This woman's stunning wedding dress is a defiant statement for plus-size women everywhere

Marie Claire: Callie Thorpe x Curve Column

In addition to posting breathtaking photos of the lace trumpet gown she wore to her recent nuptials, style blogger Callie Thorpe chose to use her Instagram to offer up an empowering message and address the trepidations she — and many other women — have about being a plus-size woman on her wedding day.

"When I put on my wedding dress, I knew it was the one," she wrote last week. "The gentle sparkle of the dress with the lace detail, the champagne color that perfectly complemented my olive skin, the way it fell over my hips and followed the curves of my figure. It was just magical."

She continued: "I never dreamed I would wear a dress like this, I used to think that I would never get married until I was thin. There were even times I doubted myself, thinking I would be too self conscious to wear it. But as you grow older and you surround yourself with the right people, you begin to realize that what you look like doesn't really matter to those that love you."

Thorpe chose to offer up a bit of advice to all those who might have similar hesitations.

"I would like to say this one thing to brides-to-be everywhere — plus-size or not, do not feel you have to change yourself or your size to be happy on your wedding day. Your partner loves you for who you are, not just what you look like," she wrote. "You are deserving of happiness no matter what your size, and you will still be the most beautiful person in the room next to your love, because you will be glowing with the love you have for each other. The happy ending is for everyone, so please, please let yourself have it."

This woman's stunning wedding dress is a defiant statement for plus-size women everywhere


Source: Mic/Instagram

Although recently Stone Fox Bride teamed up with plus-size retailer Eloquii and ModCloth launched a bridal line for women of all sizes, plus-size bridal has, and still is, an underserved sector of the industry. David's Bridal, the company that made Thorpe's dress, used a plus-size model in a campaign in December, but a majority of bridal advertorials and runway shows still strictly feature thin women.

And that's just one of the reasons Thorpe had hesitations before her wedding regarding her size, and why so many women have now commented on this image with praise.

"Amazing words. I'm getting married next weekend and this has given me confidence to be proud of how I look," one woman wrote. "Wish I had someone to tell me that when I got married 17 years ago. It seemed to be a thing back then that the larger the bride the larger the dress. So happy you got to wear a dress that you felt beautiful in," commented another.

Yet another: "Beautiful bride, beautiful words that I'm just about beginning to embrace myself after battling with low low self image for years."

Or, as many others have put it, #BrideGoals.

Related: Also see stunning wedding hairstyles:

10 perfect hairstyles for summer weddings
See Gallery
10 perfect hairstyles for summer weddings

1. Boho Braided Bob

It’s the unraveling, loose-ended plait and tousled tendrils that give this short hairstyle some serious aisle cred.

To make sure the braid stays put sans hair tie, spritz the ends with strong-hold hairspray, and back-comb slightly. Next, lock in the look with another shot of spray, this time all over.

2. Floral Crown With Low Pony

A softly side-swept ponytail is an ideal “updo” for the minimalist bride.

For a polished finish, wrap your hair tie with a few strands of loose hair and leave a few wispy tendrils free. Then work shine serum through your ’tail and add a halo of crisp white blooms up top for a wedding hairstyle that's equal parts elegant and effortless.

3. Fishtail-Braided Chignon

This modern, intricately braided updo -- it’s the varied size and tightness of each braid that makes it so unique -- is offset by its classic chignon styling.

To get the look, prep your hair before braiding with curl-enhancing mousse that will give your strands the right grip and volume to create this woven style. 

4. Tousled Bun

There’s something oh-so-alluring about this upswept style. The secret to keeping tousled tendrils from looking unkempt is curling each one before tying them all into a topknot.

5. Double-Braided Halo

An all-up hairdo is great for girls with ultra-thick strands. Prep your hair with a frizz-fighting shampoo, and spritz your finished braid with shine spray to banish flyaways. Then add a wreath of baby's breath to give your milkmaid braid a more ethereal energy.

6. Pinned Half-Up Hairstyle

For a sexy, blown-back look, use bobby pins to discreetly pull your hair back for a tucked-behind-the-ears down-do.

7. Braided Headband

An intricately plaited hair wrap is an easy way to inject drama into an otherwise ordinary down-do.

8. Side-Swept Braid

Thanks to its ultra-long length, this plait, unlike most traditional French braids, gives off an unexpected romantic vibe.

Check out this celebrity hairstylist trick for making the end of your braid look perfect!

9. Undone Twist

Her wedding day is just about the only time a girl can get away with wearing a tiara. A delicate crystal crown will look regal but not stuffy when paired with a tousled, undone bun.

10. Sleek Updo

Ultra-short hair can be aisle-worthy, too! Simply sweep pixie-length locks to the side, set with hairspray, and spritz with smoothing serum for a chic faux updo. 

Read Full Story