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A collection of my personal favourite images from a wonderful year of weddings

First of all I’d like to wish you all a very happy new year!

There’s not really any other way I can put it. It’s been an amazing year at Steve Grogan Photography. It has been an absolute privilege to photograph 49 weddings in four different countries – England, Spain, Scotland and Wales. It’s been so tricky but lots of fun picking out the moments to make this best wedding photography selection.

See if you can spot a moment from your wedding, there’s even a former Big Brother housemate in here somewhere!

Some numbers for you…

Over the year the numbers are pretty mind-blowing…

49 Weddings

48 Brides

50 Grooms

4 Countries

12 Church Weddings

4 Barn Weddings

1 UNESCO World Heritage Site Wedding

1 Cathedral Wedding

3 National Trust Weddings

5053 Miles Traveled

There are a few other things that made 2016 such a brilliant year.

During April I was honoured to be invited to the Event Photography Awards at the historic Church House just around the corner from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. Not one but two of my images from last year made the final shortlist of five in the final of the wedding section. While I didn’t win the award outright one of my photographs was “highly commended” by the panel of judges, coming in third place overall.

I also had my work published in Your North West Wedding magazine and the 2017 edition of Cheshire Bride Magazine. Also, I have had my work featured on Bride’s Up North, one of the UK’s biggest wedding blogs as well as Zankyou Weddings who described me as an “Inspirational documentary photographer”.

Steve Grogan Photography – Best Wedding Photography – A Review of 2016

Below is a selection of some of my personal favourite images from the year. There is at least one image from every wedding I’ve photographed during 2016. Some of the choices may not be obvious, but I’m proud of all of these images and they make me smile.

Midland Hotel Manchester Saddleworth Hotel Styal Lodge Cheshire Brockholes Wedding Saddleworth Hotel Wedding Hacienda San Jose Wedding Brockholes Nature Reserve Wedding Victoria Warehouse Wedding The Ashes Wedding Trafford Hall Bartle Hall WeddingWellbeing Farm Wedding PhotographyStanely House WeddingStanley HouseHacienda San Jose Rookery Hall Wedding Quarry Bank Mill Wedding Styal Lodge Wedding Swettenham Arms Wedding Tower Hill Barns Gibbon Bridge Wedding Gibbon Bridge Brockholes Wedding Saddleworth Hotel Wedding Oldham The Ashes barns Wedding Glossop Wedding Styal Lodge Wedding Lois with her dad and stepdad at Mitton Hall Trafford Hall WeddingMidland Hotel ManchesterChester Zoo Wedding Quarry Bank Mill Wedding Gibbon Bridge Wedding Manchester WeddingLaura and Dan at Samlesbury HallClough Manor Saddleworth Stanely House Wedding St John the Baptist Church Wedding Hacienda San Jose Wedding Tower Hill Barns Wedding Swettenham Arms Wedding Manchester Town Hall Wedding Clitheroe Wedding Wellbeing Farm Wedding Oh Me Oh My Wedding in Liverpool Great John Street Hotel Wedding Manchester Town Hall Wedding Smokies Hotel Wedding New Lanark Mill Wedding Ashes Barns Wedding Styal Lodge Wedding Styal Lodge Wedding Stanneylands Hotel Wedding Eaves Hall Wedding MacDonald Hotel Wedding Manchester Wedding Brockholes Wedding Chadderton Town Hall Wedding Etrop Grange Hotel Wedding Tudor Hall Wedding Stanely House Wedding Last Drop Village Wedding Ashes Barns Wedding Ashes Barns Wedding Ashes Barns Wedding Stanley House Wedding Manchester United Wedding Manchester City Centre Wedding Town Hall Wedding Old Moat House Wedding The Place Hotel Manchester Wedding Stanely House Salford Cathedral Wedding Midland Hotel Wedding Bridge Hotel Wedding Belle Epoque Wedding Stanely House Wedding Deanwater Hotel Wedding Victoria Warehouse Wedding Ashes Barns Wedding Tower Hill Barns Wedding Quarry Bank Mill Wedding Chester Zoo Wedding Rookery Hall Wedding Ashes Barns Wedding Oakfield Manor Wedding Liverpool Wedding Photographer Midland Hotel Wedding Photography King Street Townhouse Wedding Photography King Street Townhouse

Throughout the year I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside some outrageously talented wedding suppliers, it really has been an absolute blast and a big shout out goes to Sam Fitton – Manchester Magician, Richard and the guys at The Fraudsters, Jo Gendle at Jo Gendle Films, Ali & Bec at Diddibox Flowers, Liz at Unity Ceremonies, Gillian at Pin-up Hair in Glasgow, David at David Lee Events, Sam at Bridal Hair by Sam Gateley, Sarah at Pink Cocoa, Jodie at Jodie Smith Make-up & Styling, Kelly at Kelly Louise Floral Artistry, Damian at Decks & Decor, Gavin and the guys at The Rush. I can’t wait to work with you again.

I’ve also visited some wonderful wedding venues and have added a few more to my list of personal favourites including Quarry Bank Mill, Victoria WarehouseGreat John Street Hotel, King Street Townhouse, Styal Lodge, New Lanark MillTower Hill Barns, The Wellbeing Farm, Gibbon Bridge Hotel, The Saddleworth Hotel, Brockholes Nature Reserve, The Ashes Barns, Trafford Hall and The Hacienda San Jose in Spain.

I must also thank my second shooter/pet chimp, Lauren Jo Kelly, who has assisted me on a number of weddings during the year. Thank you. 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking over some of my best wedding photography of 2016. Thank you so much to every single one of my couples. I send you my warmest wishes for 2017. 🙂

Peace is free

Steve x

All images are © Steve Grogan Photography.


  • Rob Grimes says:

    Awesome work mate… here’s to a great 2017!

    • Steve Grogan says:

      Thank you so much Rob, I appreciate your kind words. All the best to you for the rest of 2016 and 2017. 🙂

  • Carol & John O'Neill says:

    Fabulous! Amazing photos and such a wonderful tribute to all the Brides and Grooms. Here’s to the next 12 months

  • Love them all! You’re a genius Steve.

  • Lynn Fern says:

    I spend hours looking at photographs on the net, both old and new. I love the stories they tell. I very much admire your work, I am a fan of the spontaneous photograph that captures an unscripted moment in time and you certainly have a great eye for that as well as the stunningly beautiful compositions. I’m also aware of the work you do for those in very sad circumstances (my daughter Kate Taylor, ex Friends told me and suggested I followed you of FB). I’m no expert on art but I have an appreciation for all things beautiful. Congratulations on being a modern day artist, and I wish you well for the future.

  • Lesley Hopwood-Ryan says:

    The absolute joy, love and pure emotion is tangible from these beautiful photos. Amazing. An absolute pleasure to see.

  • Lianne MacFarlane says:

    We loved having you and Lauren at our wedding! Everyone who has seen them so far thinks they’re amazing too. I just wish we’d had more time to explore photos all over the site!

    • Steve Grogan says:

      Thank you so much Lianne, it was a pleasure to photograph your wedding in such a glorious setting. 🙂