On Saturday 13th June 2019 I photographed the Llangoed Hall Wedding of Ann and David. Llangoed Hall is a wonderfully elegant and historic Edwardian country house hotel situated in the beautiful Wye Valley near the Brecon Beacons in the heart of Mid Wales. Ann and David had travelled here from their home in London. They were both on location for the morning preparations so I was able to split my time between the two parties. It was a busy start to the day as they have two lovely little boys who also needed looking after dressing, never easy with toddlers. In due the course the groom and his ushers made their way to the marriage ceremony, which was held in the nearby town of Crickhowell at St Edmund’s Church. Once the bridal preparations had been completed the parties united for the marriage ceremony at the church. Following the ceremony, congratulations were received in the churchyard before guests were transported back to Llangoed Hall for the reception. Here amongst the rolling scenery of Wales, there was time for everyone to catch up on the day’ events. A few drinks and some family photographs on the lawn later gave way to giant jenga and croquet. Though in time the wedding breakfast was served in the hotel’s orangery and garden room. Later some marvellous and surprising speeches were delivered with great aplomb, before the day turned into evening and the dancing began. As a Wales Wedding photographer we are blessed with some remarkable venues, Llangoed Hall being one of them, so picturesque it makes the day a blessing to attend.
“Just wanted to say a big thank you for making our very special day so painless while being photographed and the fact that you were so unobtrusive is amazing.”
Llangoed Hall has to one of the most beautiful hotels in one of the most beautiful parts of Wales. Dating from 1632, although it is thought a house has stood on the site since 560 AD. Rebuilt as an Edwardian country house, this luxury hotel is located in the scenic Wye valley between Hay-on-Wye and Brecon. Famously if was formerly owned by Laura Ashley co-founder Sir Bernard Ashley, and there are remnants of family life evident in photographs and artwork throughout the building. Sir Ashley opened the country home as a hotel in 1990, though following his death in 2009, its was sold to the Von Essen Hotel group. This was a difficult time in the hall’s history, although no fault of the hotel’s performance the Von Essen group unfortunately went into receivership not long afterwards. However, under new ownership, it has quickly res-established itself with complete renovations and excellent appointments, such as a new head chef. This has seen the hotels’s restaurant placed in the top 50 of the UK’s Good Food Guide. The hotel’s organic kitchen garden providing a fresh supply of inspiring and seasonal ingredients.
“Thank you for the incredible photos you took of our wedding! We were absolutely thrilled to receive them, and so promptly too….far earlier than we had hoped to see them!
Most importantly though we were amazed and delighted by the memories you’ve captured! We had no idea you were in most of those places/conversations etc so to see them in our album was a complete delight!”
I have not photographed a wedding here since the Ashley days, so it was lovely to be back and witness the changes for myself. Claire and Joe were married on the 31st March 2018. The day was understated elegance personified, with a late ceremony of 5pm, the celebrations blended in an evening soiree. They had also requested a very understated photographic approach, apart from literally one or two posed shots, they just wanted a natural record of the evening, which is kind of what I specialise in. Below are a few example of the images I produced.