We are proud to introduce our blog readers to Sydney and Stacy, the mother/daughter team who runs Cousiac Manor! Read on to learn more about their gorgeous venue and how they turned a family home into a wedding venue!
We are a waterfront wedding and event venue located between Williamsburg and Richmond. We are a family-owned business — the farm has been in our family for nearly seventy years.
How did you get started in this business?
I was inspired in planning my own daughter’s wedding, an outdoor waterfront celebration. Also, as business owners in an entirely different field, we were interested in a new venture, especially one that would preserve our family heritage on the Pamunkey River.
What differentiates you from other businesses in your field?
We are a family-owned business and a mother/daughter team. We work very well together to provide the best experience for our clients. Many of our clients have said that what they love most our venue is that there are no restrictions, and that we’re a blank canvas. The possibilities for different looks are endless!
Why do you like working with weddings?
We love the fact that we are included in a bride and groom’s special day. They can always reflect on their day and where they celebrated! We also enjoy the fact that we are sharing our home preservation with a group of people that are making wonderful memories! Most of all, we enjoy getting to know each unique client and seeing the creativity they bring to their wedding day. Their creativity brings out the beauty of Cousiac Manor!
From a vendor’s point of view, what is the best bit of advice you can offer engaged couples?
Keep things in perspective! When planning and attending my own wedding with my mom, we knew not everything would go as planned, and it didn’t! Inn the end, it doesn’t matter exactly how things played out — if your flowers were designed properly or if the food was perfect. It matters how your guests were made to feel and if they felt genuine love amongst your family and friends!
Where do you find inspiration or motivation?
Sydney: My inspiration would definitely be my parents. Both have struggled with adversities, yet have succeeded and are both very hardworking.
Stacy: My motivation is to make my clients happy and give them the best possible service. I want to ensure that we make each wedding a joyous occasion.
What do you like to do when you’re away from work?
We enjoy being outdoors, riding bikes, antique shopping, and gardening.
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
For the last twenty-five years, I have been a childcare owner!
Thank you, Sydney and Stacy, for answering our questions! To learn more about Cousiac Manor, please visit www.cousiacmanor.com.