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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:

The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
bride getting ready with bridesmaids
getting zipping up her dress
The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
bride putting on her shoes
The Bridge Hotel Wetherby Leeds
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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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Essex Wedding Photographer
Essex Wedding Photographer
Essex Wedding Photographer
Essex Wedding Photographer
Essex Wedding Photographer

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:

Orsett Hall Hotel Essex
Orsett Hall Hotel Essex

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

Orsett Hall Hotel Essex
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:

panda costume

first dance at a wedding in leeds

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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:

Principal Hotel York
York wedding car
Principal Hotel York
York wedding photographer

Downstairs for the wedding ceremony:

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Principal Hotel York
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London wedding venue

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:

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

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confetti throwing at a wedding in York
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Wedding Photographer Essex

Wedding Photographer Essex
Wedding Photographer Essex

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

Orsett Hall
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Wedding Photographer Essex

Wedding Photographer Essex
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.

Principal Hotel York
Principal Hotel York

The first dance:

Principal Hotel York
the first dance
Principal Hotel York
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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:

Hitchin Priory Hertfordshire

Onto the ceremony:

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

York Wedding Photographer
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:

Micklefield Hall Hertfordshire
Needham House Hertfordshire
Aldwark Manor York
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Needham House Hertfordshire
Shendish Manor Hertfordshire
Sopwell House Hertfordshire
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:

Colville Hall Essex
Boreham House Essex
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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:

Denham Grove Uxbridge Buckinghamshire

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:

The Grange Country House Hertfordshire
Woughton House Buckinghamshire

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