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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

bridal preparation photo

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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bride getting ready for a cotswolds wedding

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.

father of hte bride

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

wedding photos in the garden of the swan hotel

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

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

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

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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 !

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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

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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

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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

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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 !

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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

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MATT THE ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME DUDE

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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.

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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

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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

Sneak Peek – Ragley Hall Wedding Photography

The wedding of Toni and Paul

wedding photography by David Purslow

Hello there, David here from www.davidpurslow.com

Saturday saw me shooting a wedding pretty close to home, the wedding taking place in Worcester with the wedding reception at the stunning Ragley Hall wedding venue.  The bride was getting ready at Malvern Spa in Malvern, Worcestershire.

Both Helen and I agreed that this was one of our favorite weddings of the year, the couple were so into photos, the guests were in party mode, the Vicar was THE BEST VICAR we have ever worked with and Ragley Hall is the most amazing Warwickshire wedding venue.

The vicar was so cool that he even told a joke half way thru the wedding 🙂

From the time we turned up till the time we left the whole day was a total blast and it was so so so so obvious that Toni and Paul are so smitten and totally in love with each other that the day just ooozed love.

here are a few sneak peeks  – Enjoy.

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I thought long and hard about including the next photo and decided I would include it, it was a very special moment following the signing of the register, you could feel the love between Paul and Toni and Paul looked so happy to have just married the girl of his dreams, then following a kiss he wept a little.

crying groom at wedding

confetti photo outside church in worcester

The Amazing Ragley Hall Wedding Venue

getting married at ragley hall warwickshire

The dining room at ragley hall used for wedding breakfast

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the amazing staircase at ragley hall

The red room at ragley hall warwickshire

and last but not least, a very quick grab shot, this is one very happy bride.

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I hope you have enjoyed this quick sneak peek.

We cover weddings all over the UK and from time to time the USA as well, if your looking for a wedding photographer please visit our main website wedding photography website at www.davidpurslow.com

ciao

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David Purslow
www.davidpurslow.com
Phone 01299 250114
Mobile 0759 007 6666


The Wedding of Katie & Simon

A Stunning Pembrokeshire Wedding

Followed by a reception at the Giltar Hotel Tenby – Wedding Photography by David Purslow

A couple of weeks ago I shot the wedding of Katie and Simon,  I had been looking forward to their wedding for a LONG LONG time.  Katie one of my facebook friends seemed to have booked me forever and a long time ago and over the last year or so we have been talking about it in the odd facebook messages back and forth – then it seemed to be getting closer and closer and then it was only a week away, then a day away and as I woke up for what turned out to be a stunning Pembrokeshire day it was time for Katie and Simon to get married.

Helen and I arrived at Katie’s mums house and before we could even get thru the door there were offers of Tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches 🙂  I knew this was going to be a great day, and to be honest after a great start like that, it just got better and better.  There were what seemed like dozens of girls all milling around the house but I think it was actually less than 15 so we set about shooting background stuff and the dress shot.  Well with so many girls in one place as you can imagine there were a million dresses as well and stuff everywhere – so while standing in the bedroom Katie would be getting ready in I happened to notice her mum had one of those washing lines that went 20 feet in the air – half joking but preying for  yes answer we asked Katie if she minded if we ‘hoiked’ her dress up in the air to take some fun and funky shots of it – being a super trooper that she is, she said yes (wait for the Magnificent Seven to see the dress shot !)

And that pretty much was how the whole day went, The wedding was GREAT, Katie and Simon were very relaxed even when during the confetti shot someone actually threw a whole box – un opened which hit poor old Simon in the head (but the up side is it made a great photo) – After the wedding Katie and Simon wanted to get a few shots with Pembroke Castle in the background so with the help of our fabulous Chauffeur from (Top Class Cars) we went and parked up for a few photos – then it was onto the Giltar Hotel in Tenby.  The Giltar is a very popular wedding venue in Tenby, Pembrokeshire and Malcolm and his staff certainly take GREAT care of EVERYTHING on the day.  One of the things photographers often need on a wedding day is a good strong mug of coffee from time to time and this was no bother at all for the guys at the Giltar.

After a few photos on the esplanade it was time for the wedding breakfast during which time we worked on the slideshow downstairs and chatted with Steve Briers (The DJ for the evening – great guy) – then after the wedding breakfast was over it was outside for a few more photos and then Simon and Katie allowed us around 45 minutes to head down to the beach for some more creative photos where we can take a little more time, use dramatic lighting and create something really nice for the album and the framed photos for the wall.

Then it was inside for an insane buffet, I have never seen so much food and it tasted as good as it looked – I also spotted a little teddy bear next to the cake – It was a gift from the hotel, a very nice touch and something I have never seen before at other venues – its a little keepsake but one that I am sure will mean a lot in the years to come.

Then it was slideshow time followed by the first dance.

This really was a cracking wedding, it was very obvious that Katie and Simon are madly in love with each other – you could just tell that by watching – I know its a strange thing to say considering it was their wedding day but there is something very special about the relationship these guys have and its really nice.

So it just leaves me to say a HUGE congratulations to Katie and Simon from Helen and myself, Nikki and Joshua and Soukie

Giltra wedding photography - tenby wedding

Ciao

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