Hannah & Joe – Love in the Summertime

The happy newlyweds pose for a wedding photo as the sun sets at their summer wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Hannah and Joe chose an elegant colour scheme, fabulous menu and great entertainment for their wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn.

Setting a July date for their special day, Hannah and Joe were searching for their dream wedding venue in Cheshire. Sandhole Oak Barn was the first venue they saw and they fell in love at first sight!

“To be greeted with the view of the barn, the Clock Tower and the lake was just breath-taking,” smiles Hannah. “We knew it was the venue for us and it just ticked even more boxes as we walked around and discussed the day further.”

The lake at Sandhole Oak Barn offers the most amazing views and wedding photo opportunities for summer wedding

The oak barn was set up for the wedding breakfast with large arrangements pretty gypsophila as table centrepieces

Setting the Scene

Planning a summer celebration meant the happy couple could take advantage of the beautiful outdoor spaces at Sandhole Oak Barn. They decided on a whimsical, rustic theme with an edge of elegance and a stylish colour scheme of dusky pink, grey, and gold.

“The brilliance of Sandhole is that it doesn’t need many decorations – the beauty of the venue speaks for itself,” says Hannah. “We put fairy lights around the beams and had an abundance of flowers. We also used gold frames for the table numbers and a gold mirror for the table plan.”

The wedding menus were printed on pretty rustic card at this summer barn wedding in Cheshire

The bride chose a pretty white tulle skirt to decorate the card and message table at her wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

All About Flowers

Centrepieces, bouquets, corsages and venue flowers were all designed by Green Earth Flowers.

“To suit the whimsical theme, we used a lot of gypsophila and we had a lot of wild flowers – as if they had been scooped up in a meadow and placed on the tables,” smiles Hannah.

The doorway to the barn was decorated with a beautiful colourful summer flower garland at this barn wedding near Manchester

The bride’s bouquet was a stunning mix of colourful summer flowers and lush foliage at this summer wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Bridal Style

After visiting a number of bridal boutiques, Hannah fell in love with a Lazaro gown.

“I knew I wanted something different and the Champagne-coloured Lazaro gown was the one,” she explains. “It has the most beautiful lace edged with gold stitching and a big tulle skirt. It truly is the dress for me.”

The stunning bride completed the look with delicate jewellery.

The wedding tables were decorated with beautiful colourful summer wedding flowers at this Cheshire barn wedding

The bride prepares for her wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

The bride wore a stunning lace top wedding gown with a magnificent tulle skirt and a pretty floral crown

Meanwhile, Joe looked the part in a bespoke suit with the wedding date embroidered under the collar.

“We really enjoyed the whole experience, from choosing the fabric to seeing the finished product,” says Hannah. “I also bought him a Rolex watch as a wedding gift. He loves watches and was blown away to have his own Rolex to wear on the day.”

Finally, Hannah’s bridesmaids wore dusky pink multi-way dresses while her ‘bridesman’ wore a dusky pink suit.

The groom wore a grey check three-piece wedding suit for his wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn near Manchester

The bridesmaids wore pastel pink dresses and the bridesman a pastel pink three piece wedding suit at this barn wedding in Cheshire

Wedding Day Details

Hannah and Joe married at the Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic Church, Joe’s local parish church.

“It is the most beautiful church with the chairs set around a circular labyrinth,” explains Hannah. “We got married in the middle so everyone had an amazing view!”

The happy bride and groom sing hymns at their wedding ceremony before celebrating at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

Back at Sandhole Oak Barn, Prosecco and canapés were served along with a ‘Pimp your Prosecco’ trolley beside the Clock Tower. Moving in to dine, the wedding breakfast started with a caramelised shallot, roasted pepper and brie tart, moving on to stuffed chicken breast and, for pudding, fresh strawberry compote in a brandy basket.

“The entire menu was fantastic,” smiles Hannah. “We’ve had many comments from our guests to say that it was the best wedding food they have ever eaten!”

The happy newlyweds arrive to the wedding reception in style in a vintage wedding car at Sandhole Oak Barn

The happy newlyweds pose for a photo in the sunshine at this rural barn wedding in Cheshire

Evening Celebrations

As day turned to evening, live band, ‘Under the Covers’ played two sets, filling the dancefloor. As actors, Hannah and Joe met on a show called ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’, so ‘Dance with Me’ by The Drifters proved to be the perfect song for their first dance.

Pulled pork baps were on the evening menu.

“Not only were they delicious but they were portable!” laughs Hannah. “It enabled people to have the minimum interruption to their time on the dance floor!”

The happy couple share a kiss as they enjoy their first dance at Sandhole Oak Barn In rural Cheshire

Wedding guests enjoy mingling outside on a summer’s evening at this barn wedding venue in Cheshire

Hannah’s favourite moment:

“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 away from all of our guests, swapping stories about how our day had been so far was priceless to us and something that we will never forget.”

The bride and groom pose for a wedding photo in the unused barn at rural wedding venue Sandhole Oak Barn

Advice from the Bride

“Take time out for yourselves to have a quiet moment for just the two of you.”

The happy newlyweds pose for a wedding photo in front of the wedding barn In Cheshire

If you are considering Sandhole Oak Barn for your celebration, we would love to show you all this wonderful venue has to offer. Please get in touch with our friendly events team to discuss your plans, receive a brochure or arrange a visit.

Photography courtesy of © Lisa Aldersley Photography