We won the regional category again.
A beautiful autumn day, pefect for a ceremony in Rockfield followed by a reception at the spectacular Rolls of Monmouth.
A stunning 19th Century Italianate Villa in Chepstow. A beautiful day for it too; we must have finally left summer behind.
The photography team had a drone, and knew how to use it. Much fun was had by all as it buzzed about, getting shots all but impossible until recenty. A little more amusing for the guests too. Watch the birdie!
A great night out was had by all for the annual V Awards.
Held in a brewery - what could be better - the celebration started at 7pm with Capital Radio’s Breakfast show DJs Matt and Polly hosting the awards.
Not only did they have two gluten-free beers on offer, we also walked away with one of the coveted wooden doodads.
The event also raises money for St David’s Hospice Care, which is a charity close to our hearts here at Henrietta.
Wedding Fayre season gets underway again. This is my favourite venue for these events as it is the only one where a lunch bag is supplied, and not only that there is a gluten free option, and not only that, it is actually edible (quite delicious in fact)
As St Pierre is such a regular venue for us (see earlier post), I am often driving back home across Monouthshire and am always captivated by Shirenewton. So it was a real pleasure to make a total of three (very tiny) trips back and forth through the village, taking various family members, bridesmaids, and finally the bride herself, with her father, to the village church.
No prizes for guessing where the reception was held.
We are finalists in the Welsh National Wedding Awards for the sixth time!
We have won the regionals four times, and would dearly love to win again; to finally grab the national would be just amazing. Fingers crossed!
A spectacular location in the Wye Valley, not far from Brecon Beacons.
I managed to steal this shot as the official photographer was doing his thing, before taking the happy couple for a relaxing drive up the Sirhowy Valley and back.
Rebecca was very much at home on the streets of the ancient Roman town of Isca Augusta. Her task was to make two runs across the small town, first with bridesmaids, then with bride and father, then a short jaunt up to the reception at Cwrt Belddyn Hotel & Spa.
It seems as though we’re here every other weekend at the moment. Not an issue, as it is a stunning venue, with a fabulous drive up to the house, and it is always a pleasure to work there.
Though I will never get used to driving the Rolls Royces through the very narrow tunnel-like gatehouse entrance. Breathe in!
This beautiful bride braved the rain, and we think the effect is quite nice. If it looked like this on a mobile phone, imagine what the offical photography would be like! A little drizzle is not the end of the world.
The church was built in Geometrical Gothic Revival style in 1859-60 to designs of Prichard and Seddon, with a later steeple (of 1911, now gone) by J.Coates Carter, to serve the developing area of Maindee. It suffered some bomb damage during the Second World War and, more seriously, in an arson attack in 1949 before being restored.
Actually this post should be a continuation of the previous as it was with the same couple, but this company deserves a separate post.
The blurry white smudges in my dodgy mobile phone snap are in fact real live actual doves, provided by Wales’s premier dove release specialist Lovey Dovey.
Not the scene of the wedding or the reception, but a brief diversion between the two for a photo shoot with this lovely couple.
An unexpected bonus was that the Prosecco Pronto van was there, and the lovely chaps gave the couple a celebratory glass each.
Ah, the great Brtitish summer.
We’re well into the warmer season now and more and more grooms are requesting their own transport in the form of Faye, our four-seater Morgan Plus Four.
Today the reception was at the beautiful Glen-Yr-Afon House hotel.
We love it when couples book their reception at this venue: the location, and therefore the drive back to our garage, is simply perfect!
The staff are lovely too. peterstone-court.com
As the summer gets under way we are looking forward to getting Faye out on the road a lot more.
Our 4-seater Morgan Plus Four always looks stunning in the sun, and with the top down there is no better way to travel.
Read more about Faye and her origins on her page.
This Grade II listed church was built in the early 12th century on the site of an earlier building, possibly the ancient chapel of St Aaron that was known to have existed as a private chapel for the nearby Llantarnam Abbey (where we often take couples for photoshoots).
It’s certainly one of our favourites, not least because of the cracking pub next door. (of course, we never drink while on duty!)
In the past we have been nominated five times and won the regional three times! We would love to win again; as a family run business we always strive to ensure our bridal parties have the best experience on their day.
So if we did your wedding and you were really happy with our service, please vote for Henrietta Hire!
The stunning Hensol Castle was the venue for My Wonderful Welsh Wedding’s (home of the Wedding Guild of Wales) amazing Wedding Showcase.
What a great showcase it was, with a fantastic selection of diverse suppliers, there was something for everyone.
It is a great honour to be a member of the Wedding Guild of Wales, the country’s foremost group of wedding suppliers, all of whom are trusted and reliable.
Setting a new record for distance between ceremony and reception, Peggy and Candice took the bridal party across the mountains from Llanelli to Peterstone Court near Brecon. While maintaining their elegant and stately looks, either can also prove to be quite the packhorse when required.
The journey was truly stunning and the couple of stops we made for shoots are sure to produce some amazing images.
We were delighted to spend a day in Monmouthshire providing transport for another lovely couple, who after tying the knot in church held their reception on their parents’ land.
The pavilion of Newport’s idyllic Victorian park is a relatively new addition to the list of potential venues available to brides today, and a very attractive one it is too.
Faye, our Morgan Plus 4, looked fabulous as ever, and the rain held off, allowing the happy couple to enjoy an open-top jaunt around town before heading for the reception.
Among the many words, toots, and cheers of support, the most ‘Newport’ had to be: “Go on son!”
On occasions when the reception is to be held at the same venue as the ceremony, the hire of cars may at first feel superfluous, as only one trip is required: that of the bride from her home or otherwise to the venue.
We always suggest a little trip in that time between the champagne and the meal, to allow the happy couple to spend some precious time alone together and maybe find a nice spot for a few more intimate photos.
So this weekend, after a ceremony in Hyde House, we took our couple away from their guests for a short while, seeking a tree-lined avenue that they both knew but, now they thought about it, they weren’t sure where it was exactly…
Fortunately, a series of hunches led us down a promising lane and we found just the spot, which did indeed prove to be an ideal backdrop for their photographer to work his magic with.
A beautiful 810 year-old church, standing next to the ruins of the even-older Castle in the beautiful village of Skenfrith: what a perfect venue for a wedding.
We were delighted to be invited to exhibit at the fourth Cwtchfest, held at St. Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff. A splendid time was had by all.
It is always a privilege to be one of the few in the position to see a bride’s journey over the course of her big day, in this case from house in a quiet cul-de-sac to church on a busy intersection to idyllic country club.
The first really sunny - and not cold - day of the year.
Our most local venue is also one of our favourites, and not just because we save on our fuel bill - which is usually the GDP of a small Middle Eastern country - but because the staff are so wonderful and supportive.
Another fine day for a wedding, this time we took Peggy and Rebecca to De Courceys Manor
Over the border and into the neighbouring country for a wedding at Gloucestershire’s premier wedding venue.
Monmouth’s newest venue is the recently-licensed Grade I listed former court, and we were honoured to be invited to their first Wedding Experience day.
It was a great opportunity to introduce Peggy, our 1935 Rolls Royce 20/25, to the statue of Charles Rolls outside the Hall.
This weekend it was lovely to return to one of our favourite venues, Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. Peggy always looks very much at home in the grounds.
Here’s another happy couple, with Candice, our 1935 Vauxhall Big Six, celebrating with a kiss on Usk bridge.
We are always happy to take special trips to locations for a photo shoot, and after many years in the business have extensive knowledge of many ideal spots over a wide area, so feel free to ask us for suggestions.
We’ll even stop the traffic for you.