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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

Getting married at Gellifawr Pembrokeshire

The Wedding of Tree and Tom

Hi there,

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Teresa (Tree) and Tom – I had first spoken to the couple via Skype while they were in Texas (USA) and they booked me on the spot.  So it was not until the day of the wedding that I first met Tree and Tom.  You might thing that strange but I actually only meet around 50 % of my clients before the actual wedding.

Tree and Tom had expressed exactly what they were looking for and I had a few secret emails with Tree about the dress etc – I got ever excited when i knew that Tree would be wearing a deep red wedding dress – I  knew this would make for great photos, then I heard that they wanted to go up to Pentre Ifan and shoot some similar photos those I shot at the wedding of Liz and Hayden.

Well I turned up to Gellifawr which is a GREAT place for a wedding with lots of amazing photo opportunities, no mobile phone signal so no distractions and the most friendly and efficient staff you could ever wish to find.  I shoot a lot of weddings in Pembrokeshire since I lived there for 7  years and Gellifawr is one of my favorite venues.

gellifawr hotel pembrokeshire

From the second I arrived I knew the theme of the day would be flowers, butterflies and bows – and I have never seen the inside of the hotel looking so good – The ceiling was dressed –  this was the first time I had seen this at this venue

getting married at gellifawr

chair covers pembrokeshire

and talking of butterflies, there were amazing ones hanging from the ceiling

pembrokeshire wedding photography

and did I mention flowers ?  well these had butterflies as well 🙂

and I decided to use these for the ring shot

wedding ring photos

and since I am doing the flowers at this time, here is a beautiful wand that the young bridesmaid carried – I saw it sitting on a window sill next to it was the buttonholes

bridesmaid want with red rose

white button hole

so after we shot all the detail shots etc, we took a trip to the brides room to photograph the wedding dress – it was breathtaking – there is something magical about red wedding dresses (maybe it could be because Nikki my wife wore one on at our wedding)

red wedding dress

I knew the second I saw the dress it was going to look spectacular on and couldnt wait to get the couple outside for a few ‘signature style photos’

While Tree got dressed Tom got a special gift – it was beautiful, and it came in a very special little blue box

shortly after this Tree was ready and made her way over to the main hotel building for the wedding service, naturally I used this time to grab a few shots

bride in red wedding dress

and a closeup of the beautiful Tree in her amazing wedding dress

and then the moment all brides dream about – walking down the aisle

and looking at Tree walking down the aisle was Tom – this photo gave Tom huge kudos with all the girls at the wedding, if he hadnt just got married……..  well lets say he let is softer side show !

emotional groom reportage photo

and the happy couple got married !

bit wedding kiss

and the exchange of rings

and then as man and wife they walked down the aisle together

at this stage I let the couple have a mad 10 minutes with their guests before starting to shoot the formals

The big group shot

group shot at gellifawr

while we were outside the staff turned over the room and dressed it for the wedding breakfast – again tons of detail went into this and it looked amazing

wedding room photo gellifawr

table setup at gellifawr

wedding cake

Then while the guests were being seated for the wedding breakfast I took the couple off for 15 minutes for a few of my signature style images – these are the more artistic, staged images.

beautiful wedding photo

artistic wedding photography

stunning wedding portrait

amazing wedding photography

creative wedding photography

reportage wedding photography pembrokeshire

Then it was back inside for the wedding breakfast, after this were the speeches and I shot this pretty much in a photo journalistic way (raportage style) – around 2/3rds of my coverage is shot this way I dont often put too many of them on the blog as I like to get in the details, the wedding and the other shots but today decided to give you a small selection.

reportage wedding photography

documentary wedding photography

This one got a good chuckle during the slideshow

reportage wedding photography pembrokeshire

candid wedding photography

documentary wedding photo

west wales wedding photography

and I am a sucker for little babies and black and whites so when you get a shot like this its just magical

black and white reportage wedding photography

*** ooops I suddenly realised that I forgot to show you a photo of the brides bouquet, I know its out of order but its such a stunning arrangement that I have just got to pop it here

bridal bouquet

Then after dinner it was time for the first dance, and here is quick one from that

Normally after the first dance is where the photos stop, however Tree and Tom had requested a sunset trip to Pentre Ifan – its a burial chamber that kind of looks like a mini Stone Henge and it makes for great photos.

wedding photography pentreifan

pentre ifan wedding photo

wedding photography west wales

What an amazing day – I cant say a big enough thanks to Tree and Tom for choosing me to be part of their big day, I had the time of my life it was a great wedding and I am delighted with the results.  I know Tree and Tom are due back from Honeymoon today so have put the photos up for their return.  I wish them all the very best in the world and hope that the joy and the happiness they experienced on that day lasts their lifetime.

Congratulations guys,

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
Phone 01299 250114

The Wedding of Imogen and Stephen

Imogen & Stephen Getting Married at Rhos y Gilwen

Good friends, good food, good music and lots of cows 🙂


Hello there everyone, dp here from www.davidpurslow.com – As you may know I am a Birmingham wedding photographer ! – Being based just outside of Birmingham in the West Midlands I bet your wondering what am I doing shooting weddings in West Wales ? – Well I used to live in Pembrokeshire for 6 years, I have lots of past clients that refer me to friends and family and I also still do the odd wedding fair down in Pembrokeshire.  You see I love pembrokeshire and am happy to travel down there and shoot as many weddings in Pembrokeshire as I can get !

Okay enough about me, lets get on the topic of today’s post – Imogen and Stephen getting married.  Imogen and Stephen have become friends over the past 18 months or so since they first contacted me.  I have met up with then 3 or 4 times before the wedding and had numerous phone conversations and facebook messages etc – I got so excited when I popped over their house one time and saw all the Beer that Stephen was brewing for the wedding, and naturally I had to try one on the day just to be polite 🙂

Imogen and Stephens wedding was different for many reasons, it was also very memorable for some of the same or different reasons.

Our day (I say ours as I work alongside Helen my assistant) started fairly late for us, we arrived at The Rhos Y Gilwen Mansion around Midday a couple of Saturdays back.  We were meeting Imogen there for a few bridal preparation shots (some of my favorite photos of the day as I feel the groom misses out on all that stuff) then the day would be in full swing and it would continue that way till LATE !

I love to shoot establishing shots, venue shots and detail shots for early on in an album – so while I was driving down the road I spied one of Stephens home made signs directing guests to the Mansion as its tucked away from the madding crowds.

getting married at rhos y gilwen

and continued onto the house

weddings at rhos y gilwen

Outside the front of the house is a really pretty fountain which will feature later but naturally I snagged a detail shot since the light was perfect for it.

fountain at rhos y gilwen

Now this post is going to feature heavily on the couple and the fun of the day, I have already popped up around 40 ish photos on Facebook so I have tried to get a few different ones here.  (the main purpose of my blog posts are two fold, 1 – to show the couple and their friends some nice pics from the day as they were probably too busy enjoying the day to notice all the little bits and bobs going on, and two to showcase my work a little for prospective clients) – But this post will be just that little bit different, I have not picked all the best photos or the WOW images, I have picked images that Stephen and Imogen will (should) love !!! – They are away at the moment and have not seen many of the pics yet, this is for them.

So talking about Stephen, Here he comes walking in, with a ‘musical instrument’ under his arms, I cant remember what its called but its NOT a violin  – I said the day was different, well Stephen and Imogen are Tempest’s and sing and preform in a group, Stephen actually played right up until Imogen came in, he entertained the guests for a good 1/2 an hour.

and here he is doing just that

The lighting at Rhos Y Gilwen is actually stage lighting with Gels on them and every now and then people would stand right in the way of a Gelled light – it caused me no end of problems during the wedding itself 🙁

But back to more important things 🙂

and just to give you an idea of what an ideal venue Rhos y Gilwen is, if your planning on getting married in pembrokeshire, getting married at Rhos y Gilwen has to be worth a think.  Look at the great hall !

wedding room at rhos y gilwen

Right at this point I am going to put a page BREAK in to effect as there are over 50 photos going online now – so if you want to read the rest of the story click the link below (unless your already on that page)

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