Real Weddings

A Real Wedding at the Chicago History Museum, Inspired By Champagne

Kelly Goldston and DeBonis married at the Chicago

History Museum in Chicago, in the USA, on 20th June 2015.


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.