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Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Photography

Sandhole Oak Barn is situated in Congleton and has been in the Worth family since the 1920’s. The first wedding was in 1995 and since then they have become one of the best wedding venues in the North West. In 2005 the incredibly impressive Oak Barn was added and have held hundreds of weddings since. With easy access to Cheshire, Manchester and other key locations throughout the North West it is a fantastic spot to tie the knot. Sandhole also has an incredible lake that the barn looks over. In addition whatever time of the year, you are able to get some incredible sunsets at this top wedding venue.

If you are interested in getting married at this wonderful wedding venue in Cheshire and you wanted to get in contact with the wedding events team you can do so here  You can download their wedding brochure here. In addition to asking for the brochure you are able to book a show round by contacting them here.

Simon & Zoe’s wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn

Simon and Zoe got married at Sandhole Oak Barn in March & it was an incredible wedding. As a wedding photographer, driving in the beautiful and scenic Cheshire countryside you just know it is going to be a good day. As well as the fact Top Table Catering are on hand at Sandhole Oak Barn it is fast becoming one of my favourite wedding venues in the North West.

I met with Zoe and her bridesmaids in the morning and it was such a great morning. With eight bridesmaids and plenty of prosecco as soon as I walked in I knew it was gonna be a great day. It was great to work with Vicky and Hayley again. I have worked with Hayley at a few weddings and it’s so great to work with top MUA’s like her.

Once make up was finished and everyone was looking stunning it was time for Zoe to get into her beautiful wedding dress designed by Enzoani and bought from Along Came Eve. Zoe’s dad soon arrived to walk her down the aisle, I always love this moment. A short walk over to the barn where the groom was waiting and it was time to say I do!

An emotional Wedding Ceremony at Sandhole Oak Barn

The wedding ceremony was conducted by Your Ceremony (Cheshire East wedding registrars) and it was lovely. With eight bridesmaids it was a relatively big wedding and it was such a good day.
After a short service it was time to sign the register and then on to the drinks reception, leaving through loads of confetti – It was awesome.

Drinks reception next to the lake

My approach to drinks receptions are the same at every wedding – let the newly weds enjoy their wedding reception with their wedding guests and photograph the formal groups and portraits towards the end of the drinks reception which allows the couples to actually enjoy their wedding with all of their wedding guests, especially in a wedding venue like Sand Hole Oak Barn.

My approach to wedding photography is something I really believe in and know the difference it makes to couples and their friends and family. For Zoe and Simon’s wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn we were lucky to enough to have fantastic spring weather. At Sandhole Oak Barn you get incredible sunsets over the lake and this March wedding was no different.

Evening party at Sandhole Oak Barn

After the wedding breakfast it was time for the speeches – they were brilliant – exactly what you want in wedding speeches, humour, laughter and some lovely words. The best men created a great video for the bride and groom and it certainly went down a treat.

Soon after it was time for the cutting of the cake and then the best part of the wedding – the evening party to start! The bride and groom started with a traditional first dance, then the father daughter dance before they were joined with their friends and family on the dance floor.

It was packed and I love weddings like this – it was fantastic from start to finish with all the wedding guests having a fantastic day. I have photographed several times at Sandhole Oak Barn and I love photographing at this incredible wedding venue in Cheshire. I have several weddings booked in and I am so excited to return to capture another wedding in the near future. If you are looking for a wedding photographer for your wedding here or at any venue then please get in touch to discuss your plans.

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bride walking to the ceremony at Sandhole Oak Barn

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A photo of the bride and groom by the lake in lovely lightPhoto of the bride and groombride and groom walking with the veil blowing in the airbride and groom walking down the drive at Sandhole oak Barn

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bride and groom kissing

sun set photo at Sandhole Oak BarnFirst dance photoFirst dance at Sandhole Oak BarnFather and daughter danceGuests dancingGuests dancing togetherbride dancing with her gran

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mother of bride dancing with a hat onguests dancingbride and groom dancingBride and groom kissing on a packed dance floor

Thanks to the suppliers for making the day fantastic:

Dress: Along Came Eve – Dress by Enzoani

Shoes: Sophia Webster

Suits: Slaters 

Make-up: Vicki Sillett 

Make up: Hayley McGroarty

Flowers: Taylor Made Blooms

Cake: Family Friend

Ceremony: Your Ceremony

Band: Soul Party Duo 

Catering: Top Table Events

Videography: Blanket Digital 

Second Shooter: Kelly Clarke

Useful information about weddings at Sandhole Oak Barn

Here is some useful information about Sandhole Oak Barn and what you can expect for your wedding at this wonderful wedding venue in Cheshire

Is there a minimum number for our wedding?

There is no minimum number of guests, but the barn recommend a minimum number of 40.

Is there a maximum number of guests for the wedding?

For the wedding ceremony and breakfast the maximum number is 140. For the evening reception the maximum number is 180.

Are we able to use a venue dresser at Sandhole?

Yes, they can have access to the Oak Barn from 9am on the day of your wedding to set up. all large items will need to be removed by 7am the next day and 9am for smaller items.

Is the Barn exclusive use?

Yes, the barn is exclusive use for your whole wedding.

What is Sandhole’s Insta?

Sandhole’s Insta is @sandholeoakbarn

Are we allowed confetti?

You are welcome to use confetti, however, you need to ensure that it is biodegradable.

Are we allowed to have fireworks or lanterns?

No because of the damage it can cause to wildlife/ rural landscape.

Are we able to drop things off the day before the wedding?

Yes, you will need to agree this with your wedding coordinator

Is the barn disability friendly?

Yes, there is wheelchair access to all areas of the Oak Barn and surrounding grounds. There is also a disabled toilet in the Oak Barn with wheelchair access.

Do you have different table sizes?

Yes- there is a wide selection of table choices, please speak to your wedding coordinator for more information

Are we allowed to use candles?

Yes, but with certain requirements to ensure their are no issues. Any candles placed along the aisle during an indoor wedding celebration, or outside on the deck, must be fully enclosed within a covered lantern. Any tealights placed on the dining tables during the Reception, or church candles used in flower arrangements, must be contained in a suitable fire-resistant holder.

Is there a music system available?

Yes, there is a professional music system throughout the barn that you are able to use.

Is there a projector we could use for speeches?

Yes, there is with a VGA socket and an adapter for Macs. There is also cordless microphones available.

Is the small barn available for use?

Yes and if you decorate it all items need to be removed by 8am the next day.

What are the Catering options?

The approved caterers for your wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn are Top Table.

The contact details for this incredible caterers are:

Annette Glynn
0161 929 6919
Visit Site
Instagram: toptableweddingsandevents

Do Top Table offer menu tasting?

Yes, the caterer will offer a free tasting once you have confirmed your booking of Sandhole Oak Barn.

When should you book Top Table?

You should discuss your food requirements before you finalise your booking with Sandhole Oak Barn. Please contact Annette or any of the team to discuss further.

Is Halal or Kosher catering available?

Not at the moment.

When can we access the barn to set up?

We can usually allow informal access to the Oak Barn from 9am on the day of your wedding for either the bridal party or a venue dresser to decorate the Barn. If there is no wedding the day before then it may be possible to decorate the Barn earlier.

When are last orders?

Last orders are at 11.45pm and the bar is closed at midnight.

When does all the music get turned off?

On your wedding evening, all music is finished at midnight

When should taxis be ordered for?

You should tell guests that are not staying at the Barn to arrange transport at midnight as the Barn needs to be vacated by 12.30am

What time is the small barn available?

We can normally allow informal access to the Small Barn, typically from around 10:30am on your wedding morning until 8am the next morning.

Who runs the bar?

The Bar is run by Top Table, who also provide your catering and wedding coordination. To contact them, please call 0161 929 6919 or email

Are we allowed to bring out own alcohol?

Yes, you can bur there is a service charge for this. Currently £10 per head for 2020 (subject to change). There is no additional charge if the Bar provide all the reception drinks.

Are guests allowed to drink before the ceremony?

Unfortunately, due to legal requirements, no alcoholic beverages can be served in the Oak Barn prior to a Civil Ceremony.

Relaxed, Natural & Unobtrusive Wedding Photography

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer you’re in the right place. I have worked at this awesome venue several times and if you’re looking for a natural, relaxed & unobtrusive wedding photography then please get in touch. I really enjoy working at Sandhole Oak Barn, If you would like to have a read about how I work then this is my approach.

Sandhole Oak Barn
Manchester Road(A34)
Hulme Walfield
CW12 2JH

T: 01260 540007

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