Latimer Estate Wedding Photography
Photographing weddings at Latimer Estate
As you can imagine with a grand manor house location like Latimer Estate, there are so many wedding photography opportunities everywhere you look, both indoors and out. The hotel’s hilltop location provides the most mesmerising views and backdrops for my pictures, with the Chess valley and the glistening trout lakes below, often with herons, ducks and geese.
Latimer Estate is often referred to as ‘The Spy House’ and this place is definitely so much more than your average hotel and wedding venue, with origins dating far back to 1194. Edward I’s daughters once resided there and Charles I was imprisoned at the house in 1647.
During WWII the house was used as a centre for Intelligence gathering, and German prisoners of war were held in the cellars, including none other than Rudolf Hess! Since WWII the house is rumoured to have been an MI6 training base, and the secret tunnels remain below the building to this day. If only the walls could talk, the colourful history of this amazing place would reveal so many well kept secrets!
A fire severely damaged the original house in 1834, leaving only the chimneys and cellars. It was rebuilt in a Victorian-Gothic revival style by the famous architect Edward Blore, whose other works included none other than Chatsworth House and Buckingham Palace.
Fast forward to 2018, and the hotel has just undergone an huge £7m refurbishment in which the building’s original features have been combined with a luxurious modern day style.
What I particularly love about this hotel is that it’s just a five minute drive from my studio in Chesham, heaven!