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Shropshire Wedding at Soultan Hall

artistic portrait of bride and groom by shropshire wedding photographer phil barrettA stunning, beautiful day....more on this amazing couples wedding soon.

Words sometimes do escape me....and for now I am wordless.

Philx


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Jess + Ben : Somewhere in Shropshire

Wedding Photographer Shropshire

I feel so blessed being a wedding photographer in shropshire, and as I live here too I get to photograph weddings all over this gorgeous county. I am proud to be recommended at many of the wonderful venues in and around Shropshire, North Wales and Cheshire too. So imagine my delight when Jess got in touch about her and Ben's special day right here in Shropshire, and when she told me where her ceremony was to be, well words failed me.

Shropshire wedding photographer captures bridal party walking to church in Whitchurch

The magnificent St Alkmunds Church, in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

 

I had admired this gorgeous building many times when passing through Whitchurch, and when Jess first told me she was getting married there, well I couldn't contain my excitement...and then, when she also told me her plan was to walk there, well that was just like all the planets aligning!

Jess and Ben are the most wonderful young couple, so laid back that it truly was an amazing blessing capturing their day. No awkward posing they said, no uncomfortable group shots, just chilled and relaxed please. So who was I to refuse?

As I may have mentioned previously, my speciality, as a wedding photographer, is to observe, anticipate and make compositions of real moments that happen on the day. Forever searching for those creative angles, those reflections and patterns to do just that. I approach each and every wedding with honesty and integrity, meaning all my images will be part of their story, unforced, natural and also, creative too. This is then coupled together with a set of more formal photographs that are driven by my couples. Jess and Ben's special day was to be no different, and my laid back approach was just what the doctor ordered. You see, both Jess and Ben's parents are Doctors and so too is Ben, who is training to better the world by his own career, such is the warmth and generosity of spirit that surrounds these guys, I hope it comes across in these following images.

One of the greatest compliments I was ever paid was by another bride who wrote...

"...Your enthusiasm for your profession shines through in every photograph, and your ability to make a couple feel that their big day is just as important to you is a truly special one..."

I can only hope that Jess and Ben feel the same, I know they had expressed some reservations heading into their wedding, nervous over what to expect, some past experiences perhaps at other weddings that were playing on their mind? I can only guess but,as is the way these days, I got back in touch with Jess and Ben to find out. I asked them a few questions and got them to tell us all about their experience with me at the helm....so pull up a chair, grab a drink and let's see what they had to say about their beautiful Shropshire wedding.

 

Nothing to fear, just chilled, natural, relaxed storytelling imagery.

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First up I asked Jess and Ben for a favourite shot from their beautiful Shropshire wedding Day:

I honestly could give you a commentary about each individual shot and what I love about it. Every time I go back and look at them I notice more incredible details

that you have so excellently captured, you truly are an artist!

If I had to nail it down, Ben's favourite is the dancing one at the end, we are looking respectively at our oldest friends, groomsman and bridesmaid.

You can just tell the unbridled joy and happiness,  it is such an emotive picture for both of us!

 

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I am not sure I can pick a favourite, the first ones I think about are those from the very beginning, it's just amazing  how they mirror each other so perfectly even though we were in totally separate places, I LOVE THEM.

Then there's one that reminds me so much of a picture hanging in our family home of my mum and her bridesmaids taken at my grandmas house.

Then we come to  those that capture  the joy of seeing myself all bridal and so excited for the day ahead!

Both walking to church pictures are EPIC. Then there's those where I am praying with my dad, moments before entering the church.  Such a precious memory and bonding moment that I treasure.

The other pictures are just  joy joy  joy, getting married to my best friend, in sight of God and all our closest friends and family.

It was the best day of our lives. 

 

 

Thank you from the depth of our hearts for capturing it all. 

 

 

Well there's quite a few there Jess, but let me pick one out of those you mentioned...this is when, for me as an artist and storyteller, I knew how special this day was going to be, it speaks of a true moment in time, where your twin sister is following closely behind you as you walk those few final steps to the Church....I just love it.

wedding photographer in shropshire captures bride and sister on the way to the church

 

 

 

HOW DID YOU MEET?

Ben and I met when we were 16 on a sailing holiday/easter holidays camp in The Lake District, Windermere. You could opt to either wind-surf or sail and Ben picked wind-surfing so he could spend time with me! (v cute).

 

TELL ME YOUR PROPOSAL STORY:

Six years later, for Ben's birthday we took a trip to The Lake District for a weekend away! We decided to go on a walk that we would do annually at the camp we had met on. It was a beautiful day but the route was totally deserted and so on top of the hill, overlooking the beautiful lakes and countryside, Ben got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife️! 

 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY AT ST ALKMUNDS AND RECEPTION AT MARSH FARM?

St. Alkmunds is the anglican church in the town that I grew up, my dad is the pastor of another church in the village and we are personal friends of Rev. Judy and many other of the church staff. It is also a beautiful setting and the only venue in the town large enough to seat all of our guests! We wanted to invite as many friends, family and people from our community as we could to celebrate with us.

Marsh farm was the perfect low key and private venue that we could make totally our own. Again, we rented the land off friends of ours and the setting was beautiful. Both Ben and I grew up in the countryside so it really was the perfect setting for our reception celebrations. Also the small lake was a lovely homage to where we met. 

 

WHAT WAS IT YOU LOVED ABOUT YOUR OUTFITS AND ACCESSORIES THAT MADE YOU CHOOSE THEM?

Some of my most favourite pictures are of my eldest sister Beth helping me fix the veil, the same veil she wore at her wedding. It was such a significant and meaningful moment between us, it felt like such an honour, it is a memory I will treasure for many years. The bridesmaids bouquets I love because one of my oldest and dearest friends Emma made them for us, she has such an artistic gift, they were absolutely beautiful. My own bouquet makes me laugh as it was hurriedly ordered a few days before the wedding as I needed something more "draping" to cover up my fluorescent pink cast!! The last accessories to mention was the stunning pearl earring that my mother leant me, my something borrowed. My mum is the rock of the family, wearing her earrings was such a privilege and a joy. As for Ben's outfit and accessories...he looked so handsome I don't have much else to say. He wore gold cufflinks that my parents bought him...some sort of dowry probably (kidding!) and he and his groomsmen all wore matching ties and pocket squares that he even picked himself! 

 

TELL ME ABOUT THE VISION YOU HAD FOR YOUR WEDDING INCLUDING YOUR THEME/COLOUR SCHEME/STYLING/FLOWERS:

We didn't have much of a clue about themes, we just knew we wanted it to be totally joyful and fun. We both love dancing and laughing and being with the people we love so that was always the goal. My saint of a mother spent a year lovingly planting and maintaining all of the flowers and plants that helped decorate the church and reception venue!! It looked absolutely stunning and in the end we embraced a rustic, natural theme...save for the rainbow tissue paper bunting that I spent a year neglecting my degree in favour of crafting! I think it all came together perfectly.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST DANCE AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT?

 

Our first dance was Lovely Day - Bill Withers. 

Just listen to the lyrics and you can see why we chose it.  Just after we finished the first dance my parents came up to us and said that that was the first record that my dad ever bought for my mum, we were totally unaware, it made the choice that bit more special. 

 

WHAT WERE THE MOST WONDERFUL PARTS OF THE DAY FOR YOU?

 

Oh my goodness...can I say the whole thing?

I think waking up and realising that the planning is over and today is the real deal, that was a pretty amazing experience. 

Seeing Ben waiting for me at the end of the aisle and knowing that he was about to be my husband. I would give anything to relive that moment. 

The first dance was amazing, we could so tangibly feel the love from all of our friends and family and from each other, it was incredible.

 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE PHIL FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER  AND WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE DAY?

 

​We chose Phil because you take breathtaking photographs, we loved how real all the pictures felt there was nothing awkward or staged, it was just pure happiness. Also our first few email interactions and meeting you was just great. You are a great communicator, incredible work ethic and genuine passion to capture memories without compromising your personal style.

 

We love you!  < This really made my day ;) 

 

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR BEST BIT OF ADVICE TO OTHER COUPLES PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?

Protect time together where you don't talk about wedding planning!!!!! It can totally overtake/ overwhelm your life and relationship. Also it's cliche but it truly is just a day, look forward to it and cherish the memories but keep it all in perspective. A joy filled, supportive and fulfilling marriage is the goal, the wedding is just the amuse bouche.

 
We hope that is all okay, we won't be at all offended if you cut out most/all of it! Your images truly speak for themselves so you don't need our ramblings. We are so honoured to even be mentioned on your amazing website! 
All our love and best wishes to you and your family. 
 

Ben and Jess xx

 

Well That's a beautiful read and I do hope you all enjoyed reading through Jess's thoughts as much as I did. What a truly wonderful and gorgeous couple they really are, supported by an amazing network of family and friends. Now I will leave you guys to enjoy a brief selection of images from their day, one that truly embodies everything I do, and strive to do, no fuss, no pressure, no awkward posing, just good, honest story telling.

Phil

 

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If you like what you see, well here are a few more links to check out, and if you'd like to know more about my services as a wedding photographer in shropshire, then feel free to ping me an email,

I am always up for a chat .

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Thanks again for stopping by.

Phil


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Shropshire Photographer

Shropshire Photographer

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I love what I do....I do what I love!

Blessed are we that hold the keys to the hearts of those that we capture in our love of the craft.

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Sounds all very lovely.....but it's so true.

I have been blessed by my love for illustration, art and design for as long as I can recall. My first love was through paper and pen, ink and brush, the soft touch of oil against canvas, the scratching of charcoal as it became one with the paper. That was my past career, one of an illustrator and fine artist.

Now I find that love elsewhere. It is in my photography, transporting my couples back to their special days, to relive their special moments time and again. Taking parents back to their wonderful childs enigmatic portraits as they suddenly grow into adulthood.

This is what I do.

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I have been a Shropshire Photographer now for nearly 12 long years, in that time  I have run two studios, captured countless moments over many beautiful weddings, and I have took portraits that have depth and honesty within them.

I am proud, to be recommended by many wonderful venues throughout Shropshire and Wales who have seen my working practices closely, and also my dedication to the craft. And to my wonderful couples, those that have supported me tirelessly, I thank you.

Without those that invest in me I would not be here, for you, for all my couples.

Thank you.

 

 

Phil

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Bride and groom at Netley Hall in Shropshire

Netley Hall Wedding Photographer

Netley Hall Wedding Photographer

 

This was my first time as a Netley Hall Wedding Photographer. Kim and Ryan asked me to along to capture their special day in my creative, relaxed and unobtrusive documentary style. There were to be some formal portraits, but as is always the case, these were not driven by me, but by my couple. A list was gathered, and these were executed in a timely fashion, so as not to disrupt the more natural flow of the day. My speciality, as a wedding photographer, is to observe, anticipate and make compositions of real moments that happen on the day. Forever searching for those creative angles, those reflections and patterns. Every nuance, every smile, look, tear, hug, and moment, is then captured, for you to relive time after time, after time.

One of the greatest compliments I was ever paid was by a bride whom on receiving her wedding images, told me, she had memories she didn't know. How wonderful is that?!

I always set out to capture every wedding this way, utilising my past ten years experience of documenting weddings alongside modern silent cameras. As well as my training as an illustrator and artist, where I worked for the previous 20 years prior to taking up wedding photography. All these skills, and more, are for my couples benefit.

 

 

A Few Frames of Netley Hall by a Shropshire Award Winning Photographer

 

 

Kim and Ryan had their ceremony at Netley Hall, and I can see why, the staircase she descended was just incredible.

The beautiful bride and her groom at Netley Hall in Shropshire by Netley Hall Wedding Photographer pbartworks
This is were they said their vows and became husband and wife, such a beautiful setting.

 

As the day progressed I suddenly became aware of some familiar faces....this was to be one of the most memorable weddings in my entire career. There in front of me stood, hidden in plain sight, a bridesmaid, only now I realised this bridesmaid is to be a bride herself....and yes, I am her wedding photographer. Then one of the groomsmen suddenly looked ever so familiar...a groom from my past weddings in fact. As the day progressed more familiar faces suddenly appeared to me, all in all I recall, including Kim and Ryan, 6 couples whose weddings I had either captured, or was about to capture....the crowning glory was when the band turned up.

And in walked the groom from a wedding just a few weeks before.....good job all these beautiful souls are happy :)

I had a little Q&A session with Kim last night....read on to find out more about this wonderful couple and how she came to be one of my brides, check it out after the following images from their beautiful day.

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HOW DID YOU MEET?

Me and Ryan first met through Family, he’s really close to my cousins (one of whom also had Phil as their photographer for his wedding) and has always been around in the background at family party’s etc but the timing was never right. Then when the time was right (and we were both single) Ryan messaged me and the rest as they say is history...!

TELL ME YOUR PROPOSAL STORY:

Our proposal story...let’s just say the boy did good. We went away to Rome and Venice for a holiday and we were actually in Venice for my birthday. Little did I know Ryan was planning to propose in Venice so the morning we got there he couldn’t wait to ask (and get the ring out of his pocket) Unfortunately his plan to put a personalised lock he’d had made onto one on the bridges before dropping down on one knee didn’t go to plan as it was illegal and most of the locks had been removed with signs clearly stating locks were not to be put on to the bridges (we still did anyway but after the proposal!) So Ryan decided once on a gondola he would pop the question, however I kept delaying the gondola ride to look around Venice not realising that a nervous Ryan just couldn’t wait to ask and with eagerly anticipating parents waiting at home. However eventually we got on a Gondola and the Gondolier asked if we wanted a photo at which point Ryan got up and handed over my phone switching it to video recording to film Ryan getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him after a lovely speech. My reaction is so embarrassing but I love having the video as a memory as it all happened so quickly and was such a blur. I spent the entire gondola ride in complete shock and asked so many questions. A truly romantic and special moment I’m so glad we have captured forever.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE YOUR WEDDING AT THE NETLEY HALL?

I have quite a large Family and I had it in my head that I couldn’t get married where anyway else I knew had but also with us both living in Shrewsbury (along with the majority of our family), I didn’t want to venture too far. With both these things in mind Netley Hall came up during an online search and we booked to go and visit. I was instantly sold the minute I walked into the house we got married in, the grand staircase just sold it too me, it just felt so different from anything I’d seen before. At that point I don’t think I cared what the rest was like I just knew I had to get married in that house. Don’t get me wrong the huge lake and outdoor space which I knew would be amazing in summer was a good selling point too but the staircase has already sold it! Walking around I just knew that we could get some amazing pictures that I’d cherish forever. It was the only venue we looked around and I have no regrets when I look back at my amazing photographs!

WHAT WAS IT YOU LOVED ABOUT YOUR OUTFITS AND ACCESSORIES THAT MADE YOU CHOOSE THEM?

I LOVED my dress, I’m not a real girly girl and am definitely more of a trouser than dresses type of person. It was definitely a style of dress I never thought I’d go for but as soon as I put it on I fell instantly in love! I have an amazing photo that shows the dress off beautifully with its long train all fanned out which I absolutely love, not to mention the photos of me coming down the stairs with it. So many people complimented it on the day and I just felt amazing in it. I kept my other accessories really minimal as the dress didn’t require much, I wore 2 bracelets one brought by my mum and one by dad which were really special to wear. As for Ryan he spends most of his time either on a building sight or on a motocross bike so seeing him all dressed up and in a suit was a real novelty. He knew exactly what type of suit he wanted with a slight check to it making it different from a normal plane suit. He also had cuff links made with a photo of his grandad (who is unfortunately is no longer with us) on his own wedding day so that was really special to kinda have him there with us as part of the day. Ryan also had an engraved pocket watch which finished off his outfit perfectly.

TELL ME ABOUT THE VISION YOU HAD FOR YOUR WEDDING INCLUDING YOUR THEME/COLOUR SCHEME/STYLING/FLOWERS:

I’m not one of those girls who had their wedding planned from a young age, I always knew I wanted to get married and had seen so many nice images online but when it came to organising my own wedding I didn’t know where to start. I knew I wanted Rose Gold as part of the colour scheme as I love this colour and find it goes beautifully with blue so that was the colour scheme decided. With the flowers I told the florist (who was thankfully family/friend) my colour scheme and pointed out the flowers in the shop I liked/didn’t like and left her to the rest, thankfully she knew my vision better than I knew myself and they came out beautifully. The wedding did also have a slight motocross theme but kept on the subtle side. I felt weddings can always be very much about the bride (seeing as we make the majority of the decisions) so wanted to include Ryan also, and seeing as motocross is such a big part of his life we named the tables after motocross tracks, had photos of him at said tracks as table place names and had Mini motocross bikes personalised to sprinkle on the table (alongside lots of rose gold, navy and flowers). I just felt those couple of little touches made it OUR day and personalised to us.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST DANCE AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT?

Our first dance song I just LOVE. The song was Kodaline- The One. I first heard it we had not long been together and I joked to my friend that “this will be mine and Ryan’s wedding song” not knowing that I actually meant it. If you listen to the lyrics i just felt a connection with them and felt they spoke true to us. Yes it’s romantic in parts but it also says about the ups and down in life. I still love it now and anytime I hear it it brings back that special time. I don’t really think it’s a song that that many had heard either which I liked as know one quested correctly which song we would have.

WHAT WERE THE MOST WONDERFUL PARTS OF THE DAY FOR YOU?

There’s too many to list, I loved the start of the day getting ready with all my girls and my mum, I loved (though was very nervous) walking down the staircase seeing all our amazing friends and family knowing I was walking down to marry Ryan who i couldn’t quite look at. The best times were probably the times we got to go away together for photographs just so we could talk and be together. Sitting down to dinner looking out at everyone who made our special day and actually having time to talk to Ryan who was very nervous about his speech by this point. His speech was definitely one of the highlights of the day for me (definitely not a highlight for a very nervous Ryan though). Just being with Ryan surrounded by all our friends and family really meant the world to me.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE PHIL FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER  AND WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE DAY?

Phil had covered 3 of my cousin's weddings (and is actually covering another cousin and my step sisters weddings coming up) so I had seen his work through seeing their amazing pictures. I just knew I had to have Phil as his photos were stunning and were completely the style I had in mind for my own wedding photos. I loved how Phil had a vision of how certain photos would look and knew exactly how/where we should position ourselves to get the best photographs! He came with us to the venue prior to the day so he’d already scoped out where we could get the best pictures and certainly didn’t disappoint on the day!

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR BEST BIT OF ADVICE TO OTHER COUPLES PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?

My best piece of advice would be don’t sweat the small stuff. Your never going to please everyone so don’t try to, it’s your day so make it about you. Come the day certain things might not go to plan but the only person who knows that will be you. What will be will be, just enjoy the day and make sure you spend time with your other half too as it’s so easily done to not with so many friends and family around. Overall do what you want to do and don’t worry on the day, that’s what you pay everyone else to do!

 

 


Jack + Els

Jack + Els

 

Shropshire lifestyle photographer with couple at Colemere

 

I absolutely adore these guys....Jack and Els....Jack being the third member of one family whose weddings I will have covered...how much of an honour is that!?

Where I first met Els:

I was working at a wedding last year when I was suddenly became aware that I was surrounded by not only the couple themselves but two couples whose weddings I had yet to cover and three more couples whose weddings I had covered....good job I managed to do a half decent job...then suddenly the band turned up...the guitarist appeared and it was the groom from another wedding I had covered a few weeks before. It was quite bizarre, and truly wonderful to be in the same room as all these wonderful people. One of my biggest regrets is not getting all those beautiful hearts and souls, together, with me....for one shot!!!

Jack and Els were among the couples whose weddings I had yet to cover...and this wedding was where I first met her. What a lovely sweet young lady she truly is....before I even laid eyes on her, she and Jack changed their wedding date so that I could be the one to capture it....truly a very touching act....and that day is now fast approaching.

Hopefully I may be able to get a group shot at their special day as that would be amazing.

Such is the wonderful world of beautiful people I work in.

Happy me 👍

Phil x