Kimberley and Thomas – Winter Sunshine at Sandhole

Kimberley and Thomas' Winter Sunshine wedding at Sandhole

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.”

Sandhole Oak Barn with its rural setting is the perfect choice for your country wedding

The wedding guests enjoy mingling at this wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

The oak barn was set up for the wedding breakfast at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

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.”

The couple chose wooden crate wedding signs for their barn wedding in Cheshire

A wooden wedding sign was used for the order of the day at his rustic wedding venue in Cheshire

The oak barn was set up for the wedding ceremony at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

The table plan was displayed on a rustic wooden frame at this barn wedding near Manchester

The tables were decorated with rustic wedding decorations at this wedding venue in Cheshire

The couple opted for a cheese stack wedding cake for their wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

The card table was decorated with a displays of photos of the happy couple at Sandhole Oak Barn

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 bride’s bouquet was a mix of beautiful spring wedding flowers at this barn wedding

The top table was decorated with rustic items at Sandhole Oak Barn

Bridal Style

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.

The bride prepares for the day ahead at her wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

The groom makes the final touches to his outfit before the wedding ceremony at Sandhole Oak Barn

The wedding party pose for a photo by the groom’s hut preparation room at Sandhole Oak Barn

The bride prepares for the day ahead at her wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

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.”

Mini fish and chip cones were served at this wedding in Sandhole Oak Barn

The happy couple pose for a wedding photo in the Oak Barn at Sandhole in Cheshire

Delicious wedding food served at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire

The bride makes her own speech for at the wedding reception at Sandhole Oak Barn Cheshire

Evening Celebrations

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.

The bride and groom enjoy their first dance at Sandhole Oak Barn

The couple had a sweet table for their wedding guests to enjoy at their barn wedding in Cheshire

A delicious cheese table was put on for wedding evening guests at Sandhole Oak Barn

Kimberley’s Favourite Moment:

“Walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time. Sparklers in the evening and the speeches!”

The happy couple enjoyed a sparkler finale at their wedding evening at Sandhole Oak Barn

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.”

The happy couple pose for a wedding photo by the lake at their wedding evening

The happy newlyweds have a wedding photo in the sunset at their wedding in Cheshire

The happy couple pose for an evening wedding photo by the clock tower at Sandhole Oak Barn

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