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?!

Jane and Patrick booked me a few months ago for their wedding at the super romantic wedding venue of Smeetham Hall Barn, nestled in the countryside just outside Colchester, Essex, and only a stones throw away from where I live. It was the perfect venue for their wedding, and even when we went to look around it together in February, I could just tell how exciting this day was going to be!

The day itself was such a mix of emotions that it was honestly exhausting (gotta love being an empath!), but all for good reason, and I absolutely adored it. From an initial wobble when Jane was having her makeup done at Rectory Manor, to a full blown tear-jerking ceremony which I haven’t shared with you all, so as to keep it a bit private for the couple… So much so that I too was hiding behind my camera! For the most part though, the day was just absolutely chock packed with smiles and laughter from everyone involved. I LOVE a relaxed wedding! Everyone was on such a high and you could just tell what a wonderful celebration of a day it was and how much it meant to them both, their friends, and their families.

The more and more I do this ‘job’ (can I really call it that?) the more I fall in love with what I do. These past few days, at both weddings, everyone has been so kind to me and really included me, so much so that Jane even said to me ‘it’s lovely having you here, you don’t feel like a photographer at all, more just like a friend.’ That in itself is something I will treasure, as to be welcomed into the arms of two families, to celebrate, be a part of, and document such a beautifully important day is something I will never ever take for granted.

Jane and Patrick, thank you for being you, and thank you for having me be a part of your gorgeous day.

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Much love as always!

Grace xo 

Suppliers | Venue: Smeetham Hall Barn | Preparation Venue: Rectory Manor | Shoes: New Look | Dress: Melissa Sweet Bridal from David’s Bridal | Flowers: House of Dove | MUA: Elly Jayne Makeup | Hair: Bride’s Cousin | Cake: Bride’s mum | Musicians: Jupiter Ray


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