Malvern Wedding / Cotswolds Wedding Reception

The Wedding of Claire and Nick

This past Friday saw me photographing the wedding of Claire and Nick.  If your a regular blog stalker you will remember it was only a few weeks ago that I shot their engagement session photos and how that day started disastersly but ended up GREAT – you can see their blog post for there engagement photoshtoot here.

Well after double and triple checking everything Nikki and I (Nikki was assisting me today) headed over to Hanley Swan just outside of Malvern in Worcestershire.  We arrived a few minutes early as we like to do that way we can load batteries and double check everything one last time before the day starts.    We were greeted to a house in full flow, there were bridesmaids everywhere, mum and dad (of the bride) were milling around taking care of last minute details etc.  Claire’s dad insisted we had a cup of coffee (always welcome) and even wanted to make us sandwiches but we had already eaten so we just cracked on.  You can generally tell from the first 10 minutes your in someones house how the day was going to unfold and I knew today was going to be great.  I have never met a more gracious family or been so well looked after at a wedding.

Well since we were a bit early Claire (our bride for the day) was still having hair her first round of hair being done so rather than take the very early stage of getting ready photos which never flatter a bride we started off with the dress photos – I had not known until the day before but Claire’s dress was an Ian Stuart wedding dress, one of my favorite wedding dress designers.  So following MOB (Mother of the Bride) we headed off to mums bedroom – WOW is all I can say – the bedroom was a photographers delight – GREAT windows allowing fantastic light to spill in – light walls, light bedding, light carpet – the holy grail in terms of creating beautiful shots. – The view out the window was interesting to me as MOB’s garden looks amazing, it was very well established and beautiful.  This gave me the idea of shooting the wedding dress outside in the garden so after quickly checking with Claire (who mentioned she had a feeling I may ask after seeing some of my other blog posts with wedding dresses hanging from strange places) and watching her GULP a little she said yes.

With all the respect and reverence a beautiful wedding dress deserves on its wedding day we carefully transported it to the garden and shot a few photos.

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but we just had to shoot it in mum’s bedroom as well – it just made for a great photo

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and since we are talking about dresses – the bridesmaids dresses were by Ted Baker and were stunning

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and since we are going for all the dress and detail shots, we took photos of everything

blue garter, old grandmothers ring and purfume

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I am not a 100% sure what they are called, I call them a featherry shawl but I am guessing thats totally wrong – anyway whatever they are called, Claire had 3 of them for her bridesmaids and after seeing them I knew they would make GREAT backgrounds for photos of the rings etc.

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and the last of my detail shots at for the moment, every little detail of the day was perfect right the way down to the flowers.

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See what I mean, I could have spent all day in that room just shooting but with time ticking we went to see how our beautiful bride for the day was coming along.  I popped down stairs once again into the room being used as a make shift salon.

I have seen many many hair and makeup people over the years and there are only a few I would feel comfortable recommending but from the very first moments I met both Clare and Chris I knew they were very dedicated, highly professional and very talented – I would have no hesitation in recommending either of them.

Here Clare ( Clare Bryce – Pure Pampering – is working on Claire our bride for the day.

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and here is  Chris from Bridal Hair Specialists – teasing Claire’s hair into place – the photo below was actually taken after Claire had popped on her wedding dress – I just happen to pick that one as I choose photos before writing the blog stories.

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A lot of what the photographers, hair and makeup people do in the early part of the day is about putting the bride at ease, if you can work diligently but in a very friendly way its relaxing for the bridal party – the atmosphere in the make shift salon was very relaxed and this was even before the champagne had started flowing !

Here is another shot of Clare working on one of the bridesmaids (actually shot later in the morning but will pop it here)

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Then it was on upstairs for the getting ready shots.

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and the looks from the girls once Claire had slipped into her dress said it all

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There are always very poinient moments at a wedding, in the next two shots taken just after Claire had put on her dress she reaches over to mum and gives her a big kiss to say thanks for all the help that went into making the day perfect.  These moments are real, you cannot fake that kind of emotion and its photos like this that really capture the essence of a wedding in my humble opinion

meanwhile down stairs dad (FOB – Father of the Bride) was having a little trouble with this tie – in the end assistance came the rescue

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At around this time Nikki popped off to grab a few shots of the boys at the church – it was now 12:00 (midday) and the wedding was due to start at 12:30

Nick and the boys at St Gabriels in Hanley Swan, Malvern  – Worcestershire

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If your planning a church wedding and are thinking of St Gabriels nr Malvern it really is a beautiful little church

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Claire and her dad outside the church just a few minutes before walking down the aisle

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and I love this photo – This is a shot of Claire peeking into the church just seconds before she starts her last walk as a single girl

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and a very unusual carpet for our bride to walk down

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I love the happiness that this image captures – Claire was beaming from ear to ear

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and here during the singing I caught a shot of Nick grinning at his best man

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and then as the happy couple went off to sign the register, the guests were treated to some truly amazing cello playing from “A special and close family friend

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and following that the happy couple came out and went up to the high alter for prayers

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I actually shot the next photo a little later but it fits nicely here so have popped it in

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then it was outside for a few photos and Confetti 🙂

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At this point we all loaded into our cars for a 45 minute dash down to The Cotswolds.  Claire and Nick’s wedding reception was held at the amazingly beautiful Manor House Hotel in the village of Morton on Marsh in the Cotswolds (Gloucestershire)

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little did I know at this stage that the theme for the whole wedding was White.  We (Nikki and I) were greeted at the hotel by Tom the Manor House’s Wedding Coordinator and he took great care of  us.  Tom led us to the room that was set up for Claire and Nick’s Wedding reception.  It was beautiful and we set about taking a few photos.

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Keeping with the white theme was the wedding cake (s)

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right about this time I head the door open behind me, I looked over and saw Claire and Nick walking into the room to have a sneak peek before the guests.  This is a bit of an outtake photo but it captured the reaction from Claire when she saw her cakes set up – The cakes were made by one of Nicks good friends. – again I love the real moment capture !

so after a few minutes we take an artistic cutting of the cake photo – as it turns out it was a very good job as the wedding breakfast ran on a little and the couple skipped the official cutting of the cake so this was the only cutting photo taken.

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Then it was outside and while the guests were being entertained by a fab sax player I ran around looking for the good places for taking photos.  For the group photo (with the hotels permission) I climbed onto the room of the hotel and grabbed this

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Claire and Nick with Mum’s and Dad’s

then we shot a few formals and a few not so formals of which I will share this one with you – again a bit of an out take but a cracking shot IMHO

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and then as the guests were being led into the room to get ready for the wedding breakfast I took Claire and Nick away for a few nice romantic shots.

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then it was just gone 4pm and time for the happy couple to go into the wedding breakfast.

We retired to the bar area where Claire and Nick had set up a tab for us and had our lunch while we worked on putting the slide show together for the evening session and then it was back into the room for the speeches photos of which I will share a couple with you.

and the best man trying to have a hair do like Nick’s

then it was just about time to get ready for the first dance – during this time I spotted one of the Engagement photos next to a well places sign.

Then it was time to grab a few first dance photos before it would be time for us to leave

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Just before leaving we grabbed a shot of Claire’s mum and dad using the hotel as a backdrop

Then as we were leaving I grabbed one last photo of The Manor House Hotel – a really beautiful place to hold your wedding / wedding recpetion

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On behalf of Nikki and myself can I just wish Claire and Nick all the best – as I finish typing this they are probably on a plane half way around the world getting close to their honeymoon destination.

Guys have a GREAT time, enjoy and bell me when you get back.

Thanks for choosing us to be a part of your big day,



David Purslow
Worcestershire and Cotswolds Wedding Photographer
Phone 01299 250114

Claire HarrisMay 4, 2011 - 9:14 pm


The pictures are awesome we’ve looked through them about 5 times already (they’re a great cure for jet lag!) You’ve captured some really great ones (even though we made it harder for you as we didnt give you as much time as planned) and there are some absolute stunners. A couple of the church ones are just amazing and the ‘real life’ ones are great especially those capturing the reaction to the speeches. We even lke the whole group one which we never normally do when looking at wedding pics, and love some of the ones on the dancefloor as well, especially as we weren’t expecting them.

We’d like you to post this message on your website as we understand how difficult it is when you first start looking for the right photographer. So, if anyone reading is still to choose their wedding photographer then be assured you will be delighted with David and he comes strongly recommended from a very happy recent Bride & Groom – he was great to work with, the engagement shoot was brilliant and completely put us at ease, the slide show on the night was just lovely and ultimately the pictures are just stunning and really capture the emotion of our amazing day.

We love our pictures!

Thanks again

Claire & Nick Harris

Birmingham Wedding Photography – Engagement Session

Luce & Martin’s Engagement Photos

Himley Hall Park – Kingswindford West Midlands

Hi there,

Today saw me out shooting the engagement session of Luce and Martin – The engagement shoot took place in the grounds of  the beautiful Himley Hall in Kingswindford just outside of Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.

The couple picked Himley Hall as its one of their favorite walks, its a beautiful park has amazing walks and is very pretty.

The weather today was slightly challenging as one second it was bright sunshine then the next second it was overcast and pretty cold

Luce and Martin were troopers, and in just flip flops and sandles walked thru the woods, Poor Martin got a few thorns in his toes from time to time.

Anyway, a GREAT day that returned some amazing results.

Needless to say I was totally thrilled with the photos and the enthusiasm that the couple threw in creating great pictures.

Enjoy !

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Hope you like,



David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait photogarpher
Phone 0759 0076666

Leanne FindonApril 13, 2011 - 10:30 am

Wow!! Lovely photos!!
You guys look amazing…the wedding photos will be ace! I can’t wait!
Lea xx

Holdsworth House Wedding Photography

Black and White Wedding Photography

The Wedding of Carl and Jo


Hello there, something TOTALLY different from me today !

Yesterday saw me ‘Second Shooting’ a wedding with PAUL ALEXANDER PHOTOGRAPHY –  The wedding took place at the fabulous Holdsworth House in Halifax in Yorkshire !   A second shooter is not the lead photographer and grabs shots while the key photographer does works his or her magic.

One of the reasons I second shoot if I dont have a wedding of my own on a certain day is it keeps my hand in, I get to try stuff that I would not normally do at a wedding that a client is paying me for – Yes as a Second your job is to provide the lead photographer with useable images that they can use.  Once I have the useable stuff in the bag I then try stuff – sometimes it works and sometimes it does not – This time it WORKED SO SO SO SO SO WELL !

I have always wanted to shoot an entire wedding from start to finish in Black and White – I LOVE black and white photography and especially Black and White wedding photography.  I am waiting for the day a client comes to me and asks for 100% black and white coverage on their wedding day.  Because I was shooting mainly black and white I was also able to shoot at a much higher ISO – this is term that basically means how much light you need – the higher the ISO the less light you need – Since I shot 90 % of this wedding at an iso over 1000 – I didnt need to use much flash – this is something I love playing with.

I want to thank Paul for inviting me on his wedding and offer a very special thanks to Jo and Carl for allowing me to play and practice on what is probably the biggest day of their life – thanks guys – I had a GREAT time, loved every second of it and didn’t once think the people up north spoke funny !

Enjoy the photos


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Jo’s Bridal Preparation Photos

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A few shots of Carl with Mum and Dad

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Jo and Dad take a long walk to the ceremony room !

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During The Wedding

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Some of the Guests

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The Rings

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Carl getting a swift one in !

The bar at Holdsworth House Halifax Yorkshire

Speeches and the Reception

OOOH I got a present – What is it ?

A few more creative / artistic wedding photos

Waiting around for the first dance !

One last one !

Well I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek at the wedding photos of Jo and Carl who got married at Holdsworth House, Halifax in Yorkshire.

Thanks for visiting my blog, come back soon



David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
Phone 01299 250114
Moible 0759 007 6666

Remember we cover the whole of the UK – wherever your getting married – we are your local photographers !

Andrew FowlerMay 10, 2011 - 7:33 pm

Hi David

I’d love to think that you copied my idea of doing a full wedding as second shooter at Holdsworth House all in black & white but unfortunately, having looked at the stunning quality of your work, it seems to just be a coincidence 😉
Oh well!

David PurslowMay 10, 2011 - 7:40 pm

Hi Andrew, thanks for the nice comments, I dont know why I did it, maybe its the venue but it was crying out for it.

just had a peek Holdsworth House photos and its interesting to see another photographers take on the same venue – GREAT images.

keep up the good work


Andrew FowlerMay 10, 2011 - 10:07 pm

Well, thank you for your comments! Looks like we’ve got a bit of a mutual appreciation society going on here!
I think you’re absolutely right. It must be something about the venue. Generally, colour is such an integral part of any couple’s special day that an all-monochrome album just wouldn’t do it justice. It could really only ever be seen as a self indulgence on the part of the Photographer, which it clearly was for both of us.
BTW, they do talk funny up here! I was “exiled” to Yorkshire from the Midlands over 20 years ago and I still never get what I ordered when it’s my turn to go to the bar. I’m sure they do it on purpose!
I look forward to following your work from now on.

Bridal Boudoir / Super Sexy Wedding Photos !

Birmingham & Worcestershire Boudoir Photography

Smoking hot wedding photos by David Purslow

Okay, Last week saw me at a photo shooting day – this was not a workshop, there was no training involved, this was just a day to practice and get myself back into the swing of creative lighting as wedding season is fast approaching.

The basic idea was that 10 photographers got together with 1 couple, 5 female models, a stunning venue and some beautiful wedding dresses – we had an hour per couple / model and got to shoot whatever we liked.  We set up our own lights, picked rooms (or church) and just had a great day.

Several of the models were ones I had worked with before but there were several new ones also.

I like to describe my style as – are you ready for it – a mixture of Fashion, Reportage, Contemporary, Documentary and just down right amazing wedding photography. – I wanted to play with strong lighting from portable light sources – the kind of thing I carry at weddings.  I wanted dramatic images, sexy images, beautiful looking brides, rugged looking groom shots, beautiful couple shots and soldering hot bridal boudoir shots.

Here are some of the results.

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Please note:

The following images are smoking hot – If you are offended by incredibly sexy wedding photos then please dont scroll down !

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Well I hope you like these,  I am looking at introducing this kind of lighting throughout my weddings over the next 12 months or so – the subject matter may change slightly as ‘real brides’ may not play up to the camera as much as some of the models seen here however if you want a beautiful, sexy bridal potrait session – this should wet your apatite so give me a bell and lets chat about it.

We are also opening a Photo Studio Between Kidderminster and Worcester in the next few weeks – we will be offering all kinds of  portraits including bridal boudoir photography.

Thanks for stopping by



David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
Phone 01299 250114

Claire and Nick – Engagement Shoot

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Malvern Hills Engagement Shoot

Here are the happy couple – Claire and Nick – Enjoying a sunset on top of the Malvern Hills – something I am sure they doubted would ever happen !

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Not for those reasons but Claire and Nick seem like my ‘Bogey Couple’ – For one reason or another we had planned to shoot last weekend but it never happened, then today we met up at 4pm (the clocks went forward today so it was actually 3pm) All was going well till I found out I had left a battery I needed for the shoot on the table at home –  I felt like a dick I have to be honest.  I packed off Claire and Nick for a drink and offered to buy them lunch while I grabbed another battery (Nikki was bringing one over for me but the whole thing would take about an hour) – well an hour later, battery in hand and ready to shoot – we met up again at the base of British Camp in the Malvern Hills.

I think sometimes god was smiling down on me as that hour allowed the harsher sun to dissipate a little  and we had beautiful soft directional light – with a great golden colour and softness to it. – we set off for our hike up the hills.  Claire (or Kate) as I knicknamed her due to what I see as a resemblance to Kate Middleton (Our future Queen)  and Nick are a GREAT fun couple who were up for anything including playing football on top of the Malvern hills.

So here you go, a few from today – I am thrilled to bits with the photos, I told Claire and Nick that I would have them up for them to see in the morning so at the time of posting I dont know what they think of them !


Oh, Claire, Nick – Thanks much for being so patient, I am sure it was not easy 🙂  but it was so worth it……….

As we were walking back to the car, I spotted a gate, I had Claire climb on top of it, then just as I was about to take the photo, the dog you see came running over and wanted some love.

Just after we left the hills, we rounded a corner just as the sun was setting – we pulled over on the side of the road jumped out and shot 3 photos, by the time we got to number 4, the sun had set.

Hope you enjoy this sneak peek.



David Purslow
Worcestershire Wedding Photographer
Phone 01299 250114
Mobile 0759 0076666

[…] This past Friday saw me photographing the wedding of Claire and Nick.  If your a regular blog stalker you will remember it was only a few weeks ago that I shot their engagement session photos and how that day started disastersly but ended up GREAT – you can see their blog post for there engagement photoshtoot here. […]