Combermere Abbey Wedding Photographer

“A Theatre of Dreams”

Bride and groom take some time out by combermere

“Discover a setting on the border of Shropshire and Cheshire that’s steeped in history and romance. Combermere Abbey sits within acres of rolling parkland, ancient woods and walled gardens, providing a secluded and special place for you to celebrate your big day. Elegant, luxurious and enchanting, Combermere Abbey offers something truly unique for your fairy-tale wedding and can cater for every aspect of your day.” CREDIT: Hitched

Combermere Abbey Wedding Photos

I couldn’t agree more with the above, having been a recommended Cheshire wedding photographer at Combermere Abbey is one of my greatest personal achievements. I have so many wonderful and amazing memories of my days spent there, working with fantastic couples, their family and friends, and creating wedding photos to be cherished for a lifetime. I truly do not know where to begin. To see more about this amazing venue please follow this link > Combermere Abbey

Combermere Abbey has so many amazing features from the Glasshouse, that is flooded with the most perfect natural light, surrounded by a unique and charming fruit tree maze, it is simply breathtaking, the most perfect place to say “I do”.
To the walled gardens, perfect for that after-wedding walk, and for your guests to mingle and relax in while the happy couple take some time to enjoy more of the gardens and then there’s the nearby Combermere Abbey itself, amazing!

bride and groom take time out at combermere abbey wedding venue on the shropshire and cheshire border
bride and groom take time out at combermere abbey wedding venue on the shropshire and cheshire border
bride and groom take time out at combermere abbey wedding venue on the shropshire and cheshire border
bride and groom take time out at combermere abbey wedding venue on the shropshire and cheshire border
bride and groom take time out at combermere abbey wedding venue on the shropshire and cheshire border

But let’s go back a bit and talk about the wedding day there, at what is one of the most exceptional wedding venues, as seen through the lens of my camera.

Combermere Abbey Wedding Photographer

The Wedding Day

My brides mostly choose to either get ready during bridal prep in one of the cottages or down near the entrance to Combermere Abbey at the wonderful Stone Lodge. This is a quaint little self contained unit, small in stature but perfect in it’s charm and atmosphere. A great place to get ready and start your journey to wedding day heaven. Here are a few images I have captured of brides and grooms getting read at Stone Lodge and the aforementioned stable cottages. Truly beautiful settings for any bridal party to stay and get ready for that big day.

The bride gathers her dress at combermere abbey

Yes I also capture those little moments when the makeup gets applied…those little moments as the hair style becomes a reality, but also those more transient moments that pass in the blink of an eye, ones that need me to be me….watching, observing and anticipating.

These are what makes a wedding day, moments that truly are natural, unstaged and effortless. As a wedding photographer, it’s these authentic and unposed moments that are key parts of the story that I know my wedding clients will love.

To The Wedding Ceremony

As you make your way to the glasshouse you can enjoy the beautiful feature of the wall of trees, that border the path leading from the amazing converted stable cottages that Combermere Abbey offer. This exquisite accommodation for your guests is perfect in every way where crackling fires and plush furnishings make the rooms truly inviting. This part of the day is the most perfect for the nervous bride and allows time to relax and enjoy this special time with her bridal party.

Simply wonderful.

the bridal party make their way to the wedding ceremony at combermere abbey on the shropshire and cheshire border
The bridal party await the arrival of the bride and her father at combermere abbey

The glass house truly is the most perfect place for any wedding, light and airy with the most gorgeous natural light, here I love how Jade points to Jay’s wedding band, her smile just makes it so perfect a moment, and even though there is such gorgeous light, her smile makes it even more beautiful.

bride and groom signing the register at combermere Abbey in shropshire and cheshire borders

What a stunning place to get married, and I truly am so grateful to all my couples who have invited me along to capture their special days. I cannot wait for my next visit and working alongside all the team there. Here are a few images from various weddings I have had the pleasure of capturing over the years, and some links to more complete weddings. If you would like to know more please get in touch and perhaps we can have a chat about your journey, your plans and your hopes for your own special day at the amazing Combermere Abbey.

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The Wedding Breakfast

The room was adorned with florals and trees for the couples wedding breakfast. It looked absolutely stunning!

Bridal party making their way to the ceremony at combermere abbey wedding venue
Bride and groom with guess take a selfie at combermere abbey wedding venue
Bride and groom share a kiss at combermere abbey wedding venue
Bride and groom with young guest at combermere abbey wedding venue

Combermere Abbey Wedding Photography

Are you looking for a professional photographer to cover your wedding at Combermere Abbey in Cheshire? Hi, I’m Phil Barrett, and my wedding photography is more than just capturing images; it’s about documenting the essence of your special day. I approach each wedding with a fresh perspective, combining traditional and contemporary styles to capture every detail and emotion. My experience and artistic background enable me to create not just photos but lasting memories that truly reflect the beauty and uniqueness of each couple’s love story. For a deeper insight into my approach to wedding photography and to view my portfolio.

Award Winning Cheshire Wedding Photographer

I’m Phil Barrett, the person behind PbArtWorks Photography. I started as an illustrator and designer for greeting card companies before shifting towards photography. At PbArtWorks, I blend my design skills with my passion for photography, especially focusing on wedding photography. My style is natural and real, capturing genuine moments. Along with weddings, I enjoy photographing landscapes and everyday life. I’m dedicated to excellence and making people happy through my work. Over the past 10 years, I’ve received several awards and have covered weddings in various regions.

Weddings at Combermere Abbey

Combermere Abbey in Nantwich is a remarkable venue encompassing an extraordinary fusion of historical elegance and modern amenities perfect for your dream wedding. This stunning gothic-style venue offers breath-taking views of the 1050-acre estate, featuring walled gardens and a serene mere, ensuring a picturesque setting for your special day. The accommodating facilities of the Abbey include luxurious cottages and a stylish Glasshouse, strengthening its appeal for a destination wedding. The Abbey encompasses a total of 49 rooms, sleeping up to 49 guests, which are elegantly designed blending modern comfort with classic charm. The venue is boasted for its two distinguished function rooms, The Pavilion and The Glasshouse. The elegant Pavilion is where civil ceremonies usually take place, offering a romantic backdrop of the Fruit Tree Maze and accompanying garden. It can conveniently hold up to 120 guests, ensuring your loved ones witness your sacred vows. If you prefer a more intimate setting, The Glasshouse, surrounded by the distinct Victoria Walled Garden, becomes a sublime location for your wedding breakfast and evening receptions, accommodating up to 150 guests. It is noteworthy to mention that with a license for civil ceremonies, Combermere Abbey offers you a complete wedding package. This venue’s combination of historical richness, modern amenities, and exceptional beauty promise an unforgettable wedding experience.

The History of Combermere Abbey

Combermere Abbey, located in the picturesque town of Nantwich, Cheshire, is steeped in rich history. This majestic estate originally served as an abbey for 400 years after its establishment by Hugh Lupus in 1133. Following the English Reformation, the property transitioned into a private country house in the 16th century. Home to the Cotton Family, Viscount Combermere for over 450 years, significant contributions were made to the Abbey’s restoration and architectural design. A prime example is the exotic library, a features project of the renowned architect, Morrison. This grade I listed building combines elements of Gothic and Victorian aesthetics adding to its grand appeal.

Combermere Abbey stands on 1050 acres of verdant parkland, graced by a serene lake shaped distinctly like a glass. Its location on the crossroads of Cheshire and Shropshire has contributed to its standing as a popular wedding venue. The estate offers the elegant Glasshouse, a marvel of neo-gothic architecture as a romantic setting for ceremonies and the Walled Garden Pavilion for receptions. Treasured as a strategically significant and noble residence, Combermere Abbey is a testament to centuries of English history combined with the charm and beauty of countryside tranquility.

How To Get To Combermere Abbey

Combermere Abbey is a magnificent wedding venue situated in the rural expanse of Nantwich, in the county of Cheshire, England. It nestles amidst 1050 acres of stunning parkland and beautiful wooded areas, exuding a surreal tranquillity. Its location is bounded by the county borders of Shropshire and Staffordshire to the South and West, offering a picturesque backdrop that blends harmoniously with its historic visage. Positioned just 20 minutes away from the bustling town of Nantwich, Combermere Abbey is readily accessible, yet remains a peaceful oasis. Its secluded location, paired with its breathtaking surroundings, make it an idyllic setting for hosting memorable weddings.

About Nantwich

Nantwich is a charming market town located in the county of Cheshire, United Kingdom. Renowned for its wealth of historic properties and stunning black-and-white timbered architecture, the town is enriched with significant heritage and a vibrant, cultural scene. It lies on the banks of the River Weaver and stands out for being among the few UK towns that didn’t derive its name from Old English. Nantwich’s unique name has ties to the ancient Roman ‘salt town’, as it was historically significant in the salt industry. Today, the town is well-known for a wide array of independent boutiques and eateries, drawing visitors from across the region. Nantwich is also world-famous for its annual events such as the Nantwich Show – a local agricultural event, and the International Cheese Show – applauded as one of the most celebrated cheese shows globally. The town’s desirable location amid the beautiful Cheshire countryside provides plenty of leisure activities and recreational opportunities for its residents and visitors. The Nantwich Museum further helps to unveil the town’s illustrious past and intriguing history. Internationally recognised for its affluence and prosperity, Nantwich remains a much-visited destination within the UK and beyond.

Other Venues in Cheshire & The Surrounding Area

I work at wedding venues throughout Cheshire including:

Burlton Manor, Davenport House, Foxtail Barns, Iscoyd Park, Pimhill Barn, Rowton Castle, The Ashes Barns, The Mill Barns, Tyn Dwr Hall

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People Also Ask

What is Documentary Wedding Photography?

Documentary wedding photography at PbArtWorks is characterised by capturing candid, unposed moments in a storytelling manner, focusing on natural, authentic, and creative documentation of a wedding day.

How Many Images Are Typically Provided?

Clients usually receive 800–1000 photographs, capturing the entire narrative of their wedding day. This includes significant moments rather than repetitive shots of specific items like shoes or dresses.

Why is Wedding Photography Important?

Wedding photography is essential for capturing a wedding day’s emotions and unique moments. These photographs become cherished memories, enabling couples to relive their special day and recall moments they might have missed.

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