Woodlands Park Hotel: Surrey Wedding Venue

Wedding Venue

Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke d’Abernon, near Cobham, is one of Surrey’s best wedding venues. I had the privilege of shooting there just a few days before Christmas last year, for Elaine and Marisa’s wonderful wedding and what a wonderful day it was in such a beautiful Surrey setting.

A tree frames one of Surrey best wedding venues, the Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham

Part of the Handpicked Hotel’s chain, the Woodlands Park Hotel is a Grade II listed stately 19th century mansion house that had been originally commissioned by English industrialist William Bryant, himself the son of the founder of the famous old match company Bryant & May. So, as you might expect, the Woodlands Park oozes style and class in its 8 acres of landscaped grounds and gardens, just a small distance from the equally beautiful Surrey Hills.

Wellington boots inside the entrance to Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in Surrey

Being a December wedding, when I documented Elaine and Marisa’s wedding at the Woodlands Park, it was a rather wet and grey day, but that couldn’t distract from the beauty of the hotel as a wedding venue. In many ways, the traditional wet winter weather added to its rather traditional English charm, but I’m sure it’s just as stunning as summer wedding venue too.

The view from a room at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham, a luxury wedding venue in Surrey

So, given the damp weather outside, Marisa and Elaine did contain their wedding to inside the hotel – but with its traditional wood paneled rooms and suites, open fireplaces and grand central staircase it’s as beautiful inside as out.

A chandelier and frosted glass ceiling at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham, on of the best wedding venues in Surrey

Of course, being a few days before Christmas, when I photographed Elaine and Marisa’s wedding story, the hotel was festively decorated for Christmas with a large Christmas tree the centre piece of the reception area. You really couldn’t ask for any more if you are planning a winter wedding!

A festive wedding portrait at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in Surrey

I really cannot recommend the Woodland Park Hotel enough as a fantastic Surrey wedding venue. Hopefully this small selection of my wedding photography demonstrates how wonderful a wedding venue it is, and I would encourage any couple who are thinking of getting married there to go ahead…you definitely will not be disappointed!

Wedding photojournalism of the ceremony at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in Surrey

===

If you are getting married at the Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke d’Abernon in Surrey then do be sure to also check out my wedding photojournalism approach to documenting Elaine and Marisa’s unique wedding story at this fantastic Surrey wedding venue.

If you would like to chat with me about your wedding plans, whether you are getting married at the Woodlands Park Hotel or elsewhere, then please do give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page.

I hope you enjoy the following small selection of my Woodlands Park Hotel wedding photography.

Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in Surrey, as viewed from outside, is a luxury UK wedding venueThe fountain at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham, one of the best Surrey wedding venuesThe wedding ceremony suite a Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyThe wedding ceremony room at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyDecorated chairs in the wedding ceremony room at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyThe Mistress' Bedroom at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyThe wedding ceremony room at one of the best wedding venues in Surrey, Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near CobhamA table decoration in the wedding ceremony suite at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyThe wedding cake in the Prince of Wales room at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyA close-up of a wedding cake decoration at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyA reflection of the Prince of Wales room at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyA candle decoration in the Prince of Wales room at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyWoodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in Surrey wedding photohoraphyChampagne glasses before a wedding at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyA bride has her make applied before a wedding at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyThe reflection of a bride during the bridal preparations at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyThe view of the surrounding countryside at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyThe bridal preparations at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyThe wedding ceremony begins at the Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyDuring a wedding ceremony at the Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreySurrey wedding photography at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near CobhamWoodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in Surrey hosts a same sex weddingTable decorations and wedding favours at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyWedding guests mingle in the Cornwall Suite at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyWoodlands Park Hotel Wedding Photography SurreyHotel staff lights table candles ahead of the wedding reception at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyStaff at the Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in Surrey lights a candle before the wedding ceremonyTable candles at a wedding at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyA waitress at a wedding at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyThe reflection of the bride during her wedding at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyA guest checks the seating plan at a Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in Surrey weddingA waiter pours wine during a wedding reception at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyA waiter during a wedding at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyThe wedding speeches at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyWedding photojournalism of the speeches at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyA view of the reception hall at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyA guest dances during the evening wedding reception at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyThe DJ entertains weddings guests a Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyWedding guests dancing during the evening reception at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham in SurreyWedding photography of a guest dancing during the evening wedding reception at Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke D'abernon near Cobham - one of Surrey's best wedding venue

The bride comforts her bride during a same sex wedding

Woodlands Park Hotel Wedding – Elaine & Marisa

Wedding Stories

I was really looking forward to Elaine & Marisa’s wedding at the wonderful Woodlands Park Hotel in Cobham, Surrey for a whole host of reasons – not least of all because it was the first same sex wedding I’d had the absolute honour and privilege to shoot.  With Christmas just around the corner, it promised to be a really festive day and I couldn’t wait to get shooting.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

Woodlands Park Hotel is a unique country house hotel set in 8 acres of beautiful Surrey countryside, yet is conveniently close to London.  Built in 1885 it is a Grade II listed Victorian Building and was one of the first buildings in England to have electric lighting.  It was also a favourite country retreat for the likes of Oscar Wilde and the Prince of Wales – so Elaine, Marisa and their wedding guests were definitely in some distinguished company.

As is tradition, Elaine and Marisa hadn’t seen one another on the morning of the wedding, and undertook their bridal preparations in separate rooms of the hotel.  Given my wedding photojournalism approach and desire to document their full and real wedding story, I was there for once the make-up (by Catherine Bailey) and hair was started – this part of the wedding day is great for capturing a mix of excitement and nerves.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

Both brides had opted for non-traditional dresses both from Having a Ball in Kingston, London and is fair to say they both looked fab.

The wedding ceremony, set in one the fabulous drawing rooms of the hotel and looking out onto the sculptured gardens, was a relaxed and refined affair – both ladies lovingly surrounded by family and friends, as they made their vows and lifelong promises to one another.  As with all weddings, there were laughs, smiles, the odd tear and, of course, kisses.  As a wedding photojournalist there were plenty of moments and emotions to capture.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

Once the guests had mingled with drinks, post ceremony, it was then in for the wedding breakfast after which the speeches began.  Marisa’s father delivered an emotional speech that reduced not just guests to tears, but also himself. It was clear he loved his daughter very much and was overcome with emotion of her spending the rest of her life with her soul mate Elaine.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

By contrast, Elaine’s son speech had everyone in tears of laughter and even caused his mother a few blushes.  However, there was no doubting the very special mother-son bond between him and Elaine, and he was genuinely happy his mother had found someone who in Marisa who, in turn, also made her very happy.

The evening proceeded with the fun of a photobooth and, of course, the evening reception full of dancing and laughs.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

I was really struck by the amount of smiles and laughter throughout Elaine and Marisa’s special day and it was clear there was a lot of love for them both.  It was a genuine honour to share their wedding day with them.

I hope you enjoy a small selection of photos from their day – it would be great (and help me out!) if you could share them on social media.

If you enjoy my storytelling approach to wedding photography and are getting married, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  Please call me on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message here.  I cover the whole of the UK and destination weddings abroad so will be delighted to hear from you no matter where you are.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding PhotographyWoodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography