After Searching For A Dress To Fit Her Curves, The First Daughter Of Houston Jumped The Broom In A Stunning Custom Beaded Bridal Gown
Aisha Khan with Ama by Aisha

“I immediately started to cry,” Ashley Turner recalls after seeing the first sketch of what would be her bridal gown. A “Curvy Fashionista” known for her style blog The Curvy Paige, Ashley didn’t have the best experience when she first searched for a wedding dress. As she shared with us last fall, boutiques that had gowns she could fit were filled with offerings that lacked the glamour. Boutiques with better, more flashy options were missing gowns in her size.

Instead of allowing that to put a damper on her wedding planning, she decided to enlist the help of Nma Couture for a handmade gown.

“Nma Couture was a dream to work on creating my wedding dress,” she tells ESSENCE. “Julie Nma had previously made a few dresses for me, so I knew she understood my body, which was very important to me.”

After hearing about Ashley’s disappointing experience wedding dress shopping, and understanding how the bride wanted to feel on her special day, the designer sketched a gown with an enhanced bust, heavy beading and a detachable train for the reception. The end result was a stunning off-the-shoulder gown covered in shimmering stones.

“I knew that was my dress,” Ashley says. “We had several fittings, and she guaranteed me that the dress would fit me perfectly. Needless to say, she delivered. I felt beautiful on my wedding day. I didn’t feel beautiful for a plus-sized or curvy bride; I felt like a beautiful bride.”

And no one agrees more than Jimmie Captain, the groom who was waiting for her at the altar when they said “I do” on March 12 in Houston.

“I knew she was going to look beautiful, but I couldn’t have imagined how divine she looked on that day,” he says. “I didn’t want to know anything about her dress beforehand, and I didn’t want to do a first look. The first time I saw her was when the doors opened and she began to walk down the aisle with her father. I tried to hold it together, but it didn’t work.”

The couple jumped the broom with help from her father, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner. It was the first wedding in Texas history that a sitting mayor would take part in. It was also a celebration of the talented vendors in the city, as the couple opted to utilize people of color and women only.

Looking back on her big day, and the journey to that moment, Ashley couldn’t be happier to now call herself Mrs. Ashley Turner-Captain.

“It feels amazing! I’ve done quite a bit of reflecting over the last few months, and I keep thinking of the saying, ‘Good things come to those who wait.’ I’m so glad that I waited for Jimmie,” she says. “He is definitely an answered prayer and a reminder that God didn’t forget about me. I know marriage has its challenges, but God has equipped us for our journey.”

Check out the way they celebrated this new journey with photos from their celebration below.

Photography by Aisha Khan with Ama by Aisha

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