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A flower-tastic wedding at Cooling Castle Barn in Kent

A flower-tastic wedding at Cooling Castle Barn in Kent

Written by Katie Byrne

Vicky and Alfie waved their wands to create a magical wonderland setting with fabric butterflies and fairies


Vicky, 26, a dancer and actress, and Alfie, 27, an account manager, married at Cooling Castle Barn in Orpington, Kent.


The inspiration...

We wanted to create an enchanted forest feel, and so we went for a bright, multi-coloured palette. For our ceremony, we kept everything white: we scattered white fabric butterflies on every available surface, and displayed a white heart-shaped canvas of us on the back wall, and finished the look with soft feathers on the floor.

As a couple, we don't do plain and simple; we were keen to create some wow-factor and upon entering the reception room, we made sure there was an explosion of vibrant colour and fun - it was perfect.

The style...

My gown was handmade - I knew that I wanted to have something unique and a little quirky that would reflect my personality. I designed my dress with classic and chic in mind, and I knew I wanted a low back in a figure-accentuating style.

I went with lace and long sleeves, and when I found my dressmaker and we got to work, it was the most amazing and rewarding feeling seeing all my sketches come to life!

My dress designer also handmade all of my bridesmaids' dresses, and they looked beautiful in their '50s-style gowns.

I chose lilac and pinkblooms for my bridesmaids as I wanted the flowers to match their dresses. I also tucked a mini gerbera daisy away in memory of my nan, who was called Daisy.

Meanwhile, Alfie wore a slim-fitting Herringbone three-piece suit from Topman with a Harris Tweed bow tie and Barker shoes - he looked hot!

The details...

The reception room was filled with fairy lights and fabric butterflies on every surface.

We went for hessian lace chair backs, and propped our floral tablecentres on tree-trunks decorated with butterflies and crystals. 

Our table names were fairies from Shakespeare and Disney. My sister made our beautiful large cupcake along with 200 smaller cupcakes - they were delicious!

For our favours, we wrote each of our guests a letter about how much they meant to us, while the younger guests received bags with disposable cameras, colouring books and pens.

Steal their style!

Photographer: Kerry Ann Duffy

Venue: Cooling Castle Barn

Florist: Confetti Connections

Dress and bridesmaids' dresses: Andy Piccos

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