Find our which wedding pictures were voted our Picture of the Month winners and went through to our Picture of the Year vote. Also find out where the winning pictures were taken, how they came about and how the photographer got the shot.
Our congratulations go to Nick Brightman, whose fun picture from Georgi and Neil’s wedding was voted our April 2019 Picture of the Month. Taken at Umberslade Adventure, an ancient oak and bluebell woodland in the West Midlands, it becomes the fourth picture to go through to our 2019 Picture of the Year competition in January. Nick told us how the competitive couple wanted to make use of their unique wedding venue’s assault course…
“Georgi and Neil and married on 15th July 2017 at Umberslade Adventure, which now calls itself Enchanting Woodland Weddings. It was a woodland blessing, with tipis for the reception, and the ‘Adventure’ part of the venue name refers to an adventure playground, which all the wedding guests had access to.
“Being a very competitive couple they decided that they wanted to give the assault course a go. I took this image as they were part way round, with Georgi in the the lead!”
Our March 2019 Picture of the Month award goes to John Woodward Photography for this eye-catching picture from Sarah and Myles’s wedding in London. John described the wedding as one of his “absolute favourites”, and told us how this picture “almost took itself”…
A Day to Remember
“Sarah and Myles married back in September 2018 at the rather incredible Devonshire Terrace, just on the edge of the Square Mile in London’s financial district. An old East Indian Company warehouse conversion, its was a fantastic backdrop to their wedding, for sure.
“Myles is Irish, so his family all came over and the craic was good! The day started very chilled, each in their respective hotel rooms with their parties, relaxing, getting ready, with no stresses at all. This whole vibe continued through the day. Smiles, laughter, and one little chink in Myles’ armour when he welled up as Sarah and her dad walked down the aisle. The ceremony was light-hearted and full of smiles, the speeches hilarious (Myles’ brother could be a stand up comedian!), and the rest of the day fell into place beautifully.
“I think Sarah and Myles were grateful for a tiny bit of respite from the revelry, so we went for a quick walk around in the city close by. I took this shot in front of a graffiti wall you wouldn’t expect to be where it is… on the side of a building that’s on the corner junction of a main road and a side street with lots of shutters and dark and dingy alleys, almost immediately behind the venue.
“It couldn’t have been more perfect taken out of context like this. By framing it so you couldn’t see the surroundings, and with the light directly on the wall, the picture almost took itself. That walk around was one of the most successful couple shoots I have taken at a wedding, with at least six or seven images from it I could have entered in place of this one.
“However, I am glad this one was chosen and won, as it sums up the day perfectly… fun, smiles, relaxed, different, interesting and a day to remember. A fantastic wedding I am proud to have been part of, and I couldn’t have wished for a more lovely couple.”
Our congratulations go to Tammie Louise Photography, the winner of our February 2019 Picture of the Month. Taken at Jade and James’ wedding in Gloucestershire, Tammie explained how the couple were happy to try different ideas to get ‘the shot’…
Dancing in the Rain
“I absolutely loved photographing the amazing wedding of Jade and James who married in December last year at the stunning Kingscote Barn. It was such an incredible day filled with so many emotions, from Jade receiving a beautiful gift and card from James during the bridal preparations, to the walk down the aisle where James and their son Max stood watching her, to the emotional speech from Jade’s mum. It was simply perfect.
“Jade and James are very creative people. It therefore came as no surprise that when I suggested dancing in the rain they didn’t question me or look at me like I was utterly bonkers. They were up for anything to get ‘the shot’, and at one point we were all dancing with smoke bombs. As it was so close to Christmas we had twinkly lights on a Christmas tree whilst dancing with sparklers too.
“It was great to be a part of such a perfect and fun wedding.”
We have our first finalist for our 2019 Picture of the Year competition, after this fab picture by Honeydew Moments won our January 2019 Picture of the Month award. Taken at Kate and Ricky’s wedding in Mexico, Natasha from Honeydew Moments captured this ‘champagne spray’ moment during the couple’s portrait shots…
Champagne Everywhere You Looked
“Kate and Ricky have such a lovely story. They first met as family friends, as their dads are total best buddies, but one night Ricky was a little bit drunk and asked Kate to go out with just him, without their families. The rest is history!
“They married at Ocean Riviera paradise in Mexico. Their venue was an all inclusive resort with champagne everywhere you looked – even for breakfast. We planned this shot with the bridal party the day before the wedding and everyone made sure to grab spare bottles of champagne from breakfast. A champagne spray shot is something I’ve always wanted to try and Kate and Ricky were just as excited as me. We captured this at sunset on the beach, to celebrate the fact they had just married.”
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…
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.”