Is this the world's biggest wedding gown An 800lb bride-to-be has her NINE-foot-waist measured ahead of big day
21:26 GMT, 9 May 2012
For some, having a wedding dress custom-made is a luxury, but for Susanne Eman it is the only way she will be sure her gown fits.
The morbidly obese Arizona mother who is hoping to set a world record for being the fattest human, is busy planning her wedding to chef, Parker Clack, and the dress needs to cover all 800 pounds of her.
That is, all except her bulging arms as the 32-year-old says she'd like to be sleeveless for her summer nuptials.
Larger than life: Susanne Eman, the 800lb mother who is half way to reaching the record for being the fattest woman has been fitted for her wedding gown ahead of her nuptials to chef Parker Clack
The monumental challenge of making a dress this size has been given to seamstress Judy Goff who calculated the amount of fabric needed during an interview with Inside Edition.
'Okay, we have about 15 feet here and we need 45 feet, so about three times this amount to complete her dress,' she said.
Customising: Seamstress Judy Goff has to use about 45 feet of fabric to make the dress for the Arizona native
Vast: Judy Goff unrolls 15 feet of fabric but will need three times that amount to make a dress even despite the fact that it will be sleeveless as per the bride's wishes
While Ms Goff sets about preparing for her job, Ms Eman has her own goal for the big day: not to be deterred from reaching her target weight of 1,600lbs by the time she is 41 or 42.
That means that Ms Eman will continue eating 30,000 calories a day that her husband gladly cooks and feeds her.
The larger than life unemployed bride-to-be told Inside Edition: 'Oh, he's wonderful. He loves to cook. That helps out. His food is soooo good.'
The day of her appointment with the
seamstress, Ms Eman and her sister Cassie made a pit stop for snacks and
arrived at Ms Goff's with a spread of three guacamole bacon
cheeseburgers, two orders of chili cheese fries, nine tacos, a chocolate
shake and a large Coke.
Choices choices: The bride-to-be and her seamstress look through samples and veils for the big day
Sizeable: Ms Eman's waist measures a staggering 107.5in, or nine feet, around making this surely one of the biggest wedding dresses ever made
Don't breathe out! Ms Goff anticipates the extra inches when the bride sits down in her gown
That is just a small portion of the daily diet that has given her a waist size of 107.5 inches, or, nine, staggering feet.
After being measured, Ms Eman also tried on veils and head pieces, talking excitedly about her expectations for the wedding.
'I'm feeling like a bride. I can't
wait,' she gushed. 'I like an off-whitish, not completely white. Because
if I wear completely white, I guarantee I'm going to spill something on
On their way: Sister Cassie wheels Ms Eman to the car for their trip to the seamstress but first they must stop to get snacks
Tucking in: The mother of two eats three guacamole bacon cheeseburgers, two orders of chili cheese fries, nine tacos, a chocolate shake and a large Coke
Spilling food is a likely possibility for this bride.
While details of the catering menu for the big event is not known, the couple insist that despite the gargantuan quantity of food consumed by Ms Eman, she likes to eat healthily.
Mr Clack has said of her ambition: 'I support her because it makes her happy, and I love big women.
'I do worry about her health of course, but I try to make sure she eats some healthy food like salad, and I make sure she does exercises. She's taken up swimming since we met and we love to swim together.'
Love at first bite: Susanne Eman and Parker Clack met online and bonded over their shared love of food
Happiness: The morbidly obese heavyweight believes that her goal of becoming the fattest human will remove the stigma that fat is bad seeing as she believes she is healthy, her sons are happy and she has found love
Her doctor does not agree with his patient's mission but Ms Eman believes she can reach her target weight without endangering her life and worrying about her two sons.
Ms Eman has said in the past: 'I want to try and break the stigma that being fat is bad. And it's helped me to find love, so what's wrong with that.'
Maid of honour, Cassie, shared her excitement for her sister's future exclaiming with delight as they looked at fabrics: 'Oh my God, I can't wait to see her in the actual dress.'
Fit Ms Eman tries to stay mobile and healthy by swimming and 'waddling' and though her doctors warn her against pursuing her dream of creaking the record, she believes she in no danger