Here are some of my favourite wedding venues in Kent, Surrey & London. There are a mix of some that I work at regularly, as well as some that I have only been to once, but totally fell in love with.
There are so many different factors which I feel make a beautiful wedding venue and as you will probably find when searching for your dream wedding, it’s very rare that one location will tick every single box for you. As a photographer, my thoughts on what makes a perfect wedding venue, will probably be quite different to yours. I look at it through a photographers eye. I am looking at which locations have beautiful sunsets and where I can find those little spots to catch some sun flare.
I am lucky enough to be recommended by some really beautiful wedding venues and below are some of my most favourite weddings venues in Kent, Surrey, Essex and East Sussex
The House Meadow, Biddenden, Kent
The very first time I arrived at this wedding venue, I felt like I’d been dropped into a storybook. The House Meadow in Biddenden, really is quite breathtaking on arrival. When I met Clare who owns and runs the venue, we got along instantly and have since become great friends. I always say that Clare is my ‘creative soul mate’ and there is no one I enjoy working with more when it comes to coming up with new and exciting concepts for our shoots.
The venue has changed a bit over the years too, still keeping all of its English Country charm but adding new spaces, creating even more locations for the perfect photos. Every single wedding I’ve had the pleasure of capturing has always been stunning and totally unique.
I love the number of outdoor spaces that are perfect for celebrant led blessings, be it under the ancient oak tree, The Horseshoes Barn or the gazebo by the lake. Take a look! The options are stunning. It’s a free spirited venue and one at which your guests will feel welcome and at ease upon arrival. The relationships Clare builds with her couples is so special, ensuring you have a day bespoke to you, helping to recommend the very best suppliers and then being there for anything and everything on the day.
Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent
Leeds Castle is known as the ‘loveliest castle in the world’ and it really is easy to see why. It is so grand and when it comes to weddings and there are different venues within the Castle to choose from, including the Castle itself, Maidens Tower and Battel Hall. The grounds at Leeds Castle are so vast that you we get taken out on a Golf Buggy for the photos, so it’s good to get an idea of the kind of locations you want to use for your photos before hand. Depending on where you have the wedding, there is access to the castle bedrooms for your preparations and your guests can book their to stay in too. . Every location, room and view is astounding and your guests will be made to feel like royalty upon arrival. If you are looking for a Castle Wedding in Kent, then this could be perfect for you.
Northbrook Park, Surrey
I’ve only photographed one wedding at Northbrook Park so far but it made it onto my list because it was one of my most favourite weddings I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. A wedding venue located in Surrey, it’s a beautiful country wedding venue. The grade-II listed Manor House is surrounded by stunning gardens where peacocks casually roam around. The large Vine Room, where you can choose to have your ceremony, its beautifully light and airy, which makes for such beautiful photos. Most of my work is as a Kent Wedding Photographer but I also love photographing Weddings in Surrey too as there are so many amazing venues.
Millbridge Court, Surrey
A restored 19th century house in Surrey that is rather special. The house is yours for the day and it really does feel like you are inviting your guests to your home…. albeit in stunning surroundings and with the best food, drink and staff you could wish for. You can choose to get married outside under the oak Arbour or inside the beautifully light filled house. I have photographed both options and they are equally stunning. Beginning your preparations in the Loft, you are completely hidden away from the arrival of your guests but then just a staircase away for when it’s time to say ‘I do!’ The loft has 5 makeup stations and is a gorgeous space to relax and be pampered. I adore the little port hole which looks down into the ceremony room.
I have lots of favourite spots for photos at Millbridge Court as it’s perfectly set to capture the golden hour. When the sun sets, the light is just beautiful as you can see below. All of the staff at this gorgeous venue are so dedicated to making sure you have the most wonderful day and make each and every wedding perfectly personal and bespoke to you. They really do care about their couples here. I feel honoured to be a recommended Wedding Photographer for Millbridge Court.
Preston Court, Canterbury, Kent
The one with the Carousel! Preston Court wedding venue near Canterbury, is famous for the vintage carousel and the Art Deco mechanical organs inside the barn. It’s one of the most unique wedding venues in Kent ….and even the UK and is also often used as a filming location too. Both Made In Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex have been filmed here.
Preston Court really is a photographers dream. The variety of locations and backdrops that are available mean that it’s impossible to use them all for your photos in one day! Ceremonies can be held on Julianas Island which is just beautiful and really wow’s your guests when they arrive. The beautiful Barn can also be used for your ceremony and the Organs at either end make for a dramatic backdrop.
Preston Court mixes fun with elegance and I always love to see how people choose to creatively decorate the barn here. it’s common to see Peacocks and cats roaming around and I really enjoy seeing guests explore and discover all the magic it has to offer.
Cooling Castle Barn, Rochester, Kent
I’ve been lucky enough to be a recommended photographer at Cooling for a number of years now and it’s where I shoot a huge chunk of my weddings each year. I’ve photographed weddings in every season and every weather type, and it’s always beautiful. Despite it being an extremely popular wedding venue, as a couple, you are never made to feel like you are just a number. Cooling pride themselves on the relationships they build with their couples.
You can choose to have your ceremony in the Fathom Barn or outside under the pavilion. Both are beautiful and while the venue is big enough to accommodate 160 guests, it can feel like a very intimate venue, at which you can be sure your guests will always be together. One thing that I love about Cooling is the fact that one of their toastmasters is included for you, if you have over a certain amount of guests. This is a huge bonus as it always makes the day run so smoothly and helps me no end. They are always there to help get all of your guests together for photos, make all of the announcements and make sure your every need is met. Each and every one they have is fantastic.
Depending on the time of year, I have lots of different spots I like to choose for photos. I know exactly where the light is best and what fields we can go to for those golden hour moments. If you want to get married here, you need to plan early and there is usually a waiting list.
Bradbourne House, East Malling, Kent
It’s the teal walls of the great hall that everyone mentions when they speak about Bradbourne House as it’s such a statement room within this beautiful Tudor building. It’s a very elegant and tranquil wedding venue in Kent set in 20 acres of amazing grounds and has been one of my favourites for many years. It’s perfect for all weathers due to the beautiful rooms inside, to the point where on a sunny day, we still try to make sure we get back inside to capture a few on the wonderful staircase. You have the option of a few different locations for your ceremony and the steps up to the great hall is one of my favourites. Despite it’s size, Bradbourne House still feels welcoming and cosy as soon as you step inside. I love to photograph weddings here at Bradbourne.
Chilston Park Hotel, Maidstone, Kent
Chilston Park, on the doorstep of the Kent Downs is part of the Handpicked chain and is another venue at which I am lucky enough to be a recommended supplier. It’s a stunning and classy 17th century Manor House which is full of character and steeped in history. I photograph weddings here regularly and it’s another wedding venue that I feel I know inside out. It’s just as beautiful in Winter as it is in the Summer, each season bringing new and gorgeous backdrops. The roaring fires and candlelight make it a great option for a winter weddings and you get to choose from a number of different rooms in which to hold your ceremony, as well as having an outside option too. My favourite room for the ceremony & wedding breakfast is the Culpeppers Restaurant.
Lympne Castle, Hythe, Kent
Perfect for a fairytale wedding and some of the best sunsets in Kent that you will ever see! I adore Lympne Castle and all of it’s surroundings. There’s no bad spot for photos and it feels so romantic and whimsical. With the option of the Great Hall, The West Wing or an outside ceremony in the Sea View Summerhouse, it’s perfect for all times of the year. You can also choose to get married it the quaint church next door. I have photographed weddings in all of the different locations over the years and each one is beautiful in it’s own way. Your guests arrive down the cobbled path surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens, they are then led through the castle with it’s roaring fires and oak panelling, onto the terrace and lawns which overlook Romney Marshes. It’s such a breathtaking view and one that guests are always excited by.
Winters Barns, Canterbury, Kent
A delightful rustic Barn in Canterbury, Winters Barns is so pretty and although can hold up to 150 guests, it feels intimate enough to give the feeling that you are throwing your own English country garden party. Whether you have your ceremony in the 1750 ceremony room or outside in the Cart Barn (my favourite) you can be assured that your backdrop will br beautiful. This charming venue also has it’s own salon for the preparations, as well as the pump room for your partner to get ready in, meaning I can capture both of you getting ready.
I am so grateful to be recommended by Winters Barns and have photographed such amazing days here which always tend to be relaxed and full of fun. It seems to be a popular venue for singing waiters (this creates moments which are a dream for photographers) as well as garden games. It’s not uncommon to see a game of football or a piggy back race around the gardens here, it just has that joyful vibe.
Rowhill Grange, Wilmington, Kent
Rowhill Grange is an 18th century Manor House in Wilmington, Kent.
The outdoor ceremony area gives the feeling of a destination wedding and has the grandest of entrances for you and your bridal party. I love all of the space that it’s surrounded by, as it means I get move around a lot and still be discreet during the ceremony.
My favourite thing about Rowhill is the location at which the sun sets and some of my favourite photos I’ve ever taken have been here. It has a real classy garden party feel which means photos of your guests enjoying their canapés are always beautifully candid and the elegant surroundings.
The bridal suite in the Mews area is the perfect place for your preparations and I love the little balcony too. With Rowhill’s Utopia Spa, if you and your guests are staying, it’s the ideal wind down area the next day too
The Old Kent Barn, Dover, Kent
The multi award winning Old Kent Barn is nestled in the countryside near Folkestone. The attention, care and personal service that they offer to their couples is something they are renowned for and makes it one of my favourite venues to work at. The coordinators are with you every step of your day, be it helping with your prep, calming your nerves or coming to the rescue with an umbrella. They are always in the background, making sure your every need it met.
From the wisteria covered aisle, to the twinkling gazebo, The Old Kent Barn is such a pretty countryside venue and it’s easy to see why it continues to win awards year after year. It’s a really slick operation here (and the food is pretty special too) and I love it during every single season.
The Ferry House Inn, Isle Of Sheppey, Kent
The most beautiful waterside barn wedding venue. The Ferry House Inn, on Isle Of Sheppey is surrounded by natural wetland reserves and stunning countryside. I always enjoying hearing the guests commenting on arrival, about how they feel like they are in the middle of nowhere. It’s a beautifully secluded venue on the banks of the Thames Estuary, which feels a million miles from anywhere.
This is another venue at which I have photographed countless weddings and events and I also love revisiting. I have photographed every type of wedding at all times of the year, including most recently a beautiful twilight wedding. My favourite spot for photos is down by the waterfront and I always encourage my couples to bring along their wellies so that we can wander down to try and catch the epic sunsets.
Having been updated recently, there have been additions to the Ferry House Guest Rooms, as well as The Powder Room for your preparations. You also have the added benefit of Mocketts Farm, which has a cluster of 5 gorgeous cottages. I have stayed in one of the guests rooms with my husband, enjoying both dinner & breakfast and we absolutely loved it. We often visit as a family for dinner too, the award winning food is really very special.
Longton Wood, Maidstone, Kent
The enchanting woodland wedding venue of Longton Wood is practically on my doorstep, and set in the Kentish Countryside. Part of a family run farm, the venue was created for the owner, Jennifer’s very own wedding back in 2016.
Whether you are looking for a festival style wedding, or a magical fairytale, Longton Wood is a big blank canvas, meaning your wedding can be totally unique and bespoke to you. Having your Marquee or Tipi nestled in the trees makes for the ultimate woodland wedding and there are also some permanent fixtures here that are rather special. I adore the fire pit area with the log sofa seating and the huge tree swing. The trademark wooden doors are great for photos, as well as a bit of hide and seek for the little ones.
You get to hire the venue for 3 days and can include Glamping in the tranquil surroundings, for the ultimate festival wedding.
The Gardens Yalding, Kent
The Gardens in Yalding, near Maidstone feels like a quintessential English wedding venue. It’s set in 12 acres of historic gardens and their outside ceremony space is rather special. With enough seating for 120 guests, it’s an idyllic setting for you to perform your vows. The long aisle, which is covered in wisteria, creates a stunning scene from which to make your entrance too. This is another venue which photographers love, as the open space means we can get around discreetly catching all angles and the emotion of the guests.
The tipis which are connected to the barn feel cosy and have a great ambience, thanks to the fairy lights and fire pits. It’s quite a mix of modern and traditional here.
Your preparations can take place upstairs and you can make use of the landing up there too. I love to look down from the balcony and capture guests arriving and it’s also a great spot for me to use for your group photo too.