An Alice in Wonderland Themed Wedding

The Amazing Wedding of Hannah and Dave

A Beautiful Malvern Wedding

Hello there,

I had been waiting for the wedding of Hannah and Dave for so long it seems to me, from the very first time I met the couple I was really excited about this wedding.  First off although I will refer to it as a wedding technically it was an Humanist Ceremony.

This wedding is a prime example of the detail and planning brides put into their big day and why I feel its such an honor being asked to photograph it for them.  I remember talking to Hannah on the day itself and as you will see from the photos the attention to detail that she and Dave put in is amazing – one of the themes of the day was China Tea Cups and Hannah has spent 18 months visiting hundreds of antique shops tracking down individual cups and saucers for every guest.  There was a tie in with Up North the home to British Tea so hence the theme.

Its very rare indeed as a wedding photographer to come across something so totally different an something you have never seen before but Hannah pulled it off – her table plan was a HUGE home made paper machay tea pot with a REAL teabag at in the pot leading up to the persons name – each person took their name place and tea bag off the board to the table then after the wedding breakfast the catering staff went around with hot water and topped up everyone’s tea cup with their tea bag in it and made a delicious cup of tea – NEVER SEEN THAT BEFORE – EVER !

Because this wedding was so totally different the blog post is going to be a little different also – its going to be about details and people more than story telling – The wedding took place in the middle of a field, the couple were surrounded by their closest friends and family – the guests then partied away in the field and had the time of their lives.  It was a great wedding from a photography point of view, it was very relaxing, very pretty and full of great and interesting people.

So lets start telling the story

As you may well know I have a penchant for beautiful wedding dresses and Hannah’s was truly magnificent, it was by my favorite designer – Ian Stuart Bridal – You will also know I love my taking photos of wedding dresses and I have a bit of a reputation of going to any lengths to get good shots – It seems that I also have a reputation for hanging dresses in trees etc – well lets dispell that myth right now,

For Hannah’s dress shot I took it in the garden and hung it on a Pagola, not a tree 🙂 – I dont take dresses outside lightly however the  I was challenged to find a spot in the house that would do the dress justice – Mum’s living room was truly stunning and I could have shot it in the window which provided some of the best views across the Malvern’s I have ever seen but the lighting was just wrong – so I asked Hannah if she would mind me taking it outside – She chuckled and said she had a feeling I would be asking that question and was expecting it. – Without batting an eyelid she said yes – I am sure I could hear MUM’s jaw hit the floor and a huge gulp but Nikki and I treated the dress with all the respect and reverence such a beautiful garment demands and returned it in pristine condition !

As I was saying earlier Hannah planned everything and had a lot of hands on input into the wedding day –  right down to as we arrived she was making the bouquet’s and sorting out the flowers – not the most glamourous photo but one that captures the shear magnitude of the task in hand

while we shot the dress Hannah finished the flowers then started on her makeup – we try to keep out of the way for these moments and shoot them more like a fly on wall so while they may not be the most perfectly posed shots they are a true representationof what happened on the couples wedding day

Well before long it was time for Hannah to pop on that beautiful wedding dress – once she was in it, we went outside for a few shots – I used those beautiful views of the Malverns I was talking about as a background

Then it was time for Hannah to make her way to the field for the ceremony – For the trip she was being driven in one of Dad’s classic car’s – I used it to frame Hannah as she walked to the car

then it was off to meet up with the groom

Take a peek at this – HOW STUNNING is this wedding venue – it has to be the best wedding venue in Malvern IMHO

and just take a look at what the inside looked like – remember pretty much everything you see was done by Hannah, Dave and friends.

The Teapot I was talking about earlier

The name places

The tea cups !

DRINK ME !

The details were not limited to the inside alone, The Tie Dave wore was made specially for him  and I used this as a backdrop to photograph the rings on

and a few shots of Dave before Hannah arrived – here with his best man just chillin

something a little more formal

and here with the boys / escorts for the bridesmaids / ushers

and before long, the bridal car comes thru the gate carrying Hannah and her dad

Then its that magical time, the time where dad takes the bride, walks her down the aisle to meet the man of her dreams – I love the expression in the second photo – I which I knew what was going thru Hannah’s mind at this precise moment

and then the one of the most amazing weddings I have photographed in a very long time

Whenever I am photographing a wedding I always keep my eyes open for something out of the ordinary – and its often children that give you some great images (more kids shots in a little while) – with eveyrones attention on the reader here in this photo, I spotted this young man watching something happening over my shoulder – he was focused so intently on it that I just loved this photo

The balloons played a big part in the wedding and in the photos (as you will see in a while) but it was pretty windy so proved a little bit of a challenge but made for great photos – I kept thinking of The Prisoner TV show  for some reason 🙂  Then it was time for the big Kiss and the walk back down the aisle and for the party to begin !

Soon after this I snagged the couple for a few formal shots – well when I say formal I mean some of my more stylized or ‘signature’ type images – I loved this shot

Even dad was getting in on the action

and a few random shots of guests just having a good relaxing time and enjoying the day

And this has to be one of my favorite shots that dont include the bridal party from the day – This young man was a photographers dream – he loved the camera and followed me around for a good chunk of the day

and a few from the more formal photos taken on the day

The shot below was taken as I was taking the photo of the boys above – this was one of the reactions of one of the guests to seeing such a beefy bunch of guys in one place 🙂

Then it was onto the wedding breakfast followed by the speeches – as is becoming more and more popular the bride gave a speech, this year I have had 6 brides so far give speeches – something that is taking off I think.

The Best man’s Speech – I have to say this was one of the most entertaining speakers I have seen this year – he had all of the guests attention and got a huge bunch of laughs !

Then it was time for the slideshow followed by the first dance

As you may know (if your a regular visitor to my blog) but I use a lighting assistant for a lot of my wedding photography but generally dont try to get them in the shot – but I think the lights add to this photo

Then it was outside for a couple of special photos – the sun had set a long time ago and with using creative lighting I managed to pull of a couple of GREAT portraits of the couple – The balloons are back and as I said before I think they add something special to the photos

and that was it for us, our part of the day was over – it wast time to let the couple party till the small hours but I couldnt stop myself grabbing one final shot of the wedding venue – what an amazing day I had had, it was really really  fun.  Nikki and I talked about it all the way home and still talk about it to this day – this will always be our Alice in Wonderland Wedding (not that thats what Hannah was aiming for but it has that magical quality to it for us)

Well it just leaves me to say a HUGE congratulations to the happy couple, Hannah, Dave thanks much for choosing me to be a part of your big day – next time your organizing a party on this kind of scale – give me a bell ! – Enjoy married life guys you really rock !

Hope you have enjoyed this look at the wedding of Hannah and Dave,

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Worcestershire Wedding Photographer – Covering the whole of the UK
Phone : 01299 253844
Email: Studio@davidpurslow.com
Websitewww.davidpurslow.com

Richard MortimerAugust 26, 2011 - 11:49 am

Love the shot from inside the car. Excellent.

HannahAugust 28, 2011 - 7:38 pm

David

Wow – the shots look amazing and are only matched by your kind words!

We’re so glad that the dream of the wedding in a field translated from the depths of my imagination not only to our friends and family but also to our wonderful ‘contractors’.

We can’t wait to put the album together!

love Hannah and Dave xxx

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Engagement Photoshoot – My Secret Couple

Hey there,

On Tuesday this week I had a fabulous couple into the studio for an engagement photos for their wedding that is coming up soon – I dont want to give too many details away as they want to keep it a big surprise for their friends and family.

We used the grounds around the studio for the shoot which went fantastically well and produced some amazing images,  Naturally I am struggling to share them with you – However there is one I think I can get away with.

Worcestershire Wedding and Engagement Photography

Cant wait for their wedding which sounds like its going to be a lot of fun

short and sweet I know,

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Worcestershire Wedding Photographer – Covering the whole of the UK
Phone : 01299 253844
Email: Studio@davidpurslow.com
Websitewww.davidpurslow.com

Vanessa HeeleyAugust 30, 2011 - 8:12 pm

Hi David, love this picture!! Are any of the others ready for us to see yet?
Thanks!
Vanessa.
x

Pregnancy Portrait Photography

PLEASE NOTE:   We have just updated our PREGNANCY PORTRAITS WORCESTERSHIRE page

Something just a little different from me today, just one image.

This is from a recent session in my studio – I am currently working on images for the wall and have decided to have this printed as a HUGE acrylic – its going to be 32 inches across on jet black acrylic, it should look amazing.

Our studio is located in Hartlebury in Worcestershire and we offer a whole range of portraits including

any questions feel free to call the studio on 01299 253844

Enjoy.

Pregnancy Portrait Photography Midlands

Ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding / Portrait Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
Studio: 01299 253844

A Beautiful Wedding at The Swan Hotel Bibury

The Wedding of Shelley & Bassem

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to shoot the amazing wedding of Shelley and Bassem.  During out initial meeting I asked the couple where they were getting hitched, they said they were getting married at The Swan Hotel in Bibury in the Cotswolds.  I love Bibury, infact I love all of the cotswolds but The Swan is perfectly placed right on the river and makes for a truly spectacular wedding venue.  A few months later we had the engagement session on a beach which was great and I knew then that Shelley and Bassem would make for great photos.  They were so natural together and more importantly so in love, its really nice to see two people connecting on such an emotional level.

Anyway, back to the big day.  Shelley and Bassem were getting married outside in the garden at The Swan, this is so great as outdoor weddings in the UK are few and far between so it was a great experience  They also asked that we take a little time out to take advantage of the area to get a ‘few’ signature style images for the walls etc.

Take a peek at just how beautiful the Swan Hotel in Bibury looks

The Swan Hotel, Bibury, Cotswolds

As I pulled up I noticed to the left of the blue sign an open window, then all of a sudden, Shelley poked her head out and yelled me a big hello ! – It was quite funny because the room Shelley was in had an amazing view over Bibury but also of everyone coming to the hotel.  So with Shelley set about 8 feet back in the room she was safe from prying eyes yet she still had a great view of people arriving.  Later when the dress was going on we had to be careful to make sure no one saw, I wanted as much natural light because it makes for much better photos so we kept Shelley away from the window as much as possible and NO ONE saw her before the wedding.  Chalk one up for Shelley.

The inside of Shelley’s room

Getting married at the Swan Hotel Bibury

and Shelley sitting having hair and makeup done as I arrived

cotswolds wedding photography

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One of the reasons I love natural light is you can use it to create some great effects, I love this shot, Here Shelley’s makeup artist (amazing makeup artist) Heidi Herkes – www.heidirherkes.com was spraying body spray and then Shelley was walking through it.

wedding hair and makeup cotswolds

and the reaction to me snapping away like a made man – I took 5 shots in around 1/2 second to get the perfect patten of mist – Shelley feeling like she had been ‘Papped’ burst into laughter

bridal preparation photo

A short while later, Shelley was putting on her earrings when her grandmother arrived – I loved gran, she gave me a special wave but I cant put it on the website just incase it offends anyone 🙂 – in the slideshow however it got a great laugh.

black and white wedding photos

guests arriving for the wedding

well with a bunch of photos in the bag so to speak, I left the girls to a drink of bubbly and went out for  a few detail shots and to get pics of the garden which was just being setup.  I aked Shelley if I could take her engagement ring to grab a nice pic of it.  I love the little detail shots.

The garden at the Swan Hotel, Bibury – this is where the wedding service took place

the garden at the swan hotel bibury

then I went back up to Shelley’s room as time was getting close – Shelley was just putting on her dress and Mum and Nan were helping out.

bridal suite swan hotel bibury

bride getting ready for a cotswolds wedding

One of the people who kind of slide under the radar is usually the father of the bride, you always get some nice photos of Dad as its a very special day for him, but normally they dont make the blog, well today I thought I would share one with you.

father of hte bride

Then it was downstairs for the wedding, here I met up with Bassem who was looking very excited

and as the guests arrive, gran gives me another wave, this time I can show you 🙂

and then before you knew it, it was time for the bride to make her entrance – I love the features of the Swan hotel, directly opposite the gate to the garden is a doorway that looks like it came right out of  an old Greek mansion.

doorway at the swan hotel

bride walking down the aysle

and as Shelley is walking down the aisle I turned and grabbed a shot of Bassem looking totally awestruck by the appearance of his bride, I am sure I could see a tear in there somewhere

The Wedding

bibury wedding

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Getting married at the swan hotel

it really was the dream wedding, from a wedding photographers point of view, a stunningly beautiful bride, a good looking groom, amazing light, an out door wedding and the red carpet – simply stunning.

confetti shot

Shelley and Bassem didnt want too many formals (something I dont shoot a great deal of) but we had around a dozen or so, while taking a big group shot, this little lad decided he didnt want to be in the photo but rather than just run off to one side, he made a beeline for me – naturally I just kept snapping away – this is one of those happy accidents that you often get and its one of the reasons I LOVE weddings, you just cant script them.

unusual wedding photography

then after the formals, I left people to their own devices and just did a bit of reportage style shooting or as some people prefer to call it, Documentary style wedding photography.

The youngsters having a little fun

documentary wedding photographer

and I just love the intimacy of this image – Bassem and his mum

wedding photos in the garden of the swan hotel

Then while the guests had canapes and a few drinks, I took Shelley and Bassem off for 15 minutes to grab a few images around Bibury

Weddings at the Swan Hotel

bride and groom walking around bibury

cotswolds bridal portraits

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documentary wedding photography

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Then it was time for me to zip inside and shoot a few details before the guests when in for the wedding breakfast.

The Dining Room at The Swan Hotel

diningroom swan hotel

each table had amazing centerpieces

beautiful wedding flowers

Following the wedding breakfast were a few short speeches

After the speeches were finished the wedding party went outside while the staff at the Swan turned the place over and got it ready for the evening guests.  We had about an hour and during this time I grabbed the happy couple again for another 10 minutes of bridal portraits – this time it was getting close to dusk so the light was amazing.

The Bridge at Bibury

Here I should say a HUGE thanks to Bassem and Shelley for being such troopers – I asked Shelley if she minded being thrown over the bridge in her amazing wedding dress – dont try this at home folks !

wedding portraits gloucestershire cotswolds

and then this is the one I posted the other day and is one of my favorites from the whole day

amazing wedding photos

after we got back to the Swan, I snapped a few shots of couples and friends and workmates of the bride and groom

wedding guest photos

reportage wedding photographer

then before you knew it, it was time for the couples first dance as man and wife,

first dance wedding photo

first dance photos

first dance

My wedding photography covers Bridal Preparations to First dance PLUS 10 minutes – I always stick around for a couple of songs after the first dance, you get some great images of guests having fun

guests dancing at a wedding

wedding guests dancing

It just leaves me to say a HUGE congratulations to Bassem and Shelley.  Thanks for letting me be a part of your day, its such an honor to be chosen by a couple to capture the memories that will last them a lifetime.

I hope you have enjoyed this look at their day,

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
Studio Line:  01299 253844
Cell Phone: 0759 007 6666

A beautiful wedding at the Cleddau Bridge Hotel

The Wedding of Emily and Nick

Beach Wedding photos at Freshwater West

The Wedding of Nick and Emily took place at the Cleddau Bridge Hotel, Pembroke Dock in Pembrokeshire on glorious sunny day a few weeks ago.  I had been looking forward to this wedding for a long time, and it proved to be worth the wait.  Emily and Nick booked me almost 2 years ago for the wedding, we were supposed to do an engagement shoot but that never came off, but thats the good news – we are going to be doing a post wedding shoot, a trash the dress session rolling around in the ocean amongst other things – it seems christmas came early for this photographer.

The day started off very different for me, I met up with the boys for breakfast at the local weatherspoons in Haverfordwest.

Here comes the groom

Pembrokeshire Wedding Photographer

After a beer or two, the boys sat down for a nice big cooked breakfast

After a breakfast and a few photos I headed off to meet up with the bride (Emily)

The week before Emily had told me her wedding was an Ian Stuart, my favorite wedding dress designer.  When I got to Emily’s mum’s  house I had a good look around for the best place to photograph the dress however after hunting around I felt there was no where that did the dress justice,  so I asked if she minded if I take it outside for a few photos, I have a penchant for beautiful wedding dress photos and I think Emily’s is one of my favorite of all time – Everything was perfect, the weather, the location, the placement of the sun and the perfect place to hang it from.

beautiful ian stuart wedding dress

and here is the beautiful bride to be admiring her dress

Ian stuart wedding dress pembrokeshire

While the girls were doing the makeup and so on, I concentrated on a few detail shots and also a few shots of the boys, Emily’s day and so on who also happened to be at the house getting ready.

Wedding Ring close up photo

father of the bride and groomsmen
Then it was time for Emily to get dresses,  HALF joking (honest) I suggest she get dressed in the garden since we had already shot the dress shot there, I was bowled over when she said okay, so there we were in the garden, the girls holding this beautiful dress up in the air for Emily to climb into

Bride putting on Ian Stuart Wedding Dress

Beautiful bridal portrait

Fine Art Wedding Photography

West Wales wedding photography

From here we jump forward a little, there are so many great photos to share with you and not enough time so its right off to the wedding itself, well a couple of grab shots from the wedding at least.

During a break in the ceremony, just before a reading, I noticed that the bride and groom where holding hands and smiling at each other, I got ready because the hairs on the back of my neck (yes no hair on my head but a few on my neck) I just had a feeling something special was going to happen – then Nick just gave Emily a tender little kiss on her hand, I think this is a beautiful photo – I just love the intimacy of this picture, I think it captures the love these guys share with each other so much.

cleddau bridge wedding photography

Helen my assistant was at the back of the room and while she was scanning for someone to grab, she saw this young man looking a little board and trying to watch her – Great capture and one of the reasons I love working with an assistant.

cleddau bridge pembrokeshire wedding venue

Then in the blink of an eye, the wedding was over and it was time for a quick few signing photos before we all headed outside.

Right after the wedding Emily, Nick, Helen and myself jumped into our car and we took off for the beach.  The week before when we met up, Nick and Emily decided they wanted to invest a little time in popping off to one of pembrokeshire’s amazing beaches for a few photos –  It was a tough decision and one that Emily still hadnt decided before the wedding – Whichever way the couple had decided we would have ended up with cracking photos – it was the perfect day for photographs.

But lucky for me, Emily decided that it was a good idea to head  off to the beach, Freshwater West Beach for some wedding photos. – Hope you like them !!!!!

pembrokeshire beach wedding photos

beach wedding photography pembrokeshire

getting married on the beach wales

newlyweds on the beach at freshwater west Pembrokeshire

Then Emily decided it was play time !

beautiful bridal beach portrait pembrokeshire west wales

and then Nick came back in, took Emily in his arms, gave her a big kiss and cuddle

Kissing couple on beach

west wales wedding photography on the beach

creative wedding photography

Then before we knew it, it was time to leave the beach and head back, naturally I got a few more shots as the happy couple made their way back up the beach

I am actually going to mix up timings just a little here, because after the beach it was straight back to the Cleddau Bridge Hotel then they pretty much went right into the wedding breakfast and speeches followed by a few more photos outside, but I want to end at the Cleddau Bridge so lets start off with a few pics taken after dinner.

Everyone !

wedding photos cleddau bridge hotel

The Boys

wedding photos at the cleddau bridge hotel

Nick and his Mum

wedding photos at the cleddau bridge

and here Emily is spending a little quality time with one of the younger guests on the day, Nick better watch out, Emily loves children and it was so evident in the care and attention she gave them all day – beautiful to see and I am sure in years to come these will be special photos for these youngsters.

wedding photography at the Cleddau Bridge Hotel Pembrokeshire

And one final one before we head inside for the speeches photos

Nick and Emilys Wedding at the Cleddau Bridge Hotel

In a little break from tradition Emily gave a speech which had the bridesmaids in tears and the guests in fits of laughter, whilst this was going on, like a Ninja I crept around the room snapping away to capture some of the emotion and fun of the day.

Emily and Nicks wedding photos

crying bridesmaids

and while Nick was giving his speach, Emily and his new Mother In Law keep a close eye on him 🙂

Then after the speeches it was time for the cutting of the cake, I held back as we had taken one earlier in the day, and I wanted to mix it up a little – with around 110 people gathered  around its probably a good job

Once that was over, it was time for the night time to get into full swing, so the couple took to the dance floor for their first dance during which time I played with getting some different and unusual first dance photos – naturally I took the standard ones as well but I always like to try different things, to mix it up a little, and from time to time when you do you get a few shots like this……

Well at this stage we had been there for around 14 hours or so – we started to pack away our gear, Helen went to grab the car and when she came back in she mentioned it was a great sunset – I quickly dumped all the gear in the car and Helen ran off to find the bride and groom – we took them to over look the water so the sun would be behind them and managed to grab the last two photos of the day.

sunset wedding photography

sunset at the cleddau bridge hotel pembrokeshire

Congratulations to Emily and Nick on an amazing wedding day, we could easily have stayed all day it was one of those kinds of weddings – totally amazing !

Hope you have enjoed this look at the wedding of Emily and Nick.

Take care,

more soon

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
Studio Line: 01299 253844
Cell Phone: 0759 007 6666

West Yorkshire Wedding PhotographerSeptember 11, 2011 - 10:52 am

Stunning photos! All so well lit. Great work.

Trash the dress wedding photographerOctober 3, 2011 - 10:18 am

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