Mandy and Alan Get Married !

Hello there, David here from

Its been a week or so since I posted as its getting to my busy part of the wedding season. I have been really fortunate this year to have had the great pleasure of photographing many really spectacular weddings. Well this weeks wedding was no exception and a true pleasure as it happened to be one of Nikki’s school friends.

Mandy and Alan asked us to photograph this last year, bribed us with a curry (madras always works well on me) and it was booked. I remember sitting over the table that night thinking I could not wait for the wedding to come around as not only where they so very much in love, they make a great looking couple. Add to this that Alan is an Army man and was getting dressed in his Dress Uniform, I knew this was going to be spectacular and it did not let me down.

I had to travel up to the midlands for this wedding as the service took place at St Mary’s Abberley, in Worcestershire. The wedding reception was at Worcester Rugby Club, if you are a frequent reader of the blog you may remember I popped up to the Worcester Rugby Club ground a few weeks ago just before they took away all the grass….. I wont bore you with the details now but search the blog and you will find it.

As always it seems I find myself writing my blog around midnight and to be totally honest with you, I an knackered and in need of some sleep, its been a very busy couple of weeks. So what I am going to do is post a small selection of images up here tonight, and then finish it tomorrow for you.

I will start off with Amanda getting ready. I arrived at the house to be greeted by a scene of pretty much tranquility and seemingly no worries in the world. All the girls were still in their PJ’s and time was not really a consideration (soon to change 🙂 Anyway, I got set up and started blasting away.

Mandy allowed me a lot more freedom than a lot of the brides I work with, I covered her bridal prep pretty much fully but very respectfully. I think this will make the start of the album very special. We also shot a couple of bridal portraits ‘since time was not an issue’

Here are a few pics of Mandy getting ready.

1. The calm before the storm – pondering the rest of the day.


The next shot is one of my favorites of the day – This is the kind of photo I LOVE TO SHOOT – totally candid, Mandy was unaware I was watching thru the camera, she was taking a look over her wonderful wedding dress and to be honest if this was a studio setup, it could not be better, the light was fantastic, the location was fantastic and everything fell into place – I called her name, she turned and CLICK – a wedding album picture if ever I have seen one !

This was the moment I think Amanda realized that I would be photographing her ALL DAY


And here are a couple of the bride getting dressed for her wedding day – being helped by Mum, Sister and Best Friend.




I just wanted to throw this photo in, I kinda like this one, its a mirror reflection shot – something very popular, its a shot of the bride looking in a mirror at the camera. I really like the way this one was framed.


Anyway back to the wedding……….

Since Alan and Amanda have gone away I am not posting dozens of images here yet, I always like to update you as to what I am up to, but I want the bride and groom to get the first real viewing so the photos are going to jump here to much later in the day !

Amanda’s final few seconds as a single girl – here about to be walked down the isle by dad


This was also one of the fullest church weddings I have been to in a long while, a tribute to the happy couple – Here is a shot I took using the Nikon 14-24mm F2.8 Lens – this is a fantastic lens and when used along side the Nikon D3 camera produces some fantastic wide angle view of the church and the wedding service.


This was also one of the funniest and teary weddings I have attended in a LONG TIME – people were bursting into tears left, right and center and then spontaneously bursting into laughter – it truly was a joy to photograph this wedding. Here Amanda’s best friend is TRYING to get thru her reading but had a few problems…….


Just as a side not for any photographers or budding photographers out there, this image was shot at ISO4000 using the Nikon 70-200 VR lens – I have NOT removed any grain, as if you expose correctly grain should not really be an issue.

Okay, back to the wedding, here is the exchanging of the rings shot – its one of the shots I always TRY to get – its not always possible but for some reason I find it one the images I always use in albums, it seems to symbolize the moment 2 become 1


Here the bride and groom are listening to the service in full flow


The deacon was a family friend so again it made it all the more special.

Here the happy couple are walking down the isle after being pronounced man and wife


Once everyone had left, I snuck the couple back into the church to shoot a couple of posed fancy shots, the church was so beautiful that I wanted to maximize the use of it.


After a few photos outside, the confetti shot was arranged, we had to be quick as the sun kept going in and out behind clouds, I normally try to let the day unfold without directing it too much, but when you need to keep changing your settings, sometimes you just have to take a little control – The guest did a FANTASTIC job of timing the confetti shot and I am really pleased with how it turned out.


Following the Confetti stuff we did some shots with the cars but I am saving them for the couple, so off we jump to Worcester Rugby Club – Sixways the home of Worcester Worriers. This was the first of my weddings at Worcester Rugby Club this year and it turned out great !

Here are a couple of shot from the cutting of the cake section – I have skipped the rest for the reasons mentioned above !

A nice closeup of the B&G just after the cutting of the cake



followed by the actual cutting of the cake – I have to mention the flowers on the day – AMAZING flowers – everywhere you looked. Here a closeup of the cake cutting and a crafty way of showing the bridal flowers.


Well I hope you enjoyed this little sneek peak – remember I am available for weddings anywhere in the UK at reasonable prices !

Last but not least is the First Dance shot – I hope you like


I am sure there will be the odd spelling mistake in this one as its NOW way past my bed time – so off I tootle, enjoy looking around, thanks for stopping by.

Take care,


David Purslow
07799 666808

gurlywundaJune 17, 2008 - 4:03 pm

i am welling up just looking at their photos. I am sure they will be over the moon with them. It was a fantastic day.
But where are the shots of Joshua?

timJune 17, 2008 - 11:06 pm


These are really stunning images of a great looking bride and groom, no doubt your images will provide them with many happy and emotional memories for years to come. The standard of your work and other images on your Blog is impressive.

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