Real Wedding: Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside – Katie & Jason

Weddings bring together all the people that you love and care about, but what about places that mean the most? Katie and Jason took everyone who was special to them to the beach — a special location for this happy couple! And we love, love, love all the extra special touches that Katie put together for her big day. Wearing a beautiful Callista wedding dress, this Scottish wedding is the perfect wedding inspiration for those wanting a summer wedding. We asked Katie to tell us about her wedding day.

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Tell us about the theme you chose and how you added those extra special touches.

The theme I chose was the seaside, Jason and I both love being by the sea and it’s our dream to retire on a boat. We chose Scotland because that’s our special place and they have some amazing beaches. I knew I wanted a photo of me in my dress on a beach, no matter the weather! I collected shells and trinkets from beachside shops for 18 months, and chose navy and coral for the colours. The decorations were all very cheap and cheerful!

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What was your wedding dress shopping experience like?

My wedding dress shopping experience was scary at first. The first shop I went to only usually carried size 10-14 sample dresses. I did tell them I was plus size, but they told me not to worry about that. I undressed and the sales assistant brought the first dress to me and just held it up in front of me. I was so embarrassed and could not wait to leave!

Then I discovered Edith and Winston Bridalwear, and I had the most incredible time. I could have happily tried on every dress in the shop. Becca and Janet were so lovely and knew exactly which dresses would suit me. I found ‘the one’ and it was so emotional, I felt absolutely incredible in my dress, it was just perfect!

How did you know your dress was the one? And how did you adapt it to make it your own?

I knew it was ‘the one’ when my mum and bridesmaids gave me that look, they loved it just as much as I did! I’ll never forget that feeling! I had more lace added to the back as it showed a lot of skin and as it was a corset. It was simple for the dress maker to do, and Becca ordered in the lace for me and recommended where to have it done.

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What was the highlight of your wedding day?

The highlight of my day was at the very end, the DJ played “500 Miles” by The Proclaimers. All the guests that were left were just so happy and he jumped along to the song in a big circle, I was so happy!

Any advice for nervous brides to be who are beginning to plan their big day & dress shopping?

My advice for nervous brides is this: Plan your day how you want it, don’t be pressured, and remember your guests are there for you, don’t worry so much about keeping them happy. And enjoy every single minute because it goes so fast! My advice for dress shopping is: Don’t be too stubborn about the style you want and try on as much as you can, and of course go to Edith and Winston Bridalwear!

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Wedding Dress – Edith and Winston; Alterations – Boutique Alterations

Photographer – Clickclickbang Photography; Bouquets and Flowers – BettyBluebell Florist

Location – The Gailes Hotel, Aryshire; Suits – Platts in Crewe

Bridesmaids Dresses – ChiChi London

Flowergirl Dresses – Handmade on Etsy; Jewellery – Handmade on Etsy

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We absolutely love sharing Katie’s wedding day and we hope that you all enjoyed the images. Especially the stunning beach portraits!

For more images, please click on the photographs below.

A Fine Art Engagement Shoot – Francessca & Gerard

Tonight on Something New we have a beautiful fine art inspired engagement shoot. The happy couple were captured in monochrome by their friend Melissa in the City of Salford, Greater Manchester.

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Francessca and Gerard are getting married next year and recently she began her wedding dress search, something you can read all about on her own blog: https://my-plussize-life.com. I asked her if she had any words for brides-to-be starting their search.

Do you have any advice for nervous brides when wedding dress shopping?

In terms of advice, I would say that too many cooks spoil the broth. Keep your team small, because too many opinions can be very confusing. And as cliché as it sounds, GO WITH YOUR GUT. Your instincts are never wrong.

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Your wedding day is nearly a year away now, what are you looking forward to the most?

I am looking forward to actually being a MRS the most, also the party! I love a good dance…and of course, wearing my beautiful dress from Edith & Winston Bridalwear!

We look forward to sharing more from Francessca and Gerard’s wedding day next year! Thank you to Melissa for these beautiful images.

Photographer Details: Melissa Weir (Instagram: @melkweir)

Shoot Location: Salford Quays

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