Hello there, David here from www.davidpurslow.com
This will be a quicker than normal posting as I have just got back online and am WAY behind on posting updates.
The wedding of Mari and Jo took place a few weeks ago and had all the elements thrown in to make for a very interesting day. This was my second wedding in a couple of months to take place at Cleddau Church. This is one of my favorite churches as its so pretty from the outside and inside its very moody which is great for photos. Mari and Jo have been great customers, they are the kind of customer a photographer loves to work with, very easy going, a good looking couple, a ‘different’ kind of reception venue and a sit down dinner to die for.
Before I start talking about the day I just want to thank Jo (Giuseppe) to give him his real name and Mari for the little present I got at the wedding. For longer weddings, ones where I am going to be there all day, I do ask my clients to provide me with a meal, I dont expect much and am happy being dumped somewhere out of the way while the wedding party and guests enjoy there dinner, Well on this occasion I was seated at one of the tables and eveyrone at each table got a little present, it was a genuine slate coaster with there name engraved on it. These come from The Slate Workshop ( www.slate-workshop.co.uk) and it now proudly sits next to my keyboard as I type. – Thanks guys !
Okay, Mari and Jo shot off on Honeymoon quickly after the wedding so before they went I picked out a random selection of images and sent them over to them, the images I am going to post today are the same images. I have not selected them for posting on the blog so the story will not be up to what it should be but time is against me here, as its been weeks since the wedding and I wanted to get some new images up – I will come back to this post once I design the album and update it then.
So for the first photo of the day, is a totally unstaged pic, I always like bride mirror shots or bride reflection shots as some people call them. The idea is simple, a photo of a bride looking in a mirror, well when I walked into the bedroom at the house, Mari had already started having here makeup done, while I was pulling my cameras out, I noticed a little makeup mirror on the window sill and it had a perfect reflection of Mari just sitting there, so once I was ready to go, this was my first picture of the day ! – a really nice bridal makeup shot to start thigs off !
The reason I say the reception venue was strange is that on first glace it looks like the inside of a Marquee however this is actually the inside of Mari’s Dad’s Shop / converted Cow Shed – The Marquee was put up INSIDE and as it turns out it was a great idea as that night there were Huge Winds and torrential rain !
I also took a couple of cake photos (if you look carefully at the pic above you will notice that one of the flowers is missing off the cake) during this time, but this was before the whole setup was complete !
I love wedding cakes and love to photograph wedding cakes, no cake ever seems like the next and its one part of the day that seems really personal to the couple – TIP – I always shoot the cake cutting photos before the guest enter the reception venue, that way the couple look there best and you dont have 30 people all trying to take the same photo and spoiling your light !
All the above shots were taken pretty early in the day, from here I went to the church and started to take pics of the guests arriving
First to arrive were “The Boys”
I love taking Portrait type photos at weddings, detailed people photos, snap shots if you like of guests at the wedding, Why ? I dont really know but I like using longer lenses and snagging a few photos of people who dont really know they are being photographed, you see the best in people at weddings and you can always spot those who are totally relaxed and just enjoying they day, take a look at this chap, I dont know who he is apart from a guest at the wedding, but he was sitting there, watching the day go by without a care in the world – I just love the tranquil feeling in this picture
and then this young lady arrived, and it reminded me why I LOVE wedding photography – its because weddings bring the families together, generations of them, from near and far.
Here is Mari’s Dad walking here down the isle
Here are a couple from the back of the church
and then one when I got a little closer
After the wedding, we setup for the confetti shot, I have about a dozen different images from the confetti shot but love the look of the hand here, naturally for the couples album, I will use one without the hand but I liked the pic and since its one of the ones sent to Mari an Jo before the honeymoon, it gets posted on the blog !
As I type this I am starting to remember lots about the day, thats the power of photos. In the group shot below this was being taken from an upstairs bedroom window, the window was propped open by a mop handle as it was an upwards and outwards opening window and it had just started to POUR with rain, the second I took this picture everyone ran for cover ! If you look at the top few mm’s of the photo about 1/3 of the way from the right hand side, you can seet he mop trails haning down !
We had to do the group shots inside in one corner of the ‘Marquee’ but thats what wedding photography is all about, being able to adapt to the situation, no wedding is the same as another wedding and each wedding has its own little mini drama’s – you either go witht he flow or let them turn into major headach’s which I was not about to do – Yes the images need a little bit of work in Photoshop but thats all part of the fun !
and then one of my favorite parts of the night the first dance, this is where I get to play at being creative as you never know what the lights will look like till the dj turns them on !
Well thats the selection of images I picked out to send Mari and Jo before they went away on honeymoon. I really would have loved to have the time to choose a more ‘blog friendly’ set of photos as this wedding had it all – from the most original way of identifying each table to pasta decorations for each table, A dinner that lasted almost 3 1/2 hours to the new custom I learned that takes place in Italy – the glass tapping custom but more about that when I post the album pictures.
I hope you enjoyed the images and the story – more soon and BOY its great to be back