When you think that almost one half of the UK’s women are a size 16 or above, then you can see why more Bridal gown designers than ever before are jumping on the Curvaceous bride revolution, producing inspiring collections of plus-size gowns that ensure you ooze gorgeousness & confidence on your special day. Kerry Baker tells her own story:
I’m going to start with a confession. 10 years ago when I got married, I was 25, self conscious and believed that being plus size meant I couldn’t look beautiful on my wedding day. Wedding magazines were full of slim, beautiful models in beautiful gowns which did little to inspire me as I just couldn’t relate to these images. As if that wasn’t bad enough, trying on dresses was a really depressing ordeal. I had very few options and the sample dresses I did try on were ugly, shapeless and neither flattering nor fashionable.
Fast forward to present day and while there are so many more great sources of inspiration for brides, plus size, curvy ladies like me are still under represented. And if you wear a size 16 or above, as 45%* of the UK’s population do, finding sample dresses you don’t have to shoe horn yourself into is still relatively difficult.
I’d been planning a photo-shoot to showcase plus size bridal wear for some time. I want to show brides that no matter what your shape, size, personality or persuasion that you CAN look beautiful and feel fantastic. So when I heard Jenni from Enchanted Brides had a new range of sample dresses in sizes 18-28, I just had to go and see her!
At Enchanted Brides we understand the frustration faced by many brides when searching for the perfect wedding gown. No bride wants to be squeezed into a sample dress, and we are proud to offer a fantastic selection of stunning gowns, from slim line chiffon to fairy tale princess, in sizes 18-28. The stylist team at Enchanted Brides love to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for ALL our brides, and we are really looking forward to expanding both bridal and bridesmaid collections up to a size 32. So, when Kerry approached us with the idea of the photo-shoot, we were delighted as it offered the perfect opportunity to show off our Sincerity Plus bridal collection.
We had such an amazing team with me for the shoot and I can’t thank them enough for their support. Ashfield House provided a stunning backdrop, expertly styled by Red Floral Architecture who also supplied the amazing bouquets. Victoria’s Cakes provided some yummy treats, Sam Gateley did a fab job on hair, and of course, our photographer Mick Cookson, who turned my vision into a stunning reality. The shoot was a lot of fun, and yes, I was one of the models alongside my gorgeous friend Nic.
* Source: The Express Online PUBLISHED: 12:39, Mon, Apr 20, 2015
Credits: Bridalwear by Enchanted Brides of Lostock Hall www.enchantedbrideslancashire.co.uk
Make Up: www.kerrybakermua.com
Venue: Ashfield House, Standish www.ashfieldhousehotel.co.uk
Venue Styling & Bouquets: www.redfloral.co.uk
Models: Kerry & Nic