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.

BEST OF 2016

2o16 - WHAT A YEAR!

It's been a whirlwind of a year here at Stephen McGowan Photography! We've visited some absolutely stunning wedding venues, become friends with some amazing brides and grooms, met up and spent the day with some awesome wedding suppliers and had the absolute privilege of being a part of special wedding days throughout the year. 

Not ONLY this, but 2016 also saw us as FINALISTS for the North West Wedding Industry Awards 2017!

This year has also seen us recommended as Top 100 UK Wedding Photographers, along with winning March's Wedding Photograph of the month and well in contention to winning wedding photograph of the year 2016! (fingers crossed!)

We've also had TWO of our weddings featured in 2017's Cheshire Bride Magazine (out in January) and have had numerous features on Brides Up North, one of the UK’s biggest wedding blogs.. oh and a front page feature for America's plus-sized bride magazine, Pretty Pear Bride! Like I said, it's all been a bit of a whirlwind of a year!

North west award winning photographers

Below is a selection of what we have been up to this year. There's at least one shot from each wedding we've been a part of this year as wedding photographers. We like to capture the moments that matter, the ones you want to look back on time and time again - so hopefully this will come across in the photographs below.

Also, if you like what you see, why not get in touch with us to chat about you wedding day?


Our 2016 highlights condensed into a three minute video:

DESTINATION 2017......

So, 2017....! what's in store we hear you ask! - if it's been anything like this year it's going to be CRAZY! and by the looks of it, it will be!

First up - we have a couple of top secret projects in the pipe-line which we've been keeping secret for a while now. We're hoping to reveal the news to you as soon as possible, so watch this space (early 2017).

Secondly we have weddings booked at some amazing venues - some for our first time which we're pretty excited about! - such as Manchester Town Hall, Manchester Monastery, Knowsley Hall and Thornton Manor.

Add to this the fact that we're doing not one, but TWO destination weddings next year in Portugal (Vila Moura) and Spain (Moraira) so you could say that we CAN NOT WAIT to get into 2017!!!

Destination weddings booked in for Vila Moura (Portugal) and Moraira (Spain) in 2017

Destination weddings booked in for Vila Moura (Portugal) and Moraira (Spain) in 2017


I guess this leaves us to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a happy new year! from both myself and Emma, we wish you all the best for 2017! we're excited about it and hope you can join us on the ride!

If you pop the question over the Christmas period, congratulations! hopefully this blog post has given you a couple of ideas for your wedding!

We'd love to hear about your engagement proposals over Christmas and also about your wedding ideas for photography - so why not drop us a message to have a chat?

Love Lights the Way  Lettering and Stag photographed recently at  Heaton House Farm

Love Lights the Way Lettering and Stag photographed recently at Heaton House Farm

All the best for 2017
Stephen and Emma xx