A Picture Perfect Engagement Shoot – Gemma & Paul.

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.

At The Beach with Edith & Winston Bridalwear.

This summer has been and gone in a flash of hot sunny days. I can’t remember a summer like it. With plenty of trips to the beach and eating outdoors, it really has been a great summer. With the leaves starting to fall from the trees, I wanted to share with you a shoot that we did one sunny day with Firinn Photography.

The beautiful Georgina Horne – Fuller Figure Fuller Bust came up north to work with a fantastic group of wedding suppliers to produce a stunning photoshoot that showcases two of Edith & Winston’s favourite wedding dresses.

Please enjoy these images, if you follow Edith & Winston or Georgina you may have seen some of these on Instagram but we also have a few previously unseen images below.

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Georgina wears Angelico (above) and Cezanne (below) both by Plus Size specialist designer Callista Bride. Both are available to try on at Edith & Winston Bridalwear. We are also super excited to say that next year there is a new version of Angelico being released with a brand new belt design so brides will have two options to choose from!

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Venue – The Dalmeny, Lytham St Anne’s Beach & Blackpool

Hair & Make Up – Flossy & Leigh

Flowers – Paragon Floral Design

Model – Georgina Horne – Fuller Figure Fuller Bust

Dresses – Edith & Winston

Photography – Firinn Photography

Floral Crowns – Clea Broad

For more images click on the images below.


An Exclusive First Look – Callista Bride 2019

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Written by Rebecca Lord-Lyon from Edith & Winston Bridalwear. Stockists of the Callista Bride range.

A Romantic Outdoor Engagement Shoot – Jo & Patrick.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Real Wedding: Love Me Do, A Wedding In Liverpool – Faye & Ryan.

Well Something New is now one year old! What a wonderful year it’s been. Featuring brides from all over the world, plus so many beautiful engagement shoots! I want to kick off our second year with a stunning wedding shot by award-winning photographer Mick Cookson.

Faye has kindly shared her day with you all. And doesn’t she look incredible in her Ronald Joyce gown from Edith & Winston Bridalwear. Liverpool was the setting to this beautiful wedding and I absolutely love how Mick captured the Liver Building behing the newly married couple. What a brilliant way to kick off Something New’s second year! Enjoy!

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Faye, can you tell us a little bit about you and Ryan and how you got engaged?

We met in 2008 when Ryan came to fix my computer in work…..fast forward 7 years and Ryan proposed at ‘our beach’ in Anglesey, Wales. He said he had it all planned out, I would take a picture of the sea (like I always do!) and when I tuned around he would be on one knee and ask the question. But not that day…..I sat down and tucked into the picnic we had brought with us. He eventually got down on one knee as I was tucking into my tuna wrap 🙂 I think he panicked!! haha

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What would you say was your favourite part of your big day?

I would say the highlight of the day was seeing Ryan at the alter. I remember standing at the back of the church with my dad and feeling like my heart was going to burst out of my chest. I looked down the aisle to the alter, saw Ryan and immediately felt relief. Being the centre of attention is daunting but seeing him grounded me and my nerves were replaced with happiness and excitment.

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Everyone told me to enjoy every minute of the day and I now know why, it flies by and before you know it you are waking up the next morning a Mrs! I remember the band getting me and Ryan to dance in the middle of the dance floor and our family and friends circled around us. I looked around the circle and felt surrounded by love! Everyone was there to celebrate with us and the feeling was indescribable but I will remember it forever.

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Do you have any advice for any nervous brides reading this?

My advice to nervous brides is on the day no one will care if your veil is a little creased, the curls in your hair will probably fall out and everything might not go to plan but the moment you stand at the back of the church and look to the altar, your eyes will meet you won’t care!

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Faye we want to say a massive thank you for sharing your special day with us all! We wish you a wonderful and happy marriage. For more pictures click below.

Faye choose an amazing set of suppliers including quite a few award winners! Here are the links:

Make Up – Sonara Parker

Hair – Wedlocks

Flowers – Heather at Flower Fashions

Photographer – Mick Cookson

Wedding Dress & Veil – Edith & Winston Bridalwear

Room dressing – Vikki at Sapphire Bespoke Events

Cake – Cake Shop Liverpool

Band – The Flynn and Tonics

Venue day – St Margaret Mary’s Church

Venue afternoon/evening – Malmaison Liverpool