Wedding guest wearing rabbit costume head holding tea cup - Picture by Gabrielle Bower Photography

Picture of the Month – October 2017

And the winner is… Gabrielle Bower Photography!

Our congratulations go to Gabrielle Bower Photography after this fun picture received the most votes on our poll to win The Wedding Community’s October 2017 Picture of the Month award. Taken at Helen and Aaron’s Alice in Wonderland inspired wedding, this moment ‘topped off an epic day’ for Gabs…

Wedding guest wearing rabbit costume head holding tea cup - Picture by Gabrielle Bower Photography

Wonderland Reception

“Helen and Aaron got hitched back in June at Rotherham Minster. When I arrived I thought I’d rocked up to Westminster Abbey. They had a brilliant service with Helen walking down the aisle to ‘The Imperial March’ from Star Wars.

“Their Wonderland reception took place at one of my favourite venues, The Hewett Arms, in a little quaint village called Shireoaks in Nottinghamshire. It’s got loads of character and quirky spots to photograph.

“The whole day from start to finish was amazing! Helen, Aaron and their families pulled together loads of awesome Alice in Wonderland inspired details and DIY. To top off an epic day I spotted one of the guests dressed as The March Hare having a brew at his very own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, which was just brilliant stuff! I couldn’t not capture it.

“Huge thanks from The March Hare for voting.”

To see more of Gabrielle Bower Photography’s work visit gabriellebower.co.uk.

Bride and groom standing by lake at night with trees reflecting in the water - Picture by Lee Allison Photography

Picture of the Month – September 2017

And the winner is… Lee Allison Photography!

There are now just three places in our 2017 Picture of the Year competition up for grabs after you voted this picture by Lee Allison Photography your Picture of the Month for September 2017. Taken at Christine and Calum’s wedding last month, Lee managed to get this incredible shot after enlisting the help of the best man…

Bride and groom standing by lake at night with trees reflecting in the water - Picture by Lee Allison Photography

Just Incredible

“Christine and Calum’s wedding was on the 14th August 2017 at The Old Hall in Ely, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful renovated Jacobean Manor House was the perfect setting for their Greek wedding. It was my first Greek wedding and it was insane! The money dance was a particularly memorable moment; just incredible.

“This photo came about after the first dance. I popped outside to check for suitable locations for a night time portrait and this location just jumped out. I loved the reflections of the trees in water which created the perfect composition.

“After setting up a single light I went to grab the couple. Unfortunately the light wasn’t lighting them in the way I wanted so I went and got the best man to come and hold the light for me. A few minutes later we got the shot!”

To see more of Lee Allison Photography’s work visit www.leeallisonphotography.co.uk.

Bride and groom holding hands as guests throw confetti - Picture by The Springles

Picture of the Month – August 2017

And the winner is… The Springles!

Our congratulations go to Ash and Kat of The Springles, the winners of our August 2017 Picture of the Month. This picture shows such joy on the faces of the couple, Lissie and Matt, as they leave the church as husband and wife. Ash described this as a ‘miracle’, as, just four days earlier, their world had been turned upside down in the most heartbreaking way…

Bride and groom holding hands as guests throw confetti - Picture by The Springles

“This image is actually of Kat’s sister, Lissie, and her husband, Matt. We’d originally told them that we thought it was best if they booked other photographers for their wedding day, as we were worried about balancing our family duties and our role as their photographers. But they twisted our arms, and we agreed. We were massively looking forward to it, and the news that Lissie was pregnant made everything even more exciting.

The World Seemed to be Caving In

“Then, four days before the wedding, Kat received a call from Lissie – the worst had happened. Lissie had miscarried the baby at 12 weeks. At that point, when the world seemed to be caving in around us all, we didn’t even know if the wedding would go ahead. As you can imagine, it was the last thing they wanted to be doing.

“Fortunately, after late nights talking, a lot of comfort food, and a lot of love, Lissie and Matt decided that despite the horrors of the days before, they loved each other more than ever, and they wanted to make it down the aisle.

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Two brides touching heads in front of water - Picture by Becky Harley Photography

Picture of the Month – July 2017

And the winner is… Becky Harley Photography!

Our congratulations go to Becky Harley Photography after this beautiful picture received the most votes in our poll to win our July Picture of the Month. Taken at Lucy and Victoria’s wedding at Grendon Lakes in Northamptonshire, Becky took the shot just as the sun began to set behind the lake…

Two brides touching heads in front of water - Picture by Becky Harley Photography

Gorgeous Golden Light

“Lucy and Victoria married at the beautiful Grendon Lakes in June 2017. I first met them at a wedding fair in 2016, and we got to know each other a bit better during their engagement shoot a couple of months before the big day. I couldn’t wait to capture their wedding. They are so down to earth and so in love, and I knew it was going to be an amazing day.

“I spent the morning of the wedding with both brides-to-be, who got ready together at their home just down the road from the venue. It was very chilled out and relaxed in the morning, with both brides and their bridesmaids sipping prosecco as they made their final preparations.

“Their outdoor ceremony was lovely. One of my favourite moments was watching their proud dads escort them each down the aisle as the guests looked on – I think there were a few tears. One of their three dogs acted as ring bearer which was a lovely moment, and Lucy and Victoria couldn’t stop smiling throughout the ceremony.

“I whisked the two of them away for some portraits a few times throughout the day, but as the sun went down over the lake I couldn’t resist taking them out onto the jetty by the lake in the gorgeous golden light, which is where I took this picture. The sun was perfect, and the couple clearly so in love.

“I loved capturing this tender moment where you can really tell how happy they are to finally be Mrs and Mrs.”

To see more of Becky Harley Photography’s work visit beckyharleyphotography.co.uk.

Bridal party standing in line as bride and bridesmaids throw bouquets in the air - Picture by Andrew Craner Photography

Picture of the Month – June 2017

And the winner is… Andrew Craner Photography!

We now have half our finalists for our 2017 Picture of the Year competition, after this fun picture was voted our June 2017 Picture of the Month. Taken at Becky and Richard’s wedding in Warwickshire at the end of last year, Andrew told us how the shot came about…

Bridal party standing in line as bride and bridesmaids throw bouquets in the air - Picture by Andrew Craner Photography

Her Expression Says It All

“I knew Becky and Richard were on my wavelength when they asked if we could meet in a Pub for our first meeting. We got on instantly and they were every bit as relaxed and fun as I thought they would be on the day itself as well. It really was a joy to be their photographer.

“They married in December 2016 at St Marks Church in Bilton near Rugby, with their reception at the lovely Swallows Nest Barn near Warwick. That’s where this shot was taken.

“I wanted to do some fun shots with the bridal party before I took Becky and Richard away from it all for 10 minutes for some lovely, romantic portraits. I asked Becky how she felt about throwing her flowers into the air. She was instantly up for it but warned me she was a terrible catch!

“I think the expression on her face says it all to be honest! It’s one of my all-time favourite fun bridal party photos – superb!”

To see more of Andrew Craner Photography’s work visit www.andrewcraner.com.