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

The Wedding of Becci and Barry

A Church Wedding followed by

A Wedding Reception at Hotel Plas Hyfryd

FORWARD:
I was very very happy to get booked for this wedding, Barry is the Manager of The Hotel Plas Hyfryd in Narberth, a fabulous wedding venue and one at which I work at very regularly.    When I heard that Barry and Becci were getting married I wanted to shoot the wedding for many reasons so when the chose me I was over the moon.

Hello there peeps, David here from www.davidpurslow.com – I am a wedding photographer covering West Wales and the Midlands – Yep a big area and I love it !

Last weekend I shot the wedding of two of the nicest people you would ever want to meet.  Since my move to the midlands I have been staying at the Plas Hyfryd before every wedding, so by now I know most of the staff really well, the owner really well and Becci and Barry have become good friends.  One of the hardest jobs a wedding photographer has to do is shoot the weddings of good friends but last weekend was easy as pie, Barry and Becci put total trust in me and even let me do things I have always wanted to do but never done at a wedding before ! – Stay tuned 🙂

Although the Hotel is a big part of both Becci and Barry’s life I wanted their wedding photography to be about them, their love and their day, this blog story is the same way, Yes I took lots of photos of the hotel etc but I took way more of the couple themselves so here goes.

Helen (my amazing assistant and right hand man / woman / arm) went to meet up with Becci at Andrew Price – the hair dressers in Haverfordwest at……..wait for it, 8 AM – this was going to be a full service day.

I took loads of shots of the girls getting ready so here are a selected few

Becci having her hair washed

bridal preparation photos wedding photos pembrokeshire

Mum

andrew price hair dressers haverfordwest

Becci again

wedding hair at andrew price haverfordwest

and Becci’s little girl

I love shooting into the mirror because generally the subjects dont know your doing it.

Then it was back to the Plas for Bacon sandwiches and makeup etc.

getting married at plas hyfryd hotel

wedding makeup pembrokeshire

and after this while the girls do what girls do on the wedding morning, Helen and I ran off to grab a few shots of Barry getting ready.

I should point out that I had not ever noticed that Barry was shy until you get anywhere near him with a camera, its kinda sweet and a nice trait I think

Barry was helping the boys to get dressed and to hand out cuddles when the big mean photographer fella popped into view

and you gotta love the expression when you say give me a wink !

so while Barry was helping the boys getting ready, his brother was helping him put his finishing touches together.

Then it was back to finish off the shots of Becci getting ready,  as we walked in I spotted on of the bridesmaids just standing there looking at Becci while she was finishing having her makeup put on – I just used the day light that was spilling in thru the open door to grab this shot,

then Helen and I spent a few minutes grabbing shots of the dress – We decided to do something we dont often do or really like to do and moved the dress – The hallway in the bridal suite at the Hotel Plas Hyfryd is amazing and since the last time I was there they have got a Mannequin on which to put the dresses to help the creases drop out, from what I understand that was Becci’s idea at one of the staff meetings, a great one as it lends itself to great photos.

THE DRESS !

beautiful wedding dress

and a little closer

Then with time ticking away it was time to rush down to the church to get ready for the big event 🙂

I have to thank the Priest at The Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Narberth, he was one of the coolest priest I have worked with and let me pretty much do what I wanted as long as it did not involve flash – I wish more vicars and priests were like this guy – what a gentleman !

When I walked int he door there was a string quartet playing, this had been a surprise for Becci from Barry.

and then the proud moment where Becci walked down the Isle

very quickly followed by the wedding itself

pembrokeshire wedding photographers

and while the couple where exchanging rings, I managed to get a great shot of the best man

and then as a couple they lighted the candle

Then it was time for a few formals

and after everyone had left the church, I took the couple back in to shoot a very special photo, here are two this didn’t make the cut, you will see in a minute what we did with them.

Then it was back to Hotel Play Hyfryd and time to party !!!!!!!!!

I like to get my big group shot out the way first, that way anyone not needed for more shots can shoot off to the bar and start drinking.

wedding photos at hotel plas hyfryd narberth pembrokeshire

and then just a few others

Then while the rest of the guests went off to go in for the wedding breakfast, we stayed outside and played around a little with Davids car.

Then it was inside for speaches and the cutting of the cake – and I should point out that the speeches seemed to draw a lot of attention, int he following pics you will see Erica, Baz and a bunch of the staff from the Plas watching on and having a good laugh 🙂

and this shot, I LOVE this one, its some strange lady man attacking the groom (Barry) – you needed to be there to understand fully

Now just before the last couple of pictures I wanted to show you just a few photos of the room before the guests hit it, I have been to lots of weddings at the plas but this colour scheme was Becci’s idea and it looked AMAZING.

and then what a better way to finish off with than a cake cutting

Well thats the story of the day thru my eyes, I really hope you enjoyed this small preview.

Heartfelt congratulations go out to Barry and Becci, big hugs and big kisses,

Congratulations guys,

ciao

dp

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

The Wedding of Angharad and David

Upton Castle Pembrokeshire Wedding Reception

sneak peek

Hello there, David here from www.davidpurslow.com – I am a wedding photographer based in just outside of Birmingham in the West Midlands.  Before I moved to the midlands I had been lived and worked in Pembrokeshire West Wales for 6 years.

I had been recommended to Angharad by her cousin who’s wedding I shot almost 2 years ago.  This always bring added benefits in as much as I know lots of people there and David and Angharads wedding was no exception – its great working with families over and over again as they really relax with you and leave you to do your thing.

I had met up with Angharad a few weeks prior to the wedding and went over the kinds of photography they wanted, as it turns out they wanted me to shoot in a little more traditional style which is something I do about 1/2 a dozen times a year so its still pretty popular.

I arrived at the house to capture the final few moments of Angharad getting ready and as I walked in I loved what I saw – whenever (as a photographer) you walk into someones house and see the walls adorned with photographs you know that they value photography and photographs – I love taking photos but more importantly I love people enjoying the photos I take so right there before I had even taken one photo I knew what I wanted to create for not only A & D (as I am going to call them) but also for Angharads parents.

I set about capturing the details and started off with the flowers

pembrokeshire bridal bouquet

and as I turned around I spotted Angharad putting on her veil with the assistance of one of the bridesmaids.

mirror shot of bride getting ready

a little while later we went outside to shoot a few portrait style photos.  The first one of Angahard at the bottom of the garden.

bridal portraits pembrokeshire

and then a closeup

closeup of bride under veil

Then I headed off to the Bethany Free Church in Clarbestone Road, its funny but I love photographing wedding at this little church because of the widnows and the way the building is situated its almost perfect for flash free wedding photography.

I got a few shots of David the groom outside the church before we went inside to wait for his bride.

and shortly after that The bride arrived in the back of a beautiful black car – don’t ask me what it is, I am not a car person but its old and looks fantastic.

bride in car photo shot thru window

I had planned this shot way before the day itself, I had taken a very similar one of Sarah at her wedding (Angharads cousin) and this is where shooting at venues often helps out, I knew exactly where to go to grab this photo and use the building and trees to block the glare from the window.

Then during the actual service I snagged this shot, I took about 50 photos during the service, I ran from the front of the church to the back of the church (via the outside as there is a door right where the photographer stands) – and into another building !!!! – Oh I forgot to mention, the wedding was SO BIG that the church was totally FULL and had to be relayed via VIDEO into another building where the rest of the party was !!!!!

bride and groom getting married

and i love this tender moment – this is why I carry two cameras – the second one is set up for close up work and without it, I would have missed this gentle moment.

exchanging rings

Following the weddings the reception was held at Upton Castle in Pembrokeshire – the venue is amazing and only hosts between 5 and 10 weddings a year so I have been wanting to shoot there for some time.

upton castle weddings pembrokeshire

and the bride and groom outside the front door.

upton castle wedding photos

As you enter the house there is an amazing hallway covered in a glass roof – the light in there was fantastic so naturally I snapped a few photos.

upton castle pembrokeshire wedding

wedding photos of upton castle west wales

and the reception was being held in a fabulous marquee outside in the back garden

marquee for weddings in pembrokeshire

One of the greatest compliments I get from people is when they say the don’t realize I am even there, apart from group shots which take a bit of work and the confetti shots I try to let the whole day just unfold.  This was the case from the father of the bride who said afterward that he had not realized that I had been taking photos at the reception until I set up for the group shot – I had taken around 50 photos at that point 🙂

The group shot was 160 people big !!! – so I had to improvise a little – Due to the angle of the sun I could not get the shot from any elevated position so I simply popped my camera on a mono pod – a big long stick !!!! and hoised it up to about 15 foot in the air – I pre focused it before I did that and triggered it (took the photo) by remote control – I took 4 photos to make sure I had everyone in it correctly and positioned where I wanted them – I am pretty pleased with the final result – it would look GREAT as a double page spread in an album !!!!!

big group shot wedding photo

and once I had all the safe group shots, and since we had a little time left I decided to play around a little – I had spotted a rose garden which would make for an interesting shot considering that A&D had a bridal party of 12 people – pretty big by today’s standards.

I have this as a normal file also, but I always like to try new things out once I know I have what I call the money shots in the bag, so I have posted this one here, I am still in two minds whether or not I like the effect on this photo – actually it does not matter if I like it, its what the couple thinks that matters so I am waiting to hear from A&D on what they think.  – I would also love to know what you think.

artistic wedding group photo

after this I took A&D off for a walk around the grounds, some alone time, some funky photos and just snaped away for about 5 minutes before  they went into dinner.

the grounds at upton castle wedding venue

pembrokeshire wedding photography

romantic wedding photography

After this the couple went into dinner, Helen and I set about setting up for the slideshow which we ran at the end of the meal however during the meal just we were finishing our main meal one of the waitresses came over and told me there was a very pretty rainbow outside – I ran over to A&D and let them know, I asked if they wanted to pop outside to quickly take the photo which they did – I thanked the waitress whole heartedly.

rainbow at wedding captures by west wales wedding photographer

Then we returned inside and a little while later Angharad and David had their first dance together as man and wife.

first dance couple

Well I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek of the wedding of Angharad and David, naturally I would like to pass along our congratulations to the happy couple and to thank them very much for choosing us to be a part of the day.

take care

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer covering the WHOLE of the UK !
http://www.davidpurslow.com
Phone: 01299 250114