Laura & Andrew – An Elegant Summer Wedding

Laura and Andrew celebrated their wedding day at Sandhole Oak Barn wedding venue in Cheshire

Laura and Andrew celebrated in style at their Sandhole Oak Barn wedding.

Giving themselves plenty of time to plan their special day, Laura and Andrew first visited Sandhole Oak Barn in 2015, two years before their June 2017 wedding. They were looking for a Cheshire wedding venue that could accommodate 100 guests during the day and an extra 50 in the evening and where they could also choose many of their own suppliers. Sandhole Oak Barn ticked all the boxes!

“The barn was picture perfect. When we were shown the breakfast room at the end of the viewing, overlooking the wedding barn and the lake, my mum and I burst in to tears! I turned to look at my future husband and we smiled – we knew we had found our special place.” – Laura

This stunning barn wedding venue lies in a picturesque countryside setting next to a lake

The bride’s wedding bouquet featured beautiful wedding flowers including pink roses and peonies

Having bed and breakfast accommodation just next door to the barn was an added bonus – especially with guests travelling from as far away as South Korea. And, of course, the beautiful Granary Cottage for the newlyweds.

“We actually cancelled a future viewing at another barn wedding venue as we knew in our hearts that nothing would compare to Sandhole Oak Barn!” – Laura

Setting the Scene

The happy couple chose a romantic theme with ivory and gold as the main colours, alongside pastel coloured flowers.

“With a summer wedding date, I was hoping for a beautiful sunny day to show off the gold beautifully – a natural bit of sparkle!” – Laura

Spectacular candelabra floral arrangements sat on the tables, alongside Wedding Day fragrance candle favours. Laura made the seating plan using a large gold-framed mirror.

The couple’s stylish wedding table plan was presented on a mirror directing wedding guests to their seats

The wedding centrepieces were displayed in tall glass vases and the couple had an impressive five-tier wedding cake!

The wedding breakfast menu was displayed on a white card decorated with gold foil confetti – wedding ideas

Looking the part

The beautiful bride wore ‘Elana’ by Ronald Joyce, a stunning gown with lace-capped sleeves on a fishtail silhouette.

“If it wasn’t for the girls at The Confetti Box, I would never have tried on a fishtail style. When I tried it on, I didn’t want to take it off!” – Laura

With an intricate neckline, Laura didn’t need to wear a necklace. Instead she chose crystal drop earrings and a diamond tennis bracelet, her something borrowed from her mum. To complete the look, Laura wore a hair vine by Rachel Chaprunne, a mid-length veil and ivory satin shoes with silver platform from Rainbow Club. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of peonies, spray roses and lisianthus in delicate shades of blush pink and ivory.

Andrew also dressed to impress in a navy suit with tweet waistcoat and navy tie.

To complement the gold and ivory colour scheme, the bridesmaids wore floor length gold sequin gowns by Jenny Packham at Debenhams.

The bride enjoys her bridal preparations as she has her wedding hair done in the stylish wedding accommodation

The bride looked beautiful in a lace wedding dress with sequin and crystal detailing on the back

The bride steps into her wedding dress whilst her bridesmaids are on hand to help

The groom and his groomsmen each wore blue suits with grey tweed waistcoats – wedding ideas

The bride laughs with her bridesmaids who each wore long gold sparkly bridesmaid dresses

Wedding day details

Following their civil ceremony, drinks and canapés were served alongside delicious canapés before the newlyweds and their guests moved in to dine. The light and airy barn was filled with beautiful flowers and candles, greeting guests as the wedding breakfast was served.

“We both love food and wanted to offer a choice so opted for a menu that provided a couple of options. The rack of lamb main course was perfection!” – Laura

In keeping with the romantic theme, the stunning five-tier cake had ruffles, lace stencilling and beading.

“It stood on a beautiful glass cake stand and really finished the look. All the flavours went down well but our guests were very pleasantly surprised by the salted caramel tier!” – Laura

As day turned to evening, a live band played ‘Wherever You Will Go’ by The Calling for the first dance.

“The dance floor was always full – we knew we had achieved what we wanted, keeping our guests happy and on their feet having a smashing time!” – Laura

The bride and groom exchange wedding vows in the intimate and romantic Oak Barn

The happy newlyweds sign the register together inside the stunning barn wedding venue

Guests enjoy the stunning countryside views outside in the courtyard during the drinks reception

The happy couple steal a moment away from guests and share a kiss

Guests sit down in the stylish Oak Barn to enjoy a delicious wedding breakfast created by the exclusive wedding caterers

Laura’s favourite moment:

“We enjoyed every moment, but my favourite would have to be when Andrew and I snuck off after the first dance. We went for a walk and sat overlooking the lake, taking it all in and chatting about the day together.”

The excited bride and groom enjoy their first dance as Mr and Mrs in front of family and friends

The happy couple take time at the end of the day to reflect on their special wedding day 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 team to discuss your plans, receive a brochure or arrange a visit.

Photography courtesy of © Wayne Langley Photography