Posts tagged pre-wedding
Urban Pre Wedding Session in London's East End | Natalie and John | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

‘A shoot in London’ you say?! ‘Grace never shoots in London!’ Well on this occasion, I did indeed do a shoot in London - because after all, a sign above my desk says ‘Be afraid. Do it anyway!’ and I am using that as my mantra for 2019!

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Cudmore Grove Beach Pre Wedding Session (With A Dog!) | Hayley and Sam | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Alternative Wedding And Lifestyle Photographer

Hayley and Sam were absolute stars when it came to doing their pre wedding session on a baking hot Bank Holiday Monday in the middle of an extremely busy beach! But these two shy lovebirds didn’t let that bother them, and we had a whale of a time frolicking down on Cudmore Grove’s beach front amongst passers-by definitely wondering what we were doing, and definitely eyeing up Hayley’s beautiful (not to mention on-brand) golden gown! (Ladies, it’s from New Look if you’re wondering - I just had to ask!)

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Spring Woodland Elopement at Chalkney woods, Colchester | Yuliya and Yafith | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding And Lifestyle Photographer

I was at a service station on my way to a shoot when an email popped into my inbox from fellow photographer Yuliya, who is based in Oman, just last year. I can’t tell you how excited I was to read it. The fact that someone halfway across the globe had found my work, was a photographer themselves, and considered my work the exact style they were looking for for their english spring elopement was just the best feeling!

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Floral Spring Pre Wedding Session (With A Dog!) | Chloe and Dan | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Where do I even begin with this pre wedding session?! It was not just gorgeous but also so full of laughter because Chloe and Dan brought their rather large pup Nellie along too and she had us all in fits of laughter!

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What to Wear For Your Pre-Wedding or Engagement Session | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

I know what it’s like planning an outfit… I can’t even plan one on a daily basis, let alone for a special occasion like your pre-wedding session photos or your engagement session photos! As a result, I’ve decided to put together a bit of a guide / my top five go-to tips of what you could look to wear, what you should avoid, and how to feel your best self! Oh, and this guide is based not only on what my past clients have worn, but what I’ve worn to my own couple sessions with my boyfriend. I’ll include photos of how we co-ordinated our wardrobes for the day, so I totally know how you feel, trust me!

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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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Guest Feature: The Best UK Barn Wedding Venues According to Guides for Brides | Grace Elizabeth: Alternative Wedding Photographer, Colchester, Essex, UK

So today on the blog, I have something a little different to my norm... It's an exciting guest feature from Guides for Brides! I have been featured on their blog before with one of my real weddings, so of course it made sense for them to do a little feature here to share - because sharing is caring in this industry! As many of you know, I travel across the UK and the world, and these are a few venues I would love to shoot in!

So, do you want a chic, rustic barn wedding but struggling to find the perfect venue? Guides for Brides have picked out some of their favourites from across the country to get you inspired!


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A cocktail evening at Liberty House | Business Branding Photography | Grace Elizabeth, Alternative Wedding Photographer, Colchester, Essex

A beautifully modern renovated 17th-century barn, set in the gorgeous Suffolk countryside, this place is both picturesque and the perfect location to throw a party. With the ability to accommodate twenty people in eight luxurious bedrooms, and six bathrooms (five en-suite) each hand decorated with interior design even Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen would be envious of, not to mention an indoor swimming pool and outdoor hot tub, Liberty House Luxury Retreat is truly the place to relax with a glass of champagne!

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Georgie and Amalaketu's Laid Back Buddhist Firstsite Wedding | Previews | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding Photographer

I decided to meet up with them to have a chat over a hot chocolate (no surprises there!) at one of my favourite little cafés, Sip and Tuck. Having ordered my coconut milk hot chocolate, I pondered around the corner to find them sat there awaiting me. Within a few moments and hello's, a waitress peered round and asked if I wanted the vegan hot chocolate, so I said yes! Off she went again, which prompted 'are you vegan too?!' from Georgie and Amalaketu. 'Yes I am!' I said. Turns out they were too, and they'd been looking for vegan wedding suppliers because they too, are vegan! If that's not fate - I don't know what is!

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Rhiannon and Will's Art-Deco Town Wedding | Grace Elizabeth | Colchester, Essex, Alternative Wedding Photographer

When I met up with Rhiannon and Will on Christmas Eve of last year, they told me of their non-traditional, vintage-twist low-key wedding plans. These two were not about having a big, over the top wedding, and focused more on having a small, intimate get together with family and friends, which I absolutely adore in a wedding. I was most intrigued by their laid back nature, highlighted by their plans to get ready together, to walk to the ceremony location together, down the aisle together, and of course leave as husband and wife. Their laidback natures even rubbed off onto me, as I was asked quite a few times if I was friends of theirs. Although not quite, I always feel like I ultimately end up becoming friends with my couples!

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Jess and Tom's Norfolk Countryside Wedding - Previews - Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding Photographer

When Jess and Tom emailed me a few months back now, their wedding plans sounded right up my street. I rang them right away, and it felt almost like chatting with a friend rather than a potential client! Fast forward a few weeks, and we all met up for a hot chocolate in Starbucks in Norwich earlier this year, and, to no surprise, we got on really well immediately.

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Rustic Romantic Wedding at Captains Wood Barn, Maldon, Essex | Grace Elizabeth | Alternative Wedding Photographer, Colchester, Essex

When I found out about the beautiful new venue of Captains Wood Barn, situated in the Maldon countryside, I just knew I HAD to photograph there. As it was winter going into spring (obviously the best time to organise a shoot - not!), weddings were not in full swing, so I, along with my florist friend Kelly of Miss Fleur Floral Design, decided to put together our very own boho, romantic wedding... With a twist... We only used carnations for the entire shoot, and we had 800 of them to be precise!

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I might shoot your Destination Wedding for FREE! | Grace Elizabeth | Alternative Essex Wedding Photographer

So, you're thinking of getting married abroad?! How fabulous!

Before I dive into telling you about my AMAZING offer of shooting your destination wedding for free (yes, REALLY!), let's have a chat about why you might bring a UK photographer (particularly me, an Essex-based alternative wedding photographer!) along on your travels!

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