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!)

As per usual when it comes to my pre-wedding sessions, Hayley and Sam asked if their pup Quinn could come with. Of course I said 100% YES! Quinn is pretty much their fur baby and spends his days accompanying Hayley at her home-based job, a bit like my pups! They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend but from this shoot you’ll definitely come to realise that dogs are really a girl’s best friend. You should’ve seen the aftermath, though. There were pawprints and sand on everything. All over me. All over Hayley’s beautiful dress. I was still cleaning wet sand off of my camera days later! But it didn’t matter. The whole point of these pre-wedding sessions is to have an absolute ball, and that we did!

Getting to know Hayley and Sam was wonderful. They drove over an hour for the shoot and we spent a good two hours exploring, chatting and I did the best I could at documenting them for who they truly are. For two naturally shy and reserved people, I loved having them open up to me. We talked about everything under the sun and it really allowed me to photograph them as their true selves. They also have a love I so rarely see, it was just beautiful. There was always peace in the quiet moments, and belly laughter in the fun ones. The entire chemistry between them was just beautiful.

They sent me the most wonderful email afterwards too, which is too personal to properly share, but a few of my favourite lines were: ‘You’ve captured something really special in us, and have truly done justice to the love we feel for each other.’ Sam noted: ‘I haven’t had photos taken before where I didn’t carefully curate the angles and poses. But when I see the way I am looking at Hayley. The way we hold each other and smile: those things are flawless, and they’re the things that really matter. I can’t wait to see how perfect - or imperfectly perfect - we look on our wedding day.’

Sam and Hayley, I really cannot wait for your wedding day in Kent. I hope to capture you perfectly imperfectly!

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Love always,

Grace xo

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