Chateau Rhianfa Wedding Photography | Frances and Matthew


Frances & Matthew


Groom exchanging wedding rings during Chateau Rhianfa ceremony

When Fran and Matt let me know that they were getting married at Chateau Rhianfa in Anglesey, I must admit - my heart skipped a beat! What a stunning wedding venue to get married! This Grade II listed victorian villa perched overlooking the Menai Strait with the Snowdonia Mountains as a backdrop, how spectacular! Needless to say that the opportunities for gorgeous landscape portraits of the bride and groom were endless.

The morning was bright and sunny as I met Fran and her bridesmaids in the castle's coach house where the make-up was already underway and the champagne was in full flow. It was lovely to see the bridal party so chilled and relaxed before the ceremony with the bride, bridesmaids and Fran's flower-girl all in high spirits making for some lovely natural photographs throughout the morning. Once the girls were all made up we went across the estate to the bridal suite for finishing touches and portraits. Matt had a painting of the Menai bridge as a present for Fran who absolutely loved it. Afterwards we went to the wine cellar with Matt and the boys to capture some unique portraits. The cellar is used to fortify the manor wine and made the perfect backdrop for our portraits.

Grade-II listed villa wedding venue

The ceremony took place in the stunning banqueting hall at the castle. Furnished in dark wood and large tower like windows, the setting was ready for Fran to walk down the aisle, exchange vows with her groom and seal the deal with a kiss. After the ceremony we went for a stroll in the mansion's gardens where we captured some intimate natural shots of the newlyweds in the grounds on the estate. We were blessed with some stunning views and scenery and I felt truly grateful and quite humbled to be a Chateau Rhianfa wedding photographer.

We then walked down to the rocky shore of the Menai Strait, again another gorgeous view was on offer for us to photograph our newly married couple in front of. Once the sun began to set were then lucky enough to capture a stunning silhouette sunset photograph of the Fran and Matt overlooking the water with a gorgeous sunset.

Once back into the banqueting hall and it was time for the first dance, the band had everyone up on their feet in no time and we had a full on party taking us through into the night! 

I absolutely loved photographing Fran and Matt's wedding here and hope you enjoy the images below. If you're currently looking for Chateau Rhianfa wedding photographer, why not drop me a message?


Chateau Rhianfa weddings photographed by Stephen McGowan. If you are getting married and looking for a natural wedding photographer then please get in touch to discuss more.

Enchanting estate overlooking the Menai Strait

Château Rhianfa is an absolutely captivating wedding venue situated on Anglesey, just down the road from Beaumaris. As you step foot into the entrance doorway of this charming villa estate you will clearly see the history surrounding this delightful location as it captivates you from the first moment to the last.
This exquisite fairytale wedding venue is the perfect location to celebrate your weddings, easily being able to accommodate your friends and family for your special day of nuptials, confetti and late night dancing: you can do all of this in the grand rooms of this wonderful chateau.

Built in 1849 as a dower house and presented as a gift, the château is richly steeped in history. The period features within the mansion perfectly complement the the decor dressing the floors, walls and ceilings. The interior of the rooms have been tastefully preserved to provide a very classy look within the chateau.

Stunning venue on south coast of Anglesey

This certainly is the hidden jewel lying on the south coast of Anglesey. With absolutely outstanding views which overlook the Menai Strait and over towards Bangor. The château itself looks remarkable as it towers over the waterway, the French-style architectural turrets staggering above the Anglesey backdrop below.

As a wedding venue Château Rhianfa can be hired as exclusively, meaning it’s completely yours for the day. You are free to roam the Grade ll-listed castle’s gardens and grounds for portraits, enjoy your wedding party speeches being regaled in the Banqueting Hall and generally spend the day having the best time at this charming, idyllic waterside setting.

In terms of rooms, there’s a wide selection including a converted summer house. There are seven beautifully-decorated double rooms within the estate along with two suites and also the Rhianfa lodge.

This venue is simply breathtaking! a perfect place to say your ‘i do's’ in front of your friends and family on the south coast of Anglesey.



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Photography Information

Photographs were taken using a Canon 5D Mkiii camera, a Canon 6D camera and a selection of lenses (mainly the 24mm-70mm series ii 2.8L, 70-200 F4.0, a wide angle lens 17mm-40mm F4.0) and two Canon 600EX-RT flashes to maintain consistant exposure in light and dark conditions and also for night time flash photography for images with contrast. A Canon 100mm F2.8 macro lens was used for close up details for the wedding photography.