WEDDING PHOTO OF THE YEAR, 2017

Shot by us, voted by you...

Our favs from the 2016/17 season

Shot by all the team: Michelle, Eva, Andrew & Rebekah

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It's moments, rather than poses, that matter most on a wedding day. Congrats to MJ for winning our 2017 Wedding Photo of the Year competition. The power, emotion and juxtaposition in this image by Michelle Fey earned hundreds of votes but more important than that, it will forever be a reminder to MJ of the close bond with the first love of her life, her dad.

 Weddings are a public declaration of love but there should always be time alone to reflect on the massiveness of the moment. This image of Khan and Blaire shot by me (Eva) was voted second place, I think because it conveys emotions and feelings as much as the creativity of the beautiful setting in Karangahake Gorge, Bay of Plenty.

Weddings are a public declaration of love but there should always be time alone to reflect on the massiveness of the moment. This image of Khan and Blaire shot by me (Eva) was voted second place, I think because it conveys emotions and feelings as much as the creativity of the beautiful setting in Karangahake Gorge, Bay of Plenty.

 Wedding photography circa 2017 is casual and largely unposed, but we still believe classical bridal portraiture has its place at a wedding, and you obviously agreed as this shot of Gemma by Michelle Fey came a close third.

Wedding photography circa 2017 is casual and largely unposed, but we still believe classical bridal portraiture has its place at a wedding, and you obviously agreed as this shot of Gemma by Michelle Fey came a close third.

 Why did you all love this image of Wang and Greer so much? I suspect because it's just old-fashioned romantic, the stuff little girls dream of when they imagine growing up and getting married. This was shot by Michelle Fey and came 4th.

Why did you all love this image of Wang and Greer so much? I suspect because it's just old-fashioned romantic, the stuff little girls dream of when they imagine growing up and getting married. This was shot by Michelle Fey and came 4th.

 Another image by Michelle Fey, and another example of a classic couple with a candid vibe. 5th place for this image of Michael and Lauren - incendentally the in-laws of our winner, MJ (because we love to keep things in the family!)

Another image by Michelle Fey, and another example of a classic couple with a candid vibe. 5th place for this image of Michael and Lauren - incendentally the in-laws of our winner, MJ (because we love to keep things in the family!)

 This is one of my favourite images from last season. The simplicity of the colour palette teamed with the sense of fun makes it the sort of image I always strive for. 6th place to Katie, Andrew and their crew.

This is one of my favourite images from last season. The simplicity of the colour palette teamed with the sense of fun makes it the sort of image I always strive for. 6th place to Katie, Andrew and their crew.

 When I think of what photographers in big cities have to work with, I just feel so blessed to live in Hawke's Bay. The Tukituki Valley is the stuff of dreams for most people in the world, but we call it our back yard. This is Michali and Bree, and this image by me came in 7th.

When I think of what photographers in big cities have to work with, I just feel so blessed to live in Hawke's Bay. The Tukituki Valley is the stuff of dreams for most people in the world, but we call it our back yard. This is Michali and Bree, and this image by me came in 7th.

 8th place went to this image by me shot at New Zealand's oldest wharf at Tokaanu on Lake Taupo. The weather in this part of the world is so changeable and when I scouted this spot the morning of the wedding, it was grey, lifeless and utterly uninspiring. Thanks to Bailey, James and a lucky window of sunshine for making this image hum!

8th place went to this image by me shot at New Zealand's oldest wharf at Tokaanu on Lake Taupo. The weather in this part of the world is so changeable and when I scouted this spot the morning of the wedding, it was grey, lifeless and utterly uninspiring. Thanks to Bailey, James and a lucky window of sunshine for making this image hum!

We got literally THOUSANDS of votes from everyone, and we really enjoyed sharing our favourite images from last season with you all. Thanks as always to the cool couples we work with, who trust us to catalogue their most important memories and then let us share them with the world. Here are all the other images from our season, in no particular order...