Bride of Ollichon - Megan
Megan | Inspirational
How long have you been together?
We have been together now for 3 and half years.
Who proposed to who?
Owen proposed on a weekend away in Ireland with his family. It was the height of summer and the sun was shining down on us as we were looking over the bay at the Beacon in Baltimore. Then he said he had a question to ask me. I had no idea that he had been planning this simple, life-changing moment for months and had even asked my parents for their blessing beforehand. It was the very best kind of surprise and I will never forget that day, so he clearly found the perfect moment after all!
Where did you get married?
We got married in the twin Atria rooms at Hackney Town Hall. We both grew up not far from the area and Owen's parents got married there some thirty-something years ago, so It was a venue with lots of history and local relevance to us.
What was your inspiration to go dress-less?
It wasn't so much a question of inspiration as diligent Googling! As soon as I found House of Ollichon, I thought their separates could suit my frame and I loved how their designs were a twist on the traditional. Once I had my first fitting, I knew that this was the 'dress' for me.
How did you feel in your outfit?
I felt incredible! It was an outfit of contrasts with the sheer, full-length skirt against the lace top, with its elegant V-cut and traditional sleeves. It was completely unique but also so comfortable and I felt simply amazing.
Aside from my outfit, undoubtedly Marie from Easy Gourmet was the unsung heroine of the day. She doubled up as caterer and wedding planner and kept the whole day running smoothly (including us!). The day wouldn't have come together the way it did without her. Even more importantly, this woman understands food. Everyone commented on how amazing her food was and I think that is key to a great wedding. She's truly something special and if you can get Easy Gourmet for your wedding, you should!!
So, no matter how much you plan, the whole day is a wonderful surprise. The Atria at Hackney Town Hall have glass lifts and after the ceremony we got into the one of them and were whisked upwards. As we looked down on our guests, they all spontaneously started clapping and cheering us into our new lives together. I knew we were going to get into the lift after the ceremony, but I didn't quite twig what the moment would feel like when the room was full of people we love, watching us ascend into this new phase of our lives. I take that moment as a good luck charm for our lives ahead.
Did anything not go to plan?!
The wedding cake was actually a birthday cake (and the wedding party was actually Owen's birthday party, he says). But despite the fact it was full of candles, I completely forgot to lead everyone in a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday. Tasty cake though!
If I had to choose, I'd say Owen's face when he turned around to look at me for the first time.
What did your family and friends and other half think about your outfit?
One of our guests described me as a 'sexy bride' - I'll take that!
Will you wear it again?
I don't when or where, but I definitely plan to wear both separates again.
I can't thank Hannah, Sofia and the team at House of Ollichon enough. They worked with me to create my perfect dress-less, wedding dress and were always calm, patient and attentive to all our questions and queries. The final creation was everything I could have hoped for and so much more. It allowed me to feel like the best version of myself on the day. What more can you ask for?
Photography by Winston Sanders