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a summer wedding at Walworth Castle near Darlington, County Durham by Simon Cardwell

This wedding took place last summer at a venue I have worked at many times. Walworth Castle is located a couple of miles outside my hometown of Darlington. I have worked here steadily over the years & I even came here on a school trip over 20 years ago.

On this occasion it was beautiful summers day & the outdoor ceremony area made for the perfect location:

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Wedding Photographer London

I grabbed a couple of quick shots with the groom outside:

The Barn at Alswick Hertfordshire Hall Estate

From there it was on to the ceremony:

The Barn at Alswick Hertfordshire Hall Estate
The Barn at Alswick Hertfordshire Hall Estate
De Vere Theobalds Estate Hertfordshire Park
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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Darlington
Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Darlington

In this weather you have to be careful with the group shots as the sun is very bright in the afternoon. Luckily at Walworth there is plenty of trees to use to diffuse the light:

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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Darlington
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De Vere Theobalds Estate Hertfordshire Park

One great aspect of the large reception room at Walworth Castle is the skylights which allow for some fantastic natural light in the room, especially in the summer months:

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Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
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De Vere Theobalds Estate Hertfordshire Park

Sometimes in the summer when it is particularly sunny, I suggest we do the couple portraits later in the day, usually around 6pm when the sun has gone down a bit.

Which is exactly what we did on this occasion:

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The first dance was interesting in this case:

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Wedding Photography at the Sporting Lodge, Middlesbrough (Teesside) by Simon Cardwell

What sort of wedding photos do you want? have you even thought about the kind of photographs you like? Some people I meet with know what they are looking for straight already, others aren't sure & I have to explain my style & way of working to them. 

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I favour a natural approach, so the majority of the photographs on the day are unplanned & not posed. In my experience most people don't enjoy having photographs taken, so rather than spend the whole day being asked for photographs every 2 minutes, using a natural approach leaves you with one less thing to get stressed about & free to enjoy your wedding day:

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Simon did a brilliant job for us, worked really quickly and got all the photos we’d asked for. Love them. Just hard picking out our favourites now!
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This was my third time photographing at the Sporting Lodge in Middlesbrough in the last year, in this case the bride was from Teesside while the groom grew up in London (where they live with their daughter), and friends & family had travelled from far & wide to attend their wedding. 

Knowing how much effort people put into attending a wedding, I like to photograph as many guests as possible, and the speeches are often a great time to do that: 

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if you are getting married at the Sporting Lodge (or anywhere else) & would like to consider me as your photographer, please contact me today