Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBridE Alexandra

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The Black Mirror star, Alexandra Roach became this weeks Friday Bride! Stunning in the Ama gown and a gold sequinned Charlie Brear dress for the reception, Alexandra epitomised the CB bride. Alexandra’s DIY wedding had everything including a cheese tower cake. Read on to see how this Welsh wedding overlooking the Brecon Beacon mountains came together.

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1.Please describe the style of your wedding

Contemporary

2. When and where did your partner propose to you?

I was in LA for work but on the last weekend of the trip we drove Route #1 to San Fransisco. We stopped in a motel on the way, walked along the cliffs when we suddenly saw a shooting star. I screamed and span round to see him deciding to fall to one knee - he'd been waiting for the right moment all holiday and he decided that was it. It was perfect!

3. Which dress did you choose and why? And where did you buy it from?

I chose the Ama dress for it's simplicity and how graceful and sexy it made me feel. As a contrast I chose a second dress for the evening which was a short sequin gold dress which was a serious party dress! The guests loved the drama of it.. as did I!

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4. How was your experience shopping for your wedding dress? ( was it easy, was it memorable, was it fun?, was the decision tough?)

I had been looking for a while before going along to Charlie's flagship store and was starting to feel disheartened - I tried on all kinds of styles in different shops but nothing was giving me  *that* feeling. As soon as I went to Charlie Brear - I instantly fell in love with three or four dresses and knew it was going to be a tough decision. Luckily I had my two friends there to give me their honest advice along with the amazing advice of the assistants in the shop.

5. What would your advice be to other brides shopping for a wedding dress?

Take your favourite honest people along. It's more fun!

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6.How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?

I feel like a weight had been lifted and that I couldn't wait to wear it.

7. What shoes did you wear?

I wore a pair of Malone Souliers in blush pink with gold detail - they were incredible and I can't wait to wear them again and again.

8. Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?

I really struggled with this and ordered many different options. In the end I found Seamless High Waist Shapewear from an online shop called Leonisa.

9. Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?

I was lucky enough to be able to use artists that I work a lot with through my work for my wedding day - which was brilliant as they are more like friends to me. Sophie Harris was in charge of hair for me and my girls she works at Josh Wood Salon and who has cut my hair for years. Sophie Higginson did my make up - we met a few years ago when she did my make up for an red carpet event - I haven't let her out of my sights since!

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10.Where and when did you get married?

We got married on June 16th at a beautiful new venue in Wales called The Barn at Penplas which overlooks the Brecon Beacon mountains. We got married in the field in front of the barn with the mont incredible view.

11. How did you feel walking down the aisle?

It was a very bizarre out of body experience for me , seeing all the people you love in one place was overwhelming... in a purely beautiful way.

12. What traditions did you follow? (Think something old, new, borrowed and blue.)

We decided to ditch almost all traditions, but I did ask my Mother In Law to borrow something , my Grandmother for something old - (she gave me a magnifying glass which was a struggle to fit in my handbag!!)  My engagement ring is a Polly Wales blue sapphire and my dress was my something new.

13. Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?

We had a humanist ceremony which we wrote ourselves - I wanted to make it as personal and traditionally Welsh as I could as the setting being so rural with mountains and sheep everywhere! We asked the local male voice choir to sing a selection of songs and to sing us down the aisle. Having my Mother and Father to walk me down the aisle was important to me as they've both brought me up. My Bridesbabes wore pink suits which was quite unusual I guess , they also all did a speech as a group which was one of my favourite parts of the day.

14. What was the funniest moment of the day?

The speeches really were my favourite part - we decided to do them throughout the meal to make it more casual and fun. This worked out really well - nothing worse than being hungry as guests and the speeches going on and on!

15. Who took your wedding pictures?

Nicola Thompson came to the rescue two weeks before the wedding when our original photographer had to pull out . At the time it was incredibly stressful but I am so glad I found Nicola I trusted her instantly. I felt she really understood what we were looking for as we knew we didn't want overly posed pictures  but fun instead to reflect our personalities and relationship. When the rain started to fall when we had planned to do outside shots she organised the whole procedure seamlessly - she re- scheduled the food by talking to our caterers - she really took control of the situation which I will always be grateful. We are so happy with the pictures , things have a funny way of working out sometimes!

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16. If you could do it all again, would you do anything differently?

I'd eat breakfast. I was too excited and nervous and forgot.

17. Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy and what parts were trickier?

The best decision we made was to hire Beatnik Bride as wedding stylists. As it was a DIY wedding where we had to style the whole venue they were instrumental in pulling our vision together with suppliers etc. They arrived the day before and set everything up - they have such a great eye that I trusted them completely so we didn't have to stress to much and the next day packed everything away for collection.

18.What will you do with your dress now?

My gold sequin evening dress will get an outing often it's the perfect party dress. Wedding dress... I'm not sure yet.

19.What are you and your husband's best memories of the day?

The ceremony was very special as it was so personal and we had written our own vows. The food was also memorable. We had worked so closely with our caterers on what we wanted and we really enjoyed eating it together with our guests . We decided on a Spanish feast as we have spent a lot of time in Ibiza with paella and sharing plates. The guests still tell us it was the best food they've had at a wedding. They also came back the next day to do a BBQ for everyone too which was incredible.

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#WEDDINGHACKS

Remember why your doing it..don't sweat the small stuff...

Take it all in.... it goes way too fast  

Make it personal to you both

Try to speak to all the guests

Give the speeches a 8min cut off time!!!



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SUPPLIERS

Ceremony Venue - The Barn at PenPlas, Brecon.

Reception Venue - The Barn at PenPlas, Brecon.

Photographer/Videographer - Nicola Thompson Photography

Shoes & Accessories - Malone Souliers / Veil - Custom made by Ann Marie Faulkner

Bridesmaids' dresses - Pink power suits by Zara

Rings - Justin Duance

Florist - Lily Violet May - Bristol

Entertainment - Male Voice Choir - Beaufort Male Voice Choir / DJ's - friends / Welsh Barn Dance - Jac Y Do

Caterer - Purple Carrot

Cake Supplier - We had a cheese tower instead supplied by the catrers!

Hair - Sophie Harris

Make-up - Sophie Higginson

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