Portrait of Bride and Groom Sandhole Oak Barn wedding photography


Jane and Tony’s rustic Cheshire wedding.

Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Photography

If you like rustic barn themed weddings, you’ll love Jane and Tony’s Sandhole Oak Barn wedding photography story.

A beautiful Cheshire wedding featuring rustic decor, Modeca bridal gown, live music and stunning lakeside views. 

Photographing Jane and Tony’s Sandhole Oak Barn wedding was a unique experience for me, as it was the middle wedding of two brothers and sister from the same family who’s a wedding I’d be photographing. 

I’ve known Jane for quite some time. She was a guest at my first ever wedding at Langdale Chace in the Lake District. I photographed her brother’s wedding (Paul and Louise) four years ago at Briars Hall in which Jane was a bridesmaid. I’m also photographing Jane’s other brother, Micheal’s wedding in Ibiza next year. 

The newlyweds wanted relaxed but creative documentary wedding photography and chose Wes Simpson Weddings because that is exactly my speciality.

By choosing me as their Sandhole Oak Barn wedding photographer, the couple wasn’t away from family and friends for too long. Nothing was staged or over posed and every photo is a true insight into their wedding and a timeless reminder of the best day of their life. 

Here is their story…


Bride and groom with evening sunset, lake and tree in background Sandhole Oak Barn wedding photography

Rustic wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Jane and Tony are originally from Skelmersdale, Lancashire and Ellesmere Port. They met through a friend and got married at Sandhole Oak Barn, Congleton in Cheshire.  

The couple chose this exclusive wedding venue as they wanted a rustic barn style wedding and Sandhole came up first on a Google search within the local area. It was also the first venue the couple viewed and instantly knew it was the one for them. 

Jane wore a beautiful Modeca wedding gown which was purchased from Clare Suzanne bridal. She looked stunning in her Ivory low cut back dress which was complimented with cap sleeves, sparkling tulle and lace appliqués down to the train. 

Tony wore grey Paul Smith suit, pink tie and brown Barker brogues. The bridesmaids wore matching complimentary dresses with pink and cream roses.

Sandhole Oak Barn wedding ceremony 

The couple planned a romantic rustic themed wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn with pinks and creams, hessian and wooden decor. They kept it personal and intermit with around 60 guests in the day and approx 100 in total for the evening. 

The afternoon wedding took place inside Sandhole Oak Barn with the couple facing panoramic views of the lake as they said ‘I do.” The ceremony was short and sweet with personal touches coming from a reading by a friend a fantastic soul choir before, during and after the ceremony.

Surrounded by acres of countryside and a stunning lake, Sandhole Oak Barn made for the perfect backdrop for Jane and Tony’s rustic themed wedding photographs. The staff were really helpful and the food was amazing.

The couple said that their biggest tip for anyone planning a wedding would be to use a spreadsheet and have deadlines! Use something like Trello to keep you on track. Enjoy the process but don’t get stressed out with the planning!


Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Breakfast

If you get married at Sandhole Oak Barn, your guests won’t have to travel from one location to another. The ceremony, wedding breakfast, and reception can all take place under one roof in a beautiful Chesire countryside location. 

Jane and Tony’s speeches took place at the beginning of the wedding breakfast. This not only gets them “out of the way” but the beautifully decorated tables look better in the pictures.

Tony shared a few heartwarming stories before the mood was lightened with the best man taking the ‘mick’ out of the groom, complete with massive novelty cards as props which showcased embarrassing photos of childhood haircuts. Both speeches were upstaged when Jane’s nephew bravely said a few words.

The food at Sandhole Oak Barn is always amazing, which is to be expected from one of the best wedding barn venues in the country. The couple treated guests to 3-course meal, a selection of individual cake’s (Jane and Tony’s favourites) and a magnificent cheese board during the evening reception.

Beautiful lakeside sunset, live music and a party

Just before the night time guests arrived; Jane and Tony wanted to take advantage of a stunning sunset which was just disappearing behind the trees at Sandhole Oak Barn. The couple wanted to remember the day exactly how it was through their photo’s. So we headed outside for some relaxed portraits of just the two of them.

The couple later commented that the evening sunset portraits was one of their favourite parts of the day. Not only did they get some stunning pictures of just the two of them, but it provided just enough time for them to stop and reflect before then day ran away from them.

For the evening reception, the couple had a photo-booth and a live band for the party. The band played the couple’s favourite song during the first dance and Tony (who is an accomplished guitar player) got in on the action and performed a personal routine with his one of his best friends.


Information about Sandhole Oak Barn 

If you’ve dreamed of a rustic countryside wedding that has a little bit of fairy tale magic, then Sandhole Oak Barn – a family-run wedding venue in Cheshire could be the ideal place for you.

Here are just some of the reason’s why you might choose Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire for your wedding.

Multiple options for Civil Ceremonies

If you decide to get married here, you’ll have the option of holding your ceremony in the rustic oak barn or outdoors, beneath the clock tower. Both locations are breathtaking and will make for a beautiful wedding. 

Award-winning menu and staff

Planning a wedding can be stressful. Thankfully, if you settle on this wedding venue, you’ll have the assistance of an expert Sandhole Oak Barn event coordinator. They’ll also help you plan the perfect menu which means you won’t get overwhelmed by all of the responsibilities of wedding planning.

Your entire wedding can take place in one location 

If you get married at Sandhole Oak Barn, your guests won’t have to travel from one location to another. The ceremony, wedding breakfast, and reception will all be able to take place at this beautiful countryside wedding venue. 

You’ll be able to capture beautiful memories

Sandhole is located on over 400 acres of countryside. There are so many stunning locations for both indoor and outdoor photos. If you choose Wes Simpson Weddings as your Sandhole Oak Barn wedding photographer, the pictures I will take will capture memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Take a closer look at Sandhole Oak Barn and see if it’s the right choice for your wedding. This is a lovely rustic barn wedding venue in Cheshire with so much to offer.

Sandhole Oak Barn

The address for Sandhole Oak Barn: Manchester Road (A34) Hulme Walfield, Congleton, Cheshire. CW12 2JH

T: 01260 540007

Sandhole Oak Barn wedding photography review

“Wes, I’m absolutely 110% recommending you for anyone’s special day! You’ve been amazing from the very start. Listened to exactly what we wanted and then shared your years of experience to make sure we got the best from our day.” – Jane

“Nothing was too much trouble.  You went above and beyond, helping to make the day run smoothly for us. If I could do it all over again, I’d be booking you again! Wes, thank you so much.” – Tony


Sandhole Oak Barn wedding photographer 

Most couples worry about wedding photography, awkward poses and it eating into their day. I photograph you at your best and the moments that matter so that you have meaningful pictures and a wedding you love.

Choosing me as your Sandhole Oak Barn wedding photographer means you won’t be away from your family and friends for too long. Nothing is staged or over posed. Every photo will be a true insight into your wedding and a timeless reminder of the best day of your life.  

Check out my portfolio for examples of work, the blog for the latest weddings and my approach page to photographing your wedding. Contact me today to be your Sandhole Oak Barn wedding photographer. I can’t wait to meet you.

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