Amy and Ross' Orsett Church Wedding and Relaxed Boho Garden Reception | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Devon, Suffolk and Norfolk Alternative Wedding and Family Photographer

Yesterday I had the pleasure of witnessing Amy and Ross get married in Orsett, in what was to be a beautiful, relaxed day.

Beside for the ceremony at their local church, which was really wonderful and also quite modern, Amy and Ross didn’t stick too much to tradition! Gone were the photos of Amy and the girls having their hair and makeup being done, there were no speeches or sit down meal as such - everyone just came along to what was effectively a big party!

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Emi and Jack's Countryside DIY Boho Wedding Previews at Eggington House | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Devon, Suffolk And Norfolk Alternative Wedding And Family Photographer

Sometimes in this job, you meet people for the first time and yet they feel like they’ve been friends of yours forever. Emi and Jack were those people.

Although we have only known each other just over 10 months, through following them on instagram ever since, come their wedding day yesterday, it literally felt like meeting up with two friends and shooting their wedding!

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Meg and Laurie's Intimate Boho Vintage Garden Wedding, Brentwood, Essex | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Devon, Suffolk And Norfolk Alternative Wedding And Family Photographer

Where do I even begin with yesterday’s wedding?!

Meg and Laurie wed in a beautifully intimate back garden ceremony yesterday, under a marquee lit with fairy lights and surrounded by their nearest and dearest, many of whom had travelled miles to witness their marriage.

In the few months I have known Meg and Laurie, I have really come to see them as friends. They made me feel so incredibly included and welcome at their wedding, as that is a testament to them as people. They really are the epitome of what it means to love and be loved, and they reinstated to me that love really is at the core of everything we do as humans.

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Karen And Tony's DIY Rustic Wedding At Blackthorpe Barn, Suffolk | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Karen and Tony wed yesterday in what was one of the windiest wedding days I think I have EVER photographed! Hair was flying everywhere, guests were almost being blown into the next county, and I almost lost my footing more times than I care to have counted… but it didn’t stop them, and they had the most fantastic wedding day at Blackthorpe Barn in Suffolk!

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Chara and Neil's Pre Wedding Session At Home With Cats and At Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding And Lifestyle Photographer

When Chara and Neil booked me back in February, it wasn’t long before I realised via instagram that the couple were self-acclaimed crazy cat parents. Their eldest cat, a Silver Spotted British Shorthair called Albus Dumblepaw (yes, really, he even has his own instagram account!) was the centre of their world, so naturally it wasn’t long before I had to follow his account to see his escapades! But they decided that one cat wasn’t enough, so just a few weeks ago, they introduced little Delilah, a Blue British Shorthair kitten into their home! Do you remember the McVities biscuit adverts where the grey fluffy kittens crawl out of the biscuit packet? Well, Delilah is actually related to those cats!

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To Be Adorned Vintage-Style Handmade Jewellery | Business Branding Photography | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Devon, Suffolk And Norfolk Alternative Wedding And Family Photographer

When Becca of To Be Adorned reached out to me about me photographing her beautifully handmade jewellery and accessories, I just had to say yes. They are everything I live for: an eclectic mix of colourful, vintage, and more often than not, eco friendly too!

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Hannah and Anthony's Intimate Retro DIY Seaside Wedding At Thorpeness Golf Club And Hotel | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding And Lifestyle Photographer

What a jolly day this Saturday’s wedding was at Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel!

Oh Hannah and Anthony, what wonderful friends I have found in you both (and of course your pup Wally!) over these past few months! From our very first meeting where you put on a surprise vegan feast for me at your home (how amazing you are!!) and we spent over two hours chatting about your wedding (but truthfully mostly about dogs, vegan food, art, decor and finding out how similar we are in general) to yesterday… Which was the day of your gorgeous, intimate and absolutely non traditional wedding day, which has left my cheeks hurting from smiling so much!

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Philippa and Mark's Brighton Beach Pre Wedding Session | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Philippa and Mark are just the sweetest couple! They enquired super excitedly a few months ago about booking their wedding coverage with me. When I mentioned the idea of them having a pre wedding session, they jumped at the chance, and already had the perfect location to hand: Brighton; where they met at university and got engaged!

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Lizzie and Faz's Asian Fusion Wedding Previews At Fennes | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding And Lifestyle Photographer

One day. Two weddings. Two outfits. One incredible couple…

Lizzie and Faz wed yesterday (or rather, wed twice!) at the gorgeous Fennes. Merging two families together from two very different cultures was just an incredible thing to witness and I feel privileged to have been a part of such an important day for them. To see all of the intricate details and effort that had been put into sharing aspects of both of their backgrounds really made the day so absolutely special, not to mention they absolutely pulled it off!

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Emily and Dominic's Rainy Suffolk Barn Wedding with an Irish Twist | Barrandov Opera House | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

‘Get to work and work hard today’ my astrology app told me yesterday morning. How accurate that would be, as I’d find out!

Everyone has the worry of rain on their wedding day (whether they actually do, or just because Alanis Morissette made a song about it, who knows!), but I like to think of it as confetti from the sky. A little good luck, before you tie the knot (the idea being that rain creates a knot impossible to ever untie.) But you know what? A rainy wedding day can be a lot of fun, if you embrace it, and Emily and Dom did just that.

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PanPank Candles | Business Branding Photography | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Devon, Suffolk and Norfolk Alternative Wedding and Family Photographer

Vegan, handcrafted, clean burning soy candles... The perfect calming essential I would say!

A few months ago I contacted candle makers PanPank to see if I could photograph their beautiful candles in order to share them with you all! I’ve wanted to do a little more branding photography for small businesses, and when I can combine that with sharing brands who have the same core values as myself, I consider it a massive win-win!

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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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