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.

Real Wedding: One Fine Day & A Fabulously Floral Dress – Beccie & Leigh.

If you could picture your dream wedding dress what would it be?

For many brides-to-be they long for something just a little bit different, yet still incredibly elegant and timeless. Last year we got our first glimpse of ‘the dress’ that everyone was dreaming about. Her name was Carmel and she was Callista Brides first floral print design. Beccie knew instantly that this was the one for her and I am so pleased  to share with you her stunning wedding photographs. If you love floral prints, you are going to LOVE these pictures.

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Tell us about how you got engaged?

We got engaged on a holiday in Moroccoo. We went on a visit to their only waterfall and went on a boat to the bottom of it. He proposed there.

You chose such an incredible dress. How did you find it?

I saw Edith & Winston Bridalwear’s post on Instagram with the lovely model Georgina wearing Carmel and knew it was the one. I had a day planned of visitng four stores. This boutique was the last one and Carmel was the one I fell in love with instantly. I knew I would. It’s perfect for me. I loved the store and the staff, they are my friends forever now!

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Please can you tell us about your day?

We got married at Castlefield Rooms, Manchester. Our theme was floral! To match my dress. My bridesmaids were in baby pink dresses. The best bit for me? I loved my dad’s speech, had us all crying and he finished a bottle of whiskey during it! I also wrote a live song and I sang that with a guitar as a surprise for him. He also dropped the ring during the ceremony which was funny!

Don’t focus too much on decor for the ceremony! I cannot even remember if the bunting was up or not! And try to spend as much time with your new husband as you can. You get so caught up saying hi to everyone the two of you don’t get time together. I loved getting home that night and snuggling my new husband.

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Wedding Dress: By Callista from Edith & Winston Bridalwear.

Leigh’s suit: Groom Warrington

Bridesmaid Dresses: Chi Chi London

Beccie’s friend Joanne made all the wedding bouquets.

Photography: Paul Baybut Wedding Photography.

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.

 

Real Wedding: A Musical Spectacular Starring Georgina and Robbie.

For our first ever Real Wedding I knew exactly whose wedding I wanted to feature! Georgina Horne (Fuller Figure Fuller Bust) is not only a super influential Plus Size bridal model, but she is a lingerie blogger who has changed the lives of so many of her followers, including mine! So who else would be the most perfect first wedding to be featured on Something New.

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Two years ago today, as the overture from the ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ played out by a string quartet, Georgina walked down the aisle. On the 4th of July 2015 at 12.30pm, Robbie and Georgina were married on the beautiful Monkey Island. This is a hidden treasure located in the River Thames. You will see from their photographs why they chose this location to host their musical spectacular wedding.

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Robbie and Georgina chose to have musicals as the starring role in their wedding day.

Georgina said “Our first Valentines Day together Robbie and I went to see the Phantom Of The Opera. We have since been to see lots of shows together including Avenue Q, Wicked, Les Miserable, Rock of Ages. I have just surprised Robbie and last Friday we went to see Alfie Boe performing with Michael Ball, it’s something we loved to do together. I didn’t know that themed weddings were a thing, but we wanted to show what we loved and what we had in common.”

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Georgina has the most incredible wedding photographs and we spent a long time to choosing the perfect images to show you all. Her photographer was Lizzie Adams of Shoot It Momma. She’s described on her website as having a ‘bedside manner [that] centres on fun. FUN FUN FUN!’

Georgina knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding dress and her custom design is a one of a kind. Her dress is now a discontinued style by Collectif, with bespoke alterations by the amazing Rosie Red Corsetry & Couture. Rosie also designed a stunning dress coat, and had sewn the lyrics of Georgina and Robbie’s first dance onto it. The theme was an important part of their wedding day and it was a lovely little hidden touch by Rosie.

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Here are some more of the wonderful suppliers that Georgina chose to help her create her perfect wedding day:

To see more of Georgina and Robbie’s wonderful wedding day please click on the images. To read more from Georgina visit her blog Fuller Figure Fuller Bust.