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Are you after a fabulous wedding venue in Bromsgrove - you've come to the right place... join me as I review Avoncroft Museum as a wedding venue and also a fabulous place to visit.
Avoncroft Museum is home to over 30 historic buildings and structures which have been rescued and re-built in rural Worcestershire.
Avoncroft Museum, which is nestled in farmland, is close to Bromsgrove town centre with easy access off the A38 and M5. I have returned to Avoncroft a number of times since and it still continues to delight me each time.
I was first asked to photograph a wedding reception in 2016 at Avoncroft and I can say it is a beautiful location for a wedding reception. Within the grounds is New Guesten Hall which is the main location for a civil wedding and/or a reception. While the exterior of the building itself is clearly a modern building, internally, the hall has a roof that is a delight to behold and is Grade II* listed.
Also in the hall is the Weaver Gallery from which to take pictures during a civil ceremony, speeches or to capture the party atmosphere during the evening.
I photographed at Avoncroft in the last week of April 2016 and although the day saw many showers, there were still lots of places other than the main hall where we could go without the bride getting her dress dirty.
One of the obvious choices is The Danzy Green Windmill that sits dominating the skyline and overlooking the Worcestershire countryside.
I returned to Avoncroft again in summer to see how the location had changed from spring. What I really like about Avoncroft is that there are lots of shady places to do photographs.
All photographers will tell you that whilst a bride may wish for a clear blue summer sky on her wedding day, it makes for difficult photographs.
A bright sunny day causes people to squint when the sun is high. So a wedding venue with shady areas is great. Once you have exhausted your wedding photographer by the windmill, there are some other lovely buildings for even more photographs.
If you want something a bit quirky, there is the Dovecote.
If you want some steps to show off your dress, there is The Granary.
Another location amongst the trees is the Spire, a beautiful building that looks great in spring and summer:
Or if you want to step back in time, take a look at the Town House.
All in all and from a wedding photographers point of view, Avoncroft is a great place for a wedding or reception.
There are lots of great locations that look great in either spring or summer, and I would imagine it even more beautiful in frost or snow.
They also have the National Collection of Kiosks - so lots of lovely red phone boxes for your photos.
If you think that you might be interested in seeing what Avoncrof has to offer, click here to be taken to their website.