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Askham Hall Wedding Photography | Neil + Sarah

I always say that it’s people and emotions that make for great wedding photography. I’m coming around to the idea, that it certainly helps having an Askham Hall Wedding though.  The historic Askham Hall in Penrith, Cumbria is truly a stunning backdrop. As wedding venues go I have to say it really has been one of my favourites to photograph at this year.  Add to it a great couple, who are very much in love, and you have the recipe for a perfect day.

Askham Hall Wedding Photography | A Chance Meeting

I met Neil & Sarah back in late 2015. From the moment you meet them you can’t help but tell how in love they are.  It radiates from them.  An unexpected, chance meeting in 2014, changed Sarah’s life forever, when she met Neil.  Sarah had literally just moved into her first home.  The last thing she was expecting, was to meet her future husband in the local village bar, but destiny had other plans.

Askham Hall Wedding Photography | A Historic Venue

Fast forward to 2016.  A slightly overcast start to the day saw me pulling upto begin photographing this stunning Askham Hall Wedding.  Set in 40 acres of amazing gardens; the Grade 1 listed Askham Hall really has the wow factor.  Pulling up, I found myself gawping open mouthed. I was totally in awe of how beautiful the grounds were. The little butterflies I get when I know I’m in for an amazing day started, and boy I wasn’t disappointed.

Exterior Sign for Askham Hall Wedding Venue Exterior view of Askham Hall Wedding Venue, Penrith, Cumbria Exterior view of Askham Hall Wedding Venue, Penrith, Cumbria View out onto Askham Hall Gardens by Askham Hall Wedding Photographer Jono Symonds

Askham Hall Wedding Photography | A Relaxed & Romantic Vintage Wedding

Normally when I rock up at a wedding, there is a degree of panic in the air.  The buzz of nerves, people frantically running around, and a general amount of chaos, that goes with a wedding day.  For me, it’s of course very much a regular experience.   So you might say I was a little shocked, when I was greeted by a serene and grinning Sarah laughing with her friends and family as if it was a regular Saturday morning.  Sarah, really is the most relaxed bride I have worked with to date.  If Sarah was remotely nervous, she didn’t show any signs of it.

Mother of Bride ironing, and talking to her daughter the bride to be - By Askham Hall Wedding Photographer Jono Symonds Bride and Bridesmaid sat talking and laughing on bed at Askham Hall Bridal Party at Askham Hall getting ready, and drinking champagne Bride laughing getting ready in Askham Hall, with reflection shown in TVGroomsman giving the groom the final finishing touches at Askham HallGroom and Groomsmen sat in the grounds of Askham Hall - Cumbria Wedding Photographer Jono SymondsWedding Dress DetailWedding Dress hung up on door at Askham Hall, Penrith, by Cumbria Wedding Photographer Jono SymondsPastel Bridal BouquetBride stood in Askham Hall Bedroom having veil sortedView of bride nervously grinning framed between the heads of her bridesmaids as they see her for first timeBridesmaids seeing Bride dressed and ready for first time. Shot by Cumbria wedding Photographer Jono Symonds in Askham HallFather of the Bride wiping tear from eye, having seen his daughter in a 'first look'Bridesmaids getting emotional at seeing Bride for first timeBride walking down the staircase in Askham Hall by Cumbria Wedding Photographer Jono Symonds

Set in the grounds of Askham Hall is the beautiful Bank Barn.  Decorated with fairy lights it formed an elegant and romantic backdrop to Neil & Sarah’s ceremony

Groom and Best man anxiously waiting for bride in the Bank Barn at Askham Hall, Cumbria Bride walking down the aisle with her father in Bank Barn, Askham Hall Bride & Groom's First kiss captured by Cumbria Wedding Photographer Jono Symonds in Askham Hall Wedding Venue The Bank Barn Bride & Groom leaving ceremony venue grinningFlower girl handing out confettiMan holding up confetti grinning at the cameraBride & Groom being showered with Confetti at Askham Hall, PenrithBride & Groom being showered with Confetti at Askham Hall, PenrithBride and lady laughing outside of The Bank Barn, at Askham Hall, CumbriaMother of bride dressed in cream with hat framed between two people laughing and smilingGroom hugging his two daughters at Askham Hall, Cumbria

The day brightened up, producing one of those typically english summer days.   You know, the ones that make you think of Pimm’s, Cricket, and strawberries & cream.  Consequently, the amazing weather allowed guests to enjoy the games Neil & Sarah had arranged outside for them.  I must say I always love when my couples take my advice.  Sarah & Neil loved my suggestion to move the speeches outside. The day was simply too nice to stay inside, so both they and their guests could benefit from the stunning sun.

Father of Bride delivering his speech Guests smiling and talking in the grounds of Askham Hall , Cumbria Groom and Bride laughing at wedding speeches Groom giving speech to wedding guests Best man giving speech to wedding guests with Bride & groom laughing Bride & groom laughing during the speeches at their wedding Guests in the grounds of Wedding Venue Askham Hall Groomsmen with badmington rackets at Askham Hall wedding

They chose to have their portraits in the stunning grounds of Askham Hall, and frankly who could blame them, especially on such a stunning day.

Bridal Party in the grounds of Askham Hall Bride & groom with Bridemaids in grounds of Askham Hall Bride with Bridesmaids in grounds of Askham Hall Bride with Bridesmaids in grounds of Askham Hall Bride laughing and giggling with Bridesmaids in grounds of Askham Hall holding their flowers Bride laughing with Bridesmaids in grounds of Askham Hall holding their flowers in front of face hiding from camera Bride & Groom captured with immediate family for family portrait Bride and mother of the bride holding the bouquet smiling at camera Bride and Groom embracing resting heads against each other Bride and Groom wandering though gardens at Askham Hall Askham Hall Wedding Photography - Bride with arms around groom laughing in the grounds of the venue Wedding Bouquet of Pastel & Whites Askham Hall Wedding Photography - Bride wandering through the gardens Askham Hall Wedding Photography ~ Groom sat on steps outside framed by two bushes with the building in background Askham Hall Wedding Photography ~ Bride & Groom stood in gardens framed by two bushes with the building in background Askham Hall Wedding Photography ~ Bridal Portrait with the building in background Askham Hall Wedding Photography ~ Bride & Groom sat outside in grounds holding each others hands Askham Hall Wedding Photography ~ Bride & Groom sat outside in grounds holding each others hands Askham Hall Wedding Photography ~ Bride & Groom sat outside in grounds holding each others hands Askham Hall Wedding Photography ~ Groom leading bride through woods in grounds holding each others hands with building in Background Photograph of wedding ring as bride places arms around grooms neck onto his back Bride & Groom embracing

The meal and reception were also in Bank Barn at Askham Hall, which provided a great venue for the couple to relax and enjoy the rest of their evening.

Askham Hall Wedding Photography ~ The Bank Barn set out for wedding Table Decorations Table Decorations Wedding Table Decorations including floating candles shot from above Photograph of couple with heart on, to indicate their seat at table Wedding Cake made with cupcakes Askham hall Wedding Photography ~ Bride & Groom walking down the main staircase Bride & Groom entering wedding breakfast, being cheered by guests Bride & Groom entering wedding breakfast, being cheered by guests Bride & Groom entering wedding breakfast, being cheered by guestsMicrophoneBride & groom First danceMother & father of Bride dancingWedding Band singerSinger engaging wedding guests encouraging them to danceDrummer playing drumsGroomsman looking shocked when finds pegs pegged to his jacket as everyone laughsGuests posing for portraitGirl dancing with a raised budwieser in her hand singingGrroms men wearing sunglasses singing at receptionFemale guest dancing at wedding receptionGroom and friends dancingMan downing pint with friends onlookingGroom drinking pint at his wedding receptionGroomsman breakdancing at wedding reception

Sarah & Neil, thank you so much for letting me share in your vintage wedding.  It really was a very relaxing and romantic day.  Furthermore, you, your friends and family were all amazing. I wish you all the very best for the future.

Jono x

Askham Hall Wedding Photography | Creative Team

  • Cumbria Wedding Photographer | Jono Symonds Photography
  • Wedding Venue | Askham Hall
  • Dress | Limelight Occasions
  • Hair | The Cutting Room, Penrith
  • Makeup | Louiza Oliver
  • Florist | Green Wheat Flowers
  • Band | The Playlist

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  1. Lynda Shackleton (Sarah's mum)

    August 26th, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Absolutely stunning photos Jono. You captured the day perfectly. So natural and elegantly. You were a stealth photographer as we did not even notice you with your camera. From early morning till late night you worked endlessly to capture their amazing day in such wonderful surrounding at Askham Hall I am pleased to say you have become a true friend to Sarah and Neil. Thank you.

  2. Jono Symonds

    September 18th, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks so much Lynda. It really was a stunning day.
    Jono x

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