Tracy and Alex’s big-day planning got off to a good start as they fell in love with the first venue they visited, Sandhole Oak Barn. And with the foundation laid for their special day, it wasn’t long before all the finer details came together…
The two of us
Having secured Sandhole Oak Barn for their June wedding, Tracy and Alex were excited about the weeks and months ahead as they planned their special day. “There was no doubt that the Barn was the place for us. We could see ourselves getting married there and loved the fact it spoke for itself,” explains Tracy. While the venue was an important part of their day, it was their guests, and each other, that really mattered most to the couple. “I couldn’t wait to marry the man I loved with all our nearest and dearest around us. I just wanted everyone to have a great time,” smiles Tracy.
With the venue oozing natural beauty, the couple didn’t need to go over-the-top with their styling. “The tall ceiling and oak beams were incredible. All we did was wrap fairy lights around the beams and add some chair covers with pink ribbons to the seating in the reception room,” explains Tracy. “The flowers were simple too – floating cerise gerberas in fish bowls,” she adds. Tracy made all the other details, such as the stationery and menus, herself – which despite the effort were worth every last minute.
While the venue remained simply styled, Tracy went all out with her wedding gown. Opting for a sparkly number that flared out at her hips, the bride was certainly dressed to impress. Alex too looked dapper in grey tails, an ivory waistcoat and cravat. Adding a touch of colour to the couple’s celebration was Tracy’s sister, her sole bridesmaid and maid of honour, dressed in a floor length magenta gown.
Keen to begin her day in style, Tracy arrived at Sandhole Oak Barn in an Imperial Landaulette wedding car, travelling with both her parents and her sister. “It was lovely going to the venue together as a family,” smiles Tracey.
Once the formalities were over, the couple tucked into one of the things they were most looking forward to on the day – the food! Their wedding breakfast included a melon starter, followed by chicken in a white wine sauce, and the ultimate pudding – a trio of desserts! “The desserts included crème brulee, chocolate brownie and a chardonnay jelly shot. It was heaven,” smiles Tracey. “Everyone fully enjoyed all the food!”
Shall we dance?
While the food was a highlight of the day, the first dance was something Tracey and Alex were a little worried about. “I didn’t want to just do an awkward sway, so we had a few lessons and choreographed a basic rumba routine,” explains Tracey. “It was very nerve wracking to perform but we pulled it off and the reaction was great!” she smiles. “The whole day was a dream come true – we had a blast all day long.”
Tracey’s top tip:
“Do consider a videographer – it was definitely one of our best decisions. If you’re thinking about having one go for it! You won’t regret it.”
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