Setting an April wedding date, Jade and Matt started to plan their spring wedding. They decided on a religious ceremony and were on the lookout for a great venue in Cheshire for their celebrations. The happy couple wanted to find somewhere in the countryside that offered exclusive use. They came across Sandhole Oak Barn and fell in love!
“It was the last venue we saw and, as soon as we walked in, we looked at each other because we just knew.” smiles Jade. “We wanted a blank canvas that we could dress ourselves and we loved the family feel of Sandhole Oak Barn. I couldn’t stop smiling. It was perfect!”
Setting the Scene
Jade and Matt decided on a contemporary theme with a hint of glamour. Gold accents were teamed with white flowers and fabrics and modern acrylic invitations and signage.
‘A backdrop behind the top table was decorated with tulle, silk and eucalyptus and we made our table plan and painted table letters,” explains Jade. “We dressed some of the tables with tall blossom trees and candles and the others with gold mirrors and small floral arrangements.”
Silk rose garlands and fairy lights were draped around the beams and gold chairs completed the effortlessly glamorous, romantic look.
The beautiful bride wore a gown by Stella York from Swan Brides in Congleton, after falling in love with the low back and the stunning train.
“I was concerned that the neckline wasn’t really for me,” explains Jade “so I had some alterations, making it off-the-shoulder, creating a sweetheart neckline and adding a belt.”
Jade accessorised with a simple diamond necklace from her grandmother, earrings from Matt and fabulous Jimmy Choo shoes.
“On the day of the wedding, my parents gave me a lovely Swarovski bracelet to wear too,” she smiles. “And, in honour of my great-Nanna, I had her rosary beads wrapped around my bouquet.”
Matt looked the part in a grey suit by Noak with waistcoat by Burton. Finally, Jade’s four bridesmaids were stunning in silver dresses by ChiChi London.
“On the day I actually felt jealous not to be wearing their dresses!” laughs Jade.
Wedding Day Details
Jade and Matt married at the picturesque St James’ and St Paul’s Church in Marton, just a mile from Sandhole Oak Barn.
Following their romantic ceremony, welcome drinks and canapés were served back at the barn, alongside an ice cream cart offering a host of delicious flavours including Prosecco and strawberry.
“The girlfriend of one of our groomsmen sang during the ceremony and back at Sandhole Oak Barn,” explains Jade. “It was beautiful and really set the emotion of the day.”
Moving in to dine, a fabulous selection of tapas including salt and pepper calamari and Spanish tortilla was served, followed by a trio of desserts.
“The food was such a hit with everybody,” says Jade. “We can’t thank Top Table Events enough for their standout service and the quality of the food. It was incredible!”
The brilliant ‘Funk Soul Family’ live band played in the evening and really got the party started.
“They were great entertainers and even had us doing a dance-off,” laughs Jade. “The guests loved them and didn’t want them to stop!”
Delighting their guests once again, the newlyweds chose pizza and chips as their informal evening menu.
“The chefs were great and open to anything. We asked that pizza and chips be handed to everybody, whether they were sitting or dancing and it was brilliant,” says Jade.
Jade’s favourite moment:
“Standing at the altar, holding hands having not spoken since the day before and realising… this is it!”
“The whole day was incredible from start to finish. We didn’t stop smiling the entire time.”
Advice from the Bride
“Let the small things go. They don’t matter. All that matters is that you’re marrying the love of your life.”
“Delegate and trust other people to do things on the day.”
If you are considering Sandhole Oak Barn for your celebration, we would love to show you all this beautiful 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 ©Mr and Mrs W Wedding Photography