” It wasn’t difficult to find a venue for the big day. We needed to look no further than Sandhole Oak Barn. It was my family home and place of work, where my parents have lived for 40 years since they got married.”
Bill and I met in the romantic French Alps whilst on a skiing trip with friends. Despite living on opposite sides of the country, we managed to meet up frequently over the next few months, having invariably wet weekends in the Lakes and in Cornwall.
I work full time with my parents on their farm where we have an old but much loved golden retriever, Ellie. We thought that the purchase of a little black Labrador puppy (Poppy) would provide Ellie with some company. It was with the aid of Poppy that Bill subsequently proposed whilst we were on one of our walking weekends along Hadrian’s Wall. Poppy appeared excitedly from behind the wall with an engagement ring and red roses attached to her collar, and a hopeful Bill trailing behind equipped with champagne.
It wasn’t difficult to find a venue for the big day. We needed to look no further than Sandhole Oak Barn. It was my family home and place of work, where my parents have lived for 40 years since they got married. What a wonderful cosy venue for a November Saturday! The local church at Hulme Walfield where my parents and grandparents had been married was our obvious choice for the ceremony. The church looked beautiful on the day. It had been decorated with flickering candles on the window sills and flowers provided by Clare Thompson from Swettenham. My family also contributed to our very special service, with Grandma playing the organ accompanied by a family member, Julia, playing the violin during the signing of the register. Granddad had helped prepare the church as he is the church sexton.
The weather wasn’t kind in the morning and umbrellas were needed for arrivals at the church, but that wasn’t going to mar the day. We were swept away in an immaculate vintage Rolls Royce provided by Alsager cars, which carried us from the church to the barn where we were greeted with much needed warm winter Pimm’s and a selection of lovely canapés. Richard Millington played the piano and we were surrounded by many friends and family, some from the other side of the world who had come especially for our wedding. Richard Milnes was our photographer for the day. He assured us the rain would stop and the sun would shine. It did and he captured some very atmospheric photographs that we will treasure forever. The clock tower was the perfect setting for our photos and we had wonderful views of the sun striking the glittering lake and beautiful countryside beyond. After posing, mingling and chatting, the large curtains that separated the reception and dining area were drawn back to reveal a spectacular picture of glittering candles, sparkling lights and exquisite flowers. It was perfectly set against the warm honey colours of the oak barn. It certainly had wow factor!
The beautifully sumptuous meal was provided by Suzy from Sue-le-Bonne. The meal was followed by speeches and present giving. All too soon, the evening entertainment (VIP Party Band) drew the memorable day to a close whilst our weary but happy guests were departing. Our videographer, Tom from Silk Wedding Venues, got some lovely shots of the day including some rather amusing messages from guests later in the evening.
We were very lucky to have the perfect wedding venue in the perfect setting, even on a cold and drizzly November day. We have a lot of happy memories of it that we’ll treasure forever.
Suppliers list for Romance in the French Alps
- Entertainment –VIP party Band – 01270 506686
- Flowers – Clare Thomson Floral Design – 01477 571027
- Photography – Light Majestic – 07984 407747
- Venue – Sandhole Oak Barn – 01260 224419
- Lighting – Lightech – 01260 223666