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!

So, let’s backtrack really quickly… Mark first introduced himself to me back in September by what might also be declared as one of the most excitable enquiries I have ever read. (Yes, they really did manage to plan their entire wedding day in just FOUR MONTHS.) The couple had been together for a few years and were planning to hold their wedding at the very lovely Crondon Park, which is a beautiful barn venue with lots of space to explore for your couple photos (and the most amazing vegan three course wedding meal I have ever consumed!)

I then arranged meeting up with them both in the October, and what was scheduled to be an hour or so pre-wedding meeting turned into an almost four hour long catch up with two people who felt like they’d been friends all of my life. We chatted about the wedding for about twenty minutes, and the rest of our time together at the venue was spent chatting about everything else in the world. I absolutely LOVE when this happens!

Fast forward to the day, and again it felt like meeting up with old friends. I had been exchanging lots of WhatsApp messages with Mark and Laurence up to the day, and was even in on a few secrets, like the fact that Laurence had planned a surprise dance for Mark along with Mark’s friends who had flown all the way from the other side of the world… and better yet, he had learned Jay-Z’s entire rap to ‘Crazy in Love’ by Beyoncé. Oh, and he absolutely NAILED IT.

From super chilled groom prep with Mark, to yet another emotional ceremony (yes, again, I was hiding behind my camera for the vows!), to a Great British Bake Off to decide upon the wedding cake, to the cutest couple photos as the sunlight was fading and then an evening of the most incredible drops, pops and elbow-locks I’ve ever seen. The entire day was nothing short of incredible!

So, until the final photos are out, I hope you will enjoy this small snippet of what is to come. I am SO excited about this wedding and I really just can’t hide it!

Much love to you all always, and a big virtual hug to Mark, Laurence, and all their family and friends for the hospitality shown to me on the wedding day. It was a day I will never ever forget.

Grace xo

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