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Finalists at The Wedding Industry Awards 2017

This week the regional finals of The Wedding Industry Awards took place over at Mitton Hall. After making it through to the regional finals from the votes of our lovely brides and grooms we were super excited to be in the running for best wedding photographer - North West.
The standard of competition was extremely high for the category of best photographer, and even though we didn't win the award (this time around) it was a real honour to be a part of the competition for such a prestigious award.

The finalists shortlists are determined by feedback by the brides and grooms along with a scoring card (out of 10). We're so grateful to all of our brides and grooms for taking the time out of their day to fill in the questionnaire and leave their feedback for The Wedding Industry Awards 2017.

We've since been able to read back all of the comments that our married couples have left us and are very humbled to say the least (honestly I was left speechless for a good ten minutes after reading the reviews!).

It's this type of feedback which gives us the motivation and support to carry on what we're doing. We must be doing something right if we're up for major awards, and with that being said, we are eternally thankful.




Here are a few of the feedback comments received back from our 'Wedding Industry Award' nomination:

Stephen & Emma were very professional They provided the best service on the day The photos and the disc received after the wedding were amazing What a great day we had Highly recommend them
Stephen was excellent throughout the day and ensured we got all the photos we wanted. The end product and especially the DVD he provided was excellent and brings back all the memories of the day
Stephen is very professional. From the first reply to my initial enquiry through to receiving a beautiful presentation box, I was not disappointed. Stephen is such a nice guy and the quality of his photos are second to none.
We were instantly put at ease by Stephen. He knew the looks we were going for and exceeded all expectations. His work is beautiful and we will cherish our photographs forever. Every detail was taken in and made to be important, no matter how small. I cannot recommend him enough for his in reliable photographs, hard work and commitment to each job
Amazingly talented photographer who goes above and beyond to capture the most important day of your life. Friendly, professional and his work is outstanding. Cant recommend Stephen enough to future brides and Grooms
My husband is into photography and very particular. Stephen was about the only photographer we could find who’s work he liked. He is outstanding but to add to it offers a great service and is very amenable
Absolutely fantastic photographer highly recommended captured the whole experience from start to finish, even things we had forgotten we relived it all when we seen the photos. Just amazing
From the pre wedding shoot to the last picture taken Stephen was an absolute professional. Climbing up high to crawling in the dirt to capture the best images possible. On the wedding day he must have put a 14 hour shift to capture every special moment
Stephen was fantastic from the first time we met up to discuss the wedding, nothing was too much trouble and he was willing to bend over backwards to accommodate our needs and made great suggestions on how we could enhance different shots before the big day, on our wedding day he was very calming which made us and the wedding party very relaxed, this approach got some great natural photos of people and where some of our favourites. Stephen is a great photographer and a great professional.
Stephen is an exceptional photographer and we’re so glad we chose him for our wedding. He has great ideas and really makes you feel relaxed while he works. We’ve recommended him to all of our friends and family.
Stephen was so friendly from the first email and responded really quickly. I knew that I would like him to be our photographer from the first email as he completely understood what we were looking for and came across really excited and passionate about what he did. When we met Stephen and Emma they were so enthusiastic and we saw more of their work and booked them straight away. Stephen kept in touch with us and the pre-wedding shoot was fantastic. Stephen kept in touch with us and the pre-wedding shoot was fantastic. Both me and Nav (groom) were nervous about being photographed but Stephen made us feel really comfortable. Stephen and Emma were fantastic in the day of our wedding and were really friendly and dedicated to getting the perfect shots. I can’t express how much they helped make our day so special. The photographs we have from Stephen and the cd and presentation box are amazing and we will cherish them forever.
Stephen was an excellent photographer. He made himself invisible on the day and took lots of lovely natural pictures as we’d requested. The photographs are beautiful and capture the mood of the day perfectly. I would definitely recommend him to others.
Stephen was excellent from the first time we met him. He took time to understand us and what we wanted, and was professional, personable and genuinely enthusiastic from start to finish. He was great with our guests and us on the day and worked tirelessly to get the right shots. We can’t recommend him and his work highly enough.
From start to finish I cannot express what a fantastic level of service Stephen provided. It was truly faultless and having him on our day was one of the best decisions we made.
Stephen McGowan was one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met. He made things personal and we loved him
We were looking for a photographer to make our day look beautiful, but with a mix of posed and natural photographs. All of the photographs are stunning, but my favourites are those where the emotion of the moment are captured. My dad walking me down the aisle, me lifting back my veil, the laughter and tears in the speeches. They embody the day we wished for and the day we had
Very professional. Probably the best supplier decision made throughout the wedding process. Stephens attitude and friendly manor made us at ease through the day which is reflected in our lovely photographs

Wedding Industry Awards Scores Table. All 10 across the board which is the highest score.

This is the feedback which makes you take a step back and think... WOW!

 Stephen and Emma of Stephen McGowan Photography alongside Melissa Fisher of  Luxury Events Group

Stephen and Emma of Stephen McGowan Photography alongside Melissa Fisher of Luxury Events Group


To think we've done something repeatedly great and have brought so many smiles (and happy tears!) to our happy couples makes us proud to be doing what we are doing.


Thank you all so much, and here's to TWIA2018!