Rachel and Mike Getting Married at the Plas Hyfryd Hotel
Followed by a beautiful wedding reception
Hey there, David here from David Purslow Photography – www.davidpurslow.com – We provide wedding photography throughout West Wales, Worcestershire and the West Midlands.
A couple of weeks ago I had the great pleasure of shooting the wedding of Rachel and Mike, I had met up with them 6 weeks before for their engagement session and it was obvious then that these guys were really madly in love with each other.
Each time I write these blog stories they tend to drift in one direction and focus on one main area and with Rachel and Mike it was no difference, the whole day was about people, friends, family and having a good time.
Helen and I arrived nice and early, actually I stayed at the Plas the night before the wedding and had a nice drink with Rachel and her family. So we started the day nice and early and one of the must have shots is the dress, I had a little heads up on the dress but when I saw it, I knew it set the scene for the whole day.
The detail on the dress was amazing.
Then in the living room we stumbled upon Rachel (The bride) she was in the middle of having her hair done and sitting with the kids
and I am sure she told me off with a little smile on her face when I snagged the photo of her with the box of Malteser’s
Then we went off to shoot a few detail shots
We found Rachels garter and Helen went and grabbed Rachels engagement ring for another of my favorite shots, ring shots.
Then it was back to get a few more shots of the bride getting ready. The bridal suite at the Plas has a belconey when we went back there, we found Rachel sitting in the sun enjoying a quite 5 minutes. I always wonder at times like this whats going thru the brides minds but I never ask…..
Then it was back to getting ready for the wedding
Rachel was not alone, her bridesmaids were also getting ready,
While we were up in the bridal suite, a phone call came in saying the flowers had arrived. Since the girls were still getting ready the flowers were left downstairs we popped down and grabbed a few shots of the flowers.
The flowers were beautiful
When the flowers were brought upstairs I get the feeling Rachel was over the moon
Then while the bride started to get dressed we when downstairs and shot a few photos of the boys.
Mike was looking pretty cool and relaxed
and as a joke he had gotten the two best men £1.50 Casio watches as gifts which they took in good spirits.
and mike took me to one side to show me a beautiful necklace and earings he brought for Rachel
and the rings
the just as I was about to go back upstairs I happened to notice this little lad with such a great big smile on his face.
Then it was back upstairs to see how the girls were getting on, and the little ones were having a great time by the looks of things
I love this cheeky face
and we found one of the bridesmaids just doing up the back of Rachels dress
and this is why I love being a reportage or documentary wedding photographer, as I looked over I saw another of the girls just looking on with such an amazing look on her face, it really was a Kodak moment
time was ticking along at a good old rate now so Helen and I went downstairs to get ready for the wedding to begin. We were in the main room at the Plas Hyfryd hotel and I stepped out into the smaller bar area just to see when Rachel would be coming down the stairs, she already was and as she stepped thru the door, I saw what I thought would make for a great photo.
I snapped it and then dad came thru so I snapped that also.
Well just after this picture was taken, everyone went into the wedding room and the the wedding took place.
Withing a couple of minutes of this picture being taken it was time for the father of the bride to walk Rachel down the aisle and didnt he look like a proud man
I love this picture – I saw Rachel and Mike holding hand during the service !!!!
and here they are exchanging vowes
Following the wedding it was time for a quick picture with the witnesses before it was party time !
and as they were walking out, I noticed one of the guests with my favorite mobile phone the IPHONE taking a picture
Then it was outside for lots of fun, we shot a few formals, nothing too overpowering but the family etc.
Then after the group shot, we shot the confetti pictures which turned out great
after which I left the everyone to have a good time whilst Helen and I went off to shoot the detail shots of the room before the Wedding breakfast started.
as we were walking into the ballroom we spotted this young man chatting up the bar tender.
A few shots of the ball room set up for the wedding breakfast
and right in the middle of shooting the room setup, Mike happend to be walking thru checking everything out, I love this candid of Mike, he looks so happy, relaxed and enjoying an ice cold beer.
and what a cake !!!!!!
and as we walked around we noticed a table for absent friends – I thought this was a really nice and very personal touch but that just summed up the day really.
Then it was back outside for a final few photos of the kids having a great time before everyone went into the wedding breakfast
Rachel and Mike had arranged Giant Chess, naughts and crosses and Jenga for the guests
We spotted this little girl hanging onto the Jenga for grim life
but in the end she had to let got and down it came which left her in hysterics – all the kids and adults had a truly fantastic time
Shortly after this the guests were called in to find their seats for the wedding breakfast, this normally takes around 15 minutes to get everyone sorted, we used that time to take the bride and groom off for a few alone photos !
Then it was time for a little break as the wedding breakfast was served, Helen and I set up the photo booth and created a slideshow ready for the evening session and then settle down to enjoy the amazing food they had laid on for us !
Just before the first dance we put on the slideshow (it gets everyone together) and right after it was time for the First Dance.
and last but not least, at almost 11pm we took the couple and 4 very special people outside to shoot the last photo of the day,
Congratulations to Rachel and Mike on a GREAT day,
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