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 at The Secret Garden, 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!

10 months after that initial enquiry, one pre wedding session with a fluffy puppy, and a few Facetime calls later, and their wedding day had finally come around! We began the day in the sweetest little cottages at Landews Meadow Farm, with the guys getting ready in one cottage and the girls in another. It was the most chilled morning. Every wedding ambience is so different, but if there’s one word to describe Hayley and Sam’s, it has to be ‘relaxed.’ Nothing was too much trouble! In fact they were more worried about whether I’d had food and drink than if I’d got the photographs I needed. Their hospitality was amazing!

I loved so much about their wedding too. From Hayley’s gorgeous lace gown and her gifted shoes from groom, Sam, to the Pokeball which held their wedding rings, to the fact that Sam had purposefully tailored his suit trousers into shorts, and then of course all of the boho details throughout the day. It was nothing short of amazing, and no detail was spared.

I had the most wonderful day photographing them both, and really feeling like a part of their family and friends. From being seated on the tables for (the most amazing vegan) dinner, to chatting with their grandparents (about why I am vegan), they made me feel so included. I even ended up in the guestbook when Hayley demanded we take a polaroid together.

Just incredible. So for now, here are the previews whilst I work on editing their beautiful wedding day.

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Love always,

Grace xo

Suppliers: Hayley’s Dress: Melissa Sweet Bridal from David’s Bridal | Hayley’s shoes: Harriet Wilde | Sam’s suit: Burton | Sam’s Shoes: River Island | Venue: The Secret Garden, Kent | Decor: Hayley and Sam | Cake: The Cake Witch | Florist: Anemone Blue | Hair: Kelly Andrews |

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