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.

Award Winning Wedding Photography | Stephen McGowan Photography


Soooo... we're rolling in to 2018 with another North West Wedding Photography Regional Finalist Award from 'The Wedding Industry Awards' which we are totally over the moon about! It's been a crazy couple of months over Christmas and New Year (mainly catching up with everything after a hectic wedding season!) so I'm a little late blogging this news, but hey ho! this is now our second Regional Finalist Award which makes it all the more special, and reassures me that the first time around wasn't such a 'one-off' fluke occurrance!

The Award Ceremony took place in November at the The Castlefield Rooms in Deansgate, Manchester. I don't think there is a more fitting location for all of the top wedding industry suppliers to get together than at a wedding venue slap bang in the middle of Manchester! The venue itself is incredible for weddings with a wide variety of locations for some amazing photographs - as I found out a couple of months earlier with Laura and Liam for their Castlefield Rooms wedding.

We've been overwhelmed by the kind words and praise for our work over the past 12 months from our very happy couples and it means so much to us. Thank you for your lovely votes, comments and honest feedback - it means so much! We're over the moon that you love your photographs as it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of your wedding days! So thanks again!


Here's a handful of our lovely comments and feedback given from our brides and grooms for our Wedding Industry Awards 2018 entry:


Elizabeth & David, Marquee Wedding

Stephen was superb from the moment we got in touch. He met us at a bar in Manchester and showed us his work and put us totally at ease. He was willing to listen to our ideas and guide us at the same time. During the day he definitley helped put me at ease and calm my nerves and he produced some beautiful photos that are a lifelong memory of the best day of my life. Everything about him was super professional.
— Elizabeth & David, Marquee Wedding
Absolutely fantastic photographers, they felt like guests at our wedding, and managed to get some fantastic shots without being at all intrusive. It was a genuine joy to have them attend, and the pictures they have given to us are fabulous. Their passion, creativity, experience and talent are obvious, and I have recommended them to several of my friends already!
— Meera & Manesh, Heaton House Farm
Amazing pictures by an amazing couple. They really captured the day beautifully and we have some outstanding photographs to look back on.
— Nicole & Liam, Willington Hall
Perfect photos. Lots of natural shots of the day that captured the moments brilliantly. Explained what we needed to do and kept it very calm. Stephen is very likable and easy to talk to so able to make all the guests feel easy about getting their photo taken. Met with Stephen before the wedding who put us both at ease and for him to find what type of photos we wanted on the day.
— Rachel & Matt, Park Hall Hotel

Amy & Lee, Vilamoura, Portugal

Stephens photos on our big day were exceptional, he did a fantastic job and was always very easy to deal with. I asked for very natural photos and he certainly delivered on that, and on the day he blended in well yet didn’t miss a beat with his photos. The wife and I could not have been happier with all aspects of Stephens photography but also his attitude and sheer attention to detail.
— Amy & Lee, Vilamoura, Portugal
Stephen was wonderful! He was very creative and inspiring with his ideas. He captured the whole day, every happy moment of us and our wedding party which he knew was so important to us! Stephen was professional but friendly. This allowed him to integrate closely with our guests and capture extra special moments (not just the big parts) to tell our story. Very thankful for him going above and beyond most would have done. You can tell he has a real passion for it that drives a natural perfection.
— Lucy & Rick, Didsbury House Hotel
Yes, our pictures are phenomenal but EVERYTHING Stephen did went above and beyond our expectations. From wading through a lake in his wellies to get a good bridge shot to staying far beyond the hours we had paid him for all to get the perfect dusk shot that we had mentioned in passing: nothing was too much trouble. Stephen clearly loves what he does and his shines through. He’s clearly not doing it for the money. Not only this but he is one of life’s good guys: a pleasure to spend the day with.
— Emma & Emily, Peak Edge Hotel
We loved having Stephen and Emma as part of our day. They helped us to feel so relaxed and captured some amazing shots of us and the venue. All our guests all commented on how relaxed they made them feel which really added to our day. Even before our first meeting Stephen had researched and was clearly excited to work at the venue and had an extraordinary eye for detail in shots. This showed in the final results and he even let us use a few ideas too!
— Claire & Adam, Statham Lodge

Juliette & Michael, Hiton Doubletree Chester

They captured our special day perfectly! ( Including getting great picture of the human pyramid of groom and groomsmen!). Love loving back on the photo slideshow as the pictures are so natural and exactly the style we were looking for, still amazed by our epic flares photo! Would recommend Stephen and Emma to all my friends and family.
— Juliette & Michael, Hilton Doubletree Chester
Stephen always goes the extra mile, as he hadn’t photographed at our wedding venue he met us there and discussed the best shots, which we defintely got.. We got exactly the variety of photos we were after. Stephen presented us with a slide show which meant we could relive the day and also a gorgeous print of our ceremony which was so special. The photos he took of our wedding were just perfect Stephen and Emma really captured our wedding day. I cannot recommend Stephen and Emma highly enough.
— Jen & Dan, Manchester Town Hall
Excellent photographer who was very friendly with everyone at the wedding. Also you hardly notice his presence at the wedding but captures so many memorable moments during day. Would definitely recommend.
— Katrina & Matt, Cragwood Country House
Emma and Stephen were fantastic throughout the whole day. They also got stuck into making sure everything flowed smoothly and were able to capture natural moments of our wedding day.
— Kayleigh & Adam, Rookery Hall

Rebecca & Mark, The Belle Epoque

Stephen was thoroughly professional, courteous and is a talented photographer. He was amazing throughout the day and organised an unruly crowd at times for some amazing photographs. I would most certainly recommend him for friends and family. I can’t thank him enough. He deserves recognition for his services and talent.
— Rebecca & Mark, The Belle Epoque
Stephen managed to “Capture the Moment” of the wedding, and his photographs brilliantly chronicled the happy day from start to finish. The slide show of pictures with an appropriate music was expertly put together and has been very well received by all our friends and family. As a mature couple, Stephen tailored his photographs to our unique requirements, and I can honestly say that all of the hundreds of photographs we received from Stephen of our wedding, were of the same very high standard.
— Barbara & David, Stanneylands Hotel
Despite me and my husband being very awkward and not very photogenic as soon as we met Stephen and Emma they put us at ease. The day is such a whirlwind that we felt like we didn’t take it all in. Stephen and Emma gave us 400 pictures of the day. All the pictures were more beautiful than We ever could have imagined. all the emotion, from the tears to the laughter were captured perfectly so we will be able to remember them forever. Everyone who has seen the photos has just said one word “wow”.
— Lizzie & Kyle, The Monastery
Absolutely amazing quality, communication skills, pre wedding shoot and listened to exactly what we wanted from our photos
— Liz & Nick, Ashfield House

Becky & John, Didsbury House Hotel

Stephen was absolutely perfect! He captured the day so we can relive it time and time again. He listened to what we wanted, natural pictures of everyone smiling and enjoying themselves, the album shows a lot of laughter and happiness which summed up our day perfectly!
— Becky & John, Didsbury House Hotel
Stephen was brilliant through out the whole process from our first meeting to delivery of the photos. He was fantastic on the day- relaxed and not at all intrusive. He captured some amazing images and really understood what we wanted.
— Anna & Johnny, Tipi Wedding
I was extremely impressed with Stephen’s work overall. The engagement shots were a great insight into how our wedding day images were going to turn out, and we were very excited to see them! On the big day Stephen took comprehensive shots of the whole day and presented them beautifully in a wooden display box with matching USB drive. Stephen is friendly and open/encouraging of our ideas and was more than happy to accommodate us in any way. I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone.
— Mezz & Steven, Thornton Manor
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