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Wedding Photography Engagement Session

An Engagement Shoot

Sara & Karl at Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Hey guys, David Purslow here from – Wedding and Portrait photographer covering the whole of the UK.

About a month ago (I am a little behind as its full on wedding season at the moment) I had the great pleasure of meeting up with Sara and Karl for their pre wedding engagement shoot.  We arranged to meet at Freshwater East, a stunning photo location on the west coast of Wales.

The whole shoot lasted around an hour but we CRANKED out some seriously good photos (at least in my humble opinion)

The purpose of the shoot was to put together a guest signing book (If you have not seen one of these then check out my albums page by clicking here)

Below is a selection of some of the pages from the shoot.

The beach was not as empty as it looks, I airbrushed a lot of people and dogs off the beach – I love the feel of Sara and Karl’s engagement album it could easily be any beach in the world.

Hope you like,

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The idea is simple, plenty of white space for guests to write messages of love to the happy couple.




David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait Photographer
Phone 0759 007 6666

The Wedding of Rachel and Mike

Rachel and Mike Getting Married at the Plas Hyfryd Hotel

Followed by a beautiful wedding reception

Hey there, David here from David Purslow Photography – – We provide wedding photography throughout West Wales, Worcestershire and the West Midlands.

A couple of weeks ago I had the great pleasure of shooting the wedding of Rachel and Mike, I had met up with them 6 weeks before for their engagement session and it was obvious then that these guys were really madly in love with each other.

Each time I write these blog stories they tend to drift in one direction and focus on one main area and with Rachel and Mike it was no difference, the whole day was about people, friends, family and having a good time.

Helen and I arrived nice and early, actually I stayed at the Plas the night before the wedding and had a nice drink with Rachel and her family.  So we started the day nice and early and one of the must have shots is the dress, I had a little heads up on the dress but when I saw it, I knew it set the scene for the whole day.

Beautiful !

wedding dress hanging up in the bridal suite at the hotel plas hfyryd

The detail on the dress was amazing.

Then in the living room we stumbled upon Rachel (The bride) she was in the middle of having her hair done and sitting with the kids

and I am sure she told me off with a little smile on her face when I snagged the photo of her with the box of Malteser’s

Then we went off to shoot a few detail shots

We found Rachels garter and Helen went and grabbed Rachels engagement ring for another of my favorite shots, ring shots.

Then it was back to get a few more shots of the bride getting ready.  The bridal suite at the Plas has a belconey when we went back there, we found Rachel sitting in the sun enjoying a quite 5 minutes.  I always wonder at times like this whats going thru the brides minds but I never ask…..

Then it was back to getting ready for the wedding

Rachel was not alone, her bridesmaids were also getting ready,

While we were up in the bridal suite, a phone call came in saying the flowers had arrived.  Since the girls were still getting ready the flowers were left downstairs we popped down and grabbed a few shots of the flowers.

The flowers were beautiful

When the flowers were brought upstairs I get the feeling Rachel was over the moon

Then while the bride started to get dressed we when downstairs and shot a few photos of the boys.

Mike was looking pretty cool and relaxed

and as a joke he had gotten the two best men £1.50 Casio watches as gifts which they took in good spirits.

and mike took me to one side to show me a beautiful necklace and earings  he brought for Rachel

and the rings

the just as I was about to go back upstairs I happened to notice this little lad with such a great big smile on his face.

Then it was back upstairs to see how the girls were getting on, and the little ones were having a great time by the looks of things

I love this cheeky face

and we found one of the bridesmaids just doing up the back of Rachels dress

and this is why I love being a reportage or documentary wedding photographer, as I looked over I saw another of the girls just looking on with such an amazing look on her face, it really was a Kodak moment

time was ticking along at a good old rate now so Helen and I went downstairs to get ready for the wedding to begin.  We were in the main room at the Plas Hyfryd hotel and I stepped out into the smaller bar area just to see when Rachel would be coming down the stairs, she already was and as she stepped thru the door, I saw what I thought would make for a great photo.

I snapped it and then dad came thru so I snapped that also.

Well just after this picture was taken, everyone went into the wedding room and the the wedding took place.

Withing a couple of minutes of this picture being taken it was time for the father of the bride to walk Rachel down the aisle and didnt he look like a proud man

I love this picture – I saw Rachel and Mike holding hand  during the service !!!!

and here they are exchanging vowes

Following the wedding it was time for a quick picture with the witnesses before it was party time !

and as they were walking out, I noticed one of the guests with my favorite mobile phone the IPHONE taking a picture

Then it was outside for lots of fun, we shot a few formals, nothing too overpowering but the family etc.

Then after the group shot, we shot the confetti pictures which turned out great

after which I left the everyone to have a good time whilst Helen and I went off to shoot the detail shots of the room before the Wedding breakfast started.

as we were walking into the ballroom we spotted this young man chatting up the bar tender.

A few shots of the ball room set up for the wedding breakfast

and right in the middle of shooting the room setup, Mike happend to be walking thru checking everything out, I love this candid of Mike, he looks so happy, relaxed and enjoying an ice cold beer.

and what a cake !!!!!!

and as we walked around we noticed a table for absent friends –  I thought this was a really nice and very personal touch but that just summed up the day really.

Then it was back outside for a final few photos of the kids having a great time before everyone went into the wedding breakfast

Rachel and Mike had arranged Giant Chess, naughts and crosses and Jenga for the guests

We spotted this little girl hanging onto the Jenga for grim life

but in the end she had to let got and down it came which left her in hysterics – all the kids and adults had a truly fantastic time

Shortly after this the guests were called in to find their seats for the wedding breakfast, this normally takes around 15 minutes to get everyone sorted, we used that time to take the bride and groom off for a few alone photos !

Then it was time for a little break as the wedding breakfast was served, Helen and I set up the photo booth and created a slideshow ready for the evening session and then settle down to enjoy the amazing food they had laid on for us !

Just before the first dance we put on the slideshow (it gets everyone together) and right after it was time for the First Dance.

and last but not least, at almost 11pm we took the couple and 4 very special people outside to shoot the last photo of the day,

Congratulations to Rachel and Mike on a GREAT day,



David Purslow
Wedding Photographer – for the whole of the UK
Phone 01299 250114
Phone 0759 007 6666

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,

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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

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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

Trying something new – The Wedding Cut !!

Oxwich bay Hotel – The Gower

The wedding of Kirsten & Ben

Hello there, David here from – For those of you who dont know me, I am a full time wedding photographer based just outside of Birmingham.  I cover the whole of the UK.

This is something new for me, its something that I want to start to implement at the end of this year but am going to start doing a few now so people get used to the look.

I am calling them The Wedding  Cut

Basically its all the images that will go into the blog story in one place – sort of a sneak peek – this will end up being part of the main wedding site and not the blog.  If you have not visited my website you can find it at

So here is the Wedding cut from the Wedding of Kirsten & Ben (Full blog story coming after big brother but will take a couple of hours to write)

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David Purslow
Wedding Photographer for Birmingham and the whole of the UK
Phone 01299 250114
Mobile 0759 007 6666