SURREY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Surrey wedding venues
I may be based in Sussex but I can walk to the Surrey border from my house. Many weddings I've shot end up being in both counties, a Surrey church and a reception in Sussex or vice versa – like this wedding in Ditchling and Ridge Farm (just up the road from me).
With the county stretching from the outskirts of London, across the M25 and down towards Hampshire, the range of venues is understandable. From Hampton Court House, like this wedding that started in London, and Northbrook Park, just outside Farnham, like this wedding. Or head from Farnham castle across to say, a garden in Oxted.
Surrey offers many options, especially for London couples looking for a bit of 'countryside' not too far away.
Gate Street Barn
One of Surrey's premier wedding venues that has grown a lot since it opened in 2000. Barns built in the traditional manner from trees felled by the 1987 storm. The first wedding I shot here was back in 2002, it really was just a barn then. Now it offers more space and ability to accommodate a variety of wedding days. Ceremonies and receptions. A contained wedding day in a peaceful country setting, just outside Guildford.
Nutfield Priory Hotel
A luxury hotel and spa, just outside Redhill, that sits on a site where a thirteenth-century priory once stood. The building now is a Victorian Neo-Gothic mansion built for an MP. Stained glass windows, high ceilings and dark wood-panelled walls, there is a touch of 'Hammer Horror' about the building. But also a touch of 'old luxury'. A strip of garden at the back overlooks the Surrey countryside.
Just near the Surrey-Hampshire border, in Frensham, an old house converted into a smart wedding venue. Principally two big 'halls' – for ceremonies, dining and dancing and a very nice outdoor wedding ceremony area. Not a massive venue but that gives it a special intimacy. It lends it a 'private house' feel, rather than a bland hotel atmosphere. Odd for me to go here and think that an old relative did his army training at the start of WWI just nearby.
A Grade-II listed eighteenth-century country mansion, just outside Farnham. Set within 120 acres, with gardens inhabited by peacocks, you would not realise that the A31 is just next to it. The two large spaces for ceremonies and dining – The Vine Room and The Orangery. Country house wedding venue, not far from London.
Glimpsed from the A246 or viewed from across it's own lake, there is very 'French chateau' feel to this nineteenth-century mansion in the Surrey countryside. Towers, flint walls, an ornate chapel and cloisters, Horsley Towers is certainly very different to many hotels/venues out there.