A TRAIN driver who used to visit a waitress at the railway cafe every day has steamed his way into her heart.

Phil Brown, 37, a steam train driver at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway first met Rebecca Bell, 25, whilst she was working as a waitress at the railway cafe.

Mr Brown used to pop into the cafe every morning for a cup of tea which he visited his favourite server.

The now Mrs Brown, who works as a teaching assistant at Cambridge Primary School in Barrow, said the couple were 'just friends' before blossoming into romance.

She said: "We used to talk all the time, then he messaged me out the blue asking if I wanted to go out sometime.

"He was really fun and easy to get along with, we had a lot in common.

"We're both from similar kind of families too - we're both part of the church and love trains so everyone got along from the start."

The pair became engaged two years later whilst taking a long walk on holiday.

Mrs Brown said: "Phil's from Swanage originally so we went there for a short holiday.

"The first time we went there together, we went up a hill called Peveril Point and absolutely loved it.

"Since then, it's been a really special place to us.

"We went on a massive walk and ended up at Peveril Point without realising.

"Before I knew it, I turned around and he was on one knee.

"I had a feeling he might propose but it was the last day of the holiday so I didn't think it was going to happen,"

The happy couple tied the knot at the Holy Trinity Church in Millom in front of 80 of their closest friends and family.

The ceremony was particularly special due to the pair being married by Mr Brown's brother, Revd Nick Brown who is the Rural Dean of Louthesk.

To commemorate the couple's love of trains, a model railway set delivered their rings to the alter.

Mrs Brown said: "When I first got to the church I burst out crying.

"I saw my dad starting to cry too which just set me off even more."

The newlyweds held their reception at the Sella Park House Hotel in Sellafield.

Mrs Brown described the day as 'relaxed' and 'really happy'.

"People were coming up to me saying they had never been to such a relaxed wedding," she said.

"It was a really nice, relaxed and happy day."

For their honeymoon, the happy couple enjoyed a luxury tour around Italy using solely trains.

"Because Phil loves trains so much, he said we could only do Italy if we did it all by train and I was more than happy with that," Mrs Brown said

"We went to Geneva in Switzerland, then Venice, Florence, Rome and Turin.

"We both always wanted to go to Italy and it was amazing.

"It was the holiday of a lifetime."

All photography by Becky Lauren photography

Special thanks:

The couple would like to give a special thanks to both sets of parents, Pamela and John Bell for generously paying for the wedding and Bill and Liz Brown for paying for the honeymoon. They would also like to thank Revd Carl Carter, Margaret and Geoff for the service and Revd Nick Brown. They would also like to thank Innes Miller for being the best man, Melissa Bell and Jayne Vernon for being the Maid's of Honour, Cassie Day and Sophie Oliver for being the bridesmaids, Libbie Oliver and Isabelle Coote for being the flower girls, Roland Chance, Will Sands and Benedict Brown for being the ushers and David Mart for providing the amazing train to deliver the rings. They would also like to thank Becky Lauren Photography for capturing their day so perfectly, The Bloom Room, KKMUA, hairdressers Tracy Wilson Cairns and Rhys Garroway, Sella Park and all the wonderful guests.