Featured, Real Brides


DRESS: Blair

DESIGNER: Rime Arodaky

WHERE: The Mews Notting Hill

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m Michelle and work in tech PR in London. I’m originally from Ireland and have lived in lovely London for over five years now.

Home is on the banks of the canal in Hackney Wick in East London. 

How did you meet your Groom?

I met Jonathan, strangely enough in our home town where we both grew up but yet didn’t meet until the age of 24/25. At the time I lived in Dublin about 100km away  and rarely ventured out in our little town. I’d been persuaded out as a friend was returning from their travels. I was introduced to Jonathan on that night by a mutual friend, we chatted but not near as long as I would have wanted.

I left early as I was going to Portugal with my Mum and leaving for the airport in the early hours of the next morning. I remember it so well. Little did I know what lay ahead. 

Jonathan was living in London at the time and had just recently moved there. It turned out we had grown up just a few minutes away from each other, with multiple overlaps of friends, places and many missed encounters. 

To say that was it, is pretty accurate. We dated for six months between London and Dublin, never going more than two weeks apart and then I moved to London, it was meant to be. I knew that first time I met him that something special was about to happen. 

How did you come across The Mews?

I came across The Mews after a very simple google search of the top places in London for bridal shopping. I took one look and that was it. 

We had chosen to get married in Ibiza, so straight away I wanted something girly, pretty and something I could dance in.

I had one appointment at The Mews on a cold December morning with my Mum visiting from Ireland, I had no intention of going anywhere else. I tried on six dresses all of which I loved. The wonderful assistant urged me to try on one more again out of the six, and that was it. I chose Rime Arodaky Blair.

It was a magical, special moment and really was as easy as that. 

Where did your wedding day take place? Was there any themes or inspiration behind your day?

We got married on October 12th, also my 30th birthday, in San Carlos in Ibiza with an intimate 35 people guest list. Following a beautiful church wedding we made our way to the stunning Aiyanna at Cala Nova and ate the most wonderful food and partied all night with the very best of family and friends. 

Our theme was simplicity, with details in the small things that we cared about, we chose an aqua blue mustang to travel in, we chose one type of flower: gypsophila and scattered it everywhere, I wore Nicholas Kirkwood shoes and carried an Anya Hindmarch bag. Everything about our day was what we wanted and loved. 

What did he wear?

Jonathan wore a navy Reiss suit, a white made to measure made shirt with a Louis Vuitton tie and wore an intricate Oris Atelier Complication watch.
My favourite detail of the day, that’s tough. I had a few favourites, like that morning was so relaxed. I had breakfast with my mum and dad in the sun, then went for a swim in the warm Ibiza waters. I listened to my favourite 70’s music in the room getting ready.

The dress was such a big part of the day, naturally, the detail in that was never to be forgotton. Just like putting it on and seeing my mum and dad’s face. . I also loved our Le Labo fragrances, I can still remember when I stood beside Jonathan at the alter and the fragrance gave me goosebumps, it still does. Other than that, I’d say our venue, Aiyanna as a venue is perfection, the staff, the food, the sun shining and the noise of the waves is something I’ll never forget. 

What advice would you give to a bride finding the perfect dress?

Keep it simple and don’t overthink it, find the shop and the people that match your personality. 

Words of wedded wisdom?

Do what makes you and your husband to be happy! Don’t compromise. That is what we did, invited the people we wanted to have surround us and those who are going to be around you forever. You don’t want to turn to walk down the aisle and think there are people there who you don’t want to be there!