Hello there, David here from www.davidpurslow.com
Oh, what a day and what a wedding. I have been looking forward to this weeding for months, ever since I first received an email asking if I was available as the couple were getting married at St Davids Cathedral, St David’s in Pembrokeshire West Wales.
Sarah and Peter found me through the internet, something that is happening more and more. We arranged to meet up on one of there trips to Pembrokeshire so they could look through wedding albums and my portfolio. I instantly took a liking to both Sarah and Peter and knew this would be a fun wedding to shoot – I was not disapointed !
I have to say right off the bat that I had to work my socks off on this one, it was a very intimate wedding and the whole wedding party was under 20 people so out with tradition and time to get a little creative. I got the impression that Sarah and Peter were not after your typical traditional wedding album and wanted something that actually captured the magic of the day.
This was my first of my weddings at St Davids Cathedral this year and I was preying for great weather and as it turned out, it seems someone was listening, we had fantastic weather for wedding photos.
Anyway, I arrived at the house just before 9:00 am to shoot a few pictures of Sarah getting ready. Being such a gracious hostess I instantly was offered and made a cup of tea, and started setting up my cameras for the days shooting. One of the things I noticed while I drank my tea and chatted with “Mum” was the house is full of photos and its obvious that photographs are important to Peter and Sarah. I knew I had to do good, so lets hope they like them.
I always like to show you something a little different each time I post up a wedding preview, this time I have a couple of bridal prep shots only, the first photo here shows Sarah just after she slipped into her wedding dress.
I only used a little bit of flash in the living room as (if you look at the shadows of the chairs) the room has great natural light coming in from the outside thru nice big windows and french doors. I asked Sarah to stand so she was facing the window light as I love to mix my light sources as I find “God” light to be so nice if its diffused a little.
I love to shoot mirror shots and hope this one works – the mirror was pretty high but I think that add’s to the image – Again Sarah herself is lit mainly by window light (her face) and the flash is filling in the foreground.
As you can see, the space to “work” in was limited however I am very pleased with the images we pulled out of the 20 minutes I had before I had to shoot off to the Cathedral. In the photo below, in the right hand top corner you can see the big windows I was talking about. Normally I have a few shots I always like to stage and make sure I capture, one being the perfume being put on. As I turned around, Sarah was already applying her perfume (and it was lovely) so I quickly grabbed a couple of images – I shot 4 in total but love the way this one turned out – the lighting is just so dreamy to me.
From here I moved off to Saint Davids Cathedral to hopefully get a parking spot – Yes I got one !!!! – happy days. I wanted to shoot an establishing shot of the Cathedral as I think it was an important part of the day. I shot the following image with a 12-24 mm Nikon lens on the Nikon D3 camera. I only point that out as it was a very wide photo to get it all in and I am very please with it.
Now came a tough decision do I wait outside or grab a few shots of the groom inside before the bride arrives. Well I had asked Sarah this before hand and she wanted a few shots of Peter waiting around for her looking all apprehensive so thats what I did – as it happens a family member waited outside and shot some great photos of Sarah arriving so she got the best of both worlds.
I have got so many great photos of the inside of the Cathedral that I wont bore you with them here – Sarah and Peter got married in a little side chapel as the BBC were getting ready for a Music Festival in the main Hall.
Here are the last moments of Sarah being a single girl, here she is just about to walk into the chapel.
and here they are together, Sarah and Peter.
I had been advised before hand that I could stand at the back of the chapel and take a couple of shots – normally I sneak in a few extras but photographing a wedding at St Davids Cathedral is a humbleing experience and you sort of do exactly what your told.
Here is the ring exchange shot – always one of my favorite shots of the day, to me it signifies the actual moment when two people become one couple.
Following the wedding I managed to grab a GREAT candid of the couple just after the signing of the register.
There are a lot more photos but not wanting to take up all the blog main page, if you want to see the rest of then you will have to follow this link