Pendley Manor Wedding Photography
Photographing weddings at Pendley Manor
Local mill owner Joseph Williams commissioned architect Walter Ryan to build a new Tudor style manor house on his newly acquired land near Tring, and the construction of the grand house was completed in 1872. His family and descendants then occupied this splendid Victorian Manor until 1983.
The most recent private owner was the BBC show jumping commentator Dorian Williams. After the Second World War he developed it as a centre for adult education and the arts. He founded the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival in 1949, which continues to run to this present day to sell out audiences. The grounds have two landscaped open-air theatres, and there’s also an indoor theatre which has permanently occupied the former stable block on the estate since the 1970s. To this day it still presents a full programme of drama and musical performances.
The house was more recently purchased by a property company in 1983, and then in 1989 a hotel company stepped in and purchased the building and set about extensively refurbishing the house. Once the works were complete it opened as a wonderful country house hotel.
Pendley Manor is such an amazing old building that it’s no wonder it attracts so many couples through its doors for their wedding celebrations. They can host anything from small intimate weddings in the main house through to larger wedding receptions for up to 200 guests in their contemporary ballroom.
The picture opportunities at Pendley Manor are fabulous, and both indoors and outside you’ll be spoilt for options. In particular I love the inside of the old house; the intricate grand staircase with its huge arched window is pretty amazing for wedding photographs. I’m sure most photographers make a beeline for this wonderful centrepiece to the house, the light streaming through the huge ornate window illuminates the interiors majestically come rain or shine. The peacocks on the estate are very special too and they are not shy, so there’s always the likelihood they’ll photobomb your official pictures on the day!