Bride and groom standing in front of large LOVE letters in field - Picture by Katherine Ashdown Photography

Picture of the Year 2015 Winner

And the winner of The Wedding Community’s Picture of the Year 2015 is… Katherine Ashdown Photography!

Bride and groom standing in front of large LOVE letters in field - Picture by Katherine Ashdown Photography

Huge congratulations to Katherine Ashdown Photography, winner of our Picture of the Year 2015 competition. Taken at Milly and Rob’s handmade, marquee wedding, the couple’s laid back approach and the fact the letters were “surprising light” made this shot possible. After 10 minutes of moving and setting up the letters in front of the beautiful sunset, Katherine captured this gorgeous image, the final shot of the night.

A runner-up in 2013, Katherine was delighted to hear she’d won…

“Wow I am over the moon to have won ‘Picture of the Year!’ It was amazing to win Picture of the Month, but to win for the whole year is just fantastic, thank you!

“This image was so much fun to shoot, and the lovely Milly and Rob were a real joy to shoot on their wedding day. This was pretty much the last shot of the night. My assistant Heather and I had packed up and were just heading to the car as the sky turned pink. These letters were standing by the marquee so as we passed I tried to pick one up thinking they would be too heavy to move, they were actually really light! So Heather and I grabbed them and moved them across the field to the setting sun, propping them up with croquet hooks! A quick test with lighting and I grabbed Milly and Rob who were all to happy to have one last photo, and we captured this. I was thrilled with it as soon as I shot it!

“A huge thank you to everyone who voted including my friends, family and couples, and for Milly and Rob for following my crazy idea – it was so worth it! Also, well done to all the other finalists, there was some incredible competition. Thank you to the Wedding Community – this photo has had rather a lot of attention and it is wonderful for new brides to see, and generate enquiries!”

To see more of Katherine Ashdown Photography’s work visit www.katherineashdown.co.uk

Bride and groom kissing on bridge over lake - Picture by Chris Chambers Photography

Picture of the Year 2015 Runners-Up

Our Picture of the Year 2016 competition is now closed, the votes have been counted, and the results are in… but before we reveal the winner of our Picture of the Year 2015 we’d like to give a special mention to the photographers who came second and third…

2nd Place

Bride and groom kissing on bridge over lake - Picture by Chris Chambers Photography

This stunning picture by Chris Chambers Photography took second place. Taken on the bridge next to the lake at Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire, at Claire and Andrew’s wedding, this picture was the result of “a grabbed moment” after Chris had looked back and saw “the colouring sky, clouds and railings creating great lines leading back to the castle”.

 

3rd Place

Bride and groom facing each other with sun shining between them - Picture by KTM Photography

Third place went to KTM Photography. This gorgeous picture was taken in May 2015 at the wedding of Louisa and Neil at Burntwood Court Hotel and Spa. As the sun started to set, Katie of KTM Photography took the couple away “to capture some precious moments with just the two of them”. As Louisa and Neil turned to face each other the setting sun highlighted them from behind and Katie captured this perfectly intimate moment between the two of them.

Our congratulations go to Chris and Katie. To see more of Chris Chambers Photography and KTM Photography’s work visit www.chrischambersphotography.co.uk and www.ktmphotography.co.uk

Bridesmaid spaying bride's hair with hairspray - Picture by Karli Harrison Photography

Picture of the Year 2014 Winner

And the winner of The Wedding Community’s Picture of the Year 2014 is… Karli Harrison Photography!

Bridesmaid spaying bride's hair with hairspray - Picture by Karli Harrison Photography

Our congratulations go to Karli Harrison Photography, after this stunning picture was voted The Wedding Community’s 2014 Picture of the Year. The picture is from the wedding of Amelia and Danny in July 2013, and Karli told us that it may not have even been taken if it hadn’t been raining outside. As they couldn’t use the grounds of the venue for photographs they went to the bridal suite to take some shots, and Karli set-up her flash on a stand behind Amelia. As the hairspray came out of the can it was caught by the flash resulting in this incredible effect.

This is the second time Karli has won The Wedding Community’s Picture of the Year, having also been crowned the winner in 2012

“Winner of Picture of the Year! Again! I am once again completely in shock. I am blown away and incredibly touched by the amazing support everyone has shown, it means the world to me. I want to say the biggest thank you to all my lovely friends, family and supporters, without you this wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you to the beautiful Amelia for being the perfect subject, and to her bridal party for making hairspray look so magical! I would also like to say well done to the other photographers, you all had beautiful photos and it was a privilege to be listed in the final 12 with you.

“This all feels like a dream, being included in the final 12 from 260 pictures from the year is an honour, but to win the whole thing is pretty special. And to win it twice is even more so; it’s going to take a while to sink in.

“What I loved the most about winning in 2012 was how my clients were just as excited (if not more so!) than I was, and it certainly attracted interest from new brides and grooms looking for their photographer. I look forward to celebrating with all my lovely clients this year, past and present! Thank you to everyone who has helped make this start to 2015 so special. WE DID IT! Time to pop open some champagne to celebrate…”

To see more of Karli’s work visit http://karliharrisonphotography.com