Fantastic Wedding Reading

Hello there,

I am working on photos from the wedding of Rachel and Mike and will be putting them online later tonight but I resized a photo of one of the readings they had at the wedding.

I remember thinking at the time it was a rather funny reading and one  I had not heard before,

so here it is.

Yes I Marry you by Pam Ayers

Yes, I’ll marry you, my dear,
And here’s the reason why;
So I can push you out of bed
When the baby starts to cry,
And if we hear a knocking
And it’s creepy and it’s late,
I hand you the torch you see,
And you investigate.

Yes I’ll marry you, my dear,
You may not apprehend it,
But when the tumble-drier goes
It’s you that has to mend it,
You have to face the neighbour
Should our labrador attack him,
And if a drunkard fondles me
It’s you that has to whack him.

Yes, I’ll marry you,
You’re virile and you’re lean,
My house is like a pigsty
You can help to keep it clean.
That sexy little dinner
Which you served by candlelight,
As I do chipolatas,
You can cook it every night!

It’s you who has to work the drill
and put up curtain track,
And when I’ve got PMT it’s you who gets the flak,
I do see great advantages,
But none of them for you,
And so before you see the light,
I do, I do, I do!



Big Brother House get a Robot – Titan

Big Brother – Titan the Robot

A couple of close up photos from last year.

I just saw that Titan the robot had entered the Big Brother House (Channel 4 – Endemol)

Having seem Titan up close I can understand why the house mates are running scared !!!!

Here are a couple of photos of Titan

Titan the robot from big brother on channel 4

big brother robot titan

While I dont make it a habit to go around photographing robots ( I am a wedding, portrait and boudoir photographer) I could not pass up this chance last year.

David Purslow
Phone 01299 250114
Phone 0759 007 6666

Stunning Penally Abbey Wedding

The Wedding of Lisa and Ben

Wedding & Reception held at Penally Abbey, Pembrokeshire

Hubba, hubba, hubba, this is going to be a good one !

Hey everyone, David here from David Purslow Photography – – We shoot weddings throughout West Wales, Birmingham, Worcestershire and the whole of the UK.

Wow, where do I start telling the story of Lisa and Ben’s day, let me start a couple of weeks before when we met up for the pre wedding meeting to go over what the couple wanted. – They basically had 1 request, Lisa wanted a photo of the room the ceremony was taking place in with everyone in it – apart from that and a list of formals (spreadsheet style – just put that in for Lisa’s friends to have a good giggle at) that was it.  Ben and Lisa wanted very relaxed coverage, they wanted the story of they day, their friends, family and the happiness of the whole day captured.  Lisa did let me know secretly that she had gotten Ben a ‘pic’ I think its called, the little thing you strum a guitar with. (Ben plays in a band)

We met up with Lisa and the girls at Andrew Price in Tenby where they were getting their hair done, this was followed by a quick coffee at the coffee shop directly across the street, we hung back and snapped a few shots and tried to stay out the way.

andrew price hairdressers tenby

When we arrived, Lisa was so chilled and laid back we found it hard to believe that her wedding was only a few hours away.

bridal preparation photos pembrokeshire

pembrokeshire wedding photography

then it was off to the coffee shop

Then it was off to Penally Abbey for the rest of the day.  Sometimes when you hear the whole day is taking place at one venue in the back of your mind you worry about being able to find enough locations to shoot photos.  When Ben and Lisa said they were getting married at Penally Abbey, a big smile came over my face – wow what a venue.  At that stage little did I know that the whole day was going to be a photographers delight.

Penally Abbey, nr Tenby, Pembrokeshire –

getting married at penally abbey

wedding at penally abbey

So off we went to find the bride, but no sooner had we arrived when she sent her dad off with presents for Ben – Lucky fella !

as you can see, this brought a huge smile to Ben’s face.

I took the opertunity to shoot a few detail shots including this one of the rings

wedding rings pembrokeshire

Then it was back off to spend a little quality time with the Bride.

It seems that Ben was not the only one getting presents, Lisa got a good few 🙂  Here is one of them,

and then we laid the all important wedding dress on the sofa for a photo, with the mirror  in the background I managed to grab a shot of Lisa looking at her dress.

One of the nice things about bridal preparation photos is the people the bride sourounds herself with.

then it was time for Lisa to get into her dress, and while talking about the  dress  Helen, my assistant just fell in love with it, so knowing that Lisa brought it from White Bride in Narberth ran by good friend of mine Sally, I emailed Sally and asked all about it –  this is what she had to say ” Well it is a Sassi Holford gown called Daisy – Sassi made Autumn Kelly’s gown (she married Peter Phillips Princess Anne’s son), and all her gowns are handmade in England this is duchess satin with french artisan(handmade) lace and absolutely gorgeous!

beautiful wedding dress

white bride narberth

Lisa givnig out gifts 🙂    One of the funny things about being a wedding photographer is you get to see the whole story, where you as visitors to the site only get to see the photos.  Well this lovely young lady had just spent 5 minutes ripping into a present that Lisa had given her, she put her heart and sole into it only to find out it was her mums present, so in this picture, she is opening another box, this time her present, it made me smile a big smile – Kids love opening boxes

Then it was time to grab another couple of shots of the boys before it was time for the wedding to take place,

Boys being boys 🙂

and then down stairs for the wedding 🙂

As we came down the stairs there was a really nice box for cards, and a table full of beautiful flowers etc.   I thought to myself I better take a picture of that, but as I rounded the corner, the reasons to take the photo just got better, hidden away under the table was this young fella (I am guessing its a boy) and he was zonko

Then it was time for Dad to walk Lisa down the aisle, talking of dad, Lisa had gotten Dad a very special present, it was a beautiful set of cufflinks containing a little bit of her dress’s fabric.

and as they were walking in, Helen used a remote to take this photo, this is the shot Lisa requested 🙂

weddings at penally abbey

notice you can see me right at the front, well I was lucky enough to be allowed to tuck right up into the window and from there got a great view of the wedding.   Ben already knew when I came and got into that spot, Lisa would only just be outside the door – he took on that look grooms do when they realize its only seconds till they are going to be married men 🙂

and they got married !!!!

Following the wedding the signing of the register took place on the Piano, with strong window light on both sides it made for a very dreamy photo

and as the witnesses were signing, Ben and Lisa snagged a private quite little moment, naturally I snagged that too 🙂

Then it was everyone outside for a few photos and a bit of fun

The group shot

Then the bouquet toss, however the FIRST time Lisa threw it, it went right over everyone’s heads 🙂

Then it was time for everyone to go inside and get ready for the wedding breakfast, so I quickly ran inside to change lenses as Ben Lisa and myself were going to use the grounds to to shoot a few photos, as I walked into the bar, who do you think was behind the bar ?

you guessed it, the boys 🙂

then it was outside to make the most of the fantastic grounds Penally Abbey has to offer

Since the post is going on a little longer than I had anticipated here are a couple of photos from the wedding breakfast, a cake shot since it was made by mum 🙂 and a little gift,

and after the wedding breakfast with the sun starting to set, we went off to shoot a few more photos before the first dance, the photos show just how much in love Ben and Lisa are, I was testing my light settings and asked them just to wait for a second, the following picture is the result, they couldn’t keep their hands off each other

then it was time for the first dance, which was going to take place in the same room that the wedding had taken place in, Helen set up our lights and we were seconds away from the song coming on when Lisa and Ben decided since the room was too packed to move around properly to move the first dance outside – this was a touch of genius 🙂

Following Ben and Lisa’s first dance, Ben danced this little gig, it lasted only a few seconds but apparently it has a lot of meaning so I thought I would include it.

and now before the last photo taken on the day, I just wanted to share 3 more pictures with you, The first two are of a couple of very cute kids, the third is a reflection shot.  The lad in all the pillows slept most of the way thru the wedding breakfast, the second lad I bumped into while walking around shooting venue photos following the wedding breakfast.

The before you know it, it was nearly 10pm and had gone dark,  Time for 1 more photo,

With the help of 4 very special people hand picked by Ben and Lisa, we took this.

Congratulations to Ben and Lisa, I hope the happiness you so clearly felt that day stays with you guys for the rest of your lives,  thanks for choosing us to be a part of your day,



David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
Phone 01299 250114
Mobile 07590076666

SarahJune 22, 2010 - 4:05 pm

This is a stunning album, and whever I see your pictures I honestly wish we had chosen a different photographer for our wedding. Well done to you lovely, you’re doing a grand job x

David PurslowJune 22, 2010 - 6:45 pm

Thanks Sarah, very nice of you to say so.


The wedding of Kirsten & Ben

A beautiful Oxwich Bay Hotel wedding

Kirsten and Ben tie the knot

Hello peep’s David here from David Purslow Photography –

It only seems like a few weeks ago I visited Kirsten to show off my portfolio,  Its one thing that sometimes shocks people but yes I still visit prospective clients if they cant get to me.  On that day so long ago I saw a twinkle in Kirsten’s eye when she talked about the venue.  Kirsten and Ben she told me were planning on getting married at Oxwich Bay hotel on the Gower (or on Gower if your being correct) – I made a note of this and googled it as soon as I got home.  What a fabulous venue.  From then until now, almost a year  I have been really looking forward to this wedding.

Weddings are funny things, I go to around 30 – 35 ish a year and each one is different, each one has a lot of the bride in them, and as you will see from this blog post, Kirsten put a hell of a lot of planning and effort into this wedding.  I have decided to concentrate on this mainly as a way of telling the story.

So I arrived about an hour earlier than I was booked for, I like to do this to give me time to wonder around and get my bearings, its amazing what you see when you dont have a camera in your hand and the way people treat you, totally different.

The Oxwich bay hotel is seconds and I mean seconds from the beach- its about as close as you can get.  The main hotel is pretty nice but people dont book this venue for the hotel, of that I am convinced, its all about the Marquee and the location.

I shoot a lot of Marquee weddings but so far NONE, and I mean that, NOT A SINGLE ONE compares to the marquee at The Oxwich Bay, its breath taking as you will see in a second.

This is what you first see when you arrive,

oxwich bay hotel wedding pics

and it sits right in front of the main hotel

photo of the oxwich bay hotel gower

The path in front of the hotel that sweeps to the left of the photo leads you to a footpath with a sign for the Marquee on it,

you can see what I mean about how close to the see it is, its just the other side of that wall !

When you follow the path you come to another path leading up to the marquee

oxwich bay hotel marquee

and here is a view of it from the top of the bank

the marquee at oxwich bay hotel gower

So after I ran around and got my establishing shots, I tootled off to the main hotel to find Kirsten, my bride for the day.

As I walked around the corner I saw here coming my way, I quickly took this shot of the poor girl who looked weighed down beyond belief – you will see why in a minute.

Kirsten and her mum were heading over to the Marquee to put the finishing touches in place so I stayed around and grabbed a few shots of friends and family – then a few minutes later, a happy and beaming Kirsten came back again with a cornflakes box in hand !!!!!

Nope she was not heading off for breakfast, it was full of confetti I found out later.

Kirsten and her mum had put lots of finishing touches to the marquee so i popped back and grabbed some shots of the inside.

At this point, I should mention the staff at the Oxwich bay hotel, Hana and all the staff there pulled out all the stops and then some to make me feel more than at home, I have never EVER been so well looked after by any venue.  Nothing at all was too much bother (apart from getting a big mug for my coffee but I forgive them) for them and any request I made was instantly accommodated.    If they look after me that well, I can only imagine the service the bridal party and the whole wedding party received.  I would have to say they  really do go WAY beyond in terms of service.

So as I returned to the Marquee, Hana and some of the other staff members were still dressing tables, and boy did they do a good job. – so there doing this while I mince around taking my photos trying not to get in the way.

Oh, Oh, OH,  in the next few photos you might see big white boxes to the sides of the Marquee – thats Air Conditioning 🙂  how cool is that if you excuse the pun.

Just at the entrance of the marquee is a set of lovely hanging love hearts, its a really nice touch.  Apparently several go missing each year.

photos of inside the marquee at oxwich bay hotel

inside marquee photo oxwich bay hotel gower

What an amazing view and just look at what the bride and groom will be looking out over.

On each table was a center peice, and several shells with a glued in pearl – I liked these so much I used them for the ring shots – I actually did them later but will include them now for you.

and some of the details that were included on on the tables and glasses – not seen these before 🙂

The bride and groom had special ones, guests had them also,

and everywhere you looked there were personal little touches that must have taken hours upon hours

well after I finished in the Marquee I hurried over to see the wedding room being finished off – again an army of staff hard at work.

This shot was taking while the guys were still making up the room.

notice the box of cornflakes again 🙂

and details were not over looked here either,

Time was now getting close to the actual wedding so I went upstairs to get the dress shot,

and then I waited for Kirsten to get changed and come downstairs.

and then took her dads arm and walked around the front of the hotel, down the red carpet and into the room to get married.

I love how happy dad looks in this picture,

Unfortunately the registrars in this area don’t allow you to take photos during the wedding itself, I was allowed to take one shot of the ring exchange only so here it is.

again look at the details that Kirsten put into the wedding, I love the word Love on the table, its so cute.

Following the wedding it was service resumed as normal and time for me to earn my crust.

we started off with photos in the wedding garden, they have a special garden complete with fantastic views, fountain and perfect spot for a confetti shot just outside the doors from where the wedding takes place.

Then while the guests were walking to the marquee, Ben, Kirsten, Bens mum and I went to the little church around the corner, we shot a whole bunch of photos there but here are a few to enjoy.

On our way up

Kirsten peeking out behind the door of the church

Ben and Kirsten walking back – what you dont know is that Mum is hiding behind the pillar in the photo in the background.

Then when we got back, we quickly did out cutting of the cake photos  while the guests had a few drinks, played jenga etc.

I do have shots of the knife but this one the focus point is on the rings

Then it was time for a few formals and the guests to go into dinner – I dont know if these formals were shot before or after dinner as I did some at each but you get the idea

Kirsten’s Mum and Dad

The Boys

More of the boys with Ben 🙂

and then a couple of the scottish part of the family – what do you get when you ask a Scott’s man to  put his drink down so you can take his photo

and then the lads comparing……………………

and Ben’s Dad

then it was into dinner followed by a fantastic desert – Again full credit to the staff, I had the full meal, so often paid for by couples but normally all we get is the main meal, not at the Oxwich bay hotel, I had the works including my all time favorite, the bread roll 🙂

and a few photos from the speaches, I love to capture guests with my longer lens so pick a spot and stalk the room

Dad’s speech

a few of the guests

and visitors from overseas

Following dinner we popped down the beach for a few photos

before heading back to the Marquee for the night time to begin

and my last photo of the day was a shot of the cufflinks that the Groom, Ben was wearing 🙂

Well I hope you have enjoyed having a look at the wedding of Kirsten and Ben, a fab day was had by all.  I talked to Kirsten briefly tonight and she still sounds on cloud 9

My congratulation go out to Ben and Kirsten as well as our thanks for choosing us to be a part of the day,

best wishes guys,

take care



David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
Phone 01299 250114
Mobile 0759 007 6666