Wedding Service

Inside Pixie Lott’s Wedding and the Story Behind Her Schiaparelli Couture Wedding Dress

Design and planning by Alice Wilkes Design. Photograph by Katie Julia

Pop singer Pixie Lott and model and designer Oliver Cheshire always knew they wanted to enjoy a long engagement. But when Oliver surprised Pixie by taking a knee outside St. Paul’s Cathedral in 2016, neither of them thought it would be six years before they finally made it down the aisle. “We had no idea the pandemic was around the corner,” says Pixie, who fell in love with the model after they met at a Vivienne Westwood party during London Fashion Week and redeemed BBM Messenger pins. “We moved the date a total of three times, it felt like it would never happen.”

The couple had considered various locations – from a quaint fishing village on the Greek island of Kefalonia to Pixie’s native Kent – before settling at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, where they eventually exchanged vows surrounded of their loved ones on June 6. far that way,” says the bride of the dazzling stained glass windows and soaring spiers of the medieval building. “I love old buildings, history and architecture.” As patron of Ely’s Girls Choristers, the cathedral also holds a particularly special place in the bride’s heart.

Such a breathtaking setting – the central aisle of the cathedral, which dates back to Norman times, is one of the longest in England – called for an equally spectacular dress. “The long driveway lends itself to drama!” said the bride. And who better to deliver the drama than Daniel Roseberry, the man who’s been putting surrealism into Schiaparelli couture since 2019? “I love Schiaparelli and I think Daniel is amazing,” says Pixie. “I wouldn’t have wanted someone else to make my wedding dress, it’s like a dream come true.”

The bride’s conversations with Schiaparelli’s creative director began with a Zoom during lockdown. “Daniel asked me about my favorite movie, my perfume, my flowers, my fruits… then he made sketches based on our conversation which were shipped to me in this beautiful box. It was amazing to see them in the flesh,” says the bride, who adds that a four-leaf clover had been slipped into the box as a lucky charm. “It was so lovely, all those little personal touches.”

Initially, Pixie says she was overwhelmed by the prospect of choosing a dress style for the day that she had dreamed of for years. “When I was in nursery, the first thing I did when I walked in was run to the clothes box and put on the wedding dress,” she says. “Every girl looks forward to this day all her life.”

Once she “did the impossible” by selecting her favorite sketches of Roseberry, the designer got to work. “I kept it a secret, even from my best friends,” says Pixie. The only person to catch a glimpse was Pixie’s mother, who traveled with the bride to post-lockdown Paris for the fittings.

The finished gown, the result of 650 hours of labor in Place Vendome, is an ivory silk crepe and double satin gown, with a 14-foot-long train studded with Swarovski seed beads. The strapless dress rests on a top created using an exclusive knitting technique, embellished with 20,000 nude seed beads. “It looks like a very Schiaparelli shape, but at the same time it’s unique,” says Pixie. “The first time I put it on, I cried, and so did my mother!”

In addition to two veils, one long and one short, the bride chose Roger Vivier Knauf shoes and diamonds, as well as Schiaparelli hair jewelry. Makeup artist Caroline Barnes filled in Pixie’s beauty brief (“natural, super fresh vibes”), while hairstylist Larry King perfected her bridal updo: a low bun with a few of her trademark curls sticking out. Pixie bridesmaids glamor took care of Givenchy.

Unsurprisingly, given Pixie’s pop pedigree, music was at the heart of the couple’s wedding celebrations. Guests including Emma Thynn, Marchioness of Bath and Sabrina Elba were greeted by a violinist at the cathedral, and the bride and groom also hatched a plan to surprise the congregation with a flash mob-style gospel choir. “It’s not in the order of the service!” said Pixie.

Once the formalities were completed, a traveling band accompanied the guests as they made their way to a marquee overflowing with spring flowers. “One thing I always knew I wanted was flowers absolutely everywhere,” says Pixie, who hired Sophie’s Flower Company to deliver the quintessentially English garden aesthetic she envisioned. The flowers were white, cream and yellow to echo the pale sherbet lemon hue of the bridesmaid and bridesmaid dresses that Pixie designed herself. The bridesmaid dresses were handmade in Madrid and the bridesmaid dresses by Eliza May in the UK. The choice of lemon was a sweet nod to Pixie’s parents’ wedding day color palette.

The bride’s Schiaparelli dress eliminated the need for a second evening gown: she transformed to create a whole new look for the reception. The train and beaded top were removed, resulting in a cocktail dress that featured Schiaparelli’s signature silhouette on the bust and dramatic volume on the skirt. It was perfect for the party, which included several live musical performances as well as another surprise concocted by the bride and groom: a hidden speakeasy. “We wanted a secret bar where people could drop by, separated from the party, with specialty cocktails and show girls,” she says. “We have waited so long for this wedding. I just wanted everyone to have the best time.