Posts tagged DIY wedding
Amy and Ross' Orsett Church Wedding and Relaxed Boho Garden Reception | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Devon, Suffolk and Norfolk Alternative Wedding and Family Photographer

Yesterday I had the pleasure of witnessing Amy and Ross get married in Orsett, in what was to be a beautiful, relaxed day.

Beside for the ceremony at their local church, which was really wonderful and also quite modern, Amy and Ross didn’t stick too much to tradition! Gone were the photos of Amy and the girls having their hair and makeup being done, there were no speeches or sit down meal as such - everyone just came along to what was effectively a big party!

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Emi and Jack's Countryside DIY Boho Wedding Previews at Eggington House | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Devon, Suffolk And Norfolk Alternative Wedding And Family Photographer

Sometimes in this job, you meet people for the first time and yet they feel like they’ve been friends of yours forever. Emi and Jack were those people.

Although we have only known each other just over 10 months, through following them on instagram ever since, come their wedding day yesterday, it literally felt like meeting up with two friends and shooting their wedding!

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Hannah and Anthony's Intimate Retro DIY Seaside Wedding At Thorpeness Golf Club And Hotel | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding And Lifestyle Photographer

What a jolly day this Saturday’s wedding was at Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel!

Oh Hannah and Anthony, what wonderful friends I have found in you both (and of course your pup Wally!) over these past few months! From our very first meeting where you put on a surprise vegan feast for me at your home (how amazing you are!!) and we spent over two hours chatting about your wedding (but truthfully mostly about dogs, vegan food, art, decor and finding out how similar we are in general) to yesterday… Which was the day of your gorgeous, intimate and absolutely non traditional wedding day, which has left my cheeks hurting from smiling so much!

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Emily and Dominic's Rainy Suffolk Barn Wedding with an Irish Twist | Barrandov Opera House | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

‘Get to work and work hard today’ my astrology app told me yesterday morning. How accurate that would be, as I’d find out!

Everyone has the worry of rain on their wedding day (whether they actually do, or just because Alanis Morissette made a song about it, who knows!), but I like to think of it as confetti from the sky. A little good luck, before you tie the knot (the idea being that rain creates a knot impossible to ever untie.) But you know what? A rainy wedding day can be a lot of fun, if you embrace it, and Emily and Dom did just that.

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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?!

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Danielle and Gareth's Boho Wedding Previews at High House Weddings | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

This wedding was just absolutely incredible from start to finish - just wait until you feast your eyeballs on it!

Danielle and Gareth wed at High House Weddings yesterday, and it was an absolute dream! I’ve known the couple almost over a year now, as I shot Danielle's cousin Christian and Sophie’s wedding last year. Sophie and Christian recommended Danielle and Gareth to me almost before they’d even received their final photos, and the couple ended up booking me which was so wonderful! It was so lovely too, because I got to see so many people I knew at the wedding!

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A Barn Wedding with a Theme Park Twist | Grace and Sam | Old Barn and The Milky Way, Clovelly | Grace Elizabeth, Essex, Devon, Suffolk and Norfolk Alternative Wedding Photographer

When an email popped into my inbox from another Grace Elizabeth, I thought I had misread it… But nope, another Grace Elizabeth really was enquiring with me, and she wanted to book me because we had the same name. How cool is that?!

If her name hadn’t already been the reason I wanted to work with her, then the couple’s plans to get married at the Old Barn in Clovelly, Bideford in North Devon, which is literally joined to a theme park, the Milky Way, with dodgems you can ACTUALLY use, then I don’t know what was!

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Steph and Neil's Chilled Wedding Previews | Red Brick Barn, Sutton Hall, Rochford | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Oh the Beckswith’s… where do I begin with these two? Ever since we spoke on the phone for the very first time, Steph said ‘What you see is what you get, okay? You’re not easily offended, are you?’ ‘Of course not!’ I replied. I have to say, it’s a good job I’m not because this pair are true to their word… I absolutely didn’t expect the ‘c word’ to adorn the top of the wedding cake (yes, really, scroll down!) and the middle finger to be one of their favourite poses - absolutely had me in stitches (and both events go down as some highlights in my career!) I absolutely loved how chilled they were as a couple and it meant that the day was so relaxed too!

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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, 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!

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Anne and Charlie's Wedding Previews | Intimate Wedding at All Saint's Church, Maldon | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Anne and Charlie’s wedding yesterday was just so wonderful, even if it was probably the most blustery wedding I have ever photographed!

I first met Anne and Charlie at John and Amy’s wedding at Tunnels Beaches last September, where they were guests. I actually remember them pulling me aside to ask if I would take a photograph of them together - I didn’t expect an email to land in my inbox from them just two months later asking me if I would photograph their wedding, what an honour!

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Behind the Scenes | We Only Need 15 Minutes For Your Wedding Portraits - Yes Really! | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Regularly, when I explain that I will need a little time in your day to get those beautiful couple photos you see across my website and my instagram, I often hear ‘Oh you won’t take us away for hours will you?’ or ‘We aren’t that fussed about couple photos… We were at a wedding recently where the couple disappeared with the videographer and photographer for two hours! We don’t want that.’ Therefore, most couples are actually super cautious about having any couple photos together at all, which makes me super sad because I LOVE them… so let me tell you something!

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Colourful Intimate NYE Registry Office Elopement at Colchester Town Hall | Kim and David | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding Photographer

Just a month before the two planned to wed, an email popped into my inbox from the loveliest couple, David and Kim. The couple had been together for over thirty years and were finally planning to tie the knot in a super intimate ceremony, with just Kim’s daughter and her mum present, although there was going to be a big party a few months down the line with all of their friends who would then be aware of their wedding!

Noted in their email as ‘what will probably be the speediest wedding ever’ although quite correct, as they were in and out of the ceremony within 20 minutes, it was such a wonderful way to end 2018 on a high and definitely a lovely thing to witness.

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Mark and Laurence's Wedding Previews | Crondon Park | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding Photographer

I’m just gonna say it… This wedding might just go down as the best party of the entire year. And yes, I do realise we are only just in January, but oh my was this a wedding and a half!

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Beautiful Twilight Wedding at Newland Hall | Sophie + Mark | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding Photographer

Sophie and Mark’s gorgeous bohemian twilight wedding last September at Newland Hall was definitely one of the highlights of 2018 for me, and I am so excited to finally be able to share their day with you! You might be surprised to know that I was absolutely full of flu when their day rolled around (seriously, who gets the flu in September?!) but I absolutely would not have missed this wedding for the world. I had SO much fun and it was absolutely gorgeous!

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Post-Wedding Sessions | The Clark Family | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding Photographer

This blog post is going to be introducing something new to you - my post wedding sessions! I am so excited to launch these, because I think they might just be a huge game changer (not to mention a stress reliever!) when it comes to the formal photos on your wedding day…

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Best of 2018 | Grace Elizabeth | Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

What an absolute year 2018 was. It was the year I went from doing photography on the side, to going fully self employed, and for that, I am so very grateful. 2018 gave me the opportunity to photograph the most amazing weddings and lifestyle sessions, and to meet so many amazing people. It was a year full of love, I started the #GoldDustProject, I photographed quite a few charity events and I documented a few eco friendly vegan events too. So here it is, a round up of the best moments of 2018!

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Retro 50s DIY Crabbs Barn Wedding | Rhia + James | Grace Elizabeth, Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer, Colchester, Essex

When bride Rhia first got in contact with me back in the summer, I knew from her messages that right away we would get along, so it wasn’t long before we organised meeting up to chat about their plans. It was the middle of summer, with the blazing hot heatwave, and I think I must have spent about three hours at their home… No wonder that now we are such good friends! Funny how you never know where one facebook message might lead six months down the line!

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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!)

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Intimate DIY Rainy Beach Wedding at Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe | John + Amy | Grace Elizabeth | Alternative Wedding Photographer, Colchester, Essex

Oh where do you start with a wedding like this one? A beautiful couple (actually, let me correct myself *a beautiful family!), beautiful location and beautifully thought-out, DIY wedding day. I couldn’t ask for any more.

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A DIY Boho Barn Wedding at the Essex Barn, White Hart, Great Yeldham | Sarah and Paul | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Right, so where do you start at explaining how beautiful, amazing, wonderful and fantastic a wedding and the bride and groom were when there are only so many adjectives in the dictionary?!

Sarah and Paul’s wedding at the bohemian barn at the White Hart, Great Yeldham, was just absolutely stunning from start to finish, and such a pleasure to be a part of.

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