I’m Allister Freeman, an established Devon wedding photographer with many years’ experience capturing weddings in Devon and around the country. I’ve worked with 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.
Devon. It all begins with Cream Teas, doesn’t it?
We’ll get to the beautiful locations and the wedding photography stuff. But let’s all just take a moment to appreciate the most Devony thing about Devon, which ultimately has to be the age-old tradition of devouring mouthfuls of Creamy Jammy Scone. (Notice I said Creamy first… a highly important distinction if you’re Devon born and bred).
Sometimes when looking for a wedding venue, it can be a struggle to match the photo in your head to the balance in the bank but this just isn’t a problem you’ll face when getting married in Devon. Whether you’re on a tight budget, or you’ve the fortune to spend out, creating an unforgettable wedding day for you and your guests is completely attainable. The unpretentious natural beauty of the landscape sets the bar high for ideal wedding destinations in the UK and always makes for amazing photography.
If you’re interested in me being your Devon wedding photographer, get in touch to discuss pricing and availability.
If a cream tea is the first thought of quintessential Devon, picturesque villages will be the second. If you’re a native, you’ll be aware (and proud) of the fact that there are too many micro-paradise locations to mention in just one article. If you’re reading this and you’ve yet to pack the car full of sandwiches and walking boots and explore, you’ll find, when embarking on your wedding planning journey, that you may also embark on love affair with this region that will last until the both of you have grown old, become addicted to Horlicks and adopted 6 cats. It comes as no surprise that Devon has become the dream destination for those tired of city life, stuffy sardine commutes and high-rise homes, let alone beautiful weddings.
The south side of the county is adorned with villages that will make you feel like you’ve jumped in your DeLorean and nipped back in time for a short holiday. Take Clovelly, where you have to leave your car on the edge of the village as vehicles are not permitted inside it’s narrow streets (trade and transport had been carried out by Donkeys until the not-so-far-behind past).
If you live your life for the surf, then you’re truly spoilt for choice in this area, with particular mention of ‘surfing mecca’ Croyde, a mix of old-world thatched cottage charm, wide expanse of sand, and ideal swell.
The oldy-worldy cliffside cottages, brightly painted fishermen’s cottages and tucked away coves of the south side are a visual feast for any Devon wedding photographer, especially those specialising in the reportage (aka documentary) wedding photography style. Put simply, a ‘reportage wedding photographer’ deals in the art of storytelling, using the narrative of the atmosphere and the moment to create a photograph, rather than an unnatural and posed alternative. And where better to tell the story of your wedding day than these dreamy Devon destinations, existing as if plucked straight out of an ancient folk tale?
Aside from the landscape itself, Devon is a cornucopia of venues ideal for a picturesque wedding. Awe-inspiring castles, intimate manor houses, long medieval halls… there’s something to suit all, whether you’re going for classic elegance, rustic charm or simply looking for a wide open space to accommodate for the biggest party you’ll probably ever host! As with much of the West Country, there are barns-a-plenty in Devon; the magical The Corn Barn in Collumpton and The Great Barn in the heart of the Exeter countryside of particular mention. These Devon wedding venues with their rustic brickwork and large picture windows allow for a stunning natural light, which is where the reportage photography style really shows it’s superiority. All of those fine details that make your venue so special to you, will be showcased to their full potential as the backdrop to the intimate moments in your day, rather than missed in the pursuit of staged and contrived photos.
I’ve had the pleasure of photographing weddings at some particularly breathtaking venues in Devon, but I’d love to explore more of what the county has to offer. Do go and have a peep at my previously shot Devon wedding photos above to see what you can expect in terms of style (and maybe have a daydream about the listed venues as inspiration for your own wedding). A look through my photography portfolios should give you a better understanding the honesty and authenticity I look to convey whilst working as a Devon wedding photographer. Skilled, natural, documentary style wedding photographers should be in the heart of the action and yet go unnoticed.