The day we got the train

All Emma and James's friends and family were aboard for their big day.

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...

The day we got the train: Image 1
I had a vintage Rolls Royce. James travelled in his own convertible Lexus.


The day we got the train: Image 2We 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 day we got the train: Image 2b 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.


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We decided to have the ceremony and the reception in the same place, which worked out really well. Getting married in front of the big feature-window was beautiful.


The day we got the train: Image 4James wore navy tails and a white waistcoat. The tie and pocket square were from the same brand as the bridesmaids' dresses.

The day we got the train: Image 4b 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.


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We hung ivory curtains to hide the caterers and ran an ivory carpet down the aisle. We covered the ceiling beams in fairylights, which became visible as the sun faded.


The day we got the train: Image 6So 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 day we got the train: Image 6b 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.


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We had a band and then a DJ. The band's style is swing folk and the DJ's brief was 'the cheesiest family party you've ever been to'.


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We had a string quartet to play during the ceremony and reception drinks. The weather was so good they were able to play outside.


Emma and James's contact book

The Beaubowbelles

Bride's dress and accessories
Pure Couture

Bridesmaids' dresses
Ribbons and Pearls

Cakes For All

Kingfisher Caterers

Chairs, carpets, curtains
Callaghan Marquees

Paul Partridge

Rebellion Brewery

The Flowers Wedding Specialist

Groom's suit
Moss Bros

Terrafirma Sound

Photography and videography
Veiled Productions

String Quartet
Royal Arsena School of Piano

Regency Carriages

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre