Oliver Proudlock’s inside and the secret wedding of Emma-Louise Connolly.
After a year of emotional annulments from Covid, the secret wedding day with the all-spirited romance of a Richard Curtis film was performed by Oliver Proudlock and model Emma-Louise Connolly.
The church of St Albans in Fulham was covered with a sparkling day on December, with the scent of a pine spilling out of the trees lining the narrow aisle into the street.
The bride was trafficked for about an hour, the wrong hymns were printed in order of service and his mother looked at her living room in the United States from live feeds. It wasn’t exactly how Emma-Louise and Olivier Proudlock dreamed of their big day, but they didn’t care.
It was their fourth attempt to marry, and they thought it wouldn’t happen just 24 hours before Reverend Pat Allerton known as The Hot Priest for Real Life, said “I do.” That has been perfection.
“We were excited that we’re finally married,” laughs Emma-Lou. “It was an amazing, emotional and close day.
‘Our grand plan was to have between 200 and 150 people in Cowdray Park,’ added Oliver, who in 2018, together with Emma-Lou, took part in her friend’s wedding at Windsor Castle to Jack Brooksbank. ‘We could have only 15 guests suddenly, and then just days before we were to get married, Boris dropped the bomb that was locked down and it was all cancelled again.’
In tears Oliver was in action, Emma driven home from her facial, listening to news on the radio. ‘I’ve just started to run around calling everybody to see if they could change the date. I said “Don’t worry that we’ll marry tomorrow,” when Emma got home.
Fortunately everyone came; Reverend Pat took his parish lunch in order to perform the work, photographer Adam Fussell canceled another task and florist Wildabout Flowers arrived at the church at 6 a.m. to create the winter wonderland before racing back in rural areas at 8 a.m.
Emma’s tailored Pronovias workshop gown was finished in March before the last lockdown with a grandma’s lock pinning inside her something old. Although with the wrong date now inscribed within the band, the rings of Steven Quance were ready.
‘I respect the marriage planners so much,’ Oliver says. ‘The manner in which everyone pulled was incredible beyond belief.’
On the following afternoon it came up with the best men of Oliver – Viscount Erleigh and his school friend Christopher Pratt – to keep a check of his nervousness as Bentley left 11 of Cadogan’s vintage vintage.
When Emma-Lou and her father Martin went down the aisle, last year’s stress and emotion sprang up in the group. Oliver smiles, ‘There have been a lot of tears.
Emma-Lou adds: ‘While we signed the register and Ollie tworn around me, it felt like I was floating above that crazy arrangement, we had an improvised first dance to Frank Ocean’s God Speed. I didn’t know how emotional I was in the last year.’
The wedding party was held on a mask-scale and carefully “blurred” with the Ned for a sublime menu of the delightful delicacies of hamachi crudo, Puglia burrata, 63-degree egg parsnip and beef fillet, then crumbling apple and blackberry and washing down the copious quantities of picante della Casa, Pisco Sors and Espresso Martinis.
“The good thing was that the best men had less time for their wedding speeches to think about,” Oliver laughed.
At midnight their magical day was over just like Cinderella. Emma-Lou turned into her custom ELP Intimissimi pjs with dazzled love and wonder what they’ve just gotten out of it and the country was locked up.
‘This has been most important for us and we’re married. Our honeymoon was somewhat unusual as we were isolating ourselves with the mother and dad of Emma-Lou,’ Oliver laughed. ‘We could hopefully celebrate with our friends and family later this year. It’ll be great to dance and hug – I’ll probably have to order three times alcohol!’