In a few months time I will photographing Lea & Dean's wedding day at Cooling Castle Barn in Kent. As with all my weddings, I find it very important to meet the couple at the venue to talk through the day so I can visualise how the day will go and prepare properly.
I was very impressed with Cooling Castle as it has everything a couple would need in beautiful surroundings. As it was built in the 1380's. it has some of the most interesting history from any venue I have been to. Here is a excerpt from the Wiki page explaining some of its history
"Cooling Castle was built in the 1380s by John Cobham on the edge of marshes at Cooling, six miles north of Rochester, Kent. It is now about two miles inland. It was besieged by Thomas Wyatt the younger during Wyatt's rebellion in 1554; Lord Cobham surrendered after a brief resistance. Though he claimed to have surrendered to superior force, he had previously sympathized with Wyatt's cause, and he was briefly imprisoned for his role in the affair. The castle has also been the property of the Lollard leader John Oldcastle – executed for his beliefs, and later the source for Shakespeare's Falstaff – through his marriage to Joan Oldcastell, 4th Baroness Cobham."
As you can see from the photos below, even on a grey, overcast day it is a lovely venue. Alot of venues can have a beautiful place to get married outside, but the inside venue for use in bad weather leaves something to be desired. This isn't the case with Cooling Castle Barn as the inside venue is fantastic with good light, so I am a very happy wedding photographer!
I am looking forward to Lea & Dean's wedding in August and will post back here in September with the photos from the big day!