The wedding blog for Stephen McGowan Photography - A North West based Manchester Wedding Photographer team who travels to throughout the UK photographing weddings at the most elite wedding venues.

Dorfold Hall Wedding Photography | Kate and John


Dorfold Hall Wedding Photography


A hidden gem in the heart of Cheshire, the stunning Dorfold Hall is an amazing venue for a wedding - with so many options for your day, whether you’re tying the knot inside the elegant 1600’s built Jacobean house, or down the pathway leading into the Coach House ceremony room, or also outside in the gorgeous gardens; there are many backdrops for some stunning photographs all around this venue.

I was really looking forward to Kate and John’s Dorfold Hall wedding ever since we met up to chat about their plans for the day. I was to meet Kate in preparation room at the top of the polished wooden staircase leading up to the first floor. You could tell the excitement was in the air as soon I had opened the door into this magnificent room. Kate had everything ready to go, with the champagne in full flow, wedding dress hung up and ready to be worn and also her wedding gift (Valentino shoes! - good work John!) already opened!

Coach House Ceremony at Dorfold Hall

It wasn’t long until we were heading down from our make-up preparations through to the Coach House where John was nervously waiting at the top of the aisle. Dorfold Hall’s Coach House is great as it has a staircase running up the back of the ceremony room allowing for some additional angles of the wedding ceremony.

After the vows were read, ring were exchanged and registers signed, we all headed outside for (my favourite part of the day) the confetti throwing! I then wondered the grounds with our bride and groom taking a couple of portraits together at this gorgeous wedding venue. We weren’t away too long though as we were soon back for some family group shots and canapés provided by the excellent catering team at Dorfold Hall.

Tipi Wedding at Dorfold Hall

Kate and John had arranged for a Tipi reception on the grounds, which worked really well as guests wondered over from the grounds and found their seats for the meals and speeches. The speeches were great fun with all wedding guests getting involved with a few rounds of ‘Never have I ever' with drinks. Before you knew it we were then onto the dancing and partying into the night!

We had a great time photographing Kate and John’s Dorfold Hall wedding. If you are getting married at Dorfold Hall and are currently looking for wedding photography, why not drop me a message.


If you're looking for relaxed, natural wedding photography at Dorfold Hall, why not get in touch?

Dorfold Hall weddings photographed by Stephen McGowan. If you are getting married and looking for a natural wedding photographer then please get in touch to discuss more.


Great John Street Hotel Wedding Photography | Lauren and Jimmy


Great John Street Hotel Wedding Photography

We had an absolute blast photographing Lauren and Jimmy’s Great John Street Hotel wedding back in August. It was an incredible day from start to finish with so much going on throughout! We always love a good Eclectic Hotels wedding, having recently enjoyed Didsbury House Hotel and Eleven Didsbury Park Weddings we knew we were in for a great day ahead and couldn’t wait to get started!

Fabulous Together Luxury Wedding Planners

For the first time, we had the chance to work alongside the amazing Andrea from Fabulous Together Luxury wedding planners who was an absolute joy to work alongside. Andrea made everything run like clockwork on the day, the day ran smoothly without any hitches and was planned to perfection. We had a host of wedding suppliers involved in the day with The AMC Gospel Choir singing for Lauren to walk down the aisle to, along with Al Grant Sax serenading guests with some deep saxophone symphonies during cocktail hour.

I met Lauren and her bridesmaids in the bridal suite of Great John Street Hotel. Naturally the champagne was in full flow and the excitement was in the air! Lauren’s Pronovious wedding dress from Knutsford Wedding Gallery looked stunning hung on the bannister of the balcony whilst she sat in the window having her make up applied. There were hugs and all the emotions throughout the morning as the bridal party got set for their ceremony at Great John Street Hotel.

The ceremony itself was very close, intimate and meaningful. As our bride and groom exchanged their rings and read their vows to one another in front of their closest friends and families, you could feel how special this ceremony was to everybody involved.

Lauren shares a hug with her bridesmaid during preparation

Bridal portrait of Lauren wearing stunning Pronovious dress at Great John Street Hotel

First kiss bliss! - Lauren and Jimmy celebrate being newlyweds

Celebrations - We’re Married! Lauren and Jimmy at Great John Street Hotel


Rainy Street Portraits in Manchester

Believe it or not, I haven’t yet mentioned the weather - which is quite surprising as it decided to rain for the majority of the day! This didn’t stop us nipping out onto Great John Street and having a couple of portraits by the front entrance of the hotel. Equipped with an umbrella we headed for a quick stroll down the street for a couple of shots before heading back inside for the dancing, cake cutting and partying into the night!


Great John Street Hotel Wedding

I always absolutely love photographing Eclectic Hotels weddings, and this one wasn’t any different! Eclectic venues always offer exquisite luxury styling allowing for some gorgeous backdrops for photographs. Throughout their venues their teams are always a delight to work alongside and helpful throughout the day making it a pleasure to spend the day at their wedding venues.

I really can’t wait to return for my next Great John Street Hotel wedding. If you’re currently looking for wedding photography at this stunning city centre wedding venue, why not drop me a message?


Low-lit silhouette portrait of bride and groom lit with festoons

If you're looking for relaxed, natural wedding photography at Great John Street Hotel, why not get in touch?

Great John Street Hotel weddings photographed by Stephen McGowan. If you are getting married and looking for a natural wedding photographer then please get in touch to discuss more.


Willington Hall Wedding Photography


Willington Hall Wedding Photography

I've been lucky enough to photograph a number of weddings at Willington Hall Hotel over the last couple of years and each and every one of them has been an absolute joy to document.
In fact, my very first wedding was at this very wedding venue for Laura and Adam's special day back in 2014! Since then every time I've revisited this gorgeous wedding venue, I'm always treated to something new and different happening at the Hall.

Cheshire Wedding Venue

The great thing about Willington Hall Hotel is it's versatility. With various different locations to get married both indoors and outdoors, there is so much choice - from the ceremony room at the front of the hall, to the newly built orangery allowing newlywed couples to say their vows underneath the blue skies above - even if it's raining!
On a nice clear bright day there is the choice of either getting married in the small quaint garden temple with it's own private seating area lined with ivy and bushes allowing for a very private and intimate ceremony with friends and family, or you can also have your ceremony outside on the lawn of the garden by the fountain with picturesque views that overlook the idyllic Cheshire countryside and beyond.

Garden Temple

The garden temple is ideal for those mid-summer garden weddings and is great for those weddings with a rustic theme. The seating area is lined with bushes and trees giving the ceremony area privacy and intimacy for the wedded couple and their friends and families. From a photography perspective it's nice to have everybody around so close so that capturing moments can be easily achieved. There is also the option of sneaking around the back of the temple and photographing through a hatch for a nice wide angle photograph of the couple and all guests looking on, which works really well!

Willington Hall Orangery

Willington Hall's Orangery is a great multi-seasonal addition to this wonderful wedding venue. Regardless of the weather outside, this very elegant room allows couples to say their vows and tie the knot in a beautiful setting under the glass ceiling. It's also a great reception room for dining during the wedding breakfast and is perfectly lit for capturing all of the special moments during the speeches. A perfect setting which compliments the hall so well.   

Willington Hall Weddings

Combining the fact the there are so many idyllic settings for perfect wedding portraits, along with the fact that this gem of a wedding venue has so much heritage, I dare to say: "Willington Hall has it all". From the bridal suite with it's traditional four poster bed setting which overlooks the fountain in the middle of the grounds, to the elegant wooden staircase which leads down into the hallway, there are so many features to this wedding venue. 

Willington Hall really is a stunning venue and I am privileged to have photographed weddings here on numerous occasions.  If you are looking for a natural wedding photographer then please get in touch to chat about your wedding plans.

If you are looking for relaxed, natural wedding photography at Willington Hall, why not get in touch?

Willington Hall weddings photographed by Stephen McGowan. If you are getting married and looking for a natural wedding photographer then please get in touch to discuss more.


Weddings at Willington Hall


An Autumn Wedding at Willington Hall | Laura and Adam


Love was certainly in the air for Laura and Adam's Willington Hall wedding making for a day packed with emotion and joy. Only a stones throw away from where we live in Manchester I love photographing this luxury country house venue. I had previously met up with Laura and Adam at the hall for their engagement photography shoot where we were able to explore the breathtaking grounds with its stunning views overlooking gorgeous fields of greenery and Welsh mountains lining the horizon.

Orangery ceremony

There are so many features and idyllic opportunities for stunning photographs at the hall such as the outdoor chapel in the garden which is perfect for intimate ceremonies. In 2016 we were introduced to the beautiful orangery allowing for brides and grooms to exchange vows under the glass ceiling of this exquisite room. The orangery is ideal for the larger wedding party whilst maintaining the class and charm which Willington Hall holds perfectly. 

Relaxed, natural photography

I met up with Laura and the bridal party first thing in the morning; having photographed Laura and Adam's pre-wedding shoot we had already built up a great rapport between us and so Laura was nice and relaxed in front of the camera. You could tell the excitement was buzzing in the air as Laura took several glances out of the window to check on ceremony preparations with her bridesmaids.

Long exposure sparkler portrait

We had a brilliant day at the venue as the sun came out in the afternoon allowing us to make the most of the gorgeous backdrops with some nice lens flare shots. We took full advantage of the hall's grounds, including a brilliant set of confetti photographs underneath the pillared entrance way as bride and groom walked hand in hand with beaming faces towards their wedding photographer (whilst having confetti thrown at them from all angles!). Before the big day Laura and Adam had asked for a long exposure sparkler and I'm always excited about producing creative portraits and so we posed the newlyweds together wrapped in a sparkler trail down by the chapel which came out amazingly well (I even surprised myself!).

Getting married at Willington Hall

If you're looking at getting married in a luxurious, traditional country hall with tranquil, stunning gardens then look no further than Willington Hall.

We'd love to hear about your Willington Hall Wedding