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The Swinton Estate in North Yorkshire by Simon Cardwell

This week I am dipping into my archive to show you a wedding from back in 2014. While I like to share my most recent work with you I like to look back occasionally & show you something from my 12 year career.

In that time I have seen it all from the large to the small, from the lavish to the personal. Ultimately the people that are there on the day is what matters & endures, not how expensive the chair covers were.

With that in mind, I consider the photography to be the most important element of the wedding day, interns of it being the lasting document of the day. The food, clothes, drinks & most of the other stuff is gone once the day is over. But the photographs are your keepsake to show future generations.

With that in mind lets start with the bridal preparations:

Swinton Park Estate North Yorkshire
Swinton Park Estate North Yorkshire

Its a beautiful room at Swinton Park, with lots of natural light. Something I am always on the lookout for:

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bride and groom walking down the aisle

I usually encourage passers by to walk through my picture & I keep shooting while they do. Sometimes it comes to nothing, but occasionally it creates a unique image.

On this occasion the elements all combined beautifully to create a memorable photograph:

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Walthamstow Wedding Photographer
Walthamstow Wedding Photographer

Unusually the cake was made of cheese & the cutting took place much earlier in the day. Usually this part of the day takes place in the evening, but on this occasion it was in the late afternoon.

I often suggest to people to not feel bound by convention when planning their wedding. If you don’t want to do a first dance, don’t do one. If you’d rather not throw confetti, don’t throw it. Don’t feel like you have to do something simply because you have seen it at other weddings you have attended. Often the personal touches go a long way & make a wedding unique, not the conventions.

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I really like this room at the Swinton Estate, for the beautiful natural light & how guests can gather around the table & on a staircase, creating a different feel to this stage of the day.

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Onto the speeches:

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Wedding Photography at the Swinton Estate, North Yorkshire by Simon Cardwell

Today I would like to share with you a few pictures from a wedding at Swinton Park in North Yorkshire.

It is a beautiful venue not far from Northallerton, not far from where I grew up in Darlington.

As usual I started with the bridal preparations:

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Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire

Then onto the wedding ceremony:

Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire

I was really pleased with some of the bride & groom portraits. Sometimes passers by can create a great photo, I always encourage interaction & hope that a great photo happens naturally:

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Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Essex
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The speeches always provide excellent photos, especially if there is beautiful natural light coming into the room:

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Wedding Photographer London
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On this occasion there was still daylight during the first dance, which meant I could use it again without having to use a flash:

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Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire

On this occasion we went outside again on the evening for some more pictures before it got dark:

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Wedding Photographer Hertfordshire
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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. 

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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:

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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). 

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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:

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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: 

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