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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Michelle and Paul : Delbury Hall

A Winter’s Wedding Day In Shropshire.

Delbury Hall Wedding Photography

A beautiful, if very cold, wedding day in the more southern part of the county….Delbury Hall  is one of those places that just oozes class….right from the start you enter the long winding road to this gorgeous venue, you know you are in for a treat.

Paul and Michelle’s day was just that…a gorgeous, fun filled, winter sun soaked, treat. I keep saying how lucky I am to work with such amazing people, and here I find myself once again thinking

exactly that. People with a zest for life and a wish for something that little bit different find their way to me….and I can only repeat how truely greatful I am to be doing something I totally love. Shropshire

has some amazing places top get married at…and I am always looking out for something that bit special in my venue visits…so if you are looking for a shropshire wedding photographer who

is creative, artistic and tells a mean story, then why not drop me an email via the contact form or give me a call on 01691 622842…come and see me at my new studio, nestled in the idyllic town of Ellesmere…right on the mere’s side, and perhaps

we can have a chat about your special day.

In the meantime….here are Michelle and Paul’s images…along with Pauls very kind words.



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I mentioned above that Paul had sent me some kind words…..they arrived in a text message shortly after I had sent the images to the happy couple…

here is what Paul kindly wrote:

Hi Phil,

Michelle and I have just had the BEST time looking through your amazing photographs. They have brought the entire day back to life for us

in a way I don’t think anybody else could have captured! Thank you so much for giving us this gift that we will look back through till were old and grey!


A gift…I have never thought of my work like that before….I just enjoy what I do and hope my couples enjoy their experience

and their moments of their wedding day…time and time again. So please do get in touch…and maybe we can work some pbartworks magic into your wedding day.

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Words escape me to describe the wedding day of this amazing couple….I knew something rather special was on the cards after their pre wedding experience shoot….if you’ve not seen it…please do check it out HERE

Wendy and Richard taught me a valuble lesson on their pre wedding shoot….it taught me to once again live in the moment…live a full life and enjoy it to the max. That feeling, that living life to the full was very much

evident at their wedding day too. I am not going to ramble on, as I am a great believer in letting images do the talking…so here they are.

A lesson in life….live it, feel it…enjoy it…with your family and your friends, so amazing was their wedding day, so relaxed and ever so slightly mad (in a good way) that I will always treasure being part of it.

Thank you so much Wendy and Richard for allowing me to be part of an experience I will always look back on with amazing fondness.



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  • Sarah Smith - Hi, I’ve just seen your wedding photos in north wales! They are incredible. I live in Yorkshire and I am an art teacher (I do a bit of photography) but I really really really thought that those pictures are so amazing you are very talented. They give such a wonderful essence of the day! When I get married I would love to hire you! I will let you know when it happens eventually! But I will definitely keep your in mind :) well done

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    • Phil - Hi Sarah,

      Thank you so much for your kind words, and if/when you do get married I have a car ;)

      All the best


A Beautiful Shropshire Lifestyle PhotoShoot

by Shropshire lifestyle photographer, Phil Barrett BA(hons)

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I can’t believe I am only just getting around to blogging this fantastic shoot from late last year….I was asked to join this gorgeous family on a brisk walk, and capture some natural and “genuine” images for their Mum and Dad…..what a fantastic setting and gorgeous light that added to the whole feel. The shoot took place in Oswestry, in my home county of Shropshire. There are many perfect places for natural shoots around Shropshire and with my new “Mere Cottage Studio” based in Ellesmere and right on the side of the Mere, I know this coming year will see more and more people wishing to take advantage of that perfect setting.

So if you are after a beautiful set of natural images by renowned Shropshire lifestyle photographer, Phil Barrett, set in gorgeous surroundings, please give the studio a call on 01691 622842 or drop me an email at and make sure you get your shoot booked in for this coming spring.




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Elspeth and Nathan
The Boat House, Ellesmere, Shropshire

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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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  • Charlotte Jenkins - Hi I’m interested in you for a wedding at Soulton Hall next March, was just interested in prices? What’s included if you’re by yourself or have another photographer?
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    • Phil - Hi Charlotte,

      Thank you for your comment, I have sent you an email, if you require any further info please do feel free to call me on 01691 622842

      All the best


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.