The Wedding of Kayleigh and Martin – Gelli Fawr, Pembrokeshire

Hello there David here from – I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, West Wales however I cover West Wales, South Wales and to be honest the whole of the UK.

A couple of weeks ago I had the great pleasure of shooting a wedding for a couple I know, Martin is the brother of one of my brides from a couple of years ago and also the brother of a good friend of mine’s girlfriend. Well it seems that I am rapidly becoming the family photographer as I have another wedding for the family booked and am in talks with others about yet another wedding 🙂 – I love extended families and it always makes for better photographs as most of the guests would had seen me at Rozlyns wedding so knew what I did and left me to my own devices.

Martin and Kayleigh’s wedding was very much their own day, the wedding itself was very relaxed and pretty informal, in many ways not your traditional wedding, Martin and Kayleigh also dont like posing for photos so after a good few chats about keeping formals to a minimum I knew what they wanted and set about working out how to capture the day.

I met up with Martin the night before the wedding, he was staying at Gelli Fawr the hotel where the wedding was taking place. I had been invited up for a few beers but only had 2 as I knew I wanted a clear head the following day.

So on the morning I arrived at the Gelli Fawr Hotel and as always it was looking spectacular. Its a great setting for a wedding (once you find it) and it makes for great photos. I always shoot venue shots on the day of the wedding even though this was my third wedding there in 5 weeks. The way I look at it is the photo was actually taken on their wedding day and that makes it special.


I then set about looking for Martin, Kayleigh was getting ready elsewhere so I decided to stalk Martin – I had arrived only an hour before the wedding as requested so the groom prep shots are few but this is what my couple wanted.

Martin was surprisingly relaxed in my humble opinion and was looking pretty much a dude !


and here he is with the rest of the boys


Shortly after this shot was taken the boys were going to walk down to meet with the registrar so I headed off, grabbed a long lens and waited to get a good few casual walking shots. In these couple the boys are teasing Martin about his final moments as a single guy yet (as you can see in the b/w photo) Martin was strolling along without a care in the world.



So with about 10 minutes to wait I was running back and forth like a jack rabbit wanting to get shots of Kayleigh arriving but also wanting to get the final few shots of Martin as a single guy – This I think is one of my favorite shots of Martin, I think he just realized that in a few minutes he is getting married !!!!


I feel for Jamie the best man here – I shot Jamies wedding a few years ago and I think he looked more nurvous at Martins wedding than at his own.

Anway shortly after taking this shot I was waiting outside when Kayleigh arrived.

I think its fair to say Kayleigh made an impression the second the car turned up !!!!! – I dont know how many people saw it and more importantly I dont know how they got it down the lanes but WOW – take a peek at this


Now the family and friends will know what I am talking about here but for other visitors please dont take this the wrong way. As a photographer who has shot hundreds of weddings you know when you meet a bride that she will look amazing on her day and you build up an idea about how she will look, the dress etc – but Kayleigh out did my estimation by about 500 %

Kayleigh looked amazing and where she got that hair from I will never know – I have only ever seen her with slicked back hair so I was stunned by just how beautiful and radiant she looked as she stepped from the limo


and for someone who had said to me she hated having her photo taken you would never have guessed from the way presented herself and allowed me to snap away. In this shot Kayleigh is looking at Fred who runs the Gelli Fawr hotel, we were about 2 minutes away from the wedding starting so I grabbed a couple of quick shots and then headed back inside to get ready for her walking in.


When I got back into the wedding room, I noticed that Martin was sitting there starting to look a tad nervous and twiddling his thumbs !


Then it was a very proud moment for Kayleigh as her mother walked her down the aisle.


and the huge smile when she see’s her man !


Here are a few pics taken during the service and the signing of the register




This shot was taken from the back of the room during the actual signing, I love the interaction between the two of them



The its run for the hills time !


and I love this shot, its one of those special moments you cant pose you just have to be in the right place at the right time


Following a brief welcome line inside it was outside for a few casual photos and a bit of enjoyment, I only shot a few formal photos as the rest were just casual grabs while people milled about together.


Wayne and MJ



I just love the following three photos, this is what weddings should be all about, being in love and having a good time !!!!




and I love the two little girls in these photos. One of the great things about being a photographer is seeing the same people months and years apart. I had shot both of these girls at Roslynd’s wedding and I was amazed at how much they had grown up and just how gorgeous they looked.



Following around 1/2 an hour of casual photos Martin and Keyleigh slipped away with me, Wayne and Keith to pop down to Pentre Ifan (the burial chamber) to shoot a few nice romantic photos.








and then just as we were leaving, Keith and Wayne decided that they didnt like the fact they were not in the photos and just as I was going to shoot a pic, jumped in


and I love this shot of the couple leaving Pentre Ifan


So with the afternoon ticking along at a nice steady pace, I mooched around looking for some nice people shots, and came across this


and got a shot of Martin with his best man – Who the second the wedding was over changed quicker than a jack rabbit


Then there was a little break before the night time kicked off, which was preceded with the cutting of the cake



Then it was time for the pig roast and for the night time fun to begin


Martin and Kayleigh had a great duo singing on the night time, they were called vision


and naturally when the night time starts there is always the first dance



and I just LOVE this shot


and naturally once the couple hit the dance floor everyone else joins in – especially the kids





Then just as I was leaving I came across these lads outside, seeing my cameras they insisted I take a shot – my last photo of the day.


It was a fantastic day, one I really enjoyed. The wedding was fun, relaxed, emotion filled and a great time was had by all – Good luck Martin and Kayleigh and thanks for choosing me to be a part of your day, I hope you like and enjoy your wedding photos and that they bring back many happy memories of your fantastic day.



David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait Photographer
01437 779412
0759 0076666

Kayleigh REESSeptember 8, 2009 - 8:14 am

Hi david, just wanted to say a huge thank you for doing a fantastic job on our photos, you really took in what we said we wanted and you done us some amazing photos that i no in 10 and 20 years time we’ll look back through and remeber our day perfectly. And wow never knew me and martin could look so good in a photo, as you know were not big fans of them. But you made us feel really relaxed, you were more like a guest than a photographer and we really cant thank you enough.

collette johnsonSeptember 8, 2009 - 4:58 pm

The photos are absolutely stunning can see why you had so much trouble in choosing them am looking forward to the whole bunch

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Courtney’s Bridal in St Clears – My Gallery stage 1

Hello everyone, just quick little update, Today (Sunday) I will be putting up Martin & Kayleights wedding blog story, this will be a little later tonight.  But for now I wanted to share a few pictures with you of how my Gallery Room is looking at Courtney’s Bridal in St Clears close to Carmarthen.

Courtney’s if a fantastic wedding dress / prom dress / bridesmaids dress shop run by Natalie and I have taken one of the rooms there to use as a Gallery.  I wont be there all the time but the plan is that one day  a week I will be there (and will keep you updated on those days here)

The Gallery currently is not finished but this will give you an idea of what its going to look like.  The room is pretty small so to shoot the pictures I used a wide angle lens which has distorted a couple of the pictures but there is no way round that.

The idea of the Gallery is that I am starting to get lots of brides looking for wedding photographers in Carmarthen or wedding photographers in Carmarthenshire and the gallery allows me to meet prospective brides at the shop which is much closer to Carmarthen than Haverfordwest.  Its also great for brides looking for wedding photographers in Pembrokeshire but who live in Central or East Pembrokeshire also.

I will have a few portraits up on the walls also so if your looking for a pembrokeshire or carmarthenshire portrait photographer why not stop by.

Natalie has kindly offered to hold an open evening so watch this space, if you would be interested in coming along just to be nosy and have a good look at a fabulous selection of ball gowns, wedding dresses and accessories or to peek at my photos and albums leave a comment in the box below and we will let you know when it is !

Anyway here it is so far,  I just started to put a few pictures on the walls.





Dont forget to leave your details in the comments box if your interested in coming along to the open night !


Wedding Photo Booth ! – Event Photography for Weddings in Wales and the UK!

Hello there, David here from – I am a high end wedding photographer for West Wales, South Wales, Wales and the UK !

Before I start this VERY BRIEF post I wanted to let you know I was off line all last week so am very behind and I am in the process of catching up ! – I have 3 wedding to update which will start to appear later today or tomorrow, starting with Martin & Kayleigh’s

The reason for this weeks post is this weekend saw me shooting a wedding at Margam Park, The wedding reception took place in the Orangary at Margam Park and part of the package the couple had opted for is my much inquired about photo booth option.

As some of you may know I also run an high end Events Photography business with clients including likes of BBC Wales, Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club,  The RAF etc and about a year ago I decided to bring HI END event photography to the wedding market – I created a portable photo booth setup alongside a fully digital professional portable printing lab which is operated by Helen my highly trained, increadably patient and indispensable assistant. – This setup is capable of producing studio quality photographs delivered in around 90 seconds after the photo has been taken – by utilizing the latest wireless technology the photos are beamed directly to the digital lab from the camera, Helen then  crops them and carries out any adjustments that may be needed before they are printed on Fuji Professional Paper, mounted and placed in clear face bags (to stop drinks being spilled on them) and delivered to the customer.

The photo booth is available in many different configurations and pricing options but for the wedding this weekend we were printing 6x9inch photos which were FREE for the guests to take away, in a 2 hour window we produced 276 photos and prints, all mounted and all ready for collection almost immediately

Its not an exaggeration to say the guests were delighted and thrilled with the final results, we received many compliments, several booking enquireies and high praise from the people saying they would spend hundreds of pounds on portraits like these at the local studio – the fact the got them for free (gifts from the bride and groom) and the got them there and then was the icing on the cake !

Who said you cant have your cake and eat it ? – they were wrong.

We offer the photo booth in all our packages as an option and are happy to attend weddings we dont photograph and just provide the photo booth option – it really is a talking point and pretty much is unique in the area – if your interested please call us for more information 01437 779412 / 0759 007 6666

Here is a picture of the booth set up – I took a wide shot (not the best shot of the booth as there was a queue of around 40 people wanting photos with the bride)


And to give you an idea of the kind of portraits we were producing on the night here  are 4 to peek at – Enjoy.





I think you can see why this went down a storm

right back to my wedding work, lots of catching up to do – I did this quickly because I have been getting lots of questions about the photo booth and people wanting to see it in action.



David Purslow
Event Photographer / Wedding Photographer
01437 779412
0759 007 6666

Perfect start to a Monday morning – wedding testimonial :-)

Hey guys,

If you check out the latest wedding story on my blog HERE – and scroll to the bottom you will find some amazing comments from the bride and groom – This was the perfect start to the week – knowing that your work is appreciated and loved make you feel like you did a great job and gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling all over

Here are what the couple had to say 🙂 – THANKS GUYS !!

Wow! Wow! and Wow! again!

The pics of our wedding day are all we ever hoped for and more. You captured all the special moments of our day and brought it to life through your fantastic shots. These really are photographs that we will treasure forever.

David you were a star on the day – a true professional! Many of our family, friends and Martin (owner of Buckland Hall) commented on how marvellous you were and we agree! Many, many thanks from the bottom of our hearts, we are very happy 🙂

Gareth and Louise x

The wedding of Louise and Gareth at Buckland Hall, Brecon, Wales

Hello there, David here from – I am a wedding photographer specializing in hi end reportage & photo journalistic wedding photography with a mixture of fashion & artistic portraiture all mixed together to bring you photos that you will cherish for a lifetime.  I am based in West Wales however I cover the whole of Wales and the UK

***** UPDATE JANUARY 2010 ****

I have just put up a slideshow of the wedding album – you can see the finished album by clicking here

END OF UPDATE – But still look at the full story below 🙂

I had been looking forward to Louise and Gareths wedding from the second I received the email all about the exciting wedding they had planned.  I often work with clients who book me months before ever meeting me however because they are based miles away from Pembrokeshire (where I live) but this was a little bit of a different – The couple were based in Dubai and were planning the whole wedding from over there !

Well a few weeks later they made a quick trip to Wales and I met up with them in Swansea.  Gareth and Louise told me all about the plans and it sounded just FAB, right down to the pink tequila they were using for the toasts (this should tell you a big party was in store that night)

So shoot forward a good few months and its time for me to make my way to the fabulous Buckland Hall in Brecon, this was the first of my weddings as Buckland hall and OH BOY what an amazing venue


The whole theme was a reflection of the couples travels around the world, and as soon as you walked thru the door you were greeted with signs that culture and detail are very important to Gareth and Louise.


TO SEE THE REST CLICK MORE (this is only visible on the main page of the blog, if you came right here you dont need to click the word more)


Gareth and LouiseAugust 23, 2009 - 9:49 pm

Wow! Wow! and Wow! again! The pics of our wedding day are all we ever hoped for and more. You captured all the special moments of our day and brought it to life through your fantastic shots. These really are photographs that we will treasure forever.

David you were a star on the day – a true professional! Many of our family, friends and Martin (owner of Buckland Hall) commented on how marvellous you were and we agree!

Many, many thanks from the bottom of our hearts, we are very happy 🙂

Gareth and Louise x