Tracy and Alex couldn’t wait to get married. The most important aspect of their summer wedding was the getting married part – and sharing this moment with their families.
The pair also wanted to make the day special for their guests, ensuring their nearest and dearest had a good time. “We wanted good food and a great party – people really were our priority,” smiles Tracy.
Finding the right relaxed wedding venue was easier than the couple thought it would be. In fact, they booked the first Cheshire wedding venue they saw – which happened to be Sandhole Oak Barn. “We instantly fell in love with the Barn and the setting,” smiles Tracy. “We could see ourselves getting married at the venue – so there was no doubt that it was a perfect choice!”
One thing the couple loved about the Barn was its natural beauty so inspired all their wedding ideas for summer. “The venue spoke for itself and didn’t need much dressing at all,” says Tracy. “We loved the tall ceilings and oak beams,” she adds.
Tracy and Alex made sure to highlight the natural features of the barn. They wrapped fairy lights around the beams and enhanced the chairs with chic covers and pink ribbons.
For their table centrepieces, they displayed their wedding flowers, cerise gerberas, in fish bowls. Menus and stationery were also added to the tables and handmade by Tracy. “It took forever and at numerous times throughout the process, I regretted taking on the project,” says Tracy. “On the day itself I was so happy I did it – it was worth all the hard work.”
Tracy looked every inch the blushing bride in an eye-catching sparkly gown. “There was a lot of sparkle,” laughs Tracy. “Sparkle on the gown and down the middle of the train – plus a belt with sparkles!”
Tracy teamed her gown with a pretty tiara headband, veil and pearl jewellery. She also added a pop of colour to her nails to complement the magenta pink colour scheme and summer wedding theme of the day and to coincide with her barn wedding decorations.
Tracy arrived at the Barn with her whole family in tow. Her mum, dad, and sister all travelled together with her in a vintage Imperial Landaulette car. “It was so lovely arriving at the venue together,” smiles Tracy.
The couple’s Sandhole Oak Barn ceremony went exactly as they planned – and was captured by their professional videographer. “It was a dream come true and went as perfectly as we had planned it,” says Tracy.
Fantastic food was a huge priority and so Tracy and Alex were keen to pick the best menu. They opted for a classic summer wedding breakfast with melon to start, a chicken and potato dauphinoise main and a trio of desserts to finish. “I was so in the moment of the day that I hardly ate anything. It was a little annoying as the food was great. Luckily my groom enjoyed it though!”
In the evening, the couple wowed their guests with a choreographed rumba routine – much to everyone’s surprise. “We kept it secret for maximum impact and the reaction was great!” says Tracy. “It was nerve wracking and a little awkward with my dress, but we pulled it off!”
Tracy’s Top Tip:
“Consider hiring a professional videographer. It was one of the best decisions we made. The guest messages are priceless and it’s a lovely keepsake for us to look back on.”
Photography courtesy of © Just Jenna Photography