PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Phil Rees Photography, North Wales Wedding Photographer phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:38:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:38:00 GMT Beth & Jase's Soughton Hall Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/10/beth-jases-soughton-hall-wedding Soughton-Hall-Wedding-Beth&Soughton-Hall-Wedding-Beth& Beth & Jase at Soughton Hall for their wedding in August. 

I first met Beth when I photographed her sister's wedding in 2015, and was honoured to be chosen to shoot her & Jason's wedding too. And yesterday, I was in Telford for a wedding with a family I'd previously worked with in 2013. It's always good to renew acquaintances, and a compliment to be asked back a second time, but it's also a massive help, when you already know half the guests, in helping things to run smoothly on the day, and for everyone to be so much more relaxed when the camera points their way.  

(Click on weddings, galleries to see more of their images)

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/10/beth-jases-soughton-hall-wedding Sun, 06 Oct 2019 20:52:41 GMT
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George the Pug, special guest at Chloe & Stephen's wedding at the Wild Pheasant, Llangollen recently.

(Chloe & Stephen's images are now in the Wedding Galleries)

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/7/mans-best-friend Mon, 08 Jul 2019 21:03:20 GMT
Nicola and John's Wedding at Llyndir Hall https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/6/nicola-and-johns-wedding-at-llyndir-hall Wedding-Photography-Llyndir-HallNicola and JohnAt their May wedding at Llyndir Hall

 

Another set of images delivered. Loved working with this couple at their wedding at Llyndir Hall last month. It's always a pleasure to see them, and I'm looking forward to designing their album for them.

(Click on Weddings, Galleries to see their images) 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Chester Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/6/nicola-and-johns-wedding-at-llyndir-hall Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:11:59 GMT
Album Design https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/6/album-design Graphistudio-Album-DesignGraphistudio-Album-Design Designing an album. A favourite part of the job. Loving how this one's coming together, and it's going to look aamazing!

(From Natasha & Joe's wedding at St. Martin of Tours Church and Llyndir Hall at the end of March)

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Albums Graphistudio Wedding Photographers Chester Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/6/album-design Fri, 07 Jun 2019 15:22:01 GMT
Back in the swing https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/5/back-in-the-swing Rossett-Wedding-PhotographyAt Rossett HallGreat venue with amazing staff and service! Great to be back in the swing of things, with the 2019 wedding season now well underway.

It's been a busy spring with 5 captured so far in some great weather, and number 6 this weekend.

These were from the first of the season - a perfect day for Kadie & Ryan at Rossett Hall in March

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Chester Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/5/back-in-the-swing Sat, 04 May 2019 10:57:59 GMT
Springtime sunshine https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/5/springtime-sunshine RPG-for-BlogRPG-for-Blog Where better for a shoot with your ‘first-born’ than to return to the town where you married? A beautiful spring day, down by the river in Llangollen. So nice to meet up again with this lovely couple.
 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Family Photographer Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/5/springtime-sunshine Wed, 01 May 2019 12:13:04 GMT
Jennie & Tom's wedding at Llyndir Hall https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/12/jennie-toms-wedding-at-llyndir-hall Llyndir-Hall-Wedding-PhotogJennie & Tom at LlyndirA welsh-kiwi wedding Planning a wedding is an expensive time. But however much or little you choose to spend, the one thing you can't buy is the atmosphere and 'feel' of the day. That comes from planning wisely, and choosing reliable suppliers (and a well-organised, friendly photographer!) ... and then, on the day, relaxing and enjoying every minute. 

Jennie & Tom's wedding summed that up perfectly. One of the most enjoyable and memorable weddings I've had the pleasure of photographing. The fact that they're a top couple, with big personalities and a great sense of humour helped too !

Their images are in the wedding galleries here : Wrexham Wedding Photography 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Llyndir Hall Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/12/jennie-toms-wedding-at-llyndir-hall Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:20:20 GMT
Becky & Scott's Soughton Hall Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/12/becky-scotts-soughton-hall-wedding Becky&ScottsWeddingBecky & Scott's WeddingA welsh-scottish wedding at Soughton Hall It's that time of year - when I'm busy delivering Graphistudio Wedding Albums to happy clients in time for Christmas. It's always good to see the finished product, and couples' reactions when they first see it. But as it's often the final stage in the wedding 'journey', it's also sad to say goodbye (for now at least) to valued clients that I've got to know well, and shared a great relationship with over a year or two. None more so than with Scott & Becky who got married at Soughton Hall back in August, and who've been a joy to work with. 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Soughton Hall Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/12/becky-scotts-soughton-hall-wedding Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:55:34 GMT
Hannah & Craig's Soughton Hall Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/hannah-craigs-soughton-hall-wedding Hannah's-Soughton-Hall-WeddHannah's-Soughton-Hall-Wedding From a fantastic day at Soughton Hall with Hannah & Craig

Click on 'Weddings, Galleries' to see all recent weddings

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Soughton Hall Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/hannah-craigs-soughton-hall-wedding Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:56:06 GMT
Lynn & Derek's Penylan Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/lynn-dereks-penylan-wedding London-Bus-WeddingBig red London Bus

The 1 o'clock bus from All Saints' Church, Penylan to the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel

(Lynn & Derek's images are now in the wedding galleries)

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) London Bus Wedding Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/lynn-dereks-penylan-wedding Sun, 16 Sep 2018 15:17:15 GMT
Beth & Phil's Shrewsbury Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/beth-phils-shrewsbury-wedding Albright-Hussey-BPAlbright-Hussey-BP

A few images from Beth & Phil’s wedding on a beautiful day in May at Albright Hussey Manor Hotel. The chance to get a summery feel back into my photography was all the more welcome after the poor spring weather we had, when it looked like summer may never come.  And I’m sure that oilseed rape farmers will be just as relieved and happy as wedding photographers!

There’s some more images from Beth & Phil’s wedding in the Wedding Galleries 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Shrewsbury Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/beth-phils-shrewsbury-wedding Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:39:02 GMT
Fearn & Andy's Pre-wedding shoot https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/fearn-andys-pre-wedding-shoot Fearn&AndyFearn&AndySunday evening sunshine My second 'engagement shoot' of the week - great fun in the Sunday evening sunshine in amongst the buttercups with Fearn and Andy.

Engagement or pre-Wedding Shoots are a great way of breaking the ice before the big day; perfect to get accustomed to the camera and how your photographer works, and to settle any nerves and make sure that your wedding day photos are full of those natural, relaxed expressions that reflect the emotion of the day.

My premium package includes an engagement shoot, but it can added as an option with the other packages. Or if you haven't yet chosen your photographer, it can be used as a trial to help you decide.

Just drop me a line please if you'd like to know more on phil@philreesphotography.co.uk

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) engagement shoot north wales north wales wedding photographer https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/fearn-andys-pre-wedding-shoot Sun, 17 Jun 2018 13:45:51 GMT
Becky & Scott's Engagement Shoot https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/becky-scotts-engagement-shoot Becky & Scott at Soughton HallBecky&Scottat Soughton Hall

A few images from a nice relaxed summer's evening shoot for a lovely couple, ahead of their wedding at Soughton Hall later this year - I know it's going to be a real pleasure to shoot it, and can't wait! 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) engagement shoot north wales north wales wedding photographer https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/becky-scotts-engagement-shoot Sun, 17 Jun 2018 13:34:34 GMT
Laura https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/lauras-bridal-preparations Llyndir-Hall-WeddingLlyndir-Hall-Wedding Laura, preparing for her wedding at St.Paul's, Pentre Broughton, and Llyndir Hall.

The images are now in the wedding galleries at : Perfect Day at Llyndir Hall

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) wedding photographers wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/6/lauras-bridal-preparations Sun, 03 Jun 2018 12:54:12 GMT
Danyel & Luca's Delamere Manor Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/danyel-lucas-delamere-manor-wedding Delamere-Manor-Wedding-PhotDelamere-Manor-Wedding-Phot

Danyel & Luca at their Delamere Manor, Cheshire wedding on Easter Monday. There's more of their images in the galleries - select Weddings, Wedding Galleries from the menu above

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) delamere manor wedding photography wedding photographers wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/danyel-lucas-delamere-manor-wedding Wed, 02 May 2018 14:51:17 GMT
Paula & Roy's White Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/paula-roys-white-wedding Ruthin_Wedding_1It's a nice dayfor a white wedding Ruthin_Wedding_2Ruthin_Wedding_2 On a snowy Saturday, in the week of 'Storm Emma', Paula & Roy were married at St.Garmon's, Llanarmon yn Iâl, with receptions at Vale Country Club, Rhuthun. The images from their daffodil and tartan themed Welsh/Scottish wedding are in the galleries here : A nice day for a white wedding 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) ruthin wedding photography wedding photographers north wales https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/paula-roys-white-wedding Sun, 25 Mar 2018 19:12:24 GMT
Fireworks at Grosvenor Pulford Hotel https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/fireworks-at-grosvenor-pulford-hotel Wedding-FireworksWedding-Fireworks

 

Finishing the 2017 Wedding Season with a bang, at Tasha & Tyler's Grosvenor Pulford November 5th Wedding.

Their images are now in the gallery here : Grosvenor Pulford Wedding Fireworks 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) grosvenor pulford wedding photography wedding photographers wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/fireworks-at-grosvenor-pulford-hotel Tue, 02 Jan 2018 23:23:46 GMT
Katy & Glenn at Bodysgallen Hall https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/katy-glenn-at-bodysgallen-hall Bodysgallen-Hall-WeddingBodysgallen-Hall-Wedding

Bodysgallen Hall in Llandudno is a lovely venue - possibly the best in North Wales for smaller weddings?

Katy & Glenn's wedding there at the end of October was an absolute joy to cover - not just because they're such a modest, unassuming couple, but because I've known Glenn literally since he was born, and having already covered his sister's wedding earlier in the year, already knew many of the guests too. 

You can see some more images here : Katy & Glenn's Bodysgallen Hall Wedding

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) bodysgallen hall wedding photography wedding photographers wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/katy-glenn-at-bodysgallen-hall Tue, 02 Jan 2018 01:04:23 GMT
Game, Set & a very good match. https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/game-set-a-very-good-match Wild-Pheasant-WeddingLydiia & Simon's Wild Pheasant WeddingAdvantage Lydia !

 

Not something you see every day, is it?

But for a couple who met playing mixed doubles, and whose lives revolve around tennis, it was inevitable and completely fitting that the sport should feature heavily in their big day. Their theme included the Wimbledon colours of purple and green, and the front lawn at the Wild Pheasant, Llangollen became Centre Court.

Great fun, and part of a very memorable day for a likeable couple that I've loved working with.

(There's some more of their images in Weddings, Galleries if you want a look).

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) wedding photographers wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/game-set-a-very-good-match Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:30:28 GMT
Grosvenor Pulford's Asian Garden https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/grosvenor-pulfords-asian-garden Grosvenor-Pulford-Wedding-PhotographyGrosvenor-Pulford-Wedding-Photography

 

From Sally & Gordon's wedding at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel.

It's been a while since I've shot in the Asian Garden. I quite like the original traditional garden too, with its weeping willows, but on a sunny day the Asian Garden with its vibrant colours comes into its own. The acers are amazing!

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) grosvenor pulford wedding wedding photographers wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/grosvenor-pulfords-asian-garden Mon, 02 Oct 2017 22:45:06 GMT
Nicole & Kane's Eccleston Village Hall Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/nicole-kanes-eccleston-village-hall-wedding Nicole&Kane1Nicole&Kane1Plemstall Church & Eccleston Village Hall Nicole&Kane2Nicole&Kane2Plemstall Church & Eccleston Village Hall

 

A few images from a truly awesome wedding!

Nicole & Kane were married at the lovely little sandstone church of St. Peter's  in Plemstall, near Mickle Trafford, Chester, with receptions at Eccleston Village Hall.

Nicole's an avid book reader, and chose a literary theme for the day, with invites and order of service in the style of the iconic Penguin book covers, and cocktails that were puns on famous titles (Tequila Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Gin ... ).  Add an E-type Jag for the trip from church to Eccleston (with the bridesmaids in a VW Campervan) and some other great touches, and it all added up to a great theme.

However well you plan the day though, for me the success of a wedding is down to the atmosphere & feel of the day, and that's something you can't pre-plan. But they had that too. In abundance. An absolutely lovely couple, and a fantastic group of friends and family (from Chester, Liverpool, Glasgow and the US) who made the day something truly special! 

Their images are in the gallery here : Nicole & Kane's Chester Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) wedding photographers chester wedding photographers wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/nicole-kanes-eccleston-village-hall-wedding Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:31:49 GMT
Where it began, I can't begin to knowin' ... https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/where-it-began-i-cant-begin-to-knowin Sarah-&-Bridesmaids-at-Rossett-HallSarah & her bridesmaidsGood times never seemed so good

 

A bit of fun with the bridesmaids at Sarah & Steve's wedding at Rossett Hall recently.

Just as we were gathering the girls together, and moving round to the other side of the hotel (by Oscar's) to do the photos, the wedding singer was singing 'Sweet Caroline'. So we kind of took it with us, and got the bridesmaids to sing it for us.

It worked quite well. So I've done it at a couple of other weddings since, and it's become a bit of a thing, for now at least!

There's some more images from Sarah & Steve's wedding here : Sarah & Steve's Rossett Hall Wedding

p.s. We also do formal, posed group photos. Sometimes.

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) rossett hall wedding photography wedding photographers wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/where-it-began-i-cant-begin-to-knowin Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:12:55 GMT
Hafod Farm, Betws y Coed https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/hafod-farm-betws-y-coed Hafod-Farm-WeddingHafod Farm WeddingPriodas yn Fferm yr Hafod, Eryri

 

I love Snowdonia, and have spent many hours there walking in the mountains. So Hafod Farm, between Betws-y-Coed and Llanrwst, a chilled-out country venue with its backdrop of the Gwydir Forest, has been on my list of ‘venues I’d like to shoot at’ for some time.

The chance came with Kelsey & Glynn’s wedding, and it didn’t disappoint – a perfectly relaxed day in glorious weather, and with a festival feel with many of the guests camping and caravanning in the grounds for the whole weekend. 

Their images are now in the galleries, if you'd like a little look. 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) hafod farm wedding wedding photographers north wales https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/hafod-farm-betws-y-coed Sun, 06 Aug 2017 19:56:26 GMT
Ceri & Jack's wedding at All Saints', Gresford and Plas Hafod https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/ceri-jacks-wedding-at-all-saints-gresford-and-plas-hafod Ceri-and-JackCeri-and-Jackor Ceri & Todd if you prefer !

 

The images from Ceri & Jack’s wedding are now in the wedding galleries – check them out here : Ceri & Jack

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Gresford wedding Plas Hafod Wedding Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/ceri-jacks-wedding-at-all-saints-gresford-and-plas-hafod Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:29:40 GMT
Albums ... love them! https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/albums-love-them Hannah-Adam-Page1Hannah-Adam-Page1 Hannah-Adam-Page2Hannah-Adam-Page2 Hannah-Adam-Page3Hannah-Adam-Page3

Next to actually shooting a wedding, designing albums is definitely a favourite bit of this job. And I love delivering them to clients too! 

It's the culmination of the whole process, and not much compares with seeing their excitement as they see their wedding photos displayed in something that they and their family will treasure for years to come. An album is just so much more tangible than a set of digital files. 

Mine are usually from Graphistudio's range. They're hand-made in Italy, and a quality product with a massive range of cover & customisation options so that no two albums need be the same.  My packages include a very wide range of options as standard, and all albums are supplied in custom presentation boxes - that's not always the case, and some photographers only provide them as an add-on at additional cost - worth remembering if you're comparing photographers' prices, to ensure that you're comparing like with like.

At my studio at the Plassey, I've got a range of sample albums, and swatches of the available cover materials. Please feel free to pop up sometime to have a look!

(The images above are an extract from Hannah & Adam's, from their weddiing at Tower Hill Barns last August)

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) graphistudio storybook albums wedding albums https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/albums-love-them Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:51:23 GMT
Engagement and Pre-Wedding Shoots https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/engagement-and-pre-wedding-shoots Stacey&Neil1Stacey&Neil1Engagement Shoot at the Plassey, Wrexham Stacey&Neil2Stacey&Neil2Engagement Shoot at the Plassey, Wrexham A busy Easter weekend coming up, with a family shoot and 2 engagement shoot, and a few other bits besides.

Engagement shoots are a great way to 'break the ice' before the big day, and the Plassey where I'm based has plenty of scope and a great range of natural backgrounds to use, in the quiet corners that the public don't normally get to.

Here's one I made earlier ... from Stacey & Neil's shoot back in November. There's just another month or so to go before they tie the knot !

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Engagement Shoot Wrexham Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/4/engagement-and-pre-wedding-shoots Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:36:34 GMT
My Wrexham Wedding - a new venture https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/my-wrexham-wedding---a-new-venture My-Wrexham-WeddingMy-Wrexham-WeddingWedding Directory & information resource for Brides and Grooms in Wrexham area

Well, new to me anyway.

The My Wrexham Wedding website was set up in 2012 by Natalie Edwards, and has always been the best site of its kind in the area. But because of work & family commitments, Natalie's no longer able to give it the time it needs ... so I'm going to have a go!

If you're familiar with the site, you'll know that Natalie’s formula for it has worked well, so I’m not planning on changing it too much – it has the definitive listing of wedding fairs in the area, and it’s a great way for brides and grooms to find wedding suppliers, and to read about other people’s experiences. So we’ll keep all that, but I’m aiming to build on it with the new ‘Help and Advice’ pages, which will grow in the coming months. And there’s a few other ideas taking shape too.

The website's had a bit of makeover and you can see the new layout at www.mywrexhamwedding.co.uk  Pop over and have a look, and if you're planning a wedding, come and join us on Facebook ?

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) My Wrexham Wedding Wedding Planning Website Wedding directory https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/my-wrexham-wedding---a-new-venture Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:31:16 GMT
Sisters ! https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/sisters Rhian, Ffiona & NerysThree sisters. one photographer !

Three sisters, one photographer.

I've just taken a booking from someone who's sister's wedding I shot a few years back. Which reminded me of these three lovely ladies. 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Montgomeryshire Wedding Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/sisters Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:42:58 GMT
The things people say ... https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/the-things-people-say Lovely to receive this first thing this morning - a perfect start to a Monday morning, and to the week !

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photography Recommendation https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/the-things-people-say Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:08:57 GMT
Ruby & Paul's Llangollen Railway Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/ruby-pauls-llangollen-railway-wedding Llangollen-Railway-Wedding-Ruby & Paul's Llangollen Railway WeddingFirst Class, on the 15.10 to Corwen Llangollen-Rail-Wedding-2Llangollen-Rail-Wedding-2 Just catching up a bit now that we're out of the main wedding season, so a chance to share some of Ruby & Paul's wedding photography, from their awesome & quite different big day at Llangollen Railway. Ruby arrived by carriage from Abbey Farm (where the evening reception would be held) for the ceremony in the Henry Robertson suite. Then a few group photos on Platform 2, before catching the 15.10 train for afternoon tea, and jumping off at Carrog for the 'couple shots' while the train went on to Corwen to turn round.

Ruby & Paul met at Drama School, and were probably the easiest couple I've ever worked with - they had some great ideas, and I think they directed me, more than the other way around! Great fun, lovely couple, First Class day and just the ticket! 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Llangollen Railway Wedding Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/ruby-pauls-llangollen-railway-wedding Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:07:28 GMT
Alison & Mark's Wedding at Château Rhianfa https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/alison-marks-wedding-at-chateau-rhianfa Chateau-Rhianfa-AMAlison & Mark's Christmas Wedding at Chateau Rhianfa

Château Rhianfa’s an extraordinary wedding venue – it sits high on the banks of the Menai Straits at Porthaethwy in a commanding position with views over to the mountains of Snowdonia. And for Alison & Mark’s wedding, just after Christmas, we were blessed with gorgeous winter sunshine that showed it off in all its stunning beauty. Add to that the faultless service from the staff on the day, and I think it’s just become my favourite venue!

Alison & Mark called in to the Plassey this morning, to see their wedding photos, and pick up their USB … and to re-live the day over a coffee, and a few cookies!

You can see a few more of them here : Alison & Mark at Château Rhianfa

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Chateau Rhianfa Wedding Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/alison-marks-wedding-at-chateau-rhianfa Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:27:59 GMT
Winter Weddings https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/winter-weddings Quay-Deganwy-Wedding-PhotographyQuay-Deganwy-Wedding-Photography-HG

For reasons that aren't exactly clear, this winter's been very busy, with October, November and December on a par with the busy summer months.

I like winter weddings. OK, the days are shorter, and it's a bit colder, but the sun is lower in the sky giving the light a different quality, and indoors the warmth of artificial lighting and open fires can add an ambience that you don't get in peak summer.

There's a higher risk of rain of course, but only really at the start and end of winter, and January and February are more likely to be dry and crisp. 

This year, the weather's been quite kind and we've been lucky. These images were from Hayley & Greg's wedding at the Quay in Deganwy, a few days before Christmas. The venue sits right on the Conwy Estuary, so it can be a bit breezy, but these were taken in the courtyard in the centre of the hotel - a little haven, perfect for wedding photography.

You'll find more of their images here : Hayley & Greg's Quay Deganwy Wedding 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Quay Deganwy Wedding Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/winter-weddings Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:42:35 GMT
Ruth & Chris' Lion Quays Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/ruth-chris-lion-quays-wedding Rachel & Chris' Lion Quays WeddingDown by the canal in the winter sun

The weather for Ruth & Chris' November wedding at Lion Quays was just perfect, with lovely low winter afternoon sun right through the afternoon.

An unassuming couple, whose elegant wedding had just the right ambience and was a real pleasure to be a part of.

Their photos are now live on the wedding galleries, here : Ruth & Chris at Lion Quays 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/12/ruth-chris-lion-quays-wedding Mon, 19 Dec 2016 10:39:19 GMT
Priodas Pum Mil https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/priodas-pum-mil Oes rhywun yn gwylio Priodas Pum Mil ar S4C?

Is anyone watching Priodas Pum Mil on S4C?

It follows couples arranging their wedding in just a few weeks, and with just £5000 to spend.

It's worth a look. And it's got English subtitles for those that need them. 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Ffotograffiaeth Priodas https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/priodas-pum-mil Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:25:12 GMT
Rebecca & Luke's Engagement Shoot https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/rebecca-lukes-engagement-shoot Wrexham Engagement PhotographyAn Autumn shoot at the Plassey, near Wrexham A few images from a fun shoot at the Plassey.

Engagement Shoots are a great way to get to know your wedding photographer and break the ice, and for those of us who are a bit self-conscious in front of a camera to shed any nerves, so that you're relaxed and comfortable on your big day. The Plassey where I'm based (between Johnstown and Bangor-on-Dee, near Wrexham) covers a vast area, and we're blessed with a great variety of quiet, secluded locations away from the public. My premium package includes an Engagement or Pre-wedding Shoot as standard, or it can be added to any of the other packages as an 'extra'.   

Rebecca & Luke's was a nice relaxed affair on a quiet Autumn Sunday morning. They're tying the knot next year in Whitchurch (the Shropshire one) and I know it's going to be great wedding! 

There's a few more images on my Facebook page, if you like to see them

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/rebecca-lukes-engagement-shoot Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:56:33 GMT
Lora & Grant's Vale Country Club Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/lora-grants-vale-country-club-ruthin-wedding Yellow HelmetPageboy at Lora & Grant's Wedding at Vale Country Club, Ruthin

Love this little moment from Lora & Grant's wedding at Vale Country Club, Ruthin.

(Because every bride needs a yellow digger driver's helmet to complete her outfit?)

Lora & Grant's images are in the wedding galleries, here : Lora & Grant's Ruthin Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Ruthin Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/lora-grants-vale-country-club-ruthin-wedding Sat, 08 Oct 2016 15:25:45 GMT
Jen & Stu's Palms Hill Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/jen-stus-palms-hill-wedding Jen & Stu's Palms Hill WeddingIn the walled garden at Palms Hill, near Wem, Shropshire To date, I've photographed weddings at around 90 different venues, with three more new ones to come yet this year. Jen & Stu's was the first I'd done at Palms Hill, near Wem in Shropshire, but I'm certainly hoping it isn't the last. The walled garden is just perfect for wedding photography, plus there's a great choice of other backgrounds, nooks and crannies too. And Meg Wilton-Morgan there is the perfect hostess!

Jen & Stu's wedding was a very clever blend of the traditional and contemporary - a church wedding at St.Ruthen's in Longden near Shrewsbury, followed by a marquee reception at Palms Hill with some lovely touches (they served dessert themselves giving them the opportunity to speak to each and every guest) before the Ceilidh in the evening with HiJinx Ceilidh Band.

Their images are now in the wedding galleries, here : Jen & Stu's Palm Hills, Shropshire Wedding 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Shropshire https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/jen-stus-palms-hill-wedding Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:21:02 GMT
Emma & Dan's Broneirion Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/emma-dans-broneirion-wedding Emma & Dan's Wedding at Broneirion, Llandinam, PowysEmma & Dan's Broneirion Wedding

Before becoming a professional photographer back in 2007, I lived in Guilsfield near Welshpool for 7 years, and my job at the time had a ‘patch’ that covered Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire, and a bit beyond.

So it’s always a treat to photograph weddings in the area, and in August I was there twice in 4 days – at Broneirion, Llandinam for Emma & Dan, and at Gregynog Hall for Rhian & Ben. Both are stunning venues.

Emma & Dan’s wedding was quite unique for many reasons, and an absolute joy to be part of. You can see their images here : Emma & Dan's Wedding at Broneirion

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Broneirion Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/emma-dans-broneirion-wedding Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:23:14 GMT
Chloe & Rob https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/chloe-rob Chloe & Rob's Wrexham Wedding Chloe & Rob's wedding was a little bit special for me - I've known Chloe for a few years, and she used to look after my studio for me on Saturdays when I was out at weddings, so I'd looked forward to their big day for some time. 

It was the first time I'd photographed at All Saints' at Penylan near Wrexham - a pretty little sandstone church in a quiet village, and if I had to pick a highlight from their day, it'd be the ceremony itself - a lovely setting, and they didn't stop smiling throughout! 

Their images are in the wedding galleries, here : Chloe & Rob's Wrexham Wedding  

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/chloe-rob Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:10:46 GMT
Child Photography at the Plassey https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/child-photography-at-the-plassey Child Photography at The Plassey, WrexhamChild Photography at The Plassey How cute are these two?

Taken at a relaxed and fun family shoot at the Plassey on a Saturday morning a few weeks ago, they're cousins, the daughters of two sisters and their husbands whose weddings I photographed in 2012 and 2014. It's always lovely when past brides & grooms return for shoots with their young children... a kind of "chapter two" in the story of a new family! 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Child photography Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/child-photography-at-the-plassey Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:37:44 GMT
Preparing for a wedding - why venue visits are important https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/preparing-for-a-wedding---why-venue-visits-are-important I've had a couple of trips out to wedding venues this week - a circuit of North Shropshire on Monday to see Palms Hill and Halston Hall (plus a couple of churches) and a quick trip down to Broneirion and Gregynog Hall in Powys on Wednesday. 

I know that some photographers will disagree, but I've always seen venue visits before the day of a wedding as a must. Weddings are fast-paced, and the time between the ceremony and wedding breakfast tends to be at a premium. The venue have food waiting to be served, and no-one wants to be hanging around while the photographer faffs around looking for the best locations! So it's about having a plan in my head, working efficiently and maximising the time available, to get all the formal family shots the bride and groom want, and those great couple shots that'll be the standout images in their album. 

The four venues I went to this week were just perfect for wedding photography. and each had a few nooks and crannies that I probably wouldn't have spotted otherwise. The two in Mid Wales have a bit of history behind them too, with connections to David Davies Llandinam an industrialist & politician in the 1800’s who built railways, and Barry Docks, and made quite a bit of cash in the South Wales coalfields. He built Broneirion, and his grand-daughters (who donated the family art collection to the National Museum of Wales, bless them) bought and lived at Gregynog.

I'm photographing the two weddings at those venues in the same week in August. And can't wait!

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photography Powys Wedding Photography Shropshire https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/preparing-for-a-wedding---why-venue-visits-are-important Sat, 18 Jun 2016 19:24:58 GMT
Gemma & Chris' Inglewood Manor Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/gemma-chris-inglewood-manor-wedding Flintshire Wedding Photography GC I started 2016 shooting a New Year’s Day wedding at Inglewood Manor, and it was great to back there again recently for Gemma & Chris’ big day (after their ceremony at St. John the Baptist in Penymynydd, Flintshire).

Traditional country hotels come in all shapes and sizes, and because many were built a few hundred years ago as homes rather than as wedding venues, they can be a bit of a compromise – some have great grounds, but awkward interiors that just don’t work, or great interiors but poorly laid out (or poorly maintained) grounds. Inglewood though seems to have everything just right, and with efficient, friendly service too. And at this time of year, with the bluebells and rhododendrons in full bloom, and on a glorious sunny day like we had for Gemma & Chris’ wedding, it’s just perfect!

Gemma & Chris’ images are in the wedding galleries here : Inglewood Manor Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Inglewood Manor Wedding Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/gemma-chris-inglewood-manor-wedding Sun, 05 Jun 2016 14:37:13 GMT
Wedding Fairs in Wrexham this summer. https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/wedding-fairs-in-wrexham-this-summer Wedding Fairs in Wrexham Summer 2016Wedding Fairs in Wrexham Summer 2016

A few dates for your diary, if you’re planning a wedding.

There’s a break with tradition this year, with a few wedding fairs right at the height of the summer wedding season - so there’s no need to wait till Autumn to get your key suppliers booked, and beat the crowd!

I’ll be attending the ones listed here, and if you'd like an informal chat about your wedding plans, a chance to see some sample albums, and to hear how an experienced, friendly photographer can help your day run perfectly, pop along and say hello?

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Fayres Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/wedding-fairs-in-wrexham-this-summer Sun, 05 Jun 2016 13:40:59 GMT
Mandy & Tim's Marbury, Cheshire Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/mandy-tims-marbury-cheshire-wedding Wedding at St. Michael's, Marbury, CheshireMarbury, Cheshire Wedding St. Michael's at Marbury must be one of the prettiest settings for a church wedding in Cheshire, in the heart of a quiet secluded village, and sitting on a bank overlooking a mere. And early April, with the daffs in full bloom, it's at its best. Mandy & Tim married here, before nipping over the border for a reception at Rossett Hall.

If you'd like to see more images, you'll find them here : Mandy & Tim's Marbury Wedding

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Cheshire Photography Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/mandy-tims-marbury-cheshire-wedding Thu, 12 May 2016 19:58:22 GMT
Wedding Fayres in Llandudno and Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/wedding-fayres-in-llandudno-and-wrexham Wedding Fayres Llandudno and WrexhamWedding Fayres at Venue Cymru, Llandudno and Holt Lodge, Wrexham, April 2016, where Phil Rees Photography will be exhibiting A couple of wedding fayres I'll be attending over the next few weeks - the last two of the season, before all the suppliers get busy over the summer with their existing clients' weddings. 

This Sunday it's the one at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, the biggest in North Wales with 60 exhibitors. At the time of writing, 800 brides & grooms (and their mums and bridesmaids!) have registered for free tickets, so it looks as if it'll be a bit busy! If you're going, and would like any information beforehand, or want to check my availability for your date, just email me please (click 'contact' above).

On Sunday 24th April, it's the final one in the Wrexham area at Holt Lodge. It's organised by Want to Celebrate, who always do a great job, with a great bunch of local suppliers, so if you're at that end of North Wales, or in Cheshire, see you at that one too?

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Fairs North Wales Wedding Fairs Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/wedding-fayres-in-llandudno-and-wrexham Mon, 04 Apr 2016 21:31:06 GMT
Why your Wedding Photos deserve an Album https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/wedding-albums-by-Graphistudio Graphistudio Wedding Albums - Millie & Dan (1)

I’m loving my new sample album & box combination that arrived today from Graphistudio in Italy. It'll make a great addition to my range, and I suspect it may be as popular as the silver and grey combo that I have in my studio, that brides and grooms fell in love with during 2015.

There’s something special about seeing the images from a wedding properly displayed in an album, especially when it’s one as luxurious and beautifully built as Graphistudio’s (can you tell I’m a bit of a fan?).

I’m a big believer that wedding photos should be printed. There’s always a risk that if just left as digital files, they’ll get forgotten and eventually lost when equipment or storage media fails or becomes obsolete. Google Vice-President Vint Cerf thinks that’s a big issue for us as a society.

But an album is forever. It’ll still be around to show your kids in 20 years’ time, and probably much longer, even becoming a family heirloom.

If your budget will stretch to it (and Graphistudio’s prices are not exorbitant by any means) a professionally designed album, with the images expertly laid out, is definitely the way to go. But at the very least make a photobook, or print off some 7x5’s on a supermarket machine. Please?

If you’re planning a wedding and looking for a wedding photographer, and have already decided you’d like an album, it makes sense to meet the photographers on your short-list to see some of their designs, and to check out the build quality of their albums. And even if you’re going for a digital package initially, if you think you may want to add an album later on, it’s worth checking that your photographer is equipped to supply them.

If you’d like to know more, and want to meet up to see my range of samples just let me know please. But be ready to fall in love with them!

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Albums Wrexham Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/wedding-albums-by-Graphistudio Thu, 31 Mar 2016 18:16:07 GMT
Glyndwr University Creative Futures https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/glyndwr-university-creative-futures Glyndwr Universtity Creative Futures talk by Phil Rees Photography Creative Futures

I spent this morning giving a talk to 30-40 final year photography & film students at Glyndwr University about the local photography market as part of the ‘Creative Futures’ event.

Public speaking’s always a bit nerve-wracking, and I must admit that not much else has been on my mind this week, but I’m quite relieved that it seemed to go down quite well. I might go back next year then!

All in all, a rewarding few hours, and it’s very satisfying to be able to pass on a few pointers to new up & coming photographers, even if one day soon they’re going to be pinching work from me!

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Photography Tuition Photography talk https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/3/glyndwr-university-creative-futures Thu, 03 Mar 2016 16:33:35 GMT
More kind words https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/more-kind-words A text received this evening, from a grateful bride's mother after her daughter had picked up her Graphistudio wedding album today, and Parent Books for both mums, from their wedding at Beaufort Park in Mold :

"I just wanted to say that your work is outstanding, and wanted to say a big thank you for capturing all the memories of the big day. Many thanks"

I love this job!

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) North Wales Wedding Photographer Recommendation Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/more-kind-words Sat, 27 Feb 2016 23:51:06 GMT
Wedding Fairs https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/wedding-fairs Wedding Fairs in Oswestry, Mold, Chester & WrexhamWedding FairsPop and say hello?

A busy week, with wedding fairs on Thursday and Sunday, then just a couple more before the Autumn.

Which one's closest for you?

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Fairs Chester Wedding Fairs Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/wedding-fairs Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:40:49 GMT
Planning a Saturday Wedding in 2017? https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/saturday-wedding-in-2017 Booking a wedding photographer for 2017Bookings now being taken for 2017 & 2019

 

 

 

Summer Saturday dates for 2017 weddings are now getting snapped up fast. And I've just received my first enquiry for 2019! 

The 2016 diary is almost full, with room for just a few more (depending on the time of year).

If you'd like to check availability or meet up (or phone, or skype) to discuss your plans, please get in touch on 07969 390369 or phil@philreesphotography.co.uk

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Chester Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/saturday-wedding-in-2017 Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:38:05 GMT
"I heard he's nice" https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/-i-heard-hes-nice An interesting little piece from Huffington Post on how weddings looked, and were booked, in the 1970's : What Weddings Looked Like in the Old Days

"Our last stop was the photographer. We overlooked the yellowing pictures and plastic lilacs on the dirty ledge in his storefront window. My mother knew someone who knew him. "I heard he's nice," was her complete report. He seemed happy for the business."

Most brides booking their photographer now will have a few other criteria on their list - the photographer's style, their range of albums, and (especially for those wary of doing business online in a 'faceless' environment), whether they have a studio where you can meet them and see their work properly.  

But maybe "I heard he's nice" should still be in there somewhere?

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Chester Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/-i-heard-hes-nice Tue, 19 Jan 2016 13:44:15 GMT
Just got engaged? https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/just-got-engaged Wedding fairs & in Chester and WrexhamJust got engaged?Forthcoming Wedding Fairs & Events in Chester and Wrexham & surrounding areas Congratulations ! 

If you got engaged over the festive season, and are just starting to plan your wedding, Wedding Fairs and Open Days are a great way to see what's out there, get your benchmarks for prices so that you can start to put a budget together, and to get to know the established, professional wedding suppliers in your area who can help turn your vision into a reality.

The season for wedding fairs runs from January to around March, and then from September to November. And bookings tend to come in thick & fast over those months, so if you want to secure your first-choice suppliers, it can help to plan early and be a bit ahead of the crowd.

I'll have a stand at the following fairs and events over the coming weeks, and if you'd like an informal chat about your wedding photography - the sort of images you like, the packages on offer, and how an experienced, well-organised photographer can help your day run smoothly (and how the photography can be fun and stress-free!) - please pop by and say hello!

 

(if you can't make any of these, but would like to check my availability for your date, or find out a bit more about how I work, please drop me a line at phil@philreesphotography.co.uk)

 

Sunday 10th January 2016 - Wedding Showcase Day, Rossett Hall Hotel, Wrexham

Sunday 17th January 2016 - Trafford Hall, Chester

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January - Wrexham Wedding Trail, Memorial Hall, Wrexham

Sunday, 21st February, Queen Hotel, Chester

Thursday evening, 25th February - Wynnstay Hotel & Spa, Oswestry

Sunday, 28th February, Plas Hafod, Mold

Sunday 13th March, Holiday Inn South, Chester

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Ffeiriau Priodas Gogledd Cymru Wedding Fairs in Chester Wedding Fairs in Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/just-got-engaged Fri, 08 Jan 2016 00:35:52 GMT
Wedding Dress Sale & discounted Wedding Photography At The Plassey, Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/wedding-dress-sale-and-discounted-wedding-photography Wedding Dress Sale at Cameo Brides, Wrexham Cameo Brides' Wedding Dress Sample Sale27th & 28th December, 2015

If you're planning a wedding, and fancy grabbing a bargain or two, pop up to Plassey on the 27th or 28th December.

The Bridal Shop 'Cameo Brides' have their annual sample wedding dress sale (details on Facebook: Wedding Dress Sale). And Phil Rees Photography will be open for wedding consultations and enquiries, and have a new 'Essentials' wedding photography package (click here) on offer for the 2 days, for remaining off-peak 2016 dates.

We're based near Bangor-on-Dee at LL13 0SP, convenient for Wrexham, Chester and Oswestry, and with free parking on site. You'll find directions here : Wedding Suppliers at the Plassey, Wrexham

If you'd like to check my availability for your date, or for more information, please email on phil@philreesphotography.co.uk

Hope to see you soon !

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Bridal Shops Wrexham Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/wedding-dress-sale-and-discounted-wedding-photography Sat, 26 Dec 2015 10:53:06 GMT
Kelly & Alan's Lake Vyrnwy Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/kelly-alans-lake-vyrnwy-wedding Wedding Photography at Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire, PowysLake Vyrnwy Wedding PhotographyKelly's Preparations at their Lake Vyrnwy Wedding Wedding Photography at Kelly & Alan's wedding at Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire, PowysLake Vyrnwy Wedding The ceremony

It’s always a pleasure to photograph a wedding at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, with its amazing views. And I loved shooting Kelly & Alan’s for them back in August - a great couple, who struck a perfect balance between formality and fun for their wedding, and who (with their equally fun bridal party and friends) created a fab atmosphere.   

Although I now mostly cover weddings in Wrexham and Chester, I lived in Guilsfield near Welshpool for 7 years and have good memories of my time in Montgomeryshire, so it’s always nice to make another return visit - I’d been there earlier in the season for a wedding at Bettws Hall too, and Bryngwyn Hall before that.

Kelly & Alan’s wedding album will be winging its way to me from Graphistudio in Italy any day now – can’t wait to see it!

Some of the highlights of their day are in the wedding galleries, click here please if you’d like to see them : Lake Vyrnwy Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Lake Vyrnwy Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Montgomeryshire https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/12/kelly-alans-lake-vyrnwy-wedding Wed, 02 Dec 2015 00:35:41 GMT
The diary's filling up again! https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/the-diarys-filing-up-again Wedding Photography BookingsWedding Photography BookingsFor illustration only - please contact me to check availability

 

I'm now around 80% booked for 2016 wedding photography, with room for just a few more in the busy summer months (May to September).

 

If you'd like to meet up to discuss your plans, and secure one of the remaining slots, please get in touch on phil@philreesphotography.co.uk.

 

(If you don't live locally, but are here over Christmas, the studio will be open on the 27th and 28th December for wedding consultations, and if you arrange an appointment now, I'll hold your wedding date reserved until we meet). 

I'm based at the Plassey, just outside Wrexham and convenient for Chester, Oswestry etc. - details here : Directions to the Plassey

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Chester Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/the-diarys-filing-up-again Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:09:51 GMT
Rachel & Jason's Nunsmere Hall Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/rachel-jasons-nunsmere-hall-wedding Rachel & Jason's Nunsmere Hall Wedding PhotographyRachel & Jason's Nunsmere Hall WeddingRachel's preparations Now that they've received their stunning Graphistudio album, and the friends and family have all seen them, I can show you some of Rachel & Jason's photos, from their wedding in July at Nunsmere Hall in Cheshire. 

Theirs is the first in a batch of eight albums I've designed recently, the others currently being printed in a small town near to Venice, Italy for delivery over the next few weeks. Digital images are a convenient way to receive your wedding images quickly, but in some ways they're just the raw material, and nothing beats displaying them in a beautifully presented album, custom-designed to tell your own individual story. 

Rachel & Jason's was a fab wedding - a great, fun, atmosphere despite some rain, in a lovely venue for a couple I've thoroughly enjoyed working with. 

To see some more of their images, click here : Nunsmere Hall, Cheshire Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Cheshire Wedding Photographer Wedding Photographers Chester https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/rachel-jasons-nunsmere-hall-wedding Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:30:00 GMT
June & Paul's Holt Lodge Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/june-pauls-holt-lodge-wedding Holt Lodge Wedding Photography JP1June & Paul's Holt Lodge WeddingA quick trip down the road Holt Lodge Wedding Photography JP2June & Paul's Holt Lodge Wedding PhotographyA quick trip down the road One of the highlights of June & Paul's wedding at the Holt Lodge Hotel was a quick trip down the road to Holt, between the group photos and wedding breakfast, to call in at a residential home where June works, to give the residents and staff a chance to see her in her wedding dress. An unannounced visit, just for 10-15 minutes or so, but a beautiful little interlude full of priceless expressions that I've hopefully captured a little of here. 

There's some more of their images on my Facebook page - click here please : Holt Lodge Wedding Photography 

© Phil Rees Photography 2015

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Holt Lodge Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Chester https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/june-pauls-holt-lodge-wedding Fri, 06 Nov 2015 23:24:37 GMT
First Class Day Return to Corwen https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/first-class-day-return-to-corwen Llangollen Railway Wedding Photography for Emma & Chris by North Wales Wedding Photographer Phil ReesEmma & Chris' Llangollen Railway Wedding Photography15:10 to Corwen from Platform 1 It's always great to shoot a wedding at a venue I've not been to before, and Emma & Chris' wedding at Llangollen Railway was no exception - a relaxed afternoon out in lovely company. They were married in the Henry Robertson suite at the station, on the anniversary of the day they met, before afternoon tea on the 15:10 to Corwen and back, and an evening reception at White Waters Country Hotel. The 1950's polka dot theme and Emma's tea-length dress fitted the location perfectly.

You can see more of their images here : Llangollen Railway Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Llangollen Railway Wedding Photography North Wales Wedding Photographer https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/first-class-day-return-to-corwen Thu, 05 Nov 2015 22:57:47 GMT
Wrexham Wedding Trail - Ramada, Wrexham - Sunday 1st November https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/wrexham-wedding-trail---ramada-wrexham---sunday-1st-november Wrexham Wedding Trail's Wedding Fair at the Ramada, WrexhamWrexham Wedding Trail's Wedding FairTime to get a shift on !

Next Sunday’s Wedding Fair at the Ramada is our last of the season.

With dates filling up fast, if you’re planning a 2016 wedding, or a 2017 wedding on a key summer Saturday, and haven’t yet booked your main suppliers, it’s time to get a move on!

If you’d like to check availability for your date, or arrange to meet up and discuss your plans, just drop me a quick line please to phil@philreesphotography.co.uk

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Fairs Wrexham Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/wrexham-wedding-trail---ramada-wrexham---sunday-1st-november Sun, 25 Oct 2015 19:30:00 GMT
Millie & Dan's Rustic Glyn Ceiriog Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/millie-dans-rustic-glyn-ceiriog-wedding Rustic Wedding Photography North WalesMillie & Dan's Rustic WeddingThere's a tire swing baby at the end of our rope

It was great to see some of my wedding photography featured this week on the Easy Weddings' UK website.

Millie & Dan's August wedding at Millie's parents' smallholding in Glyn Ceiriog was one of the highlights of the summer - a perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony and some lovely touches which drew on the couple's and their families' talents, including ties for the men hand-painted by Millie, music from Millie's brother and sister, a father of the bride speech entirely in verse, and Dan playing sax with the band in the evening.  

You can read Millie's story here : Hand-made in North Wales

And there's some more of their images in my wedding galleries Glyn Ceiriog, North Wales Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) North Wales Marquee Wedding Rustic Wedding Photography North Wales Wedding Photographers North Wales https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/millie-dans-rustic-glyn-ceiriog-wedding Fri, 23 Oct 2015 02:03:36 GMT
Wedding Fayre at Tower Hill Barns https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/wedding-fair-at-tower-hill-barns Wedding Fair at Tower Hill Barns between Wrexham and LlangollenWedding Fair at Tower Hill Barns 23rd OctoberOne not to be missed!

It's wedding fair season again, and I'll be attending this one at Tower Hill Barns , at Trevor between Wrexham and Llangollen, on Friday evening, 23rd October. It promises to be a great event, with catwalk shows and a host of great local suppliers, and it's already generating a lot of interest. And the bar's open, so bring your bridesmaids and make it a girl's night out?

If you're looking for a photographer, attending a few fairs is a quick & efficient way to narrow down your choice - a chance to meet a few personally, and decide not only if you like their work, but whether you'll click with them, and be happy for them to be a part of your big day.  

I'll also be at the Queen Hotel, Chester on Sunday 25th October, and Wrexham Wedding Trail at the Ramada on 1st November, plus a few in the New Year - the full list is on my contact page. 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Fairs North Wales Wedding Fairs Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/wedding-fair-at-tower-hill-barns Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:02:06 GMT
Gemma & Rob's Humanist Wedding - Gemma's own story https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/gemma-robs-humanist-wedding---gemma-s-own-story Humanist Wedding in Wrexham, North WalesGemma & Rob's Humanist WeddingA Celtic Handfasting in their own garden Imagine walking out of your own front door, then straight down to the aisle to join your groom, for a wedding in your own garden.

That was the perfect setting for Gemma & Rob's Humanist Wedding, complete with a traditional celtic hand-fasting ceremony, in front of their family & friends seated on straw bales on their front lawn. Everything about their day was magical - from the ceremony through to the evening, when their 8 year old daughter joined the band on drums !

But I'll let Gemma describe the rest. You can read the full story, in her own words, on the 'My Wrexham Wedding' blog : My Wrexham Wedding

And there's some more images in my wedding galleries, if you'd like to see them, here : Humanist Wedding North Wales

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Humanist Wedding Wedding Photographers North Wales Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/gemma-robs-humanist-wedding---gemma-s-own-story Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:01:16 GMT
Elise & Rich's Rossett Hall Wedding - and some kind words. https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/elise-richs-rossett-hall-wedding---and-some-kind-words Elise & Rich's Wedding at Rossett Hall, between Wrexham and ChesterElise & RichAt Rossett Hall, between Wrexham and Chester

 

There’s only one thing better than a client telling me that they appreciate what I’ve done for them. And that’s when they love my work so much they tell other people too!

So I was delighted to see this review on the 'My Wrexham Wedding' website by Elise following her wedding at Rossett Hall recently:

“If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding, or any occasion for that matter, I cannot recommend Phil Rees enough. He is based in the Plassey, with a lovely studio showcasing all of his work. He did my wedding recently and I am in love with the photographs. He worked so so hard on the day capturing so many beautiful photographs that we will treasure forever.”

Thanks Elise. I loved covering it for you x

(To see more of their images, click on 'Weddings, Galleries' )

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Chester Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/elise-richs-rossett-hall-wedding---and-some-kind-words Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:37:32 GMT
Choosing a Wedding Photographer https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/choosing-a-wedding-photographer (A short piece I've just been writing for a Bridal Shop brochure. Seems to make sense to share it here too). 

 

A little bit of research at the start is well worth the time spent - check out photographers’ websites, but just as importantly, talk to friends too and ask for recommendations.

Most of the more established photographers will have a distinct style. Do you prefer traditional, formal photography with lots of posed images (which may need more time in your schedule), or something more relaxed, natural and spontaneous. Are you looking for a particular style of editing and the latest special effects, or something more classic and timeless?

Once you’ve narrowed your choice a bit, meet up with those on your short list. You’ll spend a large part of your day with them, and the more comfortable you are, the more relaxed you’ll appear in your images (look for clues in the expressions of previous brides and grooms in their portfolio!). An experienced photographer will be able to guide you through the day and make sure that everything runs smoothly, and if they’re full-time and well-established, they should also be able to provide prompt, attentive service before and after your big day too. Check that their pricing is clear, with no hidden extras, and if you’re looking to buy an album or framed prints, see their samples.

If you’re on a budget, make sure you shop around, and avoid compromising too much on quality.  Look for established businesses offering discounts for off-peak dates or shorter coverage, or new up-and-coming photographers who are keeping prices low while they build up their business. But make sure you see plenty of examples, including a full wedding (in winter, or a dimly-lit venue, if that’s a consideration) and not just the ‘greatest hits’ on their website!

But above all, find someone you like, and who you’d be happy to invite as a guest to your big day. 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Choosing a wedding photographer Wedding Photographers Chester Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/choosing-a-wedding-photographer Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:11:18 GMT
Hayley & Nick's Denbighshire Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/hayley-nicks-denbighshire-wedding

 

I do like a man in uniform. No, not in that way, but it does make for some great photos.

These, with Nick in his ‘number ones’ were from his wedding to Hayley, with a ceremony at St. Garmon’s in Llanarmon yn Iâl, and then a short trip to the village of Eryrys for the reception. A marquee had been attached to the Sun Inn there, where Nick’s stepmum and her team did a fantastic job on the catering, and the rural theme suited the setting perfectly.

You'll find some more of their images here : Hayley & Nick's Denbighshire Wedding Photography 

© Phil Rees Photography 2015

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Denbighshire Wedding Photography North Wales Wedding Photographer Rural Wedding Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/hayley-nicks-denbighshire-wedding Mon, 21 Sep 2015 20:18:37 GMT
Alison & Dan's Grosvenor Pulford Wedding Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/alison-dans-grosvenor-pulford-wedding-photography Grosvenor Pulford Wedding Photography by Wrexham & Chester Wedding Photographer Phil ReesGrosvenor Pulford Wedding Photographyfor Alison & Dan

I shot my first wedding at the Grosvenor Pulford back in 2010, before the creation of the Asian Garden. It's an addition that's been very popular since of course, but it does mean that the original gardens sometimes get overlooked as a location for wedding photography. So when Alison & Dan opted to have their photos there, in among the weeping willows by the pond, I was happy to oblige ! 

I loved photographing their wedding for them - a traditional wedding (with a ceremony at St.Giles' Parish Church, Wrexham) for a laid-back couple, happy to go with the flow, and enjoy their day. There's some more of their images here, if you want to take a look > Grosvenor Pulford Wedding Photography 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Chester Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/9/alison-dans-grosvenor-pulford-wedding-photography Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:24:29 GMT
Children's Portrait Shoots at the Plassey https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/childrens-portrait-shoots-at-the-plassey A family portrait shoot at the Plassey near WrexhamIsabelle & SiennaA family portrait shoot at the Plassey

Two of my favourite little clients were back at the Plassey for a second shoot recently, this time bringing along their auntie and Nan too.

There's just a few dates available for family portrait shoots in the school holidays, and September's filling up quickly - if you'd like to book a shoot, please get in touch. Details of packages are in the portrait section of the website here > Family Portraits for Wrexham and Chester 

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) family portraits chester family portraits wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/childrens-portrait-shoots-at-the-plassey Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:34:59 GMT
The Twins - a family portrait shoot at the Plassey, Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/the-twins---a-family-portrait-shoot-at-the-plassey-wrexham Family portraits at the Plassey, Near WrexhamThe TwinsA family portrait shoot at the Plassey, Near Wrexham

Some of you may recognise these lovely twins from an image in my studio. I first met them 5 years ago when shooting their parents' wedding, and they were back at the Plassey recently for their third shoot with me (ready for Mum's birthday). They're always great fun to work with, and it'll be great to welcome them back again in a few years - if Mum can find some spare wall space for a few more!

Family Portraits start at just £95 for a one hour shoot at the Plassey (just outside Wrexham) - a great location with its range of natural backdrops and Edwardian farm buildings. More details are in the 'Lifestyle' section of the website. Please click here : Family Portraits Wrexham & Chester 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Family Portraits Chester Family Portraits Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/the-twins---a-family-portrait-shoot-at-the-plassey-wrexham Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:33:55 GMT
Rachel & Chris' Lion Quays Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/rachel-chris-lion-quays-wedding Wedding Photography at Lion Quays for Rachel & Chris by Wrexham Wedding Photographer Phil ReesLion Quays Wedding PhotographyDown by the canal, with Rachel & Chris

There are few venues in the area that are so ideally suited to weddings as Lion Quays, and the area down by the canal is just perfect -  a quiet area, where you can retreat for 15 minutes away from your guests, and catch your breath, with 'photo-opps' in abundance. 

These are a few images from Rachel & Chris' recent reception there, after a wedding at Holy Trinity, Gwersyllt - an ideal location for this cross-border affair bringing together Chris' family and friends from (predominantly) Shrewsbury and Rachel's from Wrexham.

Click here if you'd like to see a few more of their images > Lion Quays Wedding Photography 

© Phil Rees Photography 2015

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Lion Quays Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/8/rachel-chris-lion-quays-wedding Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:59:40 GMT
Katy & Paul's Llangollen Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/katy-pauls-llangollen-wedding Llangollen Wedding PhotographyKaty & Paulat the Horseshoe Pass

The windswept Horseshoe Pass near Llangollen, at a height of 417 metres above sea level, may not be every couple’s choice of an ideal wedding photography location. But for Katy & Paul, who spend much of their free time on mountain bikes in the area (and who’ll spend their honeymoon paddling down the Grand Canyon), it was an obvious backdrop to use for a few of their wedding images.

They married at St.Collen’s in Llangollen, so it was just a quick stop en route to their ‘afternoon tea’ marquee reception in Bwlchgwyn. Ten minutes or so (much of it spent trying to arrange the veil in the breeze!), and we were on our way again.

To see more of their images, please click : Katy & Paul's Llangollen Wedding Photography 

© Phil Rees Photography 2015 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographer Llangollen Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/katy-pauls-llangollen-wedding Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:55:06 GMT
Nia & Andrew's Chester Zoo Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/nia-andrews-chester-zoo-wedding Wedding Photography Chester Zoo for Nia & Andrew by Wrexham Wedding Photographer Phil ReesChester Zoo Wedding PhotographyNia & Andrew's perfect day

Oakfield Manor at Chester Zoo is a great place for wedding photography – is there anywhere with such a varied range of backdrops? As well as probably the best traditional British garden in the area, the Roman Garden is just round the corner, and the African grassland area (and more) a stone’s throw away. And with the Lion enclosure just next door, your wedding’s bound to be a roaring success (sorry, couldn’t resist!).

I was there recently for Nia & Andrew’s big day – a laid-back, easy-going wedding that was a real joy to photograph. The first dance, choreographed to ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ was a perfect finale (for me, that is; I left just after, but the guests demanded an encore at midnight apparently!)

To see more of their images, click : Chester Zoo Wedding Photography

© Phil Rees Photography 2015

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Chester Wedding Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/nia-andrews-chester-zoo-wedding Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:33:31 GMT
Matt & Ffiona's Bettws Hall, Montgomeryshire Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/matt-ffionas-bettws-hall-montgomeryshire-wedding Wedding Photography from the first ever wedding at Bettws Hall,  Bettws Cedewain, Montgomeryshire/Powys from Wrexham Wedding Photographer Phil ReesMatt & FfionaThe first ever wedding at the lovely Bettws Hall, Bettws Cedewain, Montgomeryshire

It was a massive privilege recently to be able to shoot Matt & Ffiona's wedding - the first couple to book their wedding at Bettws Hall, near Newtown, Powys – a venue already well known (and well liked) in shooting circles, and now diversifying into weddings. I’m sure it’ll become very popular – it’s a lovely setting, with great staff and high standards, and it certainly deserves to. 

It was also fantastic to receive an email with these kind words from Ffiona & Matt when they saw their images. Moments like that make the job worthwhile!

We have both just sat and looked through all our lovely pictures from our special day - and are thrilled! Both yourself and Katie have captured our day from start to finish … the photographs tell the story and will ensure that we never forget our special day.

When planning our Wedding choosing the Wedding Photographer was the easy part -we didn't even choose, just hoped you would have been free! After meeting you at Nerys & Sam's wedding there was no other choice to who would capture our photographs and you certainly haven't disappointed.

We are so grateful for your hard work and the end result.Throughout our planning you were attentive, contactable at all times and reassuring with any question, detail or query. It was a pleasure to work with you, and hope that we have the chance to work with you again or be the guest at another wedding which you are capturing.

Ffiona & Matt”

There's a few of their images here > Bettws Hall Wedding Photography if you want a quick look!

© Phil Rees Photography 2015

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Bettws Hall Wedding Photography Powys Wedding Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/matt-ffionas-bettws-hall-montgomeryshire-wedding Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:48:28 GMT
Wedding Fair at Holt Lodge, Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/wedding-fair-at-holt-lodge-wrexham If you're planning a wedding in Wrexham or Chester, this one's well worth a visit. The last wedding fair there was a big success - well organised, and with a great selection of the area's best suppliers, and I'm sure this'll be the same.

And if you're looking for a photographer, drop by my stand and say hello? It's a great chance to see some of our work, and have a no-obligation informal chat about your day, and the style of photography you'd like. 

Hopefully, you're looking for a photographer with a relaxed, natural style, and great customer service ;-)

 

 

Wedding Fair WrexhamWedding Fair, Holt Lodge, WrexhamGreat selection of the best of the local suppiers

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Fair Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/wedding-fair-at-holt-lodge-wrexham Sun, 07 Jun 2015 19:05:57 GMT
Nicola & Daniel's Llyndir Hall Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/nicola-daniels-llyndir-hall-wedding Wedding Car leaving Gresford Church for Llyndir Hall by Wrexham Wedding Photographer Phil ReesNicola & Daniel's Llyndir Hall Car by Bespoked Wedding Cars One of my favourite images from Nicola & Daniel’s recent wedding on at All Saints’, Gresford, and Llyndir Hall, Rossett, shot as they left the church (from the brambles and nettles on the small bank opposite to be precise!).

A great day at 2 favourite venues - Gresford Church because the light is great, and Llyndir because the staff are efficient and professional. 

You can see more of their images here : Llyndir Hall Wedding Photography 

© Phil Rees Photography 2015

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/nicola-daniels-llyndir-hall-wedding Thu, 04 Jun 2015 22:26:26 GMT
Claire & Pete's Rossett Hall Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/claire-petes-rossett-hall-wedding Rossett Hall Wedding Photography by Chester & Wrexham Wedding Photographer Phil ReesRossett Hall Wedding PhotographyClaire & Pete's fab day A few monochrome images (from the start and end of the day) at Claire & Pete's fab wedding at Rossett Hall, between Wrexham and Chester.

A fantastic day, with a ceremony and speeches full of emotion, a great couple who were fun to work with, on a very sunny April day, and with helpful service as always from Nic and his team at this popular venue.

To see more images, please click here : Rossett Hall Wedding Photography

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Chester Wedding Photographers Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/claire-petes-rossett-hall-wedding Mon, 18 May 2015 16:54:00 GMT
Easter Portrait Shoot at the Plassey https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/easter-portrait-shoot-at-the-plassey Children's Portrait Photography for Chester, Wrexham & OswestryCheeky ChappyChildren's Portrait Shoot at the Plassey

It was a pleasure to see this lovely young man again recently for a portrait shoot at the Plassey over the Easter holidays. I met him first on a shoot with his cousins 2 years ago (9 young children in one shoot!).

He was back in the UK for a week over Easter, so came along for one on his own this time. I'm looking forward to welcoming him & his mum back in another couple of years ! 

Details of my portrait packages can be found here : Children's Portrait Photography for Wrexham, Chester and North Wales

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Children's Portrait Photography Chester Children's Portrait Photography Oswestry Children's Portrait Photography Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/easter-portrait-shoot-at-the-plassey Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:09:36 GMT
Photography Workshop at the Plassey, Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/photography-workshop It's been a while since I've run any workshops, and it's about time I rectified that!

If you're a budding amateur photographer, but tend to keep your camera on auto, come and join me, and learn how you can quickly and easily improve your skills.

To register your interest (without obligation), please click 'contact' to email me, and I'll send you full details as soon as they're announced. Provisional cost for the day is £60 per person.

 

Photography Workshop at the Plassey, WrexhamPhotography WorkshopComing soon

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Photography Workshop, Wrexham & Chester https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/photography-workshop Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:17:03 GMT
Emma & James' Doubletree Chester Winter Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/emma-james-doubletree-chester-winter-wedding Chester Doubletree by Hilton Wedding PhotographyChester Doubletree Wedding PhotographyLate afternoon sun at Emma & James' wedding

For the second time in a week (see also Laura & Rich’s Llyndir Hall Wedding below) Katie & I were lucky to get some great winter sunshine for the posed ‘couple photos’ at Emma & James wedding at Doubletree by Hilton, Chester.

Winter weddings seem to be becoming more popular. It’s been my busiest winter since I started in 2007, and my last 2 enquiries have both been for Christmas weddings. Although there’s more of a risk with the weather, very often it can be dry but cold – so for the formal photography I tend to keep the guests indoors until they’re needed, try and be uber-organised and work quickly, and if the bride wants to, break the session half-way to get warmed up again. It’s surprising though how the bride often doesn’t feel the cold – it must be the adrenalin! Or just having too much fun to notice perhaps!

To see more of Emma & James' images, please click here : Chester Doubletree Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) North Wales Wedding Photographer Wedding Photography Chester https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/emma-james-doubletree-chester-winter-wedding Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:05:36 GMT
Wedding & Celebration Fayre, Holt Lodge, Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/wedding-celebration-fair-holt-lodge-wrexham A date for your diary, if you're planning a wedding or celebration. 30 local businesses, and lots going on!

We'll be exhibiting there, so pop by our stand and say hello? 

 

Wedding Fair, Holt Lodge Hotel, WrexhamWedding Fair, Holt Lodge Hotel, Wrexhamorganised by Want to Celebrate

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Fairs Wrexham Wedding Photographers Chester https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/wedding-celebration-fair-holt-lodge-wrexham Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:15:43 GMT
Laura & Rich's Llyndir Hall Winter Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/laura-richs-llyndir-hall-winter-wedding Wrexham & Chester Wedding PhotographyLlyndir Hall Winter WeddingLaura & Rich's Wedding Photography

Each season brings its own unique qualities with it, and winter is certainly no exception. The shorter days create challenges for wedding photographers, but they also occasionally throw up some fabulous opportunities – at what other time of year can you see a sunset before the wedding breakfast?

Laura and Rich were married at Llyndir Hall (at Rossett, between Chester and Wrexham) between Christmas and New Year, on a clear frosty day, and we were able to time the formal photos to coincide perfectly with the setting sun. Luckily, the venue faces west !

To see more of their images, please click : Llyndir Hall Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Chester Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/laura-richs-llyndir-hall-winter-wedding Sat, 07 Feb 2015 23:30:12 GMT
Cock o'Barton Christmas Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/cock-obarton-christmas-wedding Chester Wedding Photography 261214Rebecca's Flower Girlsfor Rebecca & Dave's Cock o'Barton Wedding

This shot of the 2 young flower girls is one of my favourites from the recent weddings.  It was taken during the morning’s preparations for Binny & Dave’s wedding, just after Christmas. (The background, incidentally, is just the white vertical blinds in the conservatory, backlit & over-exposed a bit) 

To see more images from their wedding, click here please > Binny & Dave's Cock o'Barton Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Chester Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/cock-obarton-christmas-wedding Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:45:45 GMT
Wedding photography fads & trends https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/wedding-photography-fads-trends Vintage processing

 

This is interesting - it's one of those Facebook polls, and the respondents are photographers, rather than brides and grooms. But it confirms, if we needed it, that vintage processing is on the way out. 

Retro or Vintage processing (in a nutshell, tweaking colours & contrast to make a digital image look like a faded photo from the 70's/80's) has only been around for about 5 years, so it shows the relatively short-lived nature of some fads & trends. 

Taste is very subjective. And some people would prefer to have something that looks good (and different) right now and not worry too much about how it will look in the future. But with wedding photography, I tend to think that most people would want theirs to still look great in 10, 20 or 30 years' time. That's how I approach things at least, so I use Photoshop and other tools to enhance an image, but not to do anything too wacky or offbeat that will quickly become dated. I like to think that when today's couples show their wedding albums to their kids in 20 years time, they won't laugh. Or not too much anyway.   

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham & Chester https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/1/wedding-photography-fads-trends Sun, 04 Jan 2015 20:34:05 GMT
Joanna & Ed's Ruthin Castle Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/joanna-eds-ruthin-castle-wedding Joanna & Ed's Ruthin Castle Wedding by North Wales Wedding Photographer Phil ReesJoanna & Ed's Ruthin Castle WeddingThe bridesmaids and groomsmen

Another storybook album designed this week, this time for Joanna & Ed's wedding at All Saints' Church, Gresford with receptions at Ruthin Castle. 

I loved the theme of this wedding, and the stunning floristry by Vivid Floral Design, Wrexham, which complemented the early autumn colours in the grounds of the Castle. 

A lovely couple, and I'm looking forward to seeing them again when Ed's Best Man Nick marries Hayley this coming June. 

To see more of their images please click here : Ruthin Castle Wedding Photography

© Phil Rees Photography 2014

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) North Wales Wedding Photographer Ruthin Castle Wedding Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/joanna-eds-ruthin-castle-wedding Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:08:22 GMT
Emily & Rob's North Wales Marquee Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/emily-robs-north-wales-marquee-wedding North Wales Marquee Farm WeddingEmily & Rob's WeddingAt Marford, between Chester & Wrexham

It's that time of year when I'm busy designing Storybook Albums - three were uploaded to Graphistudio in Italy last week for printing, with a few more in the pipeline. 

This particular one is coming together beautifully - Emily & Rob's from their wedding at All Saints' Church, Gresford and a marquee on Emily's family's farm between Chester and Wrexham. It had been a difficult and stressful week on the farm, but luck was with them all the way on the day with the sun appearing just as the horse & carriage arrived at the farm for Emily, and staying with us all day. 

To see a few more of their images click Emily & Rob's Marquee Wedding

© Phil Rees Photography 2014

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Chester Wedding Photography North Wales Marquee Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/emily-robs-north-wales-marquee-wedding Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:19:14 GMT
Low Light Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/low-light-photography Low light photography by Wrexham Wedding Photographer Phil ReesWatching the fireworksPlassey Bonfire Night 2014

I quite like this image - taken at the weekend at the fireworks display at the Plassey near Wrexham (where my studio is based).

Its main attraction for me is in the technical aspects - it was taken in virtual darkness, without flash and lit only by the light from the fireworks. (To the eye, the sky appeared black). It wouldn't have been possible just a few years ago, and shows how far professional cameras have come, and what's possible with the right equipment. 

For the techies ... it was shot on a Nikon D700 at 5000 ISO, f2.8 at 1/2 second; hand-held but crouching and using legs and arms as a makeshift tripod!

 

p.s. If you're planning a wedding in a dimly lit church, it shows the value of asking a few searching questions of your photographer, to see if they have up-to-date professional quality equipment!

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Plassey Wedding Photographers North Wales https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/low-light-photography Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:25:49 GMT
North Wales and Shropshire Wedding Venues https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/north-wales-and-shropshire-wedding-venues Oswestry Country House Wedding Photography by Wrexham Wedding Photographer Phil ReesLisa & IanOswestry Country House Wedding Photography

For wedding photographers, operating as they do in a competitive industry, marketing can be a full-time occupation in itself. Many go down the route of becoming the recommended supplier at a particular venue, but it's not an approach I've ever much fancied - I like the variety and stimulus of shooting at different venues. So though you'll regularly find me at the more popular venues such as Llyndir Hall, Grosvenor Pulford, Lion Quays and Ruthin Castle, in between I'll likely be at a marquee or tepee wedding on a farm, or a small intimate barn wedding. And I'm equally happy at a church or chapel wedding, or a civil ceremony in a hotel. 

That policy came up trumps this summer, with the opportunity to photograph at this private residence near Oswestry, for what we believe was the first wedding reception in 100 years (and probably ever!) for anyone other than members of the family who live there. Lisa & Ian had the use of the shooting lodge and grounds for the day, by kind permission of the owners, and it was a privilege to have such a stunning backdrop for their wedding photography.

To see more of Lisa & Ian's images, please click here : Country House Wedding Photography

Images & text © Phil Rees Photography 2014

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Marquee Weddings North Wales & Shropshire North Wales Wedding Photographer https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/north-wales-and-shropshire-wedding-venues Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:56:53 GMT
Autumn Wedding Fairs https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/autumn-wedding-fairs Wedding Fairs Llangollen & LlandudnoAutumn Wedding Fairs, Llangollen & LlandudnoLooking forward to seeing you!

We're on the road again!

Come and see us at the wedding fairs at White Waters, Llangollen next Sunday 26th, or at Venue Cymru, Llandudno the following Sunday, 2nd November. 

A chance for an informal chat about your wedding photography, and to talk about how we work - efficiently and courteously, but unobtrusively, and without taking over, so you can relax and enjoy the day. 

Or if you can't make it, pop up and see me at the Plassey, where you'll also find Cameo Brides, Kerry Anne Dodd Jewellers and more - it's a great place to start your wedding planning!

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Fairs North Wales Wedding Fairs Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/10/autumn-wedding-fairs Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:56:57 GMT
Joanna & Ed's Engagement Shoot https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/joanna-eds-engagement-shoot Wedding Photography MoldJoanna & Ed's pre-wedding photographyOn the family farm, between Mold & Wrexham

It was odd to have a free Saturday last weekend, after a hectic couple of months, and I'm looking forward to be 'back in action' this week for Joanna & Ed's wedding, which I know is going to be great. (They're farmers, so it goes without saying!).

Their pre-wedding shoot was on Ed's family's farm, between Wrexham and Mold - a lovely setting on a summer's evening.

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers North Wales https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/joanna-eds-engagement-shoot Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:31:20 GMT
Claire & Ben's Tower Hill Barns Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/claire-bens-tower-hill-barns-wedding Tower Hill Barns Llangollen Wedding PhotographyClaire & BenWedding Photography at Tower Hill Barns, Llangollen, by Wrexham Wedding Photographer Phil Rees

A few images, taken in the last of the evening sun, on my second visit this summer to Tower Hill Barns at Trevor (between Wrexham and Llangollen) for the wedding of Claire & Ben.

The long grass of the disused railway line that runs along the back of the venue wouldn't perhaps be the obvious choice for wedding photography, but in the right light it's just perfect!

There's plans to improve and extend the venue for the 2015 season, and if you're planning a wedding there, please call me - I'd love to shoot there again; I just hope they don't cut the grass!

For more of Claire & Ben's images from Tower Hill (and the preparations at the Wild Pheasant) click here please : Llangollen Wedding Photography

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Tower Hills Barns Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/claire-bens-tower-hill-barns-wedding Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:58:15 GMT
Come rain, come shine (part 2) https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/come-rain-come-shine-part-2 Helen & Gareth's Chirk Castle Wedding PhotographyAn extra pair of hands

Another 'catchy' day for Helen & Gareth's wedding at Chirk Castle, with the odd shower here & there, but more than enough sunshine when it mattered, and a little bit of help when we needed it to keep everyone dry!

For the 'preview' set of images from their wedding, click here > Chirk Castle Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Chirk Castle Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/come-rain-come-shine-part-2 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:34:15 GMT
Come rain, come shine https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/come-rain-come-shine Joanne & Tony's Wild Pheasant, Llangollen Weddingby Wrexham Wedding Photographer Phil Rees

Joanne & Tony's wedding day was fantastic ... despite the weather! It was one of those days when we had to dodge the showers a bit, though thankfully there were plenty of breaks and it certainly didn't affect the atmosphere of their day. Here's three images - two were taken while it was raining, but hopefully that's not too obvious. It's amazing what some top shade and a good reflector can do ;-)

To see the preview set from their wedding at St. Paul's Church, Pentre Broughton, Wrexham and the Wild Pheasant, Llangollen, click here please : Llangollen Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Llangollen Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/come-rain-come-shine Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:31:06 GMT
Children's Portraits at the Plassey https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/childrens-portraits-at-the-plassey Family Portraits for Wrexham and Chester, at the Plassey, near Bangor-on-Dee, by Phil Rees PhotographyFamily Portraits for Chester & Wrexhamat the Plassey, near Bangor on Dee A few of my personal favourites, and the more offbeat images, from a recent portrait shoot at the Plassey, near Bangor-on-Dee, Wrexham for this delightful 8 year old and her sister.

With school holidays approaching and, fingers crossed, some good weather it's the perfect time for outdoor portraits of the children. If you're interested in a shoot, there's some information here Family Portraits, Wrexham & Chester or feel free to give me a call.

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Family Portraits Chester Family Portraits Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/childrens-portraits-at-the-plassey Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:32:39 GMT
Millie & Rob's Tower Hill Barns Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/millie-robs-tower-hill-barn-wedding Tower Hill Barns Wedding Photography by Wrexham Wedding Photographer Phil ReesTower Hill Barns Wedding PhotographyMillie & Rob's Vintage Tea Party Wedding

I'm still on a bit of a high at the moment, after two fantastic weddings this weekend, including a return to Tower Hill Barns (formerly Trevor Villa Barn), the perfect setting for Millie & Rob's amazing vintage tea party themed wedding. It's been a while since I'd shot there, but with new owners in situ, and developments planned, I'm sure it'll become ever more popular, and I'm looking forward to my next visit there in August with Claire & Ben.

Millie & Rob were clear that they wanted mainly unobtrusive documentary photography, with just a few posed images, and I was happy to oblige. The result was a relaxed wedding shoot, with time to consider and capture the moments that really matter. The full set won't be available for a week or so, but there's a few here if you fancy a sneak preview >  Tower Hill Barns Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Tower Hill Barns Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/millie-robs-tower-hill-barn-wedding Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:45:53 GMT
Grosvenor Groomsmen https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/grosvenor-groomsmen Grosvenor Pulford Wedding Photography by Wrexham Wedding Photographer Phil ReesThe Groomsmen at Hayley & Ian's Grosvenor Pulford WeddingGrosvenor Pulford Wedding Photography Some great images of Ian & 'the Guys' at Hayley & Ian's recent wedding at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel, shot by my trusty 'number 2' Katie Cowell, while I was with the girls.

Having a second photographer isn't essential, but it's great for those times where one pair of eyes just isn't enough; it gives a different angle on things, and of course a larger final set of images. I have two who work with me regularly - Katie who's in her third season with me, and Kat who'll be home shortly from Spain to do a sixth season with me, and take over from Katie while she's away competing at the Commonwealth Games! A second shooter is included as standard in some of my packages, and as an option with others, and if it's something you're considering, I'll be happy to talk to you and explain more.

For more of Hayley & Ian's images, click here : Grosvenor Pulford Wedding Photography

Images by Katie Cowell, © Phil Rees Photography 2014

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Grosvenor Pulford Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/6/grosvenor-groomsmen Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:00:28 GMT
Lifestyle Family Portrait Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/lifestyle-family-portrait-photography Senior Photography Wrexham & ChesterLifestyle Portraitsby Wrexham Family Portrait Photographer Phil Rees Senior Photography Wrexham & ChesterLifestyle Portraitsby Wrexham Family Portrait Photographer Phil Rees From a shoot last month at the Plassey, which I can only show now that Mum's had her birthday & has seen them!

Late teens is a great time for portraits, but sadly often overlooked. In the States, there's a tradition of taking 'Senior Portraits'  in the final year of school - almost a rite of passage before moving on to College or University. Unlike a lot of American social photography which can often be quite formal, they're usually relaxed, natural images taken outdoors, rather than the studio. It's a great idea, and one I wouldn't mind us copying!

Portrait Packages start at just £95. There's some more information here : Family Portraits at the Plassey, Wrexham or drop me a line please to phil@philreesphotography.co.uk

© Phil Rees Photography 2014

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Family Portrait Photography Wrexham & Chester Senior Portraits Wrexham & Chester https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/lifestyle-family-portrait-photography Sat, 17 May 2014 08:00:00 GMT
Emily & Rob's pre-Wedding Shoot https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/emily-robs-pre-wedding-shoot Wrexham pre-Wedding PhotographyEmily & Rob's pre-Wedding Shootat the Plassey, near Wrexham Wrexham pre-Wedding PhotographyEmily & Rob's pre-Wedding Photographyat the Plassey, near Wrexham For a couple who met on a Young Farmers' weekend, and who'll marry later this month with a reception on Emily's family's dairy farm just outside Wrexham, the rural setting of the Plassey was just perfect for their pre-wedding shoot.

A late-afternoon shoot with an upbeat couple who were great fun and so easy to work with. I have a hunch that their wedding day is going to be amazing!

© Phil Rees Photography 2014

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/emily-robs-pre-wedding-shoot Mon, 12 May 2014 23:37:59 GMT
Lifestyle Family Portraits at the Plassey https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/lifestyle-family-portraits-at-the-plassey Wrexham Family Portrait PhotographyWrexham Family Portrait PhotographyAt the Plassey, near Bangor on Dee

A few images from a great family portrait shoot last weekend at the Plassey, with these lovely sisters.

Shoots are available on weekday evenings, most Sundays, and during school holidays (with bookings now being taken for half-term in the last week of May), and start from just £95. There's more detail on the website, and if you'd like to book a shoot, please just drop me an email to phil@philreesphotography.co.uk

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) family portrait photography wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/5/lifestyle-family-portraits-at-the-plassey Tue, 06 May 2014 00:59:24 GMT
Graphistudio's new 'Young Book' Storybook Album https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/graphistudios-new-young-book-storybook-album The Young BookGraphistudio Storybook Albums from Wrexham Wedding Photographer Phil Rees

Getting married in 2014 or 2015?  Or maybe you're a previous wedding client of mine who had the images on disc, and hasn't yet got round to ordering an album?

Graphistudio, my preferred supplier for wedding albums, have today released a great competitively priced new product - a boxed album for only very slightly more than the current unboxed range, and with a wider choice of papers and cover materials included as standard.

Clients who've already booked a wedding photography package from me can switch to the new product if they wish. The first sample should be with me within a couple of weeks, if you want to take a look.

For now at least, it's priced at £220 for a 30x20 cm book, or £330 for 35x25cm, though my prices (for all products) are getting a little out of date, and will probably increase in a few months time.

So it's a great time to get your order in. Drop me a line please to phil@philreesphotography.co.uk if you'd like to know more.

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/graphistudios-new-young-book-storybook-album Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:06:56 GMT
Same-sex Wedding Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/same-sex-wedding-photography At the Venue Cymru Wedding Fayre today, I met two lovely ladies who'll be marrying later this year at the Quay, Deganwy.

It reminded me that the legislation allowing same-sex marriage came into force in England & Wales on the 29th March, and that I ought to have something on my website that tells people that I'm totally happy photographing same-sex weddings. So here it is!

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Same-sex Wedding Photography Same-sex marriage https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/same-sex-wedding-photography Sun, 06 Apr 2014 23:40:04 GMT
A Bride & Groom - customers or clients? https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/a-bride-groom---customers-or-clients There was an interesting debate tonight on a Facebook forum for wedding photographers worldwide. A Bride & Groom want to change the date for their wedding; the photographer’s available for the new date, but thinks they should pay a hefty cancellation & re-booking fee, on the basis that they’d had other enquiries for the first date, and have potentially lost out on those bookings.

I don’t agree. I understand the viewpoint, but as things stand, it’s no real inconvenience to change it.

I think it all comes down to how you view your bookings. Is a wedding booking a ‘transactional sale’, in the way a retailer might shift a TV or a washing machine and try and maximize the income, or is it a ‘relationship sale’ where you try and offer value for money, and build trust and a great working relationship with the Bride and Groom, that hopefully will last for years?

I know my answer, and like to think that I have clients, rather than customers. And I like to think that’s why so many of my bookings come from recommendations. Many clients are kind enough to pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards!) to let me know what they think - if you’d like to read some of their comments, you’ll find them on my testimonials page here :  Wedding Photography Recommendations

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photography Recommendations https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/a-bride-groom---customers-or-clients Sat, 05 Apr 2014 22:37:42 GMT
Wedding Shows https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/two-great-wedding-shows Come & say hi!Venue Cymru Wedding Fair 6th April, Plassey Wedding Evening 10th April

 

Looking forward to two great wedding events this week, one or other of which is within reach of just about anyone in North Wales!

On Sunday 6th, it's the big event on the coast, the Venue Cymru Wedding Fayre at Llandudno. Then on Thursday 10th it's followed by the Plassey's Wedding Evening, a unique event on my 'home turf', with invited suppliers joining our resident wedding businesses, including Cameo Brides whose shop will be open to view their full range!

If you're planning a wedding in North Wales, they're a great opportunity to see the best of the region's wedding suppliers, and of course for an informal chat about your wedding photography!  Come along and say hello?

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Fairs North Wales Wedding Fairs Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/4/two-great-wedding-shows Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:27:30 GMT
Promotional Shoot for the Plassey's Wedding Evening https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/promotional-shoot-for-the-plasseys-wedding-evening Wrexham Wedding FairWedding Evening at the Plassey10th April 2014, 4pm to 8pm

 

A few images from a fun hour or so, doing a promotional shoot at the Plassey - to use on posters

advertising our Wedding Evening (on 10th April, 4-8 p.m.) and our future wedding fairs and events.

Many thanks to Rachel for being a brilliant model, and of course to Cameo Brides for providing the dress.

 

For more details about the event, please see my Facebook page

 

Images © Phil Rees Photography 2014

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Fairs Wrexham Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/promotional-shoot-for-the-plasseys-wedding-evening Sun, 23 Mar 2014 06:44:57 GMT
A magical wedding at Lion Quays, Oswestry https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/a-magical-wedding-at-lion-quays-oswestry Oswestry Wedding PhotographyPete Turner Magician Find him at www.peteturnermagic.co.uk

Magician Pete Turner entertaining the guests at Cerian & David's wedding at Lion Quays, Oswestry - the expressions say it all!

To see more images from Cerian & David's wedding, click : Oswestry Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Oswestry Wedding Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/3/a-magical-wedding-at-lion-quays-oswestry Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:26:37 GMT
Saith Seren's St.David's Day Promise Auction https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/bid-for-your-wedding-photography-at-auction Llawer o ddiolch i Avril am wneud y gynnig llwyddianus yn Ocsiwn Addewidion Dydd Gwyl Dewi Saith Seren - edrych ymlaen at briodas Delyth a Gavin blwyddyn nesa.

Many thanks to Avril for making the succesful bid in Saith Seren's St David's Day Promise Auction for my Wedding Photography package, on behalf of Delyth & Gavin - looking forward to their wedding next year.

And I'm delighted that it was the most valuable 'promise' on the night, and that I've been able to help this community run venture in their efforts to secure their future.

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Ocsiwn Addewidion Saith Seren Saith Seren Promise Auction Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/bid-for-your-wedding-photography-at-auction Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:04:14 GMT
Cameo Brides https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/cameo-brides Wedding Photographer Wrexham near to Bridal Shop Cameo Brides WrexhamWhere else can you wedding planning on a Sunday?

A few images from last week's shoot for Cameo Brides. They're based just across the way from my studio at the The Plassey Craft & Retail Centre, where we also have a jeweller, hair & beauty, and mother-of-the-bride boutiques ... all well-established businesses, with a reputation for quality products and service.

We're easy to find and there's free parking. And we're open on Saturdays and Sundays. The perfect place to start your wedding planning!

To see examples of my North Wales & Cheshire Wedding Photography, click here

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wrexham Bridal Shop Wrexham Wedding Photographer https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/2/cameo-brides Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:06:34 GMT
Lucy & Aaron's Rowton Castle Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/lucy-aarons-rowton-castle-wedding Well, actually the wedding was at St. Mary's in Ruabon, followed by a trip down the A5 to Rowton Castle, Shrewsbury with the focal point for the photographs being the newly built 'temple', a perfect addition to an already great venue.

A fantastic atmosphere for this, my first wedding of 2014, and I couldn't have asked for a better start to the year. To read more, click on this link to their Rowton Castle Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Rowton Castle Wedding Shrewsbury Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/lucy-aarons-rowton-castle-wedding Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:36:23 GMT
Planning a 2014 or 2015 wedding? https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/planning-a-2014-or-2015-wedding Are you planning a 2014 or 2015 wedding?

Normally, there's a bit of a lag after Christmas, while Brides find their dress, and once they've got that sorted, I start seeing a few enquiries. This year, it's been different, and enquiries are coming in earlier, and in bigger numbers. Enquiries for 2015 are running at 3 times the usual level at this stage!

It looks as if both 2014 & 2015 will be busy years for weddings, and booking early will be more important than ever, if you want to make sure you get your first choice of suppliers.

If you're not already on the case, it may be time to get moving!

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/planning-a-2014-or-2015-wedding Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:54:48 GMT
Chloe & Sam's Wild Pheasant Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/chloe-sams-wild-pheasant-llangollen-wedding Chloe & Sam, friends since their schooldays, had a beautiful winter wedding in Llangollen.

Click here to see their Wild Pheasant, Llangollen Wedding Photography

Wrexham Wedding PhotographyChloe & Sam's Wedding at the Wild Pheasant LlangollenWrexham Wedding Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/chloe-sams-wild-pheasant-llangollen-wedding Mon, 06 Jan 2014 23:39:46 GMT
Happy New Year! https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/happy-new-year Happy New Year - Blwyddyn Newydd Dda !

Many thanks to everyone I had the pleasure of working with in 2013. Here's hoping 2014 is just as good; we've got some fantastic weddings to look forward to, and hopefully lots more besides.

Best wishes for an awesome year !
Dymuniadau gorau am flwyddyn anhygoel !

Wedding Photographer Wrexham 2013 Thank YouThere wasn't enough room for everyone, sorry!Wedding Photographer Wrexham 2013 Thank You

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/1/happy-new-year Wed, 01 Jan 2014 03:00:53 GMT
Declare your independance! https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/declare-your-independance It’s Christmas, and I’m winding down. Trawling YouTube this morning I came across this – it’s a wonderful speech by Adam Price (former MP, and Harvard student/research fellow) to Harvard University graduates.

Adam Price Harvard Address

It talks about the need to be different and original, and it’s great advice for life in general, but also for my own field where too many photographers follow the crowd, and copy others, instead of finding their own style.

See what you think, especially if you’re looking for inspiration for your New Years’ resolutions?

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wrexham Wedding Photographer's New Year Resolution https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/declare-your-independance Sat, 21 Dec 2013 15:10:20 GMT
Lifestyle Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/making-people-cry Apparently, I made 4 people cry this week. For all the right reasons, thankfully, when they saw the photos from their children's and grandchildren's portrait shoots.

Family portrait shoots usually take place in the grounds of the Plassey, near Wrexham, where my studio is based. It's in a rural setting, with a fantastic range of converted Edwardian farm buildings that provide the perfect backdrops.

If you'd like to see a few more, please click here for my Family Portrait gallery > Family Portrait Photography Wrexham

Family Portrait Photography WrexhamFamily Portrait Photography WrexhamLove the Cap, Isaac !

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Family Portrait Photography Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/making-people-cry Sat, 02 Nov 2013 22:29:01 GMT
Faye & James https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/faye-james North Wales Wedding PhotographerFaye & JamesFaye & James' wedding in Calne, Wiltshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It's always good to stray a bit from home. For this wedding, 150 miles from my studio, I only got to see the church and reception venue (Wellington Barn near Calne in Wiltshire) the afternoon before. They didn't disappoint! A perfect choice, and an all-round fab day for Faye & James, who I first photographed at Faye's cousin's wedding 12 months ago.

(Click on the images to go to wedding galleries, and see the rest of their preview set)

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers North Wales Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/faye-james Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:34:57 GMT
The Plassey's Wedding Evening, 24th October https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/the-plasseys-wedding-evening-24th-october Wedding Fairs WrexhamPlassey Wedding Evening, organised by Yours Truly!The Wedding Evening at the Plassey, Eyton, Wrexham, October 24th, 2013

If you're getting married, a date for your diary...

The Plassey's Wedding Evening, Thursday 24th October

The Plassey, near Bangor on Dee, is home to Phil Rees Photography, Cameo Brides, Kerry Anne Dodd Jeweller, Plassey Restaurant and Function Suite, and Plassey Hair & Beauty.

Our showcase evening will give you an opportunity to see our wedding businesses up close and personal, and talk about your plans, and we’ll be joined by carefully selected local wedding professionals covering menswear, flowers, cars, venue dressing, entertainment and more – all the key wedding suppliers, plus a few surprises!

Refreshments are available, and there’s free parking on site.

Hope to see you there!

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Fairs Chester Wedding Fairs Oswestry Wedding Fairs Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/10/the-plasseys-wedding-evening-24th-october Sun, 06 Oct 2013 14:14:07 GMT
My 100th Wedding! Hannah & Tom at the Doubletree Hilton, Chester https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/my-100th-wedding-hannah-tom-at-doubletree-hilton-chester Chester Wedding Photography An amazing Ian Stuart designer dressHannah & Tom's wedding at Doubletree Hilton, Chester by Wrexham Wedding Photographer Phil Rees Chester Wedding PhotographyHannah loved that 'kiss' shotHannah & Tom's wedding at Doubletree Hilton, Chester by Wrexham Wedding Photographer Phil Rees

A fab day from start to finish, and I couldn't ask for a better wedding as my '100th'. The Doubletree Hilton in Chester was the venue for the reception, after a ceremony at Gorsedd near Holywell with Hannah's godfather officiating. Hannah looked amazing in her Ian Stuart designer dress, and with the muted tones of the bridesmaid's dresses and flowers, it was a photographer's dream! The men looked pretty good too!

There's a set of 100 images from Hannah & Tom's big day in 'wedding galleries', click here to view > Doubletree Hilton Chester Wedding Photography

Images by Phil Rees & Katie Cowell © Phil Rees Photography 2013

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Chester Wedding Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/my-100th-wedding-hannah-tom-at-doubletree-hilton-chester Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:55:17 GMT
Sarah & Rikki's Lion Quays Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/sarah-rikkis-lion-quays-wedding From Sarah & Rikki's first dance at their Lion Quays wedding. For more of their photos, click here > Lion Quays Wedding Photography

Lion Quays Wedding First DanceTaken with the camera held above my head!Sarah & Rikki's first dance at their Lion Quays wedding

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) North Wales Wedding Photographer Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/9/sarah-rikkis-lion-quays-wedding Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:51:10 GMT
Cath & Carl's Marquee Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/8/cath-carls-marquee-wedding Weddding Photography WrexhamPriodas Cath & Carl yn RhosllanerchrugogCheck out their business 'Farm & Fork' - Premium British Meat direct to your door

 

Great to see Cath & Carl again this evening, when they picked up their wedding photos after their honeymoon in Sorrento.

Blessed with sunshine all day, the bilingual wedding ceremony took place at Capel Bethel, Ponciau, with a reception at Cath's family's farm at Onnen Fawr, Rhosllanerchrugog. Everything about this wedding was just right - tasteful and elegant, and in a fantastic location with views over Wrexham and the Cheshire Plains. Plus we got to sing Calon Lan; that's always a bonus!

I've enjoyed working with this lovely couple right through from the first meeting, the great engagement shoot we had on the farm, and of course the day itself. Very best wishes to you both.

More images in 'wedding galleries'; please click here > Ffotograffiaeth Priodas Cath a Carl

Images by Phil Rees & Kat Mickleson, © Phil Rees Photography 2013

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/8/cath-carls-marquee-wedding Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:27:06 GMT
Alice & Mike's Wedding at Albrighton Hall, Shrewsbury https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/alice-mikes-wedding-at-albrighton-hall-shrewsbury From Ally & Mike's wedding at Holy Trinity Church in Leaton, and Albrighton Hall, Shrewsbury.

Click here to view their preview set in the Wedding Galleries  :  Shrewsbury Wedding Photography

Shrewsbury Wedding PhotographyAlice & MikeAlice & Mike's Albrighton Hall, Shrewsbury Wedding

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Shrewsbury Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/alice-mikes-wedding-at-albrighton-hall-shrewsbury Sun, 28 Jul 2013 10:46:24 GMT
Access All Eirias https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/access-all-eirias Event & Commercial Photography in North Wales

 

This event, in Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay, organised by Orchard Entertainment and Conwy County Borough Council (and covered for them in my role as official photographer) is becoming an annual event, and one of the favourites in my calendar. Last year's event featured Pixie Lott and Olly Murs plus others; this year it was the turn of Wiley, Little Mix, Conor Maynard, Loveable Rogues and Vamp - a bit less my musical cup of tea, but good fun to cover and a great atmosphere again.

More photos on my Facebook page : Phil Rees Photography

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Commercial and Event Photography, North Wales https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/access-all-eirias Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:30:38 GMT
Ruth & Mike's Bersham and Saughton Hall Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/ruth-mikes-bersham-and-saughton-hall-wedding Saughton Hall Wedding PhotographyRuth & MikeRuth & Mike's Bersham & Saughton Hall Wedding Photography

 

Ruth & Mike chose two great venues for their wedding - the small privately owned St. Mary's Church at Bersham, Wrexham, part of the Plas Power estate, and Saughton Hall at Sychdyn, near Mold. For more images from their stylish wedding, click here > Saughton Hall Wedding Photography

Images by Phil Rees & Kat Mickleson, © Phil Rees Photography 2013

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) North Wales Wedding Photographer Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/ruth-mikes-bersham-and-saughton-hall-wedding Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:51:19 GMT
Sarah & Lee's Fab Flintshire Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/sarah-lees-fab-flintshire-wedding From Sarah & Lee's fantastic wedding ! ... a ceremony at St. Mary's in Cilcain, and reception in a tepee at Lee's family's home in Nannerch.

For more of their images, click here : Sarah & Lee's Flintshire Wedding Photography

Previews from most of my weddings appear first on my Facebook page. Click like on my page : Phil Rees Photography if you'd like to see them as they appear.
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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) North Wales Wedding Photographer Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/sarah-lees-fab-flintshire-wedding Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:47:04 GMT
World Trail Championships https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/world-trail-championships World Trail Championship

 

I don't cover much sport these days, so this event was a welcome change - the IAU's World Trail Championships, covered for the co-organisers Conwy County Borough Council. I've covered numerous events for them over the last few years, organised mainly by their marketing team who are second to none.

Held in Llanrwst, the main race featured a seventy-seven kilometres 'ultra-run' in the Gwydir Forest, won by GB's Ricky Lightfoot in 5 hours 36 minutes. France’s Nathalie Mauclair won the women’s race in 6 hours 38. That final picture (bottom right) says it all !

©  Phil Rees Photography 2013

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) North Wales photographer Phil Rees Photography Wrexham photographer https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/7/world-trail-championships Sun, 14 Jul 2013 21:11:23 GMT
Shooting for Wales ... and GB ! https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/shooting-for-wales-and-gb Many congratulations Katie Cowell.

Some of you will know Katie, who along with Kat Mickleson, shoots weddings with me. She also shoots for Wales (clays, not photos!) and has just been picked for the GB team. She's off to Spain next week with them, and then the European Championships in August.

Good luck Katie !

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/shooting-for-wales-and-gb Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:36:08 GMT
A Quay, Deganwy Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/a-quay-deganwy-wedding Glorious sunshine for Natalie & Huw's wedding at the Quay in Deganwy presented us with a not-to-be-missed opportunity. We jumped in the car for the short drive to the beach for these stunning shots, with the Conwy Estuary as a backdrop.

North Wales Wedding Photography

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Quay Deganwy Wedding Wedding Photographers North Wales Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/a-quay-deganwy-wedding Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:50:30 GMT
Laura & Jo's Faenol Fawr wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/laura-jos-faenol-fawr-wedding The first of my weddings in a very busy (and thankfully sunny!) June - delivered today to a delighted couple on their return from honeymoon.

Laura and Jo were married at the beautiful St.Cystennin's Church at Llangystennin near Llandudno Junction, with a reception at Faenol Fawr. To see more, click on 'weddings', 'wedding galleries'.

Faenol Fawr Wedding

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Faenol Fawr Wedding Wedding Photographers Llandudno Wedding Photographers North Wales Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/laura-jos-faenol-fawr-wedding Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:06:14 GMT
Radio 1's Aled Jones https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/radio-1s-aled-jones A break from weddings this week, with a great weekend of event photography at the seaside - for the launch of Wales Rally GB at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Friday, and then Prom Xtra at Colwyn Bay on Saturday and Sunday.

Radio 1's Aled Haydn Jones and others entertained the crowds on Saturday night with a live gig from the roof of the new Porth Eirias building.


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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) event photography Colwyn Bay event photography Llandudno https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/radio-1s-aled-jones Sun, 19 May 2013 08:41:52 GMT
Ceri & Paul's beautiful Lion Quays Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/ceri-pauls-beautiful-lion-quays-wedding From a brilliant day at Lion Quays, near Oswestry, Shropshire - a lovely couple, at a fantastic venue for wedding photography

There's more images on the main website (see 'Wedding Galleries') if you fancy a peek

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Lion Quays Wedding Wedding Photographers Oswestry Wedding Photographers Shropshire Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/ceri-pauls-beautiful-lion-quays-wedding Wed, 15 May 2013 13:11:56 GMT
Alex & Kevin's Themed Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/alex-kevins-themed-wedding Ruthin Wedding Photography

From Alex & Kevin's amazing comic book themed wedding in Ruthin at the weekend.

More images in the galleries> Alex & Kevin

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Mold Wedding Photographers Ruthin https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/alex-kevins-themed-wedding Mon, 06 May 2013 15:27:36 GMT
Dance like nobody's watching ... https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/dance-like-everyones-watching I love this shot!

(from Jonathan & Louise's wedding at the weekend in Tattenhall. The preview set of images is in 'wedding galleries')


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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Cheshire Tattenhall Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/dance-like-everyones-watching Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:40:46 GMT
Miss Wales 2013 https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/miss-wales-2013 Miss Wales 2013 Gabrielle Shaw

Massive congratulations to Gabrielle Shaw on winning Miss Wales 2013 at St.David's Hall in Cardiff tonight.

Gabrielle's Mum runs Barn Boutique, next door but one to my studio at the Plassey, and it was a pleasure to do these head shots for her to accompany her entrance forms for the competition. Gabrielle has a great personality and she'll do us proud as Miss Wales - I'm delighted for her.

Images © Phil Rees Photography 2013

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Gabrielle Shaw Miss Wales 2013 https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/miss-wales-2013 Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:15:03 GMT
Alex & Kevin's Engagement Shoot https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/alex-kevins-engagement-shoot Alex & Kevin's pre-wedding shoot was hastily re-arranged to take advantage of the recent snow, which provided a lovely backdrop at the Plassey.

Alex works at Eyton Framers at the Plassey, who I use for framed prints - not because they're close at hand (I used them before I came to the Plassey), but because they do a great job, and their customer service is spot on.

Alex & Kevin are tying the knot in May in Ruthin. Their wedding invitations, based on a comic book theme, were the most original I've seen, and I know that on the day there's going to be some very unique touches ... but I can't talk about those just yet!

Wedding Photographer at the Plassey, Wrexham

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Engagement Shoot Wrexham Ruthin Wedding Photographer Wrexham Wedding Photographer https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/alex-kevins-engagement-shoot Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:04:47 GMT
Alice & Michael's Engagement Shoot https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/alice-michaels-engagement-shoot A few images from Alice & Michael’s recent Engagement Shoot at the Plassey, near Wrexham, where I have my studio. A very cold day but great fun, and I can't wait for their wedding this summer at Albrighton Hall.
 
They live in Shrewsbury, and found me while on a trip to Cameo Brides who have their shop just across the way from me.
 
The Plassey is situated just off the Overton to Marchwiel road, near Bangor on Dee, so is conveniently placed for North Shropshire - Whitchurch, Ellesmere and Oswestry are all less than half an hour away, and Shrewsbury not much more. With parking on site, and none of the hassles of town centre shopping, it's a great place to start your wedding planning.
 
If you're looking for a wedding photographer who's conveniently placed to serve anywhere in North Shropshire, please drop me a line or give me a call. I'd love to hear from you.
 
 
 
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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Albrighton Hall Wedding Photographers Oswestry Wedding Photographers Shrewsbury Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/alice-michaels-engagement-shoot Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:08:27 GMT
Chloe https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/chloe Portrait Photography Wrexham A few favourites from a portrait session for Chloe last week, at the Plassey, Wrexham

Some of you may recognise her - she covers my studio for me when I'm out at weddings! She's also, as it happens, Welsh Senior Women's 400m Champion - with luck, next time you see her could be the Commonwealth Games in 2014 !

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Family Portrait Photography Chester Family Portrait Photography Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/chloe Tue, 09 Apr 2013 22:00:07 GMT
Special offer on wedding photography for Cameo Brides' customers https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/a-special-offer-on-wedding-photography-for-customers-of-cameo-brides-wrexham If you're planning a wedding, the Plassey Craft & Retail Centre is a great place to start - it's home to Phil Rees Photography, plus Cameo Brides, a custom jeweller, hair & beauty salon, plus mother of the bride boutiques and more.

We're just outside Wrexham, at Eyton near Bangor on Dee, at LL13 0SP. If you head out of Wrexham on the A483 towards Oswestry, you'll see the Plassey signs at the Bangor on Dee turn off - just follow that road for about 2 miles.

Cameo Brides Wrexham and Phil Rees Photography have teamed up to give you an added incentive to visit ...

If you buy your wedding gown or bridesmaids’ dresses from Cameo Brides, you can receive a discount of up to £100 on your wedding photography (£50 off CD/DVD packages, or £100 off Storybook Album packages)

It's valid for purchases up to 30th June 2013 only, and subject to availability for your date. Please click on 'Home' above, to see examples of my work, and if you'd like to check availability, or for more information, please drop me a line to phil@philreesphotography.co.uk

 

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Cameo Brides Phil Rees Photography Special Offer Wrexham wedding photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/a-special-offer-on-wedding-photography-for-customers-of-cameo-brides-wrexham Sat, 06 Apr 2013 11:03:10 GMT
Natural Light Portrait Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/natural-light-portrait-photography After the last shoot, working mainly with flash (see previous post) it was back to natural light for Aimee's portrait shoot at the Plassey.

Aimee was a bridesmaid when I shot her Mum's wedding 3 years ago, so it was good to see them all again and catch up. 

Family Portrait Photography Wrexham

 

 

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Plassey Portrait Photography Chester Portrait Photography Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/natural-light-portrait-photography Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:13:51 GMT
New ideas https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/new-ideas I’m a firm believer in continuous professional development, and that we should always be open to new ideas. 
 
I spent a day at Crewe Hall last week with Brett Harkness, one of the UK’s best wedding photographers, and a master of the use of flash and portable lighting in wedding photography - these are a few of my favourites from the day’s shoot. His techniques are a long way from my current style, and I prefer wherever possible to use natural light, but there’s undoubtedly  some situations where nature needs a bit of help. I’m looking forward to integrating some of the techniques into my 2013 weddings. 
 
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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Crewe Hall Wedding Photography Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/new-ideas Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:00:00 GMT
Hayley & Alex https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/hayley-alex From Hayley & Alex's wedding at St.Mary's at Johnstown (one of my favourite churches in the Wrexham area with lovely lighting and a friendly, welcoming Vicar and wardens) and receptions at Lion Quays.

A easy & relaxed couple who were fun to work with. I posted some preview images online, ready for when they woke up the day after the wedding, and it was great to get this comment from Hayley - "Hi Phil, just wanted to thank you again for doing such a brilliant job of capturing our amazing day. You were an absolute star with patience of a saint. Can't wait to see more. Best wishes, Hayley x"

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Lion Quays Wedding Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/hayley-alex Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:00:00 GMT
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Why the photographer's choice of album supplier should be part of the decision, and an interesting new product ...

 I had a day out today – my annual trip to the NEC for ‘Focus on Imaging’ – the  professional photographers' trade show. This year, there were some great new products, including one from Graphistudio I'm quite excited about. Their new ‘matted album’, a storybook album with embossed borders and decoration, is very different to anything else on the market.

Graphistudio were the first company to introduce storybook albums to the UK about 12 years ago, and it’s good to see them once again being innovative and leading the field – not least because I’m a customer of theirs!
 
Wedding photographers tend to choose an album supplier they like, and stick with them. It’s easier to deal with one company, there’s expense involved in building a stock of sample albums, and it takes time to find your way round a company’s software.
  
But how many brides and grooms, when deciding on their wedding photographer, take the photographer’s choice of supplier into account? 
 
Photographers have different approaches to album design too. Most companies provide design software and being frank, the standard templates can be a tad boring! So many of us create pages to our own design, producing a more unique product with a bit more flair, and allowing the images to be shown to best advantage. So two albums from the same supplier (even one of the better ones) can look very different. 
 
It’s worth thinking about. The best approach when looking for a wedding photographer is probably to talk to friends for recommendations, and to check out photographers’ websites, but then when you’ve narrowed it down to 2 or 3, to go and see them and view their sample albums. It could well make the final decision very easy!
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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) graphistudio storybook album wedding album wedding photographer https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/choosing-wedding-photographer Mon, 04 Mar 2013 09:31:00 GMT
Lifestyle Photography at the Plassey https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/lifestyle-photography-at-plassey Ain't she cute ?

A few images from last weekend's 'Lifestyle' shoot at the Plassey, near Wrexham (where I have my studio/gallery). It's the ideal location for relaxed & natural outdoor photography at any time of the year. With a backdrop of stunning Edwardian converted farm buildings in a woodland setting, and lots of little nooks and crannies, I find new backgrounds every time I shoot there! It's just 5 minutes off the A483 Wrexham by-pass near Bangor-on-Dee, so easily accessible for Cheshire and North Shropshire too.

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Cheshire Family Photography Lifestyle Photography Plassey Shropshire Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/lifestyle-photography-at-plassey Sun, 10 Feb 2013 10:53:00 GMT
A Shropshire wedding - my first of 2013 ! https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/a-shropshire-wedding-my-first-of-2013 It was great to be 'back in action' today, with my first wedding for two months, and I was relieved that it only took about 5 minutes to get back in the swing of wedding photography again!


Steph & Kelvin tied the knot at St. Mary's in Ellesmere, with a reception at Sweeney Hall, Oswestry (coincidently also the venue for the last wedding of 2012). A perfect day, apart from losing the sweep for the length of the best man's speech perhaps!

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Sweeney Hall Wedding Wedding Photographers Shropshire Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/a-shropshire-wedding-my-first-of-2013 Sun, 10 Feb 2013 01:20:00 GMT
Ceri & Paul's Engagement Shoot https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/ceri-pauls-engagement-shoot A few favourites from Ceri & Paul’s recent Engagement Shoot. A lovely unassuming couple, and I can't wait to work with them again on their wedding day! Taken in the grounds of the Plassey, near Wrexham, where I have my studio
 
Engagement shoots are a great way of getting to know your wedding photographer, so that everything's nice and relaxed on your big day. Shoots are included in my premium wedding packages as standard, or can be added as an option in others. If you're looking for a wedding photographer in North Wales, Cheshire or Shropshire, and would like more details, please drop me a line or give me a call. I'd love to hear from you.
 

© Phil Rees Photography 2013
 
 
 
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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers North Wales Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/ceri-pauls-engagement-shoot Sun, 03 Feb 2013 16:07:00 GMT
Choosing a Wedding Photographer https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/choosing-wedding-photographer A link to a great article ...

Do you read wedding magazines for advice or tips? I pick them up now and again, to see what they say about wedding photography, and usually find myself shaking my head at some of the advice given!

So it was refreshing to see this one mentioned on Twitter - solid, comprehensive and up to date advice, which is well worth a read : You & Your Wedding

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/choosing-wedding-photographer Sun, 03 Feb 2013 01:46:00 GMT
Wedding Fair - Clwyd Theatr Cymru https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/wedding-fair-clwyd-theatr-cymru This Sunday, 3rd February I'll be exhibiting at the wedding fair at Clwyd Theatr Cymru (still known to most of us as Theatr Clwyd!) in Mold. It's on from 12 noon to 4pm, and with 45 exhibitors, and a great organiser behind it (Ann Gray from Sugar & Spice) it promises to be one of the best.

Choosing a wedding photographer from websites alone can be difficult - it's important to know that you can get on with the photographer, and that they'll help make your day perfect. At wedding fairs, you can chat informally about your plans, see examples of storybook albums, check the photographer's availability... and decide if you like them!

It'd be great if you could join us - see you there?

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Clwyd Theatr Cymru Mold Theatr Clwyd Wedding Wedding Fair storybook album wedding photographer https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/wedding-fair-clwyd-theatr-cymru Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:50:00 GMT
My Wrexham Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/my-wrexham-wedding It's always good to be complimented by those who know the wedding industry well. So I was delighted to see this lovely comment on Facebook page this week, from Natalie & Sarah who run the "My Wrexham Wedding"' website (a directory of local wedding suppliers) and who organised the wedding fair at Bodidris Hall recently ...

"Phil is a great photographer who we can thoroughly recommend, he captured some wonderful pictures at our Wedding Fayre and he is a really friendly warm character (very important in a wedding photographer!)" 

If you're planning a wedding in Wrexham or North East Wales, and looking for suppliers, have a look at their website at  www.mywrexhamwedding.co.uk or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MyWrexhamWedding
 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Bodidris Hall Wedding My Wrexham Wedding Wedding Fair Wrexham Wrexham wedding photographers https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/my-wrexham-wedding Wed, 23 Jan 2013 01:50:00 GMT
It's time to book your wedding photography ! https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/time-to-book-your-wedding It's that time of year ... the Christmas decorations are back in the attic, it's Wedding Fair season, and brides and grooms-to-be are turning their attention back to their wedding planning. If you're getting hitched in 2013 or 2014 you need to get your skates on, and reserve your date! My 2013 diary is looking quite full, with room for just 5 or 6 more weddings, and summer saturdays in 2014 are beginning to get snapped up.

(I limit the number of weddings I accept, to allow the right amount of time for processing and album design, but also to keep each one special and give it the attention it deserves, and avoid a conveyor-belt approach)

My re-vamped website is live at www.philreesphotography.co.uk - pop over and take a look?  Or call in and see me at my studio at the Plassey near Wrexham (LL13 0SP). You'll also find a bridal shop (Cameo Brides) there, plus custom jeweller, hair & make-up, florist, cake maker, lingerie and 'mother of the bride' boutiques, so it's the perfect place to start your wedding planning!
 




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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Bridal Shop Cameo Brides Chester Racecourse Custom Jeweller Florist Lingerie Plassey Wedding Fair Wedding Photography Wrexham wedding photographer cake maker wedding planning https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/time-to-book-your-wedding Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:39:00 GMT
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From a recent shoot in the beautiful grounds of the Plassey near Wrexham (www.plassey.com) where I’m based - the perfect setting for a family portraits shoot, with its range of Edwardian farm buildings with loads of character, and surrounded by fields and woodland full of autumn colour.

 
If you’d like more information on lifestyle shoots, please email on philreesphotography@yahoo.co.uk
 
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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Family Portraits Lifestyle Photography Phil Rees Photography Plassey Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/lifestyle-photography-at-plassey Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:15:00 GMT
Vicky & Richard's Pale Hall Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/vicky-richards-pale-hall-wedding Richard farms in the Upper Dee Valley, just down the road from Pale Hall, between Corwen and Bala, and was a respected customer of mine in a 'former life', so it was a pleasure to meet up again and be asked to be their wedding photographer.
 
A fantastic wedding ... Vicky's Welsh Mountain Pony made an appearance, and Cor Meibion Bro Glyndwr (male voice choir) and Tara Bethan provided the entertainment. I nipped back the following evening for a party with their friends at the farm - you can't get too much of a good thing

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers North Wales Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/vicky-richards-pale-hall-wedding Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:21:00 GMT
Nerys & Sam's wedding at Bryngwyn Hall https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/nerys-sams-wedding-at-bryngwyn-hall

A few images from Sam and Nerys’ wedding at St. Nicholas Church, Montgomery and the stunning Bryngwyn Hall at Bwlch y Cibau near Llanfyllin, on a gloriously sunny day back in August. 

I originally met Sam & Nerys at a hotel near their home in Essex – by coincidence their initial enquiry had come through a few days before I was due to travel that way on another job. Distance does make the planning a little bit more difficult, but with the help of a meeting at the venue 2 days before the wedding, all went perfectly on the day.
 
I’m looking forward to seeing this lovely couple and their families again next year - Sam’s cousin has since booked me for her wedding too … in Wiltshire this time! 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Bryngwyn Hall Wedding Wedding Photographers Powys Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/nerys-sams-wedding-at-bryngwyn-hall Wed, 10 Oct 2012 08:11:00 GMT
Priodas Porthmeirion - A Portmeirion Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/priodas-porthmeirion-portmeirion-wedding

Shona & Jonathan tied the knot at this stunning location, on a gorgeous day at the end of a very wet week, in a ceremony in the Tudor Room, accompanied by family and close friends.

More images in the wedding photography galleries on my website 

 
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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Portmeirion Wedding Wedding Photographers North Wales Wedding Photographers Wrexham porthmeirion priodas https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/priodas-porthmeirion-portmeirion-wedding Wed, 03 Oct 2012 18:13:00 GMT
Autumn Wedding Fairs https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/9/autumn-wedding-fairs

If you're planning a wedding, don't miss the Plassey's Wedding & Event Show this Friday, 5-9 pm

We've got 30 exhibitors -  three quite different venues, then the rest all offering a different product or service, so probably the widest range of suppliers you'll find locally.

If you can't make it, come and see us sometime anyway? The permanent residents include a bridal shop, wedding photographer, custom jeweller, cake maker, florist, hair & beauty plus lingerie and mother of thebride boutiques. As close to a one-stop wedding shop as you'll find anywhere in North Wales or Cheshire !

Other wedding fairs I'm attending this Autumn :

16th September - Beaufort Park, Mold

23rd September - Hill Valley, Whitchurch

13th October - Bodidris Hall, Llandegla


 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Beaufort Park Bodidris Hall Bridal Shop Florist Hill Valley Plassey Wedding Fair mother of the bride wedding photographer https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/9/autumn-wedding-fairs Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:37:00 GMT
Olly Murs & Pixie Lott https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/7/olly-murs-pixie-lott

A fantastic weekend at Eirias Stadium, Colwyn Bay with Olly Murs, Pixie Lott, Cover Drive, Diana Vickers and others; part of Conwy Council's 'Access All Eirias' event to celebrate the olympics.

After Friday's concert with Only Boys Allowed and Sophie Evans, a crowd of 12.000 North Wales music fans filled the stadium for the second night on Saturday. Olly was the main attraction, and he's a great showman, but Pixie was just amazing and gets my vote !

These are just a few images from the hundreds I took over the two days. Nice to see the Daily Post using my photos today, including the one above of Pixie at full page !

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Access All Eirias Colwyn Bay Conwy Council Cover Drive Daily Post Diana Vickers Eirias Stadium Olly Murs Only Boys Allowed Phil Rees Photography Pixie Lott Sophie Evans https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/7/olly-murs-pixie-lott Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:24:00 GMT
Weddings at Oddfellows, Chester https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/7/oddfellows-chester Are you looking for a quirky and very different venue for your wedding? You might want to check out Oddfellows, in Lower Bridge Street, Chester. Tastefully decorated, but in a very original style - they even have an 'upside-down room' with carpet on the ceiling, and light fittings the 'wrong'way up !

I was there recently to do Claire & Gregg's wedding photography (their images are on the main website) and was very impressed. Not just with the decor, but with the scrumptious food, and excellent service. Well worth a visit.
 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding Photographers Chester Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/7/oddfellows-chester Thu, 05 Jul 2012 11:38:00 GMT
Second shooters https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/7/second-shooters All my wedding photography packages include the option of having two photographers – it can be useful to cover the preparations (if the bride & groom are at separate locations), and it gives another angle for the ceremony and speeches (so a wider choice of images for your album). And if you have children at your wedding, the second photographer can concentrate on them, while the first is with yourselves.

 

Kat Mickleson has been my 'second' (and a sounding board for my ideas!) for 4 years. With a B.A. in photography, and bags of experience of wedding photography, including shooting some on her own, she's a valued colleague, and well overdue for a mention here! Tom Cusworth has joined me recently too, to cover the times Kat isn't available, and has already produced some great images. I'm quite choosy about my 'seconds' - they need to be good photographers, but also presentable, and have a professional and friendly approach with your guests. You're in safe hands with these two !

 
© Phil Rees Photography 2012

Kat second-shooting at a recent wedding    
 
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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Kat Mickleson Phil Rees Photography Tom Cusworth Wedding Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/7/second-shooters Tue, 03 Jul 2012 15:13:00 GMT
School Proms https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/6/school-proms

I always feel a bit of trepidation when I head off to do school prom photography  -  a hectic few hours with 100 or so exhuberant 16 year olds! Invariably though I come back a bit frazzled, but with a nice warm feeling about how great most of our young people are.

This week was the turn of Ysgol y Grango (from Rhos, near Wrexham) at the Ramada Plaza, Wrexham - a lovely bunch, and a pleasure to work with. Many thanks to everyone who attended.

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Phil Rees Photography Ramada Plaza School Prom Photography Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/6/school-proms Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:25:00 GMT
A Chester Racecourse Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/6/jenna-mark

A fantastic day yesterday at Jenna & Mark's wedding at St.Peter's & St.Eurgain's Church in Northop, and reception at Chester Racecourse.

Jenna's stunning dress was from Karen Lesley Bridal in the village, just round the corner from her Mum & Dad's, and next door to the Red Lion where the guys gathered (briefly!) before popping over the road to the church.

Congratulations and very best wishes to a lovely couple.
 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Chester Racecourse Karen Lesley Bridal Northop Photography St.Peter's St.Eurgain's Church Wedding https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/6/jenna-mark Mon, 04 Jun 2012 18:53:00 GMT
Olympic Torch https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/olympic-torch I feel privileged to have been at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay today to see the Olympic Torch's arrival at Conwy Council's Olympic & Paralympic Day - partly to see the Torch at close hand, but mainly to see the schoolchildren enjoying it so much - they loved every minute. I came home thinking 'I love this job' !
 


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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Colwyn Bay Olympic Torch Parc Eirias Phil Rees Photography https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/olympic-torch Tue, 29 May 2012 18:56:00 GMT
An amazing day at Llyndir Hall https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/amazing-day-at-llyndir-hall A few images from Nicky & Nick's wedding yesterday.

 
Glorious sunshine for the outdoor ceremony on the Italian terrace gave it a positively Mediterranean feel, the gold & ivory theme worked beautifully in the ‘Gold room’, and the first dance was the best ever ! 
 
Loads of fun along the way too with this lovely couple – many congratulations Nicky & Nick – see you soon x 
 

 © Phil Rees Photography 2012

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Llyndir Hall Wedding Wedding Photographers North Wales Wedding Photographers Wrexham https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/amazing-day-at-llyndir-hall Fri, 25 May 2012 12:53:00 GMT
A busy weekend - Kitty Brucknell and others https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/busy-weekend-kitty-brucknell-and-others A varied Bank Holiday weekend - Gwyl y Ffin on Saturday (a welsh language rock & pop festival), publicity photos for Plassey Golf Club on Sunday, and the Prom Day at Colwyn Bay on Monday, with X-factor finalist Kitty Brucknell, Team Extreme and others.

It's always good to cover a variety of events, but weddings are my first love, and I'm looking forward to my next in a couple of weeks for Nicky & Nick, and then a really busy June. I shot Nicky's best friend's wedding a few years ago, and Nick's niece soon after. Nicky & Nick came to me after being recommended by them both, and by a couple of other people too! No pressure, then!
 

 

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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) Colwyn Bay Kitty Brucknell Phil Rees Photography Wedding weddings https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/busy-weekend-kitty-brucknell-and-others Tue, 08 May 2012 14:06:00 GMT
Gift Certificates https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/gift-vouchers If you're stuck for ideas for your wedding gift list, or looking for gift ideas for a birthday or special anniversary, you may be interested to know that gift certificates are now available.

For weddings, they can be used for any presentation products - prints, framed prints or canvasses, or towards your storybook album. Or for birthdays or other occasions, they can be used towards portrait packages.

They're available for £25, £50, or £100. Please email if you'd like more information on phil@philreesphotography.co.uk, or call me on 07969 390369

 


 




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phil@philreesphotography.co.uk (PHIL REES PHOTOGRAPHY) gift certificates philreesphotography wedding gift weddings https://www.philreesphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/gift-vouchers Thu, 03 May 2012 14:59:00 GMT