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lookbook: ’bout that base

November 18th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

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Main feature images courtesy of Jenny Packham

Shopping for a wedding dress should be an exciting experience for a bride-to-be, no matter what her style, age or size.

That said I’ve heard upsetting stories from a number of fuller-figured brides when searching for the dress, which have hindered their enjoyment. From tales of being asked to squeeze into small sample dresses and to ‘imagine’ how it might fit, to being told collections don’t go up to their size, or simply feeling that there is nothing out there for them.

I’ll bet Kim Kardashian had no such problems at Givenchy.

Well, even if you’re not quite ready to ‘break the internet‘ with your own booty, I’m pleased to report there are some truly stunning plus-size wedding dress collections out there, with certain gowns going up to a size 32. And better yet, more designers are beginning to branch out into plus-size creations by extending their size range.

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The queen of bridal prettiness Jenny Packham, included flattering gowns for plus-sized brides in her Spring 2015 collection which were showcased by gorgeous fuller-figured models on the catwalk. Her Josephine dress in steely grey features incredibly elegant lace sleeves, a pretty sash and signature intricate detailing, drawing the eye to all the right places. Likewise Packham’s Isabella dress covers up the tops of the arms with a delicate and stylish cape, while sparkling crystal detailing frames the under-bust area of the dress perfectly.

Veromia is another designer that offers stunning plus-size dresses with support and structure so that brides feel both confident and comfortable during their moment in the limelight. Veromia’s Sonsie collection offers designs to suit a wide range of tastes, from the fluid SON91452 with fluttery capped sleeves, to the 1950s tea-length SON91462 and the fuller SON91465 with illusion neckline detail.  Meanwhile for autumn and winter brides who crave more dramatic dress designs, Veromia’s SON91208 in ravishing gold, and S91051 in deep regal red, are bound to tick boxes.

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Bonny Bridal’s Unforgettable collection has further stunning offerings in plus sizes. Standout designs include 1207 and 1304, which boast fairytale style ruffle detailing, as well as 1424 and 1206, which feature feminine lace sleeves.

Style and structure can also be found within Cara Mai’s wonderful collection. Again brides-to-be are given a choice of both fitted and fuller gowns. The simple, strapless 29228 is a firm favourite within the collection, but for those brides in search of a little more support, the 29244 with tulle overlay and pretty lace appliqués frames curvaceous ladies’ figures beautifully.

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Wedding Blog Winner: A £300 Online Spree With Simply Be!

February 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Well, doesn’t time fly!  It’s already time to announce the rather lucky winner of our fabulous New Year’s competition to win a £300 online shopping spree (and what I wouldn’t give for a £300 online shopping spree right now) with Brides Up North sponsor, Simply Be..

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If you aren’t already familiar with Simply Be, the online retailer exclusively for sizes 14 – 32, have just launched a rather beautiful – and affordable (particularly if you take home today’s bacon, right?!) – bridal range especially for the fashion conscious plus size bride.  Go see their beautiful new Bridal Boutique and exclusive new collection.

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The team say: Feel divine on your wedding day in one of our stunning plus size wedding dresses. Our angel-sleeve wedding dress in a sumptuous oyster shade features flattering arm coverage and beautiful beading on an empire line silhouette. The ivory coloured petal trim dress has a fabulously feminine feel, with pretty ruffled straps and a super floaty fabric to have you gliding down the aisle. For those who like a little more arm coverage, the clean lines of our long sleeved wedding dress are perfect. Or for something a little different, pick our knot-front bridal gown in soft blush peach – it makes a gorgeous plus size bridesmaid dress too and is available with a matching bridal shrug.

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Grace by Simply Be

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But for now, I know that you are just waiting to see who our winner is.  Get ready to spend…

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Stephanie Clarke

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My mum and me are a larger sized girl,
Wedding soon, we’re in a whirl.
Bridal and accessories would be a dream,
With Simply Be I’ll look supreme.

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Huge congratulations Stephanie*, that’s poetry in motion for you!  Please contact me as soon as possible to claim your prize.  And for the rest of you (and me) there’s always the overdraft, right…?

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*Winner drawn at random. The judges’ decision is final. No cash alternative. The winner’s contact details will be passed to Simply Be to allow you to claim your prize.

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Diary Date: Celebrating Curves With Maggie Sottero & The Harrogate Wedding Lounge!

September 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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One reader request that my inbox pings with quite regularly is recommendations for great bridal boutiques that cater for the plus sized bride.  This is an easy one for me – depending on locality, I simply direct them to some of the fabulous boutiques listed in the Bride section of my Directory, who I know offer fabulous customer service for both the larger and more petite lady (and the ladies in the middle!) – no matter your dress size. 

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In addition, a favourite designer that keeps popping up across all size ranges is the ever popular (And super pretty) Maggie Sottero.  Maggie is a firm favourite with Brides Up North readers. 

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And now, Brides Up North Featured Supplier, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge is bringing Maggie to their lovely brides with curves with the arrival of their new designer weekend.  Announced first this afternoon on Brides Up North – this is a date for your diaries ladies (and you might like to fit in a visit after stopping by our Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion too)!

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Hayley from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge says: Along with World class, highly sought after bridal designer house Maggie Sottero we are holding a trunk show exclusively for our lovely curvaceous brides!

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The designer weekend will take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October 2012 with over 25 gowns all available to try on in UK sizes 18 – 26 including lots of best sellers. It is a weekend not to be missed.

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Stop staring at the dresses, woman! Appointments will be going fast so book in early to avoid disappointment. To make your appointment contact Hayley at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge on 01423 888242. 

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– Images © 2012 Maggie Sottero provided by The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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Something Blue: A Real Wedding – Natalie & Thomas

August 24th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier Natalie from Love Bouquets – creator of absolutely fabulous crystal wedding bouquets – has sent me her own beautiful Real Wedding to feature on the wedding blog today.  Doesn’t this cool chick look stunning in her unconventional midnight blue gown?  The colour choices make for a set of amazing images from Northern lass down South, Louise Sumner Photography

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Natalie and Thomas got engaged on 25th December 2006 on the top of a mountain in Scotland, and married on 1st June 2011 on St.Tallanus Church, Talland Bay, Cornwall. 

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Natalie says: The church is set on a cliff top overlooking a clear water bay in a small village, we fell in love instantly, the hotel is also set in the same village overlooking the ocean and seemed perfect for our small intimate party.

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We had a very natural and nautical theme  with hessian throws on the table and shells and candles lit throughout the hotel. The cake was pure Cornish cheeses from The Cheese Shed with un-iced fruit cake for a really rustic look.

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We never really set out with a colour theme, I wore a midnight blue wedding dress and my husband wore a fitted suit in a bronze tone with a tweed waistcoat and tie.  The bridesmaids also wore shades of blue in their maxi dresses from Arrogant Cat.

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Make sure to click through to see the rest of Natalie’s stunning images after the jump. 

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