Emma and James met at the Comedy Store on Valentine's Day 2010, but it wasn't 18-months until they started dating, after a night at a bar near St Paul's. “We had a lot of cocktails,” confesses Emma. And five-years later, during a family holiday to Tennessee, James proposed, by a fountain at a little park in Nashville. “It was a total surprise,” says the bride. As Emma was training to be a teacher, the planning was split between her, James and her parents. “Organising a wedding isn't as easy and magical as I thought it would be,” she says, “but it was all worth it in the end.”
Here, Emma tells us more about their big day...
We adored the venue straight away. We love heritage and model railways – you can't beat the centre for big windows and nice views! The staff were also very accommodating.
The boutique tried to make the dress I was describing from a strapless gown and a bolero when the owner suggested one they had downstairs ready to go to a show. It was clearly exactly what we'd been trying to make the other dress into, and the sample fit me perfectly.
James wore navy tails and a white waistcoat. The tie and pocket square were from the same brand as the bridesmaids' dresses.
For the bridesmaids, we found a designer, Amanda Wyatt, who did adult and child dresses with the same top but different skirts. The top of all three dresses was ruched chiffon with a lace panel at the top, all in teal. Natalie's dress had a plain teal skirt while Megan and Ella had ivory net lower halves.
So many people commented on how amazing the venue was. The train was a big highlight. People could go off for rides and travel on the footplate. It also gave them something to do during the group photos.
The railway centre has lots of vintage suitcases scattered around, so a suitcase-inspired cake seemed fitting. One tier was chocolate brownie, one was lemon drizzle and the other was salted caramel.
Bride's dress and accessories
Ribbons and Pearls
Cakes For All
Chairs, carpets, curtains
The Flowers Wedding Specialist
Photography and videography
Royal Arsena School of Piano
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre