Bride and groom standing by large mechanical cog - Picture by Peter Anslow Photography

Picture of the Month – February 2018

And the winner is… Peter Anslow Photography!

Our congratulations go to Peter Anslow Photography after this picture received the most votes in our February 2018 Picture of the Day competition. A runner-up in our 2017 Picture of the Year competition, Peter will be hoping to go one better this year with this fabulous picture. Taken at the wedding of Sammy and David in September last year, Peter explained how he got the ‘dark and moody look’ he wanted…

Bride and groom standing by large mechanical cog - Picture by Peter Anslow Photography

Something a Little Different

“David and Sammy married at St Matthew’s Church in Burnley, with their reception at The Inn on the Wharf. It was a pleasant day, so we went to the park opposite the church for most of the photographs as The Inn On The Wharf wasn’t renowned for its lovely architecture. I say ‘wasn’t’ because unfortunately the pub closed its doors the Monday after, so this was the last ever wedding reception at the venue.

“The pub backs on to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, and this presented an opportunity for something a little different with the large cog from the canal lock gate. I took the picture at around 4pm so it was still light, but I wanted a dark and moody look so I adjusted the settings on my camera and placed a flash behind the couple. The result is exactly what I wanted; just enough light to illuminate the couple, with some of the light bouncing off Sammy’s dress to expose the mechanical cog.

“I really like this picture and, more importantly, so do Sammy and David.”

To see more of Peter Anslow Photography’s work visit www.peteranslow.co.uk.

Lady getting emotional during wedding speech - Picture by Lewis Fackrell Photography

Picture of the Month – January 2018

And the winner is… Lewis Fackrell Photography!

We have our first finalist for our 2018 Picture of the Year competition! This emotional picture by Lewis Fackrell Photography received the most votes in our poll and becomes the first picture to go through to our final in January. Taken at Stacey and Rob’s wedding in May last year, Lewis explained that he had very little time to capture this moment…

Lady getting emotional during wedding speech - Picture by Lewis Fackrell Photography

Teary-Eyed

“Stacey and Rob married at Oxwich Bay Hotel in the Gower, on the then hottest day of the year in May. It was so hot in fact that I had to have an outfit swap as I’d sweated so much! The sun was beating down around 28 degrees on the bay and the guests were also feeling it; some even went down for a swim! We couldn’t have asked for better weather.

“Later on, Stacey’s dad gave an emotional speech of how proud he was of his daughter. The room was silent, and at this point I had my camera pointing towards the mother of the bride who I could see was becoming teary-eyed. I captured the shot at 200mm due to the length of the room and I was looking for some silky blurred goodness behind. I could only photograph her from this angle via a small gap between guests that was narrowing instantly. Within seconds the emotion freely showed, I captured the frame, and the guests instantly blocked the view again.

“As a wedding photographer, capturing the emotion at a wedding is crucial, and it’s something I always look out for on a wedding day, along with laughter.”

To see more of Lewis Fackrell Photography’s work visit www.lewisfackrell.co.uk.

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.