Love blossomed for Rose and Christopher in the distant land of snow and ice

Rose Drew and Christopher Buckley met in Antarctica while they were both working for the British Antarctic Survey. They spent an unbroken 16 months on the vast, icy continent, including seven months 'over wintering' with just 16 other people for company.

“We had a lot in common, not only being crazy enough to spend all that time in Antarctica, but a lot of shared values from our lives back in the UK,” says Rose. “Living on a remote base meant we spent a lot of time together and got to know each other much quicker than in normal life.”

It didn't take long for Christopher to pop the question once they were back home. After eight months living together, he proposed just before Christmas, 2014 and they tied the knot on 18th June, 2016 at Hockering House near Norwich. They opted for a relaxed, vintage vibe with rustic touches and a pretty mint blue colour scheme with bright pink and yellow accents.

Read on for Rose's account of their big day...

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We wanted a venue where we had the option to marry outdoors and do our own thing without a pre-set format. Hockering House offered the flexibility to do this in a gorgeous setting.

 
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We made a brightly coloured, wooden signpost to depict important locations in our lives and how far away they were.

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We used single stem flowers in old medicine bottles to decorate the tables instead of centrepieces to allow room for the sharing platters to be passed around.

 
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Christopher looked smart in an Italian blue suit and the groomsmen wore their own attire with ties in a similar shade to the bridesmaids' dresses.

 
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My Carolina dress by Maggie Sottero was covered in beautiful lace with diamanté detail around the waist and I loved the scalloped neckline.

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The bridesmaids looked elegant in their long dresses and the dusky mint colour was exactly what I was looking for.

 
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The food was amazing – Mediterranean platters of meat and cheese with beautiful salads brought to the table to share. Cleaned slate roof tiles left over from our house renovation were used for serving.

 
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Paper lanterns in our wedding colours decorated the marquee along with bunting made by Christopher's mum.

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It was raining during the ceremony so we had to get married in the marquee. Chris played a medley of three songs on the piano as I walked down the aisle, culminating in Holst's Jupiter.

 
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We opted for informal flowers with a just-picked-from-the-garden look.

 
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After the ceremony, the sun shone and guests enjoyed drinks and canapés outside on the lawn with background music from a playlist we put together.

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Each table was named after a famous polar ship, in a nod to our Antarctic posting and Christopher's previous job working on Arctic vessels.

 
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We had fun with the favours and gave guests gliders to throw – planes for the boys and birds for the girls.

 
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The table plan was displayed in mismatched photo frames with some vintage china props on an old ladder.

 
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Christopher's aunt made a naked sponge cake decorated with red and pink berries, presented on an old whiskey barrel.

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Our long engagement gave me plenty of time to collect vintage china trios for the wedding cake and coffee.

 
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The marquee was huge inside and the dancefloor was screened off until the first dance; most of our guests hadn't even realised it was there.

 

Rose & Christopher's contact book


Band
Atomic
www.atomicmusic.co.uk

Bride's dress
Blushes Bridal Studio
Tel: 01142 767 908

Bride's hair
Kelly Aldous
Tel: 07894 833 081

Bride's make-up
Indulge Beauty Salon
www.indulgebeautynorfolk.co.uk

Bridesmaids' dresses
Phase Eight
www.phase-eight.com

Catering
Trios Catering
www.trioscatering.co.uk

Flowers
Constance Rose
www.constancerose.co.uk

Groom's suit
Slaters
www.slaters.co.uk

Marquee
Morton's Events Hire
www.mortonevents.co.uk

Mobile bar
Best@Bars
www.bestatbars.com

Photographer
Boo Marshall Photography
www.boomarshallphotography.co.uk

Venue
Hockering House
www.hockeringhouse.co.uk

Wedding night
Glamping at Gorsey Meadow, Hockering House
www.hockeringhouse.co.uk