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.

An Autumn Wedding at Willington Hall | Laura and Adam


Love was certainly in the air for Laura and Adam's Willington Hall wedding making for a day packed with emotion and joy. Only a stones throw away from where we live in Manchester I love photographing this luxury country house venue. I had previously met up with Laura and Adam at the hall for their engagement photography shoot where we were able to explore the breathtaking grounds with its stunning views overlooking gorgeous fields of greenery and Welsh mountains lining the horizon.

Orangery ceremony

There are so many features and idyllic opportunities for stunning photographs at the hall such as the outdoor chapel in the garden which is perfect for intimate ceremonies. In 2016 we were introduced to the beautiful orangery allowing for brides and grooms to exchange vows under the glass ceiling of this exquisite room. The orangery is ideal for the larger wedding party whilst maintaining the class and charm which Willington Hall holds perfectly. 

Relaxed, natural photography

I met up with Laura and the bridal party first thing in the morning; having photographed Laura and Adam's pre-wedding shoot we had already built up a great rapport between us and so Laura was nice and relaxed in front of the camera. You could tell the excitement was buzzing in the air as Laura took several glances out of the window to check on ceremony preparations with her bridesmaids.

Long exposure sparkler portrait

We had a brilliant day at the venue as the sun came out in the afternoon allowing us to make the most of the gorgeous backdrops with some nice lens flare shots. We took full advantage of the hall's grounds, including a brilliant set of confetti photographs underneath the pillared entrance way as bride and groom walked hand in hand with beaming faces towards their wedding photographer (whilst having confetti thrown at them from all angles!). Before the big day Laura and Adam had asked for a long exposure sparkler and I'm always excited about producing creative portraits and so we posed the newlyweds together wrapped in a sparkler trail down by the chapel which came out amazingly well (I even surprised myself!).

Getting married at Willington Hall

If you're looking at getting married in a luxurious, traditional country hall with tranquil, stunning gardens then look no further than Willington Hall.

We'd love to hear about your Willington Hall Wedding