Falkirk’s Jacqui scoops top wedding award

Jacqui Paterson of Chic Photo with the spread in Photo Professional magazine
Jacqui Paterson of Chic Photo with the spread in Photo Professional magazine

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.