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...
We made a brightly coloured, wooden signpost to depict important locations in our lives and how far away they were.
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.
My Carolina dress by Maggie Sottero was covered in beautiful lace with diamanté detail around the waist and I loved the scalloped neckline.
The bridesmaids looked elegant in their long dresses and the dusky mint colour was exactly what I was looking for.
Paper lanterns in our wedding colours decorated the marquee along with bunting made by Christopher's mum.
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.
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.
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.
Christopher's aunt made a naked sponge cake decorated with red and pink berries, presented on an old whiskey barrel.
Our long engagement gave me plenty of time to collect vintage china trios for the wedding cake and coffee.
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