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Wedding Photography in the Marquee at Ridgeway, Caerphilly

 

The bride and groom holding hands whilst looking at each other in the Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club

The Marquee at Ridgeway is light, bright and airy – perfect for taking a great set of wedding photographs.


The Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club is a wedding venue located on the south side of the beautiful Caerphilly Mountain, on the A469 between Caerphilly and Cardiff.

The venue caters for small to medium-sized weddings and are happy for anyone on any budget to contact them to discuss booking their wedding ceremony and reception.  The views across the Vale of Glamorgan and Severn estuary are quite simply stunning.

Unusually, the golf club and driving range is a not for profit social enterprise to make the game more accessible to the whole Community.  The venue has received funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and is undergoing a programme of refurbishment.


The groom and his daughter outside the clubhouse at Ridgeway Golf Club in Caerphilly

The groom poses with his daughter outside the Ridgeway Golf Course Clubhouse before the ceremony.


Guests mingle in club house after wedding at the Ridgeway Golf Club in Caerphilly

The clubhouse is available for drinks both before and after the wedding ceremony in the Marquee.


Wedding Bookings at the Marquee at Ridgeway

Useful to Know When Booking Your Wedding:

  • There are 25% discounts for weekday wedding bookings with 20% off on Sundays.
  • Venue viewings may be arranged by contacting the venue on 029 2088 6794, emailing bill@ridgewaygolf.org or by using their website form.
  • The Marquee can cater for up to 100 guests for a sit down reception and 120 for the evening entertainment.
  • You must book your registrars first from Caerphilly Register Office at Penallta House, Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly to ensure availability on your chosen date.
  • The Ridgeway’s Gold Wedding Package includes all table and chairs dressing but the ceremony costs extra (details below).

The Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club with groom waiting at the front for his bride

This wide overview shot of the groom waiting before the ceremony gives a good sense of the space for both the wedding and evening reception.


The Marquee for Your Ceremony and Wedding Breakfast

Inside, the Marquee is deceptively spacious with room for 100 guests for both your ceremony and reception.

There is good natural light from one side and the ivory pleated linings are perfect to bounce light off where needed.  As well as weddings, the venue caters for any event including anniversaries, birthdays and christenings.  As well as the clubhouse, there is a bar at the back of the Marquee for the guests to use during the reception.  The venue provides their own resident DJ for entertainment until midnight.

In the summer, weddings can be held in the outside area by the Marquee.


A row of 5 guests waiting for the bride at a wedding in the Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club

Shot from a different viewpoint – the front to the back with the DJ station and doorway through to the bar on the right.


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The groom stands nervously in the centre of the Marquee at the Ridgeway Golf Club in Caerphilly

The groom looking suitable nervous as his guests file in for the wedding ceremony.


Marquee at Ridgeway and Your Wedding Photographer

This is one venue that appreciates the importance of your wedding photos.  I have been made to feel very welcome and well-informed throughout the day.  As part of the package, the Ridgeway even provides the use of 2 golf buggies for an hour so that the couple, their photographer and a few key guests can travel around the grounds for some portraits.


The bride arrives and gets out of a silver car at the Ridgeway Golf Club in Caerphilly

The Ridgeway also provides a car to pick-up the bride from her preparations venue. Here bride Kelly arrives in the car park outside the clubhouse.


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Two bridesmaids enter a wedding at Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club

Bridesmaids walking in through the back of the Marquee at the beginning of the wedding ceremony


Back shot of bridesmaids walking down the aisle at Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club

I like to photograph events from lots of different angles. Here, some bridesmaids are walking down the aisle towards the waiting groom.


The bride and her father entering the Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club

Finally, the bride makes her entrance with her father. The first thing they pass as they walk in to the Marquee is the bar, which will be open later for the reception.


The bride walking down the aisle at Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club

I love to capture the different expressions throughout the day and the bride’s here is one of pure joy…


The bride and groom hugging at the start of their wedding at Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club in Caerphilly

Wedding day affection as the groom greets the bride at the ‘altar’.


The bride and groom look at each other in the Marquee at the Ridgeway Golf Clud, Caerphilly during their wedding ceremony

The Caerphilly registrars are very easy-going and happy for the photographer to move around. This enables me to take lots of photos from different angles.

 


The groom rubs his eyes in emotion at wedding in Caerphilly

Some men say they never cry – until it comes to their wedding when many are simply overcome with emotion.


The bride looking at the camera whilst the groom looks at the registrar at Caerphilly wedding

I love the eye contact from the bride in this one. I try to exercise discretion during the ceremony, but when they do notice me, a good connection is photographic gold.


Marquee at Ridgeway Gold Wedding Package

The wedding package as offered by the Ridgeway on their website:

  • For 50 guests in the day and 100 for the evening entertainment.
  • Additional guests are £49/head.
  • A 25% discount applies for weekday weddings with 20% off on Sundays.
  • Setup of the ceremony is £300 extra.
  • A car is included to pickup the bride from home.
  • 2 golf buggies are included for an hour for your wedding photographs in the grounds.
  • Bucks Fizz is provided on arrival and Prosecco for your toasts.
  • Includes a 3-course meal.
  • The Marquee is fully dressed with your choice of colour scheme.
  • Various extras such as mail box for cards, sweet trolley and magic photo mirror come with the package.
  • A finger buffet is put on in the evening for all guests.

Groom places the ring on his bride's finger in Caerphilly

And now their eyes are only for each other for the all-important Exchange of rings.


Bride laughing and holding groom's face at the end of the wedding ceremony

Some couples wear their heart on their sleeves and don’t mind displaying their excitement as they are finally legally married.


Newly-weds kiss at their wedding in Caerphilly, South Wales

The pleated lining of the marquee is a great and distraction free backdrop for their first kiss.


Caerphilly Register Signing Rules

As with many counties and boroughs, Caerphilly Register Office does not allow photography of the signing of the register.  They cite data protection as the reason for this, although conversely, it is a public document.  The registrars are keen to set up a ‘dummy’ register however, for some posed shots instead.

There is more on my take about Wedding Register Photography if you click on that link.


The couple laughing with the wedding register in the Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club, Caerphilly


Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club Wedding Portrait Couple with Daughters

The signing is also a good time for some impromptu portraits of close family. Often the couple have their witnesses pose with them, but in this case it was some young members of the family.


Father with young daughter on his knee at wedding in South Wales

This is a lovely one of father and daughter – again good eye-contact with the camera makes it very special.


The bride and groom walk back up the aisle in the Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club

The wedding aisle in the Marquee at Ridgeway isn’t hugely long, but there’s a good chance to take a good sequence as the newly-weds leave.


The bride and groom leave their wedding ceremony in Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club through the bar

The happy couple exit back through the bar to the clubhouse or outside for their posed photographs.


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Pink bridesmaids and teenage lad posing for wedding portrait at Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club

The bride and a group of her family organise themselves for a posed wedding photo. I shoot throughout this time to take some good interactions and capture the atmosphere.


Bride poses with two friends Outside Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club

This is the area where outdoors weddings take place in fine weather. It’s great for some posed shots using natural light too.


Group Family Portrait outside Marquee at Ridgeway Golf Club

The same area but shot the other way with the Marquee in the background.


Overview of children interacting around table at Ridgeway Golf Club, Caerphilly

A scene from inside the clubhouse. Children always add good energy to weddings and i like to include them in the photos as much as I can.


Marquee at Ridgeway FAQ’s

 

Q. WHY GET MARRIED AT THE MARQUEE AT RIDGEWAY GOLF CLUB?

A. If the location on Caerphilly Mountain with its views wasn’t enough, the staff and events team are attentive and very keen for you to have the best day.  A lot is included in the package too and you’ll be sure to have the perfect wedding day.

 

Q. IS PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED OF OUR WEDDING CEREMONY AND VOWS?

A. Of course. This is generally down to the registrars, and Caerphilly Register Office has the most relaxed views on wedding photography that I know.

 

Q. DOES THE RIDGEWAY ALLOW CONFETTI AFTERWARDS FOR A NICE SEQUENCE OF PHOTOS?

A. No, unfortunately the venue does not allow the use of confetti on the grounds.

 

Q. WHAT IS THE LIGHT LIKE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY INSIDE THE VENUE?

A. As a marquee it is light and bright with a little fill flash needed at times.  The clubhouse is darker and does need artificial light.  I use bounce flash for this.


Two males friends pose whilst friend photo bomb background gesturing

And finally: There’s always one – or in this case three or four!


Ridgeway Golf Club, Driving Range and Function Venue,
Thornhill Road,
Caerphilly,
CF83 1LY.

 

Marquee at Ridgeway Website

 

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