Patriotic pair get married in right royal style

It was a really royal day for Alan and Lisa Gibbs who had great fun at their wedding with a royal theme and a Union Flag cake.
It was a really royal day for Alan and Lisa Gibbs who had great fun at their wedding with a royal theme and a Union Flag cake.
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It’s been a particularly patriotic year for Britain – with the country celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics by waving their flags and throwing a party.

Lisa Dogan has always been a fan of all things British and even painted her living room wall as a Union Flag for the royal wedding.

It was a really royal day for Alan and Lisa Gibbs who had great fun at their wedding with a royal theme and a Union Flag cake.

It was a really royal day for Alan and Lisa Gibbs who had great fun at their wedding with a royal theme and a Union Flag cake.

So when it came to planning her own wedding, she knew exactly what the theme should be.

Lisa married Alan Gibbs at Fareham Register Office and the happy couple held their reception at the Rusty Cutter in Bedhampton.

The couple, from Bedhampton, decided that the red, white and blue theme was perfect seeing as they are both so patriotic.

Lisa and Alan met in March last year after finding love online.

The 42-year-old bride says: ‘We met on plentyoffish.com and I don’t think we would have spoken really, but he messaged me and said can we meet up for a coffee.

‘When we did meet it was for something like six hours. Now we’re in our 40s, we’ve been through life and know what we want from it – and I realised that was him.’

She adds: ‘He was such a nice guy and so grounded.’

Alan went on to propose to Lisa just two months later but by then the couple already knew they wanted to be together.

And their shared love for all things British soon became apparent when Lisa spotted how many items Alan had at home bearing the Union Flag.

‘He was just as patriotic as me! From then on we starting going together as a couple.’

The engagement happened in a quiet moment over dinner at the Barley Mow in Hayling Island.

Lisa says: ‘All my family loved him and I knew I loved him. I said to him “Don’t get down on one knee” so he just said very quietly “Will you marry me?” and I said yes.

‘After we left, this couple came out and chased after us and said “We were sat next to you and just wanted to say congratulations.” It was so lovely.’

The day of the wedding soon arrived and the happy couple loved their chosen theme. Lisa wore a white cape decorated with the words ‘Mrs Gibbs’ and a Union Flag on the back.

They even wore royal masks to surprise their guests over the speeches, with Lisa and Alan as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The couple spent their honeymoon in Cape Zerde, west Africa, for two weeks.

Lisa says: ‘It’s almost like there has been British fever across the country, so it seemed like the perfect time to do it.

‘The day was just so beautiful.’