Wedding Photographers in Surrey – Alexander Leaman
Wedding Photographers Surrey Venues & Locations
I’ve been living in Surrey now for 10 years – nearly as long as I’ve been a Wedding Photographer. It wasn’t the reason I moved away from London – in fact I was nervous about re-locating because I’d already had a good amount of success photographing weddings in London and the surrounding areas and in some ways it was (or at least it felt like it at the time) hard to imagine almost starting up again in a new area. As it turned out there wasn’t anything to worry about and I’ve been photographing more gorgeous weddings in London than ever. By the time I settled in Godalming I’d already kind of hit the ground running and we have been busy wedding photographers Surrey since, and never looked back.
One of the joys of being a Surrey Wedding Photographer has been the opportunity to easily get to some amazing and beautiful venues. I’ve been lucky in that my style of photography really fits into these often typically English country houses and barns, and is adaptable to garden parties, golf clubs, and all sorts of other spaces. I still really love being invited to a glamorous London Wedding, location hopping and ending up at a favourite pub. One day I can be at Loseley Park in Guildford, and the next I’m at Foxhills, then on to a pub in North London the following weekend.
Godalming, where I live now, is a superb base point enabling me to get around much of the South East and into Sussex, Dorset, Devon, and I’m a stone’s throw from the Hampshire borders where I tend to shoot quite a lot. Northbrook Park is a regular haunt – I’ve had some amazing times there and seen some awesome weddings. It’s always been a place of big ceremony and the space lends itself to being a great, intimate location to party. We’ve had fireworks, Nigerian festival, Chinese Lanterns, and some of the best live music in the business. If Northbrook Park is not yet on your list, then why not?!
Being a Wedding Photographer at Cain Manor, Botleys Mansion, and Notley Abbey is quite simply a real joy. These Bijou venues are something really special. Again, a really private and focussed space, and rustic charm all the way. Notley Abbey is my favourite of the three, maybe only because I haven’t shot there as much as I’d like, but even so, just the drive up towards Botleys Mansion is worth the ticket price alone!
Wedding Photographers Surrey
There are a few Barns around the Surrey area catering to particularly stylish brides and grooms. Gate Street Barn is easily one of the standout venues. Everything about Gate Street Barn just fits. It’s perfect. It’s the most gorgeous place to look at and set in some lovely grounds. You can have a vintage wedding or a black tie event. Always stylish and great fun when the party kicks off in the evening.
Loseley Park is the other venue right at the top of my list of favourites.
You can get married in the great hall of the house, an historical building, the ultimate country house with hundreds of years of stories to tell. Photos in the drawing room, a big group shot outside the front of the building… The gardens are an astonishing plethora of well maintained formal spaces and architecture, helped along by an amazing team of professional gardeners. When you’re having your photos here there’s literally no part of it that isn’t a stunning vista or backdrop. Loseley is the epitome of country house high end.
And then there’s the Tythe Barn at Loseley too. You get the barn wedding as well as everything else! The barn itself has it’s own history and story to tell, and set in the lawns of the main house it is the ultimate party venue. There’s something really special at work here too, and I haven’t quite been able to put my finger on it.
It’s a feeling, or a leveller, or something, but every wedding I’ve been a part of a Loseley Park has been ‘The One to Remember’!
I know, I know…. They can’t all be ‘The Wedding to Remember’ but there’s something about the space or the location, or the history, that just seems to really effect people, and it happens every time. Maybe it’s the freedom, maybe it’s the excellent catering from Caper & Berry. Maybe it’s just magical!
I live just around the corner from Loseley, and I’ve been working closely with the team there for almost as long as I’ve been a wedding photographer in Surrey. I’m in the ideal position to become known as their primary photographer, and it’s great to know that I’m trusted as someone they will happily recommend to their clients. Although I can’t physically photograph every wedding that is held there, I do get to be a part of a lot of Loseley weddings. We’ve worked hard to make sure that every bride & groom get the best wedding experience known to man – if they’re getting married at Loseley it better be amazing!
And it’s different every time.
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Thankfully, having such a reputation has also meant that I’ve been able to find and develop relationships with a handful of other exclusive venues in the area. One of those venues is Busbridge Lakes.
Now, Busbridge Lakes only recently became a wedding venue after being a private home and rare bird sanctuary for years, quite happily existing in it’s own amazingness and occasionally opening to the public. Years ago I thought it would make a great Wedding Venue, but never really thought about it much after that, so it was something I really wanted to be involved in from when I was invited to come down and have a look. As soon as I did, and I met the team, it really felt like a Blank Canvas and something I could really get stuck in to. It was great to be in on the ground floor and Bill and everyone involved have been nothing but accommodating since. they hosted and I photographed the first Weddings there last Summer, a couple of which I have blogged about here and here. If you’re looking for a truly unique place to get married, and you’re still thinking on it, you need to get in touch with me to talk through Busbridge Lakes – there’s literally too much to go into here!
There are loads of other Surrey Wedding venues that I haven’t mentioned here, but I’ll be posting some more portfolio pages over the next couple of weeks. Special mention should go to Wasing Park (It’s unbelievable!) and Ramster Hall – a venue I very nearly got married in myself and another venue who graciously recommend Alexander Leaman Photography to their clients. It’s one of my favourite places in the whole world and if being wedding photographers Surrey means that we get to photograph weddings in this fantastic place, then that’s what we are – Wedding Photographers in Surrey!
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