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!

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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.

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.

 

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

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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.”

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“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!”

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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!”

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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.”

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“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!”

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“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.”

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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.