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.

 

Real Wedding: Walking Down The Aisle – Catrin & Andrew

Catrin and Andrew were married in 2017 and for this happy couple it really was the best day of their lives. I have had the chance to speak to Catrin a lot and she said she would love to do it all again, with Andrew of course, because of how incredible her day really was.

Catrin tells us about her wedding day highlights and gives us some great information for any bride to be out there.

Catrin and Andrew, Something New

Catrin and Andrew

What do you think was the highlight of your wedding day?

The best bit was walking down the aisle: just before, our wedding coordinator, Chrissy, who is an absolute superstar, stopped me and reminded me to stop, breathe, and take it all in. She was totally right. I loved seeing everyone there just for us, but I was SO excited to see Andrew too! We also had a moment in the hotel reception after the ceremony where our pianist, James, was playing. He noticed it was just us and played the same song I walked down the aisle to. We got to dance and just have five minutes together which is probably one of my most favourite memories ever.

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Tell us about your beautiful wedding dress and your hair and make up.

My dress wasn’t anything like what I thought I had ever wanted – I had initially wanted a tea length, lace sleeved, A-line dress, and I had never even considered anything strapless! I added the sleeves as I found the idea of going with my shoulders completely bare a bit scary, but I loved the way they look, especially as we accessorised with matching appliqués. Edith and Winston got me excited about the bit I was most scared about! They looked after me and made sure I was absolutely in love with my dress. Nothing felt like too much trouble and it felt like it was a moment that they really cared about on a personal level.

Flossy and Leigh (Make Up and Hair) were amazing. The service was so professional and yet they were hilarious too. My bridesmaids and I were so happy with how we looked, and I don’t think I could have picked better.

Catrin and Andrew

Catrin and Andrew

Do you have any advice for brides who are a little nervous and haven’t yet been wedding dress shopping?

Don’t put it off. Dress shopping can seem really daunting and there’ll be times when you do it when you get frustrated you don’t look like that fairytale princess you envisaged at 6, but it can be so rewarding and so fun too. I wish I could do it all over again!

Catrin and Andrew

Catrin wore a Callista bridal gown from Edith & Winston Bridalwear with bespoke alterations by Boutique Alterations.

Wedding Venue – Durker Roods in Meltham.

Hair & Make Up by Flossy and Leigh

Photography by Zoe-Ann for photography.

Wedding Cake by Booootiful Cakes

Real Wedding: The Perfect Theme – Dany and Scott.

Sometimes the best theme is having no theme and just bringing together all the little things that make you who you are. When you look in from the outside you might think this couple purposely picked a charming fusion of sci-fi and glamour, but for the happy couple Dany and Scott, this was the perfect mix of personalities coming together in marriage.

Dany said ‘I couldn’t say that we had an actual theme for our wedding. Maybe if our theme was things that we like. It was a mish mash of Star Wars, HR Giger, candy skulls, British vs German, blue etc. As Scott is a huge fan of Star Wars, and I am quite partial to it too, Scott had a separate entrance. His groomsmen wore stormtrooper helmets and he had a Darth Vader helmet and cape. They all had lightsabres and entered to the music of the Imperial March played on cellos. We also managed to have some lightsabre duels later on in the evening. Our cake was probably the best representation of our mish mash theme. It had two alien figures as cake toppers and a HR Giger inspired alien pods and landscape tier. Star Wars was again featured on the cake too, as well as our nicknames for each other, love of steampunk, penguins, minions and sugar skulls.’

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dany and Scott

Dany chose the wonderful, award winning Kerry Baker as her make up artist for her special day! Kerry Baker has already been featured on Something New and we are so pleased to be bringing you her work in action!

Dany and Scott

Dany and Scott

Dany and Scott

Dany and Scott

‘We met at Uni more than 10 years ago. We kept appearing in front of each other’s doors, trying to make up some excuse as to why we were there and needed to spend time with the other person. We went to coffee shops to people watch, watched movies (mainly horror and psychological thrillers) and spent hours asking each other the daftest questions. Because of one our first dates being a cinema date to watch Halloween, we decided to name one of the tables after this. All our table names had some meaningful connection to our lives e.g. the place we got engaged, nicknames from parents, games we love playing together etc.’

Dany and Scott

Dany and Scott

‘Dress shopping was an experience that I will never forget. My mum lives in Holland and she really wanted to be part of the whole dress shopping experience, having seen numerous bridal TV shows since we announced our engagement, and us having a very close relationship. So, when I went to visit my mum she had booked us an appointment in what I can only describe as the dress shop for Disney princesses. Not only were they currently filming “Say Yes to the Dress”, but there was a prince charming statue on a white horse and rooms upon rooms of white dresses. It was incredibly overwhelming, and I just felt like I didn’t fit in. Bearing in mind, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted a traditional dress at this point. I had been thinking about coloured dresses, gothic dresses and all sorts of different dresses. But, I wanted to at least try on a “normal” wedding dress to see if I did or did not like this on me. We had a lovely lady bring out several dresses in my size and we tried to organize them from most to least favourite. I tried the first dress on thinking that I liked the top, but it was too glitzy, and I really wasn’t sure about how large the bottom half was. However, it was the one I liked most from the beginning. I remember when I first put it on and stood in front of the mirror and thought “damn, I look good! This actually suits me”. My mum then saw me and started crying. To this day she says it was because I was radiant and happy looking.

I tried on several more dresses, but nothing quite wowed me as much as the first. However, every single dress I tried on looked good. I was surprised that, so many different styles seemed to suit me. I was particularly shocked that the mermaid style looked good on me too. Anyway, we left after the appointment without having bought the dress. Over the next few days my mum and I kept talking about it and I couldn’t get it out of my mind, but I was worried that I had made it better in my head than what it had been. We therefore made a further appointment at the dress shop just to try that dress on, and it felt as amazing as it did the first time. This was going to be my dress. However, the dress shop being in Holland meant that we needed to figure out a way to get the dress to the UK. Unfortunately, there was only a handful of stockists and not a single shop in the UK had the dress.’

Dany and Scott

Dany and Scott

‘I then made an appointment at Louise Perry Bridal, a small shop owned by an extremely friendly and knowledgeable woman. Louise immediately made me feel comfortable and no question or request was too much. I decided then and there that I trusted her and ordered my dress from her. Once my dress arrived, I felt very nervous, bearing in mind I had only tried the dress on twice in Holland, which at that time was a good 8 months ago. Would I still like it? Would it fit? What if I don’t like it anymore? However, I shouldn’t have worried as I possibly fell even more in love with the dress this time around. I felt amazing in it and couldn’t stop looking at myself. I felt comfortable in myself and wanted to get married then and there. There is no specific reason why I chose this particular style over any other, other than because I felt damn good in it’

Dany and Scott just wedding at eaves hall

‘Trust your gut instinct. Nearly everything we did and booked we knew immediately whether it was right for us or not. The first time we saw the venue, I knew it was the one. The first time we saw our photographers, we knew. We even both stumbled across our amazing cake lady and sent each other the link on the same day saying she should make our cake. This way we made sure we had people involved in our wedding that we liked and felt like we could trust.

On the morning of the wedding I was told how calm I was. I honestly think that’s because I did everything I could up until the wedding and then had a mindset of “If something goes wrong, it goes wrong. There’s nothing I can do about it now and I won’t let it effect our day”. The way I saw it, as long as we got married to each other it would be a successful day and anything else is a bonus. Sure we had one or two things go wrong, but nobody noticed them and they really didn’t matter. I got to marry the love of my life, what more could I really want?!’

Photography by Chris Hanley Photography

Make Up by Kerry Baker Mua

Flowers by The Gilded Lily

Wedding Cake by Little Cherry Company

Wedding Venue Eaves Hall

 

Real Wedding: An English Love Story In San Francisco – Nancy and Pete.

Something New Nancy and Pete

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.)

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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.”

Something New Nancy and Pete

“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!”

Something New Nancy and Pete

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!”

Something New Nancy and Pete

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.”

Something New Nancy and Pete

“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!”

Something New Nancy and Pete

“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.”

Something New Nancy and Pete

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.