Wedding Photography - The Crimble near Rochdale (Manchester) by Simon Cardwell

Hello & welcome to one of my last blog posts of 2018. It’s been a busy year again & I have been privileged to photograph almost 50 weddings this year throughout the UK.

It has taken me far & wide but today I am actually going to show you a slightly older wedding. The reason for this is the couple have just confirmed their wedding album with me & it is now being printed.

Couples often take a long time to come back to me with their selections for their final album, and when I got this one through I realised I didn’t feature it on the blog when it took place. So here it is:

Beales Hotel Hertfordshire

I started at the house beforehand, which was a beautiful conversion:

Hatfield House Hertfordshire
Hanbury Manor Hertfordshire
Needham House Hertfordshire
Needham House Hertfordshire
Micklefield Hall Hertfordshire

From there we went on to a nearby church:

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Micklefield Hall Hertfordshire
The Priory Hertfordshire
Hanbury Manor Hertfordshire
West Lodge Park Hotel Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory
Burloes Hall Hertfordshire

Leaving the church can often produce some of the best natural photographs of the day:

Offley Place Hertfordshire
Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire

I find myself working in the Manchester area every now & then, & it is an area I love to work in.

While the venue (The Crimble in Rochdale) is technically a restaurant, it is set within a beautiful old building & has quite extensive grounds. Which came in handy for the bride & groom portraits:

Offley Place Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire

Sometimes the quiet moments are the most genuine, & if you pay attention you can capture such a moment. This was my favourite photograph of the day, I hope you like it:

Lodge Farm House Hertfordshire

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Wedding Photography at The Inn at Whitewell, Lancashire by Simon Cardwell

Today I would like to share with you a few pictures from a wedding at the Inn at Whitewell, near Clitheroe, Lancashire.

This is a lovely venue & this remains the only time I have been there so far, hopefully I will be back soon.

Starting with the bridal preparations:

Ashridge House Hertfordshire
The Barn at Alswick Hertfordshire

After the ceremony:

De Vere Theobalds Estate Hertfordshire

Arriving at the Inn after the ceremony:

Ponsbourne Park Hertfordshire

It was a cold & wet day so we stayed nearby for the group photos:

Ashridge House Hertfordshire

Shouldn’t every bride have her wellies with her on her wedding day?

The Barn at Alswick Hertfordshire

This photograph remains one of my favourite I have ever taken:

De Vere Theobalds Estate Hertfordshire

Onto the evening reception with the cake cutting & first dance:

Ponsbourne Park Hertfordshire
Ashridge House Hertfordshire
The Barn at Alswick Hertfordshire

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Wedding Photography from Rushpool Hall near Saltburn by Simon Cardwell

Here is a selection from a recent wedding at Rushpool Hall near Saltburn. This is a venue I have frequented over the years, and I have always liked it for its beautiful seaside location & expansive grounds.

There are so many options here for photographs, you can wander deep into the grounds or if it is cold or wet you can stay close to the main building & still use a number of great backdrops.

Moor Park Golf Club Hertfordshire
Moor Park Golf Club Hertfordshire
Knebworth House Hertfordshire
Rushpool Hall Saltburn
Knebworth House Hertfordshire
Rushpool Hall Saltburn
Knebworth House Hertfordshire
Knebworth House Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire

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The Ceremony - Blackwell Grange, Darlington Wedding Photography by Simon Cardwell

Today I would like to share with you some photographs from a recent wedding at the Blackwell Grange in Darlington.

This is a venue I like to visit, I used to visit the Blackwell as a child so its always nice to go back.

Here are some photographs from the ceremony part of the wedding:

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Blackwell Grange, Darlington
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Wedding Photography at Walworth Castle, near Darlington by Simon Cardwell

Just a short selection for you today from a recent wedding at Walworth Castle near Darlington.

I didn’t shoot a lot of the bridal preparations on this occasion but I didn't manage to grab a couple when I first arrived:

Walworth Castle, near Darlington
Wedding Photography Walworth Castle

I have worked at Walworth many times over the years & It is a beautiful ceremony room with lots of natural light.

Here are a few highlights from the ceremony:

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Wedding Photographer Walworth Castle
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Wedding Photography Walworth Castle Darlington

I’m going to leave you with this shot today, mainly because the boy in the photograph is playing with an X Wing Fighter from Star Wars:

Star Wars Wedding Photography

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Bridal Preparations - St. Michael le Belfrey, York by Simon Cardwell

One thing I like about the bridal preparations is the trust you can build with your subjects. I will have met the bride & groom beforehand but usually the rest of the guests & family members I meet for the first time on the day.

Therefore arriving a few hours early & growing into the day allows you to build up their trust. What I am looking for is for them to forget about me & not notice the camera, this is something I have honed & got better at over the years.

I am trying to get to those unguarded & honest moments, & you can’t do that if the subject doesn’t trust you.

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York Wedding Photography
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Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer

This wedding took in the St. Michael le Belfrey in York, next door to York Minster. But today I am going to focus exclusively on the bridal preparations before the ceremony.

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Parents are a key part of any wedding day & I always look for interaction between them & the couple:

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Once I have been there a while I start to blend in & no one even notices I am there:

Aldwark Manor York Wedding Photography
Aldwark Manor York Wedding Photography
Merchant Taylor's Hall York Wedding

I usually leave the room while the dresses go on & then come back in:

Bridesmaids getting ready in York
Aldwark Manor York Wedding Photography
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While I work mostly in a documentary fashion with minimal posing, I always try to take a handful of posed photographs.

A simple posed picture will be well received by relatives & friends, & is quick & easy to do.

This is always a good time to grab a few, when everyone is ready before leaving for the ceremony:

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The Parsonage York

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Wedding Photography at Wynyard Hall by Simon Cardwell

Not a long post from me today, just sharing a few from a wedding at Wynyard Hall with you.

The bride & groom were not keen on the idea of posing for photos & the emphasis was very much on a natural & relaxed style on the day. Which suited me down to the ground as that is how I like to work.


Wynyard Hall is one of the more impressive buildings in the north east of England, and it makes the perfect backdrop for the arrival of the wedding car:

Wedding Photography Wynyard Hall

Rather than a posed shot in the wedding car as you may be accustomed to seeing, on this occasion I just let the moment happen & I photographed around it:

Wynyard Hall Wedding Photography

It makes for a much more genuine end result:

Simon Cardwell Wedding Photography

This area outside the chapel at Wynyard Hall always seems to generate some good pictures:

Wynyard Hall Wedding Photography
Wynyard Hall Wedding Photography

I did persuade the couple to get a few posed photographs taken at the front of the venue:

Simon Cardwell Wynyard Hall
Wynyard Hall Wedding Photography

This is a group shot of everyone at the wedding, sometimes a tricky thing to get right & I often end up hanging out of a window or balcony. On this occasion I was able to get everyone in shot with the venue behind me:

Wedding Group Photo Wynyard Hall

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Headlam Hall, Darlington - Wedding Photography by Simon Cardwell

Here is a selection from a wedding at Headlam Hall near Darlington, County Durham.

It was a bit chilly outside so much of the photography remained indoors. Luckily at Headlam there are overhead skylights in the main room which provides beautiful light into the room.

I always prefer natural light over using flash & luckily there are plenty of windows & light sources.

As usual I started with the bridal preparations:

Headlam Hall Wedding Photography

Then caught up with the groom downstairs:

Headlam Hall Wedding Photography

I always try to get at least a few pictures of the room before guests have arrived:

Headlam Hall Darlington

Then its back up to the bridal suite for the final preparations:

Headlam Hall Wedding
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Wedding Photographer Darlington

On this occasion the bride requested a photo of her & the groom on each side of a door, before the ceremony. Which I thought made for an interesting & unique photograph:

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Headlam Hall Wedding
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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer
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Headlam Hall Weddings
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Headlam Hall Wedding
Headlam Hall Weddings

The time between the formal photographs & the wedding breakfast is one of my favourite times to shoot. Everyone is there & you can capture some lovely candid pictures if you’re paying attention:

Headlam Hall Wedding
Headlam Hall Wedding Photographer
Headlam Hall Weddings

Headlam Hall Weddings

On to the evening reception:

Darlington Wedding Photographer
Wedding Photographer Darlington

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