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Demetrios For A Relaxed Rustic Wedding At South Causey Inn – Stacey & Henry

14th November 2019 | Katie Byrne

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A natural colour palette, a gorgeous setting and a touch of magic were the order of the day for Stacey and Henry’s celebration.

After getting engaged at Disneyland Paris, Stacey and Henry took just under a year to plan their dream wedding day. With subtle sprinklings of Disney-approved magic throughout (the bride and her ‘maids walked down the aisle to music from Beauty and the Beast, whilst an actual magician kept the newlyweds and their guests entertained later on), this couple had their hearts set on a stylish yet perfectly relaxed celebration in the stunning Old Barn at South Causey Inn.

The couple chose a palette centred around green, with decor comprising wooden touches and swathes of fragrant foliage. All in all, the look was joyous and romantic, with stunning blossom trees adding a fairytale touch that could have stumbled straight out of a Disney movie.

Get the low-down on the couple’s planning experience below and Pin-boards at the ready, ladies and gents – you’re about to get a serious inspiration fix…

With images by Chocolate Chip Photography.

Proposal

Stacey says: We got engaged July 31st 2018 at the ‘happiest place on earth’ – Disneyland Paris! We were getting a photo by the side of the castle on our first morning there when Henry got down on one knee.

I had no idea it was coming: we’re both quite shy so I was totally shocked at where he proposed but he knew it would be the perfect place because we always love our trips to Disney. This one will always be my favourite though – I’ll remember it forever!

Setting

We got married June 27th 2019. It was a short engagement but we’ve been together 12 years so I was very excited to start planning. We chose that date because we were hopeful the weather would be okay at that time of year and we couldn’t have been any luckier – there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. We also wanted a date close to when we first got together which was July 2nd.

We held our ceremony and reception at South Causey Inn, in the beautiful Old Barn. I’d visited it a few years previously and instantly liked it, so we booked a viewing and fell in love with the Old Barn. We knew it was the place we wanted to get married but agreed to check out some more venues to make sure. We only saw two more venues before we went back to book.

I would 100% recommend our venue to other couples. I honestly couldn’t see us getting married anywhere else: the location is stunning, the staff are brilliant and the food is out of this world! The rooms are incredible and the whole place is dog-friendly, which meant we could bring my sister’s dog along to the wedding.

I would also recommend the venue’s Infinity package; it took so much stress away from finding suppliers but also meant we didn’t have to compromise on the wedding we wanted. There’s so much more included than just the wedding day too: I had an afternoon tea hen party and Henry had a clay pigeon shooting stag do. The package also included my room the night before the wedding (which in turn included a mini pamper package with picnic basket!) and we also get to stay there on our first anniversary in a hot tub room!

Theme

We were after a relaxed wedding with a rustic, country feel to it. The Old Barn was perfect for providing the atmosphere we were looking for.

We went for green as our main colour. I wanted something a bit different and I think it worked really well with our theme.

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Dress

My dress was by Demetrios. It was a fit-and-flare strapless style with a sweetheart neckline. I wanted something quite fitted since I’m petite and didn’t want a dress that was too voluminous.

I found my perfect dress at Si Bridal. The girls there are lovely and so helpful! I’m on the busty side so one thing I was looking for in my dress was a high back, allowing me to wear a bra. The dress I chose at the time had a sheer back but the girls assured me it wouldn’t be a problem to fill in the back to match the rest of my dress – and it was perfect!

I loved the lace detail on the dress too. I finished off my bridal look with a cathedral-length veil – also from Si Bridal – which had beautiful lace detail, and wore shoes from Dune London.

Groomswear

We had to go to a few places before we found Henry’s suit. He tried on a couple but they all seemed too formal compared to his normal laidback style.

We wanted to make sure he felt comfortable, and in the end found the perfect three-piece slim-style khaki suit from Moss Bros, which he wore with a textured gold tie. He wore tan suffolks shoes from Dune with a matching tan belt.

Unfortunately Henry’s dad, Harry, passed away ten years ago and he was really missed on our special day. I’d seen pictures of brides with little charms hanging from their bouquets in remembrance of those who couldn’t be there but I couldn’t really find an equivalent for a groom. In the end, I bought him a little pin badge with a photo of his dad on it, which went on his suit jacket.

The best men, groomsmen and my dad all wore the same three-piece suit as Henry but with a yellow tie instead so Henry was slightly different. Our page boy wore a beige linen suit by John Lewis with tan shoes from Next.

Bridesmaids

Finding the colour I had in mind for my bridesmaids was a bit of a challenge. There seemed to be a lot of sage-coloured dresses online but I was worried they would arrive and not be the colour I wanted! I finally found the perfect colour at Brides Dream. I told my bridesmaids they could have any style of dress they liked as long as it was in the same colour so I was shocked when they all chose the same one! For footwear, we got them some nude stiletto heels from Debenhams.

Our flower girl wore the ivory ‘Charlotte’ lace dress by John Lewis with ivory lace shoes to match.

Beauty

Building up to the wedding, I had regular facials by Laura at Clinic 32, who is amazing and really knows her stuff. I booked Marta of Costa Chic for our makeup; I was really nervous about it since I don’t normally wear a lot of makeup but as soon as I met her for my engagement party makeup, she put me at ease.

For our hair, I booked Leanne from Get Up & Pin Up. She understood exactly what I was after and the style stayed in all day. We went for a loose, low updo on me and a half up, half down style for my bridesmaids.

Transport

We all stayed at the venue the night before the wedding. I stayed in the log cabin with my three bridesmaids and Henry stayed in the Forge with his best men so we didn’t need any transport.

South Causey provided a car that took me from my room over the car park to the Old Barn; the car can be used all day. We used it to take us to South Causey’s lake for some couple photos, too.

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Photography

We booked Chocolate Chip Photography. A month before our wedding we met Chris and Shazia down in Tynemouth for a pre-wedding shoot to get used to having our picture taken. They are both so friendly and professional and definitely know what they’re doing. Henry and I really didn’t know what to expect so we were very nervous but they put us to ease straight away and the photos turned out great.

On the day of our wedding, they were both great to have a round – Shazia even helped me into my dress! When we received our photos, we couldn’t believe how many we got and we absolutely love them all. Funnily enough, I always said the only part I was nervous about was standing in front of everyone during the ceremony – the thought of messing up my words terrified me so it came as no surprise when I did exactly that! But I can honestly say it made one of my favourite photos of us from the day and totally relaxed me for the rest of it.

At the minute, we’re trying to narrow down our whole set of photos for our wedding album – it’s proving to be difficult!

Styling

My flowers were by Nico’s Flower Barn and they were amazing! I wasn’t sure what type of flowers I wanted at first, especially with our sage colour scheme. I just knew I didn’t want them to look too neat.

From my first consultation, Nico gave me lots of help and ideas – she really knows what she’s talking about. We decided on a few types of foliage and some beautiful roses. The colours went together perfectly and I was so happy with my flowers on the day, from the bouquets and buttonholes to the flower wand and crown for our flower girl. We also bought wooden ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ hoops to hang from our top table, which were decorated with flowers.

Apart from that, everything else was included in our package with South Causey. The Old Barn is incredible to begin with, so you don’t need to decorate too much. A few weeks before the wedding, we choose the dressing of the room. For our table-runners, we chose hessian with lace on top; we also used the same for bows on the chairs.

We had a mixture of small blossom trees, different sized wooden logs with tea lights and jars filled with flowers for our centrepieces. We also chose to have the large ‘Love’ light behind our top table, which stayed throughout the day to the evening.

Instead of traditional table numbers, we named tables after places we’ve been on holiday together. Julie from Just Occasions made all of our stationery – she’s so lovely!

We also filled two crates full of flip-flops for people with sore feet that went down a treat. I couldn’t wait to change into a pair after my first dance so I could carry on dancing the night away!

Favours

Our favours were mini bottles of RIP gin, made onsite by South Causey. We wrapped them up with a miniature bottle of flavoured tonic. We also gave out small tubes of personalised M&Ms which were printed with our names, wedding date and photo on. For the kids, we had personalised activity books made and a little bottle of bubbles.

Cake

Our cake was made by Sara’s Kitchen and it was amazing! We went for a four-tier semi-naked design with red velvet, strawberry and white chocolate, chocolate and salted caramel, and cookies and cream for the flavours.

The cake was finished off with flowers from our florist and a wooden ‘Mr and Mrs’ cake topper, which included our wedding date. We’ve frozen a slice of each tier to enjoy on our first anniversary!

Catering

After our ceremony, we served canapés with Prosecco for the ladies, lager for the men and mocktails for the kids. Months before the wedding, we had a taster night at South Causey. We had the chance to taste the four starters, four mains and four desserts we were putting on our invitations for guests to choose from. I loved how we didn’t have to choose one dish for everyone!

After tasting the food, we got to stay in one of their hot tub rooms, which was amazing and included in the Infinity package! For our evening buffet, we chose the theme of ‘around the world’ – I’ve had so many people comment on how nice the food was. Unfortunately I didn’t get round to trying the evening buffet but our lovely wedding coordinator, James, left us some food back in our room.

Entertainment

We booked the North Road band for the full day. They played our ceremony and welcome drinks, and also did a set for the evening. They even learnt our first dance song and my father/daughter dance!

We booked caricaturist Paul Slattery to draw our guests throughout our welcome drinks which turned into a great keepsake for everyone. We also booked Paul Lytton magician to entertain our guests between courses of our wedding breakfast. He was definitely the talking point of the day – everyone was amazed by his tricks and we’re still trying to work out how he does it!

As part of our Infinity package, we also had a casino table for two hours in the evening – the prize up for grabs was a night’s stay in one of the venue’s hot tub rooms!

We also booked Picture Book Party Booths and I’ve got to say they provide the best photo booth! We met these guys at the South Causey Wedding Fayre and I’ve never seen anyone else do what these guys do. I’m so used to picking up random props in photobooths and they never look that great but at Picture Book, two members of staff dress you up and get your group laughing before you go into the booth. They asked us to send them a few photos a week before the wedding, which they put onto the layout of the prints and the album with everyone’s photos stuck in, which makes a great keepsake.

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Best bit

I really couldn’t choose my favourite part of our day – everything came together perfectly and it really was the best day of our lives!

Honeymoon

We went to Meeru island in the Maldives for our honeymoon and it was total paradise. For our wedding present, my mum and dad upgraded our room to a jacuzzi water villa, which was amazing. It was so nice to just chill and relax after all the wedding planning.

One of the best parts of it was when we had the Robinson Crusoe experience: we were taken to a private sandbank in the middle of the sea and left there with some chairs, a parasol and a picnic. It was amazing! We also went on a sunset cruise and did some snorkelling, too. It was a holiday of a lifetime and the perfect start to our married life.

Advice

Our top tip for future brides and grooms would be to enjoy the planning process – it can get very stressful at times but it all comes together on the day! Another tip would be to make sure you take some time out of the day to spend with each other. We went back to our room for half an hour between the day and evening, which was lovely.

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