Wedding Venues in Kent & Surrey
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
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.
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.
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.
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.