Bride of Ollichon - Jo
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How long have you been together?
We have been together for 3 and a half years. We met at university around 13 years ago and completely lost contact until we met again in 2015.
Who proposed to who?
Ben proposed to me. He pretended he had gone out to work and I awoke to find a series of clues. When I worked out the answers, it lead me to a taxi outside. The taxi driver, well-prepped, took me across London to a quiet street full of balloons, paving the way to a beautiful old church. I follower the balloons inside to find Ben, surrounded by candles and singing a song he had written for me.
Where did you get married?
We got married at Trinity Buoy Wharf, situated on the Thames, opposite the Millennium Dome. The ceremony was in an underground space there called the Electrician's Shop. We got married in front of a backdrop of fairy lights and exposed brick. The reception was in the Chainstore. It is a really urban space, full of shipping containers and views over London.
What was your inspiration to go dress-less?
I have wanted to go dress-less for as long as I can remember. I wear jumpsuits almost exclusively so it was a no-brainer. Finding a jumpsuit, however, was quite another matter so I was very fortunate to find House of Ollichon.
How did you feel in your outfit?
I felt like a queen in my outfit! It was like Marilyn Monroe had gone out in the 70's and it was utterly perfect. We had lots of activities going on all day so being comfortable was absolutely vital. I couldn't have asked for something more suited to me and my wedding.
Apart from the outfit, the best buy of the whole day was the money we spent on the activities. We spent a lot on music and on fun things to do for our guests but it was really worth it. I am a teacher and my students sang me down the aisle. We had steel pans for the canape reception followed by a Live Lounge featuring our friends. Finally, we performed the band set. We also had a hula hoop class, a quiz and a petting zoo which kept everyone pretty busy.
The biggest surprise was how much money everything cost. We used a dry-hire venue and were shocked a number of times about how the venue managed to sneak in extra and unavoidable costs. We loved being able to design everything as we would want it but the cost of everything was the only negative about the whole day.
Did anything not go to plan?!
We forgot to order any champagne flutes so the caterer had to get them on the morning which meant a few of the decorations didn't make it out. A real minor when everything else was so perfect.
The best moment was seeing Ben at the end of the aisle. I will never forget it. I'll Be There by Jackson 5 was sung and there wasn't a dry eye in the whole place. It was the most beautiful moment of my life. There were so many amazing moments, though... from the quiz to the garage set at the end.
What did your family and friends and other half think about your outfit?
When my mum and best women saw me in it, they all had tears in their eyes so it was clear it was the perfect thing to wear for the big day. Ben loved it too and said I couldn't have picked a more perfect outfit for me if I had designed it myself.
Will you wear it again?
I think the outfit would perhaps need to be dyed if I wore it again as in white it is very much a show-stopping wedding outfit!
I cannot thank you enough for all of your help. Every step of the way, you made me feel beautiful. You were also amazing with my mum and my best women, never failing to smile as you answered questions and fixing all issues we had. I cannot recommend you enough
Photography by Emily Jarrett Photography