Georgie and Amalaketu's Laid Back Buddhist Firstsite Wedding | Previews | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding Photographer
Georgie and Amalaketu booked me a few weeks ago for their laid back Buddhist wedding at Firstsite, Colchester, the first wedding to actually be held at the wonderfully light art gallery we have here in the town centre.
I decided to meet up with them to have a chat over a hot chocolate (no surprises there!) at one of my favourite little cafés, Sip and Tuck. Having ordered my coconut milk hot chocolate, I pondered around the corner to find them sat there awaiting me. Within a few moments and hello's, a waitress peered round and asked if I wanted the vegan hot chocolate, so I said yes! Off she went again, which prompted 'are you vegan too?!' from Georgie and Amalaketu. 'Yes I am!' I said. Turns out they were too, and they'd been looking for vegan wedding suppliers because they too, are vegan! If that's not fate - I don't know what is!
Anyway, two hours or so of chatting later, and a visit to Firstsite itself, and they confirmed they wanted to book! They're such a lovely, laid back couple, and I was so looking forward to documenting a few hours of their day at Firstsite!
We began the day at Greyfriar's Hotel and Restaurant, where they both got ready in the morning in separate rooms. Georgie had the most beautiful (vegan and cruelty free!) makeup done by Maisy Resier, and slipped into her wonderful Zetterberg crochet and lace gown - it was stunning and looked fabulous with her flowers by Interior Floral Design and Amnesia. I then headed over to Firstsite with Ketu, to get some photos of the beautiful ceremony room, organised by Colchester Events Company. Their Buddhist wedding with a Jewish twist towards the end was absolutely stunning. From moments of metta contemplation, to wonderfully personal vows, to the traditional smashing of the glass and a big 'Mazel Tov' - it was such a joy to be able to witness.
I was only photographing their day for a few hours - which I absolutely love! Weddings vary so much from couple to couple that I really don't mind if I am with them all day or only for a few hours, I always offer flexible packages! I left just after we took some lovely couple photos on the grounds of Firstsite, and left them to their speeches and meal.
Thank you so much Georgie and Ketu for inviting me along, it was a privilege to be a part of your day!
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