A Wintertime Essex Wedding with 50s and Harry Potter elements

Today I am thrilled to share this Wintertime Essex Wedding with 50s and Harry Potter elements, and a pretty Navy and pink palette.

Images were captured by Grace Elizabeth Photography.

wintertime Essex Wedding - Grace Elizabeth Photography



Grace says of the couple and their day…


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.

We chatted over drinks as she told me all about how she’d planned a 50’s styled DIY wedding, with a retro tea length custom-made dress (we kept that part from James though!) was going to have violet hair, her beautiful floral and book-worm tattoos on show and a Harry Potter twist for the reception.

I was immediately sold for this wintertime Essex wedding which would be held at Crabbs Barn.


We began the day at Rhia’s dad’s house, whilst she got ready with her maid of honour (also her sister in law) and her two bridesmaids  (fiancé James’ sisters) and the rest of her family.

The morning was super chilled out and there was clearly a focus on family at this wedding!

More and more of my couples are booking me for their intimate, small wedding days and I am such a fan of them because you quite literally end up on first name terms with everyone!

The weather wasn’t looking great for the day, so much so that Rhia had invested not only in umbrellas, but in converse wellie boots, just in case it was too muddy. I tell you, this girl was prepared for ANYTHING!

The ceremony itself was one of the sweetest I’ve seen, and not just for the vows, but for the fact that Ellis, their eldest, was in the middle of them both for every word they said.

He was so excited about his mummy and James getting married that he just had to be there!

After the ceremony, we zipped through the family and couple photos before the light totally disappeared and then we had a wonderful meal, followed by the speeches.

I was in tears for them both for laughing and crying (not that any of you will be surprised – those father-daughter speeches are so beautiful), and then it was the cake cut, first dance and party time..


Bride Rhia tells us a little more about themselves…


How did you meet?

Like many people these days we met online.

Tell us about the Proposal…

We got engaged in March 2017  when James took me to Harry Potter studios and proposed in front of the Hogwarts castle and a bunch of French students!

Tell us about your wedding planning journey …

Our wedding planning was fun , and we did a lot of DIY.

This aspect of the day took a bit of a  back seat however when I lost my sight two months before the Wedding.

James had to give up his work to be my carer but I got my guide dog Luna in February who is a great.

Any special touches/DIY?

I made my own bouquet out of Harry Potter books!

What was the colour palette of your Big Day?

We chose Navy and pink as the colours of our styling with a touch of Harry Potter.

What was the best bit of your day?

I can’t pick a best bit, all of it was amazing!

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

Don’t let anyone dictate what you want, its your day and your decisions.


Wedding Suppliers

Photographer – Grace Elizabeth Photography

Venue – Crabbs Barn  – Kelvedon (now closed)

Wedding Dress – Honey Pie Boutique

Bridesmaid Gowns – ASOS

Suits: Jeff Banks

MUA: Nikki Barker 

Caterers: Jamie Lee Smith Catering

Decor – Mostly DIY

Florist  –  Bride – DIY paper bouquet  Harry Potter books

Cake Maker  – Cakes Glorious Cakes

Rings – Bespoke – made using Brides nans wedding ring


To Contact Grace Elizabeth Photography

Website: https://www.photographybygrace.co.uk/

Email: hello@photographybygrace.co.uk

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  1. Reply

    Cute! Love the cake!

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