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.

Chetham's Library Wedding Photography | Adrian and Stuart


October saw Adrian and Stuart tie the knot over at Chetham's Library in Manchester City Centre and we were privileged enough to spend the day with them; documenting every special moment of the day. With a late afternoon ceremony, the guys wanted us to meet them in the afternoon before the ceremony, where we stayed with them all the way in to the night!

Chetham's Library Wedding

We absolutely love Chetham's Library as a wedding venue. This 13th century atheneum is packed full of character, architecture and history which allows for some very unique and stunning portraits. The library's reading room (where it’s believed philosopher Karl Marx went to read the books only available from the library) allows for some great backdrops for group photographs and portraits. The main library depository features stacks of bookshelves full of reading material; the aisle makes for some dramatic portraits such featured in a recent photoshoot.


Vanilla in Allseasons

It was great to work alongside good friends and wedding industry award winners Vanilla in Allseasons for Adrian and Stuart's wedding. Vanilla in Allseasons have teamed up with Chetham's Library to allow newlyweds to exchange vows in this idyllic medieval setting. Brides and Grooms have the perfect ceremony setting in the stunning Baronial Hall; the hall when fully dressed by Venue Perfection looked absolutely incredible, a fitting stage for such a lovely couple on their wedding day.

Adrian's family had flown over from Malaysia to be a part of the wedding day, there were guests from all corners of the world, so it was great for everybody to get together under one roof and party - and party they did!  After giving a moving speech Adrian sang to Stuart whilst the two of them held hands together. The moment was a really special part of the day and one we captured perfectly for them. After the speeches we were on the dance floor as the guys had a first dance with their mums. Another brilliant moment of the day which went down really well! The room was full of colour with Hipswing Entertainment lighting up the Baronial Hall giving the perfect backdrop for their first dance, and also with live saxophone player Al Sax playing us into the night, we were all on to a winner!


We had such a great time at Adrian and Stuart's wedding day, we really can not wait for our next Chetham's Library wedding!