Colourful Intimate NYE Registry Office Elopement at Colchester Town Hall | Kim and David | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding Photographer


I wouldn’t have wished to have spent my New Years Eve morning any other way than documenting the elopement of the wonderfully vibrant Kim and David at Colchester Town Hall…

Just a month before the two planned to wed, an email popped into my inbox from the loveliest couple, David and Kim. The couple had been together for over thirty years and were finally planning to tie the knot in a super intimate ceremony, with just Kim’s daughter and her mum present, although there was going to be a big party a few months down the line with all of their friends who would then be aware of their wedding!

Noted in their email as ‘what will probably be the speediest wedding ever’ although quite correct, as they were in and out of the ceremony within 20 minutes, it was such a wonderful way to end 2018 on a high and definitely a lovely thing to witness.

Speaking of witnessing, I actually was asked to be their witness on the day, which was the first time this has ever happened in my career. I’ll admit that considering I am not normally allowed to even photograph the register, I was certainly shaking a lot when I had to squiggle my signature in the big book I’m so famously not allowed to go near!

David and Kim are truly wonderful souls, and it was lovely getting to know them at Sip and Tuck before the day. I knew off of the bat that we would get along so well. Kim told me all about her plans to choose a charity shop wedding dress (this lady, like me, is a stickler for a charity shop bargain, and collects ballgowns to wear when Strictly Come Dancing is on, so she had plenty of choice!), she also told me of her initial engagement ring, which was a guitar string that David put together (he’s a true rock n’ roller and a rare record dealer!) They also told me all about how Kim’s mum would be wearing one of her own mother’s dresses to the wedding, so we actually had four generations of Kim’s family present, in her daughter, Kim herself, her mum and her grandmother. It was such a lovely touch.

I hope you will love these photographs. I’ve always maintained that one day I too would love to elope, and seeing the happiness that poured from this colourful pair, I can totally see why doing things privately might just be for me too.

Thank you so much David and Kim, for having me as your wedding photographer. It truly was the best way I could’ve ended 2018!

Love always,

Grace xo


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