South Eastern secrets and still scenes.
I’m Allister Freeman, an established Buckinghamshire wedding photographer with many years’ experience capturing weddings in Buckinghamshire and around the country. I’ve photographed couples from a variety of cultures and faiths, in all kinds of interesting locations – from the traditional to the downright quirky and everything in between.
The county that housed and inspired Roald Dahl has to be an interesting one, right? The catalyst for the creation of snozzcumbers and frobscottle, of mischievous foxes and of marvellous potions must have some weird and wonderful history and scenery for a wedding, mustn’t it?
Buckinghamshire is a popular location for those wishing to vacate London for a day, due in part to the fact that you can reach this beautiful county on the underground. Jump on the Metropolitan line from Baker Street, and in a couple of hours, you can find yourself in Chesham, a quaint town in the Chiltern Valley and a haven for hikers. Another hop on and off, and you’re in Amersham, home to the set of Four Weddings and Funeral, and the backdrop for the unfortunate ‘Midsomer’ village of Midsomer Murders. Tourists flock to see this little Buckinghamshire village that makes up much of the series. (Thank God it’s fiction, otherwise they’d likely never be seen again…).
If you’re interested in me being your Buckinghamshire wedding photographer, get in touch to discuss pricing and availability.
Buckinghamshire itself is a county with secrets and mysteries hidden all over its landscape. History buffs will revel in walking around Bletchley Park, the countries undercover site for codebreaking in WWII, and the subject of the popular 2014 film The Imitation Game. Over in High Wycombe you can visit the Hellfire Caves, a network of manmade chalk and flint passageways, excavated by Sir Francis Dashwood in the 1740's. Though originally excavated for boosting employment, the caves get their name from their later use as a secret meeting place for ‘The Hell-Fire Club’ a gentleman’s society made up of Lords, politicians and high up officials. You can hold private events at the caves in modern day… anybody for a borderline spooky underground ceremony? It would certainly make for some pretty unique wedding photography.
A national trust hotspot, Buckinghamshire is dotted with Italianate mansions, neoclassical architecture, abbeys, halls and country manors, potential wedding venues all a stone’s throw from the rolling green of the Chiltern Hills. The Chilterns, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to some charming little villages too, with pretty farm houses, pubs and Georgian buildings that seem to have been left unchanged by time. These breath-taking period properties and intimate rustic venues are owed a natural style Buckinghamshire wedding photographer to document them accordingly. This is exactly why I choose to photograph in a reportage (aka documentary) wedding photography style. I work in harmony with the landscape I’m given. Most often, wedding photos are posed. But you can’t pose the little Robin sitting on the stone wall behind you, or reorganise the draping ivy that hangs a little too close to Uncle John’s head to suit your family line up. Reportage wedding photography isn’t about demanding and dictating, staging or posing a wedding photo. It’s about capturing the moment. It’s about telling a story. And all the little details of your chosen location have their own personality, and demand to be part of the photographic coverage too.
As a close neighbour to London, Buckinghamshire is the perfect county for couples wishing to take a hop skip and jump to somewhere with more to offer in terms of countryside charm. But that doesn’t mean that it’s lacking for those who’d prefer the buzz of a town or city for their big day. Buckinghamshire towns Milton Keynes and Aylesbury are a little less sleepy than the villages that make up most of the county, and there are some stunning wedding venues to be found in both towns: the palace grandeur of Stowe House in Milton Keynes with its wide expanse of lakes, gardens and historic monuments, or the lavishly romantic Notley Abbey in Aylesbury, modern wedding simplicity between rustic medieval stone walls are to note. Alternatively, couples truly wishing to be in touch with the Buckinghamshire countryside, might want to hire a large wedding tipi or tent slap bang in the middle of the county via the iDo Country Wedding Company. Imagine the wedding photos you’d have being right in the heart of all that nature. Candy to a natural style wedding photographer!
I have been fortunate to have already been commissioned as a Buckinghamshire wedding photographer at some beautiful weddings around the county. If you’re thinking of travelling out to the country to get hitched, or you’re Buckinghamshire born and bred, take a peep at the wedding galleries below to get more of a visual feel of my style. I’ll be right in the heart of the action during your wedding day, but you’ll barely know I’m there.