We have a really special wedding for you today, not only is it our first elopement but it is also the wedding of blogger Nancy Whittington of Sugar, Darling! Nancy is an important influencer in the world of Plus Size, but she is also one of the sweetest people that I have had the chance to work with and be friends with. (Nancy is one of Edith & Winston Bridalwear’s models.)
We asked Nancy about her wedding day, and most importantly – the dress!
“I had a good idea of what I wanted before I started looking and I knew a fitted style was on the cards, but not an exagerrated mermaid style. I’ve always had a passion for vintage fashion and one of my favourite eras is the 1920s as it was such a decadent time with heavily beaded, sparkling dresses being the height of fashion so this was the type of style I wanted to find without it looking like a flapper dress.”
“My budget didn’t extend into the thousands and I was disheartened at first as the only styles I liked were over the 2.5k mark, but then I randomly decided to look on Monsoon at their bridesmaid dresses and spotted that they had an actual bridal range. I immediately fell in love with this dress and they had one left in a size 22 so I just went for it! When it arrived I was ecstatic with the shade of ivory and the beautiful beading – one of my strongest memories of my Grandma Joyce is of her amazing beading skills and of their sparkling ornaments and Christmas and this remind me so much of both of those things it was really special. Because I ordered my dress from Monsoon I never actually visited any bridal stores which is odd I know!”
When asked about any advice she could offer other Plus Size brides who are starting to put together their own wedding day, Nancy said…
“Like I advise when shopping for regular clothes I would advise thinking outside of the box, looking at unconventional places and trying on lots of different styles as you may well end up loving something in a style that you wouldn’t normally go for. Try lots of sizes too and if you end up having to get a size bigger than you thought don’t freak out, it really doesn’t matter one jot it’s a number on a label and no one but you will know anyway. Wear whatever makes YOU feel amazing and don’t get caught up in the stupid ‘fat brides shouldn’t wear x’ rules. Also some advice I would give any bride and groom is to make it a day for you and don’t compromise for other people – it’s your day and your memories and it should be personal and exactly as you would want it!”
So tell us why you decided to head to America and have a wedding abroad…
“In all honesty it came about after a negative experience – we had originally planned a wedding in the UK in Brighton but following a big argument with my family after being at the point of putting down deposits Pete and I decided we were going to go away and have a really personal experience for just the two of us in another country and that people could join us if they wanted or just come to our celebration in the UK after the actual wedding. We decided on San Francisco for several reasons, one being that Pete is a huge baseball fan and the SF Giants are his team and the other being that San Francisco City Hall is so so beautiful. It is also where Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio and where a lot of the legal fights to legalise gay marriage in the USA were fought, so it seemed a fitting place for us.”
“Once I found out that you could do private tours of the Giants’ stadium AT&T Park I knew it was meant to be and we went straight there after the ceremony for a photo shoot in the park in our wedding gear – we even met Hall of Fame player Vida Blue who gave us high fives and baseballs he had just been playing with as mementos of the day!”
“It was all a little surreal really, but I loved being on our balcony at City Hall looking over the beautiful building in the morning sunlight and saying our vows in such a stunning space. Our dinner was just beautiful too at a 1930s style supper club called Bix – there was a live pianist and the American-French food was beautiful. The white coated waiters were lovely and gave me a congratulations card and piece of strawberry cake adorned with sparklers, it was just dreamy. We sipped cocktails and ate delicious food in the relaxed, luxurious ambience and it really was the ideal spot for our celebration dinner.”
So now you have seen the stunning photographs from Nancy & Pete’s wedding day, you should be thinking ‘Wow I love her style, and everything about this wedding I need to know more about Sugar, Darling!’
“My blog originally came about as a way of allowing me to catalogue my vintage and antique fair finds and share recipes and links that I love from around the internet, but really took off once I decided to start posting outfits too! I’ve always loved fashion and personal style and still wonder why it took so long for me to start writing about it to be honest, but I think it was because until finding other plus size bloggers I didn’t know anyone was interested in what fat girls wear! Lucky for me it turns out they do and I have never looked back, now as well as sharing my outifts I share my feelings on fat positivity and mental health and I’m thrilled to know that it is helping so many other plus size ladies and gents around the world.”
We love sharing these beautiful images by Emily of Emily Takes Photos. To see more beautiful pictures, please click on the images below.