When you’re living and working all year long in Canada, but are native from Australia, there is no doubt that getting married in your native country that offers you some most stunning backdrops and experiences for your guest become an evidence. Despite the difficulties to plan their wedding so far away, that’s the choice made by Alicia and Russell for one of a kind beautiful day of their life. We met in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, where I went to high school and Russell was studying to be a mining metallurgist, in 2008. We got to know each other car-pooling to a music festival — it was an eight hour drive each way so we had plenty of time to talk! We bonded over our love of music and I was blown away by how kind and loving he was with his family – who I met during the trip. Since then we have lived all over and travelled together multiple times in Australia and now Canada, where we live with our cat-prince Sidney (who sadly couldn’t make it to the wedding). Although the wedding was in Australia, everything was planned from where we live in Saskatoon, Canada, so there were a lot of late-night phone calls to reach vendors at the right time, and I did a ton of Instagram searching to choose the vendors and location.
Our biggest hopes for the day were that it would be summery and relaxed.
Living in such a cold climate (it was about -30 degrees Celsius on the day of our wedding and most of the time we were away!) we miss the Australian summer a lot so we really wanted the wedding to be outside near the bush and the beach. The town of Busselton was perfect. We both spent a lot of time in Western Australia’s South West region when we were kids, and most members of our families still live quite close, so it made sense to be there. We also needed a venue that really had things under control since we were organizing from so far away, and we knew Old Broadwater Farm and their caterer Supper Road knew their stuff.
I chose my dress (top and skirt from And For Love – Toronto) with some help from my friends and the staff at Sweet Pea and Noelle boutique in Regina, Saskatchewan. I only chose the colour for the bridesmaids dresses – they each chose their own dress. I wanted them all to feel comfortable in what they were wearing on the day, and co-ordinating everyone wearing one dress would have been difficult between the two countries. Because the colour of the dresses was more muted, I wanted our flowers to be bright, but not crazy bright. Susie Lindley at Flowers for Mrs Harris did an amazing job striking the right balance, especially when we weren’t able to meet. I loved the flowers and I thought the deck looked amazing for the reception, day and night.
A lot of our friends from Canada weren’t able to make it but one of them made us a recording of a faux news story (we are journalists) about the wedding with messages from a lot of our friends that couldn’t be there. The hashtag for the night was #Russcia, which the MC’s had a lot of fun with, and our first dance was to Alicia Keys – No One. The aisle song was a cover of Tamia’s So Into You by Childish Gambino.
I wore a crushed velvet blazer made by Lenni later in the night and I had one of the bridesmaid’s grandmother’s ring as something borrowed, blue and old, and everything else was new! My parents brought their Chihuahuas — Sugar and Kahlo — who walked down the aisle with the mother of the bride. Because we have moved around so much it really was a rare (the only!) chance to celebrate our family and friends and the incredible people we know all in the one place. Makeup and hair was by Amore Makeup and Cinco Hair Boutique. Our amazing photographs were taken by Flossy Photography, we couldn’t be happier with them, and she was a joy to have with us on the day and I’ve already looked at them a million times. DJ Emma C watched over the dancefloor for the night.
It was an amazing day and night, everything we could have hoped for and more.
Photography: Flossy Photography| Floral Design : Flowers for Mrs Harris| Dress: And for love| Brides lingerie: Sass & Bide | Bride’s shoes: Ted Baker | Bride’s ring : Satomi Kawakita | Groom’s outfit & shoes : Penguins Formal wear | Make-up : Kesta Anderson | Hair stylist : Cinco Hair Boutique | Celebrant : Emma Dickson | Catering : Supper Road | Cake designer : Sweet Stylin’ | Stationary : Emma Louise Design | Venue: Old Broadwater Farm |Entertainment : DJ Emma C