Bride and groom touching noses in the snow - Picture by Jess Petrie Photography

Picture of the Month – February 2013

And the winner is… Jess Petrie Photography!

Bride and groom touching noses in the snow - Picture by Jess Petrie Photography

Our congratulations go to Jess Petrie Photography after this beautiful picture received the most votes from our readers to win our February 2013 Picture of the Day competition, and became the second picture to go through to our Picture of the Year vote. We asked Jess to tell us a bit about the picture…

“Sophie and Matt got hitched on the shores of Sydney Harbour opposite the Opera House, on Halloween (their 9th anniversary), before celebrating with two friends who were in on the secret, plenty of bubbles and dinner overlooking Bondi beach.

“They didn’t have a professional photographer on the day, so when they came back to the UK they decided to have a post-wedding shoot. Sophie had expressed that she has always loved winter, especially the crunchy frosts and twinkling lights of Christmas, so they thought it would be lovely to have some wintery shots as a contrast to their summery wedding day ones (taken by friends).

“Sophie and Matt decided to brave the bracing weather and re-create their special day in the Peak District. Sophie and Matt live in Sheffield and it’s a part of the world they love spending time in, so it meant a lot to them.

“It was so very cold and windy at the time of this shot, but as a photojournalistic photographer would (no posing or controlling), I let Sophie and Matt have a moment… and whilst they were embracing each other I caught this snap, with the sun positioned perfectly behind them. For me this is what my job is about, capturing that special moment between two people in love; something unique, precious and priceless…”

To see more of Jess Petrie Photography’s work visit http://jesspetrie.com

Bride and groom standing next to lake - Picture by Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography

Picture of the Month – January 2013

And the winner is… Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography!

Bride and groom standing next to lake - Picture by Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography

The first finalist for our Picture of the Year 2013 competition is Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography, after this beautiful picture received the most votes in our January 2013 Picture of the Day vote. The picture was taken on the shores of Loch Lomond at the wedding of Fiona and Raymond, a day Chantal has great memories of…

“Fiona and Raymond were married on a beautiful sunny day at The Loch Lomond Waterfront on the shores on Loch Lomond, where this photo was taken. The day was planned by the amazing Carmen at Carmen Weddings, as Fiona and Raymond now live in Hong Kong.

“My style as a photographer is artistic, contemporary and photo journalistic. Whilst most of the day is taken capturing moments, emotions, and laughter, I also love to create artistic and memorable photos for the bride and groom with the surroundings, architectural features, or in this case beautiful landscape, which they can look back upon in years to come. After all, a couple’s venue of choice is chosen for a reason and I love to showcase this.

“This image was taken just a few meters away from where they became husband and wife. They will always remember the moment they exchanged their vows in front of family and friends, surrounded by this beautiful landscape, so I wanted to capture this for them in a timeless photograph

“Thanks to Fiona and Raymond for choosing me! I thoroughly enjoyed working with them and everyone else, and I have such great memories of the day!”

To see more of Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography’s work visit www.photographychantal.co.uk

Bride standing behind groom with her arms around him - Picture by Katie Drouet Photography

Picture of the Month – December 2012

And the winner is… Katie Drouet Photography!

Bride standing behind groom with her arms around him - Picture by Katie Drouet Photography

That’s it, we now have our 12 Picture of the Year finalists (voting for our Picture of the Year competition will start on Tuesday 15th January), after this stunning picture by Katie Drouet Photography received the most votes in our December 2012 Picture of the Day competition.

We asked a very excited Katie to tell us a little about the picture…

“Remember remember the 5th of November… Alanna and Mike will certainly never forget this date, as they got married.

“It was a lovely crisp, cold November day at Maidens Barn in Essex. After a beautiful ceremony, where emotions and nerves were running high, I took the couple for a walk to capture them as husband and wife for the first time; it really was such an honour to share this moment with them.

“The sun was just going down so we grabbed a few precious shots just before we lost it… I just love Alanna’s eyes in this picture, she looks so content with Mike looking forwards towards their future… just perfect.

“Thanks so much to the two of them for letting me be such a important part of their day.”

To see more of Katie Drouet Photography’s work visit http://blog.kdrouetphotography.co.uk

Bride and groom kissing under a tree - Picture by Jen Owens Images

Picture of the Month – November 2012

And the winner is… Jen Owens Images!

Bride and groom kissing under a tree - Picture by Jen Owens Images

There is just one place left for our Picture of the Year vote in January, after this beautiful picture by Jen Owens Images received the most votes from our readers to win our November Picture of the Day competition.

A delighted Jen told us how this picture came about…

“This photo is from the wedding of Justine and Jason, who were married at the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh on 4th August 2012. RCPE have access to the private Queen Street Gardens nearby, so after a few fun photos with Justine’s best friends, I took the two of them off for some quiet time together for their couple shots.

“Looking at the photo now, it’s funny to think the forecast that week had predicted rain! I couldn’t have asked for better light – the way it fell through the trees and across the grass was pretty magical. Justine and Jason were surrounded by a warm, summertime glow, and it was such a special moment for this lovely couple on the happiest of days.

“A big thank you to Justine and Jason – they’re a wonderful couple and it was a brilliant day.”

To see more of Jen Owens Images’ work visit www.jenowensimages.com

Bride looking in mirror in garden - Picture by Jasmine Jade Photography

Picture of the Month – October 2012

And the winner is… Jasmine Jade Photography!

Bride looking in mirror in garden - Picture by Jasmine Jade Photography

This beautiful picture by Jasmine Jade Photography received the most votes in our October Picture of the Day competition, and becomes the 10th picture to go through to our Picture of the Year vote.

We asked Jasmine to tell us a little bit about the picture.

“The photograph was taken at the fabulous wedding of Helen and Dan on the 4th October. It was taken at Gaynes Park in Essex, an absolute must see venue for any bride-to-be; it is wonderful in every way. The autumnal themed flowers and ‘surprise’ singing of  a one direction hit (a favourite of the grooms) really made this wedding.

“This image is of Helen outside the ‘apple loft’ in her beautiful Justin Alexander dress; its fishtail shape and vintage design on the back, mixed with the lovely setting, make for a stylised image for the bride and groom to treasure for ever.”

To see more of Jasmine Jade Photography’s work, visit www.jasminephotography.co.uk