Cooling Castle Barn Photography

Weddings

Photographed by Nicholas Hill

Danea & Rob’s Wedding

My name is Nicholas Hill and for me Cooling Castle Barn Photography is one of the most popular wedding venues in the country. Nestled in the heart of the Kent countryside it is not hard to see why couples are attracted to this beautiful wedding venue.


I have been lucky enough to cover many weddings at Cooling Castle Barn Photography over the years. Danea & Rob were a beautiful couple who’s wedding day just just so perfect I wanted to ensure it was shared with everyone.

Danea & Rob’s Thoughts

Testimonial

“Thank you so much for being our photographer. We are really fortunate to have found you! And thank you for these amazing photos! Looking at the photos that you and Matt have taken for us, we have to say that we are over the moon to have an absolutely amazing collection in front of us which bring back all the wonderful memories of the day, and help us fill in the gaps of what we’d missed!”

Getting Ready

Wedding Details

One of the great things about Cooling Castle Barn Photography is the efficiency of this wedding venue. As a result everything is perfectly co-ordinated and ready in good time.


I always like to arrive at a wedding venue in plenty of time to ensure that the Cooling Castle Barn Photography of shoes, dress, and flowers are done properly. I love to take time photographing these wedding details as they are beautiful to look back on in years to come.

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Bridal Preparation

The Bride

Until recently the bride at Cooling Castle could not get access to the bridal suite until it had been vacated and cleaned. Cooling Castle Barn Photography now benefits from the addition of a dedicated bridal suite which elevates the wedding photography greatly.


At the time of Danea’s wedding though the new suite had not been completed and so Danea had to wait to gain access to the honeymoon suite to get ready.


I always like to wait until the final stages of bridal prep to start photographing the bride. The last touches of makeup always produce beautiful images that are cherished by the bride and groom.


Danea was so relaxed and really enjoyed the morning, having fun with her bridesmaids resulted in fun filled Cooling Castle Barn Photography for sure.


Danea looked simply stunning in her wedding dress, and the first reveal with her father was an emotional moment. I love capturing the connections between people and times like this are special indeed.

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Groom Preparation

The Groom

Rob, his son, and groomsmen all arrived at Cooling Castle Barn Photography early so Matthew was able to join them as they got dressed. It is always nice to capture moments when the bride and groom read letters from each other. It was a lovely moment when Rob got to open his wedding present from Danea, a stunning an rather expensive watch!


Rob also got to have another dream come true, he hired a Lamborghini sports car for the day. The car took centre stage in the gardens, we were to use the car for cigar shots later in the evening.


Matthew spend the time documenting the boys as they got ready. Their old sergeant was their toast master and added a touch of class to the whole day. We try to ensure the groomsmen get their button holes when Matthew is there to tell the story.

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The Ceremony

Cooling Castle Barn Photography is very lucky when it comes to the wedding ceremony. The venue has a beautiful indoor ceremony room a couple can use. Alternatively if the weather is good then the outdoor gazebo makes for a stunning English wedding.


Danea was escorted down the aisle by her Father who looked incredibly proud. Rob was taken aback by just how beautiful Danea looked. It is always nice when Matthew is able to get a picture of the groom as he see’s his bride for the first time.


After the ceremony the couple walked back down the aisle whilst their guests there confetti. In commemoration of their Grand Parents who had passed on the couple chose to release doves. There are some wonderful pictures of Danea’s look of fear that they might fly into her face.

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The Reception

The wedding reception at Cooling Castle Barn photography benefits from the large open gardens in which the wedding guests can relax and mingle. Danea and Rob had provided Ice Cream for all the guests which was a welcome treat on such a warm day.


As the guests mingled and drank champagne, Matthew was able to capture the reactions of guests as they chatted and laughed amongst themselves. It is great to capture candid storytelling pictures when people are unaware of their photo being taken.

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The Formals

There were quite a few formals that Danea and Rob required for their Cooling Castle Barn Photography. I started with the traditional group shot taken from the back stairs.


We proceeded to take the formals that the couple required. I make sure to bring additional copies of the formal photography in order to get the help of the ushers or in the case of Danea and Rob the Toast Master. I am able to focus on the photography whilst others round up the guests needed.


The sun was strong in the sky and it was difficult to be in direct light without squinting. I always ensure that I place the people required for the formal photograph in the shade. I will then use a little off camera flash just to lift the subjects against a bright backdrop.

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The Portraits

The weather for Danea and Rob’s Cooling Castle Barn Photography was so good that we elected to hold off and head out after the wedding breakfast. The later we leave the photography when the sun is shining the softer and warmer the pictures get.


If possible I love to head out during the last hour of daylight. I like to get the opportunity to work with the couple away from their guests. It allows a couple to relax an not feel like they are performing for everyone who is there.


During August one of the best locations for Cooling Castle Barn Photography is the cornfields just down the road. The setting is different to every other Cooling Castle Barn photograph that most couple are restricted to.


I will also cover the other more standard places for a couple to have their picture but for Danea and Rob I wanted to do something extra.

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The Breakfast Room

The wedding breakfast room at Cooling Castle Barn photography has got to be one of the main draws for couple looking to get married here. The intimacy of the enclosed barn with warm moody lighting is a great backdrop for any evening event.


I like to ensure that we photograph all the breakfast details and room before the wedding guests are allowed to be seated. It is a record of the beautiful details and colour schemes a bride has chosen.


The staff at Cooling Castle Barn Photography are so on top of the setup that we are always able to get access to the room early and this allows us to take as much time as we need.

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Wedding Speeches

The key to a great wedding breakfast is the tone set by the opening speech given by the Father of the Bride. Danea’s Dad did a perfect job in keeping his speech lighthearted and the perfect length. A good opening speech makes it much easier for the groom to follow and hopefully takes away some of the nerves.


Danea and Rob had elected to have the speeches before the wedding breakfast. I consider this to be a brilliant idea as the speakers can then enjoy their meal without the worry of speaking afterwards.


Rob was a naturally good and confident speaker. His speech was heartfelt and a great story of romance laced with tears of the difficulties they had faced together.

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First Dance & Cake Cutting

Cooling Castle Barn Photography is much better when the staff are willing to move the cake into the centre of the room. It looks much better when all the guests can enjoy watching the cake cutting. The photographs work much better too.


For the evening the tables are moved to the sides of the barn to make way for a dance floor. Rob and Danea had an early first dance and after that everyone got into the swing of letting their hair down with a dance or two.

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Disco

The evening disco is always a fun event to cover. Matthew and I take it in turns covering the dance floor. We find that people like to let their hair down and the Cooling Castle Barn Photography looks good as people have a few drinks before performing their best moves for the camera!

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Evening

I enjoy taking portraits at night. It is possible to get the lighting just right and to create some fantastic portraits.

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