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Wedding photography at the White Hart Lydgate Lancashire

I was so excited to photograph Andy and Sarah’s summer wedding at The White Hart Lydgate Oldham Lancashire. I knew Sarah’s chosen venue the White Hart well, due to it being local to my home in Tameside.
The couple had planned the wedding in the finest detail. A string quartet was selected for the bridal procession and for guests’ entertainment, whilst a sweet cart was in place for the kids who might not like wedding cake.
Sarah’s brother and his wife had travelled from Canada for the big day, along with their two young sons who had the important role of ushers. The mother of the groom made her way from Saudi Arabia, whilst two of Andy’s aunts travelled from Portugal – truly an international guest list.

Bridal preparations at the White Hart, Lydgate

The day started at 10 am for me, when I arrived The White Hart  with my Canon cameras, memory cards, lenses and flashes at the bridal suite. Based in a cottage on the White Hart grounds, Sarah was already upstairs with her entourage of two make-up artists, hairdressers, seven bridesmaids and flower girls, whilst her parents waited downstairs.
Although It was very busy, there was no shortage of things to photograph at the White Hart. None of my images are posed but simply taken naturally without interruption or pause, documentary style. As a documentary wedding photographer, it’s my role to capture these never to be repeated moments and deliver them to the couple as priceless digital images.

The bridal procession to the White Hart

The bridal procession took the short walk down the road to the White Hart. Other guests staying at the venue clapped and cheered as the bride made her way to the ceremony in a beautiful dress, escorted by her father.
Andy was waiting for his bride to be at the top of the aisle with his best man, looking dapper in their navy blue suits with button holes matching the bride’s bouquet.

Wedding photography in the garden at the White Hart

The newlyweds were blessed with a beautiful sunny day, perfect for outdoor wedding photography in the garden at the White Hart. Whilst the kids enjoyed a retro ice cream cart and adults had champagne and canapés, I photographed the couple as they took a walk along a picturesque lane nearby to the White Hart that I knew about. After the jitters of the morning, it was nice to get some more relaxed images for the wedding album.
After the wedding breakfast and speeches, Andy and Sarah enjoyed their first dance as man and wife to the four-piece live band they had selected for the evening’s entertainment. Photographing guests having fun on the dance floor at the White Hart meant I needed to use some creative fill flash work, to mix with the venue’s ambient lighting.


The Cottage at the White Hart Lyd gate & Bridal preparationsA view of outside the White Hart at Lydgate Oldham LancashireThe bride and wedding bubbles champagne The Young page boys arrive at bridal preperations looking dapper in their wedding attire Thea Guest arriving with her wedding invetation in hand A unposed natural image of the ushers fooling arround before the service of marriage The Ushers Ironing the Morning suite before the wedding ceremony.A black and white image of the bride in the mirror in bridal prep. A pretty flower girl at pre reception drinksNatural and unposed wedding photography in a full colour image showing the bridesmaid in a royal blue dress.A page boy and his father have a drink before the wedding nuptials at the White Hart the venue for the wedding of Sarah & Andy.A uninvited wedding guest not on the international wedding guest list.Confetti ready to handed to the guest and showered on the happy couple after the ceremony of marriage.Dapper looking page boys waiting in the ceremony room at the White Hart Lydgate.A friendly reassuring hand t o the groom on his big day before tyeing the knott.A image featuring the iasle which the bride will walk down and be given away by her father to her love and soulmate The first reveal of the wedding gown in bridal preperation helped by the chief bridesmaid.Emotion and joy as the wedding party see the brides white dress for the fiirst time. Captured totally unposed .A timeless black and white image of the bride in her wedding gown.The back of the dress, Father of the bride as he see's his daughter in her wedding dress. White Hart lydgate wedding photographer.A flower girl in the forground the bride in the background of the image.A walk to change your life as the father of the bride escorting his daughter to the wedding vows and inpending matrimony .the Groom waiting at the top of the aisle . the oldham registrar waiting to satart the ceremony.Wedding outfits wedding hats an. fascinators all on display Before the bride says her vows , do you take this man to be your lawful wedded husband, to have and to hold, in sickness amd in health, for richer for poorer , till death us do part, "i Do".a natural image as a flower girll is caught on camera in the wedding service.a emotional moment in the service of maridge caught by the photographer .The father of the bridge giving his daughters hand away in maridge to Andy her new husband.Placeing the ring on the third finger left hand, a sign of love and pasrtnership forever.The first kiss, You are now pronounced man and wfe by the registrar leading the civil ceremony of maridge.The happy couple now owners of a wedding certifiate to say we two are now legally married.A unposed image a wedding guest greating the newlyweds in the drinks reception.Huggs and kisses to his Mum after her maridge to Andy at the White Hart Lydgate.Confetti being thrown by the guests in a fun colourfull image.Outside in the summer sun in the garden of the White Hart after the wedding service.The bride in the photo out of focus the guests in focus in the background of the photograph.A timless black and white wedding photograph. taken in Oldham lancashire at the White Hart wedding venue.A romantic walk for the newly weds to catch their breath after the sevice of maridge the videographer in the background of the image.A fun image of the Bride and Groom waveing to the onlookers as the couple enjoy there big day outside the White Hart at Lydgate.Onlookers wishing the couple well on lifes journey bahead in wedlock as man and wife.Hand and Hand with his new wife Sarah Andy escorting his wife on a romantic walk down the lane near the White Hart for some informal photographs.The Brides dress in the full sun perfectly exposed in this natural unposed wedding image.Flowers on disply as the happy pair enjoy a loving moment after the formalities of the day.a image for the wedding album A stolen kiss A disigner suite on a dapper groom Fun relaxed wedding photography at the White Hart Lydgate Oldham.Some of the international wedding guests enjoying the happy couples big day.The Fathers speech Tears of joy and emotion in the speeches after the wedding breakfast at the White Hart Lydgate.Mother of the Groom on the top table in the speeches.The Button hole of the the Brides father The best mans speechLove letters illuminating the ceremony room.The First dance as man and wifeDance the night away to the live band at the White Hart.in the evening reception as the band plays the hits to keep the dance floor full Dj's light iluminate the dace floor caught with a hint of flash and the ambient lighting of the wedding venue the White Hart Lydgate.Wedding photographer at the White Hart Lydgate Oldham Lancashire

Thankyou Sarah and Andy for asking me to be your wedding photographer. Also a huge thank you to my friend and fellow Manchester wedding Photographer David Stubbs for assisting me on the day. If you are getting married at the White Hart and would like me to capture your special day, please get in touch to see if  I am available to be your wedding photographer. If you would like to see more of my recent work, please visit my Blog.

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  • Sarah

    We had simon to photograph our wedding in June, he was there from first thing in the morning until the end of the night, capturing every special moment…..we could never have documented our day the way we did without Simon! If you’re getting married my only advice to any bride and groom would be to book Simon to do your photography , the pics were amazing we are so so lucky 

  • Dylan

    Did my mum’s wedding. Really professional job, we got some beautiful photos to remember a great day. Would highly recommend.

  • Simon Croot

    Thankyou Sarah & Andy for asking me to be your photographer. It was a honour to photograph your wedding day, and I am thrilled that you love the images.

  • Simon Croot

    Thankyou Dylan

  • Andy

    We asked Simon to capture our wedding day in early June, he arrived really early to capture my wife and her bridesmaids getting ready and from that point until late in the evening he didn’t stop. He is a perfectionist and his photographs have reflected that. Weddings are expensive and stressful and on both counts Simon made it all much easier for us. I would have no hesitation in recommending him and would like to thank him for being part of our day.

  • Sunita sud

    I was a bridesmaid for sarah and andy’s wedding and simon clearly has an eye for detail, the shots he has captured were so natural and unstaged, the skill of a true natural photographer.

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