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Celtic Manor Resort Wedding Photography in Newport - Exchange of Rings

The Hunter Lodges at Celtic Manor Resort are perfect for small wedding ceremonies. They have fantastic views across the Welsh countryside, as seen in the background here.

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The groom places the ring on the finger of his bride as guests look on in Celtic Manor Resort's Via Julia Suite

Black and white photography can look equally as stunning as colour. So I edit in a mixture of both.

A Perfect Venue for Your South Wales Wedding

The Celtic Manor Resort is a multi-award winning wedding venue in Newport near Cardiff.

Sited in 2000 acres of stunning Usk Valley parkland, this beautiful venue would be an excellent location for any civil marriage wedding day, from the smallest to the most elaborate and expensive.

It is as suitable for short day weddings as it is full days. So, there is something for everyone.

The newlyweds stand together near a waitress about to serve Champagne outside the Via Julia Suite, Celtic Manor Resort

Outside the Via Julia Suite, the couple takes a moment before their guests join them.

There are many venues at Celtic Manor Resort (listed below), which can cater for any size of wedding day of up to 800 guests.  Each venue is unique and distinct, from the ornate 19th century Manor House with its period features to the newest addition on the site, the Hunter Lodges.  A real photographer’s dream!

Being a 5-star resort, the service and attention afforded to the Bride and Groom are second to none.  The venue staff leave nothing to chance, and they treat every couple like royalty in this fantastic wedding venue.

Bride and Groom Hugging at Celtic Manor Resort

The Manor House is a lovely venue with its characteristic wood panelling and period features. I took this photo of Sandra & Craig outside Hedleys Restaurant just before they went in for their wedding breakfast.  They had their ceremony at the Newport Register Office/Mansion House.

Wedding Photography at Celtic Manor Resort

Panoramic views offer the opportunity for some wedding portraits seldom matched.  The views stretch for miles around, even into England across the Severn estuary from specific vantage points.

The venue also welcomes LGBT/gay weddings, and I am pleased to provide photography for them.

I am a natural reportage photographer, and the vast space there is to play with makes for some great wedding photography portraits.  I have photographed weddings at Celtic Manor Resort several times and always find new backdrops and photo opportunities.

A Bentley is available to the couple on request to chauffeur them around the estate for their desired wedding photographs.  Staff are friendly and helpful and actively encourage and help the wedding photographer.

Hair and make-up artist spraying the bride's hair in a hotel room at Celtic Manor Resort wedding preparations

Your wedding day can start with the preparations. Here, I caught the hairstylist adding the finishing touches to bride Rebecca’s hair.

A Convenient Location in South Wales

The site is located just off Junction 24 of the M4, which means you can be in or have come from London in only 90 minutes.

The nearest train station is Newport, with Cardiff and Bristol Airports’ being just 45 minutes away.

The masked bridal party walk through reception at Celtic Manor Resort

I took this during COVID restrictions. The bridal party walk through the reception area of Celtic Manor’s main hotel complex.

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Father escorts his bride daughter to her wedding ceremony at Celtic Manor Resort

Outside the Celtic Manor Golf Club, the bride is escorted to the Via Julia Suite by her father.

Wedding Photography at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

Rules for wedding photographers in the venues and grounds of Celtic Manor Resort are very much governed by the registrars of the Newport City Council.  I’m happy to report that they are very amenable and photographer friendly.  However, I always recommend letting them know that you’re hiring a photographer and that your wedding photos are important to you.

The staff at Celtic Manor Resort are equally as helpful and happy to see to your every need and requirement.  Every time I’ve attended, they’ve always let me know who I should ask if I need help with anything and are instrumental in seeing that the wedding day goes without a hitch – whether you’re there for 2 hours or the entire day!

Father of Bride Walks Her Down the Aisle at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

This shot of a father walking the bride down the aisle taken in one of the Hunter Lodges shows off the interior and wedding layout well.

Celtic Manor Resort Wedding Photography – Venues


Celtic Manor Golf Club:

The largest clubhouse on-site includes three venues for your wedding seating between 80-180 people:  The Augusta Suite, The Chairman’s Marquee and the Via Julia Suite.


Twenty Ten Clubhouse:

Fans of golf may be interested to know that the clubhouse was built for the 2010 Ryder Cup.  There are two rooms, each able to hold 60-120 reception guests:  Rafters and The Samuel Ryder Suite.


The Resort Hotel:

Three other wedding venues include the huge and opulent Caernarfon Ballroom, holding up to 800 guests.  The Rooftop Garden has spectacular views across the Severn estuary and can seat up to 130 wedding guests.  Meanwhile, the Beaumaris Suite is located in the Convention Centre and can seat up to 120 guests.


The Manor House:

A gorgeous 19th-century manor house rich with classic features such as wood panelling, fireplaces and stained-glass.  The venue includes two wedding venues:  Hedleys is ideal for a smaller wedding with between 30 and 50 guests.  Whilst the Manor Suite will cater for 60-110 guests.


The Hunter Lodges:

The most secluded of Celtic Manor’s venues is also the smallest.  For up to 40 guests, the Hunter’s Lodges offer spectacular views across the Welsh countryside for those smaller and more intimate weddings.  Some couples hire two adjacent lodges and use one for the bridal preparations.

Father escorts his bride daughter to her wedding ceremony at Celtic Manor Resort

Outside the Celtic Manor Golf Club, the bride is escorted to the Via Julia Suite by her father.

There is much more information about all the Celtic Manor Resort wedding photography venues in their Brochure.

Wedding Confetti Outside a Hunter Lodge at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

I took this confetti shower outside one of the Hunter Lodges.  I always photograph a full sequence of these dramatic shots.

Wedding Bookings at Celtic Manor Resort

Useful to Know When Booking Your Wedding:

        • Newport City Council conducts all civil marriages at Celtic Manor.   You can ‘Save the Date‘ with the register office as far in advance as you like.
        • Enquire by calling the venue on 01633 410 252 or emailing weddings@celtic-manor.com.
        • You can book a private tour by filling out an online form here:  Celtic Manor Wedding Enquiry Form.
        • A range of wedding packages is available to suit most budgets – the venue website is a wealth of information, so spend time to look around.

Newlyweds Portrait Taken at Celtic Manor Resort in Black and White

A natural wedding portrait shows off the stunning scenery around Celtic Manor Resort and one of the golf courses in the background.

Celtic Manor Resort – A Potted History:


  • C1860: Coldra House (now known as The Manor House) is built and occupied by Thomas Powell Jr, a coal and iron trade magnate.
  • 1940: The house is given to the local health authority and reopened as the Lydia Beynon Maternity Hospital, named after the former owner’s mother.
  • 1975: The hospital closes and lies empty for several years.
  • 1980: Celtic Inns Ltd. buys the manor house and obtains planning permission to convert to a hotel. It’s the brainchild of chairman Sir Terry Matthews.
  • 1982: The 17 bedroom Celtic Manor Hotel opens. Over the years it has expanded and now has 70 bedrooms.
  • 1983-1987: The hotel wins Egon Ronay’s Best Hotel in Wales award every year.
  • 1995: The Celtic Manor Golf Club opens with the resort’s first golf course.
  • 1999: A new 330 bedrooms hotel, the Resort Hotel opens with a convention centre and a second championship golf course.
  • 2010: The venue hosts the Ryder Cup. It is the biggest sports event ever to be held in Wales.
  • 2014: The Celtic Manor Resort plays host to the NATO Summit. It’s the largest gathering of world leaders ever to have assembled in the UK. Barack Obama is in attendance and is the only serving US president to have visited Wales. I’d have loved to have been a photographer at that event!

Guests Congratulate the Couple After their Wedding Ceremony at Celtic Manor Resort.

There’s so much space outside for emotive congratulatory shots after the ceremony.

Celtic Manor Resort Weddings – FAQs



A. Celtic Manor Resort is in the perfect location, just outside Newport.  It has easy access for guests coming from South Wales as well as England too.  The venue caters for all marriages from the very small up to lavish weddings with 800 guests.  The landscape is beautiful, And there is lots of potential for some stunning wedding photography.



A. This often depends on the day and how busy the venue is. But if you do wish to arrive early, do speak with your venue contact to discuss.  They do try to go the extra mile to accommodate any requests you have.  If you have arranged for a floral display, you will have plenty of time to get this set-up.



A. Newport City Council conducts the ceremonies at the Celtic Manor Resort.  They are accommodating and relaxed about photography, the only stipulation being that the signing is not photographed.  Your photographer will be allowed to move around to get the best shots.



A. Yes, biodegradable confetti is allowed at all the wedding venues.  As well as traditional confetti, bubbles are a popular alternative too!



A. Celtic Manor provides their own Bentley and chauffeur to drive you and your photographer around to show off the best sports for your wedding portraits.  The Bentley needs to be booked in advance to ensure it’s free.  There are also golf buggies that are generally available.

Wedding Portrait of Couple with Twenty Ten Clubhouse, Celtic Manor Resort in Background.

This shot of the bride and groom shows of some scenery and the Twenty Ten Clubhouse in the background.

The Celtic Manor Resort,
Coldra Woods,
The Usk Valley,
NP18 1HQ.




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