I’m Allister Freeman, an established Bath wedding photographer with many years’ experience of weddings in Bath, the UK and Europe. My photography has led me to photographing couples across a variety of cultures and faiths and in all kinds of interesting locations – from the traditional to the downright quirky and everything in between.
There are few post-card perfect architectural cities in the UK that compare to Bath. The city, famous for it’s roman baths and 18th century Georgian buildings, is a vibrant mix of modern culture and rich history.
My natural reportage wedding photography can be viewed extensively in the galleries below, these feature weddings at many of my favourite Bath venues including hotels, manor houses, historic halls and even barns and ancient mills. I have many wedding galleries to explore featuring full and complete weddings photographed in these amazing venues, just take a look below or even type the word ‘Bath’ into the search bar on the blog page for even more Bath weddings.
Did you know, you can in fact get married and have your wedding photography at the Roman baths? For a spectacular and truly unique wedding experience, couples can hire the venue for their wedding ceremony and reception, having their guests wander around after hours in one of the greatest spas of the ancient world. The possibilities for wedding photography at this particular special Bath spot are endless. Picture yourself walking through the stone arches of ancient history as newlyweds!
I’m regularly commissioned as a Bath wedding photographer by couples and I usually aim to take them on a walk through the city during an engagement shoot, it’s such an unparalleled backdrop for a natural photos and a lovely way to get to know each other prior to the wedding day itself.
A short walk from the city centre, wedding guests can stroll through Victoria Park, opened by Queen Victoria when she was still just a princess in 1830. If you’re planning to hold your wedding on a warm summers’ day, the park could make for a stunning quintessentially ‘Bath’ wedding photography coverage, with the traditional bandstand and the botanical gardens both available for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
Of course, if you’re looking for a more conventional building for your Bath wedding and photos (rather than a spa or public gardens), it’s a city full of stunning architectural treasures. The Bath Assembly rooms, one of the cities most prestigious wedding venues makes for an extremely elegant affair, with it’s high pastel walls and hanging chandeliers. Alternatively, a little trip outside of the city centre and you can find yourself a little rustic hideaway, if you’re looking for a more rural location. Take a peek at my Bath wedding photographer galleries below for some stunning locations I have already had the pleasure of photographing at, including Priston Mill, a picturesque 18th century Tythe Barn around 30 miles out of the city between Bath and Bristol.
Though Bath is characterised by monuments and features from an ancient time, it’s also brimming with modern culture, and it’s the diversity of the city that really makes it a favourite to photograph. Winding cobbled streets, quirky little shops, artsy installations, markets, and eclectic social hotspots for drinking, eating, dancing and creating. The city is a melting pot of architecture, experience and discovery, not dissimilar to it’s neighbouring Bristol in the diverse county of Somerset.
The ‘Documentary’ style, or ‘reportage wedding photography’, as it’s often referred to, is the art of storytelling through wedding photographs. My opinion is that wedding photographers should always follow a narrative on the day, accurately portraying the various phases, from preparations through to the first dance and beyond. I want to understand the characters and the connections, it’s not all about photographing pretty pictures and it’s why I feel the documentary wedding photography style is so perfect for weddings. I’ll capture those moments that happen throughout the wedding day in a pose-free way, as they should be caught. Natural and honest wedding photos. And where better to tell a story than beneath the Georgian crescents or on an historic bridge atop the river Avon.
I’d welcome the opportunity to be your Bath wedding photographer, in part because I know there will still be lots of hidden gems that I’ve yet to discover and explore (perhaps your favourite spot, or even your own home). If you have a look through my wedding photographers’ portfolio of previously shot Bath weddings, you’ll better understand the honesty and authenticity you can expect from your collection. A skilled, natural style reportage wedding photographer should be in the heart of the action and yet go unnoticed.