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Who said wedding photography was all about cameras……

Hey,

Just a quick post today,

I started going to the photos from last weekends amazing wedding of Laura and Matt

Well it was very early in the day and I was up in the room while the girls were having hair and makeup done and as I turned around I saw the bride taking my photo, I quickly snapped a camera of Laura snapping me !

wedding photography

Naturally I couldnt post a photo of Laura without posting one of Matt – this one was taken about half an hour before the wedding,  Laura was worried that Matt was feeling stressed – well that was not the case – he was living it large for the camera at the time !

Matt being ultra cool

groom

Right its party time in the Purslow household as its our Daughters 2nd birthday today, so enough work – off to party !

ciao

dp

Getting married at Gellifawr Pembrokeshire

The Wedding of Tree and Tom

Hi there,

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Teresa (Tree) and Tom – I had first spoken to the couple via Skype while they were in Texas (USA) and they booked me on the spot.  So it was not until the day of the wedding that I first met Tree and Tom.  You might thing that strange but I actually only meet around 50 % of my clients before the actual wedding.

Tree and Tom had expressed exactly what they were looking for and I had a few secret emails with Tree about the dress etc – I got ever excited when i knew that Tree would be wearing a deep red wedding dress – I  knew this would make for great photos, then I heard that they wanted to go up to Pentre Ifan and shoot some similar photos those I shot at the wedding of Liz and Hayden.

Well I turned up to Gellifawr which is a GREAT place for a wedding with lots of amazing photo opportunities, no mobile phone signal so no distractions and the most friendly and efficient staff you could ever wish to find.  I shoot a lot of weddings in Pembrokeshire since I lived there for 7  years and Gellifawr is one of my favorite venues.

gellifawr hotel pembrokeshire

From the second I arrived I knew the theme of the day would be flowers, butterflies and bows – and I have never seen the inside of the hotel looking so good – The ceiling was dressed –  this was the first time I had seen this at this venue

getting married at gellifawr

chair covers pembrokeshire

and talking of butterflies, there were amazing ones hanging from the ceiling

pembrokeshire wedding photography

and did I mention flowers ?  well these had butterflies as well 🙂

and I decided to use these for the ring shot

wedding ring photos

and since I am doing the flowers at this time, here is a beautiful wand that the young bridesmaid carried – I saw it sitting on a window sill next to it was the buttonholes

bridesmaid want with red rose

white button hole

so after we shot all the detail shots etc, we took a trip to the brides room to photograph the wedding dress – it was breathtaking – there is something magical about red wedding dresses (maybe it could be because Nikki my wife wore one on at our wedding)

red wedding dress

I knew the second I saw the dress it was going to look spectacular on and couldnt wait to get the couple outside for a few ‘signature style photos’

While Tree got dressed Tom got a special gift – it was beautiful, and it came in a very special little blue box

shortly after this Tree was ready and made her way over to the main hotel building for the wedding service, naturally I used this time to grab a few shots

bride in red wedding dress

and a closeup of the beautiful Tree in her amazing wedding dress

and then the moment all brides dream about – walking down the aisle

and looking at Tree walking down the aisle was Tom – this photo gave Tom huge kudos with all the girls at the wedding, if he hadnt just got married……..  well lets say he let is softer side show !

emotional groom reportage photo

and the happy couple got married !

bit wedding kiss

and the exchange of rings

and then as man and wife they walked down the aisle together

at this stage I let the couple have a mad 10 minutes with their guests before starting to shoot the formals

The big group shot

group shot at gellifawr

while we were outside the staff turned over the room and dressed it for the wedding breakfast – again tons of detail went into this and it looked amazing

wedding room photo gellifawr

table setup at gellifawr

wedding cake

Then while the guests were being seated for the wedding breakfast I took the couple off for 15 minutes for a few of my signature style images – these are the more artistic, staged images.

beautiful wedding photo

artistic wedding photography

stunning wedding portrait

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reportage wedding photography pembrokeshire

Then it was back inside for the wedding breakfast, after this were the speeches and I shot this pretty much in a photo journalistic way (raportage style) – around 2/3rds of my coverage is shot this way I dont often put too many of them on the blog as I like to get in the details, the wedding and the other shots but today decided to give you a small selection.

reportage wedding photography

documentary wedding photography

This one got a good chuckle during the slideshow

reportage wedding photography pembrokeshire

candid wedding photography

documentary wedding photo

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and I am a sucker for little babies and black and whites so when you get a shot like this its just magical

black and white reportage wedding photography

*** ooops I suddenly realised that I forgot to show you a photo of the brides bouquet, I know its out of order but its such a stunning arrangement that I have just got to pop it here

bridal bouquet

Then after dinner it was time for the first dance, and here is quick one from that

Normally after the first dance is where the photos stop, however Tree and Tom had requested a sunset trip to Pentre Ifan – its a burial chamber that kind of looks like a mini Stone Henge and it makes for great photos.

wedding photography pentreifan

pentre ifan wedding photo

wedding photography west wales

What an amazing day – I cant say a big enough thanks to Tree and Tom for choosing me to be part of their big day, I had the time of my life it was a great wedding and I am delighted with the results.  I know Tree and Tom are due back from Honeymoon today so have put the photos up for their return.  I wish them all the very best in the world and hope that the joy and the happiness they experienced on that day lasts their lifetime.

Congratulations guys,

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
Phone 01299 250114

Laura and Matt’s Pembrokeshire Wedding

Hi there,

Very quick post from me this morning, I am still on the road but found some internet access.

Yesterday saw me shooting the wedding of Laura and Matthew in beautiful Pembrokeshire.  Matt and Laura are good friends so it was a special wedding.  Laura has asked if we could pop to the beach and shoot some arty shots – naturally the weather was not playing  ball and it was windy as hell ! but that wouldnt stop me or Laura and Matt !

Here is a quick one we snagged on the beach – this is unedited as I am on my laptop but wanted to share – the veil is blowing in the wind – LOVE it !

pembrokeshire wedding photography temby

more later

heading home in a bit taking the kids to a park or the beach first,

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer

http://www.davidpurslow.com

Fun Wedding Photos

Something to add a bit of fun !

Hello there,

Short and sweet today as I packed up the car to head off for another wedding this weekend I found a bit of chalk – then I wondered if I had posted any pictures of one of my new toys ?

A couple of weeks ago I was in Pembrokeshire for the Wedding of  Tree and Tom (Tree = Teresa)  It was an amazing wedding and ended up with lots and lots of great photos

At one stage we pulled out our chalkboard – this is something we keep in the car for quite times 🙂  it adds a lot of fun – The idea is simple, a nice black board, chalk and wedding guests – they write a message to the bride and groom – its simple.  The funny thing is everyone really wants to have a go and the competition for the best drawings or messages really gets going – creating for even more fun at your wedding.

Definitely not your traditional wedding photos but then thats me – I dont do traditional !

So here you go, a few from Tree and Tom’s wedding for you to take a peek at

enjoy

Here you can see guests filling it and and people watching the artists at work !

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And the restult

message blackboard at weddings

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contemporary wedding photography

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and dont you get to see some funny messages !!!!!!

pembrokeshire wedding photography

Just thought I would share a few,

Take care,

ciao

dp

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.

Ian Stuart wedding dress photo

ian stuart designer wedding dress hanging in tree

beautiful ian stuart wedding dress

The flower on an ian stuart wedding dress

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

ian stuart wedding dress hanging up

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

Ted Baker Bridesmaids Dresses

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

blue garter, old grandmothers ring and purfume

flowerbomb purfume

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.

monsoon bridal shawl

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.

wedding flowers malvern worcestershire

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 – http://www.purepampering.co.uk) is working on Claire our bride for the day.

pure pampering makeup artist

and here is  Chris from Bridal Hair Specialists – www.fhdmobile.co.uk 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.

fhd mobile hair dressing chris fordham

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)

pure pampering mobile make up gloucestershire

Then it was on upstairs for the getting ready shots.

bride getting dressed

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

crying bridesmaids

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

black and white wedding photography worcestershire

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

worcestershire wedding photos

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

saint gabriels church hanley swan malvern

malvern wedding photographer

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

getting married at st gabriels malvern

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

getting married at st gabriels hanley swan

st gabriels church weddings

and a very unusual carpet for our bride to walk down

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bridesmaids in church

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

church wedding photography

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

beautiful reportage wedding photography

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

cello playing at wedding

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

wedding photos at st gabriels malvern

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

portrait of couple getting married at st gabriels worcestershire

then it was outside for a few photos and Confetti 🙂

wedding confetti photographs

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)

Manor House Hotel Cotswolds Wedding Reception

manor house hotel wedding photography

morton on marsh wedding venues - the manor house

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.

wedding reception at the manor house hotel morton in marsh

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manor house hotel cotswolds wedding photos

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

wedding cake and cupcakes

white wedding cup cakes

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.

cake cutting photos from manor house hotel morton

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

wedding group photo at manor house hotel cotswolds

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

gloucestershire wedding photographers

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.

the gardens at manor house hotel cotswolds

wedding photos in the garden of the monor house hotel

private gardens at manor house hotel morton in marsh

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

first dance wedding photos

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

the manor house hotel - morton on marsh - cotswolds

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,

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Worcestershire and Cotswolds Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
Phone 01299 250114