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Bride of Ollichon - Sylke

Posted by Abby Summerville on

A scottish theme, with Bruce in a kilt, Sylke in trousers and vintage Bally gladiators made for a very happy bride!

How long have you been together? 

Since just before Christmas 2014. Our first kiss was after a wintery walk along the Thames in Kew on New Year’s Eve.

Who proposed to who?

Bruce proposed on a trip to Germany at a family dinner with my parents.

Where was the wedding?

At York House in Twickenham and our reception was on Kew Green, which is also where we met.

What was your inspiration to go dress-less?

My lovely friend Lisa suggested I look for an outfit with trousers as I don’t wear dresses or skirts very often. Bruce was planning on wearing his kilt, so wearing a jumpsuit seemed like a great idea.

How did you feel in your outfit? 

The Bouilly was the first outfit I tried on and it was just perfect. I absolutely loved wearing it, it felt elegant and distinctive, and matched the scottish theme nicely with its wonderful train. It set off a family Victorian brooch beautifully and I loved wearing white.

Best buy? 

My Bally black suede gladiator sandal shoes which I treasure. They are 1995 vintage and I immediately knew I would wear them on my wedding day when I tried on the Bouilly.

Biggest surprise? 

So many people told us the day would go by really quickly but we were both super relaxed and enjoyed every moment of it.

Did anything not go to plan?!

Everything went beautifully to plan, including a warm up round of musical statues before our Ceilidh dancing evening.

Best moment?

The civil ceremony at York House. The readings we had chosen were so very evocative and emotional when read out by our family who had travelled from far away.

What did your family and friends think about your outfit? 

Bruce absolutely loved the surprise that I was not in a dress. People loved that playful twist on who was wearing the trousers on the day. One guest commented that I looked like a greek goddess in the outfit.

Will you wear it again?

I certainly hope so, I plan to wear it to the opera and the next black and white theme party I come across!


The House of Ollichon outfits are all so fabulous, it’s a superb collection. The Bouilly had already caught my eye online and when I put it on we were all delighted as it was simply perfect. Hannah was wonderful, she is skilled, enthusiastic and helpful every step of the way. The whole experience at House of Ollichon was one of the highlights of my wedding preparations. Organising my wedding outfit was by far much easier than I had expected. Thank you House of Ollichon. Can I also add that the pricing and value for money is excellent and I really appreciated that.

Photography by John Frye

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