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A Texas Bride’s Dreamy Storybook London Wedding Includes Royal Touches, Cowboy Hats and a Country Music Star

Houstonian Skylar Pinchal and Londoner Oliver Coysh Bring Two Worlds Together With Supreme Style

BY // 07.13.23

You can take the girl out of Texas but you can’t always take the Lone Star out of the girl. Perhaps then it was no surprise that the London wedding of native Houstonian Skylar Pinchal and Londoner Oliver Coysh included cowboy hats, cans of chilled Miller Lite and crooning from country music star Clay Walker.

The Couple

Skylar Pinchal, completing her master’s degree in London on the history of decorative arts and interiors, and Oliver Coysh, an insurance broker, met on a dating app.

I wish I had a cooler story. We messaged for about a month before meeting, so it felt like meeting up with someone I already knew,” Pinchal tells PaperCity.

While their meeting was far from romantic, the engagement and wedding were the stuff of storybook magic. The engagement came in Lamu, Kenya, a UNESCO world heritage site.

“So he picked the perfect place to ask as I study historic preservation,” Pinchal emails from London. “He proposed on a boat called a dhow and the sail said ‘Will you marry me?'”

The Wedding Ceremony

Not one to plan a wedding long distance, Skylar opted, instead of hometown Houston for London with each venue having historic creds, of course, and the ability to handle 300 guests. The 11 am ceremony took place at Brompton Oratory, a neo-classical Roman Catholic church, where Oliver was baptized as a baby.

Florals were by Shane Connolly, who is known for his sustainability, “which is why he is King Charles’ go-to guy. We wanted zero waste,” Pinchal writes. Music was by the Oratory’s famed choir.

The neo-classical Roman Catholic Church was large enough for the 300 guests attending the wedding of Skylar Pinchal and Oliver Coysh.
The neo-classical Roman Catholic Church was large enough for the 300 guests attending the wedding of Skylar Pinchal and Oliver Coysh.

The sophisticated wedding gown was Phillipa Lepley bespoke which took a year to make. But it was the veil that was surely the show-stopper.

“The veil was custom and designed with my historic interests and our families in mind,” Pinchal emails. “Acanthus leaves and neoclassical motifs formed at the back of the veil were inspired by the ceiling in the home Ollie’s grandfather grew up in (Newby Hall— a Robert Adam house).

“Smaller details reflect motifs on the Edwardian tiara, on loan from Ollie’s grandmother. My family was also included in our attire, as Ollie wore my grandfathers tie pin and tie.”

One year in the making, Skylar Pinchal's wedding gown was created for her by designer Phillipa Lepley. (Photo by German Larkin)
One year in the making, Skylar Pinchal’s wedding gown was created for her by designer Phillipa Lepley. (Photo by German Larkin)

Skylar had two matrons of honor: Elizabeth Raffety, the bride’s very first friend, and Claudia Lederer Saenz in absentia as she was expecting and could not fly in from Houston.

The couple departed the church in a vintage (1960s) black cab.

The Evening Celebration

Lancaster House, commissioned by the Duke of York in 1825, was setting for the 5:30 pm festivities that began with cocktails and toasts in the historic home’s garden. Dinner followed in the mansion where a bagpiper in full kit, a nod to Scotland, signaled for guests to move from the garden to the upstairs dinner to the downstairs dance party.

For the white-tie affair, the bride wore an evening gown from Emilia Wickstead, the design inspired by 1960s Balenciaga and Givenchy.

Guests at Lancaster House London for the Skylar Pinchal and Oliver Coysh wedding celebration. (Chris Allerton Photography)
Guests at Lancaster House London for the Skylar Pinchal and Oliver Coysh wedding celebration. (Chris Allerton Photography)

Flowers were done by Paul Thomas, known for his beautiful florals in The Ritz London. Additional decorative touches included the addition of 18th and 19th century antiques placed in quiet spaces throughout the house.

The menu included poached lobster tail with “courgette” and foraged herbs, followed by guinea fowl, with grilled baby gem, parmesan potato and herb and caper crumb. The Scottish raspberry mousse with iced clotted cream dessert was a nod to the groom who wanted to include something Scottish because he was hunting on family land there when he first messaged the bride.

The After-Party

Guests boarded iconic red double-decker buses, circa 1950s, for transport to the after-party, held at the terribly chic 5 Hertford Street private club where the couple are members.

Skylar & Ollie (UK)
Miller Lite beer was flown in for the after party celebration of the Skylar Pinchal and Oliver Coysh wedding.

“My main rule: good music only! No Scandinavian coke dealer music, as we call it,” Pinchal details. “We compiled a playlist of disco, ’80s, tacky 2000s nostalgia, etc. Not a single bad jam. My parents flew in Miller Lite for me because they know I do not like English beer. (We know that’s tacky, but it was necessary.)

“It got wild, people of all ages were dancing on tables. Stayed there from midnight to 5 am.”

This required another costume change for the bride. She wore  a bespoke mini dress from Emilia Wickstead. It was inspired by 1960s Vegas brides and included a Vegas-inspired headband veil from Emily London.

The Sunday Cricket Match

Amazing that the next-day cricket event at Burton Court had a start time of 11 am, not much sleeping time for the heavy-duty partiers. The groom and the best man each had a team, wearing uniforms and cricket hats provided by the newlyweds. Skylar Pinchal points out that the Americans played pretty well and included a handful of former Post Oak Little Leaguers.

Guests at Lancaster House London for the Skylar Pinchal and Oliver Coysh wedding celebration. (Chris Allerton Photography)
Guests at Lancaster House London for the Skylar Pinchal and Oliver Coysh wedding celebration. (Chris Allerton Photography)

For the midday fête guests settled in Raj tents furnished with white wicker, were entertained by a string jazz band, and found sustenance at the bar, a coffee cart and the grill where hot dogs and burgers sizzled. And for those with hangovers, the newlyweds provided IV drips, which Skylar reports were most welcome.

The Honeymoon

“First, we went to Namibia and stayed in a hotel in the desert (Sonop Lodge — looks like a 1920s exploration camp),” Pinchal notes. “Then, after a couple of days in Nairobi, we went back to where we were engaged! Lamu, Kenya. It’s an island that is truly unaffected by time. No cars, just donkeys and camels.”

Oliver Coysh and Skylar Pinchal on their wedding day. (Chris Allerton Photography)
Oliver Coysh and Skylar Pinchal on their wedding day. (Chris Allerton Photography)

Special Thanks

To the wedding planner Harriet Webber Jamieson of Party Planners, the firm founded in 1961 by Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin Lady Elizabeth Anson.

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