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...
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.
Flixton church is beautiful and close to my parents' house, so it was the obvious choice for the wedding ceremony.
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.
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.
The bridesmaids looked stunning in their sage green dresses.
My mum and dad spent weeks preparing the garden to make it look amazing.
Jay's mum made hundreds of metres of bunting to decorate the inside of the marquee. It looked brilliant and matched our wedding colours.
Jay converted an old horse trailer into a bar. With help from some of his close friends, it was finished just in time!
Hay bales draped with blankets were dotted around the garden for people to sit and enjoy their drinks in the sunshine.
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.
We 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.
My aunty is a florist so the flowers were incredible with a mass of different purple blooms and foliage in the bouquets and centrepieces.
The favours were heart-shaped biscuits, which doubled up as place names and coordinated with our sage green and purple colour scheme.
Our naked cake was decorated with summer berries and served as dessert.
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.
Bride's dress and veil
Rebecca Jayne's at Mix 'n' Match
Classic Choice Catering
Willowspin Ceilidh Band
Elisabeth Bemment Floristry
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