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Bride of Ollichon - Rebecca

Posted by Hannah Ollichon on

Rebecca Seal, gorgeous Mum of one, Mum-to-be and superstar TV chef had a little conundrum with her wedding outfit... her story is here, proving you can find the 'one' (man and outfit) or your big day!

How long have you been together?

Nine years

Where did you meet?

At birth! Our parents are close friends so we've known each other since we were babies. We were friends throughout our childhoods but then lost touch in our late teens. We reconnected in our mid twenties, realised we lived about a mile apart, met for lunch and have been together since that day.

Where did you get married?

At the Asylum Chapel in Peckham, a deconsecrated chapel which is now used as an arts and events space, then on for food and dancing at the East Dulwich Tavern.

What was your inspiration to go dress-less?

I tried so many meringues which all made me feel ridiculous and I was desperate for something which made me feel like me. I was huffing about how wedding-y dresses didn't suit me to Steve and said, "I'd wear a bloody jumpsuit if I could." And he said, "Well wear one then!" And that's when I found House of Ollichon on Pinterest. Although in the end I didn't get the jumpsuit I had seen, even though it was lovely, partly because I was 16 weeks pregnant for the ceremony. The skirt I went for was beautifully flattering on the bump.

How did you feel in your two piece?

Fabulous! I got so many nice comments, it worked so well with being pregnant and the skirt was beautifully swishy for our first dance.

Best buy?

For the wedding? Flat shoes in the same gold as my heels, as no one noticed when I changed. Other than that, my husband rented a smoke machine (he swears he told me beforehand) which made the dance floor quite hilarious.

Biggest surprise?

How much we enjoyed the day! Everyone said it would whiz past and might be stressful but we loved it and it didn't rush by.

What did your husband, family and friends think about your step away from tradition?

Actually, I think most people were so surprised that we were getting married that they would have accepted either of us wearing anything we fancied - we had said so many times that we weren't going to get married. Steve loved my outfit.

Will you wear it again?

Well, I am still pregnant and now enormous, so not for a long while! I can imagine wearing each piece separately though, although I also wouldn't want to ruin it by wearing it to the pub or something.

Testimonial

House of Ollichon was brilliant from start to finish - I was a tricky customer! I was 16 weeks pregnant for the ceremony and planned the wedding in less that 12 weeks, meaning Hannah had less time and a stranger shape than usual to work with. But she managed to deliver a fabulous outfit ahead of time and I loved wearing it and felt beautiful. 

Huge thanks to photographer David Wickham from Modern Vintage Weddings - http://modernvintageweddings.com

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