwarming moments with their friends and family, whom had flown halfway across the world to share their day with them, made the occasion one they would never forget. “There was a moment during the evening where everyone was dancing and the sun was setting on the beach. We had Wonderwall by Oasis playing in the background, and my new husband and I stood back and watched everyone just having the time of their lives. It was a trip to remember for all of us, and a beautiful day that we will always cherish.”
A beautiful day, in a beautiful dress, exactly made to the stunning bride’s image of what she dreamed of wearing on her wedding day. Danielle recommends to brides-to-be that they do their research prior to dress-hunting; that way you’ll find a boutique that suits your personality, which should then lead you to ‘the one’! “Try not to over think and over complicate, and don’t make it a stressful experience. Just enjoy every moment, as it’s the best feeling when you finally get to try them on.”
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