Stephanie and Ben- East Anglian Railway Museum
The quite stunning East Anglian Railway Museum was the beautiful setting to Stephanie and Ben's wedding. They chose the venue because they wanted a wedding that would be truly unique. Something that would have their stamp on it! Ben works for British Rail. The railway venue just seemed so perfect. They both wanted a festival style DIY wedding and when I say DIY I mean they made absolutely everything. What a talented couple they are.
Stephanie handmade all the floral arrangements and buttonholes. She spent days sewing the 200-foot long bunting that decorated the wedding breakfast room in the Goods shed. Ben made the signs and bar. They both made the games that were inspired by their festival theme.
They had a beautiful humanist ceremony. A friend conducted the service for them. It incorporated the handfasting ceremony, the origin of the saying 'tie the knot' has it's roots in Gaelic and Celtic tradition. Their hands were bound with a ribbon, linking them together. Knots were tied in the braid at the making of each vow.
After the ceremony, guests made their way to the victorian goods shed for the speeches, fish and chips and then a ride on the steam train. Others relaxed on the field to the sound of live music and games. Stephanie and Ben also incorporated a bake-off. You will see by the pictures, standards were high :) I loved that friends and family had come together to help out in the running of the day. There was so much love for them.
Stephanie wore a beautiful three-quarter length vintage-inspired tea dress that was handmade by a family friend. It was made with pink embellished material with embellished flowers around the base of the skirt and waist. So beautiful! and could we please give Stephanie's amazing hair a mention. Total hair goals. Loved the glamorous, vintage Hollywood vibe. Ben wore a Cavani Peaky Blinders style tweed waistcoat and pastel tweed tie. He wore his grandfathers army regiment button which he had sewn onto a button hole of his waistcoat.
The dusky pink bridesmaids dress matched the soft pastel colour theme and looked amazing against the pastel tones of the bouquet.
All of Stephanie and Bens hard work could be seen in the incredibly beautifully decorated Goods Shed. The handmade bunting, flowers all came into their own as their vision came alive.
These are the weddings I love photographing! Marriages that are a real representation of who a couple is. I can't seem to put into words how fantastic their day was, it gave me goosebumps all day! The love they have for their family and friends truly is something to be admired. But not only that, the lengths they went to, to make sure there wasn't a single soul not having the best time celebrating was incredible to see.
A huge congratulations to you both as you begin this incredible journey together. You are such a fun and relaxed couple, and I had a great time with you both! Hand on heart, thank you for choosing me as your photographer. Love Razia xx