Phoebe and Jim

Vin­tage ro­mance in rus­tic sur­round­ings

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Jim and I weren’t even en­gaged when we first vis­ited Cool­ing Cas­tle Barn – we were there cel­e­brat­ing a friend’s wed­ding and both said that if we ever got mar­ried, that’s where we’d want to do it. Af­ter Jim pro­posed, we started plan­ning our spring wed­ding. We had a vin­tage theme with all our de­tails picked out in pretty, neu­tral colours to off­set the rus­tic sur­round­ings.

Our tal­ented friend Jess de­signed our gor­geous hes­sian, lace and kraft card in­vites – they were ex­actly what I’d hoped for. We also made our ta­ble plan, screw­ing flower pots onto a vin­tage lad­der. Each ta­ble was named af­ter a flower, and each flower pot had cor­re­spond­ing ar­ti­fi­cial flow­ers in­side.

The per­sonal touch we were most proud of was our wed­ding favours. My par­ents spent a year col­lect­ing over 100 teacups and saucers from car boot sales and char­ity shops.

PHOEBE HAYWARD AND JAMES BROOKS TIED THE KNOT IN COOL­ING CAS­TLE BARN, KENT ON 23RD APRIL 2016

THE MO­MENT I SAW JIM AT THE AL­TAR I STARTED CRY­ING AND HAD TO LOOK AWAY TO COM­POSE MY­SELF

They filled each one with soya wax and a wick to cre­ate can­dles, and we paired them with per­son­alised poems thank­ing guests for com­ing, and ask­ing them to re­mem­ber our day when they lit them.

Ev­ery­thing about our day was won­der­ful. Even be­fore it started, I had such a spe­cial morn­ing with my fam­ily and brides­maids. Jim had made me a photo al­bum of all our spe­cial mo­ments and mem­o­ries over the years, and look­ing through it be­fore head­ing off to the cer­e­mony made me even more ex­cited!

Just be­fore walk­ing down the aisle the nerves sud­denly hit me – this was it! My dad gave me a huge hug and we set off to­wards the al­tar, but the mo­ment I saw Jim I started cry­ing and had to look away to com­pose my­self. It was the most amaz­ing feel­ing and a spe­cial mo­ment I’ll never for­get.

TWIN­KLING FAIRY LIGHTS DECKED THE BARN ROOF

THE RUS­TIC STA­TIONERY HAD PRETTY LACE DE­TAILS

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