After moving into their first house together, Siobhan and Ben took a well-deserved holiday to Mexico. During their holiday, they celebrated their 7-year anniversary together on the beach…
Ben thought this would be the perfect moment to go down on one knee and ask Siobhan to marry him.
Siobhan was delighted, of course she said yes!
As they had not had the opportunity to attend many weddings in England, they hadn’t seen many local venues so had to search the internet for inspiration.
Heaton House Farm was the first venue they visited and they fell in love…
“We knew it was the venue for us. Whilst we visited other venues, no venues compared and we couldn’t wait to return with our parents to show them and book our date.”
“We loved how personal the viewing was and we loved the stories behind the venue and farm itself, both sides of our family are from farming backgrounds so it had the added touch in comparison to other venues. We also found all the staff to be very friendly, attentive and organised. We felt they really went the extra mile in getting to know us and join in our celebration. We felt that no other venue had this.”
With the venue booked and a date chosen, it was time to begin the rest of the planning.
Siobhan and Ben decided they wanted to make their wedding day special to them, so although they looked at magazines, blogs and Pinterest, they still wanted to come up with ideas themselves to make the day more personal.
They opted for ‘rustic glam’ as Siobhan loved the idea of glitter and lots of flowers but also wanted to capture the essence of the farm setting.
Katie from Venue Perfection was the perfect fit for the vision they wanted and helped to produce a beautiful scheme. Blossom trees, vases and candles were placed on top of sequin tablecloths creating an exquisite set-up for Steele’s Barn.
Siobhan and Ben were keen to include personal touches so spent lots of time in the garden under the sun making their own signs to add character to their wedding day. They both really enjoyed creating their craft projects and have lots of lovely memories from the lead up to their big day.
Once the theme had been decided and the venue decorated, Siobhan turned her attention to finding a dress.
She began compiling a gallery of dresses she liked and then went shopping with her mum and nana. They visited Emma Louise Bridal and Siobhan was encouraged to spend her time browsing and to try on lots of different dresses in a variety of styles to get a feel for what she wanted.
Picking up an elegant white dress, covered in lace and delicate floral embroidery with an illusion neckline, Siobhan knew this was the one for her. She loved it immediately!
Little did she know this was the exact dress she had first screenshotted!
“It looked so different on the hanger but I loved it as much as the picture I screenshotted when I put it on.”
Luckily, her mum and nana thought this was the perfect dress too!
Siobhan then began looking for bridesmaids’ dresses that would complement her dress and the theme. She chose dusty pink, fitted, floor length dresses with an illusion neckline and intricate lace detailing which suited all of her bridesmaids wonderfully.
The rose gold shoes and accessories helped tie the theme together perfectly.
As Ben didn’t trust himself to sort his and the Groomsmen’s outfits, he enlisted the help of Siobhan.
They picked out a smart dark blue suit with a tailcoat, grey waistcoat and dusty pink tie which looked brilliant on Ben and his Groomsmen.
With nothing left to organise, it was time for the big day…
Siobhan spent the morning getting ready with her bridesmaids and received some special gifts from her husband-to-be! He had Siobhan’s shoes personalised with a heartfelt message to comfort her before the walk down the aisle which has created a lovely keepsake.
A string quartet performed the Bridal March as Siobhan walked up the aisle towards Ben for their beautiful ceremony in the Oak Barn.
In-keeping with tradition, once vows were exchanged, Mr and Mrs Sandover walked down the aisle to the Wedding March.
Everyone made their way through to the bar for Reception drinks and enjoyed the music provided by the string quartet whilst Siobhan and Ben took advantage of the rain easing off to capture a few photos in the grounds.
Steele’s Barn was revealed to the guests and everyone looked amazed at how beautiful it looked as they took their seats for the speeches.
Heartfelt and hilarious from start to finish, the speeches were a huge success. Siobhan’s dad even started signing and dancing part way through his speech!
Ben also surprised Siobhan in his speech by gifting her the number one activity on their bucket list – a hot air balloon ride over Bakewell!
All the guests loved hearing the stories of when Siobhan and Ben first met and their achievements up to the point of becoming husband and wife, and Siobhan particularly loved reliving her favourite memories.
They enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal that consisted of a leek and potato soup, honey glazed gammon and chocolate brownie.
Once they had finished their meal, everyone made their way to the bar for the evening reception.
Taking to the stage, Mr and Mrs Sandover cut their cake to a huge round of applause! The band then began to play ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ by Savage Garden for their first dance.
Siobhan had always imagined this would be her wedding song from an early age and luckily Ben loved it too. Ben reckons that Siobhan had told him two weeks into their relationship that this would be their wedding song!
An 8-piece band, JukeBox, played several sets which got everybody up, dancing and singing along to all the classics.
The guests were also treated to an exceptional Irish Dance performance by Siobhan’s two cousins which created an unforgettable moment. They even invited some of the guests up to have a go themselves!
Everyone danced until the early hours, ending Mr and Mrs Sandover’s day perfectly!
Siobhan’s Memorable Moment:
“Our most memorable part of the day was when everybody was on the dancefloor in the evening, our family and friends were all arm in arm in a circle around us with us in the middle. We all just sang our hearts out and danced our feet off. This moment will never leave us as we had all our favourite people around us, joining in our celebrations – something we will never forget and have the best photos from.”
What did Ben think?
“I wouldn’t change a thing – I would say make sure you join in all the decision making with your wife to be. It’s the best feeling having an equal part in what will be the best day of your life.”
Advice for future couples:
“Enjoy every minute of the planning, it all moves so quickly and take every moment to enjoy the lead up to the most memorable day of your lives.”
Suppliers that made their day:
|Bride’s Dress||Emma Louise Bridal|
|Bridesmaid’s Dresses||Chi Chi|
|Videographer||Up Close Productions|
|Venue Dresser||Venue Perfection|
|Caterer||Vanilla in All Seasons|
|Wedding Cake||For Goodness Cake|
|Wedding Hair||Sarah Meredith|
|Wedding Make-Up||Sarah Meredith|
|Evening Entertainment||Juke Box Band|