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Wedding Photography at the New House Country Hotel, Cardiff

 

Portrait of the couple in gardens of New House Country Hotel

The New House Country Hotel is in a beautiful rural location at the foot of Caerphilly Mountain and perfect for your wedding portraits.


The New House Country Hotel is perfectly located between Cardiff and Caerphilly.  Overlooking miles of beautiful South Valleys countryside, it boasts original Georgian features and is perfect for weddings of any size.  Cue some stunning wedding photography…


Overview of front of New House Country Hotel near Cardiff during wedding

The fountain makes a lovely focal point in the seating area outside the stunning Georgian facade.


Initially built in the 1730s by a wealthy Welsh industrialist, the New House Country Hotel is now Grade II listed and thoughtfully decorated throughout.  There are three wedding spaces catering for minimal and intimate days up to marriage parties of 250 guests.


The happy couple exit the New House Country Hotel and are showered with confetti by guests

The New House allows wedding confetti throwing outside, and the wedding planner actively helps the wedding photographer organise this and other key photo ops…


The newly-weds arrive by Rolls Royce at the New House Country Hotel in South Wales

Emma and Alex arrive outside the New House Country Hotel by Rolls-Royce. They had their wedding ceremony at St Martin’s Church in Caerphilly.


The bride is helped out of a Rolls Royce by groom with New House Country Hotel staff member holding umbrella

The hotel management and staff are super attentive and keen for the happy couple to have the best experience. Here, the couple are escorted from the wedding car by an umbrella. South Wales is notorious for its rainy climate.


Three wedding guests with luggage walking outside New House Country Hotel near Cardiff

I love taking fun wedding shots: Just after the previous photograph, I noticed this trio in the background arriving with their luggage. Usually, that wouldn’t be worthy of note, but it’s quite funny at a wedding.


The newly-weds are shown into the New House Country Hotel under umbrella

Back with the wedding couple: A story-telling arrival shot like this as they enter the New House Country Hotel helps to tell the day’s pictorial story.


New House Country Hotel Wedding Photography Rooms

 

The Marquee at New House Country Hotel set up for wedding

The Garden Marquee is a large space, catering for 200 wedding guests.

 

The Wyndham Suite: With seating for up to 250 guests, the Wyndham is the largest wedding room situated on the first floor.  It has a private bar and terrace with spectacular views.

The Georgian: The smallest of the wedding spaces with capacity for 50 guests.  It boasts original Georgian features and a private patio for when the weather is fine.

The Garden Marquee: Perfect for summer weddings, the marquee holds 200 guests.  With stunning views across the countryside towards Cardiff, it has its terrace and private bar with a seating area.  The colour scheme is light and neutral – perfect for wedding photography!


Couple dancing with guests in marquee

A first dance in the Garden Marquee: The dance floor has a black ‘ceiling’ covering which looks fantastic and in summer, can make the area look darker than it is.


A view of the gardens and surrounding countryside taken from the New House Country Hotel

A captivating view towards Cardiff, taken from the terrace outside the marquee.


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The bride and groom entering the Marquee at New House Country Hotel

The Garden Marquee’s outside terrace: Although this wedding was a little rainy, the area is perfect for drinks outside in fine weather.  The marquee extends a lot further than you can see here.


New House Country Hotel and Your Wedding Photographer

The hotel supplies a dedicated wedding planner to liaise with and help the couple throughout the planning and on the day itself.  From your photographer’s point of view, this is a real boon, as it gives them a good point of contact who is always helpful and keen to see that everything runs as smoothly as possible, including with your wedding photos.


Wedding guests in bay window of New House Country Hotel chatting

Inside the New House’s central part: Lounge areas are very conducive to guests sitting and chatting, and there are many nooks and seating arrangements for diverse natural photography.


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Groom posing with six wedding guests in lounge of New House Country Hotel

I took this impromptu portrait in the lounge. The groom and guests were chatting in this formation – I didn’t pose it at all!


The groom interacting with toddler at wedding

The large windows at the front, provide natural light for this fun photo as the groom interacts with a young wedding guest.


Bride's mum admiring groom's wedding ring with other guests

The bride’s mum and another guest admire the groom’s ring at the drink’s reception in the lounge.


Wedding guests sitting under umbrellas at table outside New House Country Hotel

Of course, you can also have drinks outside – even if it is raining!


Bride hugs two smiling guests at wedding near Cardiff

Group hug! Bride Emma gets a congratulatory hug from two happy guests.


Grinning toddler helped down hotel steps at Cardiff wedding

I’m always on the lookout for shots that aren’t directly wedding related – the smallest thing can mean the world in years to come.


Signing the Register – Cardiff Registrar Rules

The Cardiff Registrars are a little more strict than some – but lovely with it!  They are ‘photographer-friendly’ but don’t like a lot of movement during the ceremony.  I always try to approach them first to introduce myself and reassure them that I will be discreet throughout.

In common with many counties and boroughs, they don’t allow photography of the signing but set up a ‘dummy’ register afterwards for some posed shots.


Wedding portrait of family outside New House Country Hotel near Caerphilly

The best time for the group shots during most weddings is as soon after the ceremony as possible during the early part of the drinks’ reception. It minimises distraction and restless guests.


The New House Country Hotel Wedding Breakfast

A wedding at the New House Country Hotel is seamless and at no time is this more apparent than during that transition time from drinks and canapes to the main meal.  Your wedding planner is on hand throughout and communicates the running of things with the photographer, ensuring they have captured everything they need every step of the way.


Bearded wedding guest with baby in carrier and two pints of beer leaving hotel

Two Pints and a Little Baby: New House guests make the short journey to the Garden Marquee through this door.


The happy couple enter the Marquee at the New House Country Hotel for their reception with guests applauding them

As their guests applaud them, the newly-weds make their entrance to their wedding breakfast.


The laughing bride and groom take their seats at the top table in the New House Country Hotel, Cardiff

Their Top Table was linear and to the right of the room. How you have your tables’ layout is primarily up to you, and the New House Country Hotel management are happy to listen to your ideas.


As the bride circulates during the wedding reception, she laughs with a guest


The bride, groom and three guests taking selfie at wedding

Your photographer will probably have their meal break whilst you’re eating. I always stay on hand to capture anything that happens, such as this selfie shot.


Wedding Bookings at The New House Country Hotel

Useful to Know When Booking Your Wedding:

  • A wedding brochure is available by contacting the venue.
  • Venue viewings and a consultation can be arranged by calling the Events Team on 02920 520280 or emailing events@newhousehotel.com.
  • Several wedding packages make things easy or book on a more bespoke basis.
  • You can have your ceremony elsewhere before booking the venue for your reception celebrations.
  • The New House Hotel is bookable for your exclusive use to avoid having to share.
  • The hotel provides its chefs who can create a bespoke menu if required.
  • The Bridal Suite is included in the package prices for 1 night.

The bride laughs uproariously as her new husband gives speech at New House Country Hotel

The speeches usually happen after the main course but can be altered to suit you. Couples who don’t need a photographer all day, often bring them forward to the beginning of the meal instead.


Top Tip:

The New House Country Hotel actively encourages couples to visit the venue for a tour before booking.  Do take advantage of this and don’t be afraid to mention any ideas or concerns you have.


The newly-weds cut the cake at their New House Country Hotel wedding

As with most weddings, the cake is an essential feature at the New House. The cake cutting is typically held just before the first dance.


The bride swings a little girl around in the air

One of my more unusual wedding shots as the bride and a young guest make early use of the dance floor.


Guests holding bride lying down at Welsh wedding

The time later in the evening when the alcohol has been flowing for a while produces some of the most fun wedding photography.


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Couple gazing into each others eyes during the first dance with guests watching in background

The newly-weds take to the dance floor for their first dance: The ‘starry’ curtain above makes things a lot more atmospheric despite it still being daylight outside.


The couple kiss during first dance in marquee

An intimate moment: The couple sneak in a kiss whilst the disco lights provide exciting effects and lens flare.

 


The bride and groom take their first dance in the Marquee at New House Country Hotel

This shot shows the DJ’s booth and lighting set up in the corner.


Bride and Groom dancing and singing during their first dance

I try to photograph the first dance from many angles. The guests watching in the background give this photo good context.


The bride dances in a wedding marquee in Cardiff hotel

Boogie on Down: Emma has a little dance with herself. I’ve no idea where Alex had got to, but happily, he soon turned up!


New House Country Hotel Wedding FAQs

 

Q. WHY GET MARRIED AT THE NEW HOUSE COUNTRY HOTEL?

A. The location, grounds and elegant Georgian decor speak for themselves.  The service and catering are second to none and worthy of your wedding celebration.

 

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

A. This is down to the Cardiff Registrars who will officiate, but luckily, they are photographer friendly.  The only rule is not to take photos during the register signing.

 

Q. IS CONFETTI ALLOWED OUTSIDE FOR A NICE SEQUENCE OF PHOTOS?

A. Biodegradable confetti is allowed outside the front of the building.  Your wedding planner can help coordinate this.

 

Q. WHAT IS THE LIGHT LIKE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY INSIDE THE NEW HOUSE?

A. The lighting varies throughout the building but is stunning near the grand Georgian windows.  A competent photographer can deal with any lighting situation quickly and effortlessly.


The groom holds out hand and looks concerned as the photographer nearly falls into the fountain at New House Country Hotel

And Finally: Oops! Accidents happen, and the groom’s look of concern was because I’d backed up against the fountain and nearly ended up in it… Fortunately, a couple of helpful guests saved me!


New House Country Hotel,
Thornhill Road,
Thornhill,
Cardiff CF14 9UA.

 

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