An Intimate Engagement Shoot – Leah & Ryan

We hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! We are celebrating it with this stunning engagement shoot of Leah and Ryan. It makes me so happy to see brides full of love and confident alongside their partner. I adore the backdrop and everything about this shoot.

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When and how did you get engaged?

Ryan and I got engaged in October 2016. Ryan took me out to a beautiful restaurant in the riverside district of our hometown. After dinner we walked along the path near the water. To be honest, I was suspicious that he might propose that evening. I was just waiting for it to finally happen! However, we ended up going home. That’s when I began to lose hope that this would be the night and we walked back into our apartment (I’ll admit to my slight disappointment). Suddenly Ryan questioned why I was taking my shoes off? – the night wasn’t over yet, and we had places to go. He took me back outside and I hopped into the passenger side of his truck. He drove further and further from town and slowly I realized we were headed to his family’s farm. Ryan pulled into the property and put the car in park. Ryan had the biggest smile as we got out of the truck. It was late, almost midnight. He and I stood totally alone under a wide open sky. Then, enveloped only by starlight, Ryan bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

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Were there nerves before your engagement shoot and what did you enjoy the most about the experience?

I was extremely nervous before my engagement shoot! I was worried that I would look back on these pictures and see all of my biggest insecurities magnified. But I’m a planner, and I picked out outfits that I felt comfortable and confident in. I got my hair and makeup done. I went into that engagement shoot feeling my absolute best. The greatest part of the experience was that I got to laugh, smile, and snuggle up to my man while our photographer captured these perfectly natural moments. Ryan and I were relaxed and happy (it shows in the photos!). We ended up having a blast doing something that seemed totally out of our element.

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Any advice for nervous brides who are having an engagement shoot?

First, research photographers and pick a person whose style you love. Also keep in mind that we all have a “good side” and areas that we are self-conscious about. Don’t be afraid to tell your photographer those things! A professional will keep that in mind while shooting and you’ll feel comfortable and beautiful through the entire process. And of course have fun!

Where did the shoot take place? Why did you choose it?

Our photographer suggested we choose two different locations and two different outfits. Formal and informal to give us a variety of images. For the formal shoot we chose a historic residential area in our town. The tall trees and red brick streets made the perfect backdrop. It was also a great place to include our dog Olive! For the informal shoot we knew it had to be in a pasture where my family used to board our horses. There’s something special about it and extremely sentimental. There’s a picturesque red wooden barn exactly like you would imagine in the country side with stunning horses grazing in the field. We were there just before sunset, that magic hour for photographers. Everything felt so comfortable and having Ryan with me it definitely felt like home.

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What are you looking forward to the most about your wedding day?

Calling my best friend my husband. Ryan and I have known each other since we were eight years old – and after 14 years of friendship, and 3 years of dating, we will finally be husband and wife!

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What did you love about your photographer?
I’ve always had a passion for photography and my photographer was someone whose work I had admired for a long time. Her style is familiar and intimate, and she really knows how to play with the natural light at sunset. I didn’t even feel the need to give her a “shot list”. I was able to rely on the fact that she would deliver a beautiful mix of photos. She was wonderful, nothing felt too posed (even when she was posing us!) She was easy to work with and coached us through the entire shoot.  She consistently made us feel at ease, complimenting us or saying how sweet we were. A good photographer will take a photo, a great photographer will leave you smiling even after the shoot.

Photography by Rachael Houser.

Plus Size Brides

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.

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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.

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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.

Love Becca

 

 

 

Engagement Shoot By The Water – Charlotte & Rob.

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

Real Wedding: Down The Rabbit Hole, An Alice In Wonderland Theme – Emily & Tony.

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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.

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“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!”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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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.

Wedding dress by House Of Mooshki Bridal from Cheshire Bridal Wear.

 

An Engagement Shoot In The City: Sarah & Paul.

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Congratulations on your engaement, can you tell us how Paul proposed?

We got engaged in September 2017 whilst on holiday in Dubai. The proposal was very understated which I feel was more us. I think women dream of the proposal and how elaborate it will be but actually I loved that it was just the two of us. We had been out to dinner in Dubai. Came back to our hotel and typically I took my make up off, put my pyjamas on and poured myself a gin and tonic. I went to see Paul who was on the balcony. We had sat on the balcony most evenings playing cards (very rock and roll).

I sat down, chatting away, talking about how good our meal had been.  And to my shock, on the table was a jewellery box. And he got down on one knee and asked if I’d marry him!

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Tell us about your beautiful engagement photoshoot.

 I was really nervous about doing it. I was scared that it would be deemed as ‘cheesy’ and be a bit of ‘engagement overload’. I worried about what to wear; what looked good? What doesn’t look good?! What’s slimming? My photographer gave me some good advice on what to wear and what not to wear. So I took her advice and was delighted on the outcome of the photos. I did my hair and make up myself (make up is a passion of mine), got my best dress (Jaeger) and (Louis Vuitton) handbag and French Connection heels and was determined to look and feel my best! I wanted to look back on these photos and feel the same way in 50 years as I did on that day. And I’m so glad I did it!

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Sarah and Paul will be getting married in 2019 and we wish them all the best! The venue is booked and it will be here before they know it!

Photography by Kate Adams.