Molly and Ash
Albright Hussey Wedding Day



I really don’t know where to start with this wedding…Molly and Ash got married…and what a stunning day it was. Starting off at Molly’s Grandfather’s home…set in the idyllic countryside of Shropshire, just on the outskirts of Wem, the scene was set for her and Ash’s big day. They say images say more than words, and to be perfectly honest with you….I really do think I will leave the words to my images. I was given total free reign to be as documentary as I liked…capturing all the nuances and moments in great depth and detail. My mind was awash with creative opportunities and I can only thank Molly and Ash for their faith and trust…and in case you’re wondering, as you flick through these pictures, who designed Molly’s incredible dress….it was Haley J.

If you are looking for a creative, original Shropshire documentary wedding photographer, then please feel free to drop me a line, I would love to hear all about your special day.


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Elspeth and Nathan
The Boat House, Ellesmere, Shropshire

Ellesmere Lake Shropshire

A beautiful, and very special wedding….made more so, for me personally, as this was a wedding that took place in my home town of Ellesmere and also because of where the wedding reception was held, right by the side of the stunning Ellesmere mere….a natural spring water lake, or Mere, situated right by the main road as you enter the charming North Shropshire town. This has been the scene of many a gorgeous sunrise I have witnessed as the years have gone by. I have also spent many a winters morn walking across the frozen lake….watching the birds flying gracefully over it, and now I am there seeing beautiful couples getting their first taste, as husband and Wife, right by it’s side……perfection.

On the front of the mere is a lovely white cottage known as “Mere Cottage”, this old cottage is nestled between the Boathouse Resturant and the  little Kiosk that serves coffees, teas and various light refreshments. Now, if you have been following my posts over on facebook, you will be fully aware that I am about to embark on a new stage in my journey….the relocation of my Oswestry studio. I think by now the penny has probably dropped, and yes…this stunning little cottage, right by the beautiful Ellesmere Lake, is to be the new home of PbArtWorks!

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Well that’s the first bit of the two part mystery that I posted over on facebook over with….

Now for the second part. In the pictures below, you will see Nathan presenting a small box to Elspeth during the speeches… this box was a gift. That gift led to a rather emotional Elspeth…taken aback by her new grooms lovely surprise. Nathan had been working tirelessly to get the two cars, featured in the wedding, ready for the big day. Mainly the old Triumph that needed restoring, and with the help of his cousin, my daughter’s boyfriend, he made it. But equally he had another car, a stunning Moggy Thou, or Morris Minor to give it it’s proper name. This he told Elspeth was a friends car and one he had “borrowed” for the wedding day to take Elspeth and her Father to the Church. Well, that was a little “white” lie, for in the box was a set of keys…the keys to the beautiful little car.

That was his gift to Elspeth. She was overcome with emotion as she had wanted her own little Moggy Thou for quite sometime….and on her wedding day, the little car that had taken her and her Dad to the Church, was all hers:)

So from January next year I will be sitting in the little cottage, thinking about this beautiful wedding, watching the ducks and the geese flying past, with the Lady Katherine (the steam boat that is featured in the wedding) moored up by the jetty, looking forward to welcoming all my couples through it’s door.

Thank you Elspeth and Nathan for entrusting your beautiful day to me….it has been a fantastic time working with you guys, made more special by being in my home town, in a place I adore, and now, every morning and every evening, as I open and close the Mere Cottage door, I will remember this wedding with even more happiness than usual:)

All the very best to you both


Phil is a creative wedding photographer based in Ellesmere Shropshire, if you are looking for a photographer for your Boathouse restaurant wedding, then please get in touch by email or calling Phil on 07769676342.

Creative reportage wedding photographers based in Ellesmere, Shropshire, covering Shropshire Cheshire, North Wales, Herefordshire, Staffordshire and the wider UK.


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Harriet and Nathan’s Beautiful Day

Shropshire Documentary Wedding Photographer

In August I was privileged to be invited to cover a gorgeous wedding just a few minutes walk from my studio. That of Harriet and Nathan. I had already worked with this lovely couple when they came to my studio for a shoot with their, then, little baby Ava. She was now a bubbly little girl who was very much the center of attention throughout the day, her Mum has a blog all about Ava and her wedding “journey” over on “A Rush Of Love“. I have to say Harriet writes a far better blog than I can ever hope to, and for those interested in all the details of the day, please do check out Harriet’s musings where I am sure you will find everything you may wish to know and more:)

If you are looking for a creative, artistic documentary wedding photographer, then please do get in touch. These are Harriet’s own kind words and for these I am truly thankful:)

When it came to booking our wedding photographer we didn’t have to think twice about who we wanted and we booked Phil well in advance. Having worked with him before I knew to expect nothing but the best from him and when it came to our wedding photos I wasn’t disappointed. I am over the moon with every shot. Phil goes far beyond your average wedding photography. He has a fantastic artistic eye and the shots took my breath away. I am thrilled with our photos and the service we received from Phil himself was second to none. I cannot recommend him highly enough!

I am, and always are, truly amazed at how kind my couples can be in their words of praise….thank you to Harriet and Nathan for your trust, your faith and your friendship, but most of all thank you for being amazing.


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Ok, sticking my artist/illustrator head on for a while here…..this is so why I love shooting the actual signing rather than a false staged shoot at the end….the interaction here between all the family and friends is like an old Hogarth painting, a depiction of a moment in time, the various conversations, the chaos and anticipation….the querying glance from Nathan to the Vicar….the best man “rolling” his own wedding band as his thoughts dart back to his own wedding perhaps? All these elements make this more than a picture, it is a window on a moment in time. A fleeting, passing moment, that is so full of life and interest, this is what being a Shropshire documentary wedding photographer is all about.


Wendy and Richard
A Lesson In Living Life




This was one of those days where I needed something, anything, to pick me up and shake me awake…..I had just finished a hectic two weeks of amazing weddings, and I felt totally drained….exhausted, after 7 weddings, working 12 hours each,  I just really wanted to do anything but go out and shoot more pictures.

But am I glad I did.

This was a wonderful elightening experience of fun, laughter and madness….exactly what I needed to drag me awake and slap me around the proverbial chops.

Let’s do this was Richard’s cry as he flew into the heather with Wendy by his side…

I learnt a lot from this beautiful couple….they reminded me of what it is to live….to be alive…to just let go and not give a care….we could all take something away from such encounters with beautiful people.

I left their sides wanting more….more of their infectious joy for life more of the stunning countryside, the cool wind and the misty rain.

I really cannot wait for their wedding day:)


My background of illustration has always played a huge part in my work, my wedding clients have experienced the play of light and dark, the fusion of illustrative and narrative skills with both wedding and commercial photography has long been one of my standard approaches. Portraits is where I really like to dig deep into the persons personality, to explore and connect with that person on a more deeper level. Sure we can do the standard fun stuff too….but sometimes the real person is not there….with “Creative Noir” I really want to explore and connect with people of all ages, shapes and sizes. The aim is to be as creative as possible with my clients. to take away the confusion of colour and strip back the emotion. To lay it bear…this is not for everyone, but I am sure these pictures will live for a lifetime and families will come to treasure these pictures as a true reflection of who they were at the point in time they were taken.

A moment captured.