Wedding reception at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

We love it when we feature a wedding that is a little different, and today’s wedding is just amazing. Firstly, it’s the first wedding we have featured that took place at a Railway Centre, with locomotives as the backdrop, and secondly, it’s the first wedding we have featured where the bride is a florist, so the flowers were the main inspiration of the day.

The pictures taken by Wendy Grant Photography really capture the creativity of James and Emma’s fabulous wedding…

“Our wedding was a celebration of our lives together so far; being outside, the village our families have grown up in, and botanicals; I’m a florist and James works on the family nursery. Being in the industry meant I wanted something different, something my brides hadn’t done, and being a florist the flowers were a focal part to the day.

“So our starting point, other than our gorgeous locations, both within a mile of both family homes, was colours; the rich green of the foliage around us (and ‘Defiant’ the stunning diesel locomotive we had our top table in front of), ivory to co-ordinate with my dress, and hints of copper and brown to make everything more rustic.

“From picking sloes for the sloe gin favours around James’s Grandparents’ farm to making strawberry jam for afternoon tea with my Grandma, we did pretty much everything ourselves! It was truly a DIY wedding, with the exception of the dress and catering! We’ll both be glad not to see any copper or green ribbon for a while having made all the stationery from save the dates to menu cards, invitations and name places to orders of service, it was a labour of love!

“Leading up to the wedding most of the jobs were done and we were both surprisingly relaxed, despite a lot going on around us (I think some of this helped with perspective!). The flowers were all planned and designed by me but put together by a team of fabulous florist friends, we used our favourite flowers, orchids for me and hellebores for James, alongside a lot of gorgeous seasonal materials including pussy willow, muscari and snowdrops, which smelt incredible!

“It was an incredibly beautiful spring day and we were surrounded by family and friends who have been at our sides throughout our lives. Our favourite memory of the day has to be walking out of church in glorious sunshine to be greeted by so many members of the village who wanted to congratulate us – a memory to treasure forever!

“The band in the evening ‘Who’s Got the Dog’ was brought together by my old piano teacher and I think that all 9 of them knew at least 5 guests! They started the evening with their own arrangement of Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘The Power of Love’, chosen by James, and kept the guests on the dance floor until we were sent home!”

Bouquet on chair

Bridal bouquet

Bridesmaids pouring drinks

Brooch

Bridal shoes

Wedding dress

Wedding dress

Wedding headdress

Bride having hair done

Bride having hair done

Shower bouquet

Flowers

Church

Streamers in tree branches

Outside of church

Wreath on wall of church

Church door

Groom looking at pocket watch

Buttonhole

Wedding order of service

Wedding order of service

Wedding order of service

Bridesmaids' bouquets

Young bridesmaid

Bride entering wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony

Bride and groom holding hands at altar

Confetti shot

Bride and groom leaving church

Wedding table plan

Steam train

Steam train

Bride and groom on train carriage

Bride and groom on train

Bride and groom kissing on train

Train drivers and conductor

Passangers on train

Groom with head out of train window

Girls on train

Bride

Bride and groom

Bride getting off train

Wedding reception at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Gold heart and star balloons

Balloons

Wedding reception reflection in train window

Wedding table

Candle wedding centrepiece

Sloe Gin

Small pot of jam Small pot of jam

Wedding place setting

Afternoon tea menu

Afternoon tea

Heart shaped cake stand of afternoon tea

Scones

Wedding table

Reflection of wedding tables in train window

Guests looking at wedding table plan

Wedding table plan

Wedding guests

Groom speech

Girl with git

Bride hugging friend

Guest signing picture of bride and groom

Images © Wendy Grant Photography