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A Real Wedding Inspired By Champagne


The inspiration behind our wedding? Champagne! It symbolised everything
I wanted the day to be: sweet and bubbly – plus, it always gets a party started. Fizz also served as the basis for our palette, full of golds, blush pink and fuchsia.

It can be difficult for plus-size brides to find the right dress, but I actually only tried on four or five gowns. My final choice had so many elements I loved; satin ruching and vintage-inspired lace and sparkle, while the pearly ivory kept me from looking washed out. I’d assumed, like many fuller-busted ladies, I wouldn’t be able to go without a bra and do strapless, but the bodice was so supportive.

The most memorable element of the day was the champagne sabering before the ceremony, where we used
a sabre to chop the cork off a bottle of Bollinger. The best part was seeing how excited it made my nephew – now he thinks I have a real sword, I’m his hero!

Our biggest extravagance was all the stationery. We really went to town. We had customised letterpress invites with gold foil-stamped envelopes, a matching order of service, menus, and bespoke labels for the mini champagne bottles, which acted as our escort cards. Those small touches made such a huge impact.

My top tip: Don’t plan on doing anything yourself on the day – it will be such an emotional whirlwind that even the most obvious ‘to dos’ will escape you.