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A recent wedding from the Bridge Hotel in Wetherby (near Leeds) by Simon Cardwell

For the second time in a matter of months I found myself at the Bridge Hotel in Wetherby. I shot a fun wedding there on New Year’s Eve & while the weather wasn’t great either time, its a good spot to shoot a wedding.

As usual I started with the bridal preparations:

The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
bride getting ready with bridesmaids
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The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
bride putting on her shoes
The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
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From there it was onto the ceremony. I say this a lot, but I always hope the ceremony is taking place in a room with high ceilings & lots of natural light coming in. The Bridge has both:

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Essex Wedding Photographer
Essex Wedding Photographer
Essex Wedding Photographer
Essex Wedding Photographer
Essex Wedding Photographer

It was very cold outside so we didn’t shoot many bride & groom portraits on this occasion. The couple preferred to stay indoors & mingle with their guests. In that situation I go with the flow & concentrate more on the natural reportage photographs rather than poses.

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A quiet moment with the bride before the wedding breakfast begins:

Orsett Hall Hotel Essex
Orsett Hall Hotel Essex

The couple’s son was a big part of the wedding day:

Orsett Hall Hotel Essex
Orsett Hall Hotel Essex

I said the same when I posted this photo to my Instagram on the wedding day & I will reiterate it here: it isn’t every day you see a couple wearing pants masks anywhere, let alone a wedding.

An unlikely photo such as this can provide a quirky image:

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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
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Group hug made for a nice picture in this instance:

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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
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
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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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bridesmaids at the bridge hotel wetherby leeds

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

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

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Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire

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

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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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Wedding Photography at Hardwick Hall, County Durham by Simon Cardwell

Here are a few from a wedding I shot at Hardwick Hall in County Durham back on October 10th 2015. 

This is a local venue for me (10-15 minutes from my front door) yet it's not one I've photographed at that often over the years, hopefully that will change & I will be back more regularly. 

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Hardwick Hall weddings
Offley Place Hertfordshire

I don't like to pose people too much on the day, so I look for more natural moments to document the day:

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and it's nice when a sequence of photos develops naturally with no prompting: 

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Offley Place Hertfordshire
The Tipi at Beaumont Hall Hertfordshire

The speeches always provide good photographs, as no one is paying any attention to me:

The Tipi at Beaumont Hall Hertfordshire
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A nice unguarded moment towards the end of the day: 

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Wedding Photography at Swinton Park, North Yorkshire by Simon Cardwell

I recently photographed a wedding at Swinton Park in North Yorkshire, below I will share a few of my favourite photographs from the day.  

This wedding was a little different as it was the wedding of a very good longstanding friend & his fiance. I have known the groom over 20 years so this was a day I'd had marked in the calendar for a long time. 

Swinton Park North Yorkshire

As usual I started the day in the bride's room photographing her & the bridesmaids getting ready. 

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Luckily the ceremony took place in a room with fantastic natural light (the main thing I look for when taking photographs). This ended up being among my favourite pictures from the day as a result:

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Swinton Park weddings
Swinton Park photography

We headed into the pretty vast grounds of Swinton Park to photograph some portraits of the bride & groom. 

I like it when we bump into passers by when doing this, as it usually provides a good & different  photograph:

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This was the first time I tried this straight on portrait idea, & I think it definitely worked (it's made the cut for the wedding album). 

I hoped it might make for a slightly different photograph so I was pretty pleased with how it came out (I've used it a few times since too). 

bride and groom
Swinton Park North Yorkshire

Again the light in the room made this picture taken outside the main reception room: 

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I had contributed a few stories for possible inclusion in the best man's speech in advance so I had a feeling it would be very good. It ended up being one of the best speeches I have seen at a wedding: 

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The first dance:

Swinton Park North Yorkshire

I stayed at Swinton Park the night of the wedding, so I was able to take pictures of the evening reception too, this was the last photograph I took at the wedding, a nice way to end a great day: 

Swinton Park wedding