Wedding Photography at Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson
This historic house and wedding venue is set in 20 acres of attractive grounds near Caerphilly in the heart of the South Wales valleys.
With a history dating back to the English Civil War, Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a wedding location that you and your guests won’t easily forget. The manor is located close to the B4254 and B4255 intersection between the towns of Treharris & Trelewis and Nelson and about halfway between Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly.
The Manor as a Wedding Venue
Llancaiach Fawr Manor has several options depending on the amount of guests from 30 up to 120+:
The Great Hall (which must be booked after 5pm) appeals to me most, with the option of having an atmospheric candlelit wedding ceremony for up to 50 guests.
The Parlour is for a more intimate 30 guests. Then there are the Conservatory and Mansell Hall which can seat 70 and 120 guests respectively.
Amazingly there is also a Marquee on the grounds which can cater for 120+ guests. Llancaiach Fawr Manor has its own caterers that it uses. There are 5 different wedding packages to choose from (or a more bespoke option can be discussed if required). It’s no lie to say that looking through the venue’s Packages & Prices List, I have never seen so many options and add-ons available! – Far too many to list here.
But listen to this! The price guide suggests contacting the wedding coordinator if you wish to discuss additions such as, ‘doves, snow machines, flame projectors or an avenue of fountains‘. Go on, do it! You know you want to…
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Wedding Photography at Llancaiach Fawr Manor
I’m not aware of any restrictions on photography that the venue has but being an old and historic building, they may want proof of the photographer’s liability insurance.
Photography is allowed throughout the wedding ceremony and time is given afterwards for group shots in the picturesque garden. Incidentally, the garden is an interpretation of how it is thought to have looked in the 17th century.
I prefer to use natural light when photographing weddings. However, Llancaiach Fawr Manor is understandably one of the darker venues to photograph. In such an atmospheric and historic wedding venue, I think it’s important to use the ambient light. This ensures that in years to come when you look back at your wedding photographs it will be a more emotive experience.
You will see the ceremony as it was naturally lit without too much use of artificial light. So where I am able, I would utilise the directional window light and ambient candle and lamp light that is in use. The only lighting I bring is a flash which I bounce, and I would use this sparingly to ensure there is a mixture in the style of photographs provided to a couple.
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Wedding Bookings at Llancaiach Fawr Manor
The wedding coordinator may be contacted to discuss your requirements and booking on 01443 412248. Prices start from about £55 a head but contact the venue for their up to date price list. The site’s list is dated 2015, so I’m not sure if those prices still stand.
Llancaiach Fawr Manor really is the complete wedding package, and if you fancy a venue that is steeped in history and has atmosphere in spades, you couldn’t do much better.
Llancaiach Fawr Manor – A Potted History:
- Little is known about the early years of Llancaiach Fawr Manor except that it was built C1549 for the first Lord of the Manor, Dafydd ap Richard.
- In 1628 the house was extended by David Prichard seemingly for no other reason than vanity and the need for a status symbol.
- Llancaiach Fawr Manor in the English Civil War: In 1645, King Charles I visited the house to try to dissuade Colonel Edward Prichard not to change allegiance from the Royalist cause. However, Prichard did change sides shortly afterwards – a decision that is reflected in how the house is presented today.
- Llancaiach Fawr Manor subsequently became a farmhouse sometime before 1842.
- In 1979 the then Rhymney Valley District Council purchased the property. They restored it in the 80s hoping to open it as a museum of local history.
- In 1991, it opened as a Living History Museum, featuring tour guides in costume and re-enactments throughout the year.
- Many of the original artefacts from the house may be found in St Fagan’s National History Museum in Cardiff.
- The manor has been named one of the top 10 haunted sites in the UK.
- Llancaiach Fawr is considered to be possibly the finest example of a semi-fortified manor surviving in Wales today. The walls are four feet thick and there are staircases to each room.
(Please note: The Wedding Photos on this page were not taken at Llancaiach Fawr Manor. They are good examples of what I do – Photographs of the venue to follow soon…)
Llancaiach Fawr Manor