Ashleigh and James – Love in the Autumn

Ashleigh and James' real life wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

After getting engaged, Ashleigh and James were looking for the perfect Cheshire wedding venue – big enough to celebrate with all their family and friends and with overnight accommodation. Dreaming of a barn venue with beautiful beams and high ceilings, when they saw Sandhole Oak Barn, they fell in love!

“We were so excited to finally find that perfect venue. It had all the beauty and charm we were hoping for but with the comfort of a modern venue,” explains Ashleigh. “The lake was just the icing on the (wedding) cake!”

Design and Décor

A beautiful colour scheme of pastel blue and white was chosen, along with a hint of coral. Decorations were kept to a minimum, allowing the natural beauty of Sandhole Oak Barn to shine through. Rose petals were scattered down the aisle and the table centrepieces were floating candles and pretty flowers.

“The high ceilings and beautiful beams together with the gorgeous view were decoration enough,” smiles Ashleigh. “As the sun set, the tables looked beautiful by candlelight.”

A pretty chalk board sign welcomes wedding guests and the wedding aisle is lined with pretty scattered petals at this barn wedding near Manchester

The top table was decorated with candles and tealights with pretty petals and ivy at this North West wedding venue

The place settings were simply but elegantly decorated with white printed menus and name cards and chocolate coins as favours at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

Looking the part

The beautiful bride wore a beautiful ivory gown with lace detail and a keyhole back by David Tutera.

“It had a chapel length train and I wish I could wear it every day!” laughs Ashleigh. “I tried on lots of dresses before I found the one. This combined all the different elements I loved.”

The bridesmaids wore pastel blue dresses with pretty bouquets of daisies and astilbe at this waterside wedding venue in Cheshire

Ashleigh wanted to look simple and elegant to kept her accessories to a minimum with a diamond pendant necklace made from her mothers engagement ring. She completed the look with diamond stud earrings and Champagne-coloured shoes with a touch of sparkle.

James looked the part in a royal blue suit with pale blue tie and white shirt from Selected. Meanwhile, the adult bridesmaids were beautiful in pale blue full-length gowns from Phase Eight while the flower girls looked adorable in pretty ivory dresses from Monsoon.

The groom wearing a royal blue suit and pastel blue tie kisses his wife at their wedding ceremony at Sandhole Oak Barn near Manchester.

Wedding day details

Following a romantic ceremony, guests enjoyed Pimms and canapés before the wedding breakfast was served. Starting with asparagus and poached eggs, the main course was chicken with parmesan mash and, for pudding, a lime and white chocolate cheesecake.

“We’re big foodies and wanted a really great meal,” says Ashleigh. “Top Table, our caterers, and Confetti & Crumbs who made our cake made sure of that. Everyone commented on how delicious the food was.”

As day turned to evening, roast pork sandwiches were enjoyed alongside the delicious wedding cake – three scrumptious tiers of chocolate, carrot cake and lemon.

The bride and groom take a moment and the bride’s bouquet was made of pretty coral pink roses, delicate blue flowers and astilbe at this barn wedding in the north west

That’s Entertainment!

A pianist played the grand piano at Sandhole Oak Barn to welcome the bride down the aisle and as the newlyweds walked back up the aisle. He continued to play throughout the drinks reception and the wedding breakfast.

In the evening, a DJ filled the dance floor, playing ‘La Vie en Rose’ for the first dance.

“He did a great job of taking requests from our guests,” smiles Ashleigh. “We had everything from Indie to Motown and cheesy pop!”

The happy newlyweds make their entrance and the 3 tier wedding cake was semi-naked and decorated with pretty roses and delicate flowers at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

Ashleigh’s favourite moment:

“Saying our vows to each other in front of our friends and family. It felt very special, as if no one in the world had ever done this before!”

“Having photographs taken beside the lake during sunset while our guests were inside. It was so peaceful and beautiful and a strong memory we share of the day.”

The bride and groom pose for a wedding photo at this beautiful waterside wedding venue near Manchester

Photography courtesy of © Adam Wilkinson Photography