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A Beautiful Wedding at The Swan Hotel Bibury

The Wedding of Shelley & Bassem

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to shoot the amazing wedding of Shelley and Bassem.  During out initial meeting I asked the couple where they were getting hitched, they said they were getting married at The Swan Hotel in Bibury in the Cotswolds.  I love Bibury, infact I love all of the cotswolds but The Swan is perfectly placed right on the river and makes for a truly spectacular wedding venue.  A few months later we had the engagement session on a beach which was great and I knew then that Shelley and Bassem would make for great photos.  They were so natural together and more importantly so in love, its really nice to see two people connecting on such an emotional level.

Anyway, back to the big day.  Shelley and Bassem were getting married outside in the garden at The Swan, this is so great as outdoor weddings in the UK are few and far between so it was a great experience  They also asked that we take a little time out to take advantage of the area to get a ‘few’ signature style images for the walls etc.

Take a peek at just how beautiful the Swan Hotel in Bibury looks

The Swan Hotel, Bibury, Cotswolds

As I pulled up I noticed to the left of the blue sign an open window, then all of a sudden, Shelley poked her head out and yelled me a big hello ! – It was quite funny because the room Shelley was in had an amazing view over Bibury but also of everyone coming to the hotel.  So with Shelley set about 8 feet back in the room she was safe from prying eyes yet she still had a great view of people arriving.  Later when the dress was going on we had to be careful to make sure no one saw, I wanted as much natural light because it makes for much better photos so we kept Shelley away from the window as much as possible and NO ONE saw her before the wedding.  Chalk one up for Shelley.

The inside of Shelley’s room

Getting married at the Swan Hotel Bibury

and Shelley sitting having hair and makeup done as I arrived

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One of the reasons I love natural light is you can use it to create some great effects, I love this shot, Here Shelley’s makeup artist (amazing makeup artist) Heidi Herkes – www.heidirherkes.com was spraying body spray and then Shelley was walking through it.

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and the reaction to me snapping away like a made man – I took 5 shots in around 1/2 second to get the perfect patten of mist – Shelley feeling like she had been ‘Papped’ burst into laughter

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A short while later, Shelley was putting on her earrings when her grandmother arrived – I loved gran, she gave me a special wave but I cant put it on the website just incase it offends anyone 🙂 – in the slideshow however it got a great laugh.

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guests arriving for the wedding

well with a bunch of photos in the bag so to speak, I left the girls to a drink of bubbly and went out for  a few detail shots and to get pics of the garden which was just being setup.  I aked Shelley if I could take her engagement ring to grab a nice pic of it.  I love the little detail shots.

The garden at the Swan Hotel, Bibury – this is where the wedding service took place

the garden at the swan hotel bibury

then I went back up to Shelley’s room as time was getting close – Shelley was just putting on her dress and Mum and Nan were helping out.

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One of the people who kind of slide under the radar is usually the father of the bride, you always get some nice photos of Dad as its a very special day for him, but normally they dont make the blog, well today I thought I would share one with you.

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Then it was downstairs for the wedding, here I met up with Bassem who was looking very excited

and as the guests arrive, gran gives me another wave, this time I can show you 🙂

and then before you knew it, it was time for the bride to make her entrance – I love the features of the Swan hotel, directly opposite the gate to the garden is a doorway that looks like it came right out of  an old Greek mansion.

doorway at the swan hotel

bride walking down the aysle

and as Shelley is walking down the aisle I turned and grabbed a shot of Bassem looking totally awestruck by the appearance of his bride, I am sure I could see a tear in there somewhere

The Wedding

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Getting married at the swan hotel

it really was the dream wedding, from a wedding photographers point of view, a stunningly beautiful bride, a good looking groom, amazing light, an out door wedding and the red carpet – simply stunning.

confetti shot

Shelley and Bassem didnt want too many formals (something I dont shoot a great deal of) but we had around a dozen or so, while taking a big group shot, this little lad decided he didnt want to be in the photo but rather than just run off to one side, he made a beeline for me – naturally I just kept snapping away – this is one of those happy accidents that you often get and its one of the reasons I LOVE weddings, you just cant script them.

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then after the formals, I left people to their own devices and just did a bit of reportage style shooting or as some people prefer to call it, Documentary style wedding photography.

The youngsters having a little fun

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and I just love the intimacy of this image – Bassem and his mum

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Then while the guests had canapes and a few drinks, I took Shelley and Bassem off for 15 minutes to grab a few images around Bibury

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Then it was time for me to zip inside and shoot a few details before the guests when in for the wedding breakfast.

The Dining Room at The Swan Hotel

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each table had amazing centerpieces

beautiful wedding flowers

Following the wedding breakfast were a few short speeches

After the speeches were finished the wedding party went outside while the staff at the Swan turned the place over and got it ready for the evening guests.  We had about an hour and during this time I grabbed the happy couple again for another 10 minutes of bridal portraits – this time it was getting close to dusk so the light was amazing.

The Bridge at Bibury

Here I should say a HUGE thanks to Bassem and Shelley for being such troopers – I asked Shelley if she minded being thrown over the bridge in her amazing wedding dress – dont try this at home folks !

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and then this is the one I posted the other day and is one of my favorites from the whole day

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after we got back to the Swan, I snapped a few shots of couples and friends and workmates of the bride and groom

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then before you knew it, it was time for the couples first dance as man and wife,

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first dance photos

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My wedding photography covers Bridal Preparations to First dance PLUS 10 minutes – I always stick around for a couple of songs after the first dance, you get some great images of guests having fun

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wedding guests dancing

It just leaves me to say a HUGE congratulations to Bassem and Shelley.  Thanks for letting me be a part of your day, its such an honor to be chosen by a couple to capture the memories that will last them a lifetime.

I hope you have enjoyed this look at their day,

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
Studio Line:  01299 253844
Cell Phone: 0759 007 6666

Malvern Wedding / Cotswolds Wedding Reception

The Wedding of Claire and Nick

This past Friday saw me photographing the wedding of Claire and Nick.  If your a regular blog stalker you will remember it was only a few weeks ago that I shot their engagement session photos and how that day started disastersly but ended up GREAT – you can see their blog post for there engagement photoshtoot here.

Well after double and triple checking everything Nikki and I (Nikki was assisting me today) headed over to Hanley Swan just outside of Malvern in Worcestershire.  We arrived a few minutes early as we like to do that way we can load batteries and double check everything one last time before the day starts.    We were greeted to a house in full flow, there were bridesmaids everywhere, mum and dad (of the bride) were milling around taking care of last minute details etc.  Claire’s dad insisted we had a cup of coffee (always welcome) and even wanted to make us sandwiches but we had already eaten so we just cracked on.  You can generally tell from the first 10 minutes your in someones house how the day was going to unfold and I knew today was going to be great.  I have never met a more gracious family or been so well looked after at a wedding.

Well since we were a bit early Claire (our bride for the day) was still having hair her first round of hair being done so rather than take the very early stage of getting ready photos which never flatter a bride we started off with the dress photos – I had not known until the day before but Claire’s dress was an Ian Stuart wedding dress, one of my favorite wedding dress designers.  So following MOB (Mother of the Bride) we headed off to mums bedroom – WOW is all I can say – the bedroom was a photographers delight – GREAT windows allowing fantastic light to spill in – light walls, light bedding, light carpet – the holy grail in terms of creating beautiful shots. – The view out the window was interesting to me as MOB’s garden looks amazing, it was very well established and beautiful.  This gave me the idea of shooting the wedding dress outside in the garden so after quickly checking with Claire (who mentioned she had a feeling I may ask after seeing some of my other blog posts with wedding dresses hanging from strange places) and watching her GULP a little she said yes.

With all the respect and reverence a beautiful wedding dress deserves on its wedding day we carefully transported it to the garden and shot a few photos.

Ian Stuart wedding dress photo

ian stuart designer wedding dress hanging in tree

beautiful ian stuart wedding dress

The flower on an ian stuart wedding dress

but we just had to shoot it in mum’s bedroom as well – it just made for a great photo

ian stuart wedding dress hanging up

and since we are talking about dresses – the bridesmaids dresses were by Ted Baker and were stunning

Ted Baker Bridesmaids Dresses

and since we are going for all the dress and detail shots, we took photos of everything

blue garter, old grandmothers ring and purfume

flowerbomb purfume

I am not a 100% sure what they are called, I call them a featherry shawl but I am guessing thats totally wrong – anyway whatever they are called, Claire had 3 of them for her bridesmaids and after seeing them I knew they would make GREAT backgrounds for photos of the rings etc.

monsoon bridal shawl

and the last of my detail shots at for the moment, every little detail of the day was perfect right the way down to the flowers.

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See what I mean, I could have spent all day in that room just shooting but with time ticking we went to see how our beautiful bride for the day was coming along.  I popped down stairs once again into the room being used as a make shift salon.

I have seen many many hair and makeup people over the years and there are only a few I would feel comfortable recommending but from the very first moments I met both Clare and Chris I knew they were very dedicated, highly professional and very talented – I would have no hesitation in recommending either of them.

Here Clare ( Clare Bryce – Pure Pampering – http://www.purepampering.co.uk) is working on Claire our bride for the day.

pure pampering makeup artist

and here is  Chris from Bridal Hair Specialists – www.fhdmobile.co.uk teasing Claire’s hair into place – the photo below was actually taken after Claire had popped on her wedding dress – I just happen to pick that one as I choose photos before writing the blog stories.

fhd mobile hair dressing chris fordham

A lot of what the photographers, hair and makeup people do in the early part of the day is about putting the bride at ease, if you can work diligently but in a very friendly way its relaxing for the bridal party – the atmosphere in the make shift salon was very relaxed and this was even before the champagne had started flowing !

Here is another shot of Clare working on one of the bridesmaids (actually shot later in the morning but will pop it here)

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Then it was on upstairs for the getting ready shots.

bride getting dressed

and the looks from the girls once Claire had slipped into her dress said it all

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There are always very poinient moments at a wedding, in the next two shots taken just after Claire had put on her dress she reaches over to mum and gives her a big kiss to say thanks for all the help that went into making the day perfect.  These moments are real, you cannot fake that kind of emotion and its photos like this that really capture the essence of a wedding in my humble opinion

meanwhile down stairs dad (FOB – Father of the Bride) was having a little trouble with this tie – in the end assistance came the rescue

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At around this time Nikki popped off to grab a few shots of the boys at the church – it was now 12:00 (midday) and the wedding was due to start at 12:30

Nick and the boys at St Gabriels in Hanley Swan, Malvern  – Worcestershire

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If your planning a church wedding and are thinking of St Gabriels nr Malvern it really is a beautiful little church

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Claire and her dad outside the church just a few minutes before walking down the aisle

getting married at st gabriels malvern

and I love this photo – This is a shot of Claire peeking into the church just seconds before she starts her last walk as a single girl

getting married at st gabriels hanley swan

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and a very unusual carpet for our bride to walk down

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I love the happiness that this image captures – Claire was beaming from ear to ear

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and here during the singing I caught a shot of Nick grinning at his best man

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and then as the happy couple went off to sign the register, the guests were treated to some truly amazing cello playing from “A special and close family friend

cello playing at wedding

and following that the happy couple came out and went up to the high alter for prayers

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I actually shot the next photo a little later but it fits nicely here so have popped it in

portrait of couple getting married at st gabriels worcestershire

then it was outside for a few photos and Confetti 🙂

wedding confetti photographs

At this point we all loaded into our cars for a 45 minute dash down to The Cotswolds.  Claire and Nick’s wedding reception was held at the amazingly beautiful Manor House Hotel in the village of Morton on Marsh in the Cotswolds (Gloucestershire)

Manor House Hotel Cotswolds Wedding Reception

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morton on marsh wedding venues - the manor house

little did I know at this stage that the theme for the whole wedding was White.  We (Nikki and I) were greeted at the hotel by Tom the Manor House’s Wedding Coordinator and he took great care of  us.  Tom led us to the room that was set up for Claire and Nick’s Wedding reception.  It was beautiful and we set about taking a few photos.

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Keeping with the white theme was the wedding cake (s)

wedding cake and cupcakes

white wedding cup cakes

right about this time I head the door open behind me, I looked over and saw Claire and Nick walking into the room to have a sneak peek before the guests.  This is a bit of an outtake photo but it captured the reaction from Claire when she saw her cakes set up – The cakes were made by one of Nicks good friends. – again I love the real moment capture !

so after a few minutes we take an artistic cutting of the cake photo – as it turns out it was a very good job as the wedding breakfast ran on a little and the couple skipped the official cutting of the cake so this was the only cutting photo taken.

cake cutting photos from manor house hotel morton

Then it was outside and while the guests were being entertained by a fab sax player I ran around looking for the good places for taking photos.  For the group photo (with the hotels permission) I climbed onto the room of the hotel and grabbed this

wedding group photo at manor house hotel cotswolds

Claire and Nick with Mum’s and Dad’s

then we shot a few formals and a few not so formals of which I will share this one with you – again a bit of an out take but a cracking shot IMHO

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and then as the guests were being led into the room to get ready for the wedding breakfast I took Claire and Nick away for a few nice romantic shots.

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wedding photos in the garden of the monor house hotel

private gardens at manor house hotel morton in marsh

then it was just gone 4pm and time for the happy couple to go into the wedding breakfast.

We retired to the bar area where Claire and Nick had set up a tab for us and had our lunch while we worked on putting the slide show together for the evening session and then it was back into the room for the speeches photos of which I will share a couple with you.

and the best man trying to have a hair do like Nick’s

then it was just about time to get ready for the first dance – during this time I spotted one of the Engagement photos next to a well places sign.

Then it was time to grab a few first dance photos before it would be time for us to leave

first dance wedding photos

Just before leaving we grabbed a shot of Claire’s mum and dad using the hotel as a backdrop

Then as we were leaving I grabbed one last photo of The Manor House Hotel – a really beautiful place to hold your wedding / wedding recpetion

the manor house hotel - morton on marsh - cotswolds

On behalf of Nikki and myself can I just wish Claire and Nick all the best – as I finish typing this they are probably on a plane half way around the world getting close to their honeymoon destination.

Guys have a GREAT time, enjoy and bell me when you get back.

Thanks for choosing us to be a part of your big day,

ciao

dp

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

Cotswolds Wedding Photography – Pre wedding shoot

Bassem and Shelley’s Engagement Shoot

Burnham on Sea

Shelley and Bassem came to visit me a few months back to view what I had to offer, it was obvious right away that this was a perfect match, they fell in love with my albums, my photos and what I offer and I could right away this would be a great wedding to be photographing.  I got very excited when the told me there were getting married at The Swan Hotel in Bibury in the Cotswolds –   Although I am based in Worcestershire, the Cotswolds is less than an hour away, I love photographing weddings there because it really is a beautiful part of the country and The Swan Hotel sits right alongside the river and is a truly fabulous wedding venue.  Shelley and Bassem booked me on the spot and we set about thinking of what we would for their engagement session.

The first choice was a butterfly park however with dates / weather and the costs associated with taking commercial photo’s at the butterfly parks, that option didnt work so Shelley and Bassem decided that they wanted a beach location pre wedding shoot.  Since they have family in the area the couple chose the beautiful location of Burnham on Sea and this weekend we met up and shot a few photos.

I should point out that although it looks like a nice day it was actually pretty cold and very windy but this did not effect the photos in any way – if you accept the weather conditions your shooting and and adapt to having fun and getting great images even cold windy days turn out to be GREAT photo shoots !

Here are a few of my favorites !

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I am often asked what its like being photographed by me ?  so I shot a few behind the scenes photos to show you !

I was lucky enough to be assisted on this shoot by a great portrait and wedding photographer called Dav Hughes – Dav is based around Gloucestershire and when I mentioned how excited I was to be shooting on the beach on a photographers forum volunteered to come along and help me out – its a good job he did because it was really windy ! You can visit Dav’s Website at http://www.davhughes.com/ Since I had Dav with me I decided to take along something called a BEAUTY DISH – basically a massive big light modifier – not something I generally do, I mainly use it for studio portraits etc.

So here is a bit of a pull back shot

Behind the scenes - Beauty dish

and here is what the shot ended up looking like.

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And finally, the last shot of the day

sunset engagement beach photography

I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek at Shelley and Bassems engagement photos, a big shout out to Dav Hughes for helping me out on the day and a special thanks to Shelley and Bassem for being such troopers – at the end I got a little hug from Shelley and she was like a block of ice – poor girl froze the proverbials  off !

ciao

dp

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