Rebecca and Graeme had visited a few potential venues but fell in love with Sandhole Oak Barn.
“The barn is a wonderful space but also a blank canvas to bring your own vision to life,” says Rebecca. “We loved the lake setting and the stunning surroundings. We just knew this was going to be special for us and for those dear to us.”
Setting the Scene
The happy couple wanted their wedding to be classic, elegant and pretty, and decided to incorporate elements from different styles they have loved.
“We added lace for a rustic vibe,” explains Rebecca. “We also introduced a hint of glamour through our table decorations and kept our colour scheme and wedding attire very classic.”
Floral decorations, candles and tea lights decorated the room alongside pretty extras such as love letters, bunting and photographs.
“We chose pale pink and ivory as our colours,” says Rebecca. “While the wedding was at the end of February, we really wanted to welcome spring in to the day. Sadly the weather had different ideas but the colours looked stunning anyway!”
Rebecca wore a fabulous ball gown by Mori Lee.
“I loved it because it was classically beautiful with a contemporary twist,” she says. “The ballgown skirt was layered and the back of the dress was so unusual with beading. I knew Graeme would like its simplicity and he really did love it.”
Rebecca’s two sisters were her adult bridesmaids and also wore Mori Lee dresses, this time in pale pink. Finally, the two flower girls looked adorable in pretty dresses from BHS, accessorising with Rocha John Rocha boleros and pink flower crowns.
As for the Groom…
Graeme and his groomsmen looked the part in navy blue suits from Debenhams.
“We decided to buy the suits so they could be worn again,” says Rebecca. “They all looked dapper and the dark blue complemented our pale pink theme perfectly.”
Saying it with Flowers
Beautiful blooms were in abundance at this glorious wedding. Tulips, roses and anemones in shades of cream, ivory and blush pink adorned the venue, looking absolutely amazing.
Rebecca carried a beautiful hand-tied bouquet finished with blush ribbon and pearl pins while the bridesmaids carried slightly smaller versions.
In the barn, glorious flowers were arranged in urns on plinths beside the aisle alongside an eclectic mix of arrangements on the registrar’s table. When it came to table centrepieces, some tables featured tall vases filled with foliage and blush and ivory blooms, sitting on a mirror plate surrounded by glass tea lights. On other tables, a collection of vessels were filled with pink and cream flowers and tea lights.
“It was truly stunning and the room took my breath away!” smiles Rebecca.
After their ceremony and drinks reception, guests moved in to dine.
“Graeme is a serious Everton fan so, while I got my wish for a pink and cream colour scheme, we did name the tables after all the Everton stands!” laughs Rebecca.
A delicious wedding breakfast was served, starting with cheddar and broccoli soup, moving on to steak and ale pie and finishing with a trio of desserts.
“Top Table catering were superb,” says Rebecca. “We wanted some hearty, warming food as we knew it was going to be a cold day!”
As day turned to evening, a DJ from Hipswing entertained guests and filled the dance floor.
“Hipswing also provided fairy lights, large illuminated letters, the sparkly dance floor and casino tables,” explains Rebecca, “and we had a fab photo booth from Drunken Monkey.”
All About Cake
Cupcakes with pretty sugar roses were arranged in a tower with a small cutting cake at the top. Scrumptious fillings included vanilla, New York cheesecake and cherry Bakewell. As for the favours… simple ivory boxes filled with chocolates and, of course, an Everton mint!
“There are so many, it’s hard to choose! I think my stand out moment was walking back down the aisle after signing the register. Everyone looked so happy and I saw both our parents bursting with pride.”
Rebecca’s Top Tip
“Enjoy every moment of planning and don’t get stressed by it. It’s a once in a lifetime experience. Trust your instincts. If something feels right, go for it. Book the venue…buy the dress!”
Images © Mick Cookson Photography
To find out more about this breathtaking wedding venue in Cheshire, take a look at the Sandhole Oak Barn listing page.