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Bride & Groom photo session at Aykley Heads Registry Office, Durham by Simon Cardwell

Sometimes I only get a very small window in which to take as many photographs as possible. 

It can be for a variety of reasons, venue restrictions, timings on the day, inclement weather. 

On this occasion we had about 5 minutes spare outside the Aykley Heads registry office in Durham. So that was my time window to get photos of the bride & groom. 

This is what I managed in that time, I hope you like them. 

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Wedding Photography from Middlesbrough Register Office by Simon Cardwell

Today I thought I would show you some photographs from a wedding ceremony in a register office. 

I tend to find myself at out of town venues the most, churches second & registry offices third. Each provides a slightly different type of photograph. 

Here is a nice overview of the wedding ceremony:

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Wedding Photography from the Grange Hotel York & York Registry Office by Simon Cardwell

A great part of my job is being able to travel to different places & meet new people. Here are some of my favourites from a wedding at the Grange Hotel in York, a venue I was working at for the first time. 

The day started at the Registry Office in York: 

Wedding Photographer York
Wedding Photographer York
The Watermill Hertfordshire
The Watermill Hertfordshire

The weather was not good but we were able to get some groups & couple shots on the grounds of the registry office: 

The Tipi at Beaumont Hall Hertfordshire
The Tipi at Beaumont Hall Hertfordshire
Beales Hotel Hertfordshire
North Mimms Park Hertfordshire

Wedding Photography at Durham Registry Office & The Black Horse Inn, Spennymoor by Simon Cardwell

On this occasion the couple had decided to have a registry office ceremony, followed by a wedding breakfast in a pub close to their house, & then an evening reception in a local club in Spennymoor. The bride & groom are regulars in both, so I liked that personal touch to this wedding. 

Brides & Grooms I speak to often feel obligated to do certain things on their wedding day, the advice I always give them is to make your wedding day exactly what you want it to be. Do what you want to do, & don't let any bossy relatives talk you into changing what you want from the day. If you can't dance, you don't have to have a first dance. If you have a fear of public speaking, you don't have to make a speech.

The best weddings I have attended have always had a personal touch that allowed you to see the character of the bride & groom. 


When I first arrive at a wedding, if the bride is not ready for me to start photographing, I often end up interacting & photographing children, who are usually already ready. My style of photography is to observe people & to photograph them without posing them:

Durham wedding photographer

but when a post happens naturally it always ends up a far better photograph than it would be had I set it up: 

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Burloes Hall Hertfordshire
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Hunton Park Hertfordshire
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another unplanned posed picture makes for a great photo of the groom & his best man: 

groom and best man

when it rains at a wedding it usually provides me with a couple of memorable pictures, this was no exception & these are some of my favourites from the day: 

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Hunton Park Hertfordshire

This was a family oriented wedding, and as is often the case the couple did not want to pose for too many pictures, so I photographed as many guests & tried to capture as many moments as I could throughout the day:

West Lodge Park Hotel weddings
West Lodge Park Hotel Hertfordshire
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Sometimes a run of images comes together that will make a nice series to give to the couple:

Rothamsted Manor Hertfordshire
Rothamsted Manor weddings
Micklefield Hall Hertfordshire

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Needham House wedding photos
Needham House Hertfordshire
Shendish Manor Hertfordshire

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