Bride of Ollichon - Ho Ting
When Ho Ting visualised adding a bit of drama to her wedding outfit, it married with an idea House of Ollichon owner Hannah had been playing with....and so the Chung detachable train was added to our collection!
How long have you been together?
We have been together for about seven-and-a-half years. We met through a mutual friend who wanted to play the board game Diplomacy; we locked eyes over the board and he fell for my cunning and backstabbing ways. The rest, as they say, is history.
Who proposed to who?
He proposed to me on a warm summer's evening by Tower Bridge. It was one of the few times in our relationship that he had managed to keep a surprise from me, so I was simultaneously shocked, impressed, annoyed, but of course delighted.
Where did you get married?
We got married at Oakley Hall, a beautiful mansion house in the Staffordshire countryside. It was inviting yet relaxed - exactly what we had in mind for the day.
What was your inspiration to go dress-less?
I had my mind set on a jumpsuit right from the start, mostly because I love how fun and flattering they are. I explored various options; I even started conversations with fashion graduates about commissioning a bespoke piece, but all to no avail. In spite of all of this, I had not managed to Google the right terms to find House of Ollichon; luckily my friend was much smarter than me and directed me there. I was so over the moon to find somewhere that shared the same love of jumpsuits, and even more so to find the Lowry, which was more or less exactly the shape I had in mind.
How did you feel in your outfit?
It was truly perfect. It transcended every favourite outfit I've ever owned and I felt so special, confident and comfortable. It was also made-to-measure so it felt like a second skin that I did not want to take off.
Hannah and the House of Ollichon team were also so fabulous in realising something I had only half visualised, which was the removable skirt train to go with the jumpsuit. The skirt added the drama that I was looking for and was incredible fun to swing around all day!
Not a buy per se, but I was very pleased with our last-minute, impromptu, homemade table decorations made of leaves and branches - they added a vibrant springtime splash of colour to the room.
Did anything not go to plan?!
I sprained my ankle running to the dancefloor! No Scrubs by TLC started playing and in my rush to get to the dancefloor I tripped over some steps. It didn't distract too much from the rest of the night, but it did mean I had to literally put my feet up during our honeymoon and not over-exert myself. Couldn't have timed it better!
The ceremony was very special; it was tremendous to walk in and see everyone's faces and feel the palpable, electric atmosphere of anticipation in the room, making the exchange of vows more poignant and emotional than I thought it could be. We also had a rousing singalong to Jerusalem before the main meal; I loved how it united the whole room in celebration. But the best moment was seeing my sister - who does not enjoy public speaking - give an incredibly articulate, funny and moving speech. I was bursting with pride (and many tears) by the end.
What did you family and friends think about your outfit?
My husband's aunt told me that she had not expected me to wear something traditional, that she couldn't imagine what it would have looked like, but that ultimately my outfit was perfect in so many ways. I couldn't agree more.
Will you wear it again?
I will find a way to make sure I can!
From start to finish, my whole experience with Hannah and the House of Ollichon team has been first-class. All my positive instincts about House of Ollichon proved to be correct when I first met Hannah at the first fitting; her professionalism combined with a genuine interest in each of her clients has made every interaction a pleasure. Her approach was bespoke, flexible and always tailored to my needs. Furthermore, she was also not phased in the slightest when I shared my idea of a removable train and worked hard to come up with a creative, workable solution, and of course, I was beyond thrilled when she said she wanted to name it after me. I recommend House of Ollichon to every single newly engaged person I meet, not only because of their incredible selection of outfits, but because of the wonderful experience I had with Hannah and the team. I just wish I could do it all over again!