Setting an August wedding date, Gemma and Matthew were on the lookout for their perfect wedding venue and fell in love with Sandhole Oak Barn.
“It took our breath away when we turned the corner and saw the lake. We enjoy the outdoors and wanted a relaxed day and we liked the fact that we could have our ceremony and reception in one place.” – Gemma
Setting the Scene
The happy couple chose blush pink as their main colour, beautifully romantic for a summer celebration. They adorned the barn with candles and pretty flowers, featuring two large blossom trees and lanterns on the table centres surrounded by gypsophila. Continuing the natural theme, place cards were made from a tree in their garden.
“My dad chopped the branches in to place cards and I spent hours painting guests names on to them!” – Gemma
Looking the part
Searching for a backless design that she would also be comfortable dancing in, Gemma struggled to find anything she liked. After trying on around 70 dresses, she visited a boutique back in her home town of Stockport.
“I came out with my dress! It was by Sincerity and I had alterations to make it backless and add a diamante belt. I felt comfortable all day and danced all night!” – Gemma
The beautiful bride accessorised with earrings from her bridesmaids and a bracelet from her husband-to-be. She completed the look with a bespoke cathedral length veil, designed with her grandmother.
Wedding day details
Following their civil ceremony, drinks and canapés were served on the verandah before the newlyweds and their guests moved in to dine. A main course of belly pork was followed by a delicious trio of chocolate brownie, Eton mess and blackcurrant sorbet.
“Belly pork is a real favourite of both of ours so we tried to copy that on our wedding day. We really enjoyed it and got lots of comments on how yummy the desserts were!” – Gemma
Gemma’s favourite moment:
“Walking down the aisle, towards my future husband with my dad by my side.” – Gemma
Advice from the Bride:
“Try to stick to your budget. It’s so easy to get carried away! Also remember that this day is about the two of you and what you love and enjoy.”
Photography courtesy of © Imagen Photography and Design