Bride sitting putting on veil on wedding morning - Picture by First Light Photography

Picture of the Month – December 2018

And the winner is… First Light Photography!

We now have all our finalists for our 2018 Picture of the Year competition, after this beautiful picture by First Light Photography was voted The Wedding Community’s December 2018 Picture of the Month. Taken before Lynsey and Ewan’s wedding in Edinburgh, Ditte explained why capturing shots like this can be challenging for photographers…

Bride sitting putting on veil on wedding morning - Picture by First Light Photography

Like a Vermeer Painting

“Lynsey and her bridesmaids were all getting ready in her old childhood bedroom. As a photographer this can cause a few challenges; four girls getting ready in one room means a lot of make-up, clothes, bags and other stuff strewn around the place.

“Thankfully the window provided a soft directional light, so I was able to exclude other elements of the room by having Lynsey sitting close to the window and exposing for the window light. I love the look this has created, almost like a Vermeer painting. I was lucky to catch a moment when the veil and light were framing her face.”

To see more of First Light Photography’s work visit www.firstlightweddings.co.uk.

Bride in leather jacket kissing groom in kilt surrounded by guests with sparklers - Picture by Rebecca Rose Noller Photography

Picture of the Month – November 2018

And the winner is… Rebecca Rose Noller Photography!

We now have just one place up for grabs in our 2018 Picture of the Year vote, after this wonderful picture by Rebecca Rose Noller Photography received the most votes in our November 2018 Picture of the Month poll. Taken at Catriona and Rory’s wedding in Pitcaple, Scotland, Rebecca told us how the lack of natural light and the use of sparklers meant the shot required a lot of preparation…

Bride in leather jacket kissing groom in kilt surrounded by guests with sparklers - Picture by Rebecca Rose Noller Photography

Tricky Lighting

“Catriona and Rory married at Logie Country House in Pitcaple, Scotland. Catriona was really enthusiastic about her wedding photography and loved to get involved in the ideas behind some of the shots. She and Rory had decided that they would have a sparkler exit just outside the barn after the meal.

“The shot took a bit of organising as I had to ensure all the sparklers were lit at roughly the same time throughout the aisle of guests that I had set up. Lighting this shot was also tricky as I only had the light from the sparklers and the soft lighting from the festoon lights on the roof of the venue to work with.

“I tweaked my camera settings to correspond with the ambient light of the sparklers, asking one of the guests to light a sparkler and have fun with it while I adjusted my settings. Taking these test shots ahead of time gave me a chance to calibrate my equipment. I could then capture the genuine emotion and excitement of the guests as they cheered Catriona and Rory down the aisle.”

To see more of Rebecca Rose Noller Photography’s work visit www.rebeccarosenollerphotography.com.

Bride and groom kissing at end of walkway lined with tree branches - Picture by Ian Baker Photography

Picture of the Month – October 2018

And the winner is… Ian Baker Photography!

Congratulations to Ian Baker Photography, the winner of The Wedding Community’s October 2018 Picture of the Month. Ian’s fantastic picture received the most votes in our poll and becomes the tenth picture to make it through to our Picture of the Year vote in January. Taken at Zara and Mark’s marquee wedding in Somerset, Ian explained how he had to lie down to get the top of the vine in the shot to create the tunnel effect…

Bride and groom kissing at end of walkway lined with tree branches - Picture by Ian Baker Photography

The Tunnel Leads the Eye

“Mark and Zara’s wedding was a proper family affair, with the reception held at Zara’s parent’s garden in a rather large marquee. Earlier on though, shortly after the ceremony, we’d managed to steal a few moments at a local ‘secret garden’ they’d set their hearts on visiting. It had lots of lovely visual props, including this amazing vine tunnel.

“The initial shots were slightly more traditional; long lens with them sitting on the bench, a few with them walking towards me with a nice, shallow depth of field… that kind of thing. It was only when I put my mad wide lens on that things started to get properly interesting.

“I wanted to get the top of the vine in to create the tunnel, so I was actually lying on the floor when I took this shot. I love the way the tunnel leads the eye to the couple, but also the pose they were in at the split second I took the shot. You make your own luck I guess.”

To see more of Ian Baker Photography’s work visit www.ianbakerphotography.com.

Bride and groom watching as jet planes fly overhead leaving red and blue trails behind them - Picture by Memories and Milestones Photography

Picture of the Month – September 2018

And the winner is… Memories and Milestones Photography!

Our congratulations go to Melanie of Memories and Milestones Photography, after you voted this superb picture our September 2018 Picture of the Month. Melanie told us that when Natasha and Rob booked their wedding they had no idea the Torbay Air Show was on the same day. This meant their guests were treated to an airborne display that included The Red Arrows…

Bride and groom watching as jet planes fly overhead leaving red and blue trails behind them - Picture by Memories and Milestones Photography

Quite a Challenge

“Natasha and Rob’s ceremony took place at Kingskerswell Church, with their reception back at The Imperial Hotel in Torquay. With a perfect view over the bay, guests mingled on the terrace over welcome drinks whilst aircraft of various sizes (and loudness) put on an amazing display.

“Natasha and Rob said that they would like a photo of them watching The Red Arrows, but at speeds of up to 645mph this was going to be quite a challenge! Firstly, it was tricky getting the jets in the same frame as the couple, as they fly past in a split second. Secondly, I had to shoot with a very narrow aperture in order for both the couple and the planes to be in focus. This is the opposite to how I would normally shoot couple portraits – with a soft, blurry background.

“I went with Natasha and Rob onto their private roof-top terrace off the bridal suite in order to get the best view, and shot away for about five minutes as they watched the start of The Red Arrows display. Once I was happy that I’d captured the ‘must-have shot’ I left them to enjoy those few precious moments alone as Mr and Mrs. Natasha and Rob were thrilled with the end result – a truly unique wedding photo!”

To see more of Memories and Milestones Photography’s work visit memoriesmilestones.co.uk.

Bride's veil blowing away in wind as bride and groom pose for picture - Picture by James Andrew Photography

Picture of the Month – August 2018

And the winner is… James Andrew Photography!

We have another finalist for our 2018 Picture of the Year vote in January, after you voted this fab picture by James Andrew Photography our August 2018 Picture of the Month. This is the second time one of James’ pictures has made it through to a Picture of the Year final, having also gone through in 2016 with this image. Taken at Caroline and Andy’s wedding earlier this year, James explained how he didn’t realise he’d even captured this moment until later in the day…

Bride's veil blowing away in wind as bride and groom pose for picture - Picture by James Andrew Photography

Couldn’t Escape the Wind

“Caroline and Andy married at Norton Priory in Cheshire on Saturday 28th July this year. After six weeks of sunshine it seemed as though summer was coming to an end with the forecast that day saying wind and rain! Luckily the rain held off for most of the day but we couldn’t escape the wind…

“Caroline and Andy had a gorgeous ceremony in the remains of the 12th century abbey surrounded by their family and friends. After they said their ‘I do’s’ they headed out in to the gardens for drinks, greeted by glorious sunshine. Although I was aware of the breeze I didn’t think much of it, so I grabbed Andy and Caroline and we went off to do some portraits.

“I asked the couple to stand by the ruins, but as I raised the camera to my eye a massive gust of wind blew over. I could see Caroline’s veil was starting to lift off so I just kept my finger on the shutter release and waited to see what happened… her veil took off like a kite and headed off into he distance.

“Everyone laughed, including Caroline who thought it was hilarious! I retrieved the veil and we carried on with their wedding portraits, and it was only later on when I looked back that I realised I’d caught this one-off moment.”

To see more of James Andrew Photography’s work visit www.jamesandrewphotography.co.uk.