And the winner of The Wedding Community’s 2021 Picture of the Year is… First Light Photography!

Bride sitting looking out of window - Picture by First Light Photography

Huge congratulations go to First Light Photography after you voted this stunning picture from Anniek and Edward’s wedding at Winton Castle our 2021 Picture of the Year. Having also won our 2018 Picture of the Year award, Ditte was delighted to find out she’d won the competition again…

Makes Me Happy

“I’m thrilled to have won Picture of the Year for the second time — what a fantastic way to start the new year!

“The picture shows my bride Anniek on the morning of her wedding. I always suggest to my brides that they schedule in 30 minutes for photos before they are due to leave, so we can calmly spend a little time creating some images. Too often it doesn’t happen — time is relative, and the hour before setting off to get married is swallowed up in the blink of an eye. Then before anyone can say “Bridal Portrait” it’s time to leave.
“For Anniek’s wedding she made sure to be ready in time, which meant we were able to take a little more time to make some portraits. This pocket of time is the best time to take these, before the dress has walked up a muddy path, the flowers started drooping, and while the hair and make-up is still looking perfect. This is why this portrait makes me happy; not only because Winton Castle and Anniek take a wonderful photo, but also because I was allowed the time to make it.

“Winton Castle is full of beautiful paintings from the Dutch golden age, and Anniek being Dutch, I had in my head the idea that I wanted to try to create something painterly, using window light, the way the Dutch masters painted.

“I’m incredibly grateful to The Wedding Community for featuring the image, and touched by all the people who took time to vote for it.”

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