Railway romance

Emma Cracknell and Thomas Metcalfe, both 27, tied the knot at Braintree Town Hall, with a reception at the East Anglian Railway Museum, Colchester, on 21st June, 2013

Emma and Thomas met at primary school, but went their separate ways as they grew up. 10 years later, the pair bumped into one another in a pub. They exchanged numbers, and, after three years of dating, got engaged after Thomas proposed one Christmas Eve in their living room. “He cooked me a special breakfast and asked me to marry him with my grandmother's ring. I was still in my pyjamas, but it was perfect,” recalls Emma.

Here, she tells us more about their special day...

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We didn't want a church service so opted to marry at Braintree Town Hall.


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My bridesmaids wore pink dresses with lace cap sleeves.


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Thomas and his best man wore morning suits with sage green ties.


Railway romance: Image 4aI decided against wearing a veil, so accessorised with a 1920s-style headpiece instead.

Railway romance: Image 4 I chose a '50s-style dress called Audrey from online store Honeypie Boutique.


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The East Anglian Railway Museum is near where we both grew up. We'd been to beer festivals there before and loved its laid-back, quirky feel.


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I wanted something simple for my bouquet, so opted for sweet peas and ferns.


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We both loved having our daughter Ruby with us, who looked so beautiful.


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We had lots of bunting and fairylights which complemented the old train carriage perfectly.


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We had a vintage tea party theme with lots of pretty crockery.


Railway romance: Image 10aGuests ate traditional fish 'n' chips for our main meal, followed by ice cream.

Railway romance: Image 10 We had a two-tier white chocolate cake with chocolate swirls and truffles.


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We went to Cornwall for a week for our honeymoon. It was great to relax on the beach.


Emma and Thomas's contact book

Bride's dress
Honeypie Boutique

Bridesmaids' dresses

Platform 2 Catering


Fish 'n' chip van
Wedding Fish & Chip Catering

D. Byford and Sons

Groom's suit

Ice cream bike
Handmade by Hadley's

Charlotte Powles

East Anglian Railway Museum


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