A beautiful Pembrokeshire Wedding
photography by David Purslow
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
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.
and then while Lyn the Makeup Lady was working on Laura
This may look like a set up shot but this was ALL LAURA !
AS WAS THIS
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
then Laura was pretty much ready and looked fantastic – what a beautiful bride
and just at that moment in came Laura’s other little girl – I JUST LOVE THE EXPRESSIONS THESE PHOTOS CAUGHT
Then it was final few last minute adjustments
While this little one ‘posed’ for just one photo !
making sure the necklace is straight and the veil is secure
and well – then its time for a bit of perfume !
and Laura pops on that final bit of lippy
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 !
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
MATT THE CHEEKY DUDE
MATT THE ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME DUDE
MATT THE LOVER
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
but as you can see Laura was coming down the hall way with a BIG smile on her face
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.
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.
and then the happy smiles returned to Matt – they were also joined at the front by one of the little ones.
Its all smiles as the couple start saying their vows to each other – I love the look of emotion that Laura is giving Matt
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.
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 !
and this is THE REAL LAURA AND MATT – you could almost feel the relief flowing out of Matt here
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.
I dont think at this stage that Matt was the only one who felt relief at having the wedding ceremony over
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.
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.
and dont you agree, Matt looks a hell of a lot more relaxed that he did 20 minutes ago
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 !
and Matt was not the only one who was happy and showing it – I love this voyeuristic shot of Laura,
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.