Beauty of nature on full display at Stacey and Kenny’s wedding
With beautiful flowers and purple heather in abundance, the lush beauty of the countryside was on full display throughout the wedding of Stacey Scott and Kenny Allison.
This element was particularly meaningful for the couple, because exactly one year before their big day, the Newtownstewart man got down on one knee among the wild heather of the Gortin Glens and asked Stacey for her hand in marriage.
Keeping true to their love of nature, the pair were wed in Baronscourt Parish Church, clad with flowers, in a ceremony performed by Reverend Ivan Dinsmore on October 28, 2017.
Their wedding reception took place in the Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick in Co Antrim – a place the couple chose due to its water feature in the bar, the small fish pool at the entrance to one of the suites, and the outstanding staff service. Stacey also said she loved the venue’s big wooden ceiling, because it was ‘perfect for a country couple’ and it reminded her of being in a barn.
The primary school teacher from Baronscourt first met Kenny in the summer of 2012 while on a night out in Rue through mutual friends, and they began dating on August 26, 2012. “I loved Kenny’s sense of humour, and I liked how he always puts other people first,” Stacey described. “He is also the kindest person I know. He’s so generous with his time and will always try his best to help others out.”
It was on October 28, 2016 that Kenny proposed to Stacey after enjoying a beautiful autumn walk around the sparkling lakes at Gortin – a place of many fond memories for the pair. “We regularly go for walks around the Gortin lakes when Kenny is home from England, so I thought it was just a typical walk for us,” Stacey described. “This time he did walk quite a bit faster though!”
Shortly after dandering down to the Gortin Glens, Kenny presented Stacey with a gorgeous white gold, princess-cut diamond ring with diamond set shoulders which he had purchased eight months before. “I was so surprised, and completely over the moon,” Stacey said. “I had pointed it out as my perfect ring, and he bought it just in case he couldn’t get it when the time came.”
Within a month of their engagement, Stacey and Kenny began planning and booking their big day – and happily, Stacey knew exactly what she wanted. “I wanted the smaller details and touches to reflect us,” she explained. “For example, the colour scheme and floral decor echoed the location of his proposal, with the bridesmaids in heather-coloured dresses and purple heather in the bouquets and centrepieces.
“Kenny loves farming, so there were ‘sheep’ touches in the decor and the wedding cake, and a tractor as part of the sweet table.” She added, “I have a horse, so she made an appearance personally during the photos, and some of our wedding photos were taken at the Baronscourt Estate with their kind permission. “We also filled my riding boots with flowers, and filled Kenny’s wellies with heather to decorate the reception venue. It all sort of fell into place.”
For Stacey, wedding dress shopping was something that she thoroughly enjoyed as she ‘surprised herself with dresses she really liked’ and got a chance to laugh at some of the dresses which just looked ‘terrible’ on her. Visiting two shops in one afternoon, the Baronscourt woman tried on many dresses of differing styles, lengths, cuts and shapes – and quickly found the perfect one for her in shop number two. The mermaid-style dress, by dress designer Justin Alexander, featured beautifully feminine ivory lace with a bateau neckline.
When Stacey’s big day finally arrived, she described feeling a bit nervous walking up the aisle with everyone looking at her – but she felt much better when she got to the front of the church with Kenny. “Our service was very relaxed,” Stacey described. “This was thanks to the lovely Reverend Dinsmore, who really put us at ease through planning the whole wedding – and especially on the day.”
She added, “It wasn’t too emotional thankfully, but it was very intense as the vows meant a lot to me. “I also loved my readings and hymns as Kenny and I asked my granda and his granny to help us choose the verses and songs. “I had such a lovely afternoon sitting with my granda and choosing the pieces together. “That is a memory I know I will treasure.”
The 25-year-old concluded, “I know everyone says this, but our wedding was the best day. “I really loved the whole experience. Looking back I think I can actually say I even enjoyed the planning. I didn’t feel like this at the time… but maybe it gets better when you see the result. “Our wedding experience has left so many special memories for Kenny and I both.”
• THE FINER DETAILS•
Wedding dress: Designed by Justin Alexander.
Hair stylist/salon: Wellbeing Spa’s hair and make-up lounge.
Make-up: Wellbeing Spa’s hair and make-up lounge.
Bridal Shoes: Custom-made by mother-of-bride, Tammy Scott.
Bridesmaid dresses: Rosie’s Closet (online).
Groom’s/groomsmen’s suits: Next.
Cake supplier: Baked by Nichola.
Florist: Jude from Floral Temptations.
Church: Baronscourt Parish Church.
Transport: Glendale Limousines.
Mode-of-transport: White Chrysler saloon – treat from father-of-bride, Allen Scott.
Reception: The Templeton Hotel, County Antrim.
Number of guests at reception: 100.
Cake: Three tier, with hessian ribbon around the base of each tier, and handmade edible bride and groom sheep on top.
DJ/band: DJ Gaz.
First dance song: Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – ‘As you are’ (stripped version).
Photographer: Jude Browne Photography.
Other entertainment: DJ Gaz made balloon animals for the adults and children alike.
Honeymoon: Lady’s Well Shepherds Hut near Weston Super-Mare for one week, where couple enjoyed a glamping holiday.