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Wedding Photography at Lartington Hall, County Durham by Simon Cardwell

Lartington Hall is a beautiful venue not far from my hometown of Darlington & it is always a pleasure to shoot there.

The bridal suite has lovely high windows that let in that natural light I am always looking for:

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Lartington Hall

At this stage of the day I photograph largely in a natural style, occasionally stepping in for a posed picture when necessary:

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Lartington Hall county durham
Lartington Hall county durham
Lartington Hall county durham

I believe if you let the wedding unfold naturally, the best pictures are there for you. You just need to make sure you find them:

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Lartington Hall county durham
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It is a lovely ceremony room at Lartington Hall, & one I always feel comfortable shooting in:

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Photo of the Week 12 by Simon Cardwell

This week I am sharing with you an archive photograph from a wedding at Fanhams Hall in Hertfordshire.

Most of my photography is shot in a natural style. But I feel it is important to take some posed pictures throughout the day & it is something I find the vast majority of the couples I work with want.

I like to keep a distance & allow a more natural result:

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Photo of the Week 11 by Simon Cardwell

This week I would like to share with you a photograph taken at the Hall Garth Hotel in Darlington.

Unusually for a wedding taking place in the north east of England it featured a red London bus, an original routemaster.

For years I wanted to photograph a London Bus at a wedding, & they always eluded me. In the last year I have shot 2 of them, so true to life, no buses then two come along at the same time:

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A recent wedding from the Bridge Hotel in Wetherby (near Leeds) by Simon Cardwell

For the second time in a matter of months I found myself at the Bridge Hotel in Wetherby. I shot a fun wedding there on New Year’s Eve & while the weather wasn’t great either time, its a good spot to shoot a wedding.

As usual I started with the bridal preparations:

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The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
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bride putting on her shoes
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From there it was onto the ceremony. I say this a lot, but I always hope the ceremony is taking place in a room with high ceilings & lots of natural light coming in. The Bridge has both:

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It was very cold outside so we didn’t shoot many bride & groom portraits on this occasion. The couple preferred to stay indoors & mingle with their guests. In that situation I go with the flow & concentrate more on the natural reportage photographs rather than poses.

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A quiet moment with the bride before the wedding breakfast begins:

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Orsett Hall Hotel Essex

The couple’s son was a big part of the wedding day:

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Orsett Hall Hotel Essex

I said the same when I posted this photo to my Instagram on the wedding day & I will reiterate it here: it isn’t every day you see a couple wearing pants masks anywhere, let alone a wedding.

An unlikely photo such as this can provide a quirky image:

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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:

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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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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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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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Photo of the Week 10 by Simon Cardwell

As a lifelong Star Wars enthusiast, this week’s photo of the week is of particular interest to me.

2 Star Wars themed art prints, which were mounted & displayed on easels inside the marquee where the wedding took place at Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire.

One features Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) & says “I love you” the other of course is Han Solo (Harrison Ford) responding “I know”. It is a nice callback to the unforgettable scene in The Empire Strikes Back:

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A recent wedding at Walworth Castle Hotel, Darlington, County Durham by Simon Cardwell

This week I would like to share with you a wedding from a few weeks ago at a venue I work at quite regularly. Walworth Castle is only a few miles outside of my hometown of Darlington & is somewhere I have been going since I was a child.

This is the room where the ceremony takes place, when I was younger I think this room was a bar:

Walworth Castle Hotel Darlington

When a picture like this presents itself you have to be quick to grab it:

pageboy at a wedding at Walworth Castle Hotel Darlington

I didn’t photograph the full getting ready on this occasion so we are onto the ceremony quicker than usual:

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Walworth Castle Hotel Darlington
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This completely unexpected photo turned out to be my favourite of 2019 so far & one I plan to enter into the Wedding Photojournalist Association monthly photo contests:

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It was an extremely windy day so the bride & groom portraits mostly took place indoors. Luckily there are enough places at Walworth Castle to do a full shoot:

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Although I did persuade the couple to nip outside for a couple of shots:

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I thought long & hard about photoshopping out that Fire Exit sign. Ultimately I decided to leave it as it was, because that was how it looked on the day:

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Wedding Photography at the Principal Hotel in York by Simon Cardwell

York is somewhere I love to photograph. I seem to end up here quite often & it is a fantastic & diverse city.

I came here often as a child so it holds some nostalgic value for me, but it is a city that remains very relevant today.

The Principal Hotel is located literally next to the train station so its very easy to get to (York is a terrible place to park your car) by rail.

As usual I started off during the bridal preparations, & I like to photograph children as they are often much less guarded than adults:

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This was one of my favourite photos from the day:

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Downstairs for the wedding ceremony:

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This one was one of my favourite pictures of the entire year. I couldn’t & still can’t decide if I prefer it in the original 3x2 shape or cropped into a square format:

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bride and groom walking up the aisle at the Principal Hotel York

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This became a nice sequence, I think I prefer the black & white:

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Onto the speeches:

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You can never tell how long the speeches will be, so I always make sure I start photographing the bride & the groom, individually & also together. It means that if the speeches are short, you have covered the most important subjects, before moving onto guests.

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Principal Hotel York

The first dance:

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the first dance
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Wedding Photography - The Crimble near Rochdale (Manchester) by Simon Cardwell

Hello & welcome to one of my last blog posts of 2018. It’s been a busy year again & I have been privileged to photograph almost 50 weddings this year throughout the UK.

It has taken me far & wide but today I am actually going to show you a slightly older wedding. The reason for this is the couple have just confirmed their wedding album with me & it is now being printed.

Couples often take a long time to come back to me with their selections for their final album, and when I got this one through I realised I didn’t feature it on the blog when it took place. So here it is:

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I started at the house beforehand, which was a beautiful conversion:

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From there we went on to a nearby church:

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Leaving the church can often produce some of the best natural photographs of the day:

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I find myself working in the Manchester area every now & then, & it is an area I love to work in.

While the venue (The Crimble in Rochdale) is technically a restaurant, it is set within a beautiful old building & has quite extensive grounds. Which came in handy for the bride & groom portraits:

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Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire

Sometimes the quiet moments are the most genuine, & if you pay attention you can capture such a moment. This was my favourite photograph of the day, I hope you like it:

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The Ceremony - Blackwell Grange, Darlington Wedding Photography by Simon Cardwell

Today I would like to share with you some photographs from a recent wedding at the Blackwell Grange in Darlington.

This is a venue I like to visit, I used to visit the Blackwell as a child so its always nice to go back.

Here are some photographs from the ceremony part of the wedding:

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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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Le Petit Chateau Otterburn Wedding
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Le Petit Chateau Otterburn
Le Petit Chateau Otterburn Wedding

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Wedding Photography at the Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington by Simon Cardwell

Here are a few photographs from a Christmas winter wedding at the Blackwell Grange Hotel in Darlington. 

This is a hotel I visited often as a child with my family, so its always good to go back to shoot a wedding. 

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