Wanted Jaguar XKR / XK8 / Aston Martin

Hi there David here from www.davidpurslow.com

Yesterday I confirmed a booking for an event taking place at RAF Broady in Haverfordwest on the 11th of July 2009 – The event is taking place in the late afternoon / evening.

They asked me if I knew anyone with either an Aston Martin or a Jaguar XKR / XK8

They  dont need to drive or move it, they just need it to be a show piece for a couple of hours – and it would be helping out a good cause……..

If you have one of these and are willing to donate it for a few hours, (sure we can arrange a few beers / cokes etc) then please call me ASAP on 01437 779412 or 0759 007 6666

Many thanks

dp

The wedding of Llinos and Eurig

Hello there, David here from David Purslow Photography – West Wales Wedding Photography – www.davidpurslow.com

BEFORE I START

This post is VERY different to my normal post because for the first time EVER, I could not make a wedding.  Following my mums heart attack etc I had to be in the midlands the day before the wedding of Llinos and Eurig and would not be able to get back for the wedding.

One question prospective brides always ask me is “what happens if you cant make the wedding or your get sick etc”  Until now my answer has been in all the years I have been shooting weddings I have never missed one and dont plan on it but if ever it did happen, I have a good group of fellow photographers that would drive to the ends of the earth to help me out and visa verse. – WELL GUESS WHAT.

I had known about 10 days before that I needed to be in the midlands the day before Llinos and Eurig’s wedding and called them and emailed them right away and proposed that I use an alternative photographer – I showed them some of Tims work and they happily agreed.

When I said that the photographers would drive to the ends of the earth to make sure David Purslow Photography (as a company) never misses a wedding I was not kidding.  Poor old Tim lives the totally other side of the country in Debenham in Suffolk.  Tim’s company is called Tim Driver Photographer and his website is located at www.driverphotography.co.uk

So Tim actually set off Thrusday evening and completed his journey on Friday.  He went to visit with Llinos and Eurig (who he had spoken to before hand) and get the lay of the land.  This was also an all Welsh speaking wedding so would prove a little more challenging for Tim thatn a normal wedding – in terms on knowing the the bride and groom are going to kiss etc…..

Well Tim did a fantastic job and has received many plaudits from everyone from the vicar to the bride and groom – Tim’s photos had the bride in tears (OF JOY) when she saw them.

I think the bit Tim did not realize is that after the wedding he had to write the David Purslow Blog – My wedding story 🙂

So this is it in Tim’s Own words.

THE WEDDING OF LLINOS AND EURIG

Photography by Tim Driver Photography & Post Productions by David Purslow Photography.

Hi – Tim here from www.driverphotography.co.uk – I’m writing this guest blog post for David as I photographed Llinos and Eurig’s wedding last week  as he had urgent family commitments, and had to be in the midlands.

I travelled to West Wales from Ipswich on the friday morning and had arranged to meet with the couple in the afternoon, and was given a tour of the locations for the wedding the next day so after a night on Davids floor I set off early to meet Llinos at the house beforehand.

I could not beleive the I was being offered sandwiches at 8am !! before anyone had started to get ready

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The dress was beautiful and I could not resist a shot with the shoes in the foreground

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There were loads of wedding related items in the house which kept me busy before Llinos started getting ready, then the girls started on the Bubbly !!

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I had a good trip to the chapel at (WAITING FOR NAME FROM B&G) – thank goodness for satnav !!

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The boys arrived in a bright Red Mk2 escort Rally car – which was absolutely immaculate and made for some great pictures

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Llinos arrived shortly afterwards and looked very beautiful.

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The Chapel itself was great full of light and although I did not understand a word of the ceremony managed to get some good pictures of the events.

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Following the wedding we headed off just down the road to Cenarth Falls for a few nice bridal portraits next to the water falls.

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Then it was off to the reception at  The Castell Malgwyn Hotel – wow a great venue – we dont have many like this in Suffolk as soon as we arrived the wedding cake was cut and distributed to be washed down with lashings of bee !!

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Then I had my fun a chance to photograph the couple, rally car and fantastic grounds.

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During this time the boys from the Rugby club had had some more beer and found a space  to play with their balls.

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There was a great meal and more speeches than I have ever seen at a wedding – its amazing how wedding traditions vary across the UK.

Soon after the wedding breakfast a van pulled up outside with a hog roast on a trailor behind, it was amazing how quickly the smell attracted a crowd of willing volunteers to try out some crackling – And I’m pleased to say it did taste great.

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The party soon moved indoors eith the first dance and a live band which soon had a large crowd onto the dancefloor.

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I would love to take this opportunity to thank everbody at the wedding especially Llinos and Eurig for making me so welcome, The warmth and the fun of the big crowd shone through and I had a really great day. I really hope these pictures will be treasured for years to come.

To end the night off I took the couple outside for just one more photo and what a way to end the album.

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Thanks
Tim

www.driverphotography.co.uk

DAVID HERE

I would like to thanks Tim from the bottom of my heart for covering this wedding for me – naturally the next time we go out dinner is on me – If you looking for a wedding photographer prepared to travel all over the UK, Tim is your man – be sure to visit his fantastic website at http://www.driverphotography.co.uk

So if you ever wondered what happend if your photographer cant make it – if you choose a professional he will have cover arranged !

Ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding & Portrait Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
David@davidpurslow.com
Phone: 0759 007 6666 – 01437 779412

Or visit my blog at http://www.davidpurslow.com/blog (ooops your hear already)

Codsall, Wolverhampton and Birmingham Wedding Photography – Isabel & Phil

Hello there, David (dp) here from www.davidpurslow.com – If you found this blog entry via the search engines, I am a wedding photographer based out of Hartlebury in Worcestershire, right on the border of Birmingham  and The West Midlands.  Click here to visit my wedding photography in the west midlands, birmingham, staffordshire and worcestershire website – Anyway enough about me, on with the important stuff – Isabel and Phil’s Wedding.

I am just about caught up now as this was one of my weddings in May 2009 – I was recommended to the couple by another photographer and did most of our inital bookings over the internet and the phone (about normal for me a good 60 – 70% come from outside of Wales)

So after visiting Isabel and Phil in Birmingham a few weeks ago I was all excited.  The plans Isabel laid out made the day sound magical and both Phil and Isabel are a very good looking couple and I knew they would make for amazing wedding photos.  Isabel told me she was going to do most of the preparation herself and to expect a good mixture of people with friends and family from as far away places as Chile and Norway this was going to be a big day.

I arrived at the house on a gorgeous day, very sunny which can be a bit of a nightmare for photographers especially  if the bride is in a white dress but thats just part of the job and we just have to deal with it.  I always like to take pictures that tell a story and each blog entry is a little different, this one is all about the people who made the wedding, the effort the bride put into the day and the love and joy of the couple.

The shot I am opening up with is a dress shot, it was not the first pic of the day, I always like to shoot a few bride photos first to get her used to me being there but on wondering around the house looking for spots to shoot, I found the wedding dress hanging up – It looked AMAZING and I knew Isabel would look stunning in it – I could not wait for the day to start.

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So remember when I said that Isabel would be doing all the flowers herself, I thought that was because she had done stuff like this before – NOPE – As you can see from the following two photos, Isabel is a remarkable girl, armed with a few flowers, wire and a guide book she set about creating the buttonhole flowers- I forget what they are called.

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Well the guide books didn’t stop there.  I don’t really know Isabel and Phil so I am only guessing here and doing so by adding up a few things Isabel said to me on the day but I dont believe Isabel is the kind of girl who wears makeup every day – I am saying this because again when it was makeup time, she pulled out a book on applying makeup – this amazed me and also showed me with a little determination and the right guide books and information you really can do anything you set your mind to.

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That shot just tickles me pink – its probably my favorite photo of 2009 so far, Isabel was so calm and just getting on with things – amazing.

So once I got over the shock of that, I shot a few ‘arty’ pictures as well – I like to vary the photos I take and never use a shot list and never just shoot the same stuff time and time again. – Inspired by Jerry Gihonis (one of the worlds top wedding photographers) I shot this picture – I say inspired by JG because of something I saw on one of his training videos – it was the way he used the daylight behind the subject to blow out to white and create a lovley wraparound light around the bride.

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I also love the shot below because its something I struggled to capture – If you visit my website you see I try to INTERFERE in the wedding as little as possible and thats why 85 % of of what I shoot is true candid or reportage wedding photography – I don’t direct my couples when shooting, I might give a little direction before I shoot a bunch of photos but apart from a few formals I just capture YOUR day as it unfolds. – I say struggled because I was wanting to get a detail shot of the hair pin, I was using a longer lens to throw the background out of focus so the pin was the main focus but naturally Isabel was doing her eye makeup at this time so her head never stayed still – Since I was using manual focusing I kept missing the shot but persevered  and after about 8 shots I got what I wanted.

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Just at as I grabbed this shot I turned to my right and saw the sister of the groom sitting on the bed looking over at Isabel with a really proud and loving look on her face so still using the big lens I snapped this shot – This is another shot I love as the natural light streaming thru the windows creates a lovely soft quality to the photo.

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One of the things  I talk about on my website is how wedding photography covers all aspects of photography in general and this is why I love shooting weddings so much – NO wedding is ever the same and you always get fantastic opportunities to take great shots that will MEAN something to your clients.  The next photo is just such a picture, its one of the couples children and I had to lay down on the floor to grab this shot – but it was worth it – This picture was taken while Isabel was a few feet away doing the flowers I showed you earlier.

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And while we are on the subject of kids photos, I just LOVE these two following pictures to bits – Again these are tru reportage photos and in the second one you can just see my fingers on the camera but there was no way to get the photo without this happening.

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So at about this point the bride was just about to start getting dressed so I dissapeared for a while and found the groom downstairs just getting ready to leave for the church – I snagged a good few photos of the Phil the groom with his groomsmen in the back garden and rather than talk you thru each one (lets face it, you can figure these out) I will only comment on ones I had did setup.

I love establishing shots and in this first one it shows off the house and the fountain and where it is in relation to the house – this was important because to make the closeup’s have meaning you need to know that the fountain is an integral part of the garden and not just some random fountain somewhere.

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The closeup

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So once I got the standard photos you have to have, it was dp playtime – I wanted to make the most of the grounds and the time we had so shot a few posed photos that I setup and directed – these shots take alittle more time and eat into the grooms time with his buddies but as I say to them on the day they are so worth it for what you get back in return.

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In the next shot I positioned the groomsmen around Phil and had them turn away from me, then I had Phil look off into the distance and adjust his tie – it came out great !

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and since we had a few minutes left before they left for the church I got them doing a little bit of exercise 🙂

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The boys then left for the church and Isabel came out into the garden for a few shots, to be honest with you there are SO MANY great shots that I wont show you them all but this one is one of my favorites – again shot with a really long lens Isabel and her daughter went off for alone time in the garden – I think this is where she found out she looked like a princess because her expression is priceless.

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pretty much after this shot I left for the church myself – I was really looking forward to this as it was the first of my weddings in Codsall this year, Codsall is just outside of Wolverhampton which is MILES from my home but as I said above I offer wedding photography for the whole of the UK.

The church itself looked like a picture postcard, its St Nicholas Church Codsall, nr Wolverhampton.

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So with only a few minutes to go before he became a married man, here Phil is chillin with a few of the guests and looking pretty calm

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Then for some more surreal moments – Here is a shot of Isabel WALKING to her wedding – thats correct the bride walked to the church

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and here are a few shots from inside the church during the service.

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and I love this shot, taken from the back of the church, I noticed the flowers looking amazing and threw the couple out of focus but made sure I took it while they were both in the picture. – The flower is the main concentration of the picture here – I always shoot the flowers but generally dont post them on my blog – but I do now 🙂

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Since this is turning into a big blog post I am going to skip over the recessional and the confetti shots and share with you a coupe of pictures at the back of the church.  The bride and groom wanted some romantic and dramatic photos at the back of St Nicholas Church as it was a special spot and as I always say, whatever the bride wants on her wedding day, If I can do it, she can have it – so as soon as we left the church we RAN around the back to quickly shoot a few pictures and have a few minutes of alone time !

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Then the couple jumped into Phil’s Gleaming red MG Midget sports car and headed off to Birtchfield School for the reception.

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And what a fantastic setting the reception was

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Upon arrival the guests were met by the lovely Ruth – the head’s wife – Ruth took GREAT care of me duing my time shooting reception and made sure the guests wanted for nothing.

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The reception itself took place inside a marquee in the grounds.

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The bride and groom cut the cake pretty early into the day as it was a cheese cake or 3 or 4, and the light the marquee provided made for great shots of the cake cutting.

During the speeches I stalked the guests with my long lens from outside of the marquee and shot thru the windows so most people did not know I was even taking the photos.  Here is a shot of the father of the groom during the grooms speech

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One of the family members shoots weddings on video from time to time so was there capturing the day – I managed to get a good few shots of him as I figured that he might get missed in the other photos as he would be taking video himself.

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Following the speeches the night time kicked off with the first dance – here are a couple of photos from Isabel and Phil’s first dance.

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and last but not least the group shot.

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All that is left is for me to wish Isabel and Phil all the best and to thank them for choosing me to be a part of their special day – it really was a magnificent wedding with perfect weather conditions – Enjoy your new life together, all the best dp

If your new to David Purslow Photography I hope you have enjoyed looking at these photos – They are also on facebook and my facebook name is david purslow so friend me if you would like to tag people in the photos and I will add you right away.

Available for Weddings in Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Birmingham, The West Midlands, Oxfordshire

and all over the UK and Wales including Pembrokeshire, Swansea & Cardiff

Ciao for now

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
0845 269 8912
0759 0076666
david@davidpurslow.com

Andrea & Mike’s Wedding

Hello there everyone, David here from www.davidpurslow.com – I am back in the land of the living and have a little catch up to do on my blog. Over the next week or so I have a whole host of weddings to post as well as some portraits etc – I have been running back and forth to the midlands but am now happy to report everything is going great up that way.

Okay onto Andrea & Mikes wedding which took place a few weeks ago. Andrea is a good friend of my wife Nikki and I was honored when they asked me to photograph their wedding. I knew it was going to be a great wedding with such a good looking couple and with them having their wedding reception at the Plas Hyfryd Hotel in Narberth Pembrokeshire. This was the first of my weddings at Plas Hyfryd this year and one I was really looking forward to – The day turned out FANTASTIC and the weather could not have been kinder to the couple.

As I am sure you will know if you stalk my blog, one of my favorite parts of the day is the bridal preparation and there are many reasons for this but the main 2 are first the groom never gets to see this special part of the day and the second reason is the bride really gets used to me being around and makes for first class wedding pictures later in the day.

So I arrived early in the morning at Andrea’s mums house and before I could even get in the door, a cup of tea was thrust in my hands – this is a great start to the day and one that makes for a very happy photographer – I set my tea to one side and start to hunt out the bride (I often refer to the bride and groom and the mother of the bride as just that so no offence is ment, it makes it easier for me when typing thats all) – I found Andrea sitting in the dining room already being pampered – The make up lady was a new one to me and is another friend of Andrea’s – because of this I went to town on the makeup pictures but boy o boy was it worth it.

Take a peek at these

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The makeup lady worked overtime that morning because as you will see shortly Andrea had 6 bridesmaids, herself and her mum all to be done.

Here is another candid of one of the bridesmaids getting ready

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While all the girls were getting ready I (with permission) sneaked around the house and snapped a few detail shots – these included all the bridesmainds dresses and the two flowergirls dresses also – but I wont show you that, instead I will show you a shot I took when I saw the dresses all in a line  – they made for an interesting pattern and one that could be a background for a page in the storybook wedding album.

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and a few shots of the brides wedding dress – I have to say this dress looked stunning on the hanger let alone once the bride put it on – I took lots of detail shots because the dress is really pretty (I wonder if I can get Andrea to do a Trash the Dress ?)

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I also took this down time to shoot a few other detail type photos, I love to play when at weddings and if I cant shoot the bride and groom I just find other interesting details that make up the day and start snapping away till I can get my hands back on the B&G

I had asked Andrea for her engagement ring knowing I always like to shoot a few pictures of it and for this shot I placed it with her perfume bottle – this is not a detail shot of the perfume bottle I took them also but this is an engagement ring photo

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and last but not least I found the flowers and shot a few closeups of them – I was just loving the natural daylight that was streaming thru the windows that day, I knew the light would make my photos look good 🙂

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So once I was happy I got my detail shots I went back downstairs and found the bride almost finished with her makeup and right next to her was her darling little girl Ella (need to check the spelling with mrs P but she is fast asleep in bed so thats a job for tomorrow !)

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I remember when looking thru my camera and down the lens what amazing eyes Ella has.

Time was ticking along at a good pace now and the wedding cars started to arrive, I was pretty excited by this because one of the cars is the wedding car that Elizabeth Taylor used to get married to Richard Burton.

Here are the cars in all their glory – this was the brides car

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The MOB (mother of the bride) – This is the Liz Taylor car

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And the car for the bridesmaids – this car was super sweet !

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So with it almost time to leave, it only left one thing to do, pop the bride into her dress

Mum helped do it up and that was no easy task let me tell you – I love the look in Andrea’s face here, its the look most brides get when the suddenly realize that they are actually getting married in a very short while – This is one of the photos I think the grooms really need to see and one of the pictures that capture the emotions of your wedding day.

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Followed by a quick bridal portrait – I love bridal portrait photography, I would have liked to do a few shots outside but we were running out of time so I snagged this one in the bedroom.

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and the finishing touch, the perfume

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Since there are some great shots of the bride and groom later, I decided to skip the shots of the groom at the church on the blog, I took them am just skipping them for the time being here.

So here we are at the church with a couple of shots, first a shot inside the wedding car with Andrea and her dad, then Andrea’s dad walking her into the church

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Inside the church I did my normal range of photos throughout the service and again am skipping most of them as I want to share with you some of the more interesting photos from the couples day.

Here is the high alter shot

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Then we jump to the signing of the register photos and I love this one as its part wedding photography and part family portrait photography.

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and while I was at the back of the church I noticed this – and NO, its not a case of the fat boy spotting the food – its a tradition in Wales, these are Welsh Cakes

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and YES they tasted as good at they looked 🙂

Okay, we jump to outside now for a couple of the formal’s – I love these photos as they show off just how nice a location the bride and groom had picked to get married at….

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following the formals it was all into the car’s and the guests all left for the Hotel Plas Hyfryd in Narberth for the wedding rectption but secretly I took Andrea and Mike around town for a few photos and alittle bit of quality alone time – by the time we got to the first location (Narberth Castle) the bride and groom had finished the bottle of champaign that had been given to them in the car – this made for even more co-opertive photography subjects as if that was possible.  Andrea and Mike made for fantastic clients and ones who valued getting something a little different in terms of wedding photography.

So we arrived at Narberth Castle and the bride and groom go off and play for a while – with a little direction from me 🙂

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From the castle we jump back into the cars and then drive off to a fantastic little resturante called The Carreg which is owned by a friend of mine – Ian had said we could do some photos around the place so we stopped there for a few minutes, we were now cutting it close to the sitdown time at the Plas Hyfryd but we had 15 minutes.

This is at the front of the alley to the courtyard there

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Then we darted around back where the enclosed courtyard coffee bar is located and supprised a load of people having lunch and coffee behind the resturante

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after this it was a mad dash to the Plas Hyfred country hotel just down the road

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And while the guests (Nikki and I were invited guests but I wanted to be out of the room as I did a slideshow presentation in the evening and I needed computer time) ate dinner I offloaded my pictures from the first half of the day and then built a slide show of around 150 photos to run for the evening guests.  I also took the chance to scout locations for a few more interesting photos after dinner.

The next photo is really an outtake photo but I JUST HAD to include it – during the speech of the father of the bride I noticed flames !!!!! coming from Mikes general area – Thats right flames ! – well if you take a peek at the picture Mike got his speach a little too close to the candels on the table and pooof up it went – this made for some interesting adlibbing during his actual speach – I dont know if it was planned or not but it made for a fantastic few monents of laughter etc……

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WELL DONE MIKE !

well after the speeches I took Mike and Andrea off for a few more alone pictures and I just LOVE this one, taken on the spiral staircase in the hotel

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Then it was the cutting of the cake shots

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and something a little bit different for the boys to end off the formal side of the photography – by now the guys were pretty ‘merry’ to say the least so when I suggested they sit up on the wall over a 12ft drop they were all up for it and even trying to push each other off ! – again I like this shot, its something different and its an actual moment not a staged, posed photo that has no special meaning.

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Yes this was an amazing wedding and a very special day. I want to wish Andrea and Mike all the best and to say thank you for choosing me to be a part of your big day, it means a lot to me when people choose me, it means even more when friends and family choose me !

To end things off, the obligatory first dance photo

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Enjoy

Ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
01437 779412
0759 0076666
david@davidpurslow.com

Available for Weddings and Portraits in South Wales, West Wales, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigionshire, Cardiff, Swansea and the UK !!!

busy, busy, busy, babies and parents and weddings and life…..

Hey everyone hows it going ?

Okay, a little update, Soukie is doing great and I hope to get another chance at some more photos soon but I am busy as hell at the moment. I am still making mad dash trips up and down to the Midlands to visit mum following her heart attack for for the impending operation she needs. Family life is getting interesting with Soukie turning 2 weeks old today. Joshua is a little superstar and has settled back into his routine which is a god send and one we are very greatful of. Nikki’s mum spend the past 2 weeks with us and I dont know how we would have managed without here, she really is the best mother in law a guy could possibly want – thanks mum xx

I have a couple of weddings still to post and hope to get the previews up in the next week or so, the brides have seen their photos its just the blog that is falling a little behind so I will get them up and keep you posted on that soon.

********** BREAKING NEWS *************

remember I was talking about a new super duper album that I have had made – well it arrived today from the states. I cant take photos of it yet and post them because I am keeping its unveiling for the up coming wedding fair at the Diplomat Hotel in Llanelli on the 28th of June, 1 day before my birthday !

SO IF YOU WANT TO BE THE FIRST TO SEE THIS AMAZING ALBUM – THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE UK THEN EITHER CALL ME TO ARRANGE A PRE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKING MEETING (COME SEE ME ABOUT YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY) OR SAVE THE 28TH OF JUNE AND COME ALONG TO THE WEDDING FAIR AT THE DIPLOMAT HOTEL – FULL DETAILS OF HOW TO GET THERE – Best Western Diplomat Hotel, Felinfoel, LLANELLI, Carmarthenshire, UK SA15 3PJ

I just booked an appointment to see a 2010 bride called Caroline and she will be the first to see the new album – I actually took the call while typing this update so I am excited to see what she thinks – its a real talking point.

Take care, more soon

ciao

dp