Mitton Hall Wedding Photography
We absolutely LOVED photographing Rachel and David's Mitton Hall wedding earlier this year. Having previously attended Mitton Hall wedding venue for The Wedding Industry Awards 2017 we knew we were in for a great day at this gorgeous Lancashire wedding venue.
I met up with Rachel and David for their pre-wedding shoot at Tarn Hows in the Lake District a couple of months before the big day. You could see the excitement build as we chatted about plans and ideas for their day. We had a great bunch of suppliers involved with their day including Typical Type and Fiona Lewis at Fizzy Fi Flowers who worked together to produce a stunning edison bulb hanging display which eloquently draped over the ceremony while the couple read their vows to one another.
Fizzy Fi Flowers also produced the most amazing bouquets on the day which complimented the bridesmaids dresses perfectly. Subtle hints of purple throughout the day from David's thistle pin-hole to Rachel's violet bracelet really worked.
Rachel looked stunning walking down the aisle in her Sincerity Bridal dress linking arms with her dad and a huge smile on her face as she walked slowly towards her groom. Before we knew it our newly wedded couple had exchanged rings and said their vows and were now happily married! We headed straight outside to celebrate with confetti throwing and some quick group shots in front of the hall before spending the rest of the day partying and celebrating!
Mitton Hall Weddings
We loved photographing Rachel and David's Mitton Hall wedding. The venue has absolutely everything from kind, attentive and friendly staff to stunning views from the rear balcony overlooking the gorgeous Lancashire landscape. We were treated to the most amazing sunset just after the speeches where we shot outside onto the balcony for a couple of gorgeous silhouette portraits before the sun set behind the valley.
We absolutely loved photographing our first wedding at Mitton Hall and can not wait to return! If you're looking to get married at Mitton Hall, why not drop us a message to chat about your plans?
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Nicola and Phill at Macclesfield Forest
Lauren and John's Tatton Park Pre-Wedding Shoot
A misty January pre-wedding shoot up on Teggs Nose, Macclesfield
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:
Manchester Wedding Photographer
It's been quite a year! - 2017 literally flew by... Photographing one great wedding to the next, week by week, tends to speed up the year - which I definitely noticed this year. I had the privilege of shooting at some great wedding venues this year with a couple of venues being photographed for the first time, which always gets the creativity juices flowing!
With it now being the New Year, I'd like to look back on 2017 and select my favourite images of the year for you to have a look through. It's quite a balanced selection of preparation, ceremony, guests, portraits and partying shots which goes to show how great moments can be captured at any point during the day. I concentrate mainly on the moments on the day, the unposed documentary styled shots but I do also like a couple of staged portraits which are always nice additions to the wedding album and add a little variety to the collection.
An Incredible Year
2017 has been nothing short of incredible. I've had the pleasure of working with some of the most fun and relaxed couples and have captured some beautiful moments in the process. I've shot 30 weddings this year, travelled the country and taken in new wedding venues, photographed weddings in both Portugal and Spain, and also returned to some of my old favourites as well!
To cap off a brilliant year I was also shortlisted as a Regional Finalist for the 2018 Wedding Industry awards for the second year in a row which is a huge honour. There's some real photography competition in the North West, so it's amazing to be shortlisted alongside such great talent.
The Best Wedding Suppliers
I've absolutely loved working alongside some of the best wedding industry suppliers in the country. This year has seen me work side-by-side with some of the very best wedding industry suppliers around. From Florists to Make-Up-Artists, Event Teams to the best live DJs and Bands around, it's been an absolute pleasure to witness this talent up close. It's been great to work alongside leading industry friends who I avidly recommend to all of my brides and grooms and can assure that my couples won't be disappointed when going with my recommendations.
On a personal note I want to say thank you firstly to all of my wonderful couples for choosing to have me photograph your wedding day and I'm equally delighted with the lovely feedback you've all given me this year. So a huge thank you to everybody I've had the pleasure of photographing this year. Also a big thanks to my partner and second-shooter Emma for everything; mainly for being my rock amongst many other attributes she has helped me with over the course of 2017.
If you thought 2017 was big, just wait until you hear what I have lined up for 2018! I kick off the year at a couple of brand new venues (Mitton Hall and Quarry Bank Mill) before flying out to Italy for a Tuscany Wedding to kick off the season in style. I'm at some of the biggest wedding fairs in the North West again this year, so check out the Tatton Wedding Show in February and Brides Up North's Wedstival '18 in May.
I'm shooting at a variety of top wedding venues for 2018 and can not wait to get started! I'm sure it'll all fly by in a blur just as 2017 has!
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Belle Epoque Wedding Photography
Natalie and Karl tied the knot at The Belle Epoque in October and where we had an amazing day.I've had the pleasure of photographing several weddings at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford over the years and every one of them has been special in their own way. After shooting Charlotte and Daryl's Belle Epoque wedding earlier in the year I was very much looking forward to returning to this amazing wedding venue for Natalie and Karl's big day. Built in 1907 and located on King Street in the centre of Knutsford, the Belle Epoque is a truly one of a kind wedding venue. From the outside it looks a little bit like a very cool castle whilst on the inside it’s art nouveau interior gives it so much character.
Natalie got ready at her house with her bridal party before making her way over to the Belle Epoque to meet Karl waiting nervously at the top of the aisle for his bride. The wedding ceremony itself was very intimate and dark giving a unique feel and character as the vows were spoken and wedding rings exchanged by our bride and groom. Once our newlyweds had said their "I do's" it was then off outside for a couple of portraits and group shots before all returning inside for the wedding drinks reception.
Alex Birtwell Wedding Entertainment
The speeches are always fun and great to capture with loads of natural, unposed moments taking place all the time. Natalie and Karl's Belle Epoque wedding was to be no different with a rollercoaster of emotions all captured on camera. It was then on to the evening's entertainment in the form of Alex Birtwell, wedding entertainer who performed the first dance song for our newly married couple on centre stage at The Belle Epoque. Alex and his band played out the first few acoustic songs to get the party in full swing and they totally smashed it! We had everybody up on the dance floor in no time. If you're looking for a wedding entertainer and certainly check out Alex and his band.
Evening portraits at The Belle Epoque
At the end of the night before packing up, I like to create a signature portrait of my couples which will set to 'WOW' friends and family. Fortunately it wasn't too cold outside for Natalie and Karl to pose underneath the archway overlooking the garden steps. I used a couple of smoke grenades and lighting with flash from behind to silhouette the bride and groom and create a breathtaking portrait for Natalie and Karl to cherish.
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Stock Farm Wedding Photography
I recently had the privilege of working with a great group of wedding industry supplier friends for a shoot at Stock Farm Wedding Barn in Cheshire which was pretty awesome!
Jacklyn over at the well known Precious Things Events Styling was setting up the shoot to promote the different seasons at the same wedding venue, so we had spring, summer, autumn and winter mini portrait sessions all in the space of a day! if anyone could pull this off it would be us!
The brilliant Stacy over at Love Lights the Way provided us with some lovely festoon lights along with the light up lettering and backdrops for our various themes. The work of Precious Things Events and Love Lights the Way completely transformed the barn into something completely special, which looked amazing for our autumn and winter shoots.
7th Heaven Bridalwear Congleton
Our bride for the day was Hatty from Boss Model Management, Manchester who looked absolutely stunning in the different seasonal wedding dresses provided by 7th Heaven Bridalwear in Congleton. I've worked with Helen and 7th Heaven Bridal on many occasions now and could not recommend her and the 7th Heaven team more highly; Helen genuinely cares about her brides and will go the extra mile every time to make sure her brides have the best possible day the can with their wedding dresses.
It was the first time I've had the chance to work with the amazing Gemma at Dollface make-up studio in Congleton. I've known Gemma for a while now but we seem to keep missing one another when it comes to weddings. Hopefully we'll get to work with each other more frequently in the future as her make-up work is gorgeous!
Our groom for the day was James who completely looked the part in his finely tailored suits provided by Stephen Muldoon Bespoke. Stephen has a keen eye for quality and style and a long history in the luxury menswear business where the quality really shines through in his bespoke suits.
Top Table Weddings and Events
We were graced with the full array of wedding industry suppliers for our shoot and no wedding would be complete without wedding breakfast caterers!
Top Table Weddings and Events are one of the top wedding caterers in the North West, serving some very well known, established wedding venues such as Sandhole Oak Barn, Styal Lodge and The Oak Tree of Peover to name a couple. It was great to photograph Top Table's seasonal canapés and to sample some of their amazing food!
On the subject of all things food; we wouldn't have a wedding without cake! Fortunately for us Rachel at Marie Antoinette Cakes provided us with an assortment of seasonal wedding cakes to photograph. A lot of planning and attention to detail goes into Rachel's cakes which I've experienced first hand working alongside Rachel for Lizzie and Kyle's wedding at Gorton Monastery where Rachel created an art deco masterpiece for their day.
To complete the supplier line up we also had Lisa from Inspired by Lisa providing us with wedding stationary and a bespoke table plan which complimented our seasonal shoot.
I think the only thing missing would have been confetti and the signing of a register (oh and maybe a couple of farm animals and random livestock) to make this an actual farm wedding!
Anyway without further ado, here's what we were all up to on the day for our Stock Farm Wedding:
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STOCK FARM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN MCGOWAN
Heaton House Farm Wedding Photography
Meera and Manesh were married at Heaton House Farm, Cheshire earlier this year for what was a truly special day. I've had the privilege of photographing at Heaton House Farm on several occasions and it's a wedding venue I love returning to time and time again; however this would be my first Heaton House Farm Indian Wedding. My approach to photography is to capture all of the natural relaxed unposed moments throughout the day giving a genuine account of how the day plays out from start to finish. As a Manchester wedding photographer I'm geared up with lenses and camera bodies ready for the day to play out so that I can capture the memories.
Heaton House Farm is an award winning purpose run weddings and events venue in Cheshire whilst also doubling as an actual farm housing sheep, cows and other livestock. From a photographers perspective it's a great venue to capture some unique and lasting portraits. Features such as the old oak tree as well as the water garden make idyllic backdrops for photographs.
Asian Wedding Ceremony
I met Meera in the bridal suite lodge where she was getting ready for the day ahead. She was very chilled out and relaxed when I met up with her which would bode well for the rest of the day. The ceremony itself took place in Steeles Barn which was filled with Meera and Manesh's friends and family. Meera looked absolutely stunning as she walked down the aisle surrounded by her wedding party as she made her way up to the stage to be with her groom for their big reveal. I carefully documented everything taking place throughout the ceremony along with all of the moments and happy tears! I absolutely love photographing asian weddings as there's always so many moments throughout the day to capture, along with the vibrancy and colours which come along with the day as well.
Heaton House Farm Wedding
Once Meera and Manesh were officially married we were on to the water gardens for a quick set of couples portraits our newlyweds. The venue is gorgeous, nothing hasn’t been thought of, and every single member of the team can’t do enough to help. They genuinely care about each and every bride and groom that celebrates their wedding there and they are so welcoming to all the suppliers that are lucky enough to work there too.
We made the most of the warm sunlight and whilst walking around the pond before heading over to the old oak tree (the signature Heaton House Farm tree) for a couple more. Once we'd finished I was walking inside where I turned back and spotted a 'connect-4' game sitting on the lawn. Our wedding couple were completely oblivious as I shot through the centre circle and nicely framed the tree with bride and groom!
The drinks reception was then held inside before everyone took a seat for the speeches, which were were amazing. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! and then after a couple of epic 'confetti cannon cake cutting' shots and a beautiful first dance, we were all up and partying (hard!) until the end of the night.
I had a wonderful time photographing Manesh and Meeras Heaton House Farm Wedding and absolutely can not wait to return to this beautiful venue again in the future.
Supplier Friends Involved:
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HEATON HOUSE FARM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN MCGOWAN
Stanneylands Hotel Wedding Photography
I had a great day with Barbara and David for their wedding at Stanneylands Hotel in Wilmslow, Cheshire. Fortunately, what turned out to be a rather wet week in July completely dried up for their wedding day at the weekend and from then on I could tell we were going to have a great day for their wedding.
I met Barbara and her bridesmaids in the morning over at the hotel where they were having their make-up applied before cracking open the champagne to calm the nerves. The bouquets were all boxed and laid out on the bed ready for the bridesmaids to hold, wedding dress was hung up on the wardrobe waiting to be worn by our bride - everything was ready and set up for the day to remain relaxed and calm, just the way we all like it!
Speaking of relaxed and calm; I then met our Groom, Dave down in the lobby of the hotel. Dave seemed a little nervous, but that soon passed once he'd had a drink down at the bar with his Groomsmen. Before you knew it we were down at the Reception fastening pinhole flowers to suit lapels and off the the top of the ceremony aisle to await Barbara's grand entrance.
Barbara looked stunning as she walked down the aisle behind her bridal party. The newly refurbished wedding ceremony room at Stanneylands works really well in creating a nice glowing backdrop to the photographs. This allowed me to capture some gorgeous moments throughout, with the wedding vows and rings being exchanged before the first kiss, all captured beautifully.
It was then outside for the cocktail hour and drinks before the guests threw confetti over our lucky bride and groom in the hotel entrance. I then made my with with the newlyweds for a few moments to capture some natural relaxed portraits of the two of them in the gardens of Stanneylands hotel before we headed back inside for the meal and to enjoy an evening of celebrating!
Rookery Hall Wedding Photography
I was over at the beautiful Rookery Hall in September for Kayleigh and Adam's wedding which was a beauty of a day. It was interesting to shoot at Rookery Hall, namely because the name always intrigued me about the hall. The dictionaries will tell you that a rookery is a birthplace or breeding ground, however this luxury wedding venue with its fine architecture and a loving family home to generations of Cheshire families far surpasses the impressions of a avian hatchery.
I met Kayleigh in the morning with her bridal party all getting prepared with champagne and chocolates provided by the wedding venue. The bridesmaids must have spent more time up dancing to Beatles music in the morning than actually getting ready which is always a good sign for the dance floor antics later on!
It was a lovely autumn day for the wedding with the trees beginning to turn to the browns and golden; colours us wedding photographers live for. Rookery Hall is a beautiful wedding venue. The old part of the building makes for an idyllic backdrop for reception drinks.
The ceremony itself was intimate and quite emotional as Kayleigh walked down the aisle, linking arms with her dad, to make her way to her groom Adam. It all seemed a bit of a blur with rings being exchanged, wedding vows being spoken and the first kiss all taking place in quick succession. Before you knew it we were all lined up outside for some confetti throwing before a couple of group shots, lovely daylight portraits and straight in to the wedding breakfast.
I really enjoyed documenting Kayleigh and Adam's Rookery Hall wedding and can not wait to photograph my next wedding here at this stunning wedding venue.
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ROOKERY HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN MCGOWAN
Didsbury House Hotel Wedding Photography
It was back in April when Lucy and Rick got in touch and asked me to be their Didsbury House Hotel Wedding Photographer but the time flew so quickly that their September wedding came around in no time! and what a day we had! The week leading up to their wedding had been a little hit and miss with weather (mostly miss), so it was nice for the sun to grace us with its presence once the day arrived.
Eclectic Hotel Collection Manchester
This was my second Eclectic Hotel Collection wedding and second time photographing at this wonderful wedding venue. Eclectic Hotel Collection have two wedding venues situated in Didsbury (which is very handy for me living in Didsbury!) with both Didsbury House Hotel and Eleven Didsbury Park both being unique and offering something different. Both venues are an absolute pleasure to work at with a very friendly and helpful co-ordinating team.
Make sure to also have a look at Becky and John's Eleven Didsbury Park Wedding.
The Flower Lounge Didsbury
It was great to be working with my local Didsbury industry friends again for Lucy and Rick's wedding. Siân and her Flower Lounge team are amazing at what they do and always go the extra mile to make sure everything is perfect for the day. For Lucy and Rick they had the signature Didsbury House Hotel staircase bannisters dressed from top to bottom in flowers, along with the wedding breakfast tables, room decor and of course; the bouquets!
It was also great to work with Jill and her fantastic team at Aureum Events again, who provided the lovely chiavari chairs and table decor for the ceremony service and wedding reception afterwards.
Didsbury House Hotel Wedding
The day was an absolute pleasure to photograph. I love Didsbury House Hotel's bridal suite with the lovely soft directional light coming through the windows which give the photographs some great contrast. On the day Lucy wore a gorgeous Ian Stuart Dress from Maria Modes Bridal (who are Regional Finalists at The Wedding Industry Awards 2018, congratulations guys!) and so naturally Lucy looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress. The whole day was so relaxed and chilled and was more of a party than anything else. This allowed me to concentrate on documenting natural moments during the day and there were plenty of those!
Infiniti Magic - Birmingham Magician
We were also treated to some great entertainment in the form of Birmingham based magician, Infiniti Magic who wowed us all with his skills with a glass and a nail! He's very much a 'close-up' magician in the same vein as Dynamo magician and left guests with some wide open mouthed expressions which were a joy to capture!
We also had Floorfillas providing us with some great music into the night which allowed our wedding party to throw their arms in the air to some awesome tunes!
I had such a lovely time photographing this amazing Didsbury House Hotel wedding for Lucy and Rick and captured loads of moments and memories during the day. Which leaves me to say a big congratulations to the newlywed couple and thank you for asking me to be your wedding photographer at this amazing venue.