The last wedding before lockdown.. & what a day to remember it was for
Mr & Mrs McQueen.
Bridal prep at Emma's family home, followed by a beautiful ceremony and reception at Brockencote Hall in Kidderminster. The McQueens day was full of so much love, laughter and romance. The love these two have for each other is something out of a movie,
I first met Emma & Andy two years ago in a cafe where we instantly clicked. Their love for travelling and the outdoors was a big talking point. They were planning their wedding so far in advance as they were taking a year out of their jobs as nurses to travel and work in Australia. As most people know I have a very special connection with Oz and I couldn't wait to hear all about their time there.
We caught up once they were back for their engagement shoot. We put on our walking boots and went for a stroll around the Client hills. This place means a lot to them and somewhere they would visit together regularly.
Andy & Emma met through mutual friends in Walkabout bar broad street. Andy had done 3 long shifts on the NHS and wasn’t going to go out (thankfully he did!) & Emma was out celebrating her friends 18th birthday.
"We were together 8 years the day we got married."
I knew this day was going to be special from the get go, and as the day came together it really was.
The entire morning was so relaxed, the fizz was flowing and pancakes were being made in the kitchen. After an emotional reveal to her bridesmaids and father, quick makeup touch up by Rhian and having her veil fixed by Lyndsey, she was all ready to go. Emma arrived with her Dad in style thanks to the gorgeous Austin and Andrew Rackham cars.
The ladies were early and so we had time for some gorgeous portraits on the porch before Emma followed her bridesmaids into the ornately decorated ceremony room. Andy stood at the end of the aisle with tears in his eyes and they both lit up when they saw each other.
Emmas train followed her down the aisle, and when I asked her about her dress she told me that she always knew she wanted a vintage, open back dress with buttons running down the spine. Her love for period drama's definitely inspired this look whilst keeping it contemporary and modern. The dress was from Georgina Scott bridal after Emma drove past the shop all the time.
"I would fall in love with the dresses displayed in the windows. I booked an appointment and tried on around 8 or 9 dresses but I just knew this was the one. I loved how it complimented my figure and when I saw my mum welling up I knew it was the dress I’d walk down the isle in."
The day continued in such a relaxed style and even though we were threatened with rain we managed to get all the family photographs done!
The theme of the day was all based around their love for travel with each table named after a place they had travelled too together. This was paired with blush, ivory, greens and a rustic twist. Emma & Andy had made a lot of their decorations themselves which definitely adds a beautiful personal touch to the day.
Emma told me on her engagement shoot that one main request was to have photographs by the dove cote, and as rain started to pour I held out hope that we could get over there for some beautiful golden hour shots.
Now this pair were not fazed and this is something I love about them. I could see the skies clearing and I rushed into the dining room to tell them now was the time for those perfect shots. I felt bad as they were just being served their dessert! We made our way across the vast lawns, in the drizzly rain to the dovecote.
It was so worth it... we were treated to the most stunning sunset.
The evening consisted of 90s throwback cheesy tunes and plenty of dancing. I look back now and see how special it was that they were able to have their wedding day completely how they wanted it, despite some of their guests having to leave early evening to catch flights back home before the country went into lockdown...
After their wedding I asked Emma & Andy a few questions about their day and planning the wedding of their dreams!
What was your fave wedding moment?
Our favourite moment was when we’d just got married and we were taken outside for some photos by the beautiful vintage car. We had a toast with the driver and then we sat inside by ourselves for a good 10 minutes and it was just the 2 of us, we were able to soak up everything that had happened and we were just so happy. I will remember that feeling forever.
What's one piece of advice you would give to other couples planning their own wedding?
Don’t stress. I actually loved planning our wedding, I wrote a list of everything that needed doing and ticked things off as we went along. I prioritised things like venue, photographers, florists etc as they get booked up very quickly. I knew that I wanted a vintage themed wedding so I spent hours looking at Pinterest for inspiration. Please don’t spend £1000 on decorating your venue it is so easy to make things yourself or to buy cheaper versions that still look classy and elegant! Plus if you make things yourself it makes the wedding more personal to you and you can keep them as memories
How was your experience taking photos/working with me on your wedding day?
Perfect. We both hit it off with you from day 1. We’re all chatterboxes who love to travel and explore the outdoors. We both feel we couldn’t have picked someone better to photograph our wedding. Thank you so much.
How did you find the process of planning your wedding?
Planning a wedding feels like a huge task but in reality all the little things don’t matter on the day. When you look into your husbands eyes as you say I do nothing else matters but that moment & the life you are about to embark on together. The fact that the cutlery wasn’t what you wanted or the flowers might not be were you asked them to be is insignificant. All that matters is you are there with all your family and friends celebrating the happiest day of your life.
I am so happy for this pair and since their wedding the world has gone into turmoil. Although they were lucky to have their wedding day and they managed to go on their honeymoon when they got back it was a hit of reality as they both went back to work on the front line when they should have been celebrating their new lives as husband and wife together.
Big hats off to them both.
Wedding Venue: Brockencote Hall
Dress Designer / Boutique: Georgina Scott Bridal
Suits: Moss Bros
Hair: Scizzor sisters Selly Oak
Makeup: Rhian Grace mua
Bridesmaids Dresses: Chi chi London
Invites: Family friend
Florist: Rebecca Kate flowers
Cake: Family friend
Caterer / Bar: Brockencote Hall
Venue Dresser: Our design, Brockencote Hall displayed
Entertainment: Family friend
Transport: Andrew Rackham cars
Laura Jayne is a professional photographer with a passion for showing people how beautiful they are.