A Restoration Wedding: Neil & Becky

I really love reading wedding stories from the groom’s point of view. Most of the submissions I get are written by the bride, but there’s something so utterly adorable about hearing about a wedding from the boy’s point of view…

“Our theme was always going to be eclectic,” Neil told me. “Bringing together all of our loves for the big day celebrating the people we are. We have a number of classic American cars, an old house and various other projects,  so restoration, progress, dressing up something old to really show off its beauty is what we do. I am told that is exactly what we achieved in the barn, working with what we had rather than against it. As for an actual theme, I guess it would be like some kind of redneck hicks doing Darling Buds of May in true Kentish country style.”

The bride traveled to the wedding in a VW camper van while the groom and the guests were treated to a ride in a steam train!

“We aimed to do as much of the work ourselves with the wedding,” he continued. “The barn was hired as a shell that needed completely dressing from scratch. The hired canteen style tables were covered in metres and metres of Ikea ‘Sofia’ striped red and white fabric. This was to help fill the huge and overwhelming space and create a centre piece, that also tied in with the ribbons stitched into the invite designs.”

“The tea tins were sourced over several month on eBay while Becky hand cut almost 100 moustaches and stuck to the stripey straws to be our table decorations with the sunflowers.”

“I am a font junkie, so we imported some vintage neon sign letters from the US in order to have the ‘YES’ word wrapped in ivy over the top table. We incorporated the design into our invites which I also made myself.”

“The napkins were linen glass cloths from Ikea for 19 pence each. They had the woven stripe through them and then a ‘Becky & Neil – Tie the knot’ label sewn into them by us. Weirdly loads of guests must have kept theirs as we only have a few left over.”


Thank you to Neil & Becky for sharing their day with us.

Photography Credit: Sara Thomas & Andy Waterman (andy_waterman@hotmail.com)
Venue: The Great Barn, Kent
Bride’s Dress: Mon Cheri
Bride’s Stole: Sasso, Milan
Bride’s Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Groom’s Outfit: Paul Smith
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Monsoon
Cake: Lou Lou Babycakes, Dulwich
Flowers: DIY
Hair & Make Up: Dawn at Aurora Beauty
Band: Django Spears
Stationery: DIY (We Are Soup)
Transport: dubhire.co.uk and doilydays.co.uk – steam train with victorian royal carriage (kesr.org.uk)


  1. This wedding is so beautiful ! I love the styling, love the stripes, & the lace dresses are gorgeous ! Especially loving the flowers in the bridesmaids hair too, she looks postively angelic ! Infact she reminded me of Kate Moss’ beautiful bridesmaids.

  2. Stunning wedding and love the details! You really feel the couple’s personalities come out in all the little touches. This (weirdly) could be a wedding designed by my dad – he’s crazy about steam trains and VW campers as well 🙂

  3. Sharon

    Because I was fortunate enough to be at this wedding ~ I know first hand that the attention to detail was amazing! Becky and Neil spent at least one year working on their wedding ~ and because of their hard work and cleverness ~ their wedding day was fantastic! The younger kids had fun with the moustaches that were stuck to the stripey straws ~ holding them up to their faces and getting their picture taken. The champagne served on the train platform before the train ride to the wedding was a special treat. Thank you Becky and Neil for a wonderful day!

  4. Kirsty

    My dream…AMAZING

    I love how much effort has gone into this wedding, automatically you can just tell it was such a fun day!

    The steam train just makes it and the little touches they have designed ooze personality.

  5. Hey – you guys look gorgeous in this shoot. Congratulations! Just lovely… and of course, there had to be some VW magic in there too!
    Those red and white tablecloths are magically super!

  6. Being the owner of the Great Barn, I was not at the wedding but watched the preparations with interest. Every wedding we have here is so different and Neil and Becks’s perhaps more so than most as they put an enormous amount of effort in to their theme. It shows the Great Barn off to its best, being a venue where the bride can really make it their own for their special day and i am so pleased that it all went well with so many appreciative comments.

  7. Joolz

    I too was one of the privileged guests. Fortunate enough to have been invited to many weddings over the years (always the bridesmaid, never the bride!) this wedding has to be way the up top of the best list.

    What a fantastic start to the rest of their lives. Every single aspect of the entire day was outstanding. Exceptional creative and clever details were everywhere. Starting from the invitations, throughout the amazing day and all the way to the (rather un-necessary) thank you cards. Surely it should have been us thanking them?

    Equally you couldn’t have bought, made or created the incredible, relaxed, happy atmosphere. The wedding was brilliantly beautiful…. with formalities but by no means formal.

    What a shame we can’t have photographs or keepsakes of that bit; Beautiful weather, Superb surroundings and Exceptional characters.

    Simply perfect. Thank you and well done to you both and everyone who helped you make it special, because it was.

  8. Anna Jane Collins

    Completely inspired by these beautiful photos. Any chance of buying your table cloths and string lighting from you. I have hired our local Village hall in flamstead for our up-coming day and intend to doll it up in Grease Prom fashion and these touches would fit in perfectly. If you would be interested. Please get in touch via facebook

  9. Lovely comments, thankyou all!

    Anna can you facebook us through wearesoup.co.uk as I can’t track down if I’ve got the correct Anna otherwise.



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