Last year I photographed some unique weddings including this one based around a journey on a vintage steam train and a reception at the MidNorfolk Railway’s station at Dereham. It wasn’t my first Norfolk based steam train wedding so I guess I can officially call myself a Norfolk Steam Train Wedding Photographer
My day began in the village of Hethersett photographing the bride’s preparations after first quickly nipping to the village’s church to photograph the wonderful flower displays created for the wedding. On arrival for bridal preparations I was greeted wonderfully and quickly started to enjoy a relaxed build up to the ceremony later in the day. Wonderful wedding invites appeared styled toward vintage train tickets, a beautiful dress demanded to be taken outside with the greatest care for some photographs against the blue morning sky and everyone helped the bride feel as relaxed as possible on her wedding morning including her young son.
Moving onto the church I met up with the guys for a few photographs and to await the guests arrival and finally the brides arrival. The ceremony followed and then the guests congratulated the couple before a quick group of photographs (the heaven’s started to open just a little) before the next stage of the day began. Piling into a vintage coach the guests were bused to the MidNorfolk Railway‘s station at Dereham, the bride and groom taking a lovely Beauford car. On arriving at the station drinks were served by the MidNorfolkRailway staff and a few more photographs taken of both the bride and groom and the guests milling around before it was time for Afternoon Tea on the Steam Train bound for Wymondham.
It was a really unique experience to see wedding guests and bride and groom take the weight off their feet, sit down and enjoy an Afternoon tea whilst the lovely Norfolk countryside sailed past the windows. Of course we had to take advantage of the First Class carriage for a few more bride and groom portraits before they rejoined their guests just in time to arrive back at Dereham station for some more refreshments, some steam engine rides and then some great speeches. The speeches took place on the vintage station platform as the sun slowly went down, it was atmospheric, and a great and definitely unique place to listen to wedding speeches, with guests stood beside the train, sat on the long wooden platform benches and generally enjoying the moment.
Cake cutting and first dance followed with some excellent Charleston’s on the dance floor from guests and a lovely first dance from the bride and groom. A hog roast enjoyed in a marquee and in some train carriages kept guests busy as I snuck the bride and groom out for a twilight station photograph or two before returning them to the melee on the platform and the disco
It was a great day, a wonderful wedding fashioned by the bride and groom brilliantly and a unique day for everyone involved. Hats off too to the Mid Norfolk Railway employee’s who were wonderful all day. I hope you enjoy a few photographs from the day.