A Quirky Railway Museum Wedding: Emily & Rob

Having visited  East Anglian Railway Museum since she was a little girl (and in more recent times, every September for their beer festival), Emily always knew it was the place she wanted to get married. In her own words, they chose the Town Hall for the reception, and the pub for the lunch “out of necessity”, but luckily for them the sun shone for the whole day and in the end all venues were equally stunning. “People loved that we had three venues throughout the day”, she explained. “We even had the miniature railway running for the children at the railway museum.”

Emily got her dress, headpiece and jewellery from vintage wedding dress shop Fur Coat No Knickers in Central London. “I discovered the shop through Rock n Roll Bride and loved it the second I set foot in the shop. I only visited two other shops but everything else felt synthetic and swamped me in comparison to my gorgeous 50s dress.”

“A lot of Essex weddings can be quite princessy!” Emily laughed when I asked her about the details of their day. “We just wanted to share a magical setting with our friends and family and bring together all of the things we enjoy without any pretentiousness – simple delicious food, beer and an indie disco. We certainly had a few converts by the end. I didn’t DIY very much to be honest as I don’t have the patience and I really didn’t want things to end up looking over-done with signs and decorations everywhere – a 1950s train carriage is a pretty good decoration! But I’d like to think I am skilled when it comes to delegating!”

“My friend’s Mum made the gorgeous blue and orange bunting, the Headteacher at the school where I work iced the cake for us. My sister and I made fabric covered mirrors using her badge making machine as favours for the girls which went down really well (the boys had chilli chocolate). I also helped my DJ bridesmaid Vicky bake and decorate the cupcakes (you’ve got to have cupcakes!) Ooh and I made bows for the campervan! We even borrowed a cast iron postbox from a neighbour who has a postbox museum.”

“It was very much a shared effort”, she continued. “I hate it when it looks like a groom has rocked up having had very little part to pay in the planning. Rob probably did more than me in terms of contacting people actually.”

“Our wedding was inspired by anything British and quirky and so I guess it also had a vintage edge. Everything was locally sourced and the blue and white of the train station signage influenced our colour choices. We even stayed in a 1930s gypsy caravan as part of our honeymoon.”

Awesome! Thank you yo Emily & Rob for sharing their ace wedding with us today and to their wedding photographer Jo Millington for sharing her images – aren’t those shots in the train carriage just the best!?

Supporting Cast

Photography Credit: Jo Millington Photography
Ceremony Venue: Colchester Town Hall
Reception Venue: The Swan Inn, Chappel & East Anglian Railway Museum
Bride’s Dress, Headpiece & Jewellery: Fur Coat No Knickers
Bride’s Shoes: Bertie
Groom’s Outfit: Reiss & Peckham Rye
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Oasis
Cake: DIY
Flowers: Springfield Florist Chelmsford & DIY
Hair: Elegant Brides – Bridal and Vintage Hair
Stationery: Peppermint Paper Design
Caterers: a canteen, Chelmsford –
Plate Hire: Vintage Flair
Transport: 1956 SB Bedford Duple Vega


  1. This was most certainly a quirky wedding, but in a good way. It had a very British feel to it with all of the decorations. It looked like the wedding was blast. Congratulations to you both

  2. Best of British…well apart from the Cool Vw camper which is awesome in itself.

    Love the ‘steam era’ feel that runs through from the late 50’s Bedford coach to the railway carriages and the amazing bridge. Again another great wedding with unique ideas I have not seen elsewhere.

    However for me by far the best thing is the bride having a train ride, cooler than cool!

    Well done Jo for capturing the day in such a unique way :-)

  3. Wow, I love everything about this wedding! Some really amazing locations, and the photos of the bride and groom in the train carriage are beyond perfection!

  4. Little jo

    Oh wow it’s so weird seeing the two places I want to get married at on my favourite blog!!

    My cousin also just got married at the museum it is gorgeous!

  5. Emily

    Loved reading the comments and seeing everything so beautifully put together by Kat and my wonderful photographer Jo! Thanks! The Bride xx

  6. I so LOVE this venue. I love the brick wall loop photos and think the bride looks perfect in that tea length dress. And, most of all – I can’t BELIEVE that cake was made by a non-professional! It’s beautiful!

  7. Wendy Higgins

    So having a vintage wedding without too much DIY can be possible. This is so amazing! I like the dress, headpiece and jewelry! It is really rare to see vintage weddings. The cake looks so delicious I can’t believe it was a combined effort from your friend’s mom and head teacher, for me the cake looks so expensive. Vintage wedding is actually more elegant than modern weddings nowadays that I organized at Villa Marcello. I hope somebody does this in New York.


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