Getting to Know – Sandhole Oak Barn

Venue Name: Sandhole Oak Barn

Location: Near Congleton, Cheshire

What type of venue is Sandhole Oak Barn and how old is the building?

Sandhole Oak Barn is a breathtaking barn wedding venue that provides a relaxing and romantic setting with truly idyllic surroundings. Set on the banks of a private lake and with rolling Cheshire countryside all around, you’ll struggle to find a more picturesque place to tie the knot.

Sandhole Oak Barn wedding venue in Cheshire

Tell us a little about the beautiful venue’s history.

Sandhole has been home to the Worth family for five decades. Originally all farmland, Sandhole began hosting weddings in 1995 and is believed to be the first farm in Britain to do so. In 2005 the stunning, oak-beamed barn was built and now provides an enchanting setting for country weddings. Sandhole is still family run and we take immense pride in our venue and our collective bespoke approach.

Couple by lake at Sandhole Oak Barn

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Sandhole Oak Barn?

Couples will find plenty of space for up to 140 guests for both ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. In the evening, you’re welcome to invite a further 40 guests.

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Getting to Know – Warble Entertainment Agency

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Company Name: Warble Entertainment Agency

Interview With: Joey Burdon

Location/Coverage: UK and Europe

What does Warble Entertainment Agency do?

Warble Entertainment Agency is the home of the UK’s best wedding acts and entertainers. Everything you need is in one place to make planning your wedding entertainment easy and stress-free.

The Jet-Setters, Warble Entertainment Agency Act

How did Warble Entertainment Agency get started and how long have you been going?

Warble Entertainment began in 2007 with the vision of helping couples find the perfect wedding entertainment for their big day, regardless of budget, theme or style.

Our ethos from the beginning has always been one of reliability and passion. We know how stressful wedding planning can be so we always aim to make things as easy as possible. A lot of couples are surprised at how simple and straightforward the process is! I also find it’s part of our role to make the process fun. Too much of wedding planning can be notoriously difficult or joyless. Wedding entertainment is one of the most exciting parts; we know this and like to share it with you.

Bride Dancing

Where do you cover?

Our awesome team of wedding entertainment brainiacs are based in Cheshire, however our entertainment options cover the whole of the UK, Europe and even Worldwide!

Couples planning a destination wedding can choose from a huge variety of wedding entertainment with experience in performing abroad too.

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Bride with groom sitting on bonnet of Jeep - Picture by Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography

Getting to Know – Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography

Bethany Lloyd of Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography

Company Name: Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography

Interview with: Bethany Clarke

Location/Coverage: Based in Yorkshire but travel all over

How did your business get started and who works at Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography?

Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography is Bethany Clarke and Matthew Lloyd. Wedding photography was a natural progression from our career as photojournalist. We have both been full time professional photographers for over 10 years, and have photographed hundreds of weddings.

Bride with groom sitting on bonnet of Jeep - Picture by Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

Yes, being a photojournalist was always my dream job. I’m lucky to have travelled the world for some incredible publications, as well as capture some of life’s most important moments for many families.

Bridesmaid pulling out bride's long veil - Picture by Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

Based in Yorkshire, Bethany Lloyd-Clarke Photography covers the north of England and London (we lived in London for many years), but we’re happy to travel. We also shoot a couple of destination weddings each year.

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Getting to Know – The Prop Factory

Company Name: The Prop Factory

Interview with: Carys Jenkinson

Location / Coverage: Based in Exeter but cover all areas of the UK

Introduce The Prop Factory

The Prop Factory is a seven year old amazingly unique prop and furniture hire company. We hand-make beautiful items to hire for weddings and events from nearly 90% recycled, reclaimed and second hand materials. We don’t use any nasty chemicals and say “NO!” to fibreglass. Most of our items to hire are handmade from wood or fabric and a little bit of metal. We don’t sell any of our products either so you’ll only find them here.

Bride sitting on pink sofa available to hire from from The Prop Factory

Who works at The Prop Factory and what are your roles?

We are a small team of six working in the heart of Devon, obsessively foraging, creating, following trends, setting trends, drinking tea and being generally inspired and excited by all things pretty, weird and fun.

  • Carmen: Director, Prop designer and Marketing Manager
  • Adam: Director, HR and Customer service manager
  • Jim: Logistics Manager
  • Laura: Prop Maker
  • Carys: Stylist
  • Tricia: Website Creator

Cream and gold candelabra available to hire from from The Prop Factory

What’s your story? How did The Prop Factory come about and how long has the company been running?

The Prop Factory started in 2011 by 23 year old single mum Carmen Croxall, while she was at University. It has now grown into a warehouse of wonders.

Carmen started in the industry with a small vintage china hire business, and soon after had the passion and knowledge to create something amazing with prop hire. The company began as ‘The Very Vintage Hire Company’ and then changed face to ‘The Prop factory’. This is indeed an accurate description as we are a Factory making wonderful Props.

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Orangery with wedding ceremony seating at Gaynes Park

Getting to Know – Gaynes Park

Venue Name: Gaynes Park

Location: Near Epping, Essex

What type of venue is Gaynes Park and how old is the building?

Gaynes Park is a breathtaking barn wedding venue in Essex, with a wealth of ceremony and reception spaces, glorious gardens and remarkable views. The venue has everything you could need on your big day, from a stunning cottage to prepare beforehand to fantastic fine dining wedding food. There is luxurious accommodation on-site too, provided separately by Gaynes Park Ltd.

The estate has been in the Chisenhale-Marsh family since the 1780s. The 1,000-acre estate comprises approximately 300 acres of woodland, with wood milled in the listed barns. Seasoned in the open-sided Gather Barn, the wood was then used as ship masts and supports in mines. This rich history is still clear to see and provides a wonderful sense of authenticity to Gaynes Park.

Orangery with wedding ceremony seating at Gaynes Park

How long has Gaynes Park been a wedding venue?

Gaynes Park has been a wedding venue for 12 years. In that time we’ve catered for many magical weddings, helping couples make one the most important days of their lives extra special.

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Gaynes Park?

Couples will find plenty of space for 150 guests for a civil ceremony in the Orangery, Mill Barn and Gather Barn. All options can use different seating plans, offering flexibility and choice. Wedding breakfasts in the Mill Barn can hold a maximum of 150 guests too, with space for a further 50 for the evening reception.

Gather Barn at Gaynes Park

What rooms are available for couples having their wedding at Gaynes Park?

On your wedding day you have exclusive use of the peaceful and private Apple Loft Cottage before the ceremony, the light-filled Orangery, the unique, open-sided Gather Barn and rustic Mill Barn. Set within the grounds and picturesque gardens, every aspect is yours to enjoy as you wish. Exclusive use comes as standard for weddings at Gaynes Park.

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