Wedding Photo 2010 – Competition

As some of you know, every year we have a friendly little competition between us to see who got ‘wedding photo of the year’. The problem is that we may choose a particular shot because we know how difficult it was to get it at the time rather than on the basis of how good a photo it is. (e.g. Some of our couples decided to practically run back down the aisle while we were trying to a) overtake them, b) carry all our gear and c) get that all-important aisle shot!)

So, we thought it would be good to get you involved as un-biased judges. Although you may not remain un-biased when we tell you that the winning couple will receive a stunning 10″x8″ table top acrylic photo worth £95.

We’ve narrowed our favourites down to 24 (12 of Richard’s and 12 of Sarah’s). Please leave a comment at the end of the post telling us your favourites and, if you like, why you chose them. It may take a day or two before your comment appears as we have to approve every one in order to foil those pesky spammers. We will count up the votes and announce the winning shot and therefore the winning couple.

There are a couple of changes to how it was done last year. First, we’ve chosen our personal favourites from all the weddings, so some couples may have more than one image. Second, you may vote for more than one photo. We want you to vote for your favourite image as well as your favourite couple!!

Voting will close in 4 weeks time or sooner if there’s a clear leader.

Many thanks for taking part and enjoy!

1. Evening Shot at Syon Park

2. Couple Kiss at Beech Court Gardens

3. Emotional Bride

4. Bride signing register

5. Kiss at Royal Ascot Race Course

6. Sepia toned kiss at Gate Street Barn

7. Bride walks down staircase at Highclere Castle

8. Bridesmaids enjoying afternoon tea

9. Ceremony Glance

10. Lips

11. Groom getting ready

12. Sunset Kiss at Bury Court Barn

13. Bridesmaid Laughing

14. Groom at Loch Ness

15. First Dance at Syon Park

16. Bride at Gate Street Barn

17. Loch Ness

18. Emotional Groom at Syon Park

19. Bride in mirror

20. Japanese Tea House at Fanhams Hall

21. First Dance embrace at Highclere Castle

22. Walk along Richmond Hill

23. Sepia Kiss

24. Sunset Kiss at Gate Street Barn


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  • Donna RexstrewHi Richard & Sarah

    Love the pictures and would like to take part and give you my votes –

    My favourite is picture 18 – I love the emotional pictures when the subject doesn’t know they are being captured – this one is brilliant.

    (For the same reason I also like pictures 3 and 13)

    I’d like to vote also for number 16 – the light coming through the trees is just spectacular!

  • Philippa PearneMy absolute FAVOURITES are….of course….

    Sepia toned kiss at Gate Street Barn
    Such a romantic moment with a gorgeous background and perfectly centered. Makes me want to cry looking at it.

    Ceremony Glance
    I remember thinking ‘This is it!! We’re actually doing it!!’ when I glanced over at him in this pic. It was the most exciting and emotional hour of my life and you caught it on camera beautifully.

    And one unbiased vote…

    First Dance embrace at Highclere Castle
    So gorgeous – really captures the obvious romantic moment between them. You’re SO talented!

    Lots of love P xxxx

  • Emma Coleman (Blink Photography)It was so hard to pick but I finally I have! I love 3 for the huge emotional impact of this image, 7 for the beautiful composition, & 21 for it’s movement and emotion.


  • CarolineSo hard to choose with so many beautiful photos! But my vote goes for…

    12. Sunset Kiss at Bury Court Barn – I love the lightling and the emotion!

  • Louise BurchellHi Richard & Sarah,
    I have been looking forward to seeing this on your blog!!
    I can’t choose one, there are too many fab ones, but i like number 3, as i think this captures a common bride emotion brilliantly. I like no 12 becuase the light is beautiful, i like no 17 coz it makes me what to go there and i like 18 coz it shows that men do have emotions!!
    Louise xx

  • Roland and MaddyHi Richard and Sarah,
    Here are the votes from the Teddington jury!

    3rd place, No 13, simply because it is such a very happy and natural shot.
    2nd place, No 4, because of the fantastic lighting especially in the veil.
    1st place, and runaway winner for both of us, No 18. So full of emotion, and completely candid.

    Roland and Maddy

    P.S. ….. and of course we loved ours too!! (No. 24)

  • A. C. CretHi. Here are my votes:
    No 7 – love the lighting & the composition of this one. It seems to capture the grandeur of the setting but also the intimacy between the bride & father.
    No 9 – The black & white is stunning & the moment is really well captured (it is your name after all!!). I think any couple would love to have that shot in their album.
    No 13 – for the same reason as above.
    No 14 – Like this for its artistic appeal. I just like the composition of it with the back drop. Very Hopper-esque.
    If I had to pick 2 absolute favourites then it would be no 9 & 14 (but I still want to vote for all 4). I have a sneaky feeling I have picked 2 of Richard’s, right? Also,is it me or are there no couples in number 17? Hate to point out the obvious guys…

  • DaveThey are all pretty special….

    The colours of 12 are amazing so excluding our own one that’s my winner.

    But obviously 14 wins for me because you’re just far enough away from me so that you can’t see the terror in my eyes! (I see you photoshopped out the monster….)


  • Victoria SuggI love 3, 22 and 8
    Good luck both!!!

  • Tom SuggNo.18 is brilliant!

    But I love no.3 – perhaps a little biased…

  • CaptureIt

    But obviously 14 wins for me because you’re just far enough away from me so that you can’t see the terror in my eyes! (I see you photoshopped out the monster….)

    There’s so much Loch Ness monster merchandising we’re pretty sure it’s copyrighted. That’s why we had to photoshop it out. Besides which he was grinning stupidly at the camera and ruining the ambiance of the photo.

  • CaptureItThese are the votes transferred from comments left on our Facebook page.

    Jay Jay: 18 is the winner!
    Andy: 18 is my choice too.
    Lindsay: 18 is brilliant.
    Tracey: 21 gets my vote.
    Angharad: 21 is my favourite too.

  • Billy BarrieHi guys I would like to say all of the pictures look truly amazing, but I have to say my favourites are 7 (love the veil trinling down the stairs and 21….lovely.

    Kind regards
    Billy barrie

  • Julia brownObviously for very biased reasons I love number 21 the most, magical. Thankyou guys. All of the pictures are amazing thou you really do a great job of capturing the emotion of each couples big day.

  • CaptureItFrom Cara:

    #7 and #21


  • Mark PalmerI think that the evening shot at Syon House (no 1) gets my vote as the exqusite azure colour of the evening sky is reflected in the pond together with the pinks from the Great Conservatory to form such a fantastic canvas from which, with the clever use of perspective and light, the bride and groom stand clearly and crisply to draw their first kiss as husband and wife.

    But then again it is my sister and brother-in-law so I might be a tad biased?!

  • CaptureItFrom Matthew Forrest

    My Favorite photo is 1.Evening shot at Syon Park. “A fantastic photo at the end of a fantastic day I love the composition and the lighting captured in this photo it is very dramatic absolutly amazing!

  • CaptureItFrom Theresa and Mike Gower,

    No 1 has our vote – a beautiful romantic shot of a truly beautiful couple! Such a perfect day!

  • Sam TrowbridgePhoto number 1 (Syon house)has my vote, it was an amazing day, the bride was stunning.

  • LeoniePhoto No.1 (Syon House) most amazing picture

  • Marcianne CogginsNumber 1 evening shot at Syon Park “Capture It” could not be more apt. A moment in time frozen perfectly, love the vivid colours and striking composition. Just stunning!

  • Chris CogginsNumber 1. Evening shot at Syon Park it is beautifully lit against the backdrop of the stunning architecture. Absolutely fantastic picture of a fantastic couple on a fantastic day!

  • Polo ForrestMy favourite by a long shot has to be number one truly magnificent photo! Hats off to the photographer!

  • Jackie FishI am very torn between 7, which captures the true magnificence of the grand staircase, and the awesome pride of the Father walking his amazingly beautiful daughter down the steps,with the wonderful dress and cathedral veil gently floating seamlessly behind, AWESOME, and 21 for the Magical Intimacy you have captured in their Serene and Private Embrace. You are truly remarkable photographers, and it was a pleasure to meet you. Best wishes to you both.

  • Georgina forrestMy favorite photo has to be 1 evening shot at syon park.Absolutly fabulous day ,fabulous couple this photo epitomises the wonderful day! I love the way the lighting has been captured in this image beautiful.

  • Caroline DooleyPhoto No. 1 (Syon House) is amazing. Really beautiful photo

  • MarthaHi Richard and Sarah, My vote is for photo 1 – such a stunning, dramatic photo and it makes me so so excited about you photographing my wedding at Syon Park later this year!

    I also love the romance and composition of photos 12, 21 and 23. Beautiful x

  • Mrs Pauline PalmerI’d like to vote for photograph number 1 as it is so romantic in the night sky by the lake and a truly wonderful couple at the start of their life together as man and wife – the photographer has really captured the moment well! (All mums think their daughters are wonderful!!!)

  • Alyson BullerI’d like to vote for photo no 1 as I really like the evening setting and the beautiful colours of the sky. The bride and groom look absolutely stunning – what a wonderful picture to treasure!

  • MichelleI would have to say number 1 – it is such a romantic shot – I love the colours, the “pink conservatory” looks amazing against the night

  • Lynn SawbridgeI would like to vote for number one in particular as it captures the end of a lovely wedding day and the start of a new life together

  • John BrightNo 1 for me please – most romantic photo of them all with a stunning sunset

  • Peter SawbridgeNo 1 for me -I was there! And this captures the moment in the evening so well. It was the end of a lovely day.

  • CaptureItFrom Rowena Spencer:

    I think the definite winner is number 1 Evening Shot of Syon Park. Absolutely spectacular location, the colours are beautiful and the married couple look perfect! A really arty shot.

  • AnthonyHey,

    I would like to vote for picture number 1.

    Fantastic picture !

  • Gemma ToonDear Richard and Sarah,

    Well done on a lovely collection of photos. Have to say that one stands out from all of the rest for us – No 22. It is the one I would like blown up on my wall and we don’t even know the couple! Wonderful symmetry.
    Have to say very proud to see our wee girls as a favourite – No 8. So glad to have bought the china tea set as they played happily for ages with it! Thank you for capturing a great day.
    Would love to know who the winner is…. how long do we have to wait?