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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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Principal Hotel York
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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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Wedding Photographer Essex

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Wedding Photographer Essex

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

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Wedding Photographer Essex

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Wedding Photographer Essex

Onto the speeches:

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Wedding Photographer Essex

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 at the KP in Pocklington, near York by Simon Cardwell

I shoot weddings in and around York quite regularly and I always look forward to working there. But this was my first time working at this venue & I was glad to find it had extensive grounds with plenty of backdrops for photographs.

I didn’t photograph the bridal preparations on this occasion, so I started here with the bride making her way to the main building in a golf buggy:

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Onto the ceremony:

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Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire
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Wedding Photographer Essex
Wedding Photographer Essex
Wedding Photographer Essex
Wedding Photographer Essex
Wedding Photographer Essex
Wedding Photographer Essex
Wedding Photographer Essex
Wedding Photographer Essex
Wedding Photographer Essex
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Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Essex
Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Essex
Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Essex
Simon Cardwell Wedding Photographer Essex

Sometimes the unplanned pictures turn out to be amongst the best:

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York Wedding Photographer
York Wedding Photographer
York Wedding Photographer

We ventured into the grounds for the bride and groom portraits:

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Wedding Photographer Essex
Wedding Photographer Essex

Then it was back inside to get the party started:

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London Wedding Photography

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Wedding Photography at Aldwark Manor Hotel, York by Simon Cardwell

For my first blog post of 2019 I am going to share with you some photographs from a recent wedding at Aldwark Manor near York.

This was a very relaxed wedding with an easy going vibe, which suits me as I can just shoot away:

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Needham House Hertfordshire
Aldwark Manor York
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Needham House Hertfordshire
Shendish Manor Hertfordshire
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Aldwark Manor York

While most of the work I do on the day is shot in a natural style, I like to do some group photos too. I find for the length of time they take to do (25 minutes maximum usually) they are always worth having. Its a document of who was there on the day:

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Besides the group pictures, the other time on the day when I need to do a little bit of posing is for the bride & groom portraits.

I try to do this as naturally as possible as I find most couples I work with aren’t hugely keen on posing for photographs:

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Notley Abbey Buckinghamshire
Notley Abbey Buckinghamshire
The Tudor Barn Buckinghamshire

Sometimes you find a photograph on the day, not one you usually take or might look for. In this instance, the groom was preparing for his speech & had taken a moment to himself.

It ended up being one of my favourite photographs of the year:

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The moment when the bride & groom enter the room for the wedding breakfast is one of my favourite parts of the day & it usually gives you some great pictures:

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Woughton House Buckinghamshire

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Bridal Preparations - St. Michael le Belfrey, York by Simon Cardwell

One thing I like about the bridal preparations is the trust you can build with your subjects. I will have met the bride & groom beforehand but usually the rest of the guests & family members I meet for the first time on the day.

Therefore arriving a few hours early & growing into the day allows you to build up their trust. What I am looking for is for them to forget about me & not notice the camera, this is something I have honed & got better at over the years.

I am trying to get to those unguarded & honest moments, & you can’t do that if the subject doesn’t trust you.

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York Wedding Photography
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Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer

This wedding took in the St. Michael le Belfrey in York, next door to York Minster. But today I am going to focus exclusively on the bridal preparations before the ceremony.

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Parents are a key part of any wedding day & I always look for interaction between them & the couple:

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Once I have been there a while I start to blend in & no one even notices I am there:

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Aldwark Manor York Wedding Photography
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I usually leave the room while the dresses go on & then come back in:

Bridesmaids getting ready in York
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While I work mostly in a documentary fashion with minimal posing, I always try to take a handful of posed photographs.

A simple posed picture will be well received by relatives & friends, & is quick & easy to do.

This is always a good time to grab a few, when everyone is ready before leaving for the ceremony:

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The Parsonage York

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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: 

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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