Dreaming of an amazing wedding venue and a day filled with fun, Helen and Matthew fell in love with Sandhole Oak Barn as soon as they saw the view.
“We visited on a clear January day and when we saw the barn, the clock tower and the lake, it was just spectacular,” says Helen.
Setting the Scene
Setting a May wedding date, the happy couple chose a delicate colour scheme of dusky pink, soft grey and gold accents. Letting the beauty of the venue speak for itself, décor was kept to a minimum with beautiful flowers and a few touches of sparkle such as gold place names and a sequin guest book table.
“Flowers were my favourite thing to choose,” smiles Helen. “We wanted eucalyptus to give the soft grey leaf and we had several coloured roses with hints of jasmine and love in the mist. The tables all had a different type of container on – tall candelabra and flat containers, designed to mirror the iron lighting in the barn.”
The bride was stunning in an elegant gown by Justin Alexander from Lu Lu Browns.
“I loved the soft silhouette of it,” smiles Helen. “I also loved how unique the lace on the top of the dress was and felt it fitted with the theme I had in my head.”
She completed the look with a cathedral length veil and nude pink shoes.
Meanwhile Matthew looked the part in a navy three-piece suit from Autograph at Marks and Spencer, accessorising with a Liberty print tie from Mrs Bow Tie.
Finally, Helen’s bridesmaids were stunning in dusky pink Florence style dresses from Rewritten.
Wedding Day Details
Following their romantic ceremony, drinks and canapés were served on the terrace in front of the lake.
Sitting down to dine, the wedding breakfast commenced with baked asparagus wrapped in smoked salmon followed by chicken breast and, for pudding, a trio of desserts.
“Everyone commented on how great the desserts were,” continues Helen. “Why have one when you can have three!”
As day turned to evening, Helen and Matthew danced their first dance to ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran.
“The song came out about two weeks after we got engaged and I knew it was the right one for us,” says Helen. “We surprised our guests and learned a dance routine as we both have two left feet!”
Following a set by Matthew’s dad and his friend, live band, ‘The Rush Band’ filled the dance floor. Delighting their guests once more, pizza proved a popular choice for evening dining – a wonderful finale to this magical spring wedding.
Helen’s favourite moment:
“After the ceremony, we both loved seeing all our friends and family and everyone being so happy and excited for us.”
Advice from the Bride
“It’s your day. Don’t feel bad if you can’t pick lots of people to be in your bridal party. True friends will understand.”
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 © Anthony Higginson Photography