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Wedding Photography in a rural church & barn by Simon Cardwell

This wedding took place at a rurally located church, which meant mud, rain, wet ground, early sunset (the ceremony took place at dusk), cold weather (the reception took place in a barn on an actual working farm).

Luckily I have the experience to cope with any such challenges & I thought this wedding provided me with some interesting photographs I don’t often get the chance to get.

This was the second time I had shot for this family (I photographed the bride’s brothers wedding in 2014) & at this venue (his wedding took place at the same family owned farm).

Here is a selection from the day:

Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire

This land rover gave a nice juxtaposition with the church behind:

Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
old land rover jeep at a wedding
rural church wedding

Groom and his ushers before the ceremony:

groom and ushers before the wedding ceremony

The long & very muddy path to the church made for a great & unique photograph:

Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire

And this turned out to be one of my favourite photographs of 2018:

Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer London

The groom waiting inside the church:

Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer London
Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer London
Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer London
Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer London
Wedding Photographer London
Wedding Photographer London

Again, this is the sort of photograph I crave but doesn’t turn up too often. The darkness, headlights, and guests makes for a great mixture all in one frame:

Wedding Photographer London
Wedding Photographer London

As it was already dark & wet outside, we shot a few portraits inside the barn:

Wedding Photographer London
Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire
Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire
Wedding Photography Hertfordshire

There was a special country dancing part of the wedding, which again gave me some unusual photographs I don’t see at some weddings:

Barn Wedding Hertfordshire
Barn Wedding Hertfordshire
first dance at a wedding on a farm
Barn Wedding Hertfordshire
Barn Wedding Hertfordshire
Barn Wedding Hertfordshire
first dance Barn Wedding Hertfordshire

Again, this photograph was another of my favourites from 2018:

first dance Barn Wedding Hertfordshire

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Wedding Photography at Wynyard Hall by Simon Cardwell

Not a long post from me today, just sharing a few from a wedding at Wynyard Hall with you.

The bride & groom were not keen on the idea of posing for photos & the emphasis was very much on a natural & relaxed style on the day. Which suited me down to the ground as that is how I like to work.


Wynyard Hall is one of the more impressive buildings in the north east of England, and it makes the perfect backdrop for the arrival of the wedding car:

Wedding Photography Wynyard Hall

Rather than a posed shot in the wedding car as you may be accustomed to seeing, on this occasion I just let the moment happen & I photographed around it:

Wynyard Hall Wedding Photography

It makes for a much more genuine end result:

Simon Cardwell Wedding Photography

This area outside the chapel at Wynyard Hall always seems to generate some good pictures:

Wynyard Hall Wedding Photography
Wynyard Hall Wedding Photography

I did persuade the couple to get a few posed photographs taken at the front of the venue:

Simon Cardwell Wynyard Hall
Wynyard Hall Wedding Photography

This is a group shot of everyone at the wedding, sometimes a tricky thing to get right & I often end up hanging out of a window or balcony. On this occasion I was able to get everyone in shot with the venue behind me:

Wedding Group Photo Wynyard Hall

If you would like to view more of my wedding photography please have a look at my main gallery.

Whitworth Hall Wedding Photography - the groom & ushers by Simon Cardwell

At this wedding the groom wanted a number of different pictures with his best men, ushers & mates. As a result we did a few more posed photos than I would usually do, but I was glad we did. 

I usually manage to get plenty of natural pictures in the spaces in-between the posed photographs too: 

Whitworth Hall Weddings
Whitworth Hall Wedding Photographer
Simon Cardwell Photographer
Whitworth Hall Weddings
Whitworth Hall Spennymoor
Whitworth Hall County Durham
Whitworth Hall Spennymoor
Whitworth Hall Weddings

You can see a more extensive gallery of my wedding photography on my website

Photo Friday - Part 2 by Simon Cardwell

I usually leave a wedding shortly after the first dance, however on this occasion I knew several guests attending at Solberge Hall, so I decided to stick around. 

The latter stages of the evening reception can gift you unusual photographs you would never usually expect to see. In this case, a conga line provided a funny & unusual photo:

Wedding Photographer Hitchin

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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