Cooling Castle Barn wedding venue is the most popular Kent wedding venue, pretty much staging one wedding every day of the year. Saturdays are booked years (2 – 3) in advance!
Built in the Thirteen eighties, Cooling Castle lies near Rochester on the Isle of Grain in north Kent. The castle itself is now mostly ruins although the gatehouse is in good condition. Behind the gatehouse lies a private house owned by Jules Holland.
Next to the gatehouse stands Cooling Castle Barn, which is the actual wedding venue. Cooling Castle Barn consists of three inter-linked barns – a bar, a larger barn for the ceremony and then the largest barn is used for the wedding breakfast. The large barn is dramatically lit from high down lighters which highlight the tables and walls. Fairy lights along the walls and wooden pillars add to the magical feel. The interior of Cooling Castle Barn lends itself well to winter weddings, and the Christmas decorations are especially popular.
There are a number of areas traditionally used for photography at Cooling – to be honest I’m not sure why some are – the ‘gate’ shot with the castle in the background and the photographer in the field; a shot by the road sign (which doesn’t mention Cooling Castle and it is therefore sometimes Photoshopped in), although shots in front of the Castle turrets – both daylight and evening – are a must. I like to try to find some more unusual spots for photography.
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David Burke specialises in Kent wedding photography, providing photojournalism coupled with stunning bride and groom portraiture throughout the UK. David works throughout Kent, East and West Sussex, Essex and Surrey and is also available to photograph weddings throughout the UK and abroad.
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