Photo Friday 3 by Simon Cardwell

Another throwback photo, this week to September 2014 - this wedding took place on a farm near Darlington. 

A farm isn't a setting that crops up often for a wedding, so in this case I took the opportunity, to use some different backgrounds & colours to what you would find at a typical wedding venue. A barn door worked well for a different bridesmaid group shot: 

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what makes a good wedding speech? by Simon Cardwell

Have you ever given a speech at a wedding? Or do you have to give one at an upcoming wedding? For some this aspect of the day is very nerve wracking & can cause all kinds of anxiety in the build up to the day. 

Over the years I have seen every kind of speech from the brilliant, to the funny, awkward & slightly embarrassing. 

My advice is don't go too long or too short (10 minutes or so is probably about right) & don't load it up with jokes you found online. If you're making a speech you should know either the bride or groom very well, so you can't fail to be sincere, which is all you need to do. 


It is one of the key times of the wedding day for me as it allows me to get lots of good photographs of guests & family, with no one paying attention to me. So if the speeches are either very short or not very good, I end up with less photographs from that part of the day. 

Luckily at this wedding the speeches were firstly good, and secondly long enough to allow me to get a great range of photos of guests:

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Photo Friday - Part 2 by Simon Cardwell

I usually leave a wedding shortly after the first dance, however on this occasion I knew several guests attending at Solberge Hall, so I decided to stick around. 

The latter stages of the evening reception can gift you unusual photographs you would never usually expect to see. In this case, a conga line provided a funny & unusual photo:

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Wedding Photography - Headlam Hall, Darlington by Simon Cardwell

This was one of my last weddings before the dark nights & cold weather kicks in, so I was hoping to make the most of the beautiful grounds at Headlam Hall. Sadly it rained most of the day, so we had to take the majority of the photos indoors. 

We did manage to get outside for some group photos & a few of the couple. Other than that I worked indoors, & was asked to take mostly natural photographs with minimal posing.

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