Its a beautiful start to the week with Hattie and James wonderful Worcestershire Wedding at the amazing Avoncroft Museum.
Images of the day were captured by David Perkins.
David Perkins is a Weddinng Photographer living on the South Staffordshire & West Midlands border with his wife and 4 children.
He has been a wedding photographer since 2001 and loves the freedom that wedding photojournalism gives couples to enjoy the experience of the wedding day.
For most of the wedding day he keeps a low profile, photographing you and your guests and sharing in the experience of your wedding day. For a small part of the day he shoots group shots so you can tick the boxes and then spend some time creating some fabulous and fun wedding portraits.
David shoots all over the U.K
The amazing location of the Wedding Reception has an incredible history.
Avoncroft Museum is home to over 30 different buildings and structures which have been rescued and re-built in rural Worcestershire. The Museum is spread over 19 acres and includes a wildflower meadow, period gardens, a traditional cider and perry orchard as well as the collection of historic buildings.
In 1967 Avoncroft Museum was opened to the public following the rescue and reconstruction of a medieval merchant’s house from Bromsgrove.
Then, as now, their priority was to retain historic buildings in their original location.
Over five decades, Avoncroft Museum has continued to rescue structures where this had not been achievable and the museum now displays and cares for twenty five historic buildings that range in date from Worcester Cathedral’s fourteenth century Guesten Hall roof to a post second world war prefab from Birmingham.
I had a wee chat with Bride and Groom, Hattie and James about them and their day…
How did you meet?
“We met at a Rotary Youth Leadership Award residential when we were 16 and 17 in the Forest of Dean.”
“We were both thrown into the wilderness by our respective colleges, no make up nor straighteners (for me not James), to face a magnitude of challenges including abseiling and raft building.”
“James forgot my name on day 1 despite it being on my jumper but we left RYLA with both new skills and new friends to meet up weeks later at a Cheltenham music festival and the rest is history.”
When did you get engaged?
“We got engaged in Summer 2011 in Oxford on a romantic weekend away. Hattie didn’t have a clue!!
“I tried the classic trick of faking an untied shoe only to reveal the largest ring box I’ve ever seen- having to disguise it in my camera bag.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“We ummed and arred about when to get married.”
“Could we plan a wedding in 2 years while writing dissertations, teaching placements and graduation?”
“We decided to go for it and learnt a lot along the way.”
“We went for the homemade approach for as much as we could therefore spent lots of time searching the web for the best deal, trailing car boots and charity shops and lots of double sided tape and lavender sugar!”
When did you get married?
“We were married on Saturday 22nd June 2013 at Hattie’s family church in Droitwich with our wedding reception at the Avoncroft Museum.”
What was the best bit of your day?
Hattie – “Taking that last breath stood next to my dad before entering the church being accompanied by my brother on guitar playing Canon in D.”
James – “Looking over my shoulder, that final time as a single man, I remember being speechless as I saw my wife-to-be gliding down the aisle.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Do as much of it yourself as you can and focus on the details that matter.”
“Whether it be personalised centre pieces, dairy free wedding cake, home grown lavender sugar, 500m of homemade bunting or a meaningful first dance.”
“Also on the day it doesn’t matter if it rains, if the car breaks down (it did but with champagne in hand and rings on our fingers who cares?!), if the seat covers aren’t the perfect match to the cake at the end of the day you’re happy and married surrounded by those who matter most to you sharing in your big day.”
Thank you so much to David for sharing his incredible photography and this fabulous Worcestershire Wedding Day.
Thank you also to Hattie and James for sharing their day and their extraordinary creativity.
I love the school subject inspired wedding centrepieces, so eye catching and well thought out and a definite talking point for guests.
I also love the reception venue, what history an an fantastic location to capture some fantastic memories.
Venue – Avoncroft Museum
Photography – David Perkins
Catering – Complete Caterers
Flowers – Katherine Bujanszki – Beautiful Flowers by KB
Cake – Alison Taylor – Cake Ice
Dress – Simply Bridal
Suits – Armstrongs of Worcester
To Contact David Perkins Photography
Phone: 07855 750 433 or 01902 340 794