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Le Petit Chateau, Northumberland - The Bridal Preparations by Simon Cardwell

The bridal preparations can sometimes be a nervous or tense part of the wedding day, but it usually provides some worthwhile opportunities for photographs.

At the right wedding, it can be the calmest point of the day & it is often the most time I will get with the bride, bridesmaids or parents in a quiet setting. 

In this case, everyone was at the venue early which allowed me to get lots of photos of the preparations before the ceremony. 

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Group Photographs - Le Petit Chateau, Northumberland by Simon Cardwell

Today I thought I would focus on the group photographs at a wedding. 

Many couples I speak to roll their eyes at the mention of family groups, but I consider them a key part of most weddings. 

While it may be a bit boring, but if you can get them done quickly on the day (I typically allocate 15-20 minutes for the groups), you can usually get a lot of great natural photographs in the spaces between each group photo. 

People are interacting with each other & with the camera, & that can only generate good pictures. 

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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 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:

bride and groom funny

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: 

bride speech wedding
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The first dance:

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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