Jane and Patrick’s Romantic Wedding Previews at Smeetham Hall Barn | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

The weddings I have been shooting recently have all been absolutely gorgeous and this one was no exception! Every single wedding has had it’s own theme, quirks, and every group of people I’ve met have been wonderful from start to finish, so let’s get onto sharing this absolute gem, shall we?!

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Danielle and Gareth's Boho Wedding Previews at High House Weddings | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

This wedding was just absolutely incredible from start to finish - just wait until you feast your eyeballs on it!

Danielle and Gareth wed at High House Weddings yesterday, and it was an absolute dream! I’ve known the couple almost over a year now, as I shot Danielle's cousin Christian and Sophie’s wedding last year. Sophie and Christian recommended Danielle and Gareth to me almost before they’d even received their final photos, and the couple ended up booking me which was so wonderful! It was so lovely too, because I got to see so many people I knew at the wedding!

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Westward Ho! Beach Dual Family Session, North Devon | Grace Elizabeth | Colchester, Essex, Devon, Suffolk and Norfolk Alternative Wedding and Family Photographer

Going back to North Devon, where I spent many of my teenage years, means catching up with old school friends. In April, I had the chance to go back to Devon to photograph Grace and Sam’s wedding… 

By the way, if you’re organising a wedding in Devon, do get in touch as I’ve waived all of my travel and accommodation fees for Devon weddings in 2020 and 2021 in a bid to be down at the coast more!

Going back down to Devon wasn’t all work though, and, since two of my best friends have little ones, it meant meeting up with them for beach days with the kids!

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A Barn Wedding with a Theme Park Twist | Grace and Sam | Old Barn and The Milky Way, Clovelly | Grace Elizabeth, Essex, Devon, Suffolk and Norfolk Alternative Wedding Photographer

When an email popped into my inbox from another Grace Elizabeth, I thought I had misread it… But nope, another Grace Elizabeth really was enquiring with me, and she wanted to book me because we had the same name. How cool is that?!

If her name hadn’t already been the reason I wanted to work with her, then the couple’s plans to get married at the Old Barn in Clovelly, Bideford in North Devon, which is literally joined to a theme park, the Milky Way, with dodgems you can ACTUALLY use, then I don’t know what was!

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Tess and Adam's Intimate Colchester Town Wedding Previews | Grace Elizabeth | Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

When an enquiry flew into my inbox last week about a wedding happening this week, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. ‘A wedding, next week?!’ I thought. ‘Is that right?! This must be the most short notice enquiry I’ve ever received!’ But no, it was correct, Tess and Adam really were getting married in a week’s time!

Joan, Tess’ mum, had enquired about finding a photographer for her daughter and son-in-law’s intimate wedding and it seemed to be fate that her enquiry landed in my inbox of all of the Essex based photographers, since she even has a grand daughter called Grace Elizabeth!

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Steph and Neil's Chilled Wedding Previews | Red Brick Barn, Sutton Hall, Rochford | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Oh the Beckswith’s… where do I begin with these two? Ever since we spoke on the phone for the very first time, Steph said ‘What you see is what you get, okay? You’re not easily offended, are you?’ ‘Of course not!’ I replied. I have to say, it’s a good job I’m not because this pair are true to their word… I absolutely didn’t expect the ‘c word’ to adorn the top of the wedding cake (yes, really, scroll down!) and the middle finger to be one of their favourite poses - absolutely had me in stitches (and both events go down as some highlights in my career!) I absolutely loved how chilled they were as a couple and it meant that the day was so relaxed too!

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Beach Family Session at Cudmore Grove | Ruse Family | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

You know the most awesome thing about the Ruse family? Not only did they book me for a Mother’s Day Mini Session, but I’m also shooting their wedding next year!

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Cudmore Grove Relaxed Beach Family Session | Mother's Day | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

It might have just been Father’s Day, but I’m throwing us back to Mother’s Day for this lovely family session!

The Penny family have been such avid supporters of my work ever since day dot, and for that I am really truly grateful. I first met Joanne’s daughter Katie when she reached out to me last February about covering a charity ball she was organising. She had put the ball together completely herself at Braxted Park to raise money for Alzheimer’s awareness, which was a charity close to her heart as her grandmother has Alzheimers. As my Grandad has dementia, it only made sense to support her by photographing the ball. I am so glad I did, because it was incredible. It was also really lovely because she invited my boyfriend along as my plus one, and I got to see a bunch of school friends. As it turned out, the two of us had lots of mutual friends from school, but had never met!

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Relaxed Woodland Pre Wedding Session in West Bergholt, Colchester, Essex | Emily and Dominic | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Emily and Dominic - what a lovely couple! We met up for the first time earlier this year over a hot chocolate in Ipswich. I remember the meeting quite vividly because not only did I get a bit lost trying to find the Costa in question (thank you satnav) but also because it was only about 4pm and was so cold, wet and dark. Chatting over our hot drinks about the plans for their July wedding day was so exciting, although it felt so far away at the time!

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Urban Pre Wedding Session in London's East End | Natalie and John | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

‘A shoot in London’ you say?! ‘Grace never shoots in London!’ Well on this occasion, I did indeed do a shoot in London - because after all, a sign above my desk says ‘Be afraid. Do it anyway!’ and I am using that as my mantra for 2019!

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Hayley and Sam's Boho Wedding Previews | The Secret Garden, Kent | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Oh Hayley and Sam, what an incredible couple!! You might remember their pre wedding session, which we photographed over the easter weekend with their lively pup, Quinn. Well, their wedding was just as incredible!

When Hayley’s mum first enquired with me about the couple’s wedding coverage, I loved the sound of their intimate victorian walled garden wedding venue. It was just absolutely stunning from the photos I’d seen online, and perfect for the small wedding they were planning. It was then just lovely when after a few weeks, an email landed in my inbox from Hayley herself, telling me that she and Sam wanted to book me! I was so elated. There was something about this wedding and the couple, and my instincts were right, as I am so glad to call them both friends now!

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Mel and Rocky's Intimate Forest Wedding Previews | Narborough Hall Gardens, Norfolk | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

I remember Mel’s initial enquiry with me so vividly. I was sat at the day job on a break when her email popped up on my laptop. I was on the cusp of quitting my day job to go full time with photography, and Mel’s enquiry was one of the very first ones I had received before I went fully fledged. It was the push I needed to say ‘YES!’ to my dreams and to go for it. Safe to say, this last year has been the most incredible whirlwind and there’s no stopping!

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Laughter-Filled Couple Session | Cudmore Grove Beach, Mersea | Katrina and Jim | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding And Lifestyle Photographer

I am not quite sure you’ll ever find another couple who laugh their way through their couple session quite as much as Katrina and Jim did here. These two were so much fun that even my cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing so much when we finished their photos and got back to the car park.

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Family Session With Twins at Crow Point Beach, Devon | Barallon Family | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

A family session with not one, but two one year olds! This was a first for me!

Bex, the twin boys’ mum, is the loveliest and she has followed my work for quite a long time, but the only hitch? She and her family all live in Devon! The last time I was in Devon, we couldn’t work out a day where we were both free to do a shoot, but things worked out in the end! It just so happened that I was back in Devon in April, the boys had just celebrated their first birthday, and their grandmother was visiting all the way from Australia, so it was the perfect time to do a shoot!

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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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