Bethany and Liz met in grad school and were best friends for two years before they got together. Apparently none of their other friends were at all surprised when they started dating! They were married in November at Georgia State Railroad Museum and they wanted the day to be the “best party for adults ever!”
“Our goal was to throw the best damn dress up party for adults ever”, they explained. “To accomplish this, we focused a lot on our guests instead of ourselves. We kept the ceremony short and sweet so we could move on to food, drink, and lawn games at cocktail hour. We skipped a lot of the traditional events like cake cutting and super long speeches, so that guests didn’t get too bored. We also held off on the first dance and parents dance until after the eating happened, so our guests didn’t have to wait through hunger pangs.”
Vicky and Ben chose a very unusual venue for their wedding, an old Victorian Railway station! Having somewhere so different meant that they could pretty much do what they wanted for their big day. They went all out adding personal, colourful touches.
“The inspiration for our wedding was colourful, fun, summer garden party, relaxed atmosphere, not too formal!” began Vicky. “I am a florist and I love colour and love working with the bold bright colours of flowers. Ben is a design engineer, so both being quite creative people we knew we wanted to style the wedding and make lots for it ourselves. We are silly people so wanted the day to be fun and keep our guests laughing at all times! Ben also likes to entertain, he is a juggler and dabbles in a bit of magic so that was an influence too, mainly in our stationery and our wedding cake which was chocolate brownies decorated like playing cards!”
“Our venue was quite unique, an old Victorian Railway station”, she continued. “We fell in love with it as it was so different and Val, the owner, kept the gardens looking beautiful! The different areas of the venue made it interesting for guests to explore. We wanted our wedding to feel like a summer garden party with lots going on. We told all our guests to dress colourful and there were some great outfits and load shirts on the day.”
Sarah and Sudaman wanted their wedding to reflect both their cultures, English and Nepali. The reception was held at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton. They took the space and added their own personal style to it which that meant lots of colour! Sarah wore a dress made for her in Nepal and Sudaman wore a traditional Nepalese attire also made for him in Lalitpur, Nepal.
“I moved to Nepal three years ago to teach English”, began the bride. “On my first day I was introduced to Sudaman and was advised that he was the man to go to for a party, a wild night out or help learning guitar. I called upon him for all of the above and our relationship blossomed!”
“This was actually our third wedding ceremony, a blessing really”, she continued. “Our first two (!) ‘real’ weddings were a year ago in Nepal, one a typically Hindu, Nepali affair and the other a simple, Christian gathering. Nepal is our home and therefore part of who we are; we wanted to share some of the country’s rich culture with family and friends in the UK whilst also embracing some quintessentially British traditions.”
“So we had a country church, a steam train, local food, speeches and the me in a white dress, but walked down the aisle to a Nepali folk band, Kutumba, and the groomsmen wore topis and dhaka material ties. We had rhododendrons, Nepal’s national flower, adorning the reception tables.”
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!”