This isn’t a wedding blog … but every girl loves a beautiful bride.
I got married myself in May having spent many an hour obsessing over what I would wear. From the day my husband proposed I had a clear idea in my head. I would wear a 1940’s gown with lace detailing, pin curl my hair, and wear the most fantastic pair of heels imaginable.
Making my vision happen, wasn’t so easy. By my fourth attempt at dress shopping I was left in tears. Time after time I was told ‘You’re big, you must wear A-Line,’ or ‘You have boobs so you need a corset.’ One woman put me in a dress so large that I actually gained ten stone. I saw dress after dress made for the plus size bride and, although beautiful, they simply weren’t me! When I did see a dress that I loved, I wasn’t allowed to try it on because ‘they don’t make it in your size.’
|Clockwise from top left: VW8661 by Venus Woman; Style 3156 Julietta by Mori Lee; Barcelona by Callista; WP240 by White Rose Bridal; SON 91400 by Sonsie by Veromia.|
Eventually, my Maid-of-Honour convinced me to try a designer that had caught my eye from day one, Johanna Hehir. I’d not even bothered contacting the London based designer as her website didn’t mention anything about making dresses for the plus size bride – I was so wrong. One email and a phone call later and I’d been reassured that they make the most beautiful dresses for all shapes and sizes whether they be long, short, wide, lumpy, or bumpy (my own words).
A fortnight later and I was in their London boutique being pinned into the most beautiful creations I’ve ever seen. They may not have stocked samples over a size 12 but they pinned dresses to show me how they would sit on my body and let me prance about in dresses that other bridal stores hadn’t even let me glance at.
What’s even better is that Johanna Hehir isn’t the only designer offering high fashion gowns to the curvaceous bride.
|Left to right: Florence by Jenny Packham; Charlotte by Clair Pettibone; Edith by Johanna Hehir.|