An Autumnal Elegance Styled Shoot at Sandhole Oak Barn

Written by Emma Hla
Feature Image by Samantha Ward Photography.

I’m feeling truly spoilt and very much loved.

I seem to have an abundance of pretty to share with you at our beautiful venues of late and I can’t wait for you to get stuck in to this autumnal delight.

A twist of classic elegance and rustic romance, friend to Coco Jan Clarke, has created a truly berrylicious piece of autumn wedding inspiration for you at Sandhole Oak Barn, all beautifully captured by Samantha Ward Photography.

With stationary ideas galore, a cake to lust after and a bouquet that packs a punch – you’ll want to start flexing that pinning finger!

Enjoy petals…

Notes from Jan Clarke

autumnal-elegance-wedding-inspiration-at-sandhole-oak-barn-cheshire-wedding-venue-jan-clarke-stylist-sam-ward-photography-coco-wedding-venues-layer-1Images by Samantha Ward Photography.

Jan: The Oak Wedding Barn at Sandhole Farm is situated in Cheshire, one and a half miles from Congleton off the A34 Manchester Road. Built using traditional design and craftsmanship it’s mellow beams are beautiful and impressive. The stunning oak floored ceremony area doubles as a large dance floor for evening receptions and the venue itself can seat up to 150 guests for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The large decked veranda overlooks the picturesque private lake with views of the surrounding Cheshire countryside making this is a truly delightful wedding venue.

This stunning venue with beautiful rustic features was the perfect backdrop for an autumnal inspired styled shoot. We shot on a crisp September morning, the landscape looked wonderful and some the local wildlife stopped by to say hello.


Images by Samantha Ward Photography.

Using a colour palette of deep reds, purples, browns and gold and taking inspiration from the abundance of seasonal fruits including figs, plums and blackberries we created a look which complimented both the season and the style of the venue.   We wanted to create an elegant scheme but with a rustic feel, so flowers were kept loose with plenty of greenery. The reddish brown hydrangea heads worked perfectly with the salted caramel ‘naked’ cakes and toffee apples, whilst the plum coloured menus and envelope inserts on the wedding stationery matched the iced Dahlia inspired flowers on the main wedding cake.

Our beautiful ‘bride’ was dressed in a gorgeous Raimon Bundó gown which was pretty and elegant with a slight ‘Boho’ feel. Hair was kept soft and long and the bridal makeup was a mix of neutral lips with a ‘Smokey’ eye created using browns and gold.


Images by Samantha Ward Photography.

Click here to see all images from this Sandhole Oak Barn Styled Shoot…


Venue Sandhole Oak Barn | Photography Samantha Ward Photography | Styling Jan Clarke | Florist Maggie EarlBridal Fashion Raimon Bundó from Love Bridal Boutique | Hair & Makeup Flossy & Leigh  | Model Melissa Mae from Boss Model Management | Cake Cakes by Beth | Stationary Emma Jo Designs

Oh I’m a big fan of smokey eyes and boho curls! So this Bridal look is right up my street! I’m loving all of the berry tones and fresh fruit details, but the pops of red and burnt orange are just yummy. I also have a severe case of cake envy.

If you fancy a pretty lake backdrop to your wedding day then you can find Sandhole Oak Barn in the Coco Collection.

Thank you so much to Jan Clarke, Samantha Ward Photography and friends for sharing their beautiful work.

Lot’s of love…

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