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 South Wales valleys’ heart.
With a history dating back to the English Civil War, Llancaiach Fawr Manor (or Maenordy Llancaiach Fawr in Welsh) is a wedding venue that you and your guests won’t easily forget. The manor is located near the B4254 and B4255 intersection between Treharris & Trelewis and Nelson, halfway between Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly.
Amazingly there is also a Marquee on the grounds, which can cater for 120+ guests. Llancaiach Fawr Manor has caterers that it uses. There are five 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…
Useful to Know When Booking Your Wedding at Llancaiach Fawr Manor
- The registration district is Caerphilly County Borough who you must book to conduct your wedding ceremony. You can contact the registrars directly by calling 01443 863478.
- The venue’s Functions Manager, Victoria, may be contacted to discuss your requirements and booking on 01443 412248.
- Llancaiach Fawr Manor has several wedding spaces (see below) depending on the number of guests from 30 up to 120+. However, to give the best service, they only take one wedding per day.
- Whichever venue you decide on, the Manor House is available to use for photography, but only after 5 pm when the house closes to the public.
- The formal garden is available for champagne and canapes after the ceremony in the summer.
- 10% of the fee is due after booking, 50% due 6 months before your wedding day with the full amount payable 28 days before.
- The booking fee includes the room hire, two registrars, one marriage certificate, and your music and personal vows choice.
- Your guests are allowed to throw biodegradable confetti in the courtyard, but not the formal gardens.
For full information, including pricing, menu options and full terms and conditions, visit Llancaiach Fawr Manor Wedding Brochure.
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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 formal garden. Incidentally, the outside space 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 crucial to use ambient light. This ensures that it will be a more emotive experience when you look back at your wedding photographs in years to come.
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 lamplight 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.
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.
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Llancaiach Fawr: Spaces for your Wedding
The Great Hall:
Available after 5 pm due to paying visitors. Up to 50 guests for an atmospheric candlelit wedding ceremony only. Thinking wedding photography, this seems the most memorable choice.
Also only available after 5 pm. Accommodates an intimate 30 guests.
Seats 110 guests for the ceremony, but caters to 78 for the wedding breakfast.
200 guests can attend the ceremony, but a fewer 120 for the reception meal.
Having more guests for your wedding ceremony than the meal does seem very unusual. My advice is to book one of the smaller manor rooms with your very close family and friends and then a larger space for the wedding breakfast. This will push your day back much later though.
Llancaiach Fawr Manor – A Potted History:
- Little is known about the early years of Llancaiach Fawr Manor except that it was built in 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.
Llancaiach Fawr Manor