Wedding Venues We Love

The Wedding Venues We Love

This is the first of a series of posts about some of our favourite wedding venues. We have been very lucky to have shot at many venues across the South East of England, Kent, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, and London.

Kent outdoor wedding venues

The OLD KENT BARN

The Old Kent Barn is set in an idyllic rural location. They have two buildings – a purpose-built 110ft oak-framed barn (for indoor weddings and receptions) and the original barn (with guest accommodation) built over 225 years ago. The barns are set on manicured landscaped grounds and are surrounded by picturesque Kent countryside, making it the perfect backdrop.

Venue WebsitE: theoldkentbarn.co.uk
Venue Address: SMERSOLE FARM, SWINGFIELD, KENT, CT15 7HF

Oak Tree Barn

Located in the heart of Kent – a unique, rustic outdoor and indoor wedding venue, offering exclusive use for a four day weekend wedding, three day midweek weddings. Beautifully renovated 5 acres with an ancient oak tree at it’s heart. The wedding venue includes a rustic barn, top hat tipi and accommodation all with your wedding in mind. Where possible we have reused materials to make this venue truly unique, charming and sustainable.

Venue Website: www.oaktreebarnweddings.com
Venue Address: Oak Tree Cottage, Pembury Rd, Tonbridge TN11 0NB

Elmley Nature Reserve

Surrounded by water meadows, lakes, birds and butterflies, long grasses and wildflowers, celebrations at Elmley embrace simple pleasures and natural beauty. Elmley is a site of international wildlife significance, and the estate is run with a completely sustainable ethos. With seasonal and responsibly sourced food, solar-powered electricity, and Elmley’s carbon capture carbon projects, your wedding will be a responsible choice, however lavish your feast and wild your party.

Venue Website: www.elmleynaturereserve.co.uk
Venue Address: 9RC4+WR, Minster on Sea, Sheerness ME12 3RW

Chapel House Estate

Chapel House Estate in Kent, once a cherished family farm, is now transformed into an exclusive-use luxury destination for weddings accommodating 2 to 150 guests.

Nestled just outside Minster in Thanet, the Estate seamlessly integrates into the Kentish farmland, a stone’s throw from the scenic coast. Spanning 35 acres of organic landscape, this expansive venue provides a distinctive and natural backdrop for intimate celebrations in the serene countryside.

Venue Website: chapelhouseestate.co.uk
Venue Address: Thorne Hill, Chapel Drive, Ramsgate CT12 5DS

The DREY’s

The Dreys was made with nature in mind – it’s a haven in the middle of nowhere where amazing celebrations happen without making a negative impact on the surroundings. Couples getting married here can expect exclusive-use of the whole site including the field shelter and marquee and their experienced team at The Dreys will be on hand to help you plan your day.

Venue Website: www.thedreys.co.uk
Venue Address: Rumstead Ln, Sittingbourne ME9 7RT

Preston Court

These words all conjure up the vibe at Preston Court: Vintage, traditional, rustic, English, romantic, natural, bohemian, fairground, carnival, circus, relaxed, creative, industrial, steampunk, countryside… So, if any of those tick your wedding venue box, read on, my friends!

Preston Court is a standout venue with Georgian Country House, a pretty barnyard with two magnificent 17th-century oak barns, a fully functioning Victorian carousel, fairground organs, as well as large gardens with lawns, lakes, and even a magical moated island where outdoor ceremonies can take place.

There is a church on site and even the option to have a traditional fun fair. They have two licensed areas for civil ceremonies, and religious weddings can take place at St. Mildred’s church. Wedding receptions are held in the Kentish barn, and the five large doors can open to allow the sunshine to flood inside.

The venue and farm are privately owned and run by the family. Horses, cows and cattle are on the farm nearby, and exotic peacocks can also be seen roaming around the grounds.

Preston Court are also able to offer Glamping! Your guests can stay in beautiful Bell Tents with chandeliers, hardwearing flooring, properly raised wooden beds with crisp cotton bed linen, duck-down pillows, fluffy hot water bottles.

Venue Website: https://www.prestoncourt.co.uk
Venue Address: Preston Court, Court Ln, Canterbury CT3 1DH

THE SECRET GARDEN

Based in the original Mersham le Hatch estate, its stunning historic surroundings provide a perfect and secluded escape for weddings. There are endless photo opportunities to suit couples of all tastes and styles – from the stunning relaxed and rustic Wild Flower Gardens and Shepard’s Hut to the historic and elegant Cobbled Courtyards, Old Archways and Clock Tower. 

Venue Website: https://secretgardenkent.co.uk
Venue Address: Mersham Le Hatch, The Courtyard, Hythe Rd, Mersham, Ashford TN25 6NH

Kent & Surrey indoor wedding venues

THE ORANGERY

The Orangery is a stunning waterside wedding venue just a short walk from the centre of Maidstone in Kent.

The Orangery is licensed for both indoor and outdoor civil ceremonies, and you’ll have the choice of three stunning options:

The Gazebo is their outdoor ceremony option, suitable for up to 150 of your friends and family. Nestled within the immaculately landscaped grounds, it provides an unforgettable setting to exchange your vows. You and your wedding party can make your entrance, including across the bridge or alongside the lake and waterfall.

The Lapa is the second outdoor ceremony option for up to 150 guests. Couples choosing The Lapa for their ceremony can walk through the woodland walk for their grand entrance. Surrounded by trees dating back hundreds of years, The Lapa’s thatched roof is open on all sides to maintain magnificent views across the lake to the boathouse.

The Garden Room is an indoor ceremony option for up to 150 guests. The elegant Garden Room is a stunning year-round location for your civil ceremony. Five double doors span the front facade, providing guests with a perfect view of the beautiful garden and the wedding party as they make their entrance across the bridge.

Venue Website: www.theorangerymaidstone.com
Venue Address: Turkey Court Turkey Mill, Ashford Rd, Maidstone ME14 5PP

NORTHBROOK PARK

The perfect Hampshire country wedding venue on the border of Surrey, this historic grade-II listed 18th-century manor house, surrounded by manicured gardens and conveniently located just outside of London, is ideal for wedding ceremonies, breakfasts, and receptions for up to 250 guests.

Convenience is key at Northbrook Park. Situated just outside London, the venue is easily accessible for your guests. And for those seeking a change of scenery, the picturesque town of Farnham is a mere 5-minute drive away, offering a charming backdrop for pre-wedding activities.

Their classically elegant vine room and the Orangery with exposed brickwork walls, flagstones and hardwood flooring ensure a warm and contemporary atmosphere.

Through a wooden door, the walled gardens are discovered. They have a sunken central lawn, mature fruit trees, and water features. Couples may choose to hold a blessing or their civil ceremony in the sunken lawn, surrounded by rosemary, lavender, and bay trees.

Venue Website: www.northbrookpark.co.uk
Venue Address: Crondall Rd, Farnham GU10 5EU

Botleys mansion

Botleys Mansion is a grand, exclusive use wedding venue located in Chertsey, Surrey, minutes from Junction 11 on the M25 and no more than half an hour from London.

The venue is set at the end of a fabulous sweeping driveway, and glamour is apparent from the moment you walk up the stone staircase and into the dreamy hall.

Choose to marry in the elegant Green Room, or for larger weddings, the chandelier-lit glass-roofed Atrium is ideal. Weddings at Botleys Mansion are incredible at any time of year; wonderful outdoor space is available during the summer months and a cosy vibe is apparent for winter weddings. Celebrate your wedding banquet in the Atrium, followed by a night of dancing and celebrating in the Fountain and Temple wings of the large entertainment space.

A fabulous bridal suite looks over beautiful Surrey parkland and 11 further guest bedrooms are available for your close family and friends to enjoy. Botleys Mansion works for intimate weddings of 50, to lavish wedding receptions for up to 500. At Botleys Mansion, you’re guaranteed privacy as the venue is yours exclusively for 24 hours.

Venue Website: harperweddingvenues.co.uk/botleys-mansion/welcome/
Venue Address: Stonehill Rd, Lyne, Chertsey KT16 0AP

THe Barn At Botley Hill

Found just outside London, at the highest point of the North Downs Way in the Surrey Hills, this spectacular wedding venue features floor-to-ceiling windows, Soho Farmhouse-inspired interiors and incredible sunset views.

Venue Website: www.botleyhillbarn.co.uk
Venue Address: Limpsfield Rd, Warlingham CR6 9QH

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