Rochelle and Peter were searching for a barn venue for their August wedding and Sandhole Oak Barn ticked all the boxes.
“We visited on a lovely sunny day and I could just see myself marrying Pete there,” explains Rochelle. “It had such a relaxed, secluded feel about it.”
Theme of the Day
The happy couple wanted to introduce a rustic style to their wedding day, with plenty of colour through beautiful flowers and a vibrant, pretty colour scheme of dusky pink and lavender.
“We wanted everyone to relax and enjoy the day but also to have lots of amazing things to look at!” smiles Rochelle.
With the help of a very creative bridesmaid, various decorations were made.
“The decoration I’m most proud of was a frame of flowers which we hung outside the clock tower with views of the lake behind it,” says Rochelle.
Other crafty delights included a painted pallet which displayed the order of the day and organza with fairy lights that was draped over the beams in the ceremony area.
All About the Dress
The beautiful bride wore a timeless, elegant dress by Paloma Blanca.
“It just felt like it was me,” she smiles. “It had a hint of sparkle and was figure hugging, which I knew I wanted.”
To complement her dress, Rochelle chose a long veil with a touch of sparkle and silver strappy shoes from Jimmy Choo. She also wore a special bangle belonging to her sister as her ‘something borrowed’. The look was completed with some beautiful Carat earrings from Peter.
As for the Groom and the Bridesmaids…
Peter, his ushers and Rochelle’s father all wore blue three-piece suits by Ted Baker with white shirts and pink bow ties.
Rochelle was accompanied by seven bridesmaids, three flowergirls and one pageboy.
“My two sisters wore pink dresses and my five friends wore the same dress in a shade of purple,” explains Rochelle. “In the middle of summer, we wanted everything to be colourful.” Their dresses had low backs, as did Rochelle’s, so they co-ordinated perfectly. Finally, Rochelle bought each bridesmaid a bracelet with a bow on it to mirror the bow on the back of her bridal gown.
The colour scheme continued through the fabulous flowers in pink, lavender, ivory and white, with the bride and her bridesmaids carrying pretty bouquets and posies. For their ceremony, the aisle was scattered with petals and two pedestal arrangements stood at the end. In the barn, arrangements could be seen in a variety of vessels from candelabras to hurricane vases.
The Wedding Breakfast
On such a beautiful sunny day, guests enjoyed a drinks reception outside with live band, Matt and Donal, playing acoustic background music. Alongside Pimms and bottled beers, delicious canapés were served including grilled halloumi and king prawn tempura.
Moving inside to dine, antipasti boards were placed on each table, a sharing starter being a great way to get conversation started. The main course was chicken wrapped in parma ham and dessert was a delicious trip of chocolate brownie, white chocolate vanilla cheesecake and a wine jelly shot.
“All the food was amazing,” says Rochelle. “I loved the dessert with the three different types.”
As day turned to night, live band, The Collective, filled the dancefoor and the newlyweds danced their first dance to ‘It Must Be Love’ by Madness.
Bacon and sausage sandwiches proved the perfect evening menu choice.
Rochelle’s Favourite Moment
“I was dreading walking down the aisle as I don’t enjoy having a lot of attention focused on me, but it was actually my favourite moment. I just remember smiling while trying to hold in the tears at the same time!”
Images © Francesca Mason Photography