Category Archives: Weddings

A Christmas Wedding at Hotel Du Vin Birmingham

Hello,

Yesterday I was very fortunate to be asked by my very good friend Sean O’Shaughnessy who is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Sollihull his website is http://essayphotography.co.uk/ 

Sean was asked by friends to photograph their wedding at the very popular and beautiful wedding venue, Hotel Du Vin in Birmingham, a venue Sean knows I have wanted to shoot for a long time.  Sean asked if I fancied ‘coming out to play’ After a bit of grovelling to Mrs P, I had a hall pass allowing me out for the day and hopped on a train armed with a very limited selection of kit to play with.

Hotel Du Vin in Birmingham is an amazing wedding venue however parking is limited so I carefully selected just 2 lenses (although I only used one all day long) and 2 lights, all of which I managed to pack in my my much loved Lowepro travel pak mini back pack. Snow Hill station is about a 4 minute walk from the hotel so it worked out perfectly.

Hotel Du Vin Wedding Photos

The wedding itself was very informal and the couple – Martin and Sara wanted a few ‘great’ photos and just some shots of guests enjoying themselves.  Between Sean and myself they got this and then some, the coverage of the actual wedding ceremony was amazing, the wedding took place at 4:30 so there was no natural light to speak of, but Sean and I both have top of the range Nikon Cameras and very fast lenses that allow beautifully for low light shooting.  The Registrars at Birmingham were amazing and allowed us free Raine as long as we didn’t use flash, its so refreshing to find such understanding and willing to work together registrars, so thanks to then.

My brief for the day was to show off the venue and create some of the ‘Signature’ style images I love to shoot featuring the Hotel Du Vin.  The inside of the hotel is like a 1940′s New York City hotel, its full of amazing features but its very dark, if your (as a photographer) not careful you can loose all of the attraction and character of the venue by using flash that just sucks all the ambiance out of the place.  Because of this I got there an hour early, met up with Sean and we sent that time working out how we would  approach the lighting.  One thing we wanted to do was capture the fact it was Christmas and some of the Christmas trees and decorations around the hotel

I left at 8pm as there was no formal speeches or meal and Sean was staying to cover the evening.  I could not wait to get home to view the images we created, and I was not disappointed !!!!!

The following images are some of the Signature images from the day and have been edited on my laptop therefor the colours might not quite be as crisp as they should be !

Many thanks to Sean, Martin and Sara for allowing me to play and spend some time shooting at a truly amazing wedding venue.

enjoy.

dp

A few wedding photos from Hotel Du Vin Birmingham

 

groom and best man at hotel du vin birmingham lobby

wedding dress photo hotel duvin bham

bride wating to get married at hotel du vin

The Ceremony Room at Hotel Du Vin

wedding ceremony room hotel du vin birmingham uk

wedding photo hotel du vin birmingham

bride and groom lobby hotel du vin

For the group shot we utilized the double stair case in the lobby

group photo at hotel du vin

Then it was time for some Bride and Groom Signature Images

Christmas Wedding Photography Birmingham

I love this shot, its in the TINY lift !!!!

(reminded me of one of Soukie’s stories – a Squish and a Squeeze)

wedding photo in the lift at hotel du vin

bride and groom outside hotel duvin birmingham uk

winter wedding photography birmingham

from the pig sty at hotel du vin birmingham

Hope you like,

ciao

dp

 

 

Are you really going to have that beautiful wedding dress in a tree ??????

Thats what Claire my assistant said to me Friday morning when I could not find anywhere to shoot the dress in the hotel room………here is the story……

I had a busy weekend with 2 weddings and then a whole day in the studio, but if your a regular to the blog you will know I have a penchant for wedding dresses, I think the wedding dress has its own personality and brings so much game to the wedding day, I always try if the client is willing to create something magical with the wedding dress.

I always have an assistant / 2 nd shooter with me at a wedding and for a while now I have been working with Clare who also works with me on family and baby portraits in  the studio.  Clare is fairly new to weddings but is a great photographer but for some reason she cringes when it comes to the wedding dress shoot – Brides that book me know (especially if they have been to the studio or seen my portfolio) that I love creating something special for the wedding dress photo and that if I cant find somewhere great inside I often take the dress outside and hang it on Trees, Flag poles, Lamposts etc etc etc,

So on Friday Clare and I were shooting the wedding of Charlotte and Jonathan at the beautiful Hair and Hounds hotel  in Westonbirt Tetbury, Gloucstershire and there was nowhere in the room that would give a great shot, so after checking that no other guests had checked into the hotel where Charlotte was getting ready and no one who was going to the wedding was around, I asked Charlotte if she would mind if I took the dress outside and hang it in a tree. – Nope she said without a doubt, the mother of the bride however took a big gulp and said outside……  as I was running off to get the dress.

So we moved the dress in his bag, we found a perfectly dry tree although the ground was wet and made sure the dress was securely on the hanger and that we covered the floor with plastic (see pic below)

hanging wedding dress in tree

The plastic you see also cover the back of the dress and an up lighting light that lit up the hotel at night, there was nothing that could get the dress dirty or wet !

so the shots looked like this, after we had photoshopped out the bag on the floor !

wedding dress in tree

charlotte and jonathan wedding, hair and hounds

one of the reasons I love working with assistants and second shooters is that shots like the above would not happen without someone else to bounce ideas off, someone to help hoist the dress up in the tree and someone to stand just out of shot ready to run grab the dress if the wind suddenly pics up etc.  Normally I am also known for lots of off camera lighting but the above shots of the dress were taken without any extra light, just the sun and light reflecting off the building.

Another reason I love working with assistants and 2nd shooters is that you really get to maximize the shots of important little moments.

Here while Charlotte was putting the wedding dress on, we covered every angle.

here for example is a shot I took while the back of the dress was being done up, Charlotte had one bridesmaid holding her veil up while another looked on in amazement at the dress, its funny but you cant see anyones face clearly but you can almost feel the excitement and the hairs on the back of your neck standing up with anticipation that this image captures.

bride getting dressed

While I was taking that photos, Clare my amazing assistant was taking this photo

back of wedding dress

ignor the photo by david purslow bit, its our company brand. !  I might need to change that.

Then after I had left the room and left the room, it was all just girls alone and Clare grabbed this shot of the bride, dressed and waiting to head off to get married !

bride at the hair and hounds Westonbirt tetbury

 

A few more shots that shows off what the wedding dress go’s through

confetti wedding photo

first dance wedding photos

bride and groom ouside hair and hound tetbury

hope you enjoyed !

dp

Warwickshire Wedding Photography – Clare and Ben

SNEAK PEEK – THE WEDDING OF CLARE AND BEN

Hi there,

Yesterday saw me shooting the wedding of Clare and Ben, I had been looking forward to this wedding for weeks.  This was quite a late booking but once the couple mentioned the words Warwick Castle and Wedding then said the wedding was an intimate wedding with only a dozen guests in total I was hooked.

If you take a peek at my photo of the week for March 11th 2012 you will see a very calm bride just sitting on the dining room table chilling before the wedding, this was the feeling the whole day long.

As this is only a snake peek the photo will jump quickly.

The first photos I took in the day were of the flowers, which were magnificent,

warwickshire wedding flowers

One of my favorite parts of the day is watching the boys trying to tie their cravats – This photo, one of a series of about 15 was taken while the father of the bride was tieing his, I am sure there was 2 or 3 attempts before finally getting it.

getting married at warwick castle

Since Clare was in her dress pretty early, I took the opportunity to take a few photos of the family in the back garden, here is mum and dad with Clare just before leaving for the church.

wedding photographers warwickshire

Clare and Ben had chosen to get married at St Charles Borromeo Church in Warwickshire which is a beautiful little church.  Here is a shot 1/2 way thru the wedding service itself

getting married at St Charles Borromeo church

then after the wedding was over, I added a bit of dramatic light and we get something like this

warwick wedding photographer

Following the wedding the whole wedding party went to Warwick Castle for the wedding reception.  The wedding reception at Warwick Castle started off in the Conservatory and ended up in the state dining room, talking to the couple they decided to have the formals taken in the peacock garden by the amazing fountain.

one of the things I like about intimate weddings is the fact the whole group is easy to manage and you can get thru the photos really quickly so the couple and the guests can get on and enjoy the wedding day – here is a shot of the whole wedding party.

The wedding itself took palce fairly late so by the time we got to Warwick Castle we were blessed with a beautiful sunset

getting married at warwick castle

and just before I left, I took a few shots of the State dining room at Warwick Castle – this is where the bride, groom and all their guests enjoyed the rest of the day.

state dining room

Naturally I had a few minutes where I had the bride and groom to myself, we used the sunset and the beautiful sky to create some dramatic wedding photos.

warwickshire wedding photographers

congratulations to Clare and Ben for a truly beautiful and intimate wedding

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait Photographer
www.davidpurslow.com
david@davidpurslow.com
Phone 01299 253844

What is this slide show at my wedding all about ?

Hello there,

Its a strange thing but I actually only meet about 25 – 30 % of the people who book me BEFORE the booking takes place, the rest book me based on the website, the blog and after extensive telephone or email conversations – or my soon to be added, pre wedding video conferencing.

The number one thing people ask about is the slideshow, how we do it, who chooses the photos, what equipment we use, how long it takes etc, etc,etc.

So I thought I would take a little time out to tell you a bit more about it.

I am going to use the Wedding of Liz and Hayden as my example, why ? – well it was my last wedding so everything is at hand, plus Liz did a great little video testimonial while Hayden was busy dancing the night away on the dancefloor.

If you look at this photo – completely unedited

wedding photography slideshow

This shows all the equipment we use.  On the floor is an Apple Mac Book Pro computer connected to a travel projector mounted on a Tripod.   The screen is a pop up screen that sits in the little black box you see at the bottom of the screen, we take the box, pop it on the floor, open the feet to stop it falling over and then just pop up the screen – setup time for the screen is around 20 seconds !!!! – putting away is quicker.

While your having your wedding breakfast we set up the laptop, offload (and backup) the photos so far, sort through them and choose around 1– – 150 of them, we then put them into a slideshow program called Iphoto and use this to run the show.  It takes us about an hour to do that so we have plenty of time.

Then just before your first dance we set the screen and projector up (5 mins or less) and run the show – the show typically runs for around 8 – 10 minutes and the DJ normally plays some nice background music.  After the slide show is over it takes us about 60 seconds to move the projector and computer and put away the screen – then its straight into your first dance. – Since EVERYONE wants to see your wedding photos the are in the room watching, so that means when you do your first dance everyone is there.

The photos in the slide show are UN EDITED – they are just as they come out of the camera (apart from a couple converted to b/w)

The slide shows let the couple see the kinds of photos taken of their wedding.  It also lets them choose the photos they would like to use for their thank you cards so when they get back from Honeymoon they are ready.

As you will see from my blog posts, the slide shows have a lot more photos but its more for the bride and groom since they spent months or even years planning the wedding – we shoot a whole range of photos that may not make the blog story but which still have very special memories for the couple.

Below is a video of the slideshow from Lia and Haydens wedding, the quality is not as good as the slideshow on the day as its had to be compressed to get it up online for you.

THIS VIDEO CONTAINS MUSIC, SO IF AT WORK TURN YOUR SPEAKERS OFF !!!!!

Untitled from David Purslow on Vimeo.

Hope you like,

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
Phone 01299 250 114

Winter Wedding photography – lessons from the boy scouts !

Snowy Wedding & Portrait Photography

Be prepared !

Okay this is going to be a bit of a different post from me today.  This time last year I had 3 or 4 weddings coming up and the weather started to get a little nasty (snow and ice) so I decided to buy myself a 4×4.  As you may know I lived in America for 10 years, The North East – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut where we would regularly get 20 inches of snow.  In the states I owned a Jeep Grand Cherokee and this car would go anywhere and thru anything.  So this is what I brought.  Because this was going to be a WINTER car only, and one to get me too and from winter weddings we spent a grand total of £1400 and brought a 10 year old model.  Its not pretty, it drinks fuel but it gets me to where I need to be WHEN I need to be.

As a wedding photographer winter weddings are becoming more and more popular and I actually LOVE photographing wedding in the snow – it reminds me of my time in the states so much.  When a couple are thinking about getting married in the winter I am sure one of the last things they think about is, is my photographer going to be able to get to my wedding ?

This is a shot from a wedding 10 days ago when we had the last lot of snow (see blog post below)

Birmingham wedding photography snow winter

And this is me working away – nothing stops me getting the shot, not even a few inches of snow

winter wedding photographer

Winter weddings offer the chance of GREAT photos, this shot would have looked nice normally but when its all covered in snow, it looks great – its an outtake, here is my assistant taking shots at another winter wedding.

getting married in the winter

wedding photographer for winter weddings

So back to the reason for the story today

This was the scene outside my house yesterday.

snow covered wedding car

and this is the street we live on

Hartlebury covered in snow

As you can see the road is totally covered, the cars at the bottom of the road cant get out and it was beautiful to look out on all that snow.  We only had 4 inches of snow but most of the village and nearby towns came to a halt.

So I called a very good friend of ours (Zena) and asked if she would like to bring her two kids out for some snowy winter portraits, Z lives right across the road from the park !  She said yes, so Nikki and I loaded up our kids and took off.

This is my winter wedding car

winter wedding photography worcestershire

Nikki loaded the kids into the car while I dug out cameras etc and off we went to met up and spend  a little time shooting a few nice winter portraits of the kids.

worcestershire portrait photographer

lifestyle portrait photographer worcestershire

birmingham lifestyle portrait photographer

Anway back to what its all about,

I have NEVER missed a wedding yet, and if its in my power to do so come hell, high water or deep deep snow, I want to make sure I have the tools at hand to get me there and get the shots for my couples.

If your planning a on getting married in the winter (November – February) one of the questions you should ask your photographer is, if it snows how will you get to my wedding ?

and remember at this time of year you CANT hire a 4×4 they are all booked out ahead of time – thats why we brought one.

Getting married in the winter can be great and can result in wonderful photos, having the right equipment is more than just a good camera, you need to have everything you can to make sure as a professional you wont fail and let down your clients.

For most of the year our jeep is off the road, but as soon as the first floods or snow fall comes, we pop it right on the road

Have a GREAT Christmas and really good new year.

ciao for now.

dp