Alex and her husband met in July 2004 and very quickly got serious, they got engaged at the Winter Olympics in February 2006, and as they were on a roll, set the date for later the same year – 7th October 2006. I asked Alex all about her big day and how it all happened.
Hi Alex, so, tell me how did the two of you meet? I was looking at a friends photos of a party she had been to that weekend and there was a picture of a man in a cap, all you could see was his gorgeous smile. That was it. I was hooked. A couple of days later I was out for dinner with this friend of mine and she said ‘you had better go fix yourself up because we are going to meet R****’. We then walked to the pub (giggling like crazy women) where he was sat with his cap and that smile…… and that was that. We spent the whole night chatting and didn’t even realise our friend had got up and gone home!
Where did you choose to get married? In Saint-Martin des Champs, a Chateau surrounded by vineyards in Southern France
You’re half Japanese, and your hubby is English, so why did you choose France? We wanted a relaxed wedding with beautiful weather (It may have been October, but it was 25 degrees) and as neither of us had a strong desire to get married in the UK we thought ‘why not’.
Did you use a wedding planner? Yes and I couldn’t suggest anything that is better value for money. She was amazing, but it was great that we still got to do all the lovely things like choosing flowers and cakes etc without the hassle of having to negotiate prices or place orders etc. Another plus point was on the day, I didn’t think about a single thing other than having fun because I knew it was all under control. Best decision.
Did you have a colour theme? No, although I told our planner I liked the natural colours of the surrounding vineyards – yellows greens etc. The only thing I specified was to have roses (which was our theme for table names etc) and I had the most beautiful bouquet of antique style roses in yellow and white with mint green herbs within the bunch. Beautiful.
Where did your dress come from and how much did it cost? It came from Miss Bush in Ripley and cost around £1250. The Designer was Cymbeline, it had quite a full, gathered skirt, and a bodice with ripped lace across it, finished of course by my veil, which was beautiful, though there was a wasp buzzing inside it during the ceremony!
What did your bridesmaids wear? I just had flower girls and a page boy, all of whom chose their own outfits. The boy was in linen trousers and a white chinese collar shirt. The youngest flower girl had a beautiful knit and organza yellow and white dress made by her grandmother, and my elder flower girl had a sequinned butterfly top and white skirt.
What were your favours? Silver love dove brooches, handmade by some family friends as their wedding gift to us.
Any Wedding Mis-haps? NONE – apart from it getting very drunken very early!!!! Lots of falling over plant pots etc
Favourite part of the day? THE WHOLE THING from BEGINNING TO END. Best day of my life.
Would you change anything about it? NO
Best Wedding Tip? Get a wedding planner!
Where did you go for the honeymoon? Not far, we stayed on after the wedding and went to Saint Paul de Vence in France. Heaven.
So, What now? Well it’s been a crazy year, and we had planned to return to the Chateau for our first anniversary, but we’re expecting a baby and I won’t be able to fly by then!
Fast workers! Congratulations, and thanks very much!