Bride and groom under foliage covered gazebo in rain at night - Picture by Tammie Louise Photography

Picture of the Month – February 2019

And the winner is… Tammie Louise Photography!

Our congratulations go to Tammie Louise Photography, the winner of our February 2019 Picture of the Month. Taken at Jade and James’ wedding in Gloucestershire, Tammie explained how the couple were happy to try different ideas to get ‘the shot’…

Bride and groom under foliage covered gazebo in rain at night - Picture by Tammie Louise Photography

Dancing in the Rain

“I absolutely loved photographing the amazing wedding of Jade and James who married in December last year at the stunning Kingscote Barn. It was such an incredible day filled with so many emotions, from Jade receiving a beautiful gift and card from James during the bridal preparations, to the walk down the aisle where James and their son Max stood watching her, to the emotional speech from Jade’s mum. It was simply perfect.

“Jade and James are very creative people. It therefore came as no surprise that when I suggested dancing in the rain they didn’t question me or look at me like I was utterly bonkers. They were up for anything to get ‘the shot’, and at one point we were all dancing with smoke bombs. As it was so close to Christmas we had twinkly lights on a Christmas tree whilst dancing with sparklers too.

“It was great to be a part of such a perfect and fun wedding.”

To see more of Tammie Louise Photography’s work visit www.tammielouisephotography.co.uk.

Groom spraying Champagne everywhere as bride turns away - Picture by Honeydew Moments

Picture of the Month – January 2019

And the winner is… Honeydew Moments!

We have our first finalist for our 2019 Picture of the Year competition, after this fab picture by Honeydew Moments won our January 2019 Picture of the Month award. Taken at Kate and Ricky’s wedding in Mexico, Natasha from Honeydew Moments captured this ‘champagne spray’ moment during the couple’s portrait shots…

Groom spraying Champagne everywhere as bride turns away - Picture by Honeydew Moments

Champagne Everywhere You Looked

“Kate and Ricky have such a lovely story. They first met as family friends, as their dads are total best buddies, but one night Ricky was a little bit drunk and asked Kate to go out with just him, without their families. The rest is history!

“They married at Ocean Riviera paradise in Mexico. Their venue was an all inclusive resort with champagne everywhere you looked – even for breakfast. We planned this shot with the bridal party the day before the wedding and everyone made sure to grab spare bottles of champagne from breakfast. A champagne spray shot is something I’ve always wanted to try and Kate and Ricky were just as excited as me. We captured this at sunset on the beach, to celebrate the fact they had just married.”

To see more of Honeydew Moments’ work visit www.honeydewmoments.co.uk.

Bride sitting putting on veil on wedding morning - Picture by First Light Photography

Picture of the Month – December 2018

And the winner is… First Light Photography!

We now have all our finalists for our 2018 Picture of the Year competition, after this beautiful picture by First Light Photography was voted The Wedding Community’s December 2018 Picture of the Month. Taken before Lynsey and Ewan’s wedding in Edinburgh, Ditte explained why capturing shots like this can be challenging for photographers…

Bride sitting putting on veil on wedding morning - Picture by First Light Photography

Like a Vermeer Painting

“Lynsey and her bridesmaids were all getting ready in her old childhood bedroom. As a photographer this can cause a few challenges; four girls getting ready in one room means a lot of make-up, clothes, bags and other stuff strewn around the place.

“Thankfully the window provided a soft directional light, so I was able to exclude other elements of the room by having Lynsey sitting close to the window and exposing for the window light. I love the look this has created, almost like a Vermeer painting. I was lucky to catch a moment when the veil and light were framing her face.”

To see more of First Light Photography’s work visit www.firstlightweddings.co.uk.

Bride in leather jacket kissing groom in kilt surrounded by guests with sparklers - Picture by Rebecca Rose Noller Photography

Picture of the Month – November 2018

And the winner is… Rebecca Rose Noller Photography!

We now have just one place up for grabs in our 2018 Picture of the Year vote, after this wonderful picture by Rebecca Rose Noller Photography received the most votes in our November 2018 Picture of the Month poll. Taken at Catriona and Rory’s wedding in Pitcaple, Scotland, Rebecca told us how the lack of natural light and the use of sparklers meant the shot required a lot of preparation…

Bride in leather jacket kissing groom in kilt surrounded by guests with sparklers - Picture by Rebecca Rose Noller Photography

Tricky Lighting

“Catriona and Rory married at Logie Country House in Pitcaple, Scotland. Catriona was really enthusiastic about her wedding photography and loved to get involved in the ideas behind some of the shots. She and Rory had decided that they would have a sparkler exit just outside the barn after the meal.

“The shot took a bit of organising as I had to ensure all the sparklers were lit at roughly the same time throughout the aisle of guests that I had set up. Lighting this shot was also tricky as I only had the light from the sparklers and the soft lighting from the festoon lights on the roof of the venue to work with.

“I tweaked my camera settings to correspond with the ambient light of the sparklers, asking one of the guests to light a sparkler and have fun with it while I adjusted my settings. Taking these test shots ahead of time gave me a chance to calibrate my equipment. I could then capture the genuine emotion and excitement of the guests as they cheered Catriona and Rory down the aisle.”

To see more of Rebecca Rose Noller Photography’s work visit www.rebeccarosenollerphotography.com.

Bride and groom kissing at end of walkway lined with tree branches - Picture by Ian Baker Photography

Picture of the Month – October 2018

And the winner is… Ian Baker Photography!

Congratulations to Ian Baker Photography, the winner of The Wedding Community’s October 2018 Picture of the Month. Ian’s fantastic picture received the most votes in our poll and becomes the tenth picture to make it through to our Picture of the Year vote in January. Taken at Zara and Mark’s marquee wedding in Somerset, Ian explained how he had to lie down to get the top of the vine in the shot to create the tunnel effect…

Bride and groom kissing at end of walkway lined with tree branches - Picture by Ian Baker Photography

The Tunnel Leads the Eye

“Mark and Zara’s wedding was a proper family affair, with the reception held at Zara’s parent’s garden in a rather large marquee. Earlier on though, shortly after the ceremony, we’d managed to steal a few moments at a local ‘secret garden’ they’d set their hearts on visiting. It had lots of lovely visual props, including this amazing vine tunnel.

“The initial shots were slightly more traditional; long lens with them sitting on the bench, a few with them walking towards me with a nice, shallow depth of field… that kind of thing. It was only when I put my mad wide lens on that things started to get properly interesting.

“I wanted to get the top of the vine in to create the tunnel, so I was actually lying on the floor when I took this shot. I love the way the tunnel leads the eye to the couple, but also the pose they were in at the split second I took the shot. You make your own luck I guess.”

To see more of Ian Baker Photography’s work visit www.ianbakerphotography.com.