Photo of the Week 5 by Simon Cardwell

This week I would like to show you one of my all time favourite pictures I have taken. This one was taken at the Inn at Whitewell in Lancashire back in September 2015.

In the 12 years I have photographed weddings there haven’t been many brides that have worn a pair of wellies on the big day, making this photo all the more precious:

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Wedding Photography in a rural church & barn by Simon Cardwell

This wedding took place at a rurally located church, which meant mud, rain, wet ground, early sunset (the ceremony took place at dusk), cold weather (the reception took place in a barn on an actual working farm).

Luckily I have the experience to cope with any such challenges & I thought this wedding provided me with some interesting photographs I don’t often get the chance to get.

This was the second time I had shot for this family (I photographed the bride’s brothers wedding in 2014) & at this venue (his wedding took place at the same family owned farm).

Here is a selection from the day:

Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire

This land rover gave a nice juxtaposition with the church behind:

Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
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rural church wedding

Groom and his ushers before the ceremony:

groom and ushers before the wedding ceremony

The long & very muddy path to the church made for a great & unique photograph:

Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire

And this turned out to be one of my favourite photographs of 2018:

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The groom waiting inside the church:

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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer London
Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer London
Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer London
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Wedding Photographer London

Again, this is the sort of photograph I crave but doesn’t turn up too often. The darkness, headlights, and guests makes for a great mixture all in one frame:

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Wedding Photographer London

As it was already dark & wet outside, we shot a few portraits inside the barn:

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There was a special country dancing part of the wedding, which again gave me some unusual photographs I don’t see at some weddings:

Barn Wedding Hertfordshire
Barn Wedding Hertfordshire
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Barn Wedding Hertfordshire
Barn Wedding Hertfordshire
Barn Wedding Hertfordshire
first dance Barn Wedding Hertfordshire

Again, this photograph was another of my favourites from 2018:

first dance Barn Wedding Hertfordshire

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Wedding Photography at the Radisson Blu in Durham by Simon Cardwell

The Radisson Blu in Durham is set in a beautiful location on the banks of the river in the city centre.

Unfortunately on this occasion there was extensive building work going on nearby, so we were largely limited to inside the hotel & just outside:

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Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire
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Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire
Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire
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Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire
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A photo the bride may not necessarily even want me to take can sometimes turn into a unique photograph. I always try to get something in a lift if I can:

bride getting in a lift Radisson Blu Durham

On this occasion there were no photos allowed during the ceremony so I could only get the bride’s entrance:

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Outside the hotel a practical joke led to one of my favourite photos of the day:

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Wedding Photographer London

The bride & groom being introduced into the room is one of my favourite parts of any wedding day:

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Onto the speeches:

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London Wedding Photographer
London Wedding Photographer
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The gap between the end of the wedding breakfast & the start of the evening reception can be a quiet time, but on this occasion it was very lively & produced some good photographs:

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Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer

Signing off with a couple from the evening reception:

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Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer

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Photo Of The Week 4 by Simon Cardwell

This is a photograph from my archive taken on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, West London.

If the wedding is taking place in or close to Central London, I always suggest we venture onto the streets & interact with the city & the people on the streets. It invariably leads to some unique pictures.

The reaction of a passer by can be priceless:

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Wedding Photography at the Swinton Estate, North Yorkshire by Simon Cardwell

Today I would like to share with you a few pictures from a wedding at Swinton Park in North Yorkshire.

It is a beautiful venue not far from Northallerton, not far from where I grew up in Darlington.

As usual I started with the bridal preparations:

Swinton Park North Yorkshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire

Then onto the wedding ceremony:

Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire

I was really pleased with some of the bride & groom portraits. Sometimes passers by can create a great photo, I always encourage interaction & hope that a great photo happens naturally:

bride and groom Swinton Park Northallerton
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Essex
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The speeches always provide excellent photos, especially if there is beautiful natural light coming into the room:

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Wedding Photographer London
Wedding Photographer London

On this occasion there was still daylight during the first dance, which meant I could use it again without having to use a flash:

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Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire

On this occasion we went outside again on the evening for some more pictures before it got dark:

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Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire
Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire
Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire

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Wedding Photography in Whitby by Simon Cardwell

Whitby is not a place I often photograph in, but I jumped at the chance to travel there for a wedding when given the chance.

The home of Dracula, Whitby is somewhere I visited a child many times & I found many of those memories came flooding back throughout the day.

As usual I started during the bridal preparations, which on this occasion took place in a nearby hotel:

Hatfield House Hertfordshire
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I’ve mentioned this before, but a selfie can often create a good photograph for me as well as those in the selfie itself:

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After the ceremony we walked around Whitby for a while:

Hatfield House Hertfordshire
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Once we reached the reception venue it was onto the speeches, which on this occasion was a fish and chip restaurant (which I was pretty happy about I must admit):

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Wivenhoe House Essex
Wivenhoe House Essex
Wivenhoe House Essex

We went back into Whitby after the meal, as it was a bit quieter & the sun was down, giving us the chance to get some more photographs:

Orsett Hall Hotel Essex

We got up to the top of the hill, I have happy memories of counting the steps to the top as a child. So it was great to get back here for a wedding:

Orsett Hall Hotel Essex
Orsett Hall Hotel Essex

We passed by the water on our way back down:

Gaynes Park Essex

The first dance came near the beginning of the evening reception:

first dance wedding whitby
Gaynes Park Essex
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a rainy day at Beamish Hall, County Durham by Simon Cardwell

This was one of my last weddings of the 2018 season & unfortunately it rained most of the day.

I think a rainy wedding is an interesting one to look at as it can give you an idea of what to expect in the event of rain on your wedding day. I don’t think the final results are much different to on a clear or sunny day.


On this occasion the bride was getting ready at her parents house which was close to not only the church but also the reception venue, Beamish Hall.

I arrived a couple of hours before to start the coverage:

Hatfield House Hertfordshire
Hatfield House Hertfordshire
Hatfield House Hertfordshire
Burloes Hall Hertfordshire

The bride coming down the stairs can produce an emotional photo:

Burloes Hall Hertfordshire
Burloes Hall Hertfordshire

The reactions usually make for a good picture:

Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire

Of course Dad’s first time seeing his daughter in her dress is probably an equally emotional moment:

Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
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The church was nearby & I find a rainy day usually makes for some fun photographs when getting from the wedding cars to the church door:

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Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire
Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire

Onto the ceremony:

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Wedding Photographer Essex
Wedding Photographer Essex

Hylands House Essex
Hylands House Essex

If the bride was getting out the car at the same time this chap was putting his umbrella away, it might have ended up as one of my all time best photos. Almost:

Hylands House Essex
Hylands House Essex
Beamish Hall Photographer
Beamish Hall Photographer
Beamish Hall Photographer

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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photography
Simon Cardwell Wedding Photography
Simon Cardwell Wedding Photography
Stafford Hall Hotel Essex
Stafford Hall Hotel Essex
Stafford Hall Hotel Essex
Stafford Hall Hotel Essex
Stafford Hall Hotel Essex
Stafford Hall Hotel Essex

In inclement weather (and also when the sun is very bright), I will suggest shooting the bride & groom portraits (and sometimes the group shots too) after the wedding breakfast. Usually around 5-6pm. Of course it isn’t an option in the winter as the sun will set too early, but it allows time for the rain to stop.

On this occasion it worked a treat and we were able to get outside:

The Old Rectory Essex
The Old Rectory Essex
The Old Rectory Essex

After some groups it was onto the bride and groom shots:

The Old Rectory Essex
Great Priory Barn Essex
Great Priory Barn Essex
Great Priory Barn Essex
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Wedding Photographer Essex
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Wedding Photographer London
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Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire

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New Year's Eve wedding from the Bridge Hotel in Wetherby, near Leeds by Simon Cardwell

Today I would like to share some photos with you from a recent wedding. On this occasion I found myself at The Bridge Hotel in Wetherby, not far from Leeds.

I always seem to have a wedding on New Year’s Eve & in truth it is a day I like to work. Everyone is in good spirits & there is always a nice feel to proceedings.


Sometimes I find myself in a fairly small hotel room with 10+ people in there plus children. It presents certain challenges in terms of the lighting & the space to get good photos.

In this case you have to be patient & let the photos find you, if you overthink it they will get away from you.

Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Hatfield House Hertfordshire

Group hug made for a nice picture in this instance:

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Hatfield House Hertfordshire
Burloes Hall Hertfordshire

This ended up being one of my favourite photographs from the day:

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Once downstairs it was time to see the Bride’s Dad & make out way to the ceremony room:

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the bridge hotel wetherby
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The ceremony took place in a beautiful room with fantastic natural light coming in from the large windows:

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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
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Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
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Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire

This is another of my favourites from the day. Like I said, people are always in good spirits on New Year’s Eve:

Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire

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This was a rare chance to get an outdoor posed photo with a christmas tree in shot:

bridesmaids christmas tree bridge hotel wetherby

We only took a couple of bride and groom portraits on this occasion:

bride and groom portrait wetherby leeds
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Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire

Another of my faves, this moment often creates fantastic pictures:

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Hatfield House Hertfordshire

Hatfield House Hertfordshire
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Another picture I like a lot, the best man’s speech went down very well:

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Burloes Hall Hertfordshire
Burloes Hall Hertfordshire
Burloes Hall Hertfordshire

The evening reception started early, around 6.45pm. I did wonder how many people actually made it to midnight, as there was a full on party atmosphere going here at about 7pm:

Burloes Hall Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire

A first dance picture to sign off with this time:

Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire

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Photo Of The Week 2 by Simon Cardwell

Welcome to my blog, this week I would like to share with you a photograph taken on a red London bus.

For years I wanted to photograph a red Routemaster bus, & I finally got that chance in 2018.

I rode these buses for years & can advise anyone as tall as me (I’m 6’ 4” tall) to avoid the upper deck & stay downstairs.

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a summer wedding at Walworth Castle near Darlington, County Durham by Simon Cardwell

This wedding took place last summer at a venue I have worked at many times. Walworth Castle is located a couple of miles outside my hometown of Darlington. I have worked here steadily over the years & I even came here on a school trip over 20 years ago.

On this occasion it was beautiful summers day & the outdoor ceremony area made for the perfect location:

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Wedding Photographer London

I grabbed a couple of quick shots with the groom outside:

The Barn at Alswick Hertfordshire Hall Estate

From there it was on to the ceremony:

The Barn at Alswick Hertfordshire Hall Estate
The Barn at Alswick Hertfordshire Hall Estate
De Vere Theobalds Estate Hertfordshire Park
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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Darlington

In this weather you have to be careful with the group shots as the sun is very bright in the afternoon. Luckily at Walworth there is plenty of trees to use to diffuse the light:

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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Darlington
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De Vere Theobalds Estate Hertfordshire Park

One great aspect of the large reception room at Walworth Castle is the skylights which allow for some fantastic natural light in the room, especially in the summer months:

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Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hatfield House Hertfordshire

De Vere Theobalds Estate Hertfordshire Park

Sometimes in the summer when it is particularly sunny, I suggest we do the couple portraits later in the day, usually around 6pm when the sun has gone down a bit.

Which is exactly what we did on this occasion:

Hatfield House Hertfordshire
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Walworth Castle hotel Darlington wedding

The first dance was interesting in this case:

first dance Walworth Castle hotel Darlington

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Photo Of The Week 1 by Simon Cardwell

Hello & welcome to a new regular feature here on my blog. I thought it would be nice to share with you 1 photograph per week, every Friday, from my archive.

It gives me a chance to showcase the breadth of what i have stored up on hard drives from the last 12 years.

In that time I have shot hundreds of weddings & attended every sort of occasion you could imagine.


With that in mind I am going to take you back to 2011 & to a very special job I was very lucky to get. This wedding took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

From memory, the brie & groom told me if you are an OBE, MBE or a CBE your children are entitled to get married at St. Paul’s Cathedral. In this instance the groom’s father was a decorated member of the navy, so he took up the option of using this magnificent building for his wedding day.

I haven’t met another photographer that has shot in there up to now, which should give you an idea what a unique opportunity this was:

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Stay tuned for the next photo in this new series next Friday, & each week after that. In the meantime you can have a look at more of my photos here.

Wedding Photography in Chiswick, West London by Simon Cardwell

This week we are in Chiswick in West London. I started at the Clayton Hotel (located at the Gunnersbury end of the High Road) before moving on to St. Paul’s Church for the ceremony before heading to Chiswick Golf Club for the reception.

St. Paul’s is a beautiful church with wonderful grounds, set moments from the river Thames. Let’s start with the arrival at the church:

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Hedsor House Buckinghamshire
Hedsor House Buckinghamshire
Hedsor House Buckinghamshire
Grovefield House Buckinghamshire

I have worked at St Paul’s several times now & what sets it apart from many is the beautiful grounds. It gives me plenty of room to arrange group photos in a relaxed manner, while snapping other photographs along the way:

Grovefield House Buckinghamshire

From there we headed to Chiswick Golf Club, which isn’t far away:

Grovefield House Buckinghamshire
Grovefield House Buckinghamshire

I find a lot of the best pictures of guests come during the reception:

Dorney Court Buckinghamshire
Dorney Court Buckinghamshire

I love the speeches on the day & find I can get some of my favourite photographs at this stage of the day:

Dorney Court Buckinghamshire
Chartridge Lodge Buckinghamshire
Chartridge Lodge Buckinghamshire
Chartridge Lodge Buckinghamshire
Chartridge Lodge Buckinghamshire
Notley Abbey Buckinghamshire

The evening reception also provides you with a different type of photo to earlier in the day. People tend to be a bit more relaxed:

Notley Abbey Buckinghamshire
Creslow Manor Buckinghamshire
Creslow Manor Buckinghamshire
Creslow Manor Buckinghamshire
Creslow Manor Buckinghamshire
Creslow Manor Buckinghamshire

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Wedding Photography at the George, Piercebridge, near Darlington by Simon Cardwell

Today I would like to share with you some photographs from a wedding at The George Hotel near Darlington. Located in North Yorkshire this is a venue I visit periodically & it always good smoothly here.

Starting as usual with the bridal preparations:

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the george piercebridge darlington
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The Reid Rooms Essex
The Reid Rooms Essex
The Reid Rooms Essex
The Rochford Hotel Essex
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After an hour or so I go downstairs & catch up with the groom:

Smeetham Hall Barn Essex

Then swiftly back up to the bride again:

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This one probably ended up as my favourite photo from the day:

Orsett Hall Hotel Essex

Just before the ceremony is about to get underway I come downstairs & take up a position:

Gilwell Park Essex

An unexpected photo that presented itself immediately before the ceremony:

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Gilwell Park Essex
Hedingham Castle Essex
Hedingham Castle Essex
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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Darlington
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The George Piercebridge Darlington
The George Piercebridge Darlington
The George Piercebridge Darlington
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Once the ceremony is complete, as this wedding took place over the summer we can get outdoors & make use of the grounds. Set on a beautiful riverbank, in dry weather I try & make full use of what is available:

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Again, weather permitting. I like to shoot the group photographs on the riverbank:

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The George Piercebridge Darlington
The George Piercebridge Darlington
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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Darlington

Hylands Estate House Essex

For the bride and groom portraits I usually start on the riverbank too:

Hylands Estate House Essex
Hylands Estate House Essex
Hatfield House Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire

Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire

The groom was a car enthusiast so we went out the front of the venue to get a few photos. I usually end up standing in the middle of the road for these shots, passing cars are always very understanding & often beep as they pass:

Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire

Onto the evening reception for the first dance:

Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel Hertfordshire
Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel Hertfordshire
Burloes Hall Hertfordshire
Burloes Hall Hertfordshire

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Wedding Photography at Crathorne Hall Hotel near Yarm, North Yorkshire by Simon Cardwell

This is a venue I return to periodically, located on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. It is always a nice place to work with a pleasant ambience.

An out of town wedding venue provides different possibilities to that of a register office, a city centre or a barn wedding. One advantage is as there is no travel involved between venues, you end up with more coverage on the day.

Another positive is there are usually extensive grounds at this sort of venue, meaning you have plenty of potential backdrops for photographs.

As usual I arrived early to document the bridal preparations:

Crathorne Hall Hotel Yarm wedding
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Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
De Vere Theobalds Estate Hertfordshire Park
Burloes Hall Hertfordshire

On this occasion the ceremony took place at nearby church (literally round the corner), so we left Crathorne Hall for the church:

Burloes Hall Hertfordshire
Burloes Hall Hertfordshire
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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer London

Upon returning to Crathorne we grabbed some bride & groom portraits on the grounds. Although it was pretty cold on the day so I had to work pretty fast:

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Crathorne Hall Hotel Yarm wedding

This was probably my favourite photograph from the day, the magic moment when the bride and groom are announced into the room:

Crathorne Hall Hotel Yarm wedding
Crathorne Hall Hotel Yarm wedding
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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Darlington

Onto the evening reception & the first dance:

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Wedding Photographer London

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Wedding Photography at Aldwark Manor Hotel, York by Simon Cardwell

For my first blog post of 2019 I am going to share with you some photographs from a recent wedding at Aldwark Manor near York.

This was a very relaxed wedding with an easy going vibe, which suits me as I can just shoot away:

Micklefield Hall Hertfordshire
Needham House Hertfordshire
Aldwark Manor York
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Needham House Hertfordshire
Shendish Manor Hertfordshire
Sopwell House Hertfordshire
Aldwark Manor York

While most of the work I do on the day is shot in a natural style, I like to do some group photos too. I find for the length of time they take to do (25 minutes maximum usually) they are always worth having. Its a document of who was there on the day:

Colville Hall Essex
Boreham House Essex
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Besides the group pictures, the other time on the day when I need to do a little bit of posing is for the bride & groom portraits.

I try to do this as naturally as possible as I find most couples I work with aren’t hugely keen on posing for photographs:

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Notley Abbey Buckinghamshire
Notley Abbey Buckinghamshire
The Tudor Barn Buckinghamshire

Sometimes you find a photograph on the day, not one you usually take or might look for. In this instance, the groom was preparing for his speech & had taken a moment to himself.

It ended up being one of my favourite photographs of the year:

Denham Grove Uxbridge Buckinghamshire

The moment when the bride & groom enter the room for the wedding breakfast is one of my favourite parts of the day & it usually gives you some great pictures:

The Grange Country House Hertfordshire
Woughton House Buckinghamshire

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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
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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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