UnREAL co-stars Johanna Braddy and Freddie Stroma found real love on the set of the faux reality romance show by getting engaged this past May. And just like the adorable fairytale of their meet-cute, Braddy is planning on getting a traditional “super bridal” wedding gown to match. She caught up with PeopleStyle to give some updates on her custom Anne Barge dress — that she actually hasn’t seen yet!
The couple are planning to wed over the holidays, but Braddy says she has yet to have a fitting. “I haven’t been able to do a fitting yet,” she tells PeopleStyle. “Quantico is keeping me pretty busy. I actually haven’t even seen the dress. Anne is so incredibly talented though, I’m really not worried at all, just excited.”
The actress says the best wedding dress shopping advice she’s ever received is to “relax, have fun and be open” a motto she’s following very closely.
Braddy practiced the “fun” portion by attending Barge’s show during Bridal Fashion Week. “Watching bride after bride walk down the runway is just so much fun,” she says. “Of course I saw things I loved. The last dress in Anne’s show was literally a show stopper. I’m so honored to be working with her.”
Barge was just as excited to have Braddy in attendance. “Having Johanna in the front row was very special,” Barge says. “Each season has a different inspiration, but my life’s work is inspired by real women, real brides. Johanna has such a classic elegance to her. She is somebody that I have truly loved knowing.”
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Over the summer Braddy told PEOPLE that she’s going with a fairytale-esque gown after speaking with her fiancé. “I can’t say too much because I don’t want him to find out but basically we had a conversation about it and I asked him, ‘What do you picture when you think of a wedding and a bride?’ And he was like, ‘Disney cartoons.'”
For Barge, she says she’ll know if her dress will win over the bride by just one look. “My favorite detail in working with a dress for a bride is watching her face. I can always tell when we have gotten it right; she literally illuminates the room.”
And that success comes when the bride has a vision and trust. “Having a vision is essential,” Barge explains. “Head to toe, [the bride] needs to know what she wants. Second to vision is trust in her designer. It’s always an honor to design custom because I know how much trust it requires from the bride.”
But if you’re in the market for a non-custom gown, Barge has some tips for you. “The saying goes, ‘here comes the bride’ not ‘here comes the dress.’ Bridal style should reflect the woman in the dress, accentuating her natural physique and highlighting her beauty. I want my brides to look like themselves, especially on the best day of their life.”
Are you excited to see Braddy’s gown?