Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous Norfolk village hall wedding with pretty dusty pink and blue details.
Images were captured by Grace Elizabeth Photography.
Grace says of her work, the couple and their day…
I’m Grace Elizabeth, a five foot tall twenty something tea-drinking, tattoo-loving sea-adoring alternative wedding and lifestyle photographer from Essex.
I shot my first wedding at just sixteen, with no knowledge that I would ever becoming a wedding photographer, but I have always loved documenting the things that are important to me through my photos.
I often relive my memories through the photos that I take, and, after completing a photography degree where I really focused on documenting stories, I decided I really wanted to share my love of story telling by becoming a story-telling photographer.
I absolutely love documenting love, journeys and stories, I love all things bohemian, alternative, and unusual, and I love getting to know people. I try to treat my clients like friends.
I want to know what makes them tick, love, laugh. I want to tell my clients stories, personalities and journeys through my photography.
I hope that my work is authentic, emotive, and archival. I am so appreciative that I am now able to give this opportunity to others.
Because that is what photography is about: selflessly giving to others by documenting their love, lives and stories with your unique perspective.
Jess and Tom emailed me earlier this year about the possibility of shooting their wedding.
After a quick phone call, with laptop in tow, a few weeks later I travelled to Norwich to put some faces to the names and to have a chat about their plans!
I always go into my client meetings with no expectation of them booking, it’s more so that we can have a chat and they can work out if I might be a good fit for them, and, as Jess had studied photography and had a keen eye for imagery, it was a good chance for her to see more of my work.
However, Jess and Tom were so excited about me that they decided there and then that they wanted to book. I think we were all over the moon!
Jess and Tom’s bohemian wedding in Norfolk is absolutely up there with one of my very favourite weddings of the year, if possibly, ever!
We are quite similar in age, which meant that right away we got along and had a lot in common, and their wedding was just beautiful!
I always know that I am being hired to do a job when it comes to wedding photography, but these guys, their friends, and family, went over and above to make me feel included. I felt so welcomed and involved that I felt more like a guest, or friend, than a wedding photographer.
The day started off with me meeting Tom for his groom preparations with the guys, and that was a lot of fun. I documented them getting ready and then headed to the local park to do some formal portraits.
They were absolute stars and super up for ideas – including the infamous ‘Beatles’ photo which Ceiran, one of the groomsmen, suggested!
I then headed to Jess for her bridal prep, which is always one of my favourite parts of a day.
The atmosphere is electric at the girls’ house compared to the guys, who are always so chilled!
Jess’ family warmly welcomed me and I was able, along with their fantastic videographer, to get some wonderful detail shots and of course natural moments as I floated around whilst they were finalising preparations.
Their little dog Bailey was also so sweet, I couldn’t believe he was thirteen, so of course we took photos with him too!
Then came the ceremony at their local Kingdom Hall, which was so touching.
From Jess’ proud father giving her away, to Tom’s pure emotion as he saw Jess for the first time – his soon to be wife.
The gentleman conducting the ceremony made it so personal by referencing bible passages to the two of them, he knew them so very well, which was so touching.
Everyone at the ceremony was so lovely, and we took some beautiful family shots.
Then we headed to their reception venue, where guests chatted over chilled drinks whilst Jess, Tom, the videographer and I explored the local area (beautiful farmland) for their couple photos.
They were so wonderful, relaxed, and had a sense of calm between them that far exceeds their years. I absolutely adore their couple photos and am so grateful that they were up for any of my ideas!
Following this was a wonderful Thai meal, belly-laughing whilst tear-inducing speeches (featuring home video from Jess’ childhood) and a wonderful first dance.
Outside there was a super cool crepe and waffle van, which everyone enjoyed.
Altogether the day was just fabulous, and I am so grateful to have been their wedding photographer.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Jess…
How did you meet?
We met through a mutual friend who had organised a group meal out.
We were sat opposite each other and started talking and that’s when it all began.
Tell us about the Proposal…
It happened one Saturday evening when we went for a walk down by the local river, a route we very often took.
It was still such a surprise despite the fact we had been recently talking about getting engaged.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
To be honest, most of the wedding day we did ourselves to keep costs down and add our personality.
We didn’t have a colour scheme as such but we liked the natural/neutral colours. We used dusty pink and blue as the basis of our day.
What was the best bit of your day?
The couple photos were actually a really lovely part of the day, it was a time to relax and actually spend some quality time together amongst the hustle and bustle.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Try not to be so controlling about everything as things happen and the day can run perfectly anyway but all our planning and effort paid off.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Spend time researching what you really want on your big day.
If you’re trying to do things at a budget ask yourself ‘Do I really need it’ or ‘Can I do it myself?’
Photographer – Grace Elizabeth Photography
Venue – Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses and Binham Memorial Hall
Wedding Dress – Monsoon
Bridesmaid Gowns – Dorothy Perkins
Cake Maker – Linda Wasmuth (Tom’s nanny)
Florist – Myrtle and Moss
Videographer – Ian Sheerman
Rings – The Jewellery Cottage.. (We made them ourselves)
Stationery – Bride designed stationery and printed at Printed.Com
Make up/Hair stylist – Clair Flaxmer and Becky Donnelly
To Contact Grace Elizabeth Photography
Website – http://www.photographybygrace.co.uk