Wedding Photography at Llechwen Hall Hotel Near Pontypridd
Llechwen Hall Hotel is an award-winning, 3-star wedding venue between Abercynon and Nelson in the Welsh Valleys. It is just north-east of Pontypridd and at the top of a steep hill (Mount Llanfabon in fact) with beautiful panoramic views.
The venue has won several awards including the Best Wedding Awards Co-ordinators category of the Welsh National Wedding Awards 2018.
The hotel has a rich history dating back to the 1700s when it was a country residence. The building has had many uses over the years, including a school during the war, night club and even a stopover jailhouse. Since 1990 it has been run as a successful hotel and wedding venue, with only one change of ownership in that time.
A Point of Interest: The word ‘llechwen’ apparently translates from old Welsh as ‘white slate’. The name is a reference to the slate that originally covered the roof.
Wedding Bookings at Llechwen Hall Hotel
Useful to Know When Booking Your Wedding:
- You need to book your registrars from Caerphilly Register Office.
- A personal tour may be arranged by calling the Wedding Team on 01443 742 050 or emailing email@example.com.
- The venue hosts regular Wedding Fayres and a Summer Showcase – make the use of this to see what Llechwen Hall can add to your day.
- A £750 deposit is payable within 10 days of your wedding booking.
- The Llechwen’s AA Rosette-awarded chefs provide catering – you cannot provide your own catering arrangements (but why would you want to?)
- A downloadable wedding pack with a wealth of information about pricing, packages, menu options and extras is available here.
- There is a discount for guests needing accommodation the night of your wedding. Full details are in the wedding pack.
- A choice of Three Wedding Packages are offered with prices ranging from £69 to £115 per person.
- The venue invites you back on your first anniversary for a complimentary 1-night stay!
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Llechwen Hall Hotel Wedding Venue Rooms
**Please note that despite having 3 wedding spaces, the hotel will only book one wedding per day to provide you with the best service**
The Garden Marquee: Seating for 50-300 wedding guests. On Friday and Saturdays, there is a minimum requirement of 80. The Marquee has a bar, dance floor and outdoor terrace for drinks and canapés in fine weather.
The Nelson Suite: Seating for 20-90 wedding guests. On Friday and Saturdays, there is a minimum requirement of 40. The oldest part of the hotel, the room has buckets of character with low ceilings and old beams. It benefits from a bar and toilet facilities.
The Oak Beam Orangery: This wedding room is unavailable Friday to Sunday due to it being the hotel’s main restaurant. But for Monday to Thursday wedding days, the room is perfect. It caters for 20-40 guests for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, but not the evening reception.
Llechwen Hall Hotel and Your Wedding Photographer
I have found the venue to be extremely photographer-friendly, and the staff were keen to help me make the most of my time at the venue. It means that you will end up with the best possible photographs of your day and ones that you will treasure for a lifetime.
My photography is all about natural moments (although I do take a few posed shots). Llechwen Hall provides plenty of opportunity for both, with beautiful buildings and stunning surroundings featuring numerous unique backdrops.
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Readings, Music and the Personalisation of Llechwen Hall Hotel Weddings
I always advise the inclusion of readings and music into your ceremony where you can. For me, anything that provides a way of taking a more diverse set of photographs is a good thing. And it will make your day more memorable and personal to you. Llechwen Hall allows for this, but it must be discussed with the Caerphilly registrars beforehand as they will be conducting the ceremony.
Llechwen Hall Hotel & Caerphilly Register Signing Rules
Caerphilly Register Office cites data protection law as the reason that the actual signing of the register mustn’t be photographed. A lot (but not all) of register offices have this rule, and I have written a whole page on it as part of my ‘Ultimate Guide to…‘ (link above). Spoiler alert: I’m afraid I have to disagree with the reasons but have to abide by the presiding registrar’s preferences.
So this is one part of the day when I don’t train my camera lens on the couple. However, during this time, I take some photos of the guests who are generally more relaxed and interacting now that the most official part of the day is over.
The signing table is at the front of the room at Llechwen Hall, which is generally the norm for most wedding venues. There is a small window behind the couple, so I use a little bounce flash to counteract any haze resulting.
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Wedding Confetti, Congratulations and Group Shots
The Confetti Sequence
Bio-degradable confetti is allowed in the grounds of Llechwen Hall Hotel. Their website suggests that if you use non-biodegradable confetti, a clean-up charge may be applied. If you don’t want to use either, then bubbles have become a popular alternative. Either option is well-worth considering, as this moment makes for a lovely wedding photography sequence.
Emotive Congratulations Shots
Depending on the running order of your day, there will come the point, shortly after you are married, that your guests will want to congratulate you.
For me, the best place for this is in the natural light outside. Daylight is the best light for photography and will be a welcome change after your ceremony’s artificial light. Llechwen Hall Hotel has many locations that are ideal for this.
However, often the congratulations start unexpectedly, and your photographer should be ready to leap into action when they do.
Posed Group Shots
I like to arrange the posed shots as soon as I can after the ceremony. It is a time when the guests are still all together and usually won’t have started drinking or eating. I work through these shots quickly so your guests can relax soon after. It’s also good to take the couple off for a wander and some wedding portraits of the two of you alone together. Again, Llechwen Hall Hotel has many excellent locations for some beautiful and artistic photography.
Llechwen Hall Hotel FAQ’s
Q. WHY GET MARRIED AT LLECHWEN HALL HOTEL?
A. For the whole experience. Everything is planned and laid on for you in a choice of rooms. But the quality of the interior and rural location in the Welsh Valleys make this a standout wedding venue.
Q. IS PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED OF OUR WEDDING CEREMONY, VOWS AND SIGNING?
A. Absolutely, at least for your ceremony, including vows. How much movement and any restrictions are down to the registrars. Happily, the Caerphilly registrars are very relaxed and keen to help you and your photographer take the best photos. The only restriction they have is with the signing of the register for data protection reasons. They set up a ‘dummy’ afterwards though for posed photos.
Q. DOES LLECHWEN HALL HOTEL ALLOW CONFETTI AFTERWARDS FOR A NICE SEQUENCE OF PHOTOS?
A. Biodegradable confetti is allowed outside the venue. Non-biodegradable may incur a clean-up charge.
Q. WHAT IS THE LIGHT LIKE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY INSIDE THE VENUE?
A. The Nelson Suite is relatively dark, so bounce flash, or another artificial light is required. The other venue rooms are lighter, and pro-grade cameras can cope with this well. I tend to use a bit of bounced fill-flash in most indoor situations.
Q. HOW CAN WE BOOK YOU TO TAKE OUR WEDDING PHOTOS AT LLECHWEN HALL HOTEL?
Llechwen Hall Hotel & Restaurant
Llanfabon, Nr Pontypridd,