This photograph, taken by Marianne Earthy, was awarded 1st place in the Getting Ready category for the WPJA's 2011 Q2 Contest.
- Special attention on a special day. A caring calm in the eye of the storm. ,
- The photo captures the care, pampering and attention to detail that goes into wedding preparations. It's well composed and graphically effective - the attendants' arms center one's attention on the bride's face, and there's a nice relationship between the makeup brush and the straw. The image manages to preserve the elegance and seriousness of the moment while infusing it with the quiet humor of the bride being helped to drink without the use of her hands.