Serving Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne & Wear and North Yorkshire
I'm Simon Hogben - an experienced North East Wedding Photographer covering weddings at stunning venues across the region. My bold, creative style and down to earth approach ensures you get memorable wedding photos without awkward poses or cheesy smiles. Get in touch with me to discuss your North East wedding plans.
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North East Wedding Photography
It's a privilege to work as a professional wedding photographer in such a beautiful part of the world. The North East is steeped in history and has a wide variety of country house hotels, barn venues and fairytale castles as the setting for your wedding. I've worked as a Wedding Photographer in the North East of England for over 5 years covering weddings across Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Cleveland in towns such as Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Darlington. I've worked at scores of North East wedding venues including Le Petit Chateau, Healey Barn, Charlton Hall, Black Horse Beamish, South Causey Inn, Durham Castle, Woodhill Hall, Headlam Hall, Linden Hall, Matfen Hall, Ellingham Hall, Brinkburn Priory, Royal Station Hotel, Jesmond Dene House, Gisborough Hall, Lumley Castle, Wallsend Hall, Horton Grange Country House, Acklam Hall, The Biscuit Factory, The Plough Alnwick, Bowburn Hall, Hallgarth Manor, Eshott Hall, Redworth Hall, As You Like It, Rushpool Hall, Beamish Hall, Hardwick Hall, Gisbside, Crathorne Hall and many others.
Northumberland Wedding Photographer
Northumberland is home to some of the most stunning weddings in the UK. I'm fortunate to have worked as a wedding photographer at amazing venues such as Charlton Hall, Woodhill Hall, Ellingham Hall and Le Petit Chateau.
Tyne & Wear WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
As a North East Wedding Photographer, it is great to work at many of the best wedding venues in and around the famous city of Newcastle. Popular venues include the Vermont Hotel, The Life Centre and Horton Grange Country Hotel.
County Durham WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
The historic county of Durham has many wedding venues. Top of the list has to be the unique setting of Durham Castle. Other venues such as South Causey Inn, Ramside Hall, Headlam Hall and Bowburn Hall are also ideal wedding venues.
Cleveland WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Teesside has many impressive wedding venues including Wynyard Hall, Gisborough Hall and Rockcliffe Hall. The countryside is beautiful and you also have access to beach at Saltburn-by-the-Sea if you have you wedding at the Spa Hotel.
North East Wedding Venues
The historic North East is home to stunning landmarks which you can hire as a wedding venue. Needless to say, these may exceptional settings for wedding photography to capture images you can look back on in years to come.
Alnwick Castle is a castle and country house located near Alnwick, Northumberland, England. It was established after the Norman conquest and has been repaired and remodelled several times. It is the seat of the 12th Duke of Northumberland.. Alnwick Castle is located at Alnwick NE66 1NQ.
Bowes Museum is located in County Durham, and has a nationally famous art collection. This impressive historic building opened in 1892 and can be hired as a venue for a totally unique wedding experience. Bowes Museum is located at Newgate, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP.
Bamburgh Castle is a famous landmark in Northumberland, located near the village Bamburgh. It's a Grade I listed caste which offers breathtaking views over the North Sea out to the Farne Islands and Holy Island. An amazing place to get married! Bamburgh Castle is located at Bamburgh NE69 7DF.
Durham Castle is one of my favourite venues as a wedding photographer. It's originally a Norman castle that has been owned by the University since 1837. The impressive courtyard, private gardens, ceremony room and iconic gatehouse are a truly unique setting. Durham Castle is located at Durham DH1 3RW.
Northumberland Wedding Venues
Northumberland is an area of outstanding beauty with a stunning coastline, historic castles and open countryside.
Healey Barn is an ideal choice for your dream wedding. This vintage Northumberland barn wedding venue has a distinctive style and modern facilities you need for your special day including accommodation for guests. Healey Barn is located at Riding Mill NE44 6BN
Le Petit Chateau
Le Petit Chateau promotes itself a "The UK's Newest, Coolest, Luxury Hotel & One Of The finest Wedding Venues in Northumberland". It's easy to see why as this venue offers a totally unique setting and wedding day experience. Le Petit Chateau is located at Ellingham, Alnwick NE67 5DZ
Matfen Hall is an award-winning rural hotel, spa, golf course and wedding venue. Celebrate your wedding here in breathtaking surroundings. The staircase is a particularly stunning feature for wedding photographs. Matfen Hall is located at Matfen, Northumberland, NE20 0RH
Woodhill Hall is situated on a secluded 100-acre estate near Otterburn, and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Northumbrian countryside. Woodhill promises an exclusive wedding experience. Woodhill Hall is located at Otterburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE19 1JX.
Tyne & Wear Wedding Venues
Newcastle is the vibrant heart of Tyne & Wear with many distinctive wedding venues.
As You Like It
As You Like It Jesmond is based in the centre of Newcastle. It's a quirky and unique wedding location which can accommodate small to medium sized weddings. As You Like It is located at TWO, Jesmond Three Sixty, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1DB
The Biscuit Factory is a Newcastle based gallery housed in a Victorian warehouse that was built in 1870. Its a great alternative choice for a wedding venue. The Biscuit Factory is located at Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AN
Jesmond Dene House is a an Arts and Crafts style house set in its own grounds next to the River Dene. The venue includes an impressive, period ceremony room. Jesmond Dene is located Jesmond Dene Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2EY
The Vermont Hotel combining 1930s grandeur with contemporary styling in the centre of Newcastle. If you want an urban North East wedding this is the venue for you. The Vermont Hotel is located at Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ
County Durham Wedding Venues
There are so many wedding venues in County Durham it was hard to choose the best ones to highlight. Here are some of my favourite ones which you should consider when planning your County Durham Wedding.
Beamish Hall is a 12th-century manor home hotel set in 24 wooded acres. The venue features a massive ceremony room with high-beamed ceilings, stone walls, and huge chandeliers throughout the building. Beamish Hall is located on Coppy Ln, Beamish, Stanley DH9 0YB
The Black Horse Beamish is a 300 year old pub which is surrounded by lavender fields and woodlands in a 37 acre estate. You can married in an intimate ceremony room or outside in an impressive marquee. Black Horse Beamish is located at Red Row, Stanley DH9 0RW.
Bowburn Hall is a stunning North East wedding location close to Durham, with excellent service, luxury suites and wonderful dining. This country house has a purpose built ceremony room and landscapred gardens. Bowburn Hall is located at Bowburn, Durham DH6 5NH.
Durham Castle Durham Castle is a Norman castle in Durham, England, that has been occupied by University College, Durham since 1837, following its former service as the Bishops of Durham's home. I've worked at Durham Castle many times. Contact me today.
Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield is a luxury hotel for weddings, conferences, dining and getaways. The hotel specialises in traditional weddings and is set in the beautiful countryside with stunning views of the Country Park Lake. Hardwick Hall is located at Hardwick Hall Hotel Sedgefield TS21 2EH.
Ramside Hall is one of County Durham's most popular wedding locations set in its own grounds. Ramside Hall can accommodate wedding ceremonies and receptions of all sizes. The hotel also boasts a luxury spa and 18 hole golf course. Ramside Hall is located at Carrville, Durham DH1 1TD.
Redworth Hall is a Jacobean Manor built in the 17th century that gives the ideal backdrop for your wedding day. Redworth Hall has a galleried ceremony room with antique fireplace and lead glass windows. Redworth Hall is located at Surtees Rd, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6NL
South Causey Inn
South Causey Inn is a traditional country wedding set in the 100 acres of beautiful Beamish Valley. There are two ceremony rooms - the Old Barn and Durham Suite - which can accommodate small to large weddings. South Causey is located at Stanley DH9 0LS.
Cleveland Wedding Venues
Cleveland encompasses Teesside and some of North Yorkshire. There are a number of fantastic wedding venues here including Crathone Hall, Judges Hotel, Rushpool Hall and Wynyard Hall. Each one is unique and offers something different for every couple.
Crathorne Hall is a luxury 37 bed hotel and North Yorkshire wedding venue set in 15 acres of lovely grounds. The ceremony room is the Edwardian Room which features antique fireplaces and chandeliers. There is an impressive dining room for larger receptions too.
Crathorne Hall is located at Crathorne, Yarm TS15 0AR.
Judges Hotel is an award-winning North Yorkshire country house hotel and wedding venue. Judges Hotel provides a variety of options to suit every sort of wedding, whether you need to accommodate a larger group or a more intimate event. Judges Hotel is located on Thirsk Rd, Kirklevington, Yarm TS15 9LW.
Rushpool Hall is a wedding venue in North Yorkshire that is housed in a stunning 19th century manor house set in beautiful grounds. The hotel can accommodate wedding ceremonies for up to 110 people and evening celebrations for up to 180. Rushpool Hall is located on Saltburn Ln, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1HD.
Wynyard Hall is an exclusive wedding venue and hotel set in 120-acres of privately owned working estate. The hall is extensive and the outdoor marquee is one of the largest spaces for weddings and events in the North of England. Definitely one to consider. Wynyard Hall is located at Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS22 5NF.
How To Plan Your North East Wedding
There are so many resources out there to help you plan your wedding in the North East of England. Here are some of the most popular to help your special day go without a hitch!
North East Wedding Suppliers
There are so many different things you can book for entertainment. Here are just a few ideas from North East Wedding suppliers I know and can 100% recommend providing a fantastic extra aspect to your wedding day.
The Ultimate Wedding DJ is Chris Dye - a multi-award winning North East DJ. Chris offers discos for weddings and events across Middlesbrough, Darlington and Teesside, Cleveland, County Durham and the North East as a whole. I've worked alongside Chris many times and he's the ideal choice if need a Wedding DJ for your evening reception .
Kate Chruscicka is a world famous professional musician and talented North East wedding violinist. Kate can provide wedding ceremony music, play during your reception or wedding breakfast and entertain you during the evening party. There are few things that add to the atmosphere and emotion of your wedding day as a professional musician.
Andy Larmouth is an exceptional North East wedding magician. I have to be honest, I love magic and it is always a treat to attend a wedding where Andy has been booked and to photography the guests reactions. A magician is a great way to entertain guests in between the ceremony and wedding breakfast and an ideal photo opportunity.
Limelight Hire are an established & professional photo booth hire company covering the North of England. Limelight covers weddings, social and corporate events and their services include photo booths, magic mirrors and the increasingly popular magic selfie mirrors. Photobooths are complimentary service to wedding photographers.
Wedding Photography Pricing & Packages
Bridal prep to the first dance is the ideal way to capture all the special moments from your wedding day. You can choose to have a beautiful boxed wedding album added to your package too.
Wedding Photography Timeline
Every wedding is unique but these are the classic moments that North East Wedding Photographers typically capture throughout the day.
The start of the wedding day for every bride and groom. Some couples are quite nervous on the day whilst some are very relaxed. Everyone is different. This part of the wedding usually includes some really special moments such as the revealing the dress, photographing the rings, the wedding dress and shows and photos with the bride & bridesmaids and groom & groomsmen.
There's a big build up to the wedding ceremony and months (or years) of planning. Whether you're having the ceremony in a church, registry office or licensed venue there are so many classic photos to capture. These include walking down the aisle, the first look, wedding vows, exchanging the rings, the first kiss, signing the register and walking down the aisle now you are officially married.
After the wedding ceremony, drinks and canapés are traditionally served. This is a chance to relax and see your guests as a newly married couple. Shortly after is the ideal time to get some formal family photographs done - normally outside the venue (if the North East weather permits of course!). This is also a change to do the family formal group photographs and some portraits of you both.
The Wedding Breakfast is your formal meal after the ceremony. This is definitely and chance to enjoy yourself and indulge in the food and drink your wedding venue has laid on for your special day. The best thing is that you get to choose everything that's on the menu! I take photos of your arrival and being seated by the wedding host at the top table which is still a popular tradition.
In the past, speeches have taken places after the meal although its much more common to have them before now (to allow the speakers to relax and enjoy their meal). There are always some classic moments to photograph during the wedding speeches - whether its the groom's first words as a married man, the infamous best man's speech or a touching speech from the father of the bride.
Cutting The Cake
The Cutting of the Cake is one of the classic wedding photographs. This normally takes place as the evening reception is about to start right before the first dance. It's the perfect time for the professional photographer and guests to get a photo of the couple together. These days you are just as likely to see a wedding cake made of cheese as a traditional sponge cake with white icing.
Some couples love the first dance and some hate it! It's become common for couples to practice their dance and I've even seen choreographed routine involving the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Whatever approach you want to take it's the perfect photo opportunity before your guests join you on the dance floor. You can now start to let your hair down and party as a newlyweds.
The evening reception goes on into the small hours accompanied by a wedding band or DJ. The bar is open and some weddings also have an informal evening buffet to keep guests well fed and watered. Its your choice whether you choose a full band of professional musicians, pop classics, Jazz music or even a Scottish Ceilidh for your wedding reception music. Enjoy your evening!