The great outdoors

Larissa and Freddie brought a flavour of Aussie beach life to their marquee reception

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...

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The bridesmaids' long navy blue dresses were made to complement my wedding dress.


The great outdoors: Image 2aWe 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.

The great outdoors: Image 2 I loved my Augusta Jones lace gown. It had a keyhole back, slimline skirt and small train.


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Freddie and his groomsmen wore morning suits with their own waistcoats, matching silk navy knit ties and white rose buttonholes.


The great outdoors: Image 4aI 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 great outdoors: Image 4 The bouquets and hair flowers were made up of hydrangeas and gypsophila.


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Fire pits outside created cosy spots to gather around during the evening.


The great outdoors: Image 6aThe 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.

The great outdoors: Image 6 Instead of a traditional cake, we had a pillar of British cheeses sourced from a local company.


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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.


The great outdoors: Image 8aWe had simple white hydrangeas and gypsophila for the table flowers and Freddie's mother created a beautiful entrance arrangement.

The great outdoors: Image 8 I sketched the beach huts for the table plan, which was framed and displayed on an easel.


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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.


Larissa and Freddie Cowper's contact book

Bride's dress
The Dress Bridalwear

Bride's hair and make up
Carley Hill Hair

Bouquet Garni Catering & Events

Ceremony venue
St Andrew's Church, Hasketon

Chair hair
Anglian Catering Equipment Hire Ltd

Cheese tower
Hamish Johnston

Julian Parker
Tel: 01473 744 654

Bravo Singing Waiters

Wholesale Florist Direct

Groom and groomsmen's suits

Mother-of-the-bride outfit
Olivias of Sheringham

Big Fish Photography

Pianist and band
Sound Cloud

Portable toilets
Premier Toilet Hire

Tree hire
Botanica Plant Nursery

Wedding night accommodation
Melton Hall