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!

After we had a chat over a rather intermittent WhatsApp call, Yuliya decided pretty much there and then that she would be booking me as her wedding photographer! We exchanged instagram accounts and kept up to date in the run up to the wedding, and by the time it came around I totally felt like I had made a new friend in Yuliya. It came to no surprise then that when we caught up for the first time over a cuppa a few days before the wedding in March, we got on right away!

A few days later, the couple got married in a really tiny ceremony at Colchester Town Hall. They were untraditional in their approach too, in that not only had they decided to see each other before the wedding, but they wanted to take all of their photos together a few hours before, too! This was such a wonderful chance to document them without the stress of the day surrounding them! We headed to the local woodlands of Chalkney Wood, which Yafith remembered from his time spent there as a child, and wandered around for an hour or so. Yuliya wore a beautiful sequin dress, with a bouquet from the ever so talented Miss Fleur Floral Design, and Yafith looked super smart in his tailored suit!

I’ll leave the photos to speak for themselves, but what a beautiful couple these two make! Yuliya and Yafith, thank you for having me as your wedding photographer, and I hope our paths will cross again someday!

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Love always,

Grace xo


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