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Blackfriars Priory Weddings

Situated in the heart of Gloucester, the historic Blackfriars Priory provides an unforgettable setting for weddings. Its unique gothic architecture and rich history dating back to the 13th century offer a blend of enchantment and romance, creating the perfect backdrop for every couple’s big day. The venue features a selection of function rooms, including the grand North Range Hall, perfect for large weddings, and the charming East Range Parlour ideally suited for intimate gatherings. Both spaces are licenced for civil ceremonies, allowing you to complete your entire day in one location. The Ladybellegate Street Courtyard offers an ideal outdoor space for drinks receptions and photographs, while the Cloister Garden exudes serenity and beauty. Aside from the remarkable amenities, Blackfriars Priory does not offer accommodation on site but the setting is in close proximity to a range of quality local hotels. The venue also boasts exceptional catering services, with menus that can be tailored to individual tastes and dietary needs. Notably, Blackfriars Priory extends the exclusive hire option, ensuring that you and your guests have sole use of this magnificent venue.

The History of Blackfriars Priory

Blackfriars Priory, located in the historic city of Gloucester, Gloucestershire, boasts many centuries of rich history and elegance. The venue, which is now renowned for hosting exquisite weddings, was founded in the early 13th century by a Dominican order, known also as ‘black friars’ due to their black cloaks. The site was previously a Norman house and was one of the first dominican priories in England. A key feature of the priory is its stunning cloister garden—the largest surviving example of a medieval cloister in England. After the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1538, the priory fell into the hands of Sir Thomas Bell, a successful local businessman who converted it into his residence. Over the years, Blackfriars has served various purposes, from private property, a school, a factory, and now a romantic wedding venue. In the 1960s, with the threat of demolition, the Gloucester Civic Trust took over the priory, carried out significant restoration work, and opened it to the public. This beautiful wedding venue’s history, architecture and atmosphere make it a remarkable setting for all manner of events, and it continues to captivate and inspire visitors to Gloucester.

How To Find Blackfriars Priory

Blackfriars Priory, a renowned wedding venue, is nestled in the heart of Gloucester, within the county of Gloucestershire, England. Located on Ladybellegate Street, the venue enjoys a central position. It is a stone’s throw away from some key city landmarks, such as Gloucester Quays, Gloucester Cathedral, and Docks. This medieval Dominican priory, dating back to the 13th century, boasts of an exquisite blend of old-world charm and modern aesthetics, making it an ideal location for nuptials. The combined convenience of city accessibility and historical allure truly sets Blackfriars Priory apart.

About Gloucester

Gloucester is an important historical town in Gloucestershire, South West England. Known for its rich heritage dating back to Roman times, it’s a vibrant urban center that pays tribute to its past while looking forward to the future. Gloucester is renowned for its stunning architectural landmarks, notably the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral, which serves as a timeless beacon of the town’s historical richness. The cathedral is not only significant for its elegant Gothic architecture but also for its cultural footprint, as it was featured in several Harry Potter films. Gloucester is also an economically progressive town, with industries spanning aerospace, agri-food, and financial services. Gloucester Docks, once the hub of the city’s thriving shipping industry, has been revitalized into a lively area dotted with shops, restaurants, and museums. Gloucester’s charm also lies in its thriving arts and culture scene, marked by numerous festivals and events throughout the year. Surrounded by the iconic Cotswolds countryside, the Scenic Severn Vale and the Forest of Dean, Gloucester is a perfect blend of urban dynamics and rural tranquility, emphasizing its multifaceted appeal. The town’s continuous efforts towards sustainability and conservation ensure its appeal for generations to come.

Pedge Photography – Blackfriars Priory Wedding Photographer

Hi, I’m Pedge – a Blackfriars Priory wedding photographer passionate about storytelling. My style is all about visually representing the essence of your special day by capturing natural moments brimming with emotion, love, and laughter. I deeply value the significance of family and prioritise capturing those cherished moments with grandparents, children, and other loved ones. Recognising the rarity of such large family gatherings, I ensure no moment is missed.

My Wedding Photography Style

I’m adaptable to various lighting conditions and have all the necessary tools to photograph weddings in any setting. I’m confident handling group shots and guiding couples in posing, ensuring everyone feels at ease. My photography style is characterised by punchy colours, vibrance, and contrasts, but I always maintain a balance to avoid over-saturation. Above all, I aim to deliver high-quality images that encapsulate memories and love while ensuring everyone has fun in a relaxed environment.

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Picking your Blackfriars Priory Wedding Photographer- why Pedge Photography?

Besides the fact that you are getting a highly professional, experienced, and creative photographer who will capture all of the special moments of your wedding day, family and friends, you are getting someone that goes in to each wedding knowing that every couple is unique and that all weddings deserve their own twist and personality, rather than be provided a conveyor belt experience. I take great pride to subtly merge into your day and to be approachable for all your guests. The Cotswolds is an area I grew up in and I am all too familiar with everything the region has to offer. 

What products do you offer as a Blackfriars Priory Wedding Photographer?

This can bespoke based on your needs. All packages include a digital gallery in which you, your family and friends can enter with a password and download to any device. On top of this, you can also purchase prints, framed goods and albums through the digital gallery. If you would like me to build you an album, I offer an additional album package as well. Other bits, should you wish to choose them, include a pre-wedding shoot in the cotswolds or a second photographer for your wedding day.

How long do you stay with us for our Blackfriars Priory wedding?

I’m an all day photographer and will be with you from roughly two hours before your ceremony until at least the first dance ( and beyond – got to catch all those drunk friends cutting some shapes on the dancefloor!).

Will you travel beyond the Cotswolds for our wedding day?

Of course! Although I describe myself as a Cotswolds wedding photographer, I am happy to travel beyond. Drop me a message to find out more!

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