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The Wedding of Laura and Matt

A beautiful Pembrokeshire Wedding
photography by David Purslow

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Hi there,

A bit of a self indulgent post today, a couple of weeks ago saw me shooting the wedding of Laura and Matt – very good family friends.  The wedding took place at Haywood Mount in Tenby in Pembrokeshire.  Mrs P and the kids came along for the day so it was a fantastic day all round – made special by spending it with friends, family and loved ones.

I say the post is a bit indulgent because normally my blog posts tell the story of the day, well this one is slightly different, I am going to tell the story of Matt and Laura.  During the morning Laura was worried Matt would be stressing out – as you will see in the photos his mates made sure that was not the case and he seemed very relaxed, he even managed to give me dozens of great poses for the camera.

So lets start off with just a few details,

Laura’s beautiful Tiara and the rings

wedding tiara

haywood mount wedding photos

Then I went to find my beautiful bride for the day – this was the first photo of Laura that I took on her wedding day.

getting married at haywood mount

and then while Lyn the Makeup Lady was working on Laura

This may look like a set up shot but this was ALL LAURA !

wedding photography haywood mount

AS WAS THIS

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Rachel from Seren Style putting the veil into Lauras hair

and special moments for Laura, speding time with one of her daughters who was going to be one of the flower girls

haywood mount wedding photographer

then Laura was pretty much ready and looked fantastic – what a beautiful bride

bride getting ready

and just at that moment in came Laura’s other little girl – I JUST LOVE THE EXPRESSIONS THESE PHOTOS CAUGHT

bridal preparations

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wedding photography

Then it was final few last minute adjustments

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While this little one ‘posed’ for just one photo !

baby at wedding

making sure the necklace is straight and the veil is secure

bride looking serious

and well – then its time for a bit of perfume !

funny bride photo

and Laura pops on that final bit of lippy

bride in mirror

So here we are going to jump back in time just a little – we are back to about where Laura is still in her dressing gown.  As I mentioned before Laura and Matt are good friends so Laura confided in me that she was worried that Matt was going to be a little nurverous before the wedding, several people told her that he was looking a little worried – so I went off in search of Matt to see for myself.

When I found Matt – I very quickly shot a whole bunch of photos and chilled a bit with him, needless to say when I got back to Laura’s room I had good news to report – far from being a wreck Matt seemed to be taking it all in his stride (at this time 🙂

In the first 3 shots, Matt was just chilling with some of the Lads – standing off a little ways and using a longer lens this was Matt being Matt not posing for the camera !

relaxed groom

groom looking relaxed

groom getting ready

Unfortunatly I cant say the same for these photos.

Because it was so Sunny, I found a nice wall in a slightly shady spot and then got Matt to stand by it and give me a few looks

MATT THE THINKER

groom hanging out with mates

MATT THE CHEEKY DUDE

groom

MATT THE ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME DUDE

groom

MATT THE LOVER

groom looking cool

and then about 10 minutes before the wedding – came Matt the serious dude.  I felt for Matt here he was starting to look a little white around the gills as they say

groom looking nervous

but as you can see Laura was coming down the hall way with a BIG smile on her face

bride just before walking down aisle

and then a little bit of a serious look appeared, here Laura is standing just outside the door to the wedding room at Haywood Mount – about 30 feet away from Matt – just a couple of minutes before she walked down the Aisle.

just before walking down aisle

Then while Laura walked down the Aisle Matt was looking pretty serious, I am sure there was a tear there somewhere 🙂

Once Matt and Laura were side by side he started to get a little colour back.  Laura is looking over at me as I have one of the little ones next to me who is looking at photos on the back of my second camera at the time – it kept her entertained for a good while.

laughing at aisle

and then the happy smiles returned to Matt – they were also joined at the front by one of the little ones.

little baby joins wedding

Its all smiles as the couple start saying their vows to each other – I love the look of emotion that Laura is giving Matt

just before wedding kiss

Then all too soon, The rings go on – I love the actual wedding service and its one of my favorite parts of the day to photograph and I know pretty soon after the rings start going on that the couple will be married and then the service will be over – The actual wedding service always makes for GREAT wedding photos – the range of emotions the couples go thru, the looks they give each other, the hand holding, the tears etc.

putting the wedding ring on

and this is just one such example, I would LOVE to know what Laura is thinking right at this moment, one of my favorite photos from the day – its one of my favorites because I know the couple and I have seen similar expressions on Laura’s face when she is talking about or playing with the girls and I know its a genuine emotion from deep inside. – This shot is the REAL LAURA !

funny look

and this is THE REAL LAURA AND MATT – you could  almost feel the relief flowing out of Matt here

the big kiss

The its was time for the signing of the register shots – I have sent the couple over 500 + photos which include all the ones that normally go here so there is no just look at the camera signing photo in this set, this set of pics is all about the couple sharing the day, the emotion they both went thru and the enjoyment as a family they felt.

family shot

I dont think at this stage that Matt was the only one who felt relief at having the wedding  ceremony over

married couple

The day was full of joy and lots and lots of kids, there was even a big bouncy castle for the kids to play on – I shot the confetti shot in front of it as it took up one whole end of the garden.

confettia

and I am happy to say my friends could not keep their hands off each other – to me this is what a wedding is all about, two people in love becoming one couple and enjoying the hell out of the day.

more confetti

and dont you agree, Matt looks a hell of a lot more relaxed that he did 20 minutes ago 🙂

relaxed groom after wedding

and yet again, couldnt keep them apart – none of these photos (apart from confetti one and the group shot were set up – these were all just shot from the side lines and were totally natural captures – Laura and Matt were all over each other and it was GREAT too see !

couple kissing after wedding

and Matt was not the only one who was happy and showing it – I love this voyeuristic shot of Laura,

bride laughing after wedding

and while the girls were having photos taken by friends I snapped this one, Laura spotted me out of the corner of her eye and just as I took it turned to look at me – what a cheeky little look

bride and bridesmaid

Group shot photos are very important to me, I think they sum up what a wedding is all about – being surrounded by all your friends

group shot at haywood mount

Although this post is all about the couple I just had to drop this one in there, this is the room set up for the wedding breakfast – I had never seen table toppers  like this – they looked amazing.  The staff at Haywood mount turned the room over very quickly and its a credit to them, the room looked amazing.

wedding room setup haywood mount tenby

After dinner Laura and Matt decided that we were taking a trip to the beach,  I should point out it was very windy, threatening rain and was pretty over cast – but that never stops me – I am often heard saying that your SKIN is WATERPROOF  – We had a blast on the beach and got loads and loads of great photos

beach wedding photos

married couple on the beach

tenby beach wedding photos

windy beach shot wedding tenby

Then it was back to Haywood Mount for the night time to start and the couples first dance as husband and wife ! – again I love this shot.

first dance

This was a great wedding for me because I got to spend the day with not only Laura and Matt but with Mrs P and I saw Joshua and Soukie having a whale of a time.  Joshua loves spending time with Laura’s two little ones (whos names I do now but I generally dont put other peoples kids names on the internet)  Nikki had a great time because she saw Laura and Matt get married and had Helen to hang out with who also helped with our two when she was not helping me out.

Here is one last one to end off with, it was shot on the beach as we walked back to the car – I LOVE THIS PHOTO.

wedding photos tenby beach

Naturally it just leaves me to say a HUGE congratulations to Laura and Matt – thanks for letting me be a part of your big day.

hugs, kisses,

ciao

dp

Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Sneak Peek – The wedding of Simonie and Mitchell

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Hi there, short and sweet from me tonight, this is just a sneak peek – Just 6 photos from the amazing wedding of Simonie and Mitchell.  The full blog story will be up in around 10 days time and then I will fill you in on all the details etc – but this was another wedding for a couple from outside the UK – Simonie and Mitchell are from Australia so Simonie was planning a wedding in England from the other side of the world !

I remember when meeting up with Simonie on one of her vists to the UK when she  first time they told me they were getting married at St Mary’s Church in Lapworth, it was not a Church I was familiar with so I had to do a drive by – I was so excited from that moment on – the church up on the bank looked amazing and I knew it would make for great photos – little did I know just how good it would really be.

Anyway, as I said this is just a sneak peek – I have picked 5 of my favorite shots from the day all for various reasons so enjoy.

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The rest of the photos are on a white background – I am moving over to a white background but have not done the portrait (vertical ones yet)

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getting married at st marys lapworth warwickshire

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getting married at hamptom manor

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Okay, off to bed now, Yesterday was a long day, I shot for over 13 hours ! but enjoyed every second of it.

I would also just quickly like to think Paul from Paul Goode Photography – http://www.paulgoodephotography.co.uk for assisting me on the day.  I have known Paul for about a year now, he is a very talented photographer from the Sutton Coldfield area.  Paul stepped in for Helen who could not make this wedding.  Thanks Paul for all your hard work and amazing photos.

Ciao

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David Purslow
National Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
Phone: 01299 250114
Mobile: 0759 007 6666

Getting married at Gellifawr Pembrokeshire

The Wedding of Tree and Tom

Hi there,

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Teresa (Tree) and Tom – I had first spoken to the couple via Skype while they were in Texas (USA) and they booked me on the spot.  So it was not until the day of the wedding that I first met Tree and Tom.  You might thing that strange but I actually only meet around 50 % of my clients before the actual wedding.

Tree and Tom had expressed exactly what they were looking for and I had a few secret emails with Tree about the dress etc – I got ever excited when i knew that Tree would be wearing a deep red wedding dress – I  knew this would make for great photos, then I heard that they wanted to go up to Pentre Ifan and shoot some similar photos those I shot at the wedding of Liz and Hayden.

Well I turned up to Gellifawr which is a GREAT place for a wedding with lots of amazing photo opportunities, no mobile phone signal so no distractions and the most friendly and efficient staff you could ever wish to find.  I shoot a lot of weddings in Pembrokeshire since I lived there for 7  years and Gellifawr is one of my favorite venues.

gellifawr hotel pembrokeshire

From the second I arrived I knew the theme of the day would be flowers, butterflies and bows – and I have never seen the inside of the hotel looking so good – The ceiling was dressed –  this was the first time I had seen this at this venue

getting married at gellifawr

chair covers pembrokeshire

and talking of butterflies, there were amazing ones hanging from the ceiling

pembrokeshire wedding photography

and did I mention flowers ?  well these had butterflies as well 🙂

and I decided to use these for the ring shot

wedding ring photos

and since I am doing the flowers at this time, here is a beautiful wand that the young bridesmaid carried – I saw it sitting on a window sill next to it was the buttonholes

bridesmaid want with red rose

white button hole

so after we shot all the detail shots etc, we took a trip to the brides room to photograph the wedding dress – it was breathtaking – there is something magical about red wedding dresses (maybe it could be because Nikki my wife wore one on at our wedding)

red wedding dress

I knew the second I saw the dress it was going to look spectacular on and couldnt wait to get the couple outside for a few ‘signature style photos’

While Tree got dressed Tom got a special gift – it was beautiful, and it came in a very special little blue box

shortly after this Tree was ready and made her way over to the main hotel building for the wedding service, naturally I used this time to grab a few shots

bride in red wedding dress

and a closeup of the beautiful Tree in her amazing wedding dress

and then the moment all brides dream about – walking down the aisle

and looking at Tree walking down the aisle was Tom – this photo gave Tom huge kudos with all the girls at the wedding, if he hadnt just got married……..  well lets say he let is softer side show !

emotional groom reportage photo

and the happy couple got married !

bit wedding kiss

and the exchange of rings

and then as man and wife they walked down the aisle together

at this stage I let the couple have a mad 10 minutes with their guests before starting to shoot the formals

The big group shot

group shot at gellifawr

while we were outside the staff turned over the room and dressed it for the wedding breakfast – again tons of detail went into this and it looked amazing

wedding room photo gellifawr

table setup at gellifawr

wedding cake

Then while the guests were being seated for the wedding breakfast I took the couple off for 15 minutes for a few of my signature style images – these are the more artistic, staged images.

beautiful wedding photo

artistic wedding photography

stunning wedding portrait

amazing wedding photography

creative wedding photography

reportage wedding photography pembrokeshire

Then it was back inside for the wedding breakfast, after this were the speeches and I shot this pretty much in a photo journalistic way (raportage style) – around 2/3rds of my coverage is shot this way I dont often put too many of them on the blog as I like to get in the details, the wedding and the other shots but today decided to give you a small selection.

reportage wedding photography

documentary wedding photography

This one got a good chuckle during the slideshow

reportage wedding photography pembrokeshire

candid wedding photography

documentary wedding photo

west wales wedding photography

and I am a sucker for little babies and black and whites so when you get a shot like this its just magical

black and white reportage wedding photography

*** ooops I suddenly realised that I forgot to show you a photo of the brides bouquet, I know its out of order but its such a stunning arrangement that I have just got to pop it here

bridal bouquet

Then after dinner it was time for the first dance, and here is quick one from that

Normally after the first dance is where the photos stop, however Tree and Tom had requested a sunset trip to Pentre Ifan – its a burial chamber that kind of looks like a mini Stone Henge and it makes for great photos.

wedding photography pentreifan

pentre ifan wedding photo

wedding photography west wales

What an amazing day – I cant say a big enough thanks to Tree and Tom for choosing me to be part of their big day, I had the time of my life it was a great wedding and I am delighted with the results.  I know Tree and Tom are due back from Honeymoon today so have put the photos up for their return.  I wish them all the very best in the world and hope that the joy and the happiness they experienced on that day lasts their lifetime.

Congratulations guys,

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
Phone 01299 250114

Laura and Matt’s Pembrokeshire Wedding

Hi there,

Very quick post from me this morning, I am still on the road but found some internet access.

Yesterday saw me shooting the wedding of Laura and Matthew in beautiful Pembrokeshire.  Matt and Laura are good friends so it was a special wedding.  Laura has asked if we could pop to the beach and shoot some arty shots – naturally the weather was not playing  ball and it was windy as hell ! but that wouldnt stop me or Laura and Matt !

Here is a quick one we snagged on the beach – this is unedited as I am on my laptop but wanted to share – the veil is blowing in the wind – LOVE it !

pembrokeshire wedding photography temby

more later

heading home in a bit taking the kids to a park or the beach first,

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer

http://www.davidpurslow.com

Gellifawr Wedding – Tree and Tom!

Quick Sneak Peek

UPDATE – THE FULL BLOG POST IS NOW LIVE – VIEW IT HERE

Hi there,

This is not the full wedding photo blog story of the wedding of Teresa and Tom which took place at the stunningly beautiful Gellifawr in Pembrokeshire this weekend but is just a quick sneak peek as I have had a crazy busy week and have had a little cold as well. – I am back to fighting fit and ready to rock and roll again.

So since I know the couple are away for a couple of weeks, I will get the blog story sorted out in the next few days but until then I just wanted to share a couple from the couples bridal portrait sessions.

The couple gave me 20 minutes between the wedding and the sit down meal and then another 30 minutes later in the evening to ‘create’ some of my more stylized / fashion inspired images – these typically make great full page spread images in the album or look amazing as big framed prints on your walls.

Here are a few from those sessions.

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couple getting married at gellifawr

wedding photos at pentre ifan

More soon but just wanted to give you a sneak peek !

dp