Cherry Creek Colorado Family Session | Hunt Family | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

‘A family session in Colorado?!’ you’re thinking. ‘But you’re from the UK!’ you’re thinking. Well yes, you’d be correct! You can imagine how excited I was not just to visit a state I’ve always wanted to go to, but to also be able to photograph one of my friend’s oldest friends, Maritta, and her beautiful family down at Cherry Creek in Colorado!

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Gosfield Hall Wedding Previews | Chloe and Dan | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding And Lifestyle Photographer

So Monday’s are normally the worst day of the week, right? But they absolutely cannot be when you kickstart the week with the most beautiful wedding at Gosfield Hall with the cutest couple, Chloe and Dan. Unsurprisingly, I am itching to share some previews with you all!

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Father's Day Mini Sessions | Cudmore Grove | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

So, if you’re a keen follower here, you might remember that this year for Mother’s Day I decided to hold beachy mini sessions down at Cudmore Grove in Mersea to celebrate our wonderful mothers or mother-figures.

Well, they were so successful that I’ve decided to run Father’s Day Mini Sessions too, so get excited!

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Cudmore Grove Beach Pre Wedding Session (With A Dog!) | Hayley and Sam | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Alternative Wedding And Lifestyle Photographer

Hayley and Sam were absolute stars when it came to doing their pre wedding session on a baking hot Bank Holiday Monday in the middle of an extremely busy beach! But these two shy lovebirds didn’t let that bother them, and we had a whale of a time frolicking down on Cudmore Grove’s beach front amongst passers-by definitely wondering what we were doing, and definitely eyeing up Hayley’s beautiful (not to mention on-brand) golden gown! (Ladies, it’s from New Look if you’re wondering - I just had to ask!)

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Sunny Town Elopement at Colchester Castle, Colchester | Rhian and Ali | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding And Lifestyle Photographer

When an email from Rhian and Ali popped into my inbox just two months before they planned to hold their wedding, I knew from the first line of their email that they sounded pretty ace. ‘We've known each other for 8 years, been together for 4 years and engaged for 3 years. We got bored after Christmas and randomly decided to just book our wedding for April.’ I knew they sounded like my kind of people. I love that they were ‘bored’ enough to plan a wedding - how chill do they sound?!

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Spring Woodland Elopement at Chalkney woods, Colchester | Yuliya and Yafith | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding And Lifestyle Photographer

I was at a service station on my way to a shoot when an email popped into my inbox from fellow photographer Yuliya, who is based in Oman, just last year. I can’t tell you how excited I was to read it. The fact that someone halfway across the globe had found my work, was a photographer themselves, and considered my work the exact style they were looking for for their english spring elopement was just the best feeling!

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Floral Spring Pre Wedding Session (With A Dog!) | Chloe and Dan | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Where do I even begin with this pre wedding session?! It was not just gorgeous but also so full of laughter because Chloe and Dan brought their rather large pup Nellie along too and she had us all in fits of laughter!

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Photographing a Military Honours Burial at the USAFA, Colorado | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

A few weeks ago, I flew to the USA to photograph something both incredibly important and incredibly difficult. It was the kind of opportunity I was initially unsure about how to respond to because it was one that was so important, but one that I am so glad I had the courage to say yes to, because it was something I now consider a highlight in my career…

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What to Wear For Your Pre-Wedding or Engagement Session | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

I know what it’s like planning an outfit… I can’t even plan one on a daily basis, let alone for a special occasion like your pre-wedding session photos or your engagement session photos! As a result, I’ve decided to put together a bit of a guide / my top five go-to tips of what you could look to wear, what you should avoid, and how to feel your best self! Oh, and this guide is based not only on what my past clients have worn, but what I’ve worn to my own couple sessions with my boyfriend. I’ll include photos of how we co-ordinated our wardrobes for the day, so I totally know how you feel, trust me!

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Mother's Day Mini Sessions | Cudmore Grove | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Our parents deserve to be celebrated don’t they? Luckily, there’s two occasions every year where we can celebrate everything they do for us, those being Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!

This year, to celebrate Mother’s Day, I’m offering mini sessions! I know how difficult it can be to round up all of the family for a lifestyle session, but mini sessions are just a quarter of the length of my usual lifestyle sessions, at just 30 minutes long, and these ones are for a very special price, too!

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Anne and Charlie's Wedding Previews | Intimate Wedding at All Saint's Church, Maldon | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Anne and Charlie’s wedding yesterday was just so wonderful, even if it was probably the most blustery wedding I have ever photographed!

I first met Anne and Charlie at John and Amy’s wedding at Tunnels Beaches last September, where they were guests. I actually remember them pulling me aside to ask if I would take a photograph of them together - I didn’t expect an email to land in my inbox from them just two months later asking me if I would photograph their wedding, what an honour!

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Fletcher's At-Home Mini Newborn Session | Barnstaple, North Devon | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Fletchers at-home newborn session is still up there as one of my very favourites. Laura and Lee’s home was full of beautiful natural light, which poured through the windows of their little house in North Devon and bounced off of all of the neutral-toned decor filled within. Honestly it was a photographer’s dream… and don’t get me started on the adorable little monogram onesie Fletcher was sporting!

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Behind the Scenes | We Only Need 15 Minutes For Your Wedding Portraits - Yes Really! | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Regularly, when I explain that I will need a little time in your day to get those beautiful couple photos you see across my website and my instagram, I often hear ‘Oh you won’t take us away for hours will you?’ or ‘We aren’t that fussed about couple photos… We were at a wedding recently where the couple disappeared with the videographer and photographer for two hours! We don’t want that.’ Therefore, most couples are actually super cautious about having any couple photos together at all, which makes me super sad because I LOVE them… so let me tell you something!

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Colourful Intimate NYE Registry Office Elopement at Colchester Town Hall | Kim and David | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding Photographer

Just a month before the two planned to wed, an email popped into my inbox from the loveliest couple, David and Kim. The couple had been together for over thirty years and were finally planning to tie the knot in a super intimate ceremony, with just Kim’s daughter and her mum present, although there was going to be a big party a few months down the line with all of their friends who would then be aware of their wedding!

Noted in their email as ‘what will probably be the speediest wedding ever’ although quite correct, as they were in and out of the ceremony within 20 minutes, it was such a wonderful way to end 2018 on a high and definitely a lovely thing to witness.

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Baby Beau | Crow Point, North Devon Family Session | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

So Beau’s mum, Kelly, and I actually go way back. She is the twin sister of one of my very best school friends, the first girl to befriend me when I moved to Devon as the shy 14 year old I was. When she fell pregnant and asked me to do Beau’s baby photos, I was so excited, if not a little nervous, because the last time I properly saw Kelly was probably in 2012! I also love that she and Jordan waited until Beau was just a little older, rather than being a newborn before she booked to do these photos, because he had so many hilarious expressions to show us, and had perfected his grumpy face almost perfectly for the photos!

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Tyler Family's Christmas Session | Hertfordshire Extended Family Session | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

This might just be the biggest family I have photographed in one go!

When my friend (and amazing photographer!) Emily asked me to take her family portraits, I was so over the moon! It is always such a privilege when another creative (especially a photographer!) asks you to take photos with them, and this would be a lovely session to take some more for the family album.

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Mark and Laurence's Wedding Previews | Crondon Park | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding Photographer

I’m just gonna say it… This wedding might just go down as the best party of the entire year. And yes, I do realise we are only just in January, but oh my was this a wedding and a half!

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Dedham Extended Family Session | McPherson Family | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

This extended family session was truly special, and let me give you a bit of background as to why…

Laurel Beth first got in touch with me when I was shooting a wedding in December, and her enquiry was just so sweet that during my meal break I had to reply! She told me that she and husband Ryan had moved to the UK back in spring last year for work, and that this was meant to be their first family Christmas apart. Having experienced having long distance family and relationships myself, I totally knew how she felt. However, as I read on, I was so overjoyed to hear that her family had planned to fly from Tennessee to the UK to spend Christmas all together - how precious is that?!

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Beautiful Twilight Wedding at Newland Hall | Sophie + Mark | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding Photographer

Sophie and Mark’s gorgeous bohemian twilight wedding last September at Newland Hall was definitely one of the highlights of 2018 for me, and I am so excited to finally be able to share their day with you! You might be surprised to know that I was absolutely full of flu when their day rolled around (seriously, who gets the flu in September?!) but I absolutely would not have missed this wedding for the world. I had SO much fun and it was absolutely gorgeous!

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