Stunning Penally Abbey Wedding

The Wedding of Lisa and Ben

Wedding & Reception held at Penally Abbey, Pembrokeshire

Hubba, hubba, hubba, this is going to be a good one !

Hey everyone, David here from David Purslow Photography – – We shoot weddings throughout West Wales, Birmingham, Worcestershire and the whole of the UK.

Wow, where do I start telling the story of Lisa and Ben’s day, let me start a couple of weeks before when we met up for the pre wedding meeting to go over what the couple wanted. – They basically had 1 request, Lisa wanted a photo of the room the ceremony was taking place in with everyone in it – apart from that and a list of formals (spreadsheet style – just put that in for Lisa’s friends to have a good giggle at) that was it.  Ben and Lisa wanted very relaxed coverage, they wanted the story of they day, their friends, family and the happiness of the whole day captured.  Lisa did let me know secretly that she had gotten Ben a ‘pic’ I think its called, the little thing you strum a guitar with. (Ben plays in a band)

We met up with Lisa and the girls at Andrew Price in Tenby where they were getting their hair done, this was followed by a quick coffee at the coffee shop directly across the street, we hung back and snapped a few shots and tried to stay out the way.

andrew price hairdressers tenby

When we arrived, Lisa was so chilled and laid back we found it hard to believe that her wedding was only a few hours away.

bridal preparation photos pembrokeshire

pembrokeshire wedding photography

then it was off to the coffee shop

Then it was off to Penally Abbey for the rest of the day.  Sometimes when you hear the whole day is taking place at one venue in the back of your mind you worry about being able to find enough locations to shoot photos.  When Ben and Lisa said they were getting married at Penally Abbey, a big smile came over my face – wow what a venue.  At that stage little did I know that the whole day was going to be a photographers delight.

Penally Abbey, nr Tenby, Pembrokeshire –

getting married at penally abbey

wedding at penally abbey

So off we went to find the bride, but no sooner had we arrived when she sent her dad off with presents for Ben – Lucky fella !

as you can see, this brought a huge smile to Ben’s face.

I took the opertunity to shoot a few detail shots including this one of the rings

wedding rings pembrokeshire

Then it was back off to spend a little quality time with the Bride.

It seems that Ben was not the only one getting presents, Lisa got a good few 🙂  Here is one of them,

and then we laid the all important wedding dress on the sofa for a photo, with the mirror  in the background I managed to grab a shot of Lisa looking at her dress.

One of the nice things about bridal preparation photos is the people the bride sourounds herself with.

then it was time for Lisa to get into her dress, and while talking about the  dress  Helen, my assistant just fell in love with it, so knowing that Lisa brought it from White Bride in Narberth ran by good friend of mine Sally, I emailed Sally and asked all about it –  this is what she had to say ” Well it is a Sassi Holford gown called Daisy – Sassi made Autumn Kelly’s gown (she married Peter Phillips Princess Anne’s son), and all her gowns are handmade in England this is duchess satin with french artisan(handmade) lace and absolutely gorgeous!

beautiful wedding dress

white bride narberth

Lisa givnig out gifts 🙂    One of the funny things about being a wedding photographer is you get to see the whole story, where you as visitors to the site only get to see the photos.  Well this lovely young lady had just spent 5 minutes ripping into a present that Lisa had given her, she put her heart and sole into it only to find out it was her mums present, so in this picture, she is opening another box, this time her present, it made me smile a big smile – Kids love opening boxes

Then it was time to grab another couple of shots of the boys before it was time for the wedding to take place,

Boys being boys 🙂

and then down stairs for the wedding 🙂

As we came down the stairs there was a really nice box for cards, and a table full of beautiful flowers etc.   I thought to myself I better take a picture of that, but as I rounded the corner, the reasons to take the photo just got better, hidden away under the table was this young fella (I am guessing its a boy) and he was zonko

Then it was time for Dad to walk Lisa down the aisle, talking of dad, Lisa had gotten Dad a very special present, it was a beautiful set of cufflinks containing a little bit of her dress’s fabric.

and as they were walking in, Helen used a remote to take this photo, this is the shot Lisa requested 🙂

weddings at penally abbey

notice you can see me right at the front, well I was lucky enough to be allowed to tuck right up into the window and from there got a great view of the wedding.   Ben already knew when I came and got into that spot, Lisa would only just be outside the door – he took on that look grooms do when they realize its only seconds till they are going to be married men 🙂

and they got married !!!!

Following the wedding the signing of the register took place on the Piano, with strong window light on both sides it made for a very dreamy photo

and as the witnesses were signing, Ben and Lisa snagged a private quite little moment, naturally I snagged that too 🙂

Then it was everyone outside for a few photos and a bit of fun

The group shot

Then the bouquet toss, however the FIRST time Lisa threw it, it went right over everyone’s heads 🙂

Then it was time for everyone to go inside and get ready for the wedding breakfast, so I quickly ran inside to change lenses as Ben Lisa and myself were going to use the grounds to to shoot a few photos, as I walked into the bar, who do you think was behind the bar ?

you guessed it, the boys 🙂

then it was outside to make the most of the fantastic grounds Penally Abbey has to offer

Since the post is going on a little longer than I had anticipated here are a couple of photos from the wedding breakfast, a cake shot since it was made by mum 🙂 and a little gift,

and after the wedding breakfast with the sun starting to set, we went off to shoot a few more photos before the first dance, the photos show just how much in love Ben and Lisa are, I was testing my light settings and asked them just to wait for a second, the following picture is the result, they couldn’t keep their hands off each other

then it was time for the first dance, which was going to take place in the same room that the wedding had taken place in, Helen set up our lights and we were seconds away from the song coming on when Lisa and Ben decided since the room was too packed to move around properly to move the first dance outside – this was a touch of genius 🙂

Following Ben and Lisa’s first dance, Ben danced this little gig, it lasted only a few seconds but apparently it has a lot of meaning so I thought I would include it.

and now before the last photo taken on the day, I just wanted to share 3 more pictures with you, The first two are of a couple of very cute kids, the third is a reflection shot.  The lad in all the pillows slept most of the way thru the wedding breakfast, the second lad I bumped into while walking around shooting venue photos following the wedding breakfast.

The before you know it, it was nearly 10pm and had gone dark,  Time for 1 more photo,

With the help of 4 very special people hand picked by Ben and Lisa, we took this.

Congratulations to Ben and Lisa, I hope the happiness you so clearly felt that day stays with you guys for the rest of your lives,  thanks for choosing us to be a part of your day,



David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
Phone 01299 250114
Mobile 07590076666

SarahJune 22, 2010 - 4:05 pm

This is a stunning album, and whever I see your pictures I honestly wish we had chosen a different photographer for our wedding. Well done to you lovely, you’re doing a grand job x

David PurslowJune 22, 2010 - 6:45 pm

Thanks Sarah, very nice of you to say so.


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