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Storybook Album Cover – Martin and Keyleigh

Storybook Wedding Album Front Cover

A simple and elegant design

Hey guys, dp here from www.davidpurslow.com – Wedding and Portrait Photography for Birmingham, The West Midlands, Worcestershire and West Wales !!!

Just wanted to share this cover with you.

This is the cover of a beautiful wedding album that is off to the printers today.  The album is a story book wedding album and the cover will be a spectacular acrylic cover and will shine and be stunning.

The wedding was actually shot in West Wales for good friends of mine and it was great to see the whole family again – I think I have another wedding coming up in the same family in the next 12 months 🙂

The cover photo is one of the favorites of Martin and Keyleigh so it took a little designing to get it right, I like full page covers but since the album is a portrait album that opens up into a beautiful landscape album and the photo the guys chose was a landscape I could not do the full wrap.

Here is the cover, cant wait to see the finished album, its going to look amazing

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I should have put a border on the picture for the web as the green (picked from the grass) colour fades to white as it cascades across the front of the album but on my background it kind of gets lost 🙁

Anyway hope you like it.

Ciao

dp

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

A couple of Black and White wedding photos

Hello there, dp here from www.davidpurslow.com – we provide upscale wedding photography for Worcestershire & West Midlands.

Today as well as other things I was putting the finishing touches to the story book wedding album for Lorraine and Mark whos wedding I shot last year.  The day of their wedding was a challenging one weather wise with high winds and rain throughout the day – but its that kind of challenge I think separates the men from the boys.

So while choosing images today there were 3 that stood out to me as great candidates for conversion to black and white photos, 1 is one of my favorite wedding photos from last year and is up on my website and was one I featured in the Gallery at Courtneys Bridal.

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I just love these 3 photos, and they bring back good memories for me, ones where I was getting wet while lying on the floor in puddles of water to get the shot of the couple by the castle – but thats just all part of the job – its also why there is always a complete change of clothes in my camera bag 🙂

I cover weddings mainly in Worcestershire and the West Midlands however I am happy to travel pretty much anywhere in the UK for nice weddings that will create visually stunning photos 🙂 – you can find out more about my wedding photography here.

Also if you look at the post below (if your on the main page) or click this link if your not – Currently I am offering a MASSIVE DISCOUNT for couples looking for a wedding photographer in Worcestershire, Birmingham and a whole lot of other places around the Midlands, Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds. – The reason is that I have just moved to Worcestershire so am pretty much unknown here at the moment.

Right off to bed, hope you like these 3 photos, I think they made cracking black and white conversions.

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
www.davidpurslow.com
01299 250 114 / 0759 007 6666
david@davidpurslow.com

Worcestershire and West Midlands Wedding Photography – special offer

Hello there, dp here from www.davidpurslow – and I am a Worcestershire and West Midlands Wedding Photographer

Unless you found this link via a search engine, I hope by now you know that I am a wedding photographer based out of Hartlebury, just outside of Worcester in Worcestershire in the West Midlands.  I am fairly new to the area having previously been based in Pembrokesshire in West Wales.  I moved to The Midlands at the start of February which came right in the middle of the booking season for 2010 / 2011 weddings.  We moved following health issues with my mum and decided we needed to be closer to the family so we made the hard decision to leave our beloved Haverfordwest but family comes first.  I still shoot weddings in West Wales with over 20 there this year and 1/2 a dozen so far there for 2011.

So being the newest Wedding photographer in Worcestershire I needed to come up with something really special to help me stand out.  Yesterday I visited the Worcestershire Wedding Fair at 6-ways at the Worcester Rugby Club and saw that there are some really good photographers up this way and was actually surprised that the cost of high quality wedding photography was actually higher up in the midlands that in wales.  I dont know why I was surprised really having spent the past week looking at wedding venues in Worcester, Birmingham, Solihull, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Codsall nr Wolverhampton and Gloucestershire its obvious to me that first, there are LOTS AND LOTS more brides and grooms getting married up this way (lets face it, Birmingham and the Midlands come second only to London in terms of population) The second thing I noticed was there are some amazing Stately Homes, Country Houses and Boutique wedding venues in this area – these are my kind of venues and the perfect place for my flamboyant and creative style of wedding photography.

What I did notice at the wedding fair is that pretty much every single photographers were offing albums that limited the number of photos or pages in the wedding albums and some started off with really small wedding albums which in my humble opinion should really be parents albums not wedding albums.

So whats the special offer I decided to come up with  – here is is

Wedding Photography Special Offer

I have designed a special collection for the first 3 couples who book me for wedding up this way.  (again if you found this post via a search engine then I suggest you visit my wedding photography website and the Why book David page on my website)  So for the first 3 couples who book me for wedding taking place in either 2010 or 2011 this is what you will get.

  • Wedding photography coverage from Bridal Preparations till your first dance
  • 50 thank you cards featuring your favorite wedding photo and information for your guests how to view your online gallery
  • An online gallery of all your wedding photos split into catagories and with slideshows for each one
  • A CD of all the images at web sized for facebook etc
  • A DVD of all the digital files from you wedding – the digital negatives so to speak
  • A DVD of your wedding album set to your first dance song that you can play on your TV and show off your wedding on the big screen
  • An UNBELIEVABLE wedding album – A huge story book wedding album with up to 80 pages and up to 250 photos included

All this would normally cost £3100.00 via my normal prices however for the first 3 couples who book me now I have moved I am making this available for only £1600.00 thats a saving of £1500.00 – The album is an 8×12 inch story book wedding album – you can see exactly what it looks like by visiting my Albums page on my website and you can also view a slide show of an 80 page album by clicking here.

If you would like to splash out just a little bit extra then for an additional £399.00 for (£1999.99 in total)  I will upgrade the wedding album to the totally awesome and monstrously big 10.5 x 14 inch album – its lush, big, heavy, super duper impressive and guaranteed to make your friend and family’s jaw drop to the floor !

This offer is applicable to weddings taking place in…….

  • Weddings in Worcestershire
  • Wedding in Birmingham
  • Weddings in Solihull
  • Weddings in Codsall
  • Wedding in Sutton Coldfield
  • Wedding in Gloucestershire
  • Weddings in the Cotswolds
  • Weddings in Herefordshire
  • Weddings in Shropshire
  • Wedding in Staffordshire

For select weddings taking place in other parts of the country I may well consider extending the offer to you,  so if your wedding is not taking place at any of the venues listed above call me or drop me an emial – my number is 01299 250 114 / 0759 007 6666  and my email is David@davidpurslow.com

If you have any questions please feel free to get intouch,

talk to you soon,

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
01299 250 114
0759 007 6666
david@davidpurslow.com

Codsall, Wolverhampton and Birmingham Wedding Photography – Isabel & Phil

Hello there, David (dp) here from www.davidpurslow.com – If you found this blog entry via the search engines, I am a wedding photographer based out of Hartlebury in Worcestershire, right on the border of Birmingham  and The West Midlands.  Click here to visit my wedding photography in the west midlands, birmingham, staffordshire and worcestershire website – Anyway enough about me, on with the important stuff – Isabel and Phil’s Wedding.

I am just about caught up now as this was one of my weddings in May 2009 – I was recommended to the couple by another photographer and did most of our inital bookings over the internet and the phone (about normal for me a good 60 – 70% come from outside of Wales)

So after visiting Isabel and Phil in Birmingham a few weeks ago I was all excited.  The plans Isabel laid out made the day sound magical and both Phil and Isabel are a very good looking couple and I knew they would make for amazing wedding photos.  Isabel told me she was going to do most of the preparation herself and to expect a good mixture of people with friends and family from as far away places as Chile and Norway this was going to be a big day.

I arrived at the house on a gorgeous day, very sunny which can be a bit of a nightmare for photographers especially  if the bride is in a white dress but thats just part of the job and we just have to deal with it.  I always like to take pictures that tell a story and each blog entry is a little different, this one is all about the people who made the wedding, the effort the bride put into the day and the love and joy of the couple.

The shot I am opening up with is a dress shot, it was not the first pic of the day, I always like to shoot a few bride photos first to get her used to me being there but on wondering around the house looking for spots to shoot, I found the wedding dress hanging up – It looked AMAZING and I knew Isabel would look stunning in it – I could not wait for the day to start.

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So remember when I said that Isabel would be doing all the flowers herself, I thought that was because she had done stuff like this before – NOPE – As you can see from the following two photos, Isabel is a remarkable girl, armed with a few flowers, wire and a guide book she set about creating the buttonhole flowers- I forget what they are called.

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Well the guide books didn’t stop there.  I don’t really know Isabel and Phil so I am only guessing here and doing so by adding up a few things Isabel said to me on the day but I dont believe Isabel is the kind of girl who wears makeup every day – I am saying this because again when it was makeup time, she pulled out a book on applying makeup – this amazed me and also showed me with a little determination and the right guide books and information you really can do anything you set your mind to.

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That shot just tickles me pink – its probably my favorite photo of 2009 so far, Isabel was so calm and just getting on with things – amazing.

So once I got over the shock of that, I shot a few ‘arty’ pictures as well – I like to vary the photos I take and never use a shot list and never just shoot the same stuff time and time again. – Inspired by Jerry Gihonis (one of the worlds top wedding photographers) I shot this picture – I say inspired by JG because of something I saw on one of his training videos – it was the way he used the daylight behind the subject to blow out to white and create a lovley wraparound light around the bride.

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I also love the shot below because its something I struggled to capture – If you visit my website you see I try to INTERFERE in the wedding as little as possible and thats why 85 % of of what I shoot is true candid or reportage wedding photography – I don’t direct my couples when shooting, I might give a little direction before I shoot a bunch of photos but apart from a few formals I just capture YOUR day as it unfolds. – I say struggled because I was wanting to get a detail shot of the hair pin, I was using a longer lens to throw the background out of focus so the pin was the main focus but naturally Isabel was doing her eye makeup at this time so her head never stayed still – Since I was using manual focusing I kept missing the shot but persevered  and after about 8 shots I got what I wanted.

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Just at as I grabbed this shot I turned to my right and saw the sister of the groom sitting on the bed looking over at Isabel with a really proud and loving look on her face so still using the big lens I snapped this shot – This is another shot I love as the natural light streaming thru the windows creates a lovely soft quality to the photo.

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One of the things  I talk about on my website is how wedding photography covers all aspects of photography in general and this is why I love shooting weddings so much – NO wedding is ever the same and you always get fantastic opportunities to take great shots that will MEAN something to your clients.  The next photo is just such a picture, its one of the couples children and I had to lay down on the floor to grab this shot – but it was worth it – This picture was taken while Isabel was a few feet away doing the flowers I showed you earlier.

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And while we are on the subject of kids photos, I just LOVE these two following pictures to bits – Again these are tru reportage photos and in the second one you can just see my fingers on the camera but there was no way to get the photo without this happening.

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So at about this point the bride was just about to start getting dressed so I dissapeared for a while and found the groom downstairs just getting ready to leave for the church – I snagged a good few photos of the Phil the groom with his groomsmen in the back garden and rather than talk you thru each one (lets face it, you can figure these out) I will only comment on ones I had did setup.

I love establishing shots and in this first one it shows off the house and the fountain and where it is in relation to the house – this was important because to make the closeup’s have meaning you need to know that the fountain is an integral part of the garden and not just some random fountain somewhere.

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The closeup

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So once I got the standard photos you have to have, it was dp playtime – I wanted to make the most of the grounds and the time we had so shot a few posed photos that I setup and directed – these shots take alittle more time and eat into the grooms time with his buddies but as I say to them on the day they are so worth it for what you get back in return.

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In the next shot I positioned the groomsmen around Phil and had them turn away from me, then I had Phil look off into the distance and adjust his tie – it came out great !

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and since we had a few minutes left before they left for the church I got them doing a little bit of exercise 🙂

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The boys then left for the church and Isabel came out into the garden for a few shots, to be honest with you there are SO MANY great shots that I wont show you them all but this one is one of my favorites – again shot with a really long lens Isabel and her daughter went off for alone time in the garden – I think this is where she found out she looked like a princess because her expression is priceless.

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pretty much after this shot I left for the church myself – I was really looking forward to this as it was the first of my weddings in Codsall this year, Codsall is just outside of Wolverhampton which is MILES from my home but as I said above I offer wedding photography for the whole of the UK.

The church itself looked like a picture postcard, its St Nicholas Church Codsall, nr Wolverhampton.

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So with only a few minutes to go before he became a married man, here Phil is chillin with a few of the guests and looking pretty calm

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Then for some more surreal moments – Here is a shot of Isabel WALKING to her wedding – thats correct the bride walked to the church

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and here are a few shots from inside the church during the service.

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and I love this shot, taken from the back of the church, I noticed the flowers looking amazing and threw the couple out of focus but made sure I took it while they were both in the picture. – The flower is the main concentration of the picture here – I always shoot the flowers but generally dont post them on my blog – but I do now 🙂

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Since this is turning into a big blog post I am going to skip over the recessional and the confetti shots and share with you a coupe of pictures at the back of the church.  The bride and groom wanted some romantic and dramatic photos at the back of St Nicholas Church as it was a special spot and as I always say, whatever the bride wants on her wedding day, If I can do it, she can have it – so as soon as we left the church we RAN around the back to quickly shoot a few pictures and have a few minutes of alone time !

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Then the couple jumped into Phil’s Gleaming red MG Midget sports car and headed off to Birtchfield School for the reception.

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And what a fantastic setting the reception was

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Upon arrival the guests were met by the lovely Ruth – the head’s wife – Ruth took GREAT care of me duing my time shooting reception and made sure the guests wanted for nothing.

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The reception itself took place inside a marquee in the grounds.

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The bride and groom cut the cake pretty early into the day as it was a cheese cake or 3 or 4, and the light the marquee provided made for great shots of the cake cutting.

During the speeches I stalked the guests with my long lens from outside of the marquee and shot thru the windows so most people did not know I was even taking the photos.  Here is a shot of the father of the groom during the grooms speech

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One of the family members shoots weddings on video from time to time so was there capturing the day – I managed to get a good few shots of him as I figured that he might get missed in the other photos as he would be taking video himself.

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Following the speeches the night time kicked off with the first dance – here are a couple of photos from Isabel and Phil’s first dance.

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and last but not least the group shot.

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All that is left is for me to wish Isabel and Phil all the best and to thank them for choosing me to be a part of their special day – it really was a magnificent wedding with perfect weather conditions – Enjoy your new life together, all the best dp

If your new to David Purslow Photography I hope you have enjoyed looking at these photos – They are also on facebook and my facebook name is david purslow so friend me if you would like to tag people in the photos and I will add you right away.

Available for Weddings in Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Birmingham, The West Midlands, Oxfordshire

and all over the UK and Wales including Pembrokeshire, Swansea & Cardiff

Ciao for now

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
0845 269 8912
0759 0076666
david@davidpurslow.com

Manorbier Castle Wedding

Hello there, David Purslow here from www.davidpurslow.com

***** UPDATED ******

I recently shot another wedding at Manorbier Castle on a stormy day but this allowed me to capture some amazing photos of the castle itself – if you would like to see a couple of amazing shots of Manorbier Castle please visit the following page

http://www.davidpurslow.com/blog/2009/11/14/manorbier-castle-wedding-2/

****** END OF UPDATE *****

Today I had the great pleasure of shooting the wedding of Anna and Matt.  This was the first of my weddings at Manorbier Castle this year and Oh boy, what a fantastic venue.  I had been looking forward to this day for a long time, well EXACTLY 1 year to be exact (okay, I am kidding, today was Joshua’s 1st Birthday but we had partied yesterday) but seriously I had been looking forward to shooting this wedding ever since when talking to Matt, he mentioned those magic words Wedding and Castle in one sentence.  Well the wait was over and today the wedding took place.  I had only met Matt and Anna on Friday, this was another of my “internet weddings”  I had received a phone call months ago, we talked for a good while, and a few days later the wedding was booked.  I always try to meet up with couples prior to a wedding as you get a feeling for exactly what they want, what kind of people they are etc, Well Matt and Anna proved to be really great folks, we chatted for an hour or so and once everything was sorted out we went our seperate ways, me knowing what a great day I was in for – A small intimate wedding at a fantastic castle location with a great couple and plans that made it sound fun.  I am sure Anna and Matt went away thinking OH MY GOD, that guy is nuts – I often get told I am way to enthueastic about wedding photography and am hyper at meetings with brides and grooms, I cant help it, I get carried away by all the planning and details, I LOVE weddings.

Okay onto today.  At our Friday meeting Matt told me he was going for a quick pint before the wedding with his best man and invited me for a drink – naturally I had orange and lemonaid.  We met up at The Castle (The Castle Inn by the sea) just around the corner from Manorbier Castle at 3pm an hour before the wedding was due to take place.

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Inside Matt got the pint he and Anna had said he was having before the wedding and since he was standing under a clock and it was only 58 minutes until the wedding was due to start, I though it made a good picture.

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Once all the drinks arrived we went outside.  As this was very much a relaxed and informal wedding with a total wedding party including the bride and groom of only 12 people, I was not shooting the traditional formals of the groom and his best man but we did get a few cracking shots.  One of the things I remember Anna saying to me was to make sure I got some shots of Matt laughing and smiling, as she said he has a lovely smile !

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Also while at the pub, I thought it was a good place to shoot a couple of ring shots, this one came to mind while I looked around the beer garden.

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So after a swift pint (orange juice) I popped over the road to The Castlemead Hotel to shoot a few pics of Anna getting ready.  On arriving, Anna was already in her dress and looked amazing.  I remember her telling me the story of how she brought it, it was the first dress she tried on and as I have already said, she looked fantastic in it.  So with Anna already dressed all that was left to do was pop on a little bit of Lippy (Lipstick for our American viewers)

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I only stopped with Anna for a couple of minutes before walking across the road again ! – there was a lot of walking across the road at this wedding but everything was within minutes of each other.  So across the road to shoot some establishing shots of the castle.  Since I have tons of toehr photos of the castle coming up, I wont post the establishing shots at the moment.

Exactly as planned at 3:45 pm  Anna and her mum and dad came across the road and arrived at the castle.   I was a little ‘miffed’ that someone had parked there car right in the shot however it turned out it was Matt – THE GROOM and we moved it later for photos, so no harm done !

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So we jump to the wedding at this point, a few photos were shot of getting ready for the wedding and Matt looking all nervous but they are for the B&G to see first !

The room you get married in at Manorbier Castle is amazing and has to be seen in the flesh really, the photos just dont do it justice, you can feel hundreds of years of atmosphere as soon as you walk in.  Anyway, the wedding started and I was allowed to snap a few pics, here DAD (father of the bride) is reading a reading to the couple.

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and here shortly after I had shot my posed signing of the register shot, everyone else is taking pictures.  This is the WHOLE wedding party !

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The chapel is on the first floor of the castle (just above the dungeon) and following the wedding, Matt and Anna came down the stone stairs with Anna’s Bridesmaid – Mary.

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So with the wedding over, it was time for the guest to enjoy a glass of bubbly and a few canapes on the lawn, I snuck the B&G off for a few photos by themselves.  The grounds of Manorbier Castle are fantastic, well maintained and a photographers deight – Here is a long shot taken from ground level, I asked Matt and Anna to pop upstairs to the grand ball room,  stand in the window and just grab a moment.

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And here is why its important to carry 2 cameras, I quickly changed over to the LONGER lens and snapped this.

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I kept the happy couple away for no longer than 10 minutes and shot a few of the romantic shots – not staged or directed but I told the couple to go for a walk, take 5 minutes to themselves and talk about the day – these are a couple of the results

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Naturally after I was finished I let them go grab some food ! – I never show a lady eating food on the blog, I dont think its a fair photo but the guys are fair game in my book.

Guess who ?

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and with such a great location to play around in, Mary burnt off a little energy herself.

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Well with the wedding winding down, Naturally a group shot is a must, and in a castle with stair cases everywhere, what else are you going to shoot ?

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I was asked if I could grab a special shot for Anna and naturally said yes, how can you ever say no to a lady on her wedding day ? – Anna and her friend both with something hiding inside !

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With the day winding down all that was left to do was shoot a couple of pictures on the outside of the Castle, first the happy couple kissing on the draw bridge

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and last but not least, Anna and Matt walking down the driveway from the castle – I am sure they will agree, a FANTASTIC DAY.

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Congratulations for Anna and Matt, and thanks for asking me to photograph you wedding, I had a fantastic time, I hope you enjoy your honey moon and look forward to talking to you on your return.

dp

David Purslow
Photographer
www.davidpurslow.com
david@davidpurslow.com
07799 666808