With a love for the countryside and all things rustic, Chloe and Richard knew exactly what they wanted from their big-day. Rather than explore their home of Yorkshire for the perfect venue, they headed back to Chloe’s hometown of Manchester in the hope of finding somewhere that ticked all the right boxes…
It wasn’t long before Chloe and Richard found Sandhole Oak Barn on the Country House Wedding Venues website. While it wasn’t in Manchester, it was still relatively close by for all of Chloe’s family and met all the couple’s big-day needs. “As soon as we visited the barn we knew it was the venue for us,” smiles Chloe.
The rustic barn was ideal for the pair’s DIY day, and together they made use of their creative talents. “We went for the simple, yet effective look,” explains Chloe. Cream jugs filled with gypsophila were placed on the reception tables, and heart shaped table numbers hung from the jug. The couple also made their own table plan and order of services for the day, and decorated the venue with tea lights in glass jam jars. “DIY made the whole day so much more personal,” says Chloe.
Dressed in lace
Embracing the rustic, vintage vibe of the day, Chloe opted for a chic, lace gown by wedding dress designer Maggie Sottero. The ivory gown also incorporated a touch of gold and thin shoulder straps. “I absolutely loved wearing it and didn’t want to take it off,” smiles Chloe. Her four bridesmaids complemented her look with peach gowns from ASOS, while Richard and his groomsmen opted for stylish navy blue suits from Slaters.
Vision in white
On the day of the wedding, Chloe arrived at Sandhole Oak Barn nice and early, with her bridesmaids, to make the most of the venue’s dressing room. This meant getting to the aisle on-time, and stress-free, was easy. During her walk down the aisle, one of the guests did step on Chloe’s veil – but she laughed it off as she walked on down to Richard.
The perfect feast
With the formalities of the day over, the couple and their wedding guests were able to tuck into the fantastic food on offer. Great catering was high on the couple’s wedding wishlist, and they certainly weren’t disappointed by the venue’s offerings. Their wedding breakfast consisted of a goats cheese salad starter, chicken main, and a trio of desserts, including cheesecake, Eton mess, and chocolate brownie, for pudding. “We had so many compliments about the food. It was exceptional,” smiles Chloe. To top off the feast, the wedding speeches were pretty good too and had the guests in fits of laughter. “Our guests were laughing for 20 minutes straight – it was priceless,” laughs Chloe.
Despite the light-hearted and relaxed feel of the day, the couple opted for something more sentimental when it came to their first dance song. “We danced to Iris, by the Goo Goo Dolls, as it was such a special song to us during a difficult time,” remembers Chloe. “It was such a wonderful day, we have no regrets at all.”
Chloe’s top tip:
“Enjoy the build up to the wedding day and don’t worry! Even if something does go wrong or doesn’t happen, you’ll be in so much of a bubble you won’t even notice – and neither will your guests.”