Great Fosters wedding photographers 

The stone name plate for the Great Fosters  Surrey wedding venue in Egham a magnificent 16th Century Grade l listed country house with its fascinating history and stunning gardens

Great Fosters wedding photography 

Great Fosters Hotel, Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey TW20 9UR   Phone: 01784 433822

Great Fosters is a magnificent Grade l listed 16th Century mansion which along with its Tithe Barn and all set in 50 acres of beautiful gardens make it a truly wonderful Surrey wedding venue.

A Brief History of Great Fosters

Built around 1550 Great Fosters has been associated with people of considerable importance with strong links to the monarchy and there is a rich and well documented history. The site of Great Fosters sits on the original Manor of Imworth whose Saxon moat, which still surrounds it today dates a round 500 AD.

Some interesting historical aspects include the fact that Henry Vlll used it as a hunting lodge as did his daughter Elizabeth and above the main porch you can see an original Queen Elizabeth l royal crest dated 1598. Indeed there are also Anne Boleyn crests in the Anne Boleyn room.

In 1818 Great Fosters was sold to a Dr Furnivall, one of whose partners was Sir John Chapman, one of the 300 original founders of The Royal College of Surgeons and a forward looking 'modern thinker' in the treatment of mental illness. Great Fosters then became a lunatic asylum and it's believed that King George lll was treated here.

In 1918 Great Fosters became involved in poultry production, the demand for which boomed after the First World War and it is also during this period, with the commissioning of the architect WH Romaine -Walker, famous for his work on the Tate Gallery in the 1930's, that much of house was changed to the building that remains today.

With a new owner in 1930, more restoration and additions were made and so the house became a hotel and in 1931 due to the fact that the Dining Room was not deemed sufficient for the number of guests, the Tithe Barn, which dates from 1390 was dismantled from Ewell Manor in Malden and painstakingly rebuilt at Great Fosters at a cost then of £4,000.

Interestingly the front of Great Fosters was used for the opening sequence to the popular 1950's TV comedy Whack-O! with Jimmy Edwards and was also used in the 1958 'A Night to Remember', a film about the Titanic. Famous guests also include Charlie Chaplain and Orson Welles.

 

Great Fosters wedding photography opportunities

For the newlywed couple and their wedding photographers Great Fosters provides an absolute wealth of wonderful wedding photography opportunities both inside and out in the beautiful grounds, the latter depending naturally being affected by the season and prevailing weather conditions.

Fascinating historical rooms 

The grand drive up to the front door and porch, the latter of which is dated by Queen Elizabeth the 1st's arms of 1598 provides some natural photographic opportunities as does the very solid oak front door with its wicket (door within a door) allowing only one person in at a time. Then you are inside the Great Hall, with its wonderfully ornate plasterwork ceiling which has an incredibly rich and unusual colour built up over time from the smoke of the log fires over so many years of use, as this was the original Dining Hall. If time allows then a quick walk over to the left takes you to the Anne Boleyn Room with its 16th Century ceiling Queen Anne Boleyn emblems.

A door from the Great Hall takes you via a wonderful rare oak staircase to The Tapestry Room, the perfect place for the Bride to get ready helped by her Bridesmaids and later for the newlyweds to retire to after the wedding day celebrations have ended. This room was originally the drawing room and on the walls hang early 17th century Flemish tapestries and there are many other notable features such as the Jacobean carved wooden chimneypiece and the carved mantle piece depicting the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The room and the ensuite bathroom provide many atmospheric wedding photography opportunities and a quick look out through the stone mullion windows (all the windows at Great Fosters are the same style) and you are transferred from the relative dark and heaviness of the room to the delightful green of the beautifully laid out gardens below especially the parterre or through the windows at the front of the house and you can see guests as they arrive along the drive.

There are several other notable rooms that offer more photographic opportunities such as the elegant Queen Anne Suite with its four poster bed and walnut doors, the beautiful Italian Room with its rich red damask covered walls, Panel ll with its king size four poster bed and stunning wall panelling or the genteel Nursery with its beautiful ceilings.

 

Wedding ceremony rooms 

You can choose from a number of options for holding your wedding ceremony at Great Fosters:

The Orangery is great for larger wedding parties, with lots of natural light flooding in from the tall arched window and plenty of room to work in, it allows your wedding photographers to capture all the details and emotions of your marriage ceremony. With a capacity of up to 160 seated guests this can be enhanced to 200 if the adjacent conservatory is used as well.

If you would like this and more but with the added excitement of being outside then there is the lovely Archery Pavilion and lawn which will accommodate up to 200 wedding guests, but obviously this is only in the warm months and an indoors option has to be available too in case of inclement weather.

Further marriage ceremony rooms include The Clarence Room, which has a capacity of up to 50 seated guests and offers floor to ceiling windows on the one side and a view overlooking a walled garden; and The Garden Room, perfect for the more intimate wedding ceremony can accommodate up to 30 guests and has direct access to the terrace and gardens as well lovely views over the parterres.

After the wedding service celebratory drinks are usually served out on the terrace or the Magnolia lawn and gardens, weather permitting, otherwise in the Painted Hall that sits in between The Orangery and the Tithe Barn or there is also The Conservatory. These all offer great opportunities for some informal wedding photographs of family and friends congratulating the happy couple, relaxing over a drink and canapé or two and having a catch up before the wedding breakfast.

Beautiful grounds and gardens 

Group wedding pictures can be taken on the terrace or on one of the lawns and for the popular everyone at the wedding picture, either from a window on the first floor overlooking the terrace or looking down onto the sunken rose garden are easy options.

There are plenty of opportunities for some beautiful romantic wedding pictures of the newlywed couple and because the wedding day goes so quickly it's a good idea to plan out what ones are preferred and can be completed in the time. Often with full days weddings we will take the couple off for a short time in between drinks and the wedding breakfast and then again later after say the wedding speeches.

As well as the drive and courtyard at the front and the various rooms inside, the popular places to go are into and around the parterre, which consists of formal gardens of clipped yew hedges as well as a pretty knot garden, created in the Arts and Craft style that was popular in the 1920s. Then along the lawns and the various paths, out to the Saxon moat where there is now a little romantic oak moat seat, then up onto the lovely Japanese bridge covered in wisteria with the fountain below and finally along through the sunken circular rose garden, all of which are truly stunning in the spring to summer months. In the autumn and winter months whilst the flower are not in bloom, the backdrop is still beautiful and lovely wedding pictures are there to be taken.

Dining and entertainment

For the wedding breakfast many of the rooms mentioned that were used for the wedding ceremony are changed over, however, for larger weddings the Tithe Barn becomes the centre of the evening and night time celebrations and festivities. With its comforting open fire, its old exposed English oak beams and its minstrel gallery above the head table, it makes a truly atmospheric setting for fine dining along with the all important wedding speeches. Later when the area is turned around for the dancing, guests are lead into the adjoining Painted Hall for further drinks. It's worth noting that this very same barn was visited by Queen Mary in 1931 and was the venue for the Ascot Ball attended by the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of York.

Professionally run and managed with the highest level of service, Great Fosters is a wonderful place to get married at and a stunning Surrey wedding venue to photograph.

 

Great Fosters wedding photographer testimonials

Happy smiling Bride and Groom in this wedding photography portrait picture taken in Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in the beautiful sunken rose garden 								 

Dear Richard

Melissa and Nick, Farnham, Surrey - Wedding at Great Fosters, Egham, Surrey
     

 The front of the wonderfully grand and interesting Grade One listed Great Fosters Hotel a truly first rate Surrey wedding venue situated in the tranquil countryside of Egham

Beautiful wedding dress hanging from an old oak wardrobe in the dark and richly attired Tapestry Room at the Grade One Listed Great Fosters Hotel in Egham Surrey

The luscious green and ornate formal gardens at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters Hotel in Egham as seen by the Bride whilst getting ready in the grand Tapestry Room

The Bride's wedding dress, Manolo Blahnik shoes and CoCo Chanel perfume laid out ready for her at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in the wonderfully grand Tapestry Room

Impressively ornate and formal Parterre at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters Hotel in Egham as seen by the Bride from the back window of The Tapestry Room as she prepares

Wooden tables with pots of flowers await arriving guests in the rustic courtyard outside the entrance to the Tithe Barn at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters Hotel in Egham

Wedding picture of the back of a bridesmaid at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters Egham as she looks out the window of The Tapestry Room at the arriving wedding guests

Beautiful elegant flower display set in the candelabra and captured at the Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in the light and airy Orangery marriage ceremony room

A serene beautiful smiling Bride having her make up applied as she relaxes in her bathrobe during her preparations for her Great Fosters wedding in Egham Surrey

The light elegant and airy Orangery at the magnificent Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in Egham dressed for the wedding ceremony and awaiting the arrival of the guests

Sparkling diamond wedding ring placed in the stone mullion window captured at the wonderful and historic Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in The Tapestry Room

Looking down the impressive rose petal covered aisle fronted by beautiful flower displays and complete with statues is the Great Fosters Orangery in Egham Surrey

Wedding picture of a relaxed Groom at the stunning Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in Egham chatting with guests in the rich and atmospheric Great Hall

Bridesmaids helping the Bride with her wedding dress captured in the rich and stately Tapestry Room at Great Fosters in Egham an outstanding Surrey wedding venue

A wedding photograph of four bright and fresh bridesmaids' bouquets sitting in the window of The Tapestry Room at the Great Fosters wedding venue in Egham Surrey

The Bride with champagne in hand on her way to relax on the chaise long in the magnificent Tapestry Room at the historical Great Fosters a renowned Surrey wedding venue

Bridesmaids in this wedding picture taken in the majestic Tapestry Room at the Grade One Listed Great Fosters Hotel in Egham Surrey smelling their lovely bouquets

A nervous Bride on her marriage day at the stunning Great Fosters Hotel in Egham Surrey looks from the window of the Tapestry Room down to the front entrance                                                        								 

A picture taken in the wonderfully colourful grounds of Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in Egham of the beautiful sunken circular rose garden with accompanying lavender

Excited lady guests in colourful summer dresses have a chat and a laugh in The Orangery at the wonderful wedding venue Great Fosters in Surrey as they await the arrival of the Bride

A smiling Bride at Great Fosters wedding venue Egham Surrey standing by the window in The Tapestry Room admiring the view and holding her wedding bouquet

Groomsmen walking down the aisle of the bright and airy Orangery at the fabulous Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters Egham just before the arrival of the Bride

Atmospheric wedding photograph of the Bride as she descends the stairs from The Tapestry Room on her way to the marriage ceremony in The Orangery at Great Fosters Egham Surrey

A smiling Groom stands with his best men as they await the arrival of the Bride at the wonderful Great Fosters wedding venue in Egham Surrey in The Orangery

The Bride ready to enter the Great Hall having descended the  ancient oak staircase from the Tapestry Room now on route for The Orangery at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters

Wedding photograph taken in the marriage ceremony room in The Orangery at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters of the mother of the Groom laughing at a comment from her son

A sweet wedding picture of the Bride and her father smiling at each other before they enter The Orangery for the marriage ceremony at Great Fosters in Egham Surrey

Wedding picture of the Master of Ceremonies at the Great Fosters wedding venue in Surrey giving the Bride a reassuring look before entering The Orangery for the marriage ceremony

Wedding photograph of a string quartet setting the tone of the morning with some beautiful melodic background music at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in The Orangery

A reflective groom collecting his thoughts as he stands in the aisle of The Orangery at the acclaimed Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in Egham awaiting the arrival of the Bride

A proud father captured in this wedding picture from Great Fosters in Egham Surrey taken as he walks his nervous looking daughter Bride down the aisle of The Orangery                                                                                								 

Knowing looks captured in The Orangery at Great Fosters in Egham Surrey between the emotional Bride and the Groom as they meet at the end of the aisle

Groom smiles as his Bride air kisses her father in this wedding photo taken as they stand before the marriage registrar at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in The Orangery								 

The Bride and groom both smile in the Orangery at Great Fosters in Egham Surrey as they enjoy two guests special personal readings during their marriage ceremony

An emotional Bride is comforted by her loving groom during the marriage ceremony in The Orangery at the magnificent Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in Egham Surrey

Bride and groom captured in this wedding picture at Great Fosters in Egham Surrey as they stand in The Orangery before the marriage registrar as the ceremony begins

A wedding photograph from Great Fosters in Egham Surrey taken in The lovely Orangery during the marriage ceremony as the Groom places the wedding ring on his Bride's finger

An Bride wells up with emotion as she places the wedding ring on the groom's finger during a lovely marriage ceremony in the welcoming Orangery at Great Fosters Surrey

Smiles happiness and applause during the marriage ceremony in The Orangery at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters as the Bride and groom are announced husband and wife

Happy wedding picture from Great Fosters in Surrey of the Bride and groom kissing to much applause as they complete their vows to each other and are now a married couple

Beaming happy newlywed couple pose for the Surrey Lane wedding photographer as they sign the marriage register taken in The Orangery at Great Fosters wedding venue in Surrey

A jubilant looking just married couple captured in this happy wedding photo from Great Fosters in Surrey as they are about to walk down the aisle in The Orangery as husband and wife

An emotional Groom greets the Bride's parents as the smiling Bride holds his hand before walking down the aisle of The Orangery at Great Fosters Surrey as husband and wife

Joy and excitement caught in this picture as the newlyweds take a moment to talk with champagne in hand standing in the Painted Hall at the Great Fosters wedding venue in Surrey

Bride with celebratory champagne in hand after her marriage at the wonderful Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in Egham moving to kiss a guest in the Painted Hall

Smiles and hugs of joy are the order of the day as the Bride greets guests in the Painted Hall at the wonderful Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in Egham								 

Bride and groom looking ahead as they descend the steps from the Painted Hall into a line of confetti throwers at Surrey wedding Great Fosters out on the terrace

A confetti strewn Bride and Groom still smiling as they walk along the line of confetti throwers on the terrace at the wonderful Great Fosters a truly magical Surrey wedding venue

A wedding photo taken through the lavender of guests enjoying themselves in conversation on the terrace at the wonderful Great Fosters hotel in Egham Surrey

Groomsmen captured in this wedding picture  at a wedding reception at Great Fosters in Egham Surrey have a laugh over drinks on the terrace

Beautifully coloured ornate and delicious looking canapés presented on a silver platter during the drinks reception at the impressive Great Fosters wedding venue in Surrey

Guests out on the colourful looking terrace enjoying the lovely weather for the wedding reception drinks captured at Great Fosters in Egham by a Surrey Lane wedding photographer

Light hearted wedding photo taken at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters of a father kissing his young bridesmaid daughter during the drinks reception out on the sunny terrace

All smiles as the Bride and groom along with their guests pose for the popular everyone at the wedding picture taken at Surrey venue Great Fosters in the sunken circular rose garden 								 

Smiling Bride and Groom raise their glasses of champagne as everyone at the wedding waves to the photographers at Great Fosters Surrey from the sunken circular rose garden

Funny wedding picture taken in the sunken circular rose garden at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in Egham for everyone to copy the bride and groom and kiss								 

Smiles fun and laughter as the Groom along with his groomsmen enjoy getting together to pose for their Surrey Lane wedding photographer out on the terrace

Happy relaxed wedding group photo of the Bride enjoying herself with her hen night ladies on the terrace steps at the wonderful Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in Egham

Beautiful wedding photographs of the Bride and groom at Great Fosters in Surrey taking a romantic walk in the beautiful sunken rose garden passed the overflowing lavender

Smiling happy groom hand in hand with his smiling Bride at the stunning Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in Egham as they walk in the sunken rose garden full of lavender

Romantic wedding pictures of the Bride and Groom walking and kissing at the stunning Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in the beautiful and fragrant sunken rose garden

Wedding picture of the Groom helping his Bride at the stunning Great Fosters venue in Egham Surrey as they ascend the rather steep wisteria covered Japanese Bridge

Long distance wedding photo of the newlywed couple in the beautiful gardens of Great Fosters in Egham Surrey standing on the delightful Japanese Bridge covered in wisteria

All smiles and happiness at a  Great Fosters Surrey wedding in Egham as a newlywed couple look into each others eyes as they stand on the charming wooden Japanese Bridge

Groom waits for his Bride as she takes off her wedding shoes on the charming wooden Japanese Bridge at Great Fosters in Egham a stunning Surrey wedding venue

Wedding photo taken at the wonderful Great Fosters in Egham Surrey of the Bride walking barefoot on the Japanese Bridge as the Groom carries her Manolo Blahnik shoes

Classic romantic wedding photograph of the Bride and groom at Great Fosters Surrey standing together holding hands in the beautiful parterre gardens next a statue

Bride and groom romantically kiss in this classic wedding photograph taken at the stunning Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in the eye catching parterre garden

 

 

Colourful wedding photograph taken at the stunning Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in Egham over the hedges of the parterre of a couple standing within and kissing

Romantic moments captured in these wedding pictures taken at Great Fosters in Egham Surrey as a newlywed couple sit on a bench by the Saxon Moat where the old bridge used to be

A romantic kiss captured in the beautiful grounds of Great Fosters in Egham Surrey as a newlywed couple sit on a bench by the Saxon Moat as the sun sets holding hands

Hand in the hand the newlyweds take time to reflect on the day as they walk along flagstones through the beautiful grounds of the magnificent Surrey venue Great Fosters in Egham

Romantic walk for the relaxed and content newlyweds as they take time out to explore the beautiful grounds of Great Fosters in Egham Surrey including the stunning rose garden

Lovers talk as they walk hand in hand during a romantic walk through the beautiful grounds including the beautiful sunken rose garden after their wedding at Great Fosters Surrey

Bride and groom stop and take time to talk in the beautiful sunken rose garden during a romantic walk around the magnificent grounds of Great Fosters in Egham Surrey

Newlyweds captured in this wedding photo standing in the doorway to the main entrance of Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in Egham in the last rays of the setting sun

Wedding picture of a Bride and groom captured romantically kissing outside the grand main door in the dying sun at Great Fosters in Egham Surrey

A smiling Bride and Groom captured in this wedding photo at the wonderful Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters as they peer through the wicket  of the stout oak front door

Smiling newlywed couple at the magnificent Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in Egham proudly standing by the wicket of the stout oak front door opening to the Great Hall

Wedding photograph of the atmospheric wedding breakfast table settings with fairy lights in the Tithe Barn at  Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters  as seen from the minstrel gallery

View of the fabulous wedding breakfast settings taken from under the minstrels gallery in the ancient Tithe Barn at Surrey venue Great Fosters Egham

Evocative view of the wedding cake located at the end of the Tithe Barn past the silver dressed chair backs at a Great Fosters Egham wedding breakfast in Egham Surrey

Views of a menu and an elegant wedding cake in the Tithe Barn at Great Fosters Hotel in Egham Surrey sitting on a silver base and decorated with white and silver flower decorations

A view of the Great Fosters wedding breakfast menu as seen on a table amongst the glistening glass and silverware in Egham Surrey in  the ancient Tithe Barn

Smiles hugs and kisses for the Bride and groom and their family at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters as they greet guests in a receiving line in the ancient Tithe Barn

The atmospheric scene captured here in this wedding photograph from the ancient Tithe Barn at Great Fosters in Egham Surrey as the waiters pour the champagne for the speeches

Atmospheric wedding photograph of a wedding breakfast at Great Fosters in Egham Surrey  in full swing taken from behind the wedding cake in the ancient Tithe Barn

A wedding picture of guests standing and applauding in the atmospheric Tithe Barn at  Great Fosters Surrey lit with fairy lights as the newlywed couple arrive for the wedding breakfast

The Master of Ceremonies with gavel in hand in The Tithe Barn at Great Fosters in Egham Surrey announces the entrance of the smiling Bride and Groom

Wedding guests at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters standing up and applauding the entrance of the Bride and Groom into the Tithe Barn for the wedding breakfast                                                                         								 

Father of the Bride causes much mirth and laughter on the top table during an entertaining speech held in the ancient Tithe Barn in Great Fosters a Surrey wedding venue in Egham

Lots of smiles and laughter captured by the Surrey Lane wedding photographers in the Tithe Barn at Great Fosters in Egham Surrey during the entertaining wedding speeches

Father of the Bride's wedding speech brings out the tissues as well as the smirks from the top table at Great Fosters Egham in Surrey during the Tithe Barn reception

The Groom  at Great Fosters wedding venue in Egham Surrey gets his Bride and her father smiling on the top table in the Tithe Barn during his entertaining wedding speech

Laughter and smiles captured on the faces of the wedding guests during the fun speeches held in the ancient Tithe Barn at the Great Fosters wedding venue in Surrey

A smiling Groom in The Tithe Barn at Great Fosters in Egham Surrey finishes his wedding speech with true aplomb and gets hearty applause from his Bride and her Father

The smiling Groom captured at Great Fosters Tithe Barn in Surrey during the funny speeches visibly thinking about the highly fictitious words spoken by his best men 								 

A boy is captured laughing during the wedding speeches as he enjoys the funny banter of the grooms men in the Tithe Barn at the Great Fosters Surrey wedding venue

Laughter and grimaces captured at the top table in the Tithe Barn at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters during the best men's wedding speech with their comments about the groom

Wry smiles from the Bride and Groom at Great Fosters Tithe Barn in Egham Surrey as they listen to the funny and quite possibly far fetched wedding speech from the best men

The wedding guests erupt into applause and laughter during the very funny best Men's wedding speeches captured at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in The Tithe Barn

Fun and loving wedding pictures of the happy Bride and groom in the Tithe Barn at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters Egham cutting their wedding cake

Ladies in the spot light gather in the Tithe Barn ready to catch the Bride's bouquet in this wedding photograph taken in Surrey at the Great Fosters wedding venue

Surrey Lane wedding photographer in the Tithe Barn at the Great Fosters venue in Egham captures the bridal bouquet in mid flight heading towards the waiting ladies

Bride and Groom start their first dance in the middle of the dance floor in the Tithe Barn at  Great Fosters in Surrey as guest watch on with their camera phones at the ready

Happy content and smiling Groom holds his wife's hand in their first dance captured at the wonderful Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in the atmospheric Tithe Barn

Spot light on smiling Bride as she and her husband perform their first dance in the atmospheric Tithe Barn at the lovely Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in Egham

The happy Groom dancing with his Bride are joined by the other wedding guests onto the dancefloor for the evening festivities in the Tithe Barn at Great Fosters Egham Surrey

Groom and groomsmen involved in lots of singing and dancing during the evening festivities  at Great Fosters Egham Surrey on the Tithe Barn dance floor

Bride with champagne in hand captured at the wonderful Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters enjoying herself on the dance floor of the atmospheric Tithe Barn

The Groom having fun and dancing with another man on the packed dance floor at Great Fosters in Egham Surrey during the night time wedding reception celebrations

Wedding picture of fairy lights and disco lights and hands up in the air captured on the lively dance floor at Surrey wedding venue Great Fosters in the atmospheric Tithe Barn								 

Great Fosters Hotel, Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey TW20 9UR   Phone: 01784 433822

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