A Falkirk photographer has picked up an award from a national wedding website.
Jacqui Paterson, who owns Chic Photo, was named Best New Photographer in the Hitched Awards.
The competition, which was a public vote on the UK’s biggest wedding website, culminated in a swanky awards do in the Savoy Hotel in London.
Jacqui (28), from Falkirk, was happy to make the final 10 and surprised to win.
She said: “I entered the competition last year and was a bit gutted not to win so I decided to go for it again.
“I didn’t promote the contest nearly as much this year, so was shocked to be shortlisted and I nearly fell off my chair when they told me I had won.”
Jacqui’s winning image is of newly-weds Nicola and Adam Lewis taken using time lapse photography and sparklers to spell out ‘love’ in the air.
“People always assume the image is photo-shopped but it is 100 per cent real.
“The awards were incredible, we had lunch in the Savoy - with Pierce Brosnan at the next table.”
As part of the prize package Jacqui, who previously worked as a photo manager for P&O Cruises and as a photographer at London Zoo, won advertising on the Hitched website and a spread in Photo Professional magazine.
“I’m so glad I took the leap and started Chic Photo.
“There is a pressure to make sure you capture all the moments but I’m a pretty organised person. I’m always the one with the hair grips, tape and safety pins in case of a bridal emergency!”
Visit www.chicphoto.co.uk for further information.