A Winter Wedding at Bowburn Hall in County Durham / by Simon Cardwell

I usually work at least a few weddings around Christmas time & this year was no exception. This wedding fell the day after boxing day at Bowburn Hall Hotel in County Durham.

The venue is only about a 20 minute drive from my parents house where I had spent Christmas so it worked out nicely.

An element of my job I really enjoy is how I get to meet such a diverse mix of people, in this instance the brides had been together for many years but had decided to have a wedding & make it official.

On this occasion their dog Betsy was a bridesmaid & made for an interesting subject:

dog at a wedding
dog at a wedding as bridesmaid
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This elegant moment proved to be one of my favourites from the day:

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dog in a wedding dress

A quiet moment with the mother of the bride:

mother of the bride before the ceremony
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Onto the ceremony:

brides at a female civil ceremony

Betsy watching proceedings:

dog in a bridesmaid dress
lighting candles at a civil ceremony at Bowburn Hall Hotel County Durham
dog bridesmaid at a wedding
brides during a civil ceremony wedding
signing of the register at Bowburn Hall Hotel

This was another I particularly liked from the day:

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The natural moments in-between the poses often turn out to be the best:

two brides wedding portrait

Their dog Betsy remained the centre of attention:

bride with a dog at a wedding at Bowburn Hall Hotel

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

first dance at Bowburn Hall Hotel in County Durham
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