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Sneak Peek – The Wedding of Rachel & Nick

Hi there,

Just a quick sneak peek at the fabulous wedding I was honored to shoot this weekend down in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

I had been looking forward to  this wedding for a very long time for many reasons,  Firstly the bride Rachel is the sister of a bride who’s wedding I shot 6 years ago so I was looking forward to seeing old friends again.  Secondly the couple were getting married at St Brides Hotel and Spa in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire which is the most spectacular wedding venue you can imagine.  Since I left West Wales around 4 years ago this would be my first opportunity get wedding photos at St Brides Hotel and I was praying for good weather – well the gods smiled on us as it was the picture prefect weather for a wedding at such a magnificent wedding venue.

The wedding was a small intimate affair and full of emotion.

st brides wedding photo

The happy couple after the wedding

west wales wedding photography

An amazing group shot !

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Rachel chilling with a glass of something nice and cold

bride overlooking saundersfoot bay

Rachel, Nick, Sarah, Ryan

Pembrokeshire wedding photography

Pembrokeshire Wedding – Llys Meddyg – Behind the Scenes

Hello there,

Just a quick post today showing off one of my new toys,  This weekend saw Clare and myself down in Pembrokeshire for the wedding of Maria and Wayne, I have just offloaded the photos and will get to edit them shortly but having a quick sneak peek at them I came across this photo of Wayne, it was taken in the pub next door to Llys Meddyg about an hour before the wedding – I wanted to capture the charm and ambiance  of place so didnt want to use flash to destroy the photo, the light levels in there were pretty poor as it was 3pm on dark overcast day.

Here is one of the pictures,

pembrokeshire wedding photography

So although the photo looks nice and light and bright and airy it was infact very dark, the ISO setting for those more technical out there was 4000, and it was shot at 60th of a second at F2.8 – If you look at Wayne’s waistcoat,  you will see that his front was almost totally in shade, so without killing the nice atmosphere in the room I had Clare hold an improvised ICE LIGHT — our version is a 125 bulb workshop lamp and have the light just skim off his face.

Here is a pull back a few seconds later

behind the scenes weddding photography

Just wait till you see the photos we shot down on the beach ! – yep on a very snowy day in England Maria and Wayne braved sub 0 tempratures to head to the beach for some couple photos – they came out amazing…….

more soon……

ciao

dp

Quick update – 3 in 3 – What wonderful Weddings :-)

Just a very quick update, I got an email tonight from one of my up coming weddings, bride who commented that I had been a little quite on the blog for a few weeks so while sitting watching Sir Elton John on the TV I thought I would share just a quick few pictures with you.

The past few weeks have been a blur, totally crazily busy and to top it off it culminated with 3 weddings in 3 days and a total of 826 miles between them all.

I spent Friday in Swindon with Claire and Greg, Saturday in Pembrokeshire West Wales with Rebecca and Michael and Yesterday (Sunday) in Tewkesbury with Victoria an Andrew – I will post up full blog posts in the coming weeks but here is a one from each wedding

Claire and Greg – Swindon

Swindon Wedding Photography

Rebecca and Michael – Letterston Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire Wedding Photographer

Victoria and Andrew – Tewkesbury Gloucestershire.

Gloucestershire wedding Photographer

 

A beautiful wedding at the Cleddau Bridge Hotel

The Wedding of Emily and Nick

Beach Wedding photos at Freshwater West

The Wedding of Nick and Emily took place at the Cleddau Bridge Hotel, Pembroke Dock in Pembrokeshire on glorious sunny day a few weeks ago.  I had been looking forward to this wedding for a long time, and it proved to be worth the wait.  Emily and Nick booked me almost 2 years ago for the wedding, we were supposed to do an engagement shoot but that never came off, but thats the good news – we are going to be doing a post wedding shoot, a trash the dress session rolling around in the ocean amongst other things – it seems christmas came early for this photographer.

The day started off very different for me, I met up with the boys for breakfast at the local weatherspoons in Haverfordwest.

Here comes the groom

Pembrokeshire Wedding Photographer

After a beer or two, the boys sat down for a nice big cooked breakfast

After a breakfast and a few photos I headed off to meet up with the bride (Emily)

The week before Emily had told me her wedding was an Ian Stuart, my favorite wedding dress designer.  When I got to Emily’s mum’s  house I had a good look around for the best place to photograph the dress however after hunting around I felt there was no where that did the dress justice,  so I asked if she minded if I take it outside for a few photos, I have a penchant for beautiful wedding dress photos and I think Emily’s is one of my favorite of all time – Everything was perfect, the weather, the location, the placement of the sun and the perfect place to hang it from.

beautiful ian stuart wedding dress

and here is the beautiful bride to be admiring her dress

Ian stuart wedding dress pembrokeshire

While the girls were doing the makeup and so on, I concentrated on a few detail shots and also a few shots of the boys, Emily’s day and so on who also happened to be at the house getting ready.

Wedding Ring close up photo

father of the bride and groomsmen
Then it was time for Emily to get dresses,  HALF joking (honest) I suggest she get dressed in the garden since we had already shot the dress shot there, I was bowled over when she said okay, so there we were in the garden, the girls holding this beautiful dress up in the air for Emily to climb into

Bride putting on Ian Stuart Wedding Dress

Beautiful bridal portrait

Fine Art Wedding Photography

West Wales wedding photography

From here we jump forward a little, there are so many great photos to share with you and not enough time so its right off to the wedding itself, well a couple of grab shots from the wedding at least.

During a break in the ceremony, just before a reading, I noticed that the bride and groom where holding hands and smiling at each other, I got ready because the hairs on the back of my neck (yes no hair on my head but a few on my neck) I just had a feeling something special was going to happen – then Nick just gave Emily a tender little kiss on her hand, I think this is a beautiful photo – I just love the intimacy of this picture, I think it captures the love these guys share with each other so much.

cleddau bridge wedding photography

Helen my assistant was at the back of the room and while she was scanning for someone to grab, she saw this young man looking a little board and trying to watch her – Great capture and one of the reasons I love working with an assistant.

cleddau bridge pembrokeshire wedding venue

Then in the blink of an eye, the wedding was over and it was time for a quick few signing photos before we all headed outside.

Right after the wedding Emily, Nick, Helen and myself jumped into our car and we took off for the beach.  The week before when we met up, Nick and Emily decided they wanted to invest a little time in popping off to one of pembrokeshire’s amazing beaches for a few photos –  It was a tough decision and one that Emily still hadnt decided before the wedding – Whichever way the couple had decided we would have ended up with cracking photos – it was the perfect day for photographs.

But lucky for me, Emily decided that it was a good idea to head  off to the beach, Freshwater West Beach for some wedding photos. – Hope you like them !!!!!

pembrokeshire beach wedding photos

beach wedding photography pembrokeshire

getting married on the beach wales

newlyweds on the beach at freshwater west Pembrokeshire

Then Emily decided it was play time !

beautiful bridal beach portrait pembrokeshire west wales

and then Nick came back in, took Emily in his arms, gave her a big kiss and cuddle

Kissing couple on beach

west wales wedding photography on the beach

creative wedding photography

Then before we knew it, it was time to leave the beach and head back, naturally I got a few more shots as the happy couple made their way back up the beach

I am actually going to mix up timings just a little here, because after the beach it was straight back to the Cleddau Bridge Hotel then they pretty much went right into the wedding breakfast and speeches followed by a few more photos outside, but I want to end at the Cleddau Bridge so lets start off with a few pics taken after dinner.

Everyone !

wedding photos cleddau bridge hotel

The Boys

wedding photos at the cleddau bridge hotel

Nick and his Mum

wedding photos at the cleddau bridge

and here Emily is spending a little quality time with one of the younger guests on the day, Nick better watch out, Emily loves children and it was so evident in the care and attention she gave them all day – beautiful to see and I am sure in years to come these will be special photos for these youngsters.

wedding photography at the Cleddau Bridge Hotel Pembrokeshire

And one final one before we head inside for the speeches photos

Nick and Emilys Wedding at the Cleddau Bridge Hotel

In a little break from tradition Emily gave a speech which had the bridesmaids in tears and the guests in fits of laughter, whilst this was going on, like a Ninja I crept around the room snapping away to capture some of the emotion and fun of the day.

Emily and Nicks wedding photos

crying bridesmaids

and while Nick was giving his speach, Emily and his new Mother In Law keep a close eye on him 🙂

Then after the speeches it was time for the cutting of the cake, I held back as we had taken one earlier in the day, and I wanted to mix it up a little – with around 110 people gathered  around its probably a good job

Once that was over, it was time for the night time to get into full swing, so the couple took to the dance floor for their first dance during which time I played with getting some different and unusual first dance photos – naturally I took the standard ones as well but I always like to try different things, to mix it up a little, and from time to time when you do you get a few shots like this……

Well at this stage we had been there for around 14 hours or so – we started to pack away our gear, Helen went to grab the car and when she came back in she mentioned it was a great sunset – I quickly dumped all the gear in the car and Helen ran off to find the bride and groom – we took them to over look the water so the sun would be behind them and managed to grab the last two photos of the day.

sunset wedding photography

sunset at the cleddau bridge hotel pembrokeshire

Congratulations to Emily and Nick on an amazing wedding day, we could easily have stayed all day it was one of those kinds of weddings – totally amazing !

Hope you have enjoed this look at the wedding of Emily and Nick.

Take care,

more soon

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
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The Wedding of Laura and Matt

A beautiful Pembrokeshire Wedding
photography by David Purslow

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Hi there,

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

wedding tiara

haywood mount wedding photos

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.

getting married at haywood mount

and then while Lyn the Makeup Lady was working on Laura

This may look like a set up shot but this was ALL LAURA !

wedding photography haywood mount

AS WAS THIS

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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

haywood mount wedding photographer

then Laura was pretty much ready and looked fantastic – what a beautiful bride

bride getting ready

and just at that moment in came Laura’s other little girl – I JUST LOVE THE EXPRESSIONS THESE PHOTOS CAUGHT

bridal preparations

wedding photographer

wedding photography

Then it was final few last minute adjustments

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While this little one ‘posed’ for just one photo !

baby at wedding

making sure the necklace is straight and the veil is secure

bride looking serious

and well – then its time for a bit of perfume !

funny bride photo

and Laura pops on that final bit of lippy

bride in mirror

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 !

relaxed groom

groom looking relaxed

groom getting ready

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

groom hanging out with mates

MATT THE CHEEKY DUDE

groom

MATT THE ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME DUDE

groom

MATT THE LOVER

groom looking cool

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

groom looking nervous

but as you can see Laura was coming down the hall way with a BIG smile on her face

bride just before walking down aisle

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.

just before walking down 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.

laughing at aisle

and then the happy smiles returned to Matt – they were also joined at the front by one of the little ones.

little baby joins wedding

Its all smiles as the couple start saying their vows to each other – I love the look of emotion that Laura is giving Matt

just before wedding kiss

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.

putting the wedding ring on

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 !

funny look

and this is THE REAL LAURA AND MATT – you could  almost feel the relief flowing out of Matt here

the big kiss

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.

family shot

I dont think at this stage that Matt was the only one who felt relief at having the wedding  ceremony over

married couple

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.

confettia

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.

more confetti

and dont you agree, Matt looks a hell of a lot more relaxed that he did 20 minutes ago 🙂

relaxed groom after wedding

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 !

couple kissing after wedding

and Matt was not the only one who was happy and showing it – I love this voyeuristic shot of Laura,

bride laughing after wedding

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

bride and bridesmaid

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

group shot at haywood mount

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.

wedding room setup haywood mount tenby

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

beach wedding photos

married couple on the beach

tenby beach wedding photos

windy beach shot wedding tenby

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.

first dance

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.

wedding photos tenby beach

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.

hugs, kisses,

ciao

dp