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Wedding Rings – love love love

Wedding Ring photography.

So this past weekend we found ourselves in Staffordshire at the amazing Barton Marina.  We were photographing the wedding of Dan and Tracy and we had a fabulous day.  We had as we always do a good long chat a few days before the wedding and got an idea from the couple what shots really floated their boat  (sorry for the pun!!)

We find one of the most requested shots from our brides is a great ring shot.  Not actual shots of the wedding rings themselves but shots of the ring that started the couple on the journey that brought them to this moment in time and in becoming husband and wife.

Last weekend we managed to produce three different looks in around five minutes.  All shot were taken within the same location.  All the photos had the same ambient lighting conditions and we only used props that we found laying around..

For the first photo, we took a mirror off the wall, popped the wedding ring on it and put her flowers in the background.

Worcestershire wedding photography wedding rings

for the second shot, we place the ring inside one of the roses from her bouquet

beautiful wedding ring worcestershire

and the third and final image, my personal favorite is one with the top of her make up bottle, I wanted this to be dramatic so placed a black marble cutting board as the background.

All 3 of these shots were actually taken on the kitchen sink.

In Picture 3, you can see the white stripes, well they are Venetian blinds in the kitchen window.

versace purfume wedding ring photo

Interesting colors and textures are things we as photographers are trained to always be on the lookout for. But on a normal, non-macrophotography basis, we’re usually thinking of walls, sunsets, or other large backdrops. Keep in mind that, with your ring shots, you now have the luxury of taking almost anything and making it a background, from a piece of cloth to a purse to a party favor to a bouquet.

Special Bonus for any weddings booked between Nov 1st -2012 and Feb 1st 2013

Amazing Movie Poster Offer

Hello there,

Hows this for a special offer, any wedding booked with us between November 1st and January 31st (The booking date, not necessarily the wedding date) and as a special thank you, you will receive one of our amazing wedding movie posters as a thank you.

The wedding movie posters normally cost £195.00 unframed or £295.00 framed and measure a whopping 20 inches by 30 inches

here is one I did for Kay and Andi whos wedding I shot earlier this year.

Winter Wedding Photography Special Offer Poster


So book your Winter 2012, or any 2013 wedding with us before February 1st 2013 and receive a FREE framed movie poster featuring one of the images from your wedding

for more information email SpecialOffers@DavidPurslow.com




Birstmorton Court Wedding Photography – Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week – June 23rd 20112

Hello there,

This weeks photo of the week comes from the amazing wedding of Helen and Jon which took place at the stunning Birstmorton Court wedding venue nr Malvern in Worcestershire

Yesterday was another very challenging day weather wise – I will be doing a full blog story shortly but a HUGE thanks goes out to the amazing venue staff, especially Sophie who really looked after us like kings and queens – if thats how they look after the hired help I can only imagine that the bride and groom and all their guests felt like nothing on earth as the hospitality was second to NONE, and I dont say that lightly.

Anyway the photos for the couple were a challenge as it rained quite heavily all day, you would have heard me say time and time before that if it rains on your wedding day that is NO excuse for your photgrapher not getting great shots for you and your album.  Well later when you see more photos – I might add a few more after my next shoot – you will see we pulled off some amazing photos despite the weather.

But to the photo of the week – Birstmorton Court has a lake around it, and the couple had fireworks.  The fireworks were on one side of the lake and the couple and guests were on the other.  We positioned the couple slightly in front of the guests and in front of a portable 600 Watt second studio light – we tested our exposure to get the couple perfectly lit in the dark and then waited for the fireworks to begin.

we had many great photos, but my personal favorite was this one

Its a 12 second exposure and shot at F16 at 200 ISO – it was shot at 16mm’s on a wide angle lens

hope you like

fireworks at birstmorton court

EDITED Monday 25th June

As promised here are a few more photos from the amazing Birstmorton Court Wedding Venue

Birstmorton Court Wedding Venue

the marquee at birstmorton set up for a wedding

function room at birstmorton court wedding venue

photo of a dress hanging up in the garden house of Birstmorton Court Malvern

As it rained most of the day we only got out to the white garden later at night, the couple challenged me to come up with something since we had no light really, this is what we did quickly before we ran off for a few more signature style images then fireworks

night time wedding photos at birstmorton court wedding venue

If you know the venue, at the back of Birstmorton Court is a fabulous garden, at the very far end is a stunning gate which Helen wanted photos with, again it had rained all day so we missed out on that but while we there there, I positioned her just inside the white garden and then shot a few shots with Mark (My assistant) holding a light just the other side – its hard to see for those who dont know the gate but if you do, you would instantly recognize it – its kind of a different take on the gate photo but I think it makes Helen look magnificent

the white garden at birst morton court

views from birstmorton court over the malvern hills

last but not least is Helen’s Favorite shot from the whole day – we had the greatest Vicar who when I asked if I could shoot the garter shot in church said, God created women so he would not mind – I had not expected so much leg but as a full blooded male I didnt mind,  When Helen saw this shot in the slideshow she was delighted with it !!!!!

photo from inside birstmorton church

and not knowing if I prefer black and white or colour, here is both side by side, you choose

black and white photos inside church

Naturally all of these images are one created with off camera lighting etc, I will be posting the full blog story shortly which will show the whole day off better, but wanted to share a few amazing shots from Helen and John’s amazing wedding

The Curradine Barns Wedding Photography | Laura and James

The amazing wedding of Laura and James  – Wedding: Claines Church Worcester

Wedding Reception – The Curradine Barns

Hello there,

A few weeks ago I shot a stunning wedding, it was the wedding of Laura and James.  Laura and James booked me ages ago and this one crept around, I was really looking forward to it because the wedding reception was at the stunning Curridine Barns.  I had an idea the wedding would be beautiful after hearing all the little details that were going into the day, but they really really did put on a fantastic wedding.

My day started off at their house and naturally with me I start with a dress shot.

wedding dress photo

and then I started mooching around for things to shoot, the house was full of really nice and romantic little notes, cards and best wishes, so I snapped a few while the girls were getting their makeup started.

west midlands wedding photography

and while I was on the details path, I captured all the details in one go.

getting married at clains church

The shoes !

beautiful wedding photography

The Ring !!!!!

beautiful engagement ring

wedding day photography

And one of the all important presents from the groom to the bride

wedding gifts

and here Laura was taking a teary eyed look at her card that came along with the gift

then it was time to finish the makeup

getting married in worcestershire

before putting on that all important dress

bride getting dressed

and the shoes

bride putting on her shoes

at this point I jumped in my car and ran off to the church, The wedding was taking place at Claines Church which is a beautiful worcestershire wedding venue.  I was met by the very friendly and very happy Vicar  – Nick – or as I have renamed him Nick the Vic…… – Anyway NTV told me the church had just had all new lighting put in so it would make for some great photos and to be honest he was not kidding, it was perfect.  NTV also said as long as the couple didnt mind, and as long as I didnt use flash I could take photos throughout the whole service – what a GREAT vicar thinking of his couple, their memories and making the day special.

Here is the beautiful Claines Church

Claines Church, Claines, Worcestershire

Soon enough it was time for Laura to arrive, she came with her dad in a vintage VW camper van

vw camper van hire worcestershire

and a very proud dad escorted her to the church

dad walking bride into church

and then into the church

bride walking into church

claines church wedding photos

black and white wedding photography

wedding photos claines church worcestershire

and I just love the look on both Laura’s and James faces here

reportage wedding photography

and then the moment every groom is dying to hear on his wedding day – YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE

newly weds kissing

Then while the couple were signing the register, all the guests gave me a wave !

wedding guests

As is becoming the norm the confetti shot had to take place by the lychgate, so while the happy couple walked down, dad took a few minutes to toast the happy couple and celebrate !

newly wed couple outside claines church

and the all important confetti shot

confetti photo at claines church

then while the guests left to go over to the reception venue, I took the couple back in the church to shoot some pictures with the stained glass, unfortunately the windows were boarded up on the outside while some work was taking place so I didnt get the shot I wanted but we still got some interesting results.

creative wedding photography

Then it was back in the camper van and over to the wedding reception at Curradine Barns

curradine barns wedding venue worcestershire

When Mrs P and I were getting married we visited The Curradine Barns and we fell in love with the venue, as a worcestershire wedding venue it has everything you could possibly want, charm, elegance, it has the curb appeal your guests will love and its just outright bloody beautiful.  I went over the day before the wedding to scope it out for what lights I would need and met Laura and James there, they were dressing the venue and it was looking beautiful.

courtyard at curradine barns

inside of curradine barnes wedding venue

worcestershire documentary wedding photography

and then the Laura and James arrived with the all important camper van – it was beautiful

vw camper van hire

more kissing – there was a bit of theme of this in the day

and I just couldn’t resists a peek inside and spotted this on the dashboard – this will be my photo of the week next week – I thought it was a nice touch by the company.

and time for a few ‘semi formal photos’ – I am not known for formals, we shoot a few but most people want me for other stuff…..

boys will be boys

okay, not actually formals…….. but here are a couple

formal wedding photography

and I tried really hard to get this couple to book me for their wedding, they told me early in the day they were getting married, I took a few nice photos of them, but try as I might, it was not going to happen, I offered to photograph it for free and only food money and accommodation and travel – Oh, I forgot to mention they flew in from Australia for the wedding – I would love a wedding down under……..

engaged couple from australia

All too soon, it was time for the wedding breakfast after which came the speeches.

wedding breakfast

reportage wedding photography

dont ask……………..

While the guests were having their wedding breakfast, I had finished working on the slideshow and spotted the big chandellear hanging in the ball room, I got some lights out the car and set something up and then snagged the bride and groom – this is the result

the ball room at curradine barns

then it was for the first dance and to get the party started.

creative first dance wedding photography

amazing wedding photos

and something a little more traditional.  I like to mix it up a little and create something different for the guests – I shoot both creatively lit first dance photos as well as normal first dance shots, that way the couple can choose their favorites.

and then it was time for everyone to get on the dancefloor

Normally that would be it, I usually end my blog stories with the first dance photos


I just wanted to share something with you – Take a peek at this – LOVE IT !!!!!!  This was setup in the corner for the guests !

old fashioned sweet stand at a wedding

and my all time favorite sweet forever is cola bottles – LOOK ! – I naturally had a couple with the kind permission of the couple, Soukie and Joshua had a little baggy each of sweeties when daddy got home.

What can I say – what an amazing wedding.

Congratulations to Laura and James for what was an awesome day – thanks to the staff at The Curradine Barns who looked after me and Thanks to you for taking the time to actually read my test on the blog stories and not just look at the pictures.

ciao for now.


David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait Photographer
Worcestershire based – National Coverage.

Getting married at The Old Rectory Redditch

The Wedding of Ellen and Dave

Hello there,

It’s been a while since I posted up a whole wedding but as things start to slow back down after a hectic year I can start to catch up and blog a few recent weddings.  I am going to start off with the beautiful wedding of Ellen and Dave.

Its seems forever ago that Ellen, Dave and Dave’s mum came to visit me and book me for their wedding.  I was pretty excited to be honest as Ellen told me the couple were getting married at The Old Rectory in Redditch in Worcestershire.  The Old Rectory is an amazing wedding venue, its a hidden away boutique wedding venue that ooozes charm and romance and from a photographers point of view, its freaking awesome – the opportunities for photographs are endless.

But back to the wedding of Ellen and Dave, like pretty much all of my weddings I started the day with the bride and that meant at Ellies Salon (the hairdressers)

ellies salon bromsgrove

Ellen and the girls had the place to themselves and it was great, I have to thank the staff at Ellies as I was looked after so well, and drank enough tea and coffee for it to almost be coming out of my ears.

Bridal preparations is probably my second favorite part of the day – I love seeing how the bride transforms from looking like your normal girl to looking like a princess or in Ellens case a movie star (all about the lippy as you will see later)

I should also point out that of all my brides this year Ellen shocked me the most, I should explain a little – when we did the engagement session it was pouring with rain, also Ellen had only just got home and had quickly washed up – in her day job Ellen does not wear a ton of makeup so for the engagement session there was no makeup, her hair because of the rain was pretty much soaked to her head, she wore jeans and a jumper and kind of looked like a semi drowned rat albeit a pretty good looking one – so when I walked in and saw her already 1/2 way thru hair, it was amazing

bridal preparation photos bromsgrove Worcestershire

with the massive big windows the light in Ellies was fantastic and I just sat back with a long lens and blasted away and got some fantastic photos.  I also like using props like the signs to make for interesting backgrounds in the photos

The it was time for the makeup and Ellen disappeared into the back room, I followed and grabbed a few photos

and you just have to have photos of yourself in rollers on your wedding day !

I remember from when I met up with the couple that they wanted some black and white wedding photos, so I made sure to shoot a few throughout the day, I actually like the way this one works and catches the hairspray

black and white wedding photography
and then the transformation was complete

worcestershire wedding photographer

I left Ellies a few minutes before the bride as I wanted to get some shots around The Old Rectory in Redditch but I also wanted to spend as much time with Ellen and the girls before the wedding.

Back at The Old Rectory Wedding Venue

entrance way to the old rectory redditch

The Old Rectory, Redditch - Wedding Venue

The wedding breakfast was being served in the conservatory on the side of the hotel

the conservatory at the old rectory

table photos of weddings at the old rectory
and naturally I took this chance to grab the all important photo of the cake

wedding cakes worcestershire

With a million and one things going on I cant remember who Ellen said made the cake but I remember her telling me it was made by some very special (a family member or friend) and that this made it special – I made sure to get lots of photos of the cake !

The it was off to the room where the wedding service would take place – naturally this was a civil service wedding and The Old Rectory has a purpose built annex that is simply breathtaking.

The wedding room - The Old Rectory Redditch Worcestershire

The attention to detail the owners have put in is second to none, trust me I see lots of wedding venues and this one is first class with icing and a cherry on top for good measure !

wedding photography the old rectory
then I shot back upstairs to get a few photos of Ellen getting ready

Ellen had a beautiful Jenny Packham wedding dress and it was amazing – I love Jenny Packham wedding dresses, they are elegant and etherial and it takes a certain bride to be able to pull them off – this one was really stunning.

Now at this point I will point out while Ellen was getting dressed, her mum, Dave’s Mum and 3 bridesmaids plus a flower girl were all in the room ! – but Ellen asked for a few more sexy / risque but without being naughty if that makes sense photos be taken – I will show you a couple but the rest are for Dave’s eyes only (plus everyone who saw one of them in the evening slideshow – which the couple agreed could be in there !!!!)

bridal boudoir photography worcestershire

boudoir photography

and then mum helping do up the back of the dress

bride being tied in her wedding dress

then it was just a case of waiting around for the wedding to start

at this point I went downstairs and shot a few photos with the fella’s but since I am running out of space you will have to wait to see Dave till the wedding – bit I did get some nice detail shots

and a shot of Dave with is mum

and the flower girl !

Then it was time for the wedding to take place

For the first time EVER since I have been a wedding photographer I actually didnt go into the room for the wedding – I shot all the photos from outside.  The room was filled to capacity but thanks to great lighting and huge big doors I just used a long long lens and held back and captured the wedding from the back of the room – had I gone to the front I would have been too close and would have missed the feeling and atmosphere of the occasion

In the following photo I used the doors to frame the couple

and the big kiss 🙂

old rectory wedding photos

and the signing of the register

The it was time for the part to get started,

The couple had only requested a few formal shots so we didnt spend too much time on those but we always like to try to get a group shot of everyone

group photos outside the old rec in redditch

and naturally a confetti shot

photos in the grounds of the old rectory

then as I said before it was a few formals and then onto pictures of the couple

one of the things Ellen and Dave had both said when the booked me was they liked the dramatic style of wedding photography and they wanted a few of my signature style images – these are the ones where I use lights to really make the images pop.

This following few photos were actually taken in broad daylight – I used the garage door by on the side of the hotel which just so happened to be black

dramatic wedding photography

stunning bride and groom wedding photos

then I shot some more traditional but dramatic bridal portraits,

wedding photography worcestershire

worcestershire wedding photography

Following this it was time for the wedding breakfast, speeches and then the night time,  for the sake of the blog post I am skipping the meal and speeches and jumping to after dinner – there was a little time between when the meal finished and the evening was starting so I took the opportunity to shoot a few more photos and play with lights a bit more

As I mentioned before The Old Rectory is a stunning wedding venue and one of the key features is the round windows,  I have seem lots of other photographers photos there and wanted to come up with something just a little bit more different so with a little patients from the couple we came up with this

different wedding photography

and then on the drive way

worcestershire wedding photographer

and with a few friends

The famous David Purslow Love Photo
then as the evening guests started to arrive, I quickly set up for the first dance photos – I like to shoot these in both a silhouette and a well lit way that way the couple has the choice of which they prefer

first dance wedding photo

newlywed couples first dance

west midlands wedding photographer

I think you have to agree Ellen and Dave had an amazing day, they came over my studio today to collect their disk of images to go away to choose for the album and we talked for hours about all the fun on the big day – from what I hear the evening party went on till the small hours and was a blast.

It just leaves me to say a big thank you to all the girls at Ellies  and also to Pam and Michael from The Old Rectory who really did an amazing job of not only looking after me but in putting on a really amazing wedding.

Dave, Ellen good luck, and I hope the love and happiness you shared on your big day stays with you for ever, it really was a fantastic day.

congrats guys.



David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait Photographer
Phone 01299 253844
Mobile 0759 007 6666