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Natalie and John's Intimate Houchins Wedding Previews | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Devon, Suffolk And Norfolk Alternative Wedding And Family Photographer

As if one set of wedding previews wasn’t enough for one evening, I’m about to hit you with another! This weekend I had a double header of beautiful weddings, first being Natalie and John’s wedding at Houchins on Saturday, followed by Chara and Neil’s rain-filled wedding at Gosfield Hall on Sunday, which you will have just seen!

Natalie and John, Saturday’s couple, are effectively friends by now. They booked me around two years ago, when I was still working part time and only had the dream of going full time as a photographer! Well, it’s amazing what two years can do, because now reality is better than the dream and I am so grateful for their support throughout!

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Chara and Neil's Autumnal Rain-Filled Gosfield Hall Wedding Previews | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Devon, Suffolk And Norfolk Alternative Wedding And Family Photographer

This might have just been the rainiest wedding I think I’ve ever photographed… but Chara and Neil didn’t let it get in the way of their autumnal wedding plans at the simply stunning Gosfield Hall!

This couple are so much fun. They’re the kind of people who don’t take life too seriously, and say things sarcastically with such a straight face that you can’t always know if they’re joking (as I came to learn!) This cat-mad-couple (check out their pre wedding session to see just how cat mad they are!) were exactly the kind of vivacious people you needed to get through a dim, wet, windy autumn day.

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Philippa and Mark's Decadent Autumnal Gatsby Wedding Previews at Holmewood Hall | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Devon, Suffolk And Norfolk Alternative Wedding And Family Photographer

I feel like I begin every wedding previews blog post like this… but how do I begin to even explain how beautiful this wedding was?!

Yesterday I headed to the beautiful Holmewood Hall for the very first time. It’s a stunningly decadent venue owned by the same people as Gosfield Hall, which is one of my favourite local venues, and just a stones throw from my house! Well, in the spirit of the beautiful Gosfield Hall, Holmewood Hall was just as gorgeous, with not a single detail forgotten. It was like walking into a home from Downton Abbey, and the couple absolutely complimented it to a T as well!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hayley and Sam's Boho Wedding Previews | The Secret Garden, Kent | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Oh Hayley and Sam, what an incredible couple!! You might remember their pre wedding session, which we photographed over the easter weekend with their lively pup, Quinn. Well, their wedding was just as incredible!

When Hayley’s mum first enquired with me about the couple’s wedding coverage, I loved the sound of their intimate victorian walled garden wedding venue. It was just absolutely stunning from the photos I’d seen online, and perfect for the small wedding they were planning. It was then just lovely when after a few weeks, an email landed in my inbox from Hayley herself, telling me that she and Sam wanted to book me! I was so elated. There was something about this wedding and the couple, and my instincts were right, as I am so glad to call them both friends now!

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Mel and Rocky's Intimate Forest Wedding Previews | Narborough Hall Gardens, Norfolk | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

I remember Mel’s initial enquiry with me so vividly. I was sat at the day job on a break when her email popped up on my laptop. I was on the cusp of quitting my day job to go full time with photography, and Mel’s enquiry was one of the very first ones I had received before I went fully fledged. It was the push I needed to say ‘YES!’ to my dreams and to go for it. Safe to say, this last year has been the most incredible whirlwind and there’s no stopping!

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Gosfield Hall Wedding Previews | Chloe and Dan | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding And Lifestyle Photographer

So Monday’s are normally the worst day of the week, right? But they absolutely cannot be when you kickstart the week with the most beautiful wedding at Gosfield Hall with the cutest couple, Chloe and Dan. Unsurprisingly, I am itching to share some previews with you all!

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Sunny Town Elopement at Colchester Castle, Colchester | Rhian and Ali | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding And Lifestyle Photographer

When an email from Rhian and Ali popped into my inbox just two months before they planned to hold their wedding, I knew from the first line of their email that they sounded pretty ace. ‘We've known each other for 8 years, been together for 4 years and engaged for 3 years. We got bored after Christmas and randomly decided to just book our wedding for April.’ I knew they sounded like my kind of people. I love that they were ‘bored’ enough to plan a wedding - how chill do they sound?!

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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!

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Anne and Charlie's Wedding Previews | Intimate Wedding at All Saint's Church, Maldon | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Anne and Charlie’s wedding yesterday was just so wonderful, even if it was probably the most blustery wedding I have ever photographed!

I first met Anne and Charlie at John and Amy’s wedding at Tunnels Beaches last September, where they were guests. I actually remember them pulling me aside to ask if I would take a photograph of them together - I didn’t expect an email to land in my inbox from them just two months later asking me if I would photograph their wedding, what an honour!

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