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Cooling Castle Wedding Photographers – Jenna & Nick

I was thrilled when Jenna & Nick booked me to provide their Cooling Castle Wedding Photographers. A team of 3 in total, including myself, my second photographer for the day, Kevin (another accomplished full time pro) and one of my most trusted assistants, Charlotte. Other Cooling Castle Barn Weddings can be found here: Cooling Castle Barn Wedding Photographer

Jenna & Nick contacted me two years before, way back in 2015, about being the Wedding Photographer for their big day. We met to discuss their day in detail at Wealden Hall in East Malling, Kent just round the corner from another of my favourite Kent Wedding VenuesBradbourne House (see weddings here: Bradbourne House Wedding Photographer).

Bridal Prep & Groom Prep

It seemed a long time away at the time, but soon rolled around and I was greeted on the day by the busy but relaxed girls (four bridesmaids plus Jenna). They even had time to make table centre pieces out of feathers! I took my second photographer Kevin over to see the boys to introduce him to Nick and then went back to see how the girls were doing. Presents were duly exchanged and then we were on to the ceremony. Lets not mention the deodorant incident…. 😉

Wedding Signs of Love Moat House Room

The Crazy Hair Happy Bridesmaids

Table Centrepiece Prep Ingenius Idea

Hair and Makeup MUA Mirror Bridesmaid

Dress Time Laughter Someone Arriving Wedding

Bride Mum Laughter on Wedding Day

Lacing up the dress Bridesmaids Job

Wedding Selfie Fun for Bridesmaids

Wedding Gifts Time for the Bride

Lacing is a Two Girl Job for Wedding Dresses

Almost there with the Wedding Dress Laughter

A few Brides tears after the Wedding Gifts and Presents

Bride Bridesmaids and One Flower Girl ready to go

Waistcoat time for the Groom

Groomsmen and Ushers getting ready Mirror

Wedding Cigar Detail Shot


The Little Details

Something that I usually capture but haven’t always shown on the blogs in the past is the little things, the details. From the couture Amanda Wyatt Wedding Dress sourced through Belle Amore Bridal Boutique in Bexleyheath, the Ted Baker shoes, the Jon Richard necklace, the Boux Avenue bridal lingerie, the Crystal & Pearl Wedding Accessories, Jenna’s Dior perfume, the Wedding Flowers by Linda Shackleton and the Pandora charm bracelet gift to the Jack Daniels gift for Nick.

All The Girls Dresses Bridal Wedding Dress Hanging Up

Bridesmaids Gift Bags Eco Friendly Cotton Personalised Wedding Gifts

Ted Baker wedding shoes are popular this year

Jon Richard Necklace Wedding Idea

Words to live by Ink Tattoo Girl

Grooms Wedding Gift Idea Drink

Dior Wedding Perfume Parfum is a classic choice

Kent Wedding Bridal Boutique Crystal and Pearl

Kent Wedding Flowers by

Brides wedding lingerie idea

Rochester Kent Wedding Flowers Florist

Bridal Suite Food Fruit Dessert Yum


Wedding Ceremony

A good few tears were shed as Jenna made her way down the aisle, before dad handed her over (whilst being landed with the flowers!).  We had a special ring bearer on the day – a beautiful young owl. Thankfully I have covered birds of prey a few times before and knew what to expect.

Father of the Bride Proud Look

Bridal Party approaches pretty tree Kent Wedding

Groomsmen laughing

Start the Classical Music Piacere String Quartet Kent Wedding

Here she comes - deep breath for the Groom

Groom can breath the Bride arrives

A brides happy tears in the aisle

More wedding tears of happiness

Happy Bride Groom smiles showtime

Happy groom Kent wedding Cooling Castle Photography

Here comes the ring bearer Barn Owl Kent

First Kiss Kent Wedding Photographer

Bride Groom holding hands tender

Cooling Castle Wedding Ceremony


Wedding Reception

The food was lovely as ever, just like the staff, and there were speeches with laughter and some more tears before it was time to cut the cake and get to the emotional Father Daughter dance. This was followed by the last of the main events – the Bride & Grooms First Dance. They looked like they enjoyed it and I would like to wish them the very best for the future as Husband and Wife together.

sunglasses bride reflection reportage

Documentary photography Cooling Castle

smiling groom

Documentary Wedding Photography Kent

Documentary People Photographer Kent Wedding

Family Photographer Kent

Kent Reportage Photographer

cooling castle wedding kent reception table setup

Thoughtful father of the bride

Father of the Bride speech

Father of the Bride Dance Cooling Castle Proud Dad

First Dance Cooling Castle Jenna Nick


Creative Wedding Photography & Bridal Portraits

I take as little time as I am given by my couples and turn it into the maximum value that I can. Your wedding time is precious, after all. And so it was with Jenna & Nick that I took them for a few short trips across the day to create art to remind them of their day.

wedding couple laughing kent

Bridal Portrait Cooling Castle Barn

Bridal Portraits Bride Groom Kent Wedding

black and white portrait of bride and groom

bridal couple silhouette kent wedding



Kent Wedding Venue: Cooling Castle Barn

Ceremony/Reception Capacity: 160

Evening Capacity:250

Cooling Castle Barn (AKA Cooling Castle) is a popular Kent Wedding Venue for good reason and hosts 100’s of weddings each year. It is easy to get to and is just a few miles from Rochester. The wedding venue itself is composed of three barns – the Tithe Barn, the Fathom Barn and the Heritage Barn. These are located next to the remains of the Cooling Castle gatehouse, which is in excellent condition and provides a great photo opportunity for creativity that most couples want to take advantage of.

One of the main advantages of a Cooling Castle Barn Wedding is that you have everything you need in one place. No travelling between venues and losing guests along the way or hassles with cabs, parking or a myriad of other concerns that other venues might pose. It’s a lovely venue where nothing is too far from anything else, you can have outdoor ceremonies and the new Moat House allows brides to get ready on site. I had the good fortune to be one of the very first photographers to shoot in the Moat House and must say that they have done a very good job in it’s design – mixing form and function beautifully AND providing us photographers with a myriad of opportunities for creativity with a lovely backdrop.

Cooling Castle Barn Kent Wedding Venue

I have shot a number of weddings now at the Cooling Castle Barn Wedding Venue and am therefore familiar with the venue without being jaded. If you’re planning on having your Kent Wedding there then please have a look through my work on the blog and then contact me for a quote to be your Cooling Castle Barn Wedding Photographer.

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