Wedding Photography at Pencoed House Estate: a Venue Near Cardiff, South Wales
Pencoed House Estate lies in 36 acres of stunning Welsh countryside in the picturesque village of Capel Llanilltern. Just 7 miles from Cardiff, the venue is both beautiful and convenient but with a feeling of remoteness and will make a fantastic addition to your wedding day.
Your Pencoed House Estate wedding photography will revolve around The Old Hall. Dating as far back as the 15th Century, the hall still has it’s original stone walls. With a vaulted ceiling and, for winter weddings, a roaring log fire, the Old Hall can hold up to 120 seated guests for your ceremony and 200 evening guests.
Next to The Old Hall is The Woodland Bar with it’s wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. It even contains a whisky library for connoisseurs of Single Malts.
Pencoed House Estate as Your Wedding Venue
Did a Fantastic Job…
Guy Milnes was the photographer at our wedding at Pencoed House in Cardiff. He did a fantastic job and we couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. The pictures were stunning – Guy has a really good eye for capturing our friends and family having a good time as well as those other special moments of our wedding day. He worked in the background, observing and waiting for the right shots, but also gently steered us and everybody else in the right direction when it was necessary. Our band started late in the evening, but Guy stayed longer than agreed to capture us partying, which we really appreciated. We would like to recommend him in the best possible terms.
– Catherine & Marco
The estate is licensed for civil marriages and civil partnerships and other non-religious ceremonies.
It's official website lists 5 packages in all covering summer and winter weddings as well as weekdays and Saturdays which in summer, are at a premium. A wedding here does not come cheap. The lowest price is £4995 (Silver Winter Package - Monday-Wednesday and January-March and November. The most expensive is the Silver Saturday at £6750. Contact the venue on 02921 678090 to discuss your requirements.
The wedding venue also includes a children's play area and lawn games to keep younger guests entertained in nice weather. There is plenty of space for them to run around and fire up their active imaginations as they play in the most beautiful of surroundings. This is a real boon for a photographer, as if there's a lull in your wedding day proceedings, kids are always great to photograph.
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The venue insists that you use one of it's 3 recommended caterers which you may find restrictive but they are really top notch, offering a diverse selection of food and tastings. Having tasted the food on offer, I can personally vouch for the quality.
For those wanting to extend the event over a weekend, the venue offers a Bridal Suite, a self-catering cottage (sleeps 8) and 2 barn apartments, sleeping 2 in each. Hiring the Bridal Suite would provide a perfect location for your preparations.
Wedding Photography at Pencoed House Estate
There are no restrictions regarding wedding photography except that public liability insurance is required. The venue is happy for your photographer to look round the venue with you prior to the day, as long as an appointment is made.
As far as photographing the ceremony is concerned, any restrictions are at the discretion of the Cardiff Registrars who are conducting your ceremony. The registrars at Cardiff are thankfully very relaxed about photographers, but are strict about photographing the signing. They prefer to set up a 'dummy' register for a staged signing afterwards if you would like this. Personally I prefer to shoot the actual signing as it is much more natural. However, we must abide by any rules the officiants' set out.
Your Wedding Outside The Old Barn
The expansive grounds offer many different backdrops. These include statues, a bridge, plenty of greenery, attractive arched doorways and even a cannon. It's well worth you taking time away from your guests to have a mini-portrait shoot. I think this is important. You'll end up with some gorgeous wedding portraits and it will give you some time alone before the evening celebrations. I always suggest to my couples that after their portraits, they take a few minutes out to be together and compose themselves in readiness for the festivities ahead. They most often agree...
The outside space and tables mean that you can have your wedding reception drinks and canapés on the lawn. This again makes for some fantastic reportage photography.
Gay/LGBT weddings are welcome at Pencoed House Estate as it's a non-secular venue for civil marriage. A good proportion of my weddings are same-sex, so please contact me to discuss.
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