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Steph & Callum - Sandhole Oak Wedding Barn - Cheshire

I absolutely loved spending the day watching Steph and Callum get married in front of their family and friends at Sandhole Oak Wedding Barn. I had the best time, from chatting to Becky (Becky's Bespoke Wedding Cakes) on the lovely long drive way as I took photos, getting to finally meet Chelsea (Chelsea Make up Artist) during prep, all the way through the day to listening to their fabulous band Late Last Night while their guests danced along and took full advantage of the photobooth from Booth Tube. I've known Steph for a long time, we worked together years ago before I started photographing weddings, and being asked to photograph their wedding meant so much to me. Due to the pandemic unfortunately Steph and Callum had to postpone their day which meant they could no longer get married on their 10year anniversary as planned. The postponement may have put their plans on hold, but their day was beautiful and finally they became Mr & Mrs.


Steph and Callum got married in August and it was THE hottest day I've worked at a wedding... and there's been a few! Not only difficult being on your feet all day in the heat with all the cameras and equipment but we needed shade. The great thing with an August wedding is how long the daylight lasts which gave us plenty of time for photos just as the sun was setting, the light was so beautiful and we managed to avoid the harsh mid-day sun. Steph and I had a chat after their wedding for this blog from how they met all those years ago to what advice they would give to future couples. Have a read and take a look at their beautiful day...


Suppliers:

Venue - Sandhole Oak Wedding Barn

Photographer - Sophie Siddons Photography

Chelsea Makeup Artist

Florist - Liz Wilson Hair - Lorna Davey

Cake - Becky’s Bespoke Wedding Cake Band - Late Last Night

Photobooth - Booth Tube

Hipswing - Lighting


How did you meet?

We met in 2010 when we were both 16. One of my friends wanted to meet someone at the BMX track in and she asked me to go with her. Un beknown to me at the time Callum was ALWAYS at the BMX track and he was there at the time. We then began talking on MSN and met up by ourselves and the rest is history.


How did Callum propose?

The day me and Callum picked up the keys to our first house. The sales advisor (it was a new build) showed us round and then left us to it in the house. We had another walk round together and talked about where things were going to go. We weren’t moving in officially until the following day. As we were just about to leave Callum got down on one knee in the hall way and asked me to marry him.



What made you choose your venue, Sandhole Oak Barn?

At first, I had my eyes on another venue and thought that would be the place I would get married. After talking to my florist (Who is a close friend) about the type of venue I wanted she said I MUST go and see Sandhole. I already had the venue on my list to go and view. We went to view venue after venue after venue. The venue I originally liked did not live up to my expectations and I couldn’t see myself getting married there. The last venue was Sandhole and I instantly fell in love with the place. The backdrop and how intimate the setting was really pulled at my heart strings. I could see myself and Callum getting married there. I also had a date in mind that I wanted and the date was available.


How did you choose your photographer?

For me, this wasn’t difficult. I already knew that you had started Wedding Photography and after looking at your style and showing Callum we knew that is what we wanted. After booking the venue, you were the next person we asked to be part of our Wedding day!




What made you decide on a band over a DJ?

I visited WedFest with my Mum and Sister a year after I got engaged. We were just about to leave when ‘Late Last Night’ started to play their set. I kept stopping and saying, I love this song, ooo I like this one too, Wow! They sound really good. I always assumed that a band at a wedding would be far too expensive so never really looked into it. My sister and Mum encouraged me to go over to the stand and enquire on prices. They were so lovely and the price was reasonable for how long they would be playing for. Next step, getting Callum to agree. We drove to Altringham where they play regularly in ‘The Green Room’. Callum equally enjoyed them and we booked them the next day. This was also the same day we both agreed to get a dog haha!




Sadly you had to postpone your original date due to Covid-19, was it difficult to reschedule with your chosen suppliers?

Obviously we were both absolutely heartbroken (me more than Callum, but I am the bride after all haha) that we had to reschedule. We had seen so many people completely cancel but we knew we didn’t want to do this. Our original date was very special to us (24.07.20) as it would have been 10 years to the day we started dating. I wanted to try and get the same day for the following year but unfortunately it was on a Saturday and there was absolutely no chance a weekend day in the summer would still be available and it wasn’t. We managed to get the 22.07.21 in the diary for Sandhole. I then frantically contacted all my suppliers. They already knew that I would be rearranging with them as I had already contacted them when we cancelled the original date. We were so lucky that every single one of our suppliers were also available. This was over a year before our Wedding Day 22.07.21, so they all had enough time to prepare again. They were all so supportive and lovely and couldn’t wait to be apart of our special day. During this time I also decided to get a makeup artist and she was also available. Best thing I ever did!



What did you enjoy most about your day?

Ooo Wow! This is such a tricky question. If I had to be specific, the best part was walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Callum at the end. Standing next to Callum in my Wedding dress holding his hand was something I will never ever forget. Surprisingly this was the part I was dreading the most and it turned out to be the most amazing feeling in the world. Every single part of the day was AMAZING!



Do you have any advice for future couples planning their day?

It’s easy for me to say this now but just enjoy every single part of your special day! Although it can be stressful planning and preparing, it all falls into place in the end. You forget about the little things and just take soak up the love you get from all your friends and family. In my case I married my best friend who I’d already loved for 11 years and your love for each other just gets bigger! I could even go as far as say… choose all my suppliers! If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have had such a stress free and my day look as amazing as it did.