Globetrotters Alison and Jay returned to their roots for a traditional English country garden wedding.

After locking sticks playing for the University of Southampton Engineers and Nurses Hockey Team, Alison Mann and Jay Meas soon became good friends. Two years on, romance blossomed leading to them ditching their jobs to set off on an adventure travelling through Latin America before embarking on a polar cruise from Argentina to Antarctica. On Christmas Eve, 2014, while exploring Paradise Bay on the Antarctic Peninsula, Jay popped the question as they were taking in the amazing views. “I said 'yes', of course!” recalls Alison.

They set the compass homeward for the big day, opting for a country wedding at St Mary's Church in Flixton, Suffolk followed by a marquee reception in the garden of Alison's parents' home on 8th July, 2017.

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

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Even though the church was in walking distance of the reception, we had a horse-drawn carriage to transport us as it was something I'd always dreamed of for my wedding day.


Home to wed: Image 2aFlixton church is beautiful and close to my parents' house, so it was the obvious choice for the wedding ceremony.

Home to wed: Image 2 I wanted a 1920s inspired gown as I love the fashion from that era. I chose Sottero and Midgley 's Beckett dress and accessorised with a veil, vintage-style hair clip, earrings and bracelet and carried a large bouquet of purple flowers.


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Jay wore a different shade of blue from the groomsmen in order to stand out. They all had sage green ties, pocket squares and brown shoes, and the pageboys looked very grown up in their navy suits.


Home to wed: Image 4aThe bridesmaids looked stunning in their sage green dresses.

Home to wed: Image 4 My mum and dad spent weeks preparing the garden to make it look amazing.


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Jay's mum made hundreds of metres of bunting to decorate the inside of the marquee. It looked brilliant and matched our wedding colours.


Home to wed: Image 6aJay converted an old horse trailer into a bar. With help from some of his close friends, it was finished just in time!

Home to wed: Image 6 Hay bales draped with blankets were dotted around the garden for people to sit and enjoy their drinks in the sunshine.


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We were really lucky with the weather, it was a warm sunny day and our guests played garden games and relaxed outside while we had our photos taken.


Home to wed: Image 8aWe wanted the seating arrangements to reflect our travels, so the tables were named after favourite places we'd visited in South America, with a photo of us at each location. We used a map of the country for the table plan, labelled with luggage tags.

Home to wed: Image 8 My aunty is a florist so the flowers were incredible with a mass of different purple blooms and foliage in the bouquets and centrepieces.


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The favours were heart-shaped biscuits, which doubled up as place names and coordinated with our sage green and purple colour scheme.


Home to wed: Image 10aOur naked cake was decorated with summer berries and served as dessert.

Home to wed: Image 10 We wanted to have the reception in my parents' garden as it felt more personal and provided the perfect setting allowing us complete freedom to do as we liked.


Alison and Jay's contact book

Bride's dress and veil
Rebecca Jayne's at Mix 'n' Match

Bridesmaids' dresses
Little Mistress

Classic Choice Catering

Willowspin Ceilidh Band

The Biscuiterie

Elisabeth Bemment Floristry

Groom's suit
Moss Bros.

Hair and make-up
Make Up with Laura Gray

Morton's Event Hire

Rachael's Nail & Beauty

Page boy and flowergirl outfits

Katie Hart Photography

Vista Print

Harvey's Shires