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Emma McVey and Gary Beadle have married in a stunning, intimate ceremony – but the blushing bride has revealed their three year old son Chester found the whole day overwhelming.
Speaking exclusively to OK! after the nuptials, Emma and Gary explained that Chester's separation anxiety, as a result of the pandemic, meant he was in tears as they said their vows.
And their 18 month-old daughter Primrose was also taken aback at being in the same room as 90 adults, after spending the majority of her life in lockdown.
Emma explained: "The whole event was a bit overwhelming for Chester and Primrose. They’ve not been in an environment with so many adults before, especially with lockdown and everything.
"They were supposed to walk down the aisle with my man of honour, Joe, but they were struggling with it, so in the end Prim was carried by my dad, who gave her to Gary, and I carried Chester, who was a little upset, up the aisle," she continued.
Gary went on to explain that the couple then said their vows while clutching the nervous kids.
"We had to," he said. "Remember, because of the last 18 months, they’ve only ever known our house and their nurseries, so it’s not normal for them. And we’re not the sort of people who would leave them with others if they’re crying. If they want us for comfort, we’ll be there no matter what. Even if we are in the middle of getting married!"
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Emma added: "It broke my heart. He [Chester] has a lot of separation anxiety and every time there was some cheering he’d get frightened and cry. It was really hard."
The gorgeous bride said she wasn't even focused on walking down the aisle. "I just worried that Chester was upset," she revealed, before laughing: "I think Gary would think it was weird if I wasn’t holding a child. He's so used to it!"
Gary also said that while their adorable kids were a distraction from Emma's big moment, it's something neither of them were bothered by.
"Look, I always knew Emma would look amazing," he told us. "I always thought I’d cry when I first saw her walking down the aisle – and I would’ve if she’d been on her own – but actually I kept wondering if Chester was OK!
"And then I realised I’d have to go get Prim from her grandad. So I took her and she promptly ripped the flower off my suit!"
Read Gary and Emma's full interview – and see all their beautiful wedding pictures – here.
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