Wedding Photography at The Quality Hotel, Boldon / by Simon Cardwell

This was my first opportunity to photograph a wedding at The Quality Hotel, in Boldon. 

It is a recently re-opened hotel close to South Shields & I pass it regularly on the way to my Grandmother's house in Cleadon Village. 

The Quality Hotel, Boldon, near South Shields. 

The Quality Hotel, Boldon, near South Shields. 

The weather on the day was damp & drizzly, in addition neither the bride nor the groom were keen on posing for photographs, so it was decided that we wouldn't venture outside onto the grounds & would do all of the photographs inside. 

 

I began the day in the bride's room, I don't often stage many photographs, so it was a case of photographing people undetected, it's usually easier with children than adults:  

The room used for the ceremony like several other new hotels in the area, is indoors with minimal natural light, which provides a few technical challenges to a photographer. Luckily the registrars allowed me to use my flash on this occasion (something I avoid at all costs):

walking down the aisle, Quality Hotel, Boldon. 

walking down the aisle, Quality Hotel, Boldon. 

Walking up the aisle at the Quality Hotel, Boldon. 

Walking up the aisle at the Quality Hotel, Boldon. 

There was no first dance & the cake cutting was before the meal, so I rounded off the day with the speeches. Chris's best man was probably the youngest I've seen, not that you could tell by his speech:

And seeing as I visited her immediately after this wedding & it's round the corner from her house, here is a picture of me & my 86 year old Grandmother: