Charlotte & Matthew: 27th July 2019

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As a petite bride, the thought of finding the right dress for your big day can fill you with dread. Teeny brides can feel limited in the styles they can pull off - but, like Charlotte, you may just be surprised!

“When I came in I was full of anxiety!” Charlotte says. “I had tried on four dresses when I came to my dress, and I just knew it was the one! Due to my short frame, a fishtail dress was perfect. It elongated my body and gave me curves in all the right places. I am very conscious of my tummy, yet I have a small bottom and no hips, but this dress flattered every curve and I felt flawless.”

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The dress that captured Charlotte’s heart, was JIN by Enzoani. A strapless sweetheart neckline is just one classically elegant highlight of this romantic lace gown. But there was another element that Charlotte was head over heels for: “I always dreamt of pearls and buttons all the way down the back of the dress, and lace is also a favourite of mine. This dress combined both elements beautifully!” Charlotte finished her look with a chapel-length, plain ivory veil that swept the tips of her dress’ train perfectly. She wore her hair half down, and gave a nod to her ‘wildflower’ theme with floral accessories.

Charlotte and Matthew’s wedding was one that incorporated an abundance of personal attachment; not least, the church that Charlotte had been christened in, and attended Sunday school! Their vicar had seen Charlotte through the celebration of birth, schooling days, and now her wedding day, which meant a lot to both her and her family.

“We got ready at my mums house - my childhood home. Everybody locally knew us and waved us in. It was full of love and happiness!” Charlotte explains. And it’s no wonder everyone in her childhood village was out in their swarms to see off the future Mrs Chicken - she looked a vision, with a chapel length plain ivory veil completing her bridal look. Even the reception was poignant - taking place in a marquee on her tree surgeon father’s land.

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Farm and nature elements created the foundations for the countryside-themed day - flower arches adorned the entrance to the marquee, while floral displays dressed the trailer attached to the unique transport - a tractor! And her dad’s profession certainly didn’t go unmissed: with a wooden post box, centre pieces and table plan featuring in the decor.

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Even a little rain didn’t dampen the proceedings - the bride and groom embraced the ever-changing weather for some fun umbrella shots during a downpour. Charlotte braved the fields in flip flops, hitching up her gown’s train between locations…that’s our girl!

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Photography EPS Photography
Flowers Passionflowers by Emma Spowage
Hair Kutz (Paige Clarke)
Make Up
Alice Wotton
Cake Bob’s Beautiful Bakes

Danielle & Chris: 7th May 2019

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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?

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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.

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“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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Photography Adventure Photos
Flowers Venue
Hair & Make Up Bridal Party

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
Florist
Tudor Rose
Hair & Make Up Rococco
Balloons Bubblegum Balloons