South Wales wedding venues – part one
Picking a venue can be a strenuous task in itself, you want your pick of wedding venues yet the date is booked up – how frustrating, you want a particular location but they won’t cater to your particular needs which again is rather annoying (which is very rare may I add) or that the ‘to be’ Mother-in-law isn’t satisfied in any way, it may feel like a bit of a defeat but once the venue is set everything else comes together hand in hand, you can then begin planning the other details once you’ve picked your wedding planning journal and then the flowers, the seating of guests, the photographer (hello) and the struggle and nerves of writing the speeches can begin.
Living on the doorstep to some amazing and breathtaking wedding venues in Wales I thought I’d share my top 12, it was originally 10 but I really struggled to narrow the list down further with such outstanding wedding venues distinguished hospitality and incredible scenery that goes hand in hard with the beauty of the venue, so im keeping with a top 12 list.
Well without stalling any further, these are the wedding venues in South Wales that I would absolutely have the pleasure to photograph a wedding there and why I hear you ask… read on…
Being such a fairytale looking castle, perched on the side of a mountain hill-side with absolutely incredible views across the City of Cardiff to the South and West and behind it a vast dense forest that can get you lost for hours exploring the vast woodland paths, large trees and caves! Wait, there’s more, the interior of the castle which they have restored and presented to its former glory, with outstanding attention to detail intricate ceiling paintings and mammoth stone fireplaces, this venue truly is fit for the magical and fairytale wedding you’ve always wanted.
This venue can first be mistaken for the vistas of Italy’s finest vineyards, the sweeping eye-catching lines of vines planted in the field, which makes for elegant and a timeless images as the couple are sharing an intimate moment between them. It’s not often you can surround yourself at a reception or wedding breakfast by such eye pleasing grounds as the ones presented at Llanerch vineyard
Margam park hit’s a soft spot for me, not for photography, weddings or the ceremony room itself, it’s the grounds of Margam Manor. As a child I came here often and we would find ourselves getting lost among the trees, boundless fields which I’m almost sure we covered every part of it, not to mention the gothic castle and the ruins of the former 11th century abbey. All of which make for stunning and enchanted like scenes and backdrops for the wedding images that will be sure to stand out and have a rather regal and extraordinary.
The two-storey Georgian banqueting house built in 1794 by a local gentry for use as a small, private dining club and now used mainly to host wedding ceremonies and small events. The Kymin commands fantastic views stretching as far as the Brecon Beacons, providing a wonderful backdrop for your big day. Coming from a landscape photography background you can appreciate why I loathe this venue so much, and I can not wait to combine both my landscape and portraiture work together to create outstanding distinguished and eminent imagery.
Well I feel overwhelmed by this venue, literally! Not only is the below coast line my absolute local favourite place to visit for solace but to get married in a working lighthouse! With its spiralling sweeping staircase and intimate ceremony room there is no other venue like it! The opportunity for breathtaking backdrops against the vista of the tall and towering cliff faces and endless horizon of sea are endless!
Above I mentioned about Nash point being my favourite local coastline to escape to… well, tucked up against one side of the bay is the hotel itself offering ‘Awe-inspiring views. Exquisite dining. Fantastic staff offering a first class service. These are just a few reasons why you should visit the Oxwich Bay.’ need I say more?
the part of the coast that stretches from Oxwich bay to Three cliffs bay is another favourite, the coastline – incredible, heart stopping and stunning, I could go on, the Gower coastline has won many of awards for its beauty and tourism. Having the ceremony held in its Chestnut room after the reception in the luxury marquee which looks incredible in the summer opening the wedding breakfast to the views that are before them!
Credits: http://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/castell-coch/?lang=en, http://www.llanerch-vineyard.co.uk/celebrate/weddings/, http://www.chaircoversandbows.co.uk/aboutus, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kymin, http://www.oxwichbayhotel.co.uk/weddings/