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!”
Images © Wendy Grant Photography