A recent wedding enquiry from a couple planning to tie the knot at Brooklands Motor Museum caused me to look back over one of the most memorable weddings from last year, and one of the most unusual venues I think I’ve ever photographed. Tracey and Paul’s Brooklands Museum Wedding Surrey was such a unique occasion. They were determined from the start to do things their own way and not be bound by convention. This Brooklands Museum wedding Surrey certainly was a special day.
Tracey’s first emails to me were titled “Not the run of the mill Wedding Photographer required.” I was happy to oblige! In the two meetings we had in the run-up to the big day Paul and Tracey filled me in on all their exciting plans and I began to get a really good feel for the kind of day they wanted to create and some of the surprises they had up their sleeves for their wedding guests!
When I arrived in the morning of the wedding day to photograph Tracey getting ready, I was met by Tracey’s niece who was so entertaining. She was so excited to be flower girl for the day. There were plenty of pre wedding nerves at the hotel, but her infectious laughter helped to relax everyone and allowed me to get some really natural shots. The bond between Tracey and her father was also really beautiful to observe and I’m so pleased to have been able to capture these little moments in which they were sharing jokes and teasing one another.
By the time we got to Brooklands Museum the little rain shower that we’d had earlier in the day had passed and the skies had cleared. There is nowhere quite like Brooklands. It’s the birthplace of British motor sport and aviation, and the Museum buildings and wedding venue are surrounded on all sides by the world’s first purpose-built racing circuit. It’s a Mecca for any racing enthusiasts and plain spotters! Paul and his ushers were looking very dapper and the formal part of the day soon got under way in the beautiful Art Deco surroundings of the ceremony room. The formality was soon shattered though when the rings were chauffeur driven down the isle, to everyone’s surprise, inside a remote-controlled Mercedes-Benz, a witty reference to the history of the venue and Mercedes-Benz World that shares the site with the Museum.
After the ceremony, guests were able to explore the Museum (including the very popular F1 simulator) while I took Tracey and Paul off for some portraits around the grounds where in every direction there are vintage signs, motoring paraphernalia and soft colours to get creative with. Tracey and Paul had taken so much care over all the details. Guests were ushered around with never before seen efficiency with the help of an old fashioned car “honker” and the reception room was filled with details that continued the Art Deco theme and games that provided family and friends with plenty of entertainment. Tracey and Paul didn’t fail to entertain with their first dance either. Paul is a sound engineer and music is a big part of both their lives. My reactions as a photojournalist were put to the test as the wedding mash-up had them slowly swaying in time with the music one moment and racing round the dance floor the next to their favorite tunes.
I’m so looking forward to returning to Brooklands Museum next year for Aimee’s big day, and many more weddings after that! I’m delighted to have become one of the recommended suppliers for Brooklands Museum Wedding Surrey.