Two Became One
Michelle and Carolyn are the friendly faces you will find waiting to welcome you to the boutique, both with the same heart and passion for helping brides-to be find their perfect dress.
Whilst Michelle and Carolyn both started out independently each with their own boutiques they embraced the collaboration of joining together to become one ♥
Michelle realised her dream of owning a bridal boutique when she opened the doors to The Perfect One bridal in Winchester in May 2017, the opening of the shop was born from Michelle’s own experience of struggling to find somewhere local that provided that exclusive ‘bridal’ experience that she felt should be available to brides who were on a modest budget and decided this was something she could most certainly offer.
Meanwhile just down the road in the outskirts of Southampton, Olivia George Bridal was being founded by Carolyn during November 2017. Carolyn saw not only a gap in the market for affordable, yet quality, bridalwear but also couldn’t shake the thought of gowns costing upwards of a thousand pounds being worn only for a few hours then stored away in a loft after owners found it impossible to sell online! She began by selling only pristine quality preloved and ex-sample gowns.
Michelle and Carolyn met through networking in 2018 and quickly became friends, collaborated on photo shoots and even recommended each other to their brides. Their two boutiques became one in January 2020, when The Perfect One came to join Olivia George Bridal in Bursledon.
Within a couple of weeks a fantastic opportunity came up (if a little too soon…!) to relocate the boutique back to Winchester and the girls couldn’t say no!
Sometimes a leap is worth taking…