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All Aboard! {Welcome to the wedding of Darren & Sophie}


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All Aboard! {Welcome to the wedding of Darren & Sophie}

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Darren and Sophie’s wedding was totally unique and personal to them – something we love at Save the Date. Here Sophie tells us all about it;

“Our ceremony took place on 6th June 2015 at Consall Station on the Churnet Valley Railway. Darren & our guests arrived by steam train and & I arrived on my family’s old working boat, Sweden, captained in by my dad.

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We stood on the step of the waiting room whilst all our guests sat outside in the sunshine.

We kept the ceremony short & sweet and enjoyed drinks on the platform & surrounding lawns outside of the Tipis afterwards.

We were looking for something a little different and with some character. Tipi‘s have such a lovely atmosphere and warmth and we knew it was for us. Peaktipis were brilliant from start to finish, professional, friendly and just generally fabulous people who were genuinely enthusiastic about our wedding.

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My dress was from Alison Evans Bridal Wear in Swadlincote. Due to the nature of our wedding day (on & off boats & trains etc), I didn’t want anything with too long a train or too full.

My hair was done by Megan from Sashair in Derby, who did a great job and despite me having very wayward flyaway hair it stayed in all day – even through a breezy boat trip! My make-up was done my Amy of Love Beauty in Stone.

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Our flowers were provided by The Topiary Tree in Stoke and as soon as I met Rose I knew she would do a great job. I wanted natural, seasonal flowers which looked like they could have been picked from the garden. We made our save the dates ourselves and Mad Philomena created our invites, they were so different and unique to us.

As we were both arriving in such different ways it would have been impossible for one photographer to capture it all. So we had two – Rebekah Fuller  & Jess Rigley, both creating some amazing memories.

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My mum made our cake – chocolate sponge on the bottom with a white chocolate  layer, surrounded by chocolate fingers and covered in fresh raspberries. We had champagne & nibbles on the afternoon train ride and our main caterers were Two Counties Hog Roasts, who provided delicious vegetarian paella as well as the hog. Everyone commented that they had never had such good roast pork cobs, although their best customer was Spike our dog who thoroughly enjoyed it!

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We opted for a DJ and chose SubSounds who were amazing! Our first dance was How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Golding and the music all night was just what we were looking for.

Everything about our wedding was personal to us, and we were not dictated by anyone’s ‘usual’ itinerary or preferences. The fact that my dad was able to bring me to the ceremony on the boat, and that the canal/train connection was made was particularly special.

Our dog was able to be there for the whole day too which made the day complete!”

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{List of fab suppliers}

Photographers: Rebekah Fuller Photography and Jess Rigley Photography
Venue: Peaktipis
Dress: Alison Evans Bridal Wear
Hair: Sashair
Make-up Love Beauty in Stone
Flowers: The Topiary Tree
Invitations: Mad Philomena
Catering: Two Counties Hog Roasts
DJ: SubSounds

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