Sarah and Alex's Intimate Family Wedding, Wivenhoe House and St Osyth | Previews | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer


Oh what a beautiful day Saturday was!

Alex and Sarah got in touch with me just a week before their wedding, which had been brought together at lightning-speed to follow their initial big wedding in the French countryside a month prior. Unfortunately, Alex’s Grandmother was too ill to attend their destination wedding, so this wedding was put together almost just for her (oh, and that small note about having a legal UK ceremony, too, but their focus was more on having their wonderful Grandmother present.)

The couple decided to get ready together in a super low-key fashion at the super gorgeous Wivenhoe House Hotel, in Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, which had the most beautiful grounds. Considering I used to work at Essex University just next door, I had no idea what a little gem this 18th-century house (by which I mean mansion!) was. Alex popped on his suit, whilst Sarah did her own hair and makeup. She chose to wear her second engagement ring for the day, one which included a gorgeous blue stone, reset from Alex’s grandmothers ring (such a sweet homage to her!) picked up her gorgeous blooms from Miss Fleur Floral and by the time I arrived, they were ready to go.

We explored the Hotel grounds for fifteen minutes or so, before I followed Alex in his convertible up to the wedding ceremony at the parish church in St Osyth, and my goodness was is stunning. I actually rarely shoot in a church nowadays, but this one was just breathtaking. Such lovely stained glass windows, and such a warm, welcoming atmosphere, helped by their lovely vicar, who you’ll catch beaming in some of the photos!

The ceremony lasted about an hour, followed by a few informal family photos, and then it was off to the family cottage for the reception in a gazebo in the garden. It looked absolutely wonderful, and the decor and cake was all created by Alex’s mum - the cake looked so scrummy!

I hope you’ll enjoy these sunny previews, it was such a laid back day and I can’t wait to edit the full collection!

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Grace xo

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