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Livia Munro and Ken Galbraith had an intimate wedding, tucked in a cabin amid snowy mountains at the Callaghan Valley
Livia coached Ken’s daughter in basketball for seven years before they started talking. She was planning a trip to Boston and Ken, who knew the city well, offered her some advice and gave her tickets to an event while she was there. When she returned in September of 2014, Livia wanted to thank him. They went to dinner at Vol au Vent, a French restaurant in White Rock, and they couldn’t stop talking.
“That’s where I had an epiphany,” says Ken. “She was the love of my life.”
Things moved quickly after that. A week into their relationship, the couple was living together and within three months, Ken planned the proposal to coincide with the winter solstice. “We’re both Scottish and it’s a Celtic tradition to celebrate the light of winter,” he explains.
“Liv was my light of winter after all this time alone, so I travelled to the Sunshine Coast with my entire Scottish kilt outfit, put it on in the back seat of the car and asked her to marry me on Bonniebrook Beach.”
“Having a winter wedding was the closest we could get to the feel of the Scottish Highlands,” says Livia. “We both wanted a winter wilderness wedding over a weekend, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, with a small group of people we loved,” says Livia. They chose a December date and began pulling together the details.
But some exciting news changed their plans: the couple learned they were pregnant with their son, Lachlan, and he was due in December. So they postponed the celebration until March, hoping a winter scene would still be possible; the snow held out on the mountaintops for their picture-perfect Highland wedding getaway.
Guests travelled 14 kilometres by snowmobile to reach Journeyman Lodge in Callaghan Valley, where they enjoyed a weekend of wedding activities. The ceremony was held in the lodge’s dining room, which was later rearranged to accommodate the reception.
Livia wore a strapless lace and silk Monique Lhuillier gown from Bisou Bridal, with accessories from Tiffany & CO. Ken looked dapper in a traditional Galbraith family clan Scottish kilt with a jacket from Hector Russell Kiltmakers in Edinburgh. Though the wedding was in the “middle of nowhere,” Livia still treated herself to hair and makeup by Kerry Waring.
The couple’s invitation suite and day-of signage and stationery—which included welcome signs for the doors, signs along the snowmobile path, dinner menus and welcome notes for each guest—were handwritten by Love By Phoebe.
Billies Flower House in Squamish arranged Livia’s rustic, wilderness-inspired bouquet using Scottish thistles, roses and anemones. Flowers adorned the wedding arch and the deep hues and white florals continued at the table, along with thistle at each table setting.
Long-stemmed candles and brass vases from A&B Partytime Rentals enhanced the wintry décor along with the Galbraith tartan table runner.
Wedding planner Aurora Krenus, with Alicia Keats Weddings + Events, was one of the first to know Livia and Ken were expecting. Livia says she worked hard to lose her pregnancy weight just 12 weeks before the wedding in order to fit into her gown. “The staff at Bisou Bridal were amazing—they allowed me to do gown fittings up until three days before the wedding!”
The couple designated jobs to their guests, assigning one to music, another to assembling the large wedding cake and others to the chocolate and whisky bars. The couple’s 24 guests sat down for a four-course, family-style dinner at a long table, catered by Chef Jason Harris. To cap the evening, they enjoyed a custom cake by Cake by Nicole and a gluten-free carrot cake made by Livia’s father.