A Church Wedding followed by
A Wedding Reception at Hotel Plas Hyfryd
I was very very happy to get booked for this wedding, Barry is the Manager of The Hotel Plas Hyfryd in Narberth, a fabulous wedding venue and one at which I work at very regularly. When I heard that Barry and Becci were getting married I wanted to shoot the wedding for many reasons so when the chose me I was over the moon.
Hello there peeps, David here from www.davidpurslow.com – I am a wedding photographer covering West Wales and the Midlands – Yep a big area and I love it !
Last weekend I shot the wedding of two of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. Since my move to the midlands I have been staying at the Plas Hyfryd before every wedding, so by now I know most of the staff really well, the owner really well and Becci and Barry have become good friends. One of the hardest jobs a wedding photographer has to do is shoot the weddings of good friends but last weekend was easy as pie, Barry and Becci put total trust in me and even let me do things I have always wanted to do but never done at a wedding before ! – Stay tuned 🙂
Although the Hotel is a big part of both Becci and Barry’s life I wanted their wedding photography to be about them, their love and their day, this blog story is the same way, Yes I took lots of photos of the hotel etc but I took way more of the couple themselves so here goes.
Helen (my amazing assistant and right hand man / woman / arm) went to meet up with Becci at Andrew Price – the hair dressers in Haverfordwest at……..wait for it, 8 AM – this was going to be a full service day.
I took loads of shots of the girls getting ready so here are a selected few
Becci having her hair washed
and Becci’s little girl
I love shooting into the mirror because generally the subjects dont know your doing it.
Then it was back to the Plas for Bacon sandwiches and makeup etc.
and after this while the girls do what girls do on the wedding morning, Helen and I ran off to grab a few shots of Barry getting ready.
I should point out that I had not ever noticed that Barry was shy until you get anywhere near him with a camera, its kinda sweet and a nice trait I think
Barry was helping the boys to get dressed and to hand out cuddles when the big mean photographer fella popped into view
and you gotta love the expression when you say give me a wink !
so while Barry was helping the boys getting ready, his brother was helping him put his finishing touches together.
Then it was back to finish off the shots of Becci getting ready, as we walked in I spotted on of the bridesmaids just standing there looking at Becci while she was finishing having her makeup put on – I just used the day light that was spilling in thru the open door to grab this shot,
then Helen and I spent a few minutes grabbing shots of the dress – We decided to do something we dont often do or really like to do and moved the dress – The hallway in the bridal suite at the Hotel Plas Hyfryd is amazing and since the last time I was there they have got a Mannequin on which to put the dresses to help the creases drop out, from what I understand that was Becci’s idea at one of the staff meetings, a great one as it lends itself to great photos.
THE DRESS !
and a little closer
Then with time ticking away it was time to rush down to the church to get ready for the big event 🙂
I have to thank the Priest at The Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Narberth, he was one of the coolest priest I have worked with and let me pretty much do what I wanted as long as it did not involve flash – I wish more vicars and priests were like this guy – what a gentleman !
When I walked int he door there was a string quartet playing, this had been a surprise for Becci from Barry.
and then the proud moment where Becci walked down the Isle
very quickly followed by the wedding itself
and while the couple where exchanging rings, I managed to get a great shot of the best man
and then as a couple they lighted the candle
Then it was time for a few formals
and after everyone had left the church, I took the couple back in to shoot a very special photo, here are two this didn’t make the cut, you will see in a minute what we did with them.
Then it was back to Hotel Play Hyfryd and time to party !!!!!!!!!
I like to get my big group shot out the way first, that way anyone not needed for more shots can shoot off to the bar and start drinking.
and then just a few others
Then while the rest of the guests went off to go in for the wedding breakfast, we stayed outside and played around a little with Davids car.
Then it was inside for speaches and the cutting of the cake – and I should point out that the speeches seemed to draw a lot of attention, int he following pics you will see Erica, Baz and a bunch of the staff from the Plas watching on and having a good laugh 🙂
and this shot, I LOVE this one, its some strange lady man attacking the groom (Barry) – you needed to be there to understand fully
Now just before the last couple of pictures I wanted to show you just a few photos of the room before the guests hit it, I have been to lots of weddings at the plas but this colour scheme was Becci’s idea and it looked AMAZING.
and then what a better way to finish off with than a cake cutting
Well thats the story of the day thru my eyes, I really hope you enjoyed this small preview.
Heartfelt congratulations go out to Barry and Becci, big hugs and big kisses,
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