Larissa and Freddie Cowper first met on a walking trip in the Scottish Highlands in November, 2011. Freddie was living abroad at the time, and they didn't get together until three months later when he returned to the UK and Larissa invited him to a party.
They hit it off and got engaged just over two years later while on holiday in Bali. “After a foiled plan to propose on a bike ride through the rice paddies, he popped the question over sunset cocktails overlooking the beautiful rainforest from our hotel rooftop,” remembers Larissa. “I was secretly hoping it would happen during the trip, but it was still a wonderful surprise, and the ring he'd been carting around with him in his backpack was very beautiful!”
The couple tied the knot on 11th October, 2014 at St Andrew's Church, Hasketon followed by a garden marquee reception at Freddie's parents' home in Woodbridge. “As I'd always thought I'd get married on a beach at home in Australia, I was keen to bring the beach theme to Suffolk,” says Larissa. Read on for her account of their big day...
The bridesmaids' long navy blue dresses were made to complement my wedding dress.
We decorated the tables with flower-filled jars trimmed with lace and had a neutral colour scheme to contrast with the blue paper pompoms along the spine of the marquee.
I loved my Augusta Jones lace gown. It had a keyhole back, slimline skirt and small train.
Freddie and his groomsmen wore morning suits with their own waistcoats, matching silk navy knit ties and white rose buttonholes.
I had great fun putting together activity stations at the entrance to the marquee, including a fingerprint tree, popcorn bar, time capsule and a Polaroid guest book.
The bouquets and hair flowers were made up of hydrangeas and gypsophila.
Fire pits outside created cosy spots to gather around during the evening.
The favours were jars of plum and chilli jam that my friends and I made on my hen party – a wonderful surprise organised by my bridesmaids.
Instead of a traditional cake, we had a pillar of British cheeses sourced from a local company.
We arranged for secret singers to perform All You Need Is Love at the end of the church ceremony and they also surprised our guests during the wedding breakfast by breaking into song. They got everyone up waving their napkins and doing the conga.
We had simple white hydrangeas and gypsophila for the table flowers and Freddie's mother created a beautiful entrance arrangement.
I sketched the beach huts for the table plan, which was framed and displayed on an easel.
The singers ended with I've Had The Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing and we did 'the lift', with the help of some extra muscle.
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