Pigeon with bride and groom in background - Picture by B-Visuals

Picture of the Month – December 2017

And the winner is… B-Visuals!

That’s it – we now have all of our finalists for our 2017 Picture of the Year competition. This fab picture by B-Visuals was voted our December 2017 Picture of the Month to take the last spot in next week’s final. Taken before Sanne and Herman’s wedding in Italy, Benaissa from B-Visuals told us how perfect timing was key to getting this shot…

Pigeon with bride and groom in background - Picture by B-Visuals

Perfect Timing

“I took this picture on the wedding day of Sandra and Herman. Their wedding took place in San Gimignano, a town in Italy nearby Sienna, with their love of Italy one of the reasons they married there.

“When I took this picture we were on our way to the city hall for the ceremony. During the walk to the town hall I saw Sandra and Herman enjoying the lovely weather. The atmosphere was peaceful and idyllic, with the old authentic streets of San Gimignano a beautiful backdrop.

“I saw this pigeon walking on the street. It really looked relaxed and at ease, so I ran to the front of the wedding crowd and laid down on the ground to get the shot. It was perfect timing, particularly because the colours of the pigeon matched with the outfits of the two wedding guests in the background. Also, it looked like the pigeon was kind of modelling for me. All of this and the whole vibe of the moment came together nicely in this photo.”

To see more of B-Visuals work visit b-visuals.nl.

Bride and groom being showered in confetti on the dance floor - Picture by Folega Photography

Picture of the Month – November 2017

And the winner is… Folega Photography!

We now just have one place left in our January 2017 Picture of the Year vote after you voted this fantastic picture by Folega Photography our November 2017 Picture of the Month. Sarah from Folega Photography explained how she got the shot, which is one of her all time favourites…

Bride and groom being showered in confetti on the dance floor - Picture by Folega Photography

An Absolutely Brilliant Moment

“Leanna and Phil country themed wedding reception took place at the gorgeous Floral Media in Nottinghamshire, back in May 2017. To get the wedding reception in full swing, Leanna and Phil had their first dance. They chose ‘God Blessed the Broken Road’ by Rascal Flatts as their first dance song, which their band sang live.

“The bridesmaids and groomsmen stood ready with the confetti cannons at various points around the dance floor, with a signal to set them off at a certain point during the song. I had previously set up my off camera flash, like I usually do for the first dance, and had it behind Leanna and Phil. As I knew it would be an absolutely brilliant moment when the cannons went off, I was fully prepared to capture it… and what a moment it was!

“I would definitely recommend using confetti cannons for a first dance. It makes for such a great moment and a fabulous way to kick off the dancing!

“I am absolutely honoured this image was voted Picture of the Month. It’s definitely up there as one of my all time favourites.”

To see more of Folega Photography’s work visit www.folegaphotography.co.uk.

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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