PHOTOGRAPHY BY HERA STUDIOS INC.

Dedicated athletes Carlotta and Alex skate into matrimony with style to spare


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here do a petite ice princess from Northern B.C. and a figure-skating, football-loving lad from Blackpool, U.K., meet-cute? Why, in Huntsville, Alabama, of course.

A 19-year-old professional skater with Disney On Ice, Carlotta Edwards first spotted her 19-year-old ice-skating prince, Alex Demetriou, in the lobby of their tour hotel. She remembers being immediately smitten by the newcomer’s brown eyes. Alex recalls that first meeting, too, “I thought to myself  ‘Wow! What great legs she has.’”

The course of true love did not run smooth, at first. “He was too stuck-up for me,” says Carlotta, who took to teasing him backstage about the number of safety pins it took to keep him in his costume. Alex assumed she was flirting. Turns out, he was right.

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For more than six years, the pair either spent every day together or were separated for months between gigs. After touring five continents, Alex proposed in a rose-filled hotel room in Brazil.

“We wanted a venue close to water, either a lake or the ocean,” says Carlotta of their search for a location. “And it had to be accessible for our international guests,” adds Alex. When the U.K.’s Lake District proved too remote and expensive, they found Vancouver’s Brock House while surfing the web from a café in Italy. Two and a half years of long-distance wedding planning followed, often over Skype with up to a nine-hour time difference.

They wished upon “star” wedding planner Margot Watt of Petite Pearl Events to help make their dreams come true and, in fairy-tale fashion, the entire day was exactly how they imagined it would be.

“The sun was shining and a cool breeze floated over the Brock House lawn during the ceremony,” Carlotta says. Adding to the magic was a perfect sunset. “It was the type of sunset that you dream of and it settled behind the mountains as if Mother Nature was painting us a picture.”

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Carlotta wore a Hayley Paige gown she found at Vancouver’s Blush Bridal Boutique, paired with her grandmother’s silver bracelet. Alex donned a midnight blue tux from Indochino with a ring his father and grandfather had worn at their weddings.

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Cornflower blue Hayley Paige bridesmaid dresses were ordered from a shop in Florida near the port of call of the cruise ship where the bride and groom were performing. The international roster of groomsmen wore navy Asos suits. Black & Lee Rentals cut down on fitting stress by ordering three sizes for each man.

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The ceremony took place under an old-growth oak tree that was draped in white muslin and green vines. Carlotta and her father, a pianist, walked down the aisle to processional music he’d composed for the occasion. 

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The venue provided a classic marquee and fairy lights, while wedding planner Margot Watt added rustic West Coast touches with stones in the place settings and driftwood on the welcome table.

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The antique-window-turned-seating-chart and whimsical font for the table menus were sourced by wedding planner Margot Watt and drew inspiration from a photo the couple found on Pinterest. “We liked that it was a small accent of vintage, and it suited our timeless style,” says Alex.

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Given a simple white-and-green theme by the bride and groom, Celsia Floral created a veritable garden of delights. White and cream roses, white ranunculus and white scabiosa were paired with plumosa and West Coast fern varietals for the bouquets and tablescapes.

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Bri from BeeBeeBisous worked closely with Margot Watt to achieve the couple's vision of a West Coast wedding. For the menus and signs, Bri created a dappled, watery texture that invoked pebbles under the surf at a shoreline and brought in a hit of grey blue. The font was chosen for its timeless, handwritten feel  — like a personal note on each place setting. 

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The “Rustic Buttercream” cake by A. Elizabeth Cakes was simple and beautiful. Accented in white flowers, the top tiers were vanilla with white chocolate chai ganache. The bottom tier was chocolate with salted caramel buttercream.

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The first dance turned into a bit of a karaoke party when the bride and groom and 80 assembled guests serenaded each other with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ Can’t Take My Eyes off of You.

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ADDITIONAL VENDORS

Videography + Photobooth: Hera Studios Inc.
Hair + Makeup: Katie Elwood
Decor Rentals: Bespoke Decor, Upright Decor, Elizabeth Stanley Event Design
DJ: Man About Town Entertainment (Shane)
Officiant: Karen Ell
Limo: Boss Limousines