Category Archives: wedding photography

Just one to play with – Black and white wedding photography

Hi there,

Told you there was going to be a bit of a run on posts,  spent the day working on a few sets of proofs, then took a quick peek at a few of the photos from the wedding I shot 2 days before having my Op !

This one jumped out at me, often when you take a photo it either looks better as a black and white or as a colour but this one I just cant decide.

From the wedding of Carina and David

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Black and white wedding photos

The Wedding of Niamh and James

Followed by a beautiful Wedding Reception at Killworth House Hotel

Hello there,  David here from David Purslow Photography

This weekend saw the wedding of a fabulous couple who I had the great pleasure of meeting and shooting the engagement of, Niamh and James.  Unfortunately due to a serious operation which I found out about only a couple of weeks before the couples big day, I could not be present.

I put out an SOS to my piers and mentors and within a few days the wedding was covered, after talking to Niamh and James and going over all the options I am very pleased to say the selected a fabulous photographer called John Mottershaw to first shoot the wedding on my behalf – John is a full time professional wedding photographer based in Sheffield, his website is Working along side of John was going to be a second photographer (I always work with an assistant) but as luck would have it just 12 hours before the wedding, another family medical emergency popped up and John reached out to a fantastic network of photographers we are both members of (details in the post below this one) and within a few hours assisted the aid of Simon Revill from Simon Revill Photography, another full time professional wedding photographer based in Derbyshire.  Simons website is located at

So back to the big day, I was really looking forward to this wedding from the very first meeting I had had with Niamh and James, when they said they were getting married at Killworth House Hotel, actually the church around the corner but the wedding reception was being held there, I was excited.  Killworth House is a fantastic wedding venue, one of the most beautiful wedding reception locations in Leicestershire and one any photographer wants to shoot at.  The day after the wedding Simon sent me over a collection of edited photographs ready to show the client and pop on the blog.  Simon knew this was one of the weddings I very excited about, I love weddings and am excited about them all but the grounds and the venue make for stunning photos and combined with a stunningly beautiful bride and groom, you just get really carried away and cant wait to be shooting the wedding photos.  Simon also knew (since I posted on the International Professional Photographers Network Forum) that Niamh and James had sent me over a very special  thank you / get well card which my wife brought into the hospital and which I saw pretty much as soon as I woke up following my surgery.  So The next morning I recived a folder full of images, I have gone thru them and selected a few of my favorites to share with you.

From what I have seen in the photos, it looked like it was an amazing day, Niamh looked simply stunning and James looked like the cat that had all the cream, he really looks like a very proud man in the photos.  One of the the things I love about Simons work is the way he captures the emotion of the day through his images and its amongst other reasons I look up to him and his work so much.

I cant really tell you too much about the day, I may ask John or Simon to write me a full blog post once I get back to work full time however I know both of them are really busy with their own weddings and portraits.   Naturally I wanted to say a huge thanks to John and Simon for all their help, I also wanted to thanks Niamh and James for sticking with me, trusting that the photographers I would choose to cover their day would be up to the job and just being such nice people all round.

A few of the photographs supplied by Simon Revill Photography

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Many thanks to John and Simon for taking care of this for me, more to come soon.

Congratulations to Niamh and James



David Purslow
Phone 01299 253 844

Sneak Peek – Alex and Lisa getting married

at Gosfield Hall, Essex

Hello there,

This weekend I shot the wedding of Lisa and Alex at the amazing Gosfield Hall Wedding venue in Essex.  Gosfield Hall has to be one of the top Essex wedding venues and proved to be a photographers dream – the room Lisa got ready in was truely amazing and the rest of the hall matched it.

This is just  a sneak peek – the full blog story will be in about 2 weeks (the couple are away for a few weeks  now)


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hope you like this sneak peek, Just before I go I wanted to say a big thank you .

I just want to thank Iain Gomes who assisted and 2nd shot (was my second photographer) with  me out at this wedding.  Iain is a true gentleman and a really great photographer based around London – Iain provided lighting assistance for me as Helen was not able to assist me with this wedding and he also photographed the boys getting ready in the morning.  I cant say enough good things about Iain – he has a great eye and I hope to work with him again on some other projects in the future.

I will post a fun photo of Iain (I got a good few shots of him) when I post the full blog story.  Iain’s website is

Thanks very much Iain ! – your one of the good guys.



David Purslow
Wedding Photographer (Midlands based – National UK Coverage)
Phone 01299 250114
mobile 0759 007 6666

The Wedding of Laura and Matt

A beautiful Pembrokeshire Wedding
photography by David Purslow

Hi there,

A bit of a self indulgent post today, a couple of weeks ago saw me shooting the wedding of Laura and Matt – very good family friends.  The wedding took place at Haywood Mount in Tenby in Pembrokeshire.  Mrs P and the kids came along for the day so it was a fantastic day all round – made special by spending it with friends, family and loved ones.

I say the post is a bit indulgent because normally my blog posts tell the story of the day, well this one is slightly different, I am going to tell the story of Matt and Laura.  During the morning Laura was worried Matt would be stressing out – as you will see in the photos his mates made sure that was not the case and he seemed very relaxed, he even managed to give me dozens of great poses for the camera.

So lets start off with just a few details,

Laura’s beautiful Tiara and the rings

wedding tiara

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Then I went to find my beautiful bride for the day – this was the first photo of Laura that I took on her wedding day.

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and then while Lyn the Makeup Lady was working on Laura

This may look like a set up shot but this was ALL LAURA !

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Rachel from Seren Style putting the veil into Lauras hair

and special moments for Laura, speding time with one of her daughters who was going to be one of the flower girls

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then Laura was pretty much ready and looked fantastic – what a beautiful bride

bride getting ready

and just at that moment in came Laura’s other little girl – I JUST LOVE THE EXPRESSIONS THESE PHOTOS CAUGHT

bridal preparations

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Then it was final few last minute adjustments

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While this little one ‘posed’ for just one photo !

baby at wedding

making sure the necklace is straight and the veil is secure

bride looking serious

and well – then its time for a bit of perfume !

funny bride photo

and Laura pops on that final bit of lippy

bride in mirror

So here we are going to jump back in time just a little – we are back to about where Laura is still in her dressing gown.  As I mentioned before Laura and Matt are good friends so Laura confided in me that she was worried that Matt was going to be a little nurverous before the wedding, several people told her that he was looking a little worried – so I went off in search of Matt to see for myself.

When I found Matt – I very quickly shot a whole bunch of photos and chilled a bit with him, needless to say when I got back to Laura’s room I had good news to report – far from being a wreck Matt seemed to be taking it all in his stride (at this time 🙂

In the first 3 shots, Matt was just chilling with some of the Lads – standing off a little ways and using a longer lens this was Matt being Matt not posing for the camera !

relaxed groom

groom looking relaxed

groom getting ready

Unfortunatly I cant say the same for these photos.

Because it was so Sunny, I found a nice wall in a slightly shady spot and then got Matt to stand by it and give me a few looks


groom hanging out with mates






groom looking cool

and then about 10 minutes before the wedding – came Matt the serious dude.  I felt for Matt here he was starting to look a little white around the gills as they say

groom looking nervous

but as you can see Laura was coming down the hall way with a BIG smile on her face

bride just before walking down aisle

and then a little bit of a serious look appeared, here Laura is standing just outside the door to the wedding room at Haywood Mount – about 30 feet away from Matt – just a couple of minutes before she walked down the Aisle.

just before walking down aisle

Then while Laura walked down the Aisle Matt was looking pretty serious, I am sure there was a tear there somewhere 🙂

Once Matt and Laura were side by side he started to get a little colour back.  Laura is looking over at me as I have one of the little ones next to me who is looking at photos on the back of my second camera at the time – it kept her entertained for a good while.

laughing at aisle

and then the happy smiles returned to Matt – they were also joined at the front by one of the little ones.

little baby joins wedding

Its all smiles as the couple start saying their vows to each other – I love the look of emotion that Laura is giving Matt

just before wedding kiss

Then all too soon, The rings go on – I love the actual wedding service and its one of my favorite parts of the day to photograph and I know pretty soon after the rings start going on that the couple will be married and then the service will be over – The actual wedding service always makes for GREAT wedding photos – the range of emotions the couples go thru, the looks they give each other, the hand holding, the tears etc.

putting the wedding ring on

and this is just one such example, I would LOVE to know what Laura is thinking right at this moment, one of my favorite photos from the day – its one of my favorites because I know the couple and I have seen similar expressions on Laura’s face when she is talking about or playing with the girls and I know its a genuine emotion from deep inside. – This shot is the REAL LAURA !

funny look

and this is THE REAL LAURA AND MATT – you could  almost feel the relief flowing out of Matt here

the big kiss

The its was time for the signing of the register shots – I have sent the couple over 500 + photos which include all the ones that normally go here so there is no just look at the camera signing photo in this set, this set of pics is all about the couple sharing the day, the emotion they both went thru and the enjoyment as a family they felt.

family shot

I dont think at this stage that Matt was the only one who felt relief at having the wedding  ceremony over

married couple

The day was full of joy and lots and lots of kids, there was even a big bouncy castle for the kids to play on – I shot the confetti shot in front of it as it took up one whole end of the garden.


and I am happy to say my friends could not keep their hands off each other – to me this is what a wedding is all about, two people in love becoming one couple and enjoying the hell out of the day.

more confetti

and dont you agree, Matt looks a hell of a lot more relaxed that he did 20 minutes ago 🙂

relaxed groom after wedding

and yet again, couldnt keep them apart – none of these photos (apart from confetti one and the group shot were set up – these were all just shot from the side lines and were totally natural captures – Laura and Matt were all over each other and it was GREAT too see !

couple kissing after wedding

and Matt was not the only one who was happy and showing it – I love this voyeuristic shot of Laura,

bride laughing after wedding

and while the girls were having photos taken by friends I snapped this one, Laura spotted me out of the corner of her eye and just as I took it turned to look at me – what a cheeky little look

bride and bridesmaid

Group shot photos are very important to me, I think they sum up what a wedding is all about – being surrounded by all your friends

group shot at haywood mount

Although this post is all about the couple I just had to drop this one in there, this is the room set up for the wedding breakfast – I had never seen table toppers  like this – they looked amazing.  The staff at Haywood mount turned the room over very quickly and its a credit to them, the room looked amazing.

wedding room setup haywood mount tenby

After dinner Laura and Matt decided that we were taking a trip to the beach,  I should point out it was very windy, threatening rain and was pretty over cast – but that never stops me – I am often heard saying that your SKIN is WATERPROOF  – We had a blast on the beach and got loads and loads of great photos

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married couple on the beach

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Then it was back to Haywood Mount for the night time to start and the couples first dance as husband and wife ! – again I love this shot.

first dance

This was a great wedding for me because I got to spend the day with not only Laura and Matt but with Mrs P and I saw Joshua and Soukie having a whale of a time.  Joshua loves spending time with Laura’s two little ones (whos names I do now but I generally dont put other peoples kids names on the internet)  Nikki had a great time because she saw Laura and Matt get married and had Helen to hang out with who also helped with our two when she was not helping me out.

Here is one last one to end off with, it was shot on the beach as we walked back to the car – I LOVE THIS PHOTO.

wedding photos tenby beach

Naturally it just leaves me to say a HUGE congratulations to Laura and Matt – thanks for letting me be a part of your big day.

hugs, kisses,



Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Sneak Peek – The wedding of Simonie and Mitchell

Hi there, short and sweet from me tonight, this is just a sneak peek – Just 6 photos from the amazing wedding of Simonie and Mitchell.  The full blog story will be up in around 10 days time and then I will fill you in on all the details etc – but this was another wedding for a couple from outside the UK – Simonie and Mitchell are from Australia so Simonie was planning a wedding in England from the other side of the world !

I remember when meeting up with Simonie on one of her vists to the UK when she  first time they told me they were getting married at St Mary’s Church in Lapworth, it was not a Church I was familiar with so I had to do a drive by – I was so excited from that moment on – the church up on the bank looked amazing and I knew it would make for great photos – little did I know just how good it would really be.

Anyway, as I said this is just a sneak peek – I have picked 5 of my favorite shots from the day all for various reasons so enjoy.

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The rest of the photos are on a white background – I am moving over to a white background but have not done the portrait (vertical ones yet)

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Okay, off to bed now, Yesterday was a long day, I shot for over 13 hours ! but enjoyed every second of it.

I would also just quickly like to think Paul from Paul Goode Photography – for assisting me on the day.  I have known Paul for about a year now, he is a very talented photographer from the Sutton Coldfield area.  Paul stepped in for Helen who could not make this wedding.  Thanks Paul for all your hard work and amazing photos.



David Purslow
National Wedding Photographer
Phone: 01299 250114
Mobile: 0759 007 6666