Great Fosters was the London seat of Sir John Dodderidge (1555–1628), a judge of the King’s Bench and formerly Solicitor General to King James I. He had been brought up in Barnstaple in North Devon and purchased the estate of Bremridge near South Molton in Devon, as his country estate. After being sold several times over the past 300 years or so it eventually became a hotel and now hosts wedding and conferences in the converted stable blocks.
As a wedding venue Great Fosters is absolutely awesome, with beautiful interiors and stunning external architecture. The house is nestled within 50 acres of parklands and beautifully landscaped gardens, which are considered to be amongst the finest Arts and Crafts gardens in Europe. The formal gardens of Great Fosters are both extensive and exceptional and were originally designed by W H Romaine Walker and Gilbert Jenkins, cleverly framed on three sides by a Saxon moat. Designed to reflect the intricate beauty of a Persian rug, the knot garden is embellished with fragrant beds of flowers and herbs bordered by manicured hedges and topiary. At the heart of it all is the Drake sundial which historians suggest may have been donated by Sir Francis Drake and is believed to date back to 1585. Steeped in history! There are so many perfect backdrops for beautiful wedding photos in the grounds that it’s certainly worth allowing some time in the schedule to enjoy them.
It’s a very exciting venue to shoot at and I’d love to share my Great Fosters weddings with you, so please feel free to take a look at and enjoy those weddings below before you visit the Great Fosters website. If you’re planning a wedding at Great Fosters I’d love to hear from you, to find out about your plans and discuss how we can work together to keep your day chilled whilst making the most of the wonderful opportunities. Please do feel free to get in touch.
Recommended for weddings at Great Fosters meant I had the pleasure of shooting several weddings there during the last few years. You can see two of those weddings below, one shot in Summer and one in Winter, proving that it’s a beautiful and exciting all year round wedding venue.
Emma and Adam’s summer wedding at Great Fosters was stunning with amazing weather, topped off by a lovely golden hour shoot. Please feel free to browse their Great Fosters wedding.
Joanna and Chris’ gorgeous Winter wedding at Great Fosters. This wedding was absolutely gorgeous, with a low key vibe and 99% documentary photography. Please take a look at their lovely Great Fosters Winter wedding.
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