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
Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Darlington
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:

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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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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer London
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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
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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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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 Photographer Hertfordshire
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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer
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Wedding Photography 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
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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