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.

Manchester City Centre Wedding Proposal: Tapiwa and Shamain

Real Life Wedding Proposal

Well today I have something a little different to blog about! - a real life wedding proposal!

Tapiwa had big plans for his Manchester City Centre Wedding proposal to Shamain and with the help of The Bridgewater String Quartet's Violinist and myself documenting every moment - we were going to pull off something special!
Tapiwa had taken Shamain to Australasia for a lovely meal - the plan was for Tapiwa to escort Shamain outside after the meal in the direction of our Violinist who would be playing Bruno Mars' 'Marry Me' and holding a sign saying 'Shamain Marry Me?'... luckily enough Shamain got the hint in great fashion and was pretty taken back by the whole thing - which was great to capture on camera!

I absolutely love capturing engagement wedding proposals, there's so much feeling and emotion in every one of them and it's brilliant to be a part of.


Manchester City Centre Engagement Shoot

So.... not only had Tapiwa organised and hired me to document his proposal, but I would be with them for a further hour to put together a Manchester City Centre engagement shoot for them both. Tapiwa and Shamain ( - still a little stunned by her surprise proposal) were a pleasure to photograph. We started out at Manchester's Spinningfields before making our way down towards Castlefield. I love photographing around Spinningfields - particularly focusing on reflections of the tall glass business buildings. You then have the contrast with the old industrial buildings of the Great Northern Warehouse on Deansgate and the Museum of Science and Industry in Castlefield.

As the darkness drew in we'd get very creative with lighting using contrasting industrial and commercial backdrops to put together a highly styled night time engagement shoot.


Blackpool Engagement Shoot

A Manchester City Centre engagement shoot wasn't the only surprise Tapiwa had in store for Shamain..! oh no! He had also booked me to travel to Blackpool with the two of them for a Blackpool beach and funfair inspired engagement shoot for them both! What a guy!

Have a look at what we got up to for our Blackpool beach engagement shoot: