Alternative Wedding Photography - Meg & Jason's multicultural wedding at the East Anglian Railway Museum

I really loved this wedding! Not only did Meg & Jason choose a Humanist ceremony, but they also chose to really embrace and honour their own heritages. Jason's Jewish heritage, Meg's Lebanese Muslim heritage and their shared British heritage were at the forefront of the day. This multicultural celebration created a beautiful and touching day, with traditional elements mixed with a thoroughly modern attitude.

Jason's peacock bow tie was made with real peacock feathers; the peacock feather is considered an evil eye and, in Arab tradition, is used to ward off evil in a marriage.

The couple smashed a glass at the end of their Humanist ceremony, as is traditional in Jewish weddings, and there were Lebanese influences in the amazing food throughout the day.

And the nod to their British heritage? Well, you can't get much more British than The Smiths, who Meg & Jason chose for their first dance. I might be a little biased, as The Smiths are one of my favourite bands, but I think Girlfriend in a Coma is a pretty a great choice!

During the ceremony, Jason's mum read 'Orange' by Wendy Cope and the couple's friend Rachel (who introduced them!) read a poem she'd written herself.

Meg wore a dress by Naomi Neoh, and looked AMAZING. She styled it with a belt made by her friend, Rachel. I loved how many DIY touches these guys had - a lot of the decor was made by them - it created such an intimate feel and you could sense both Meg & Jason’s personalities in so much of the day.

Meg & Jason got engaged in May (after a very romantic proposal from Jason in the couple's the new home) and married the following July, so planned their wedding in just over a year. The couple attended ELEVEN other weddings this year, so they wanted theirs to be different and really reflect their personal style.

After deciding against a three course meal, feeling they wanted something more informal, Meg & Jason found that venues were a little limited (as so many factor in a traditional Wedding Breakfast to the order of the day) - luckily, East Anglian Railway Museum is a completely dry hire, so you can do as you please! The couple totally ran with this and really made the day personal to them. The effort they both went to with the planning and decor totally paid off, they created such a beautiful day.

Congratulations Meg & Jason! Here's to many years full of days as happy as this one was!

A note from Meg & Jason

“Our wedding day was magical [and] all went to plan. Except the rain - but it held off until after the pictures and the ice cream van!

Our advice for couples planning their wedding would be to agree a budget and agree your priorities - it will help you refine your choices and will keep arguments about money out of the planning.”

A testimonial

“Mairead was just the best person for the job. We love her style of shots and I think it worked really well with the venue and our style. The photos are stunning to look at (I am bias) but they capture the emotions and joy of the day, and that is such a special element to have forever.”

Suppliers

Venue | East Anglian Railway Museum

Wedding co-ordinator | Laura Jayne at Your Wedding Your Way

Wedding dress | Naomi Neoh

Bridesmaids' dresses | Vera Wang

Groom's suit | Suit Supply

Stationery and calligraphy | Inkuisitive Calligraphy and Designs

Cake of cheese | The Cheese Board, Greenwich

Ice Cream van | Miss Molly Moo's Ice Creams

Furniture and decor | Wooden Bench Hire Company

Plus a whole lot of DIY decor!

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