Real Wedding: And So To Wed – Melissa and Adam.

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 beautiful engagement images of Melissa and Adam on our blog back in 2017.

Don’t worry if you haven’t seen it if you have only just joined us, you can visit that post here. We love when we get to follow the bride and groom from engagement to their wedding day, and it’s so nice to be able to share these images with you all.

We asked Melissa all about her special day.

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Where did you get married and how did you find your venue?

We got married at Christ Church, Walmersley then had our wedding reception at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa in Clayton-le-Moors. I actually accidentally found my venue, I was looking at one near to us on Google Images and this old castle-type building appeared in the search, I clicked on it and instantly fell in love and knew that was were we would have our reception.

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How did you choose your wedding dress and how important was it to you to find the one?

I met an amazing lady called Becca at Edith & Winston Bridalwear! I initially fell in love with Robyn by Ronald Joyce, however the more Becca got to know me the clearer it became that I’m a bit of a magpie and love sparkle. It was suggested I waited until the new dresses came into the shop and I come back. As soon as I put it on I instantly knew that was the dress. I can’t actually explain the feeling I got however it was emotional! Being a big girl I found it SO important that I felt and looked good for my wedding, I’d obsessed about it for years and the amount of comments I got on my dress, definitely did the job!

Where did you get his suit from did you help him choose it or did he pick it himself?

Adam, my husband hired his and the groomsmen suits from Slaters in Bolton, they were fantastic and the suits were lovely! We had a bad experience shopping for him initially we actually went to a shop at the Trafford centre and an employee looked down his nose at my husband and said ‘nothing will fit you here, it’s all slimfit’ we soon walked out…
I had a colour scheme in mind so told him ideally what I’d like however they chose the suits.

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Did you have a vision for how you wanted your day to look? Or a colour scheme?

I did, however I have to say I did wing it a little. I felt the run up to the day everything was all over the place however when it got to the day I was amazed at how well it all turned out. Donna our venue dresser was absolutely amazing and SO helpful.

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What was the highlight of the day?

I genuinely couldn’t choose one, I just know that it went so fast and feels like forever ago now.

Would you change anything about your day or the run up to the day?

Not a thing.

Any advice for nervous brides about choosing your wedding dress?


Please don’t be! Find a boutique, someone you feel you get along with and trust and just have fun. I put every ounce of trust into Becca and it completely paid off. Don’t be afraid to try things on, they look completely different on!

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Click on the images below to see more from this beautiful wedding.

Dress – Edith & Winston Bridalwear
Alterations – Boutique Alterations Ltd
Photographer – Sarah Valentine Photography
Venue dresser – Pure Elegance weddings and events ltd
Flowers – Garlands of Oswaldtwistle
Bridesmaids Dresses – Debenhams
Makeup – Leanne Jackson
Hair – Sam Gately
Suits – Slaters Menswear
Car – Horgans
Videographer – Neil Harris Videography

 

 

Plus Size Boutique Spotlight – The Bridal Suite, Fareham.

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.

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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.

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Something New, The Final Blog Post of 2018.

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.

Love Always,

Becca xxx

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Inspiration and Collaboration: A Plus Size Photoshoot by Bloggers Hayley Stewart & Georgina Horne.

When two of the most loved Plus Size bloggers get together what happens? Well, I am not quite sure what Hayley and Georgina get up to behind closed doors, but I imagine it involves laughter, Instagram and plenty of seriously rude jokes. Sometimes though, things get a bit more serious and photoshoots like this are born!

Hayley – Curves and Curls and Georgina – Fuller Figure Fuller Bust are so important to the Plus Size community, and they have an online voice that helps many, many women. They wanted to get together and create something special. Something that brides have been crying out for online. Better representation of the Plus Size body within the bridal industry! Obviously there was only one bridal boutique for the job! (Even if I do say so myself.)

What is better than one beautiful model wearing a dress from Edith & Winston Bridalwear? How about four incredible models?

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Introducing Georgina, Tina, Hayley and Yaz!

Now there are so many Plus Size bridal boutiques out there who have been bringing you Plus Size photoshoots, but more needs to be done by the designers especially if the target market is from an 18 to a 32! All bodies need to be represented. That’s why Hayley and Georgina put together this incredible shoot at Sugnall Hall.

Featuring Callista Bride, Sonsie by Veromia, White Rose Graceful and Ronald Joyce.

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We just love all the incredible images taken by Luna Photography and we hope that the bridal designers will see how important it is to showcase the collections to women of all sizes. Special thanks to Georgina and Hayley for putting together this amazing photoshoot.

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Real Destination Wedding: Saying ‘I Do’ in Iceland – Helen & Danny.

When I first met Helen she told me all about her wedding and the incredible location she had chosen. I had a picture in my mind of what she had envisioned for her special day with Danny. It turns out that what I had pictured couldn’t come close to the real thing. Helen’s wedding photographs by Bragi are really beautiful. From her beautiful bouquet, to the stunning backdrop of waterfalls and a sunset, everything came together perfectly and Helen and Danny got their dream wedding.

For anyone considering getting married in Iceland Helen tells us all about how she went about organising her special day from another country.

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When did you get engaged and did you always want to get married in such an incredible location?

We got engaged on a trip to Iceland in 2013. We had been there once before for Danny’s (my husband’s – still feels weird to say that) 21st birthday. We totally fell in love with the place – the scenery, the people, the food, the night skies… and when Danny proposed it was a total surprise.

We had initially planned to get married here in the UK and had picked out a traditional British manor house as our venue. We were very close to putting our first payment down when we realised that planning the wedding was feeling like a chore and we were not 100% excited about the idea. We both felt a lot of pressure and stress about planning it, we didn’t know where to start and on the whole were just putting it off. After Skyping Danny’s sister in Australia, she asked us what would make it exciting. We joked about getting married in Iceland and she said “well why not”. The idea stuck with us from there and in the end, we realised that it was totally what we wanted. It was a big decision to make, mostly because we realised that it would be a big ask of our family and friends if they were to join us, but it just felt right and a lot more “us”.

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How did you organise your wedding? Did you have help and would you recommend hiring a wedding planner.

There is no way that we could have had the wedding adventure that we did without the help of a wedding planner. We realised this pretty early on into the planning process so a big part of our early planning was to find the right planner. We settled on an amazing company called ‘Pink Iceland’. They are a gay and lesbian specialist that also do straight weddings too. When we first Skyped our wedding planner, who was called Sigga, we knew that it was 100% the right thing to do because she had so many amazing suggestions, ideas and contacts that made the process so much easier for us. She set up one big shared document where we would discuss all of our ideas back and forth, so it fit perfectly into our daily schedules. We’re both professionals who work full time, so it meant that we could sit down together when we had time and write down our ideas or paste in some images that had inspired us for Sigga to look over. We planned a 4 day adventure, which included our wedding day, to give our guests a real taste of Iceland. Sigga guided us through the whole process and worked with us to give everyone the best experience of Iceland – we couldn’t have done it without her.

We went over to Iceland in October 2016 to meet with Sigga and view the venue that we had picked from the portfolio of venues that she had sent over. It was a converted three storey farmhouse in the Icelandic countryside where all of our guests could stay for a couple of nights, including the wedding night. It had an external barn, where our evening wedding reception could be held and a huge hot tub for relaxing in. After viewing the venue, and totally falling in love with it, we went to meet Sigga in the Pink Iceland office in central Reykjavik. It was great to go through everything with her face to face. One thing we knew we were really keen to do is to not have the “traditional” wedding and feel pressure to do all of the traditions that it entails. It just wasn’t really us and we wanted to do things our way so we picked the traditions that we liked – white dress, cake, speeches and ignored the ones that we didn’t. Sigga helped us to realise this and then to bring it to life.

I would absolutely recommend a wedding planner to any future brides – whether they are getting married abroad or not. At the end of the day, they are the professionals and have done this a number of times. You may not have planned anything like it before so why not get the help, advice and expertise of someone who has? It will take some of the pressure off you so that you can sit back and enjoy the process. It also gives you piece of mind that, thinking worst case scenario…if something does go terribly wrong on the day, it is not your job to fix it, it is theirs! I was so lucky – everything on the day went amazingly and this really was down to the level of detail that we had planned with Sigga.

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What was your favourite part of the wedding?

This is a really hard question to answer! Like I said, we had planned a little adventure that was built around our wedding day – almost like a sampler of Iceland – and I absolutely loved every second of it.

We had some exploring time and then a meal in our favourite restaurant in Iceland. Danny and I had created a map that highlighted all of the fun places in Reykjavik that we thought people would like to visit (within walking distance). We all had our own time to explore before being picked up by our private coach at the Pink Iceland offices. We had arranged our own tour guide to stay with us for two days. We went for a trip to the Blue Lagoon before heading to our wedding venue for a welcome meal and some down time. We stayed together on the night before our wedding (none of that old tradition of sleeping separately!) and it was so nice to wake up next to each other and say “we’re getting married today!” We got ready separately and then when I was ready we met in our bedroom before heading downstairs to see everybody together. Our ceremony was outside (in -7 degree weather!) by an arch and was so relaxed, intimate and personal. We shared fun stories about our relationship and our family members read quotes from Sex and the City and Game of Thrones. Afterwards, we had arranged for our guests to go out with the tour guide on the coach for some sight seeing while Danny and I travelled to a couple of different locations for our photoshoot. This was great because it meant that they weren’t just sat around waiting for our photos to be done (something we’d experienced before at other weddings). We then all came together for some speeches and then our evening meal. After the meal, we had some casual drinks and just relaxed. The northern lights even came out at this part of the evening so we all put our comfy clothes on and watched the night sky dance. We then retired to the hot tub to “chill” and then ended the night by playing some board games, which was a nerdy addition to the day and the perfect way to finish it off. The day was a mix of “wedding” and “us”.

If I had to sum it up, I’d say that experiencing our favourite place in the world with all of our favourite people and to have them there for the biggest day of our lives so far was my favourite. This is not likely to happen again and I treasure every moment of the experience with them all.

My personal top moments from our day were – the first look, ceremony, hot tub and boardgames.

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Any advice for nervous brides to be?

I’ve said it a few times above, but make sure that the day is you. Don’t feel the pressure to do things that you don’t want to do. At the end of the day, it is about celebrating your relationship and nobody else can tell you how this is done.

I was very worried about everybody else and their experience of our wedding but in reality I learned that they ultimately want you to be happy. People surprise you! If you’re worried about what they will think if you don’t do certain things, just explain to them what you do want to do and why and they will totally understand. If they don’t, then maybe they don’t know you as well as you thought they did.

You definitely learn a lot about the people around you when you are planning your wedding and your support system will be tested. You just need to be honest with yourself and everyone around you and keep bringing it back to “what do we want?” or “how can we make this more ‘us’?”. You will have no regrets about your day if you look back and think that you did everything the way that you wanted to.

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Wedding Dress & Veil from Edith & Winston Bridalwear – Designer Callista Bride

Alterations and bespoke straps by Boutique Alterations

Wedding planner – https://www.pinkiceland.is/

Venue – http://www.mengi-kjarnholt.com/

Photographer – Bragi Þór –  https://www.icelandweddingphoto.com/index

Videographer – Eirikur Hafdal – http://www.hafdal.is/

 

Please click on the images below to see more from Helen and Danny’s day.