The Perfect Venue
Searching for a barn wedding venue in Cheshire for their July wedding, Hannah and Joe visited Sandhole Oak Barn and fell in love.
“To walk around the corner from the car park and be greeted with the view of the barn, the clock tower and the lake was just breath-taking,” smiles Hannah. “We knew at once that it was the venue for us.”
Setting the Scene
With a theme of rustic summer elegance, perfectly in keeping with the barn and its surroundings, the happy couple chose a colour scheme of dusky pink with gold and grey.
“The beauty of the venue speaks for itself so we didn’t feel the need for many decorations,” says Hannah. “We put fairy lights around the beams and, with an abundance of flowers, we were done!”
All About Flowers
Beautiful blooms played a key role in the décor of this special day. Green Earth Flowers designed centrepieces, bouquets, corsages and buttonholes as well as dressing the outside of the venue. Gypsophila and wild flowers complemented the whimsical theme.
“They looked as if they had been scooped up on a meadow and placed on the tables,” smiles Hannah.
After visiting a number of boutiques, Hannah chose a stunning Champagne-coloured Lazaro gown.
“It had beautiful lace edged with gold stitching, an illusion neckline and a tulle skirt,” she says. “It was truly the dress for me.”
Joe looked the part in a bespoke suit from The Groom’s Room at Abigail’s in Colchester, Essex.
“We really enjoyed the whole experience, from choosing the fabric to seeing the finished product,” says Hannah. “He even had the wedding date embroidered under his collar!”
Finally, the bridesmaids wore multi-way dresses in a delicate shade of pink while Hannah’s ‘bridesman’, Ollie, wore a dusky pink suit.
“He tried it on and it was a perfect fit,” smiles Hannah. “He loved the suit and it matched so well with the girls.”
Order of The Day
Hannah and Joe said their vows in the Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic Church – the local parish church attended by Joe and his family.
Following their romantic ceremony, Prosecco and canapés were served back at Sandhole Oak Barn.
Rupert Sheen played the piano during the reception, setting the scene with a relaxed yet elegant vibe.
Moving in to dine, a caramelised shallot, roasted pepper and brie tart was served to start followed by chicken breast stuffed with spinach and sun-dried tomato mousseline. Fresh strawberry compote in a brandy basket with vanilla ice cream was the perfect summer dessert.
“The entire menu was fantastic,” says Hannah. “We’ve had many comments from our guests since saying that it was the best wedding food they’ve ever had.”
As the sun went down, live band, ‘Under the Covers’ entertained the newlyweds and their guests, filling the dance floor with two sets in the evening.
“We can’t recommend them enough,” says Hannah. “They were so professional and the dance floor was always full.”
As actors, Hannah and Joe met on a 1960s rock and roll show and decided to dance their first dance to ‘Dance with Me’ by The Drifters – the first dance they had learned in the show together.
“We did choreograph a small waltz before the song kicked in,” smiles the bride.
Pulled pork baps proved a fabulous choice for evening dining – the perfect finale to this fun-filled summer wedding.
“The time we were able to have to ourselves on the car journey from the church to the venue. The half an hour that we got to spend with each other, swapping stories about how our day had been so far was priceless to us and something that we will never forget.”
Images © Lisa Aldersley Photography