HOW CAPLE COURT WEDDING VENUE:
If you are looking for a Herefordshire wedding venue right now – huge congratulations! In this series of blog posts I am aiming to help you choose the best wedding venue for your wedding day. How Caple Court in Herefordshire is another of my favourite wedding venues. I am very lucky to have photographed some gorgeous weddings here over the years, and I wanted to share my knowledge of this lovely place with you to help you decide whether it’s where you want to have your wedding too! If you are looking for a wedding photographer as well, please do get in touch!
How Caple Court is a beautiful country estate located in rural Herefordshire, lovingly run by the owners Vanessa & Roger Lee. The estate has an incredible history and is mentioned in the 1089 Domesday Book! The stunning gardens and the barn with adjoining marquee are available to you for your wedding day.
How Caple Court is licensed to hold civil ceremonies in the Concert Barn, or outside in the romantic Gazebo in the gardens. There is also a church in the grounds for your wedding ceremony if you would prefer.
Enjoy your drinks reception on the formal terraces and picturesque gardens in front of the house, before your wedding breakfast and evening’s entertainment in the barn or adjoining marquee. With stunning views across Herefordshire and the Welsh mountains, and with endless beautiful photo spots, this really is the most romantic and rustic setting for a wedding.
If you are getting married at How Caple Court and you are looking for a wedding photographer, I would be delighted to chat further with you about your plans and your wedding photography!
So, here are some photographs to show how your wedding day at How Caple Court could look:
Upon arrival at How Caple Court on the morning of your wedding, you are sure to see some of their peacocks strutting about! There is even a white one – perfect for your wedding day. The bride and her bridesmaids are welcome to have the use of the stable for getting ready – it has been made into a lovely space for the girls to have their hair and makeup done together. It’s then just a short walk down the drive to where your wedding ceremony is taking place.
At How Caple Court, you have a number of options for your wedding ceremony. For an indoor ceremony, you can either get married in the Concert Barn, or you can get married in the 13th Century Church located in the grounds. For outdoor wedding ceremonies, the romantic garden gazebo on the terraces is licensed for marriages – this is a stunning setting with views across the gardens to the Wye Valley and Welsh Mountains beyond. Alternatively, you could choose to get married at another church elsewhere and then arrive at How Caple for your reception afterwards.
In the warmer months, the most lovely thing about How Caple Court is being able to mingle with your guests on the terraces for your wedding reception. The formal terraces date back to Edwardian times, with yew hedges, lily pools, ageing statues and a traditional rose garden, contrasting with less formal plantings of rambling flower borders, mature trees and shrubs. The rustic walls, stone stairs and charming gardens make a wonderful backdrop for lots of natural candid photographs as you meet and greet your family & friends.
For the cooler months or for rainy day weddings, there is a spacious marquee adjoining the Concert Barn, where you will be able to comfortably mingle with your guests in the warm and dry!
How Caple Court really is a photographer’s dream, with all the lovely places we can go for your couple photographs together. I love all the rustic details, the barn doors and stone outbuildings, the flowers and trees. I also know a few hidden places that we can take a stroll through the grounds to find, with romantic gateways, lovely light, and an overgrown Italianate outdoor theatre in the woodland – all amazing for your photographs. It’s such a nice idea to take a few moments away from your guests and enjoy a little time with just the two of you together in the loveliest parts of your wedding venue, taking it all in. I like to shoot in as natural and relaxed a way as possible, so that you get some beautiful photographs of the two of you just being yourselves together in these atmospheric surroundings.
Your wedding breakfast can take place in the oak panelled Concert Barn, or in it’s adjoining marquee. These can seat up to 120 guests, and have marquee lining, beams, fairy lights and chandeliers. You can add whatever decoration you would like to the spaces to suit your own wedding day styling.
Up to 200 guests can be held for your evening party. Your band or DJ can set up on the stage area at one end of the Concert Barn. Rock your first dance and then get all your guests on the dance floor with you to party the night away! The adjoining marquee has a bar area set up where guests can also mingle and chat away from the music if they wish. Enjoy celebrating with your guests before your wedding day at How Caple comes to an end!
I hope you have found this guide and pictures helpful! You can take a look at a wedding blog post here:
Gemma Williams is an award-winning wedding photographer based in Herefordshire and recommended by How Caple Court. If you are thinking of getting married at How Caple Court and are looking for a wedding photographer, please do take a look at my website and get in touch! I love photographing weddings at this beautiful venue x