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.