Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn
Erin and Andy booked me to shoot their wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn in July at one of Cheshire’s leading wedding venues. Sandhole Oak Barn has been on my wish-list of wedding venues for a while and then I took three bookings for 2016, with the first being Erin and Andy’s wedding. Sandhole Oak Barn is a stunning venue in the Cheshire countryside. It’s an exclusive use venue with accommodation, a beautiful service room, extensive grounds and its own private lake!
With Erin and Andy both getting ready at Sandhole Oak Barn, I arrived nice and early to start the day with Erin’s bridal preparation before jumping between Erin and Andy’s rooms to capture the morning excitement. It was lovely to see Sian, from The Flower Lounge in Didsbury, who was adding her special touch to the entrance of the barn. I highly recommend Sian to all my wedding couples, her work is beautiful and she’s a multiple Wedding Industry Award winner too, so definitely check out Sian’s stunning work!
Andy and the groomsmen were hard at work putting the finishing touches to the reception room. I loved the sign on the entrance asking for an unplugged service, mainly because I managed to get a name check in the sign and also because unplugged ceremonies mean your guests are truly engaged in the wedding rather than their phone. Once the room was set I went back to see Erin who was in her dress as we did the big reveal to her dad and then it was a short walk to the barn for Erin and Andy’s marriage service. The service room looked beautiful and there was the extra touch of light up letters from The Word Is Love. Andy was slightly nervous as Erin made her way into the barn, but all the nerves quickly disappeared and Erin and Andy had a wonderful, personal wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn.
After Erin and Andy were married all the guests made their way outside onto the terrace overlooking the lake as the wedding guests were entertained by brilliant acoustic duo of Gav and John from The Rush. Andy even joined Gav and John to perform one of his favourite Red Hot Chilli Peppers songs! With the wedding guests enjoying the food and drink Erin and Andy sneaked away with me for their couple photos. With just twenty minutes of lightly directed couple photos in the bag, it was back to the barn for the wedding breakfast. Top Table provide the food and they were kind enough to give me the full three courses too and I can heartily recommend their beautiful food. It was absolutely delicious! The speeches followed the meal and then it was onto the evening reception.
For their first dance Erin and Andy had some confetti cannons. I set up one at either side of Erin and Andy so that one minute into their first dance, the cannons went off and we capture the brilliant photo at the top of the blog. I love creating images like this for my couples, photos with a bit of ‘wow’ factor, that capture the spirit of the day. Erin and Andy were great fun all day long and I was delighted that this shot worked so well for them. Once the first dance was complete, John had teamed up with the rest of The Rush band and they then rocked the dance floor late into the night. It was a tremendous wedding day and I loved every minute shooting Erin and Andy’s wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn. I’m back at Sandhole Oak Barn October and I can’t wait to return!
So here’s Erin and Andy’s wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn. Music by The Foo Fighters, photos by me…
Sandhole Oak Barn, Manchester Rd, Hulme Walfield, Congleton CW12 2JH. 01260 224215
Wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn by James Tracey © 2016