Bride hugging father at altar - Picture by Peter Anslow Photography

Picture of the Year 2017 Runners-Up

The results are in, and soon we’ll announce the winner of The Wedding Community’s Picture of the Year 2017. Before we do we’d like to thank all of the photographers who entered pictures for our Picture of the Day feature. We really are so grateful for the continued support of a feature which has become so popular. We’d also like to congratulate all our finalists again, and give a special mention to the photographers whose pictures came second and third in this year’s vote…

2nd Place

Bride hugging father at altar - Picture by Peter Anslow Photography

This beautiful picture by Peter Anslow Photography took second place. Taken at Sara and Sabaean’s wedding at Stirk House Hotel, the picture perfectly captures the emotion of the moment after Sara’s father, Nasser, had walked her down the aisle…

“Nasser’s love for his daughter is obvious as he holds Sara, eyes closed and concentrating. The bridesmaid is struggling to hold back the tears, unlike Sara’s mum, Catherine. She is standing at the far right already consumed with tears and emotion just by looking at her husband and daughter as they embrace.”

3rd Place

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Bride and groom in a field with cows in background

A Rustic DIY Wedding in a Cow Shed

Well, this is the first wedding we have featured that took place in a cow shed wedding venue, and it’s amazing! It just goes to show that you don’t have to have a large wedding in a stately home or a rustic barn; if you fancy a country style wedding then, hey, go and find your local cow shed!

Sarah and Jim’s wedding was a work of love. The styling details really fitted the country, rustic vibe they hoped to achieve. An abundance of hay bales (it helps when you get married on a farm), rustic pallets and crates formed the base for their styling, and together with giant light LOVE letters, candles and fairy lights, the ambiance was set.

What do you feed your wedding guests when you get married on a farm? A hog roast of course. I love the way the table was styled complete with hog’s head centrepiece!

Andy Griffiths Photography captured Sarah and Jim’s cow shed wedding perfectly, and I hope you take away loads of inspiration for your own country wedding.

Bride and groom in a field with cows in background

“Our first encounter was actually during a student night in Leeds. We met in a club and kissed on the revolving dance floor. Sadly this beautiful, romantic act was not the start of our relationship, but it was the start of a very close friendship in which we lived out the single student life together. In our third year we finally became an ‘official’ item and our story begins from here.

Birthday Surprise

“When James proposed he’d planned a birthday surprise for me – a trip to the Lake District. We have always gone up to the Lakes hiking and cycling so I had no reason to be suspicious. When we arrived in the Great Langdale valley he handed me a larger than usual bag and told me that we would be wild camping up the mountain. So off we went up Bowfell.

“The weather was changeable with the sun peering around a rain cloud every now and then. James hadn’t quite decided the exact time when he was going to propose and the weather was playing a big part in his decision.

“Once we reached Bowfell and took the standard ‘top of the peak’ selfie we descended to Angle Tarn where we were going to camp for the night. Knowing I was at my destination I sat on a rock and dramatically ‘refused to go on’. I love hiking but the sun had come out and I had swapped to carry the BIG bag (which held my engagement ring, unbeknown to me, but to the amusement of James). James, taking advantage of the sun, grabbed both bags and began to walk off. He said we weren’t there yet, so I reluctantly followed.

“He continued upwards over a small peak, but once we got over it, to a secluded spot, the view across Langdale Valley was incredible. James quickly distracted me and asked me to look for something in one of the bags. When I turned back around he was on one knee holding the most beautiful ring!”

Bride having make-up done

Bride putting on headband

Bridesmaids helping bride with wedding dress

Bride looking at herself in mirror

Cow shed wedding venue

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Bride and groom on dance floor with paper confetti falling around them - Picture by Andy Griffiths Photography

Picture of the Month – February 2017

And the winner is… Andy Griffiths Photography!

This fantastic picture by Andy Griffiths Photography received the most votes in our February poll and becomes our second Picture of the Month of 2017. The couple, Julie and Mike, were in the perfect position on the dance floor for Andy to get the shot…

Bride and groom on dance floor with paper confetti falling around them - Picture by Andy Griffiths Photography

“The picture was taken in Thornton Manor at Julie and Mike’s wedding on the 22nd September. They told me beforehand that they had a surprise for family and friends for the first dance; a confetti canon and dry ice smoke.

“I work in a natural way so this was taken during the first dance. There was no posing – this is just as it happened. Julie and Mike were a great couple and thankfully danced exactly where I needed them to be.”

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