I’m Allister Freeman, an established Kent wedding photographer with many years’ experience capturing weddings in Kent, around the UK and Europe. I’ve worked with couples from a variety of cultures and faiths and in all kinds of interesting locations – from the traditional to the downright quirky and everything in between.
Hops, Cliffs and Historic Warships.
If I stopped a stranger on the street today and asked them to name their dream location for a UK wedding, I’m willing to bet that Kent wouldn’t even be considered. It probably wouldn't even make it into the top five or ten wedding locations. But you know what? It’s a real shame.
The true beauty of Kent is in it’s diversity, something all experienced wedding photographers familiar with Kent will agree on. Kent has a huge variety of scenery and urban environments - each city has left its own historic mark and each village offers a unique way of life and set of traditions. There’s a stark contrast between the urban landscape of the towns and the peaceful oldy-worldy quaintness of the countryside - aspects I always aim to convey in my documentary wedding photos.
Whilst Chatham in Kent is known for being the birthplace of the ‘Chav’, what Kent is really famous for is its hops, fruits and picture-perfect vineyards - it’s the wild nature that defines this incredible region. There’s a reason, after all, that it has historically been hailed the ‘Garden of England’. Kent was the very first county for hop farming in the UK, and so it comes as no surprise that you can, in fact, hold your wedding at The Hop Farm and have your photography set against the beautiful backdrop of the world’s largest collection of Victorian Oast Houses.
If you’re less about the hops and more about the vines, it’s a must that you visit Chapel Down and get lost in vineyards and vintage grapes. Toast your marriage with an award winning Sparkling Wine, grown and nurtured at your venue. It's a wedding photographer’s dream!
Much like it’s neighbouring home counties, you’re never too far from the coast in Kent, and the county is rich in maritime history. Of course, no two coastal hotspots are the same: walk down the never-ending pier at Southend, waltz around Margate’s 1950s carousel, dune-jump into the wide expanse of sand at Camber. You could even find yourself at the Oyster festival in Whitstable at a world renowned skate park in Hastings, or peering out to sea from the lighthouse at Dungeness.
Kent just has so much to offer and I’d love to be your reportage wedding photographer in order to explore more of it.
Inland, there are some truly stunning locations and venues in Kent for wedding photographers to take advantage of, the county is abundant with castles, ruins, and cathedrals. History buffs will revel in choosing Hever Castle to host their guests, who’ll dine like Kings and Queens between the walnut walls of Anne Boleyn’s childhood home, or sip on some bubbly overlooking the 38 acre lake.
Canterbury’s cathedral is a buzz of tourist intrigue, due to Chaucer’s infamous Tales, and of course the murder of the Archbishop Thomas Becket. Step into the shoes of a Roman at Lullingstone Roman Villa (quite literally… there are costumes for those interested) or get lost in the labyrinth of Napoleonic Fort Amherst, where you can host your Kent wedding in a candle lit tunnel! What a unique experience that would be!
The point that I’m making is that there is a character to Kent wherever you go. Maybe you’re not looking for something quite as grandiose as a castle, and you’ve crossed roaming around gothic caves off the wedding venue list.
If you’re still looking for class and elegance, there are plenty of manor houses, stately homes and lavish golf courses to accommodate, and just a stone's throw from London.
And if you really fancy thinking outside the box on your wedding day, you could always opt for a wedding at Port Lympne Zoo, and get hitched alongside the hyenas!
In a nutshell, what this means is that I discreetly capture the story of your day in an unobtrusive way, without dictating, or asking you to pull cheesy 90’s style poses. If you have a look through my portfolio of previously shot weddings, you’ll better understand the honesty and authenticity you can expect from your collection.
Skilled, natural – style wedding photographers should be in the heart of the action and yet go unnoticed. I let you enjoy every minute of your day, without getting in the way, importantly.