Nicki and Miguel’s Christmas Wedding
The stunning Nicki and Miguel on the bridge at Albright Hussey
Winter weddings I love…..the soft winter sunlight, the challenging weather conditions, the wet, wild and windy days…I have worked in them all and each and everyone of them has been a challenge, this gorgeous couple choose December for their winter wedding, just after Christmas and before new year. This made their wedding my last of 2015, and what a way to go out. A beautiful bride and her handsome groom. Not only that they chose one of my favourite venues, the Albright Hussey, just a few miles outside of Shrewsbury and a stones throw from my studio in Ellesmere. This really is one of my local venues, one I know so very well having worked there many times, not only that I am one of the hotels few recommended photographers. Paul and his team are tireless in their pursuit of the perfect wedding day for their couples, and this was no exception…a perfect day for the perfect couple.
I met Nicki and Miguel at another wedding I captured last year, as is so often the case…in this instance it was at the wedding of Nicki’s brother, Lee and Nicola whose wedding was at another fabulous Shropshire venue, Pim Hill Barn. Their day was equally beautiful and is well worth taking a few minutes to look through.
Getting back to this incredible wedding, these guys dug deep….you have to in winter, as I said before, it can be cold, it can be wet and it most certainly can be windy…in fact it usually is a mixture of all those things…if you want the images, you need to relax and go for it…this is exactly what Miguel and Nicki did…and I am so glad, for them, that they did. After I sent them their images Nicki wrote me a few kind words….her words, their words, meant so much to me. You see, as I drive home, after every wedding, but especially when conditions are “taxing”….I worry, I am concerned, it’s in my nature. As one recent client said in a review of my services“…. your ability to make a couple feel that their big day is just as important to you is a truly special one.” this was said by Lindsey and Andrew, who’s Shooter’s Hill Hall Wedding can be seen here…and who’s kind words really do sum up my feelings to each and every wedding, so I do worry, have I done enough for my couple, did I do my best…those doubts do creep in, for modern wedding photography is very demanding, a 12 hour day is not unheard of, the equipment we use, the heavy lenses and all the flashes, lighting and so on, makes for a very physical workout….you literally walk miles. So yes, you, or rather I, do worry…so when words such as these arrive, I know I needn’t have.
“Where to begin…Phil these are wonderful. I love how chilled and informal the group photos are- it was exactly what I hoped they would be. The guest photos/ ceremony ones are awesome. You really told the story of the day, managed to show the vibe of the wedding and all the emotions but most of all you understood Miguel and I and really captured the relationship we have! AMAZING!!!!!!!!“
Thank you once again Nicki and Miguel, for your faith, for your trust and for being so generous with your time, your patience and also for being wonderful
If you are looking for your Albright Hussey Wedding Photographer then why not give us a call, drop us an email or pop over to facebook and send us a message there, we would love to hear all about your plans and maybe capture your wedding day in the PB way.
Tom and Gillian’s Oddfellows Wedding
Tom and Gillian being carried away with their memories from a beautiful day
This amazing day was a wedding of firsts….my very first one of 2016 and my first one working at the wonderful Oddfellows in Chester. Add into that the weather, which to say was a bit wet and wild is probably a slight understatement in the truest sense of the word, but this didn’t deter this amazing couple from taking what can only be described as a “leap of faith” in me and Tom pretty much went for it along with his gorgeous new bride, Gillian, which initself is another first too.
Oddfellows, for those not familiar with Chester, is a fabulously unique venue, situated just a short walk away from the city centre on a side street leading to the beautiful river Dee. It has an incredible visual style and if you are ever in Chester I do urge you to go check it out. Amazing food…amazing decor and, with being just a short walk to the riverside…perfection.
I will leave you with my usual collection of reportage images and hope you enjoy the fun shown within them, the sheer bravado and the total and utter dedication given to capturing these images, which was set against a backdrop of personal loss (a dear family member passed away shortly before Tom and Gillian’s wedding) as well as the aforementioned weather.
If you are looking for someone slightly bonkers and ever so insane for your Oddfellows wedding photography, please do come and have a chat, who knows, maybe you too will be “carried away” with your wedding memories caught in that PB way
AKA Oddfellows Chester Wedding Photographer 😉
A Combermere Abbey Wedding
I have had the pleasure of working at the stunning Combermere Abbey on several occasions and Lisa and Paul’s gorgeous wedding was what kick started my love affair with this venue. I am always lost for words when it comes to writing about my weddings as I am a great believer of letting images speak for themselves. Those images should really convey their own narrative about the day, the timeless moments between a couple, their family and their friends. These images do just that….Lisa and Paul are just two of the nicest, most genuine people I have had the pleasure to meet. Their special day was back in 2015, right at the start of summer, in June….it has taken me quite a while to catch up with my weddings, but I know this one really resonated with my style and ethos when capturing weddings. Relaxed, informal and story telling. Packed full of emotional hooks this day was just a beautiful day to capture, a real privilege for me to be invited along and work the old PB magic
Please do leave me your thoughts below and let me know what you guys think…I really can’t thank Lisa and Paul enough for their faith and trust. I only hope they love these pictures as much as I do….each and every wedding is a special day, to me it is more than just a wedding, it really is a journey of two people that I am proud to be able to share.
Much love and happiness to you guys and a massive big thank you to all my lovely brides and grooms that have been, and those that will be, part of this amazing journey.
If you are looking for your Combermere Abbey Wedding Photographer then please do give me a call, drop me an email and lets chat over your day…I am proud to be recommended by Combermere Abbey and many of my images can be seen adorning their new website.
A Stunning Combermere Abbey Autumnal Wedding
Julia and Rory
Combermere Abbey Wedding Photographer
What a fabulous venue Combermere Abbey truly is. A real gem set on the Shropshire/Cheshire borders with it’s own mere and stunning gardens. This was to be the chosen setting for Julia and Rory to make their wedding vows. It was a bitterly cold day, as you would expect in the back end of November, but at least it didn’t rain, which, given the weather we have had recently is saying something Julia and Rory are one of my couples that I never actually met before their wedding day. This flies on the face of all the reports that couples need a pre wedding shoot and is one of the reasons I started to remove my complementary pre wedding shoots some time ago. If you are going to “click” with your couples, you will just “click” and a pre wedding shoot isn’t really necessary. Sure they are fun and you can get some amazing images by doing one…but in my experience they really aren’t required. Having said that, I still do offer them and will gladly include a “pre wedding experience shoot” for any of my couples who feel they will benefit from one. Back to the wedding. Relaxed is my middle name….chilled my first and core blimey what a cracking image my last….just kidding. But seriously I do have a total blast with my couples…and I loved every last minute of my time with this fab couple and their amazing group of family and friends…I really don’t think Julia’s Dad stopped smiling the whole day (check out the speech shots)….Rory was a total gent on the day, he was frozen…seriously cold in his kilt….and suffering somewhat on the day too. So the fact he dug deep and carried on for his stunning Wife is testament to his Rugby playing spirit. You see….and I’m sure he won’t mind my mentioning this, Rory comes from a Rugby playing background, having reached the heights, along with his brother, of the national Scotland squad. Hence the time of year for their wedding….there was a little competition on last year, that involved that wonderful egg shaped ball 😉
Right enough of my ramblings, I will leave you to enjoy what was a stunning wedding day, full on laughter and with two of the most loveliest people getting married that day
If you are looking for your Cheshire, Shropshire photographer or indeed if you are getting married at Combermere Abbey, please get in touch and lets have a little chat.
A Beautiful Shooters Hill Hall Wedding
Words often do fail me when trying to put into those words the emotions and feelings felt on the day of a wedding, Lindsey and Andrew’s day was no different in that respect, it was a lovely day, it was a stunning May weekend set on the bank holiday and the sun shone brightly at Shooter’s Hill Hall. It was a mighty bit breezy at times, if I recall, but apart from that, the day…weather wise, was rather uneventful. Just soft…glorious, sun. Sunny enough for a quick jaunt into a field of softly swaying young wheat as we drove the short drive from the Church back to Shooters . I had spied this field on a trip out to see Andrew’s home village and the beautiful Church where Lindsey and Andrew were to get married. A gorgeous spired church set in the heart of Shropshire countryside at the sleepy village of Clive. I love that name….it is one I know well, my long, dear departed Dad was called Clive…and so has a sense of familiarity to it…a sense of belonging perhaps. A “hook” if you like…one that invests my sense of duty and belonging just that little bit more. Not, as I am sure all my couples will testify, that it is needed, but it just makes this that little bit more special to me.
Anyway, on with the amazing day that was the wedding.
I really do dislike all those words…awesome…cute…stunning…etc as they mean very little at the end of the day, they are just words. I am much more inclined to let my images speak for themselves and leave you, the visitor, the viewer and the critic, to let me know what you truly feel about these.
Personally I love them, well I would…but with each passing wedding, with each new couple, I feel I just dig that little deeper into the lives and connections my couples share, with each other and with their family and friends. To me that is what a decent photojournalist should endeavour to do. Get under the surface of the wedding and show it for what it truly is. A celebration of love and the joining of two families, I do hope I succeed in doing just that, I truly try each and every time, but that old same doubt creeps back in to my mind as I sit down to back up and safely store my images from that days wedding, it is only when I have edited the images, delivered them and then get words like these in my inbox that I know my challenge for that day has been won.
“Where to begin…Phil these are wonderful. I love how chilled and informal the group photos are- it was exactly what I hoped they would be. The guest photos/ ceremony ones are awesome. You really told the story of the day, managed to show the vibe of the wedding and all the emotions but most of all you understood Miguel and I and really captured the relationship we have! AMAZING!!!!!!!!”
Nicki and Miguel
(my final wedding of 2015 and one soon to be blogged)
So please don’t be shy, leave me your thoughts below and if you are considering pbartworks for your Shropshire wedding photographer or indeed your Shooter’s Hill Hall wedding photographer, please drop me an email, ping me a message or give me a call, and maybe I can help you capture your memories in the timeless, creative Pb Way.
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