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.

Bride and groom on hill by sea - Picture by Steve Gerrard Photography

Picture of the Month – May 2017

And the winner is… Steve Gerrard Photography!

This incredible picture by Steve Gerrard Photography received the most votes in our poll to win our May 2017 Picture of the Month. Taken at Kirsty and Nathan’s wedding in North Wales, Steve told us a bit about the picture, which is one of his favourites…

Bride and groom on hill by sea - Picture by Steve Gerrard Photography

Picturesque Spot

“Sometimes we book clients who we instantly gel with and their wedding can’t come fast enough; Kirsty and Nathan definitely fell into that category as soon as we met. They’re just great fun and don’t take themselves seriously at all. On top of that they were getting married at the absolutely stunning Nant Gwrtheyrn on the North Wales coast. It’s a truly picturesque spot down by the sea and feels like some secret village locked amongst the cliff faces. It’s so cool!

“On the day there were constant laughs and it was obvious how much they were made for each other, but also how much their friends and family loved them. An emotional ceremony was followed by beautiful weather, hilarious speeches (don’t mention the golf!) and crazy dance routines.

“We truly lucked out just before the sun set when we ventured up the hill above the venue as the sun disappeared over the horizon. Capturing Kirsty and Nathan taking some time to themselves with that backdrop makes this one of my favourite photos I’ve taken.”

Our congratulations go to Steve for winning our May 2017 Picture of the Month, and to Kirsty and Nathan too – it was their wedding anniversary yesterday.

To see more of Steve Gerrard Photography’s work visit www.stevegerrard.com.

Bride and groom standing in front of shop shutter as cyclist rides by - Picture by Ally M Photography

Picture of the Month – April 2017

And the winner is… Ally M Photography!

We now have four of our 12 finalists for our Picture of the Year vote in January after this fab picture by Ally M Photography was voted our April 2017 Picture of the Month. Taken on the streets of Manchester, Ally pressed the shutter at just the right moment to get this cracking shot…

Bride and groom standing in front of shop shutter as cyclist rides by - Picture by Ally M Photography

Something Special

“Deborah and Ben married on the 6th of August 2016 in the greatest city in the world, Manchester!

“As soon as we met and chatted about their plans we knew this wedding was going to be something special. Even their wedding invitation was in the form of an old Hacienda flyer, the legendary nightclub that graced the city for many years.

“They decided to have a small, intimate wedding during the day, with their meal at The Panacea in the city centre with very close family and friends. The evening party was to be held at The Castlefield Rooms, with hundreds more guests partying into the small hours.”

City Life

“Walking through the city streets was pretty special. The amazing people of Manchester congratulated Deb and Ben as they passed.

“I wanted to capture the day to day city life going on as normal around the newly-weds, creating a juxtaposition. We had a few different shots of people passing by, along with cars etc. This one of the guy going past on the bike and noticing the couple, just as I pressed the shutter, worked a charm.”

To see more of Ally M Photography’s work visit www.allymphotography.com.