Rhiannon and Will's Art-Deco Town Wedding | Grace Elizabeth | Colchester, Essex, Alternative Wedding Photographer


When I met up with Rhiannon and Will on Christmas Eve of last year, they told me of their non-traditional, vintage-twist low-key wedding plans. These two were not about having a big, over the top wedding, and focused more on having a small, intimate get together with family and friends, which I absolutely adore in a wedding. I was most intrigued by their laid back nature, highlighted by their plans to get ready together, to walk to the ceremony location together, down the aisle together, and of course leave as husband and wife. Their laidback natures even rubbed off onto me, as I was asked quite a few times if I was friends of theirs. Although not quite, I always feel like I ultimately end up becoming friends with my couples!

The couple arrived at the Greyfriars Hotel a few days before, where they would be getting ready together. The couple had the most gorgeous room with the most amazing bathroom and a pretty little outdoor courtyard. You might not believe me if I told you I shot all of their detail photos in the bathroom, but I did. It was too beautiful and the light was to die for!

Rhiannon had initially planned to alter and wear a white vintage dress, but due to some complications with alterations, she opted instead for the most gorgeous mint green dress from Whistles. I was literally stunned when I saw it, it was just so cool. Paired with her au-natural makeup look (besides a little bit of mascara and lip gloss), gorgeous art-deco ring, her wildflower bouquet from Bread & Roses (an empowering London-based florist who train refugee women in floristry whilst helping them to gain work-based skills), and subtly-braided up-do, this bride looked stunning.

Will and his best men looked equally fantastic in their blue suits with ties from Sir John Soane's Museum (the two studied Classics together and Rhiannon now works at the museum), and the entire bridal party of groomsmen, bridesmaids, and of course the couple, were so laid back and fun.

After a quick walk down the high street, the wedding took place in just a fifteen minute service at Colchester Town Hall, in their beautiful Mayoral Suite, and the after party was at the historic venue of The Old Siege House.

I had such a blast being at Will and Rhiannon's alternative non-traditional wedding, and am so grateful to have been a part of their wonderful day!

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Grace xo

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