Wedding at Avoncroft Museum – Heidi & James

From 2013.

On a hot and sunny day, we photographed the wedding of Heidi and James. This was our second visit of the year to Avoncroft Museum near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

The couple decided on the recently refurbished Chateau Impney Hotel in Droitwich as a place to get ready.  This ornate old building used to be very drab inside, but following a change of owners, the recent refurbishment has left it looking fantastic.  Heidi’s room was light, airy and spacious  – a welcome cool spot from the unrelenting heat outside.

Due to the timings of the day, we spent longer with Heidi and James in the morning than we do for most weddings we work on and it was really nice to have the additional photo opportunities.  It made for a very relaxed few hours before the wedding service.

Special mention must be made of the wedding cars.  Two brand new Morgan Roadsters were kindly loaned to the couple by Morgan Motors, who are based a few miles down the motorway in Malvern.  They looked absolutely immaculate and were so new from the factory that you could still smell the fresh paint!

Once at Avoncroft the ceremony began and at this point we’d like to mention how friendly and professional the two registrars were. One of them was the same lady who presided at our wedding at Avoncroft back in 2011 🙂

Following the service, the drinks reception started outside in the afternoon sun while we got to work on the family group photos.   Heidi and James had hired the miniature railway, which is always a popular and unique feature of Avoncroft.  They had also opted to have Avoncroft’s Vintage High Tea, provided by the museum’s onsite Edwardian Tea Room.  The perfect light meal for a hot summer afternoon.

With the temperatures at their hightest point during the afternoon, we decided to do the ‘couple’ session later in the day.  Although still hot, the early evening light was much more forgiving as we worked our way around Avoncroft’s myriad of beautiful old buildings and features.

Most weddings have a ‘first dance’ during the early part of the evening reception party but since neither Heidi or James are dancers, they chose not to have one.  Instead, James serenaded Heidi on his guitar. A really lovely point on which to finish our photos for the day.

An enormous thank-you to Heidi and James for making us a part of their wedding. It was an absolute pleasure to work on from start to finish and we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did.

See our other weddings at AVONCROFT MUSEUM


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Avoncroft Museum wedding photographers Rob & Sarah Gillespie, husband-and-wife wedding photographers based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

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