With a February wedding date in mind, Kimberley and Thomas wanted to find a venue with rustic style. Great food and music were high on their list of priorities and Sandhole Oak Barn was the perfect choice!
“We instantly fell in love with its homely feel,” smiles Kimberley. “We both felt so comfortable there and loved the fact that everything was in one place. Sandhole provided the rustic feel with a touch of elegance.”
Setting the Scene
The happy couple chose a navy blue and dusky pink colour scheme, keeping their décor simple to let the natural beauty of the barn shine through. The barn itself was decorated by Flossie’s Weddings to include trees at the entrance to the aisle, wooden LOVE letters and petals down the aisle.
Meanwhile Kimberley made the table centres using upturned wooden crates. Inside these, she placed candles alongside jars and milk churns filled with flowers.
“We used the milk churns to line the aisle too,” says Kimberley, “and decorated the outside of the barn with wooden crates.”
All About Flowers
Beautiful blooms adorned Sandhole Oak Barn, from ivory and pink roses to ranunculus, anemones, thistles and eucalyptus. While the colours were perfectly chosen to suit a winter wedding with spring in the air, it was a glorious sunny day.
The beautiful bride wore a Ronald Joyce gown with a dusky pink underlay.
“It was the first dress I tried on and I fell in love with it!” smiles Kimberley. “I loved its vintage style, the detail on the bodice and the simplicity of the skirt.”
She completed the look with delicate jewellery, a blush pink ostrich feather wrap and shoes by Benjamin Adams.
Meanwhile, Thomas looked the part in a navy suit with white shirt and bow tie while the bridesmaids were stunning in navy multiway dresses from Debenhams.
Wedding Day Details
While Kimberley and her bridesmaids got ready in the bridal dressing room, Thomas and his groomsmen prepared for the day in the Shepherds Hut. Following their romantic ceremony at Sandhole Oak Barn, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed welcome drinks and canapés outside.
“The weather was so nice,” says Kimberley. “We had a ‘Pimp your Prosecco’ bar with fruit and juices.”
Pianist Benjamin Clarke played throughout the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast.
Moving in to dine, guests were given a choice of two starters and two main courses, with a delicious trio of desserts for pudding.
“We chose our favourite foods,” explains Kimberley. “After our tasting, we couldn’t decide, it was all so nice! The lamb dish was cooked to perfection.”
As the sun went down, the happy couple danced their first dance to ‘Dreams’ by Gabrielle and live band, The Viscounts, filled the dance floor.
“The second dance was Baby Shark for our daughter,” laughs Kimberley. “Everyone was doing the dance!”
Bacon butties proved the perfect choice for evening dining, served alongside the magnificent cheese wedding cake, breads and crackers and a sweet buffet.
Kimberley’s Favourite Moment:
“Walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time. Sparklers in the evening and the speeches!”
Advice from the Newlyweds
“Enjoy it – even the planning! It comes around so quickly. Keep a lot of the details to yourselves. Our guests knew nothing about the entertainment etc which meant they enjoyed it more on the day.”
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 © Carpe Diem Photography