Bride and groom standing under umbrella in the rain - Picture by Peter Anslow Photography

Picture of the Month – August 2019

And the winner is… Peter Anslow Photography!

Our congratulations go to Peter Anslow Photography after you voted this picture from Kasia and Mickey’s wedding our August 2019 Picture of the Month. The picture will now go through to our Picture of the Year vote in January, meaning Peter has now made the final for three years in a row. It really is a remarkable achievement, and testament to his consistently incredible work. For this shot Peter used the unfavourable weather conditions to his advantage…

Bride and groom standing under umbrella in the rain - Picture by Peter Anslow Photography

Now or Never

“I took this picture on 10th August 2019 at Mickey and Kasia’s wedding at Higher Trapp House near Burnley. As it rained most of the day we had few opportunities to go outside for any ‘natural light’ portraits or group shots.

“It approached 8.30pm and the light had faded, so I thought ‘it’s now or never’. So I set the shot up ready for them, using a Nikon D810 with 24-70mm at iso 500, at f8 with the shutter speed at 1/160second and focal length at 40mm. I also placed an off camera flash about two metres behind them at ¼ power.

“We rushed Mickey and Kasia outside, covering them with my brolly, and fired a few shots off before they got too wet! It was certainly worth the results and they love it. The rain cleared up later so we also got a few shots with some sparklers!

“The venue has some lovely rooms inside so all was not lost, but this shot was the icing on the cake. It just goes to show that experienced wedding photographers can take gorgeous photos no matter what the British weather throws at us.”

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

Bride and groom standing under trees at night - Picture by Rafe Abrook Photography

Picture of the Month – July 2019

And the winner is… Rafe Abrook Photography!

Our July 2019 Picture of the Month award goes to Rafe Abrook Photography for this fantastic picture from Rose and Ollie’s wedding in June. Taken on the drive at South Farm, Rafe told us how he used a flash gun, 135mm lens and the trees in the distance to get this beautiful shot…

Bride and groom standing under trees at night - Picture by Rafe Abrook Photography

Great Opportunities for Amazing Wedding Photos

“Rose and Ollie married at South Farm near Royston on 19th June. They braved an outdoor ceremony in the pouring rain, but luckily it dried up by early evening. So, we popped out with one of my flash guns and a light stand whilst there was a little light left in the sky.

“I have taken a variety of night shots on the drive at South Farm over the years. For this one I composed it with my 135mm prime lens and framed their heads in the trees in the distance. The long focal length condenses the perspective so I was stood a good 50 yards from them when I took it. I’m very proud to be a recommended supplier at South Farm as it’s a venue that just gives me so many great opportunities for amazing wedding photos, time and time again.

“I am delighted to have won the public vote for Picture of the Month as I was up against some very talented photographers and fantastic images!”

To see more of Rafe Abrook Photography’s work visit www.rafeabrook.co.uk.

Bride and groom standing on edge of black rocks - Picture by Alexa Penberthy Photography

Picture of the Month – June 2019

And the winner is… Alexa Penberthy Photography!

We now have half of our Picture of the Year finalists, after you voted this incredible picture by Alexa Penberthy Photography our June 2019 Picture of the Month. Taken in Iceland during Viann and Albert’s elopement, the combination of the couple’s adventurous nature and the weather conditions allowed Alexa to get this shot…

Bride and groom standing on edge of black rocks - Picture by Alexa Penberthy Photography

Absolute Troupers

“This must be one of my favourite images and I’m so thrilled it won Picture of the Month. Albert and Viann decided to elope last November in Iceland. We spent two days driving around the island creating some beautiful images. The first day, the day they legally married, was sunny, and Viann wore a beautiful white dress. But the weather in Iceland is always unpredictable, so the second day was very cold, gloomy and constantly raining. I took this image that day, with Viann choosing to go for that timeless red dress.

“They braved the cold like absolute troupers, and were up for climbing anywhere! These rocks in Iceland look so different on a sunny day so we were actually very pleased they were wet, giving them this black look (photographer’s win). What you can’t see is that both of them were pretty wet and, in between looking for that beautiful frame to create, they were trying to keep warm by holding each other under one jacket. Pretty special moments to always remember!”

To see more of Alexa Penberthy Photography’s work visit alexapenberthy.com.

Picture of the Month – May 2019

And the winner is… Katie Sidell Photography!

Our congratulations go to Katie Sidell Photography, the winner of our May 2019 Picture of the Month award. This incredible picture received the most votes in our poll and becomes the fifth picture to go through to our Picture of the Year vote in January. Taken at the end of Amy and James’ wedding at West Tower in Lancashire, Katie explained the lengths she had to go to to get the shot…

Bride and groom watching colourful fireworks display - Picture by Katie Sidell Photography

Lost in the Moment

“Amy and James married earlier this year at the enchanting West Tower in Aughton. It was a relaxed, fun-filled day from start to finish… Amy and James just seemed to have their priorities firmly in place – to celebrate their love with their family and friends. No drama, no stress. They’d planned some lovely surprises for their guests throughout the day, including a singing waiter as desserts were served, cigars and sparklers for everyone later in the evening, and then, the final surprise… a fabulous display of fireworks.

“The weather had been changeable throughout the day, but fortunately the rain just about held off for the display itself. I was conscious of being particularly on point for the final flourish of fireworks, and actually ended up lying flat on my back in a puddle to capture this one! It was absolutely worth it though to preserve this wonderful memory for them, made all the more special when Amy threw her arms in the air, completely lost in the moment.”

To see more of Katie Sidell Photography’s work visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KatieSidellPhotography.

Bride and groom holding onto ropes on assault course obstacle - Picture by Nick Brightman Photography

Picture of the Month – April 2019

And the winner is… Nick Brightman Photography!

Our congratulations go to Nick Brightman, whose fun picture from Georgi and Neil’s wedding was voted our April 2019 Picture of the Month. Taken at Umberslade Adventure, an ancient oak and bluebell woodland in the West Midlands, it becomes the fourth picture to go through to our 2019 Picture of the Year competition in January. Nick told us how the competitive couple wanted to make use of their unique wedding venue’s assault course…

Bride and groom holding onto ropes on assault course obstacle - Picture by Nick Brightman Photography

Woodland Blessing

“Georgi and Neil and married on 15th July 2017 at Umberslade Adventure, which now calls itself Enchanting Woodland Weddings. It was a woodland blessing, with tipis for the reception, and the ‘Adventure’ part of the venue name refers to an adventure playground, which all the wedding guests had access to.

“Being a very competitive couple they decided that they wanted to give the assault course a go. I took this image as they were part way round, with Georgi in the the lead!”

To see more of Nick Brightman Photography’s work visit www.nickbrightmanphotography.co.uk.