Chloe & Richard – A Personalised DIY Wedding Day

Chloe and Richard posing by the lake

With suppliers to source and a wedding venue to find, the initial stages of wedding planning were a little overwhelming. To help them on their journey, Chloe and Richard took to the internet to source a dream wedding team.

Top of the couple’s wishlist was a beautifully unique wedding venue and fantastic food too. They also wanted to plan an unforgettable evening party with music from a live band.

The Venue

Chloe and Richard stumbled upon Sandhole Oak Barn whilst looking online. “I was looking for wedding venues in the North West area, where I’m originally from, even though we currently live in Yorkshire,” explains Chloe.

Once the pair found Sandhole online, they knew they had to book a visit. Luckily, their show around was a real success – with the couple sold on booking the barn wedding venue right away.

Chloe and Richard with the lake at Sandhole in the background

The Styling

Keen to add a personal touch to their wedding, Chloe and Richard opted for a DIY wedding theme. They used wooden blocks as their table centrepieces teamed with cream jugs, gypsophila and heart shaped table numbers. “We went for the simple but effective look with a vintage touch,” says Chloe.

Other handmade touches included a DIY table plan and jam jar tea light display, ideal for adding the finishing touches to the wedding breakfast space and creating the personal wedding that they dreamed of.

A gorgeous pink and white bouquet decorating the ceremony

Chloe and Richard cutting their cheese wedding cake

The Dress

As soon as Chloe saw her Maggie Sottero dress, she knew it was “the one”. “I absolutely loved wearing it and didn’t want to take it off!” she smiles. Her stunning gown featured two layers, one in ivory and one in light gold. Its lace details also complemented the vintage wedding style of the day.

Chloe's pretty white lace wedding dress

Chloe with her bridesmaids and pretty bouquets

The Ceremony

Chloe arrived at the Barn bright and early, along with her bridesmaids, to get ready for her big day. “It was so lovely to make use of the beautiful dressing room,” smiles Chloe. With the bridal dressing room just moments away from the aisle, Chloe didn’t need to travel far either to meet Richard at the end of the aisle. “As I was walking down the aisle, someone stood on my veil – of course, I laughed it off,” she smiles.

Richard wiating for Chloe to walk down the aisle

The Celebrations

Chloe and Richard’s celebrations were all about family, friends and good food. Their three-course wedding breakfast featured a chicken and parma ham main and a trio of desserts. “We had so many compliments about the food, it was exceptional,” says Chloe.

The speeches were a highlight too, with the best men delivering some cracking lines. “Richard’s two best men had all the guests laughing for 20 minutes straight,” smiles Chloe. “It was priceless.”

The day closed with celebrations on the dance floor – and Chloe and Richard sharing a special dance to the Goo Goo Doll’s Iris.

Enjoying the evening celebrations

Chloe and Richard having fun in the photo booth

Chloe’s Top Tip:

“Don’t spend your time worrying! I wished I’d enjoyed the build-up to the day more – instead of worrying about every last detail. Even if something does go wrong, you’re in so much of a bubble you won’t even notice.”

Chloe and Richard relaxing in the courtyard at Sandhole Oak Barn

Photography courtesy of © Vikki Hughes Photography