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.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Stephen McGowan Photography!

Edith & Winston Bridalwear with The Word is Love lettering at Willington Hall

Manchester Wedding Photographer

With only TEN (10!) days until Santa comes down our chimney, eats our mince pie and drinks our glass of milk, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody we've worked with in 2015.

Supplier Love

To our fellow wedding suppliers, a big thank you for being amazing and incredible at what you do! We've certainly made a few good friends over this past year through many different ways: a brochure, wedding photography courses, recommendations, or just on a drunken night out! I believe these meetings happen for a reason and it's been great to get to know, and work with new suppliers in the wedding industry.

First of all a big thank you to Relative Communications. This one's a little strange but if it wasn't for a wedding industry brochure being produced for a bridal shop called "Edith and Winston" in Knutsford, we would have never been introduced to Becca and Calumn (sorry Callum!) at Edith and Winston.
Not only were we introduced to a brilliant family run bridal boutique in the heart of Knutsford, but we also met two lifelong friends in Becca and Callum. We've found that we share similar passions in the wedding industry - a passion and drive to go out of our way for our brides and grooms to and make sure their wedding day is the best day of their lives.
When we're together we also love to bounce ideas off one another - it's this creative spark which drives our bridalshoots. 2015 has seen us co-ordinate 4 bridalshoots at various Cheshire wedding venues such as Cranage Hall, Swettenham Arms, Isla Gladstone Conservatory and Willington Hall (NOEL photograph above is the shoot at Willington Hall).
The bridal brochure people (Relative Communications) were actually surprised as to how well we 'hit it off'. They would normally use bridalwear stock images for their brochures using images sourced from the dress makers - but for our brochure we were going to collaborate and work together to put together the images for the brochure! (not normally done apparently).

So thank you to Relative Communications and their bridal brochure for introducing us to Becca, Callum, Janet and the rest of the team at Edith and Winston!

Working with E&W opened up new doorways in the industry with new suppliers such as Stacy and David at 'Love Lights the Way' who we've worked with on two occasions now - lovely guys to work with and have for your light up lettering!

I'd like to say a big thank you to Sian at The Flower Lounge who we've been involved with a couple of bridal shoots together this year. Sian and the team have been incredible - putting together last minute bouquets for us to use with an attention to detail with the style to suite the shoot theme. Thanks Sian, and I hope you enjoyed our little 'gifts of appreciation' :-)

Helen at 7th Heaven Bridalwear has been brilliant to work with! when I said that you can meet wedding industry friends on drunken nights out - this was definitely the case with Helen :-) We like to work with Wedding industry suppliers who remind us of ourselves - who like to push boundaries and go that extra mile to deliver the best service for their brides and grooms, Helen is no exception to this. I've seen Helen and Lesley on a number of occasions over at their bridal shop in Congleton and have seen first hand the effort and devotion they put in to make sure that their brides find 'the one'. Backed up by word of mouth good words and a long list of great reviews you can see why they have built such a good reputation.
We've been lucky enough to work with Helen on two bridal shoots in 2015, one over at Sandhole Oak Barn, and one at Heaton House Farm, the latter possibly being my favourite to date collaborating with NINE (9!) different wedding suppliers! Thank you so much for working with us Helen! it's been an absolute pleasure and (if you're reading this) I have an amazing idea for a shoot in 2016! it's going to be massively adventurous though and might even need some health and safety regulations involved! - but the pictures will look epic! ( I promise! )

Ollie (and Suzy - we're still to meet!) at The Word is Love. You guys are a creative inspiration, forever moving the goalposts for light up lettering and wedding decoration. I love seeing your fresh and contemporary designs lighting up wedding venues setting the trend for others to only follow. Massive love to you guys, and maybe one day we'll have the pleasure of photographing a wedding with you involved :) (NOEL in the signature photograph is 'The Word is Love')

Also a big thank you to my hair-stylist goddess mate from Boutique Hair in Cheadle Hulme: Shoni Williamson. Shoni has produced some absolute wonders for our bridal shoots this year and has always been an absolute pleasure to work with. I really can't wait to be working with Shoni again in 2016!

A big thank you to the venues for being brilliant while we've been shooting weddings, notably Nicola and Danielle at Cranage Hall, Natalie at Willington Hall, Shelley and Georgina at Colshaw Hall and Heidi and Gemma at Stockport Town Hall. Also to Sarah, the Heath family and the team at Heaton House Farm and also to the Worth family at Sandhole Oak Barn for collaborating with us for our bridal shoots.

A big thank you to our models! Danielle, Kath, Rosie, Georgina, Bo, Katya, Col EllisonDaniel, Maureen and Gwen! thanks for getting involved in our bridal shoots and smashing those poses!

I lastly want to thank my family and friends - 2015 has been a bit of an odd year taking that much wanted dive into the world of weddings and wedding photography and although photography is my life, I appreciate the fact that even in the scary world of self employment and self sustainability where we might go months without seeing each other, you're still there for me whenever I need you and visa versa.

I want to thank my 'better half' (there's a wedding speech cliché for you) Emma for being my rock and driving force since day one. She has been absolutely incredible this year carrying out roles such as Second Shooter, Make Up Artist, dress fitter, fake bride(!), eyelash fixer, playmate to the wedding kids, photography light stand, PA, mood board co-ordinator and even administered first aid at a wedding on one occasion!  I think this is a prime example of what you're actually hiring for your wedding day - not just photographers but a photography team who will go that extra mile to make sure your day goes without a hitch. Thank you Emma! xxx


So... 2016....


2016 is shaping up to be incredible! We have another shoot with Edith and Winston and Georgina (Fuller Figure Fuller Bust) at the beginning of the year. I also have a crazy plan for a bridal shoot I have yet to release in the open!

Weddings-wise, we're already fixed up to be photographing at the following venues: Ashfield House, Cottons Knutsford, Cranage Hall, Willington Hall, The Deanwater, Mottram Hall, Colshaw Hall, 30 James Street Liverpool, The Daffodil Hotel and Spa in the Lake District.

We've also recently teamed up with Brides Up North, so keep your eyes peeled for our bridal blogs and wedding hints/tips on their blog.




We still have availability for 2016 weddings, so feel free to contact us if you're still searching for a wedding photographer/photography team.

Have a great Christmas and New Year and a pre-congratulations to all couples getting engaged over the New Year period!
We'll see you on the other side in 2016!


Stephen x