Posts tagged suffolk
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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Dedham Extended Family Session | McPherson Family | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

This extended family session was truly special, and let me give you a bit of background as to why…

Laurel Beth first got in touch with me when I was shooting a wedding in December, and her enquiry was just so sweet that during my meal break I had to reply! She told me that she and husband Ryan had moved to the UK back in spring last year for work, and that this was meant to be their first family Christmas apart. Having experienced having long distance family and relationships myself, I totally knew how she felt. However, as I read on, I was so overjoyed to hear that her family had planned to fly from Tennessee to the UK to spend Christmas all together - how precious is that?!

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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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The Parker's Suffolk Extended Family Session | Grace Elizabeth | Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer, Colchester, Essex

When the Parker's got in touch with me a little while ago about booking their extended family session, I was super excited, because the session was going to be a surprise! Elizabeth's mum was celebrating her birthday the day of the shoot, and the day after, her parents were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, so it was such a lovely gesture to book the session for those reasons! It made it even more special!


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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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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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Teddy - for Oh Little Bing Childrenswear | Grace Elizabeth | Alternative Wedding Photographer, Colchester, Essex

Having undertaken the Gold Dust Project, a celebratory, body-positive project which had led me to meet mothers who had suffered with infertility issues, mothers with negative body relationships, and just generally mothers across a huge cross section in Essex, I felt even more compelled to reach out to Lindsey at Oh Little Bing. I had wanted to chat with her about photographing her pieces for such a long time, but the stars hadn't quite aligned... until now.

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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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Amanda and Vic's Boho Festival Wedding at Hedingham Castle | Grace Elizabeth | Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Having had a traditional Hindu blessing in Bali, a place Amanda considers her spiritual home, their formal wedding in the UK was to be a relatively intimate affair, in the candle-lit Hedingham Castle. They celebrated with 40 of their closest friends and family, and many of the guests had travelled far and wide for the celebrations! All of the ladies wore white, in-keeping with the beautiful Amanda - they all looked divine!

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Noi's Winter Woodland Family Session | Grace Elizabeth | Colchester, Essex, Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

I've shot Noi's when he was still in his mum's tummy, then shot his newborn photos, and finally I got to see him and his mum and dad again at the very end of last year. I cannot believe how he is now almost half of my height! I didn't get a chance to blog their sweet session at the time as I was in the process of moving over to a new website host, so I thought why not reminisce on their chilly winter family session now?! 

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Flossie's Family Session at Arger Fen, Suffolk | Grace Elizabeth | Colchester, Essex Alternative Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Katie and Jono had the perfect little girl, Flossie, and what a cutie she is (you'll get to see her in a minute!) But sadly, her first few months on the planet were met with illness, meaning that the family didn't have a chance to do those family portraits they envisioned in the early days. Thankfully, Flossie soon became a lot better, so we headed to the beautiful Arger Fen on the Essex and Suffolk border for their family photographs when she turned around six months old.

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