Classic Intimate English Wedding, Wivenhoe House and St Osyth | Sarah + Alex | Grace Elizabeth, Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer, Colchester, Essex


You know what, if I could shoot intimate garden weddings all of the time, I totally would, and this wedding is exactly why…

Sarah and Alex got in touch with me just ten days before their wedding day in October. Having wed in France in a beautiful chateau a few weeks prior, they planned an intimate re-run of their day, so that Alex’s grandmother would be able to attend (you’ll spot her as the smiley blonde lady in the blue dress in the photos later!) Straight off the bat, I thought that was just so kind and I absolutely said yes to doing their wedding (what a stroke of luck it was that I was free!)

The day began with the couple getting ready together at the beautiful Wivenhoe House. For all of my time spent at Essex University, both as a student and a member of staff (hello self employment since July this year!) I never knew quite what a little gem this place was! It was such a relaxed morning and I actually really love when a couple get ready together, it almost felt a little like an elopement. This was actually the first time we met too, but Alex and Sarah were so totally laid back that it was no problem at all and we got on right away. They were so calm, but you could tell how much they were looking forward to getting married in the church, picked as it was just a stones throw away from Alex’s grandmother’s home.

Having photographed their gorgeous wedding details, from a topaz-blue engagement ring, which was a family heirloom of Alex’s grandmothers (spot the photographs in the first images), the stone reset as an engagement ring by Alex for Sarah, to Gucci strappy sandals and the most gorgeous blush pink oversized bouquet from Miss Fleur Floral Design, I then followed Alex in his little sports car down the road to the church where guests began to arrive.

It was such a gorgeous church, I had never seen anything like it. The vicar was absolutely wonderful, she was so bubbly and hilarious too. It made my heart warm to see how much she loved her job!

Following a brief but beautiful ceremony, I walked with the guests to Alex’s grandmothers’ house for the reception, whilst the couple arrived by car (I don’t blame Sarah in those heels!) Having battled my way through the tiny cottage with all of my kit, and slightly distracted by a very fluffy persian cat, I was led into the garden where the reception would be. Alex’s mum had done the most fantastic job, the garden was filled with a big gazebo, which she had decorated the interior of, including the cake, which she made by hand and did a stellar job with despite the concerns she raised with me about it (she pulled it off!)

I loved this wedding day, and though I was only there a few hours, it was just beautiful. I do hope you’ll love seeing a slice of their celebrations.

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Love always,

Grace xo

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