Bride of Ollichon - Rebecca
Rebecca | Envisioned
How long have you been together?
I've known Vadim for 7 years. We met in Paris in 2012 and instantly hit it off. I then returned to the USA in 2013 and Vadim went to work in South Korea. We reconnected in Japan in May 2013 and have been together ever since.
Who proposed to who?
This is a bone of contention! I insist that I proposed and he insists that he did. We had spoken about it for years prior, but had never decided to just do it. But the moment we jointly decided, we couldn't be married fast enough! In fact, we only had a 2 month engagement.
Where did you get married?
We were married in the Town Hall of Le Touquet, a French seaside town on the English Channel. Vadim's family has connections to the area & we enjoy spending weekends there walking on the beach with our dog. Not only is the town hall beautiful, but the village was an easy place for English friends to reach as well.
What was your inspiration to go dress-less?
I just couldn't imagine myself in a full bridal wedding dress, it's not my style. I was also aware that our wedding would be a small town hall ceremony in the winter. I wanted to be warm, comfortable & not over (or under!) dressed.
How did you feel in your outfit?
I felt really wonderful. I was confident and comfortably warm in the sweater & skirt. I felt beautiful.
The Miu Miu boots complemented the cashmere sweater and skirt perfectly. I only bought the shoes 1 week before the wedding! But they really brought everything together. I wear heeled boots almost every day of my life, so I felt super comfortable and my feet didn't hurt dancing until 3am!
My parents surprised me with a video of my American family and friends wishing us congratulations. As the wedding was very quick, many could not travel from the states. It was amazing to see and hear everyone & it was the one moment of the day I really cried. I felt so much love from them, even if they couldn't be there in person.
Did anything not go to plan?!
I was convinced it would rain, as would be expected in November in northern France. However, we had nothing but sun all weekend. After the wedding, we returned all of the fancy umbrellas as they were unused! I would go as far as to say the entire day was nothing like I planned. However, I say that in the best possible way. It was a whirlwind of excitement and happiness, following the twists and turns of the day. I wouldn't change a thing.
Arriving in the car to the town hall and seeing all of my friends from London standing there amongst the French friends and family. It was the first moment I saw them and I was so overjoyed that they were in France with their support and love. Also, they added great British humour to the very French party later that evening!
What did Vadim and your family and friends think about your outfit?
I have received nothing but compliments on the outfit. Friends loved that it was not a typical bridal gown, but still looked very bridal. One of my friends from New York works in the bridal industry, and her first request was to send the name of the designer! My husband thought I looked beautiful.
Will you wear it again?
I have already worn the sweater and I will most certainly be wearing the skirt again. There are talks to have a small USA reception in the future, and I will certainly re-wear everything then!
Finding my beautiful wedding outfit was smooth and straight forward with Hannah's help. I wanted something that would be right for a French Town Hall wedding in the winter, and Hannah had the brilliant idea of a cashmere sweater paired with a skirt. The moment I put the combination on, everyone in the room knew it was perfect. I felt like a bride on the day - but a bride on my terms. I was warm, comfortable & felt at ease wearing exactly my style. I am equally happy when I re-wear the skirt and sweater separately as I receive endless compliments on both. I wouldn't have changed a thing.
Photography by Marie Gagneur
Headpiece by Hermione Harbutt