Today I am thrilled to share the glamorous Essex Wedding of Chloe and Dan at Gosfield Hall with pretty black, white and gold detailing.
Images were captured by Grace Elizabeth Photography.
Grace Elizabeth is an an alternative Essex wedding photographer with a flair for unobtrusive, natural, relaxed wedding.
She is based in Colchester but often works in Suffolk, Norfolk, and North Devon.
Along with a heart of wanderlust and a sense of adventure, she also adores travelling anywhere and everywhere.destination wedding and lifestyle photography.
I hand over to beautiful bride Chloe…
How did you meet?
We met Dan’s mum’s birthday party – I was invited as a plus one and nearly didn’t go!
Myself and Dan hit it off straight away and spent the whole night together.
At the end of the night Dan had ‘lost’ his keys and couldn’t get home so I invited him to stay at mine for the night ‘on the sofa’,
3 days later he’s still there and turns out he hadn’t lost his keys at all, he just wanted to be with me.
Tell us about the Proposal…
We got engaged on Christmas morning in 2014.
Christmas is always a massive deal for my family we all stay at my mums on Christmas Eve and our grandparents come round first thing Christmas morning to watch me and my sister open our presents (like children, even though we are both in our mid 20’s!).
That particular Christmas there was lots of presents under the tree, once we had worked our way through them I noticed that under the stairs there was a huge box, wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper.
At this point Dan said you have one present left and so I went to retrieve the box from under the stairs.
Once I opened it (hoping there might be a puppy inside!) I found a smaller box, in the smaller box was a puzzle.
As I start to put the puzzle together I can make out the words, ‘Chloe will you . . . .’ at this point I look up at Dan, who is down on one knee with an engagement ring in his hand, and it was then he popped the question.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
Our wedding planning journey was actually quite relaxed, even though we booked a ‘last minute’ Wedding.
We booked a beautiful Essex wedding venue within six months of the big day and planned every last detail within this timescale.
We had been engaged for over 4 years so we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted it was just a case of bringing that to life, and we both worked together to achieve it!
We also had a brilliant wedding planner who helped us every step of the way and made sure than everything ran smoothly on the big day.
Any special touches/DIY?
We made our own wedding sign, table plan, name places and wedding favours.
I had a pendant made of a picture of my Nan who had passed away and had this in my bouquet so she was close to me on the big day.
We also had photos of loved ones who had passed away on the window sills during the wedding breakfast.
In the evening one of my bridesmaids was in charge of a Polaroid camera and went round taking photos of all the wedding guests during the reception when everyone was more relaxed and letting loose!
We also had a beautiful vintage step ladder and all the photos were pinned to this for guests to see throughout the night.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We didn’t really have a theme, but if I had to categorise the day I would say it was very ‘glam’.
The venue spoke for itself, being a stunning Georgian manor house.
The men wore Tuxedos, and the bridesmaids wore beautiful fitted dresses.
Whilst I didn’t have a colour palette as such I did stick to very neutral colours, and tried to tie in with the building and rooms themselves.
All of my flowers and floral displays were ivory/white.
What was the best bit of your day?
The best bit of my day? There was too many! Obviously the ceremony saying our vows, or the moment my dad saw me for the first time in my wedding dress, or seeing my Nan and Grandads faces when they saw me walk down the aisle.
But there’s one bit of the day that does stand out for me, and that was after the ceremony we were joined by all of our guests in the beautiful courtyard as me and Dan made our first appearance as husband and wife.
The sun was shining and we had cocktails in the courtyard and got the opportunity to go round and say hello to everyone, this was the first point of the day when I felt truly relaxed and just took everything in.
Is there anything you would do differently?
I often think about this, and my answer is always the same. There is nothing I would of done differently the day was absolutely perfect I just wish I could do it all over again!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Just enjoy it. Take a moment at some point during the day to just stop and take everything in.
Take a look at the Wedding Film by Lewis Adger..
Essex Wedding Suppliers
Photographer – Grace Elizabeth
Venue – Gosfield Hall
Bridesmaid Gowns – Asos
Suit/Kilt Hire supplier – Slaters Menswear
Florist – Karen Hayley – Wisps of memories
Videographer – Lewis Adger
Rings – Great Nan’s wedding band
Stylist/Wedding Planner – Jan Abbott – Gosfield Hall
Make up – Emma Muldoon-King Mua
Hair stylist – Annie Daniel – Baileys Hair Gallery
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