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Otaduy Wedding Gowns Perfect For The Bohemian Bride


It’s always a thrill when I discover a new bridal wear designer, and a brand that came under my fashion loving radar a few months ago is Otaduy. It was during one of my regular Instagram perusing sessions that I happened across the most beautiful bridal jacket. The use of leather {a slightly unusual choice for bridal} juxtaposing beautifully with more conventional bridal fabrics such as lace and chiffon really was quite striking.

I was immediately hooked and “followed” Otaduy without hesitation, checking in on them on a regular basis to see what fashion forward bridal goodies they were showcasing next.


Later the same month, while exploring A Most Curious Wedding Fair I found myself further enamoured with Otaduy as I got chatting with Lydia {one half of the dynamic sisters who founded Otaduy} all about the sumptuous fabrics used throughout the collection and the eye catching designs they create through brilliant design and cut of their garments.

Lydia explained to me how the Otaduy brand was launched in 2011 and immediately the sisters set about reinventing people’s perceptions of “bridal wear”. Influenced by drama, the stage, cinema and theatre Otaduy really was every bit as wonderful in person as I had imagined them to be when I first discovered them on Instagram.


Not long after my first exciting encounter with Otaduy I was invited to view their latest offerings – “I Do” at Hotel Cafe Royal. Accompanied with talented fine art photographer Kate Nielen {who is responsible for all of these wonderful images in this post} I spent some time oohing and ahhhing over the new designs which I have to say are perfect for the spirited indie bride who wants to feel like an uber cool version of herself on her big day.

The carefree and relaxed spirit of the brand was perfectly encapsulated in this collection and I adored how the sisters had shunned traditional hues with a number of their designs and really worked in some nude tones and shimmering gold sequins.


Each and every design I viewed was effortless yet captivating, designer Carolina explained to me many of the fabrics included in this collection were made bespoke for Otaduy to ensure they are truly unique and won’t be found in any other designer’s collection.

Gorgeous guipure,beautiful embroidery and slinky silk gauzes accompanied had me enthralled as I felt the quality of the fabric between my fingers. The low backs, seriously amazing selection of crop tops and bridal separates truly make Otaduy perfect for the fashion loving bride.


For those of you looking to get your mitts on some seriously stylish bridal wear then you can contact toady here and get your daily dose of Otaduy beauty here.

Once again a massive thank you to Otaduy for the invite of their preview and for Kate Nielen for being the extraordinary photography ninja that she is.

Helen xx

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Blue By Enzoani For A Travel Inspired Barn Wedding


Good morning beautiful reader, how is your week going? We have a gorgeous wedding up this morning The twinkling fairy lights are perfect for this time of year (unless we have another Indian Summer next week) and I adore the choice of print bridesmaids dresses. Bride Ruth looks like a whimsical dream in her Blue by Enzoani wedding dress and their favourite memories form their big day certainly put a smile on my face…

The wedding and reception were both at the Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury in the Cotswolds.

We wanted a relaxed feel to the wedding and I had always liked the idea of a barn wedding. We’d been searching across the South West for a venue and visited quite a few – we saw a lot of beautiful wedding venues around but none felt quite right for us. My sister drafted in the help of her wedding photographer (Martin Dabek) who she’d used at her the previous summer, and he suggested The Great Tythe Barn. From the pictures it looked perfect and lived up to them in reality. There were so many things that we loved about the venue – the barn and grounds were beautiful, but it was the fairy light canopy that sealed the deal and I could immediately imagine myself walking down the aisle and saying ‘I do’ under the lights .

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Charlotte Mills Wedding Shoes – Boutique Tour

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Good morning everyone and how are we today?? It’s been a rather manic time of it behind the scenes here over the summer hence the blogging hiatus of late so it’s simply a delight to be able to share some rather gorgeous bridal foot candy with you all today from talented designer Charlotte Mills.

I’ve made no secret of the fact I am a massive fan of these delightful bridal shoes in the past and for those of you who have have been “researching” wedding shoes I have no doubt you will have discovered their brilliance already.

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When Charlotte launched her brand back in Easter 2014 it was love at first sight for me and a pleasure to feature her very first collection on these pages. Charlotte’s brand has grown from strength to strength since {which considering her gregarious personality and true talents comes as no surprise} and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her.

It’s no lie that I adore each and every shoe Charlotte has ever designed , so when I was chatting to the lovely lady herself at White Gallery this year and she suggested I paid the Charlotte Mills boutique a visit, I was there with bells on… and let me tell you it’s every bit as wonderful as I expected it would be!

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Nestled in the picturesque, chocolate box village of Uppermill, upon arrival, it immediately struck me that this beautiful setting with it’s sophisticated wine bars, kitch cafes, boutiques brimming with treats and rustic country pubs would make for the perfect day shoe shopping with your best ladies.

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Once you step over the rather stylish threshold of the Charlotte Mills boutique you are greeted with an impressively designed studio; a light and airy space {lot’s of room for trying on those shoes ladies} complete with pops of pink and sparkle true to the Charlotte Mills brand.

Displays of carefully curated glitter block heels, super cute peep toes and va va boom sky scraper heels draw you in like a moth to a flame. With their signature silver sixpence tucked inside for good luck and heart based designs Charlotte’s shoes have become somewhat legendary in the wedding world and it’s easy to see why.

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Chatting about the boutique Charlotte explained to me “Opening a boutique has been a dream for me since the beginning”. “I adore being able to meet with brides and help them find the perfect shoes for their wedding day. I feel like it’s a true privilage and it’s really wonderful to have the opportunity to hear about each bride’s story and their amazing wedding plans.”

She added we also have a lot of bridesmaids and mother of the brides seeking their special shoes here too as they have fallen in love with our ready to wear collection; fun, fashion forward and made from the softest of leathers and suedes I must confess to being quite the fan myself!

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With Charlotte on hand to give me her personal advice and give me the opportunity to sample her expert service first hand it was impossible for me to leave the boutique without a pair of my all time fave shoe Anabella accompanying me and truthfully, I think they are without shadow of the doubt the comfiest {and most complimented} pair of heels I own.

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Charlotte thank you so much for inviting me to pay you a visit, Maria and I has a simply splendid time and of course a massive thank you to Catharine Noble Scholes for capturing such wonderful images for me to share with my dear readers.

If you’ve fallen in love with any of the shoes in this post you can find Charlotte Mills boutique at St Chads, off High Street, Uppermill, Saddleworth, OL3 6AP and you can pay her a visit Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm with Saturday and Sunday openings by appointment which can be arranged on 01457 879900 or via

Charlotte Mills wedding shoes are stocked by retailers around the world {including our sponsor One1 Bridal and London Boutique Luella’s Boudoir} and you can, of course, get your very own wedding shoes online via the Charlotte Mills website.

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