Hannah and Matthew – A Festive Winter Celebration

Hannah and Matthew's real life wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Setting a late December wedding date, the week before Christmas, Hannah and Matthew were on the lookout for their dream wedding venue in Cheshire. As soon as they came across Sandhole Oak Barn, they felt inspired by its rustic vibe and stunning scenery.

“I could see all my Pinterest boards coming to life and knew it was the perfect venue,” smiles Hannah. “We also loved that our friends and family could stay overnight at Sandhole bed and breakfast with its beautiful interior décor.”

The entrance to the barn was decorated with a festive garland at this winter wedding in Cheshire

Tall displays of deep green foliage and burgundy and cream flowers adorned the tables at this barn wedding venue near Manchester

Setting the Scene

The happy couple chose burgundy, red and gold as their festive colour scheme, with hues of pink and rose gold to soften the look.

A rustic style was adopted, creating a woodland effect with lots of greenery and beautiful flowers.

“I love the rustic look and anything boho so wanted to incorporate as much of this style as possible,” explains Hannah. “There was also an element of Christmas but I wanted to keep that simple with some gold accessories and sparkle as well as some Christmas music and scented candles.”

Sequin tablecloths, candles, lanterns and photographs set this romantic scene alongside log place names and creative stationery and signage created by the mother of the bride.

An inviting rustic wooden sign welcomed guests at this barn venue in Cheshire

Mini wood slices were used as place names and tables numbers were displayed in gold frames at this winter wedding in the North West

The couple chose a rustic wooden ladder shelf decorated with lush foliage to display their table plan at Sandhole Oak Barn

All About Flowers

Beautiful blooms played an important role in this special day, with ivy and eucalyptus bringing the outside in with an abundance of green. Black Baccara roses and other shades of pinks and whites were also featured.

“I wanted it to look like the flowers had been freshly picked from a field,” explains Hannah. “I think the florist created this look perfectly.”

Outside, flowers decorated the beam above the entrance as well as the clock tower. Inside, the aisle was lined with lanterns adorned with flowers and beautiful arrangements featured around the registrar’s table.

The tables were decorated with a combination of high and low table centres.

“The tall arrangements were almost like trees with hanging baubles and tea-lights,” says Hannah. “The low ones were made of log stacks and jars filled with flowers. It was a romantic, relaxed atmosphere with a hint of Christmas.”

The wedding cake was a four-tier naked sponge decorated with forest fruits and the top table was decorated with garlands of burgundy and pale flowers with lots of pretty foliage

Round wedding tables were decorated with wood slices and pretty flowers with coordinating burgundy napkins at this rustic winter wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Bridal Style

The beautiful bride wore “Vania’ by Pronovias – simple yet elegant with beautiful attention to detail.

“It was the first dress I tried on and nothing after that measured up!” smiles Hannah. “I knew it reflected me and my personal style.”

Hannah accessorised with Tiffany jewellery and fabulous silver and gold shoes by Jimmy Choo.

The bride gets ready for the day ahead in the boutique bridal preparation room at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

Meanwhile, Matthew looked dashing in a navy wool three-piece suit from Next with tie and pocket square from TM Lewin, a personalised pocket watch and a watch by Daniel Wellington that was a gift from Hannah.

Last but certainly not least, the bridesmaids were stunning in deep red chiffon gowns by True Bridesmaid.

The groom and groomsmen wore navy 3-piece suits and burgundy ties at this winter wedding at Sandhole Oak barn near Manchester

The bride wore a stunning sleeved bridal gown with a veil and her bridesmaids wore deep pink dresses at this barn wedding in Cheshire

Wedding Day Details

Following their civil ceremony, drinks and canapés were served outside on this mild December day.

Moving in to dine, parsnip and leek soup was followed by steak and ale pie with mash. And, for dessert, a choice of sticky toffee pudding or apple crumble.

The bride’s father gives his seal of approval at this beautiful barn wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn in the North West

The happy newlyweds pose for a photo by the Clock tower at this lakeside wedding venue near Manchester

“Our cake was made by my auntie,” explains Hannah, “a four-tier naked cake decorated with fruit. The florist also added some flowers.”

“We had singing waiters between the main course and pudding who surprised everyone when they started to sing,” she laughs. “They really got everybody into the party spirit.”

As day turned to evening, the newlyweds danced their first dance to ‘Live Forever’ by Noel Gallagher and a DJ filled the dance floor.

The wedding guests enjoy a sing-song at this winter wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

The stunning bride and her groom pose for a photo at the entrance to this rustic barn venue in Cheshire

Hannah’s favourite moment:

“Definitely walking down the aisle and seeing Matty and our little boy, Leo.”

The bride and groom have natural confetti thrown over them after their wedding ceremony at Sandhole Oak Barn in the North West

Advice from the Bride

“Relax and take things in as it goes in a flash. Also, keep a makeup bag of essentials behind the bar for touch ups!”

The happy couple pose for a photo by the lake at this rural wedding venue 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.

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