Sarah + Chris' Enchanted Forest Autumn Wedding at The Oak Tree of Peover, Cheshire

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Sarah + Chris
Saturday 16th November 2019 │ The Oak Tree of Peover, Cheshire │ Instagram: @merriwifelife
Sarah and Chris had an Enchanted Forest theme at their autumnal wedding last year. Their wedding day featured lots of DIYs, a pub quiz, two, dresses, a salsa first dance, and a unicorn! Bride Sarah kept her own surname and tells us all about their special day. Watch Sarah + Chris' wedding video here.
Tell us your proposal story...
We got engaged in Bali! We’d rented our own private villa with a pool. Chris proposed on my birthday. We’d hired a chef to come make us dinner. We were so full after that we decided to jump in the swimming pool. And that’s where he proposed! It was so magical under the stars with just the 2 of us.
What was your favourite part of the day?
We dressed the venue ourselves, so the morning was a crazy rush getting ready and everything. During the ceremony there was a moment where we’d said our vows and signed the register. The singers were still going so we just sat and enjoyed the music whilst looking around at our friends and family and all the décor.
Did you have a specific wedding theme?
We started with a loose theme of “Enchanted Forest” after I’d loved looking at pictures on pinterest. As planning progressed the theme ended up being “Us” as every element became something personal and important to us. We decided not to have things just because you were supposed to at a wedding but rather things that were personal to us.
Tell us about the food...
Tapas was the main wedding breakfast! It’s our favourite meal to have out and we loved having lots of little things to share. In the evening we had pizza, macaroons and a wedding cheese cake.
Sarah's mum made her gorgeous wedding cake!

Did you have have anything unusual at your wedding? 
A baby unicorn! My Mum breeds Shetland ponies so I desperately wanted them at the wedding. One of her friends kindly brought Daisy and Trinity along for the reception. My mum made a headdress so she looked like a baby unicorn.
What was your Wedding Budget – and did you stick to it? 
The original budget was £10K which then increased to £15K after very generous donations. In the end we were nearer £17.5K but 6 months later I’ve now paid off my credit card and almost replenished my savings!
What wedding music did you choose?
Song you walked down the aisle to: Peter Gabriel - Book of Love 
Song you walked back up the aisle to:  Waterboys - How long will I love you
Ceremony songs: 
  • Hamilton - Helpless 
  • Greatest Showman - Rewrite the Stars 
  • Les Miserables - Heart full of love
  • Christina Perri - A Thousand Years 
First Dance: Train - Lost and Found
Originally, we planned a slow song, but we took some beginners ballroom and Latin classes and discovered we loved the more upbeat dances. In the end we learned a salsa routine to Train’s Lost and Found. We’d seen them in concert a couple of years ago and loved dancing to the song! We told no-one so it was a big surprise for everyone!
Where did you find all of your inspiration? 
All my inspiration came from pinterest and Instagram! I was so glad I started a wedding Instagram as I got so many good ideas and connected with so many other lovely brides.

Who was your favourite wedding supplier?
I loved all my suppliers but my favourite had to be Andy and his wife, Julie from A W Photography – not only did they do great photographs but seemed to do so much else from assisting with dress emergencies to holding the drinks!
Tell us about your Honeymoon...
We had a minimoon to the lake district the week after the wedding with our first Michelin starred dining experience. We then went to Dubai, Tokyo and Bali for 3 weeks in January – it was literally the best holiday of my life.

Did you make any wedding DIYs?
So many! Flower rings, table centerpieces, wine bottle lights, tissue paper pom poms, favours, ceremony room décor, sprayed wine bottle vases, confetti, card box, table plan, bike wheel entrance signs, tree stands, photobooth – there wasn’t much we didn’t make!

Here's some more of Sarah's wonderful DIYs...


Photographer: A W Photography
Entertainment:  Pub quiz by Router 66 Ents
Cake: Bride's Mum
DJ: Friend – DJ Buka
Ceremony Singers: SUPAS (Sheffield)
Hair + Makeup: Faye Kenyon
Shoes: Topshop
Bridesmaids dresses:  Needle and Thread London
Groom's Suit: Next
Décor: DIY
Photobooth: DIY!

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