Katie and Lewis – A Colourful, Fun-Filled Easter Wedding

The bride and groom have their wedding photos taken in the surrounding fields at this countryside wedding venue in Cheshire

The April wedding of Katie and Lewis was a glorious celebration. With fabulous colour scheme, great entertainment and an exceptional menu, their guests were in for a treat at Sandhole Oak Barn.

Setting their wedding date for April 1st which also happened to be Easter Sunday, Katie and Lewis were looking for a venue in Cheshire where they could host a fun-filled celebration. Sandhole Oak Barn was the third venue they visited and they knew it was the one.

“It had the relaxed atmosphere we were hoping for with breath-taking views and an equally exquisite barn interior,” smiles Katie. “We also wanted to have the bar within the same room so there wasn’t a separation between guests in the evening. Sandhole ticked all the boxes.”

The couple chose bright and bold colours for their wedding and Sandhole Oak Barn

The barn was decorated with colourful lanterns and sashes at this spring wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

Setting the Scene

An Easter theme ran throughout the day, along with an abundance of fabulous colour. An Easter egg hunt proved popular with all the children and colourful balloons featured in the stationery and also in a balloon release on the day. Colour was also introduced through sashes on the chairs and a wonderful ambience was created using 25 hanging lanterns in the dining area with candle lanterns during the ceremony.

Harry Potter played a part in the day with the cake sitting on top of a pile of books, signage on the back of the chairs and Butter Beer served as one of the reception drinks.

“We wanted the whole day to be a celebration,” explains Katie. “The Easter egg hunt, colourful dresses, balloons, sparklers, bubbles and our multi-coloured cake certainly helped toward that!”

The couple created a display using personalised wooden crates at their barn wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Wedding guests were able to type their wedding wishes on an old typewriter at this Spring wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

The couple had chosen personalised wooden egg cups filled with chocolate eggs for their Easter wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

The wedding cake was made from three white iced tiers decorated with colourful fondant bunting and displayed on the couples’ favourite books

All About Flowers

With all this fabulous décor, very little was needed when it came to flowers. An artificial garland adorned the entrance to Sandhole Oak Barn, and Katie and her bridesmaids carried pretty bouquets of fresh blooms.

The wedding flowers were a stunning mix of beautifully bright coloured blooms and lush foliage at this barn wedding in Cheshire

Bridal Style

The beautiful bride wore a Sincerity gown with 50’s style skirt and separate lace top.

“I had it shortened to tea-length and it had buttons down the back,” says Katie. “The bodice had a lace overlay which was perfect for me – I’m not massive on embellishments or fuss.”

She completed the look with her cousin’s veil, Rachel Simpson shoes and Swarovski jewellery.

Meanwhile, Lewis looked the part in a blue suit from Marks and Spencer.

“We chose it with ease as it had a matching grey version for the groomsmen to wear,” says Katie. “It’s also something he’ll love wearing again. The ties and pocket squares were made from the same material as the bridesmaid dresses.”

Finally, Katie’s bridesmaids were stunning in dresses made by her talented colleague. Silk with lace overlay, they were designed to suit all four bridesmaids and the end result was simply fabulous.

“The ladies danced all the way to their beds in them which I was thrilled about,” smiles Katie.

The bride wore a pretty lace top dress with 50’s style skirt for her spring wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn near Manchester

The Groom and Groomsmen wore three-piece wedding suits with grey tweed jackets and waistcoats at this Cheshire barn wedding.

The bridesmaids each wore a different coloured dress with their own style shoes and a bouquet to match at their wedding

The bride and groom say their vows at their wedding ceremony at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

Wedding Day Details

Following their romantic ceremony at Sandhole Oak Barn, a drinks reception was held on the terrace.

Moving in to dine, pate was served to start with roast beef as a tantalising main course. For pudding, a trio of mini desserts were all delicious. Katie and Lewis also catered for vegetarian and vegan guests with a spinach and pine nut lasagne and a vegan chilli.

The happy couple walk back down the aisle following their wedding ceremony at Sandhole Oak Barn

The happy newlyweds pose for a fun wedding photo on the tractor at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

Evening Celebrations

With a passion for music, the newlyweds delighted their guests with wonderful entertainment throughout the day, from a pianist playing during the ceremony and welcome drinks to a fabulous live band, The Daisy Chains, in the evening.

“I knew the band would be incredible as I had worked with most of the musicians, but we were pleased that our guests seemed to agree.” says Katie. “They are a five-piece girl band playing rock and roll – what’s not to like!”

The newlyweds took to the dance floor for their first dance to ‘Better Together’ by Jack Johnson, and the party started. An outdoor barbecue was just the thing for evening dining, alongside a full cheese board and delicious wedding cake.

“The day was joyful, playful, run and relaxed,” Katie laughs. “If adults wanted to play dress up in the photo booth – great! If kids wanted to run wild – let them! We danced to 50s swing and rock music all night long.”

The happy couple have their first dance as their guests watch on at this barn wedding in Cheshire

A live band played at the wedding evening reception at this barn wedding in Cheshire

The bride and groom pose for a wedding photo by the entrance to the wedding barn at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

Katie’s favourite moment:

“Walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Lewis standing there… and the food!”

The bride walks down the aisle with her father before the wedding ceremony at Sandhole Oak Barn

Advice from the Bride

“Spend money on the things that are important to you and don’t worry what other people have done at their weddings. Most of all… have fun.”

The happy newlyweds 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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