I’m Allister Freeman, an established Surrey wedding photographer with many years’ experience of weddings in Surrey, 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.
Surrey - the dark horse of the home counties. I don’t think Surrey is talked about enough in comparison to some of it’s neighbouring counties, characterised by their rolling hills and desirable closeness to the capital. Surrey, in fact, has just as much to offer in the way of quaint English villages, vast woodland, striking stately homes, and vibrant towns - something to suit all wedding tastes.
Just a stones throw from the hustle and bustle of London, you can find yourself in the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. A well known trail for cyclists, horse-riders and walkers, this rural playground has inspired artists and writers alike for many years. And it’s not difficult to understand why, when you look out from a view point at the top of the hill to some of the most magnificent view of the south’s green pastures, Surrey is a wedding photographers’ dream.
Unknown to many, Surrey is a leading county in British wines, and there are some charming vineyards to get lost in (and to get married in!). The most famous of vineyards is arguably Denbies in Dorking, slap bang in the middle of the Surrey Hills. You can celebrate your day surrounded by over 250 acres of vineyard. Make your entrance under the white pillars of the courtyard, dine in a glass topped conservatory and the night away in one of the wine cellars. What a unique day that would be, and what a eclectic range of shots you could have in your wedding album!
Henry VIII owned as many as 11 houses in Surrey, and so as you can imagine, Surrey is a county with the stately home at it’s core. I have had the pleasure of photographing weddings at several grand estates, as you can see in my Surrey wedding photographer galleries below. Langshot Manor, the 16th century home with it’s darkly lit winding staircases and it’s own moat encircling the property is a cosy and intimate choice, where Woldingham School is set in 700 acres of land, with all the space you could possibly ask for to accommodate your wedding guests. A school? Certainly not the first location you’d think of for a wedding. But that’s probably because you’re picturing your own secondary school with it’s dated hallways and grey exterior. Quite the opposite, Woldingham, the oldest girls schools in the country, is a truly magnificent red brick mansion, sitting peacefully in a picturesque valley between Surrey and Kent. The driveway to the venue alone will have you gasping and it really is an incredible venue to host your Surrey wedding… it’s also a truly beautiful spot for wedding photography.
So whether you're planning a wedding at Bury Court Barn in Farnham - a wedding venue in Surrey that I’m proud to be a recommended photographer at, are considering getting married Great Fosters - a period property on the outskirts of Egham, or perhaps the beautiful Nonsuch Mansion - a Georgian gem set in the heart of 300 acres of gardens and parkland, there are a plethora of both unique and high quality Surrey wedding venues to choose from.
Many of Surrey's country houses and barns don’t offer a lot in the way of light, and can often be dark and moody. Whilst many Surrey wedding photographers will see this as a hindrance, it’s where my approach to creating wedding photos thrives. Taking advantage of the natural light and the intricate details of these very old and rustic buildings can produce some of the most stunning wedding photographs. The combination of the wedding venue and the moments captured between you and your wedding guests is what drives my style of natural photography, often called ‘reportage’ or ‘documentary wedding photography’. I aim to tell a story with my photos, and what better story to capture than a wedding day, all the intimate moments, against a once in a lifetime backdrop.
All wedding photographers have their own unique style and approach to creating photos and, as a reportage style wedding photographer, I focus more on documenting real moments during the various stages of a wedding day. The end result is a collection of pictures that accurately depict the atmosphere and emotion of the celebration, authentically.