RAF Halton House Wedding Photography
Photographing weddings at RAF Halton House
During the 19th Century the Rothschilds acquired and constructed seven very grand houses in the Vale of Aylesbury, and Halton House was one of these. There has been a succession of impressive buildings at Halton since the Norman conquest when it belonged to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The first recorded military aviation at Halton took place in 1913 when Alfred de Rothschild invited the Royal Flying Corps to conduct manoeuvres on his land. Following a gentlemans’ agreement between Alfred de Rothschild and Lord Kitchener, the estate was used by the British Army throughout the World War I. In 1916 the Royal Flying Corps moved its air mechanics school from Farnborough to Halton and in 1917 the school was permanently homed in newly built workshops built by German prisoners of war.
The grand house and estate was purchased by the British Government for the Royal Air Force at the end of the First World War for £112,000.
Today RAF Halton House is available for wedding celebrations to RAF personnel, and it’s very popular. I love photographing weddings at this amazing venue, as at every turn there are so many fabulous interior and exterior backdrops for my photographs. My favourite location for pictures has to be the amazing double sided sweeping staircase, which provides a dramatic and theatrical entrance as the bride and groom proceed down the stairs in front of their guests for the wedding breakfast in the great hall.
The natural light from the huge and ornate leaded Victorian glass domes in both the great hall and on the staircase area are fabulous for photography.