Getting to Know Alexandra Anne Boutique
The lovely Alexandra Anne has such a special boutique for brides – we fell in love when we paid her a visit. Here we ask her a few questions;
Ally, how long has Alexandra Anne been open for now?
Two years now – although having dreamt about it for over 10 years it seems like we’ve been doing it forever! Living the dream as they say…
How would you describe the ‘Alexandra Anne’ experience?
First and foremost, fun! Personally, we think it’s important to get the right balance between a luxurious experience and one that you feel you can just ‘be you’, relax and enjoy. This normally begins with some refreshments – there are always plenty of Jammie Dodgers & bottomless cups of tea here to keep the energy levels up! Our two hour appointments allow time for brides to really indulge in the dress buying experience. It’s such a special and exciting time that shouldn’t be rushed. We are not waiting to roll our eyes at the first sight of your finest and trusty grey underwear! With a luxuriously spacious, comfortable and private changing room all to yourself, you can feel calm in the knowledge that we deal with anybody’s worries discreetly.
There are no limits to what can be achieved – let your creative bridal imagination run wild – we love it!
What can brides expect when they come and see you for an appointment?
Diversity. We pride ourselves on having a contemporary and eclectic collection here at Alexandra Anne, but if that isn’t to your taste there is a beautiful and equally extensive selection of more romantic and classic styles too. You can rely on adding that little extra twist though, we do love a creative curveball! We source exquisite little handmade extras from all over the world so you can accessorise until your heart’s content.
Whereabouts are you?
We are very fortunate to be hidden away in a beautiful barn on the Chatsworth Country Estate in Derbyshire. The views are just incredible here with all the fresh air and time out a bride could want! That and a cheeky slice of cake from the farm shop just over the road…
We have a new designer, Rembo Styling, coming in for 2017 which we are super excited about and other beautiful creations by Pronovias, Emma Hunt and So Sassi to pore over. Topped off by the truly glamorous Eliza Jane Howell who has recently been crowned Best Bridal Designer by the top three national wedding magazines.
What do you love most about working in the bridal industry?
Where do we start?! In general I just love being totally absorbed in this creative industry – there are so many wonderful and clever people conceiving all kinds of amazing ideas for couples. To be swept up in dresses designed by people I have admired for years is just a pure pleasure. Seeing the smiles and confidence this gives to our brides and their families is honestly priceless.
To get in touch and arrange your appointment:
Chatsworth Estate, Pilsley, Derbyshire DE45 1PF