Alexandra and Christopher both studied abroad at Arizona State University. It was in 2009 that Alex moved into the spare room in Chris' apartment and the two first met. It wasn't until they went on a trip to San Diego during spring break that their relationship began to blossom.
They dated for five years before Chris popped the question. “We'd just bought our first house together and I came home early from work one day. Chris suggested I go relax in the garden with a drink and when I came back inside he asked me to go upstairs. There were handwritten notes all the way up and when we got to the third floor I saw a red box. I opened it and saw a note that said 'turn around' and there was Chris on one knee with a ring, I immediately said 'yes',” explains Alex.
Here, she shares some of their favourite moments from their big day…
Chris was keen to get married in a church and we knew there was a lovely one just five minutes away from my parent's house in Penarth. When we visited it looked even nicer than I remembered, then we met the reverend Peter Cox; he was so friendly and helpful that we decided to have him marry us.
Chris wore a grey morning suit from Debenhams, with a white shirt, lilac patterned waistcoat and purple ruche tie. His groomsmen wore the same suit but with a different shirt and tie that matched the bridesmaids dresses.
I went to several boutiques and tried on 15 or so dresses but didn't find anything that felt perfect. My last appointment was at Y.A.P Bridal. The owner asked me what I wanted in a dress and suggested a few I could try. I found it difficult to decide but once I tried on Patience by Maggie Sottero I knew it was the one.
I had my hair done by Blu Hair in Penarth and my make-up by Something Blue Bridal Beauty. I decided to have my make-up slightly darker and more dramatic than my normal look. For my hair I had a waterfall braid with the rest of my hair down and curly, I also wore a beautiful silver headband and stunning cathedral-length light-gold veil.
I didn't know much about flowers so I left the decisions to our talented florist, Rachael from Sweet Peony Floral. She suggested flowers that complement the bridesmaids' dresses, which looked lovely and even gave us advice on how to decorate the venue.
Our cake was amazing, it was white with hand-painted gold around the bottom of each tier with sequins. We had a plum sugar rose on the top tier to fit in with our colour scheme. We surrounded the cake with photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days in gold frames.
We hired piano vocalist Luke Yates for the day. He played guitar and sang during the drinks reception and played the piano and sang for our first dance. He was amazing and very popular with all of our guests.
I'd seen some of Sian's work before and I knew I wanted her to photograph our big day. She was the first supplier I called, months before we'd even decided on a date, to make sure she was available. She fitted in seamlessly on the day and made sure we had amazing photos.
Bride's dress and accessories
Wish Upon a Cupcake
All Saints Penarth
Luke Yates Music
Sweet Peony Floral
Groom and groomsmen's suits
Blu Hair Design
Written in Lights
Something Blue Bridal Beauty
Sian Owen Photography
Old Eldon Jewellers
Cars for Stars
Enso Wedding Photography