Today, kicking off our 2019 Real Weddings, we have the second part of Melissa and Adam’s love story. If you have been following Something New for a while you may remember that we shared the… More
Plus Size Boutique Spotlight – The Bridal Suite, Fareham.
2019 has arrived and this year I am going to be showcasing some of my favourite Plus Size Boutiques from around the UK. This guide will help you to find your nearest specialist. It might not always be that close by, but I know that for the right dress and the best experience possible, many of you are willing to travel!
I am starting my guide with wonderful The Bridal Suite – Fareham. Plus Size specialists from Hampshire. They are based on the South coast of England, and are an independent, family run boutique that specialise in selling Bridal wear for the curvy & Plus Size bride.
We asked The Bridal Suite, Fareham to tell us a little bit about why you should visit their boutique!
‘All our dresses are specifically cut to accommodate your curves, whether it be a fuller bust, shapely hips or a broad back we will have the perfect dress. Our sample wedding gowns are all sized 18-30 and whatever your height or body shape there will be one to suit you!
At The Bridal Suite we have 3 main objectives
1, To offer Plus Size brides a selection of sample gowns ALL dedicated to their size 16-30.
2, To only sell dresses that support, enhance and flatter a fuller figure.
3, To promote a body positive ethos and offer gowns that make brides love their amazing feminine curvy shape.’
Take a look at their brides testimonial video below:
I love when a bridal boutique takes the time to work on their own images and creates the perfect Plus Size photoshoot. The Bridal Suite, Fareham have dedicated so much time to bring you such beautiful photographs. Make sure you follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
With Special Thanks to:
Can you believe that’s it for 2018? This year has completely flown for me! I know that I have used the ‘I had a baby’ excuse a few times but honestly since my daughter arrived in February the year has flown!! I have also not been able to bring you as many posts as I would have liked but wow, how incredible are the ones that I have?!
I want to thank all of the brides that have sent me their wedding pictures and stories and wish them the most wonderful and happy married lives. To all my engaged brides I cannot wait to see your wedding photographs and I hope that when your big day finally comes round, it is so special and everything that you have dreamed about.
Please click on the pictures of any of the brides stories you havent read below.
So what’s to come in 2019?? More weddings! More engagement shoots! And more photoshoots! So please, please send them my way!! I will be starting a new project and sharing with you the UK’s best Plus Size Boutiques!! So keep an eye out for that because what best way to find the dress of your dreams?? There is also two real weddings coming soon that feature two of the beautiful engaged brides!
So thank you to every single person who has read and followed Something New and stayed with us!! Here’s to a wonderful 2019.
Gemma and Paul have kindly shared with us their beautiful engagement shoot. They tell us why it’s important to pick the right photographer for your wedding day and why you should take part in an engagement shoot.
Where did you get engaged and how did it happen?
Paul got down on one knee on Christmas morning, it was our first Christmas together in our new home. He had the ring in a Christmas cracker and I cried for around an hour! It sounds cheesy but it was perfect!
Did you choose your wedding photographer first of your wedding venue?
Our wedding venue was the first thing we picked out! Everything else came a few months after including the photographer. I knew I wanted a photographer that would capture natural moments and capture the wedding venue really well, as the grounds are ++
beautiful. I really think it’s a good idea to get to know your photographer before the wedding, having a good connection with them really helps things flow on the day. She managed to get all the shots she needed while making it fun at the same time!
Did you enjoy having an engagement shoot? Would you recommend it to other brides?
Me and Paul was not looking forward to the engagement shoot at all! We both don’t like getting our photo taken, especially me being a bigger girl, I was very self conscious. But it was the best experience leading up to the wedding, we really enjoyed it. We got to know our photographer which made things flow a lot better on the big day and now we have a lot of Photos of us as a couple which we didn’t have a lot of before. Paul was a natural by the end of the shoot! We both love how the shoot turned out and have them framed all around the house!
You have now had your Wedding Day and we can’t wait to share those images on a future blog post. But If you could give yourself one piece of advice looking back now what would it be?
I think looking back on the whole experience now I would tell myself to enjoy the build up more, I stressed out a lot about all the little things and details. On the actual day the small things don’t matter. The most important thing is to let that stress go on the day, enjoy every moment with your new husband and all your family & friends. The love and support you both feel on the day was icredible, we felt like we were on cloud 9! Our day went by so quickly, so my advice would be “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Gemma and Paul picked Laura Parkinson Photography to be their wedding photographer and we are super excited to be bringing you the pictures from their wedding day in a future blog post. So keep an eye out for that! Thank you both so much for sharing.
For brides getting married one of the best moments is the first look. That moment when the person you are going to be spending your life with turns, and catches a glimps of you in ‘The Dress.’ It can be all about that moment for lots of brides and so the dress plays a very important role in what is a dream wedding. So often brides search high and low for their dream dress. Callista Bride have been suppling Plus Size brides around the world with their dream dress for years and the new 2019 collection will not disappoint.
I don’t know about other Bridal Boutique owners, but for me there is nothing like having a sneak peek when we get to the Harrogate Bridal Show this weekend! I just love seeing what the new collections are like and getting a first look of what my brides will be wearing next year! This year I was sent an extra special preview by leading Plus Size designers and award winners Callista Bride.
And I have to say, this collection is possibly the best yet! Designer Michele has created a stunning collection with a bit of sparkle, soft satins and intricate lace detail. But for those of you looking for something a bit different, this is the collection is also for you.
If you want to wear something that is built and designed around the Plus Size body then Callista Bride is the designer for you. I am so pleased that the options for Curvy and Plus Size brides get better and better each season. But if you are looking for ‘The One’, the dress that makes everyone go wow… look no further.
Below is my personal favourite from the new collection. Callista already has the incredible ‘London’ gown in their collection and this season there’s a new version with the same structure and shape but with so much sparkle in the skirt!! This dress is perfect for brides of all shapes and will, no doubt, be one of next seasons most loved designs! You can’t see from this image but this dress just shimmers as you walk and it’s everything I dreamed it would be!
I love visiting Harrogate each year to see what is being showcased and can’t wait to select what gowns are going to be joining my boutique in 2019. If these gowns are anything to go by, I can’t wait to attend over the next few days! It really is the highlight of the year for bridal retail.
Callista is now proudly British owned and I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings. I adore the new models. I am extremely proud to say my bride and friend Amy was chosen to be one of the models and doesn’t she look incredible? Well done Amy! I hope you have enjoyed these sneak peeks and hopefully we will share more from this collection soon.
Written by Rebecca Lord-Lyon from Edith & Winston Bridalwear. Stockists of the Callista Bride range.
So the month of January was filled with real brides and engagement shoots from all over the world! From Alice In Wonderland to an engagement shoot in the snow. We have shared so many of our followers stories, and I can’t wait to see what February brings.
Since the start of the year I have had the chance to speak to so many amazing brides to be! We’ve found out about how they got engaged, their plans for the wedding and asking their advice for anyone who is a little bit nervous about having their photographs taken. Which is something I hear all the time from my own brides in the boutique.
I want to know what you think of Something New: A Blog For The Plus Size Bride — what you think we can do to improve and what we have done well so far! I think the highlight for me is hearing about the love stories and the confidence that our brides felt on their wedding day or during their engagement shoots. Another plus is getting to share so many incredible photographs by such talented photographers from around the world.
I would love to share more photoshoots from the Plus Size boutiques out there! And keep sharing all your beautiful weddings. So please do get in touch via the Submit page on the website.
This year I would like to work with couples on the run up to their wedding day, documenting how they went from being someone’s brand new fiancé/fiancée to someone’s wife. If you would be interested in sharing your wedding Journey please get in touch.
I have so many great ideas that I could do from my own boutique, but I don’t want to bombard you all with Edith & Winston Bridalwear. So if you are a bridal boutique and you want to collaborate or do your own thing, please get in touch.
If you are a bride or a bride to be, please remember that we need your photographer’s permission before we can share your shoot. Also, at this time we don’t accept mobile phone pictures.
So as we move into February, please do get in touch and help me create a blog that is the perfect place for all Plus Size Brides to see and be inspired.
We have a beautiful engagement shoot today. Featuring Rob & Charlotte. Taken in Dorset at the RSBP reserve by Stuart Dudleston. Stuart likes to capture all of the candid moments and raw emotions of his couples. His natural photography style works beautifully against the backdrop of calm waters. The couple are captured perfectly! Charlotte tells us their love story and gives her advice for brides to be who are a little bit nervous about their own engagement shoot.
We got engaged this April in France. It was our first holiday together and we went to Disneyland for the day, after a fun filled day during the illumination show in the evening he passed me a padlock that had a message engraved on it. I read the message that said will you marry me, turned around and he was down in one knee, I cried and said yes and then we both enjoyed the fireworks as an engaged couple. It was the perfect end to a magical day.
The thing I’m looking forward to the most about our wedding is having a day celebrating our love with all of our favourite people. I’m excited for our two families to become one. I also can’t wait to see his face as I walk down the isle, I’m hoping he’ll shed a tear or two. I’m also so excited for our first dance together, we have already chosen the song, it’s one that’s a bit different but means a lot to both of us so I think that will be a very special moment.
My advice would be stop worrying about what other people think. I’m not putting any pressure on myself to lose weight before the wedding. Rob asked me to marry him as I am now so why should I change for one day? He loves me as I am and I am learning to do the same. I was incredibly worried about the shoot as I usually take photos of myself where I can put the camera at a certain angle or delete it if I don’t like it or take a photo of my ‘good side’. When I saw my photos for the first time I was so surprised, I loved them! I wasn’t looking at my tummy or my arms, I was looking at my huge smile of happiness, the look of love in my eyes, they way that Rob looks at me. I’m so happy that we did it, Stuart did an amazing job at making us feel comfortable and I feel like he really captured our relationship and our feelings for each other.
Photography by Stuart Dudleston.
Location – Arne RSBP nature reserve, Dorset
Every adventure requires a first step – The Cheshire Cat.
And today’s wedding really was a great adventure, one that went deep into the Carnglaze Caverns. But for this beautiful couple, it is also a story of how their love for each other really helped them get through the hardest of times. We hope that you enjoy the incredible wedding pictures from Bruckshaw Photography, and also the love story that is Emily and Tony’s.
“Tony is the most romantic, loving caring man I have ever met. He is my rock and he also is very spontaneous and romantic. He proposed to me the night of the lunar eclipse on the 28th of September, 2015. He took me out at 2 in the morning! Up to the hills of Rivington near where we live. He got deckchairs out and a telescope. I have to say I was actually moaning about the cold and the wind. I asked if this was really necessary, couldn’t we see it from the house? Well at around 3am when the moon was fully eclipsed, Tony asked me to look into the telescope. I did and to my extreme delight there it was ‘marry me’ written on the moon. (He had written it on the lens of the telescope!) In shock I turned around and there he was, down on one knee holding a ring! A beautiful ring! It was the best night of my life, well untill my wedding anyway!”
“I have always been into fiction and fairytales and escaping reality. Either in books or films. I liked the idea of going through the rabbit hole and escaping into our own little fairytale. I wanted a day were we could walk into somewhere and have our own little world for the day.
Nearly 6 years ago I became quite breathless, unwell and had chest pains. After a trip to the doctors I was sent to the hospital, where after tests I was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy which had already given me chronic heart failure. I was close to falling victim to sudden heart death sydrome. At that time me and Tony had only been together 2 years. He did not leave my side at the hospital the whole time I was there. But after the prognosis of me being debilitated, having a short life and needing constant care, I was scared I may lose him. After all, he’s a young happy man only 24 and his whole life in front of him. But his love for me never wavered. He does everything for me and I think I may have found the best man in the world. I can honestly say that without Tony’s love, care and being there for me, the heart failure would have killed me off ages ago. I’d like to also say he kills himself working 60 hours a week to support us. Like I said, the best man alive.”
“As probably many other women do, I was looking at wedding dresses before I was even engaged! I love to dress in a vintage style and always go to parties in a lovely tea dress. So I knew that was exactly the style I wanted on my wedding day.
I found House Of Mooshki and I knew instantly that I would walk down the aisle in one of their dresses, if I ever got engaged. I found Cheshire Bridal Wear. A brilliant wedding dress shop that stocked many of the Mooshki dresses. They were all stunning and I must’ve tried on about 20 House of Mooshki dresses and I loved them all! I decided that I wanted to mix them up and create my own gown. The wonderful ladies at Cheshire Bridal Wear helped me pick the neckline, the length, the body, sleeves untill I had a mix of my 3 favourite dresses.
It was so exciting but also very scary. After all, I didn’t know exactly how it was going to look untill it was paid for and made… The day came and I had already been told by the lovely ladies on the phone that it was stunning, but the mixture of excitment and nerves wasn’t going to go till I saw for myself. When I first saw it I was speechless, it was beautiful. I did all I could to keep back tears, I was so happy and so relieved. I couldn’t stop twirling in it and didn’t want to take it off.”
“We live in Chorley, Lancashire. We decided we were looking for somewhere a bit different and we looked everywhere. Tony came to me and showed me the caves in Cornwall called Carnglaze Caverns. He said ‘What’s more Alice in Wonderland than underground!’ They were utterly beautiful and I knew just looking at the pictures that I wanted to get married there. We booked a hotel straight away in Liskeard, Cornwall to go and see them. We met up with the owner Caroline, who was so lovely and helpful with all the planning and setting up. We went into the caves and we fell in love with them. We booked them there and then for the 13th of August 2017.
When Tony was choosing his suit, he was even pickier than me! We looked around every suit shop and online shop we could find but he still could not find the perfect suit. So he decided to get a tailor made one. We found one close to us. It was called Lloyd Hall Menswear. They were very professional and very patient with Tony as the first time seeing him, looking at his fabric, and picking designs lasted 5 hours. Tony just wanted it to be perfect. All the little details Tony requested and the embroidery. It was all worth it when he tried it on, he was the most handsome man I have ever seen.”
“The advice I would give to other brides getting ready for their wedding is if you’re a little nervous or scared about being a plus size bride remember you are only marrying one person on your wedding day. That person has chosen you! Love handles and all! He loves you the way you are.
Enjoy it! Don’t get stressed out over the little things, as on the day none of that will matter. You won’t even realise if something’s out of place. Just be there, in the moment. It goes so fast and you can never relive it. Soak it all in. It will be the best day of your lives.”
Photographs by Bruckshaw Photography, Plymouth.
The groom’s suit by Lloyd Hall Menswear.
The flowers were by The Flower Gallery in Liskeard, Cornwall.
Makeup by Stacey Cremin.
Hair stylist by Ellie.
Today we have our first engagement shoot from America and it features not only a beautiful couple, but a beautiful setting. We are so excited to bring you these images!
“We chose Prophecy Creek Park partly because I had visited the park before and knew how beautiful it was and partly because our photographer Kaci had been there to shoot weddings and engagement shoots several times and she knew there would be the opportunity to have several different backgrounds all within the same location. We didn’t plan on it snowing while we were there but I am beyond happy that it did. I think it really adds sometimes to the shots.
“We’ve been engaged about 5 months as of now. We got engaged July 20th of last year during a trip to Punta Cana to celebrate our 3 year anniversary and both of our 33rd birthdays (we were born 2 days apart.)”
“My advice for any brides who are nervous about their engagement shoots is two fold:
1. Don’t be afraid to glam up! I took the time to have my hair and make up professionally done and picked an outfit that I knew I felt amazing in. That inner confidence will shine through in your pictures.
2. Choose a photographer you feel comfortable with. I had spoken with a few others before we chose Kaci. I found her by far to be the easiest to talk to and to share my insecurities with. I’ve always felt really awkward taking pictures but she made the process so easy and fun because she chose poses for us to make us feel at ease and encouraged us to just sort of have fun together and not worry about the camera.”
We absolutely adore Corey and LaTara and we wish them the most incredible wedding day. Fingers crossed that when the time comes we will get to see all their beautiful photographs! Thank you for letting Something New share your images. xx
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Sometimes the best theme is having no theme and just bringing together all the little things that make you who you are. When you look in from the outside you might think this couple purposely picked a charming fusion of sci-fi and glamour, but for the happy couple Dany and Scott, this was the perfect mix of personalities coming together in marriage.
Dany said ‘I couldn’t say that we had an actual theme for our wedding. Maybe if our theme was things that we like. It was a mish mash of Star Wars, HR Giger, candy skulls, British vs German, blue etc. As Scott is a huge fan of Star Wars, and I am quite partial to it too, Scott had a separate entrance. His groomsmen wore stormtrooper helmets and he had a Darth Vader helmet and cape. They all had lightsabres and entered to the music of the Imperial March played on cellos. We also managed to have some lightsabre duels later on in the evening. Our cake was probably the best representation of our mish mash theme. It had two alien figures as cake toppers and a HR Giger inspired alien pods and landscape tier. Star Wars was again featured on the cake too, as well as our nicknames for each other, love of steampunk, penguins, minions and sugar skulls.’
Dany chose the wonderful, award winning Kerry Baker as her make up artist for her special day! Kerry Baker has already been featured on Something New and we are so pleased to be bringing you her work in action!
‘We met at Uni more than 10 years ago. We kept appearing in front of each other’s doors, trying to make up some excuse as to why we were there and needed to spend time with the other person. We went to coffee shops to people watch, watched movies (mainly horror and psychological thrillers) and spent hours asking each other the daftest questions. Because of one our first dates being a cinema date to watch Halloween, we decided to name one of the tables after this. All our table names had some meaningful connection to our lives e.g. the place we got engaged, nicknames from parents, games we love playing together etc.’
‘Dress shopping was an experience that I will never forget. My mum lives in Holland and she really wanted to be part of the whole dress shopping experience, having seen numerous bridal TV shows since we announced our engagement, and us having a very close relationship. So, when I went to visit my mum she had booked us an appointment in what I can only describe as the dress shop for Disney princesses. Not only were they currently filming “Say Yes to the Dress”, but there was a prince charming statue on a white horse and rooms upon rooms of white dresses. It was incredibly overwhelming, and I just felt like I didn’t fit in. Bearing in mind, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted a traditional dress at this point. I had been thinking about coloured dresses, gothic dresses and all sorts of different dresses. But, I wanted to at least try on a “normal” wedding dress to see if I did or did not like this on me. We had a lovely lady bring out several dresses in my size and we tried to organize them from most to least favourite. I tried the first dress on thinking that I liked the top, but it was too glitzy, and I really wasn’t sure about how large the bottom half was. However, it was the one I liked most from the beginning. I remember when I first put it on and stood in front of the mirror and thought “damn, I look good! This actually suits me”. My mum then saw me and started crying. To this day she says it was because I was radiant and happy looking.
I tried on several more dresses, but nothing quite wowed me as much as the first. However, every single dress I tried on looked good. I was surprised that, so many different styles seemed to suit me. I was particularly shocked that the mermaid style looked good on me too. Anyway, we left after the appointment without having bought the dress. Over the next few days my mum and I kept talking about it and I couldn’t get it out of my mind, but I was worried that I had made it better in my head than what it had been. We therefore made a further appointment at the dress shop just to try that dress on, and it felt as amazing as it did the first time. This was going to be my dress. However, the dress shop being in Holland meant that we needed to figure out a way to get the dress to the UK. Unfortunately, there was only a handful of stockists and not a single shop in the UK had the dress.’
‘I then made an appointment at Louise Perry Bridal, a small shop owned by an extremely friendly and knowledgeable woman. Louise immediately made me feel comfortable and no question or request was too much. I decided then and there that I trusted her and ordered my dress from her. Once my dress arrived, I felt very nervous, bearing in mind I had only tried the dress on twice in Holland, which at that time was a good 8 months ago. Would I still like it? Would it fit? What if I don’t like it anymore? However, I shouldn’t have worried as I possibly fell even more in love with the dress this time around. I felt amazing in it and couldn’t stop looking at myself. I felt comfortable in myself and wanted to get married then and there. There is no specific reason why I chose this particular style over any other, other than because I felt damn good in it’
‘Trust your gut instinct. Nearly everything we did and booked we knew immediately whether it was right for us or not. The first time we saw the venue, I knew it was the one. The first time we saw our photographers, we knew. We even both stumbled across our amazing cake lady and sent each other the link on the same day saying she should make our cake. This way we made sure we had people involved in our wedding that we liked and felt like we could trust.
On the morning of the wedding I was told how calm I was. I honestly think that’s because I did everything I could up until the wedding and then had a mindset of “If something goes wrong, it goes wrong. There’s nothing I can do about it now and I won’t let it effect our day”. The way I saw it, as long as we got married to each other it would be a successful day and anything else is a bonus. Sure we had one or two things go wrong, but nobody noticed them and they really didn’t matter. I got to marry the love of my life, what more could I really want?!’
Photography by Chris Hanley Photography
Make Up by Kerry Baker Mua
Flowers by The Gilded Lily
Wedding Cake by Little Cherry Company
Wedding Venue Eaves Hall
Melissa said that before the shoot she was feeling really nervous and insecure. She left feeling fantastic, relaxed and ready for her big day!
Lots of brides are scared and often choose not to have an engagement shoot. But it’s always a great way to get to know your wedding photographer. Their signature style, how to pose and stand to get the best natural shots on your wedding day. To those who are a little bit worried Melissa says “Don’t be, I’d planned for days but decided on another outfit at the last minute. But I got there and met up with our photographer, I had fun with my fiance and literally all my worries disappeared. Being in love is the most beautiful thing you can wear, just count to ten and remember you are loved by your husband/wife to be and enjoy yourself!”
We hope that you enjoy these beautiful photographs and we look forward to sharing Melissa’s wedding day with you in 2018!
Today’s real wedding comes from the heart of Manchester. This beautiful couple fell in love with their venue at a close friend’s wedding and knew it was the one for them. They chose the Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert after being married at St Luke’s by Mark’s dad, who is a deacon at the church, making it a very special occasion.
After such an easy decision to find the perfect venue, finding a colour scheme was not as simple. Kate knew she wanted vintage pastels, but once she found the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses, the rest followed. Including her beautiful bouquet by Dotties Pantry.
With the men dressed by Slater’s, it was just left to Kate to find her own wedding dress. After searching the internet for plus size dresses, Edith & Winston Bridalwear was the first shop she went to. Kate said she felt so welcomed, and so at ease. She tried on about eight dresses, before falling in love with a Callista gown called London. Becca, the owner of the boutique, had chosen it as something a little different to for Kate to try and instantly Kate fell in love with it. She also chose a Rainbow Club veil to finish her look.
Kate said: “It fit me so well, and being conscious about my arms, the matching jacket was perfect and covered them and yet still looked so elegant”.
Kate and Mark chose the wonderful Rebecca Wade Photography to capture her special day. To see more please click on the images below.
September has arrived and with it, we have a beautiful wedding to share with you. Marta and Sebastian married last September at John the Baptist Church in Raciborz, Poland. Marta described her day as a simple, warm wedding with many of her friends helping to customize her special day.
The warm atmosphere and beautiful wedding day allowed for the perfect, stress free day. Marta says that “Everything went just perfect”. I think you can see from these beautiful pictures how lovely their wedding day really was. With a custom-made gown, Marta was able to describe her vision for the perfect dress. She chose a simple, modest style with a hint of the 1950’s influencing the overall design. Marta says that her day, with the help of her friends, went just as they had wished.
Marta and her husband met in a pub, where he was a bartender and she was a regular visitor. Sebastian proposed to Marta on Valentine’s Day 2016 on the Piast Castle in Cieszyn, Poland.
- Photography by: https://web.facebook.com/timdemskicom/
- Dress: Custom made by https://web.facebook.com/ArtifexToday/
- Corset: Custom made by https://web.facebook.com/CorsetryRomance/
- Underwear, bra: Ewa Michalak https://www.ewa-michalak.pl/
- Hair: Cate and Cut https://web.facebook.com/CateandCut/?_rdc=1&_rdr
- Flowers: By Marta’s friend Ewa
- Make up: Joanna Kopiec https://web.facebook.com/JoannaKopiecMUA/?pnref=lhc
Edith & Winston Bridalwear love creating beautiful photoshoots. And what better reason to have a beautiful outdoor shoot than to celebrate the arrival of their newest Plus Size designer – Sonsie.
Why did you choose to bring Sonsie into your boutique?
“We looked at many different specialist Plus Size designers who we thought would fit within our boutique and suit the needs for our brides. In the end Sonsie really stood out to us for not only the structure that comes with one of their gowns, but also their amazing customer service. The dresses arrived about a month ago and we have had a good response from our brides. They are a little bit different to what we already have in store. And so we hope that by having a bigger range we can help more brides than ever fall in love with their dream dress.”
Who worked on this beautiful photoshoot?
Photography – Debbie McGregor @captain_deb
Make Up – Kerry Baker MUA
Cake – Yvonne’s Cakery
Venue – Abbeywood Estate
When Lynn was busy organizing her wedding day, she saw the opportunity of a lifetime. Lynn, like so many other brides at the time, had been disappointed with the lack of choice available for Plus Size brides in her area. But her disappointment also brought the perfect opportunity to find her own wedding dress.
And so Lynn opened Perfect Princess Bridal in Bath. Not only was she able to fulfill her dream of opening her own boutique, but she found ‘the one’. I am so excited to show you her wedding day to Jonathan.
Lynn and Jonathan’s wedding day took place on the 1st of September 2016 at Homewood Park in Bath. This cute couple even included their adorable dog Mittens. I love that I can share these lovely photographs with you.
Lynn and Jonathan picked this gorgeous exclusive-use venue as it had enough bedrooms for all their guests to stay, while still offering a cosy and intimate atmosphere. They also loved the beautiful gardens, and as it is a dog friendly venue, they were able to have Mittens with them for the whole day. Lynn and Jonathan also chose a range of entertainment for the day, including a magician, casino and DJ. They really wanted to have a fabulous party.
Lynn chose her wedding dress from her own bridal boutique collection after seeing it at a trade show and falling in love. With the help of her seamstress she was able to make the changes she wanted to the bodice of her Allure Woman gown, and what an incredible result!
I love to hear Lynn talk about her wedding dress as it was the perfect choice for her. Lynn said “I was obsessed with the amazing skirt, I wanted something fun and dramatic, something I couldn’t wear again. The bodice was designed to use the existing belt but add sleeves and a bit more sparkle.”
Lynn said “When I started shopping for my wedding dress I expected to be able to have the same fabulous experience and choice as everyone else. However I was very quickly disappointed. I found that many boutiques offering ‘plus size’ had very, very few dresses, or only had a couple of size 16s or 18s. With experience in retail, merchandising, marketing and business I saw an opportunity of a lifetime. To be able to offer brides such as myself the experience and choice that I had expected. I was not a nervous bride, and wanted to be able to enjoy my wedding dress shopping, and that is what I aim to offer all my brides when they come to my boutique.”
- Photography was very important to Lynn and she chose Oliver Jones Photography.
- Lynn’s bouquet were by Alexandra Sylvester.
- Jonathan’s suit was from Moss Bros.
- Their magician was Darren Campbell.
- Lynn’s bridal boutique is the fabulous Perfect Princess Bridal in Bath.
To see more beautiful images from Lynn & Jonathan’s Wedding Day please click on the photographs below.
Who are Edith & Winston Bridalwear?
Edith & Winston Bridalwear are a Plus Size specialist bridal boutique located in Cheshire. We are an award winning bridal boutique who stock a range of designers. Our collection is full of modern designs in sizes 16 – 32. Stockists of Ronald Joyce, Callista and our newest Plus Size designer Sonsie.
So who really are Edith & Winston Bridalwear? Well, let me tell you a little bit more about my little boutique. It’s my own little corner of the Plus Size bridal industry. When I was shopping for my own wedding dress, I experienced first-hand the lack of specialist boutiques across the North-West. And so, I decided to open Edith and Winston Bridalwear. I wanted to shop in a modern boutique, that carried a modern collection, full of fishtails and glittering ballgowns.
When we first opened I was heavily inspired by local boutiques who went out and photographed their designer gowns in their own way. It was important to me that we could produce our own images featuring Plus Size models. And so then my shoots were born and now we work on five or six a year. This helps me show my brides what a gown looks like on a different body shape to that of the models used by the designers. So I am sure you will see plenty of my shoots on Something New, as well as lots of incredible real brides. Please follow our Instagram account here.
Who are our brides?
My amazing brides have come from all over the country, as well as flying in from Ireland and even Abu Dhabi. Our brides come in all shapes and sizes, with different backgrounds and wedding days. They are all here for one thing – to fall in love with their dream dress.
We have a great relationship with all our brides, and we have our own Facebook group where we can chat and they can show each other their wedding pictures. They were a big inspiration to me for starting up Something New. I wanted somewhere to share their amazing weddings, but also to bring them wedding inspiration from bridal boutiques and real brides around the world. This is something they often mention is really lacking in the wedding magazines.
What are Edith & Winston Bridalwear’s Top Tips?
- Research. The first step for any bride-to-be is research, finding a boutique in your area that carries a collection or selection of gowns sized 18+. There are more specialist boutiques than ever before, but sometimes you may have to do a little bit of travelling to get there.
- Don’t hold off visiting your chosen bridal boutique. Leaving your first appointment to the last minute is not recommended. Every designer and boutique is different, but here at Edith & Winston Bridalwear our gowns take between 4-5 months depending on the size and length ordered. Brides also need to allow 8-10 weeks once the gown has arrived to have it altered, especially over the busy seasons. Often we can fit in alterations in quicker, but it makes the experience a lot more stressful for the bride.
- Have fun! A bridal appointment is supposed to be a fun experience and not something to dread. If you find the right boutique and with the right staff, you will have a wonderful and enjoyable time. Don’t ever feel pressured into buying a gown!
- If you are nervous, call up before hand and have a chat to the shop assistant. Tell them why you are nervous. Hopefully they can help reassure you, or at least be ready to help make your experience a good one when you arrive at your appointment.
We would love you to come and visit Edith & Winston Bridalwear, meet my lovely team and try on my beautiful dresses. I hope that you also enjoy reading Something New.
Something New is a wedding blog dedicated to the Plus Size Bride. We love everything wedding’s and we really love Plus Size bridal inspiration!
There are so many amazing wedding blogs out there that share lots of beautiful Plus Size brides and their wedding days. But there are hardly any specialty plus size wedding blogs. So let’s change things. Let’s inspire, and be inspired. I want to share all your beautiful wedding days, all your beautiful photo shoots, and direct you to the perfect bridal boutiques for all you brides-to-be.
I decided to start Something New after meeting so many amazing brides-to-be who had found a lack of inspiration within the pages of the bridal magazines. I was a Plus Size bride myself, which led me down the road to opening my own boutique two and a half years ago. Since then, I have noticed how the Plus Size bridal industry has changed, but here in the UK there have only been trickles of inspiration reaching the brides that need it the most. I am a big believer that we can make a change to how the wedding industry treats the Plus Size Bride, one photo shoot at a time.
A bit of disclosure: I own the fabulous (if I do say so myself) Edith & Winston Bridalwear. But this blog is not about my boutique, but all the boutiques who want to make a change. It’s for all the brides who want to share with you how amazing they felt on their wedding day. It’s a place to see the hashtag #plusbrideinspiration and see lots of pretty wedding dresses, perfect for the curvy bride.
So I hope that you stay with us during the first few months while we get going. I hope you find through Edith & Winston’s Instagram all the other amazing blogs and magazines who do feature the Plus Size bride. And I hope that in two years time we will see so much Plus Size Inspiration we will have Pinterest Boards for days.
Lots of Love
Welcome back to Something New! The weather has changed quite a bit and I am back with some incredible weddings and engagements shoots. I thought it was quite fitting to start with this beautiful engagement shoot by Miki Photography. Jo and Patrick ventured outside and embraced the coat-wearing weather. And I really do love a puddle shot! Thank you for sharing these with us Jo and I can’t wait to show everyone your incredible wedding pictures in a few weeks time!
So I will let Jo tell you all about her engagement shoot.
When and where did you get engaged?
In September 2017 – on holiday in Tuscany. My Dad is Italian and I’ve been to the Tuscan coast on holiday there every September since I was born so it’s a really special place. I once told Patrick that all the important conversations in my life have taken place in the sea off Torre Del Lago beach so that’s where he asked me to marry him. It was a wonderful surprise as we’d only moved in together 2 weeks before so I didn’t think it was on the cards yet. The day after he asked me, we went to Lucca to buy a ‘placeholder’ ring until we got home and over lunch, we started planning the wedding. It was perfect.
How did you feel having your engagement photographs taken?
We felt a bit awkward because we’ve never done anything like that before but our photographer Ash was amazing, really relaxed and chatty so it was just like going for a walk with some friends. We also took our dog Stella who was still a puppy then at only 4 months so that really broke the ice.
Where did you go for the shoot and why did you choose this place?
We went to the grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire near where we live and near where I grew up. Not only is it a beautiful place but Chatsworth is somewhere I always went with my Mum who we lost to cancer in 2014. Most of her ashes are scattered there by a tree with a lovely view of Chatsworth House. That made it even more special and we took some pictures of us with Mum’s tree.
What was the most important reason for having an engagement shoot? Was it to get some lovely photos together or was it a good way to practice before the big day?
We wouldn’t have thought of it but when we booked Ash Davenport from Miki Photography as our wedding photographer the engagement shoot was included as part of our wedding package. Ash told us that he gets much better pictures on the wedding day if the bride and groom have got to know him a bit before and vice versa. I guess it helped us relax and be more ourselves in front of the camera. Ash’s wedding photos are amazing so we trusted him and went for it. Also, we knew our dog Stella won’t be a puppy forever and it was a great opportunity to get some professional photos of her.
Any advice for nervous brides who don’t like having their photograph taken?
I’d say to pick a photographer you trust and then do what they suggest. If you just go with it you’re more likely to end up with pictures you like. And it’s great practice for the big day – the more comfortable you are having your picture taken the better the results and an engagement shoot is a great time to practice. Also – it was really good fun. A lovely day and we have the pictures so we’ll always remember.
I absolutely love sharing engagement shoots, especially when they feature a puppy as beautiful as Stella. Thank you so much Jo & Patrick. We really can’t wait to share your wedding photographs soon. Thank you to Miki Photography.