Katy loves Ian | A Scottish Wedding at Sunshine Beach


There were hardly any locals at Katy and Ian’s wedding, which gave a nod to Ian’s Scottish heritage. Their 90 guests flocked from Scotland and various parts of Australia, descending upon Sunshine Beach for a beachside wedding  at Sunshine Beach Surf Club that would wow the out-of-towners. The men were clad in some seriously sexy kilts, and the couple’s first dance was accompanied by a Scotish accordion to add a little cultural flair to the occasion.

Lee from  Life & Love Photography was there to capture all the special moments of the day. 

The Proposal… 

“We were on a holiday in Vietnam at the end of June last year. It was towards the end of the holiday when Ian got up one morning telling me he was going to yoga (we had done it once before on the holiday) I decided to stay in bed because I had a sore knee. Instead of going to yoga, Ian went to the beach and wrote in the sand (using an oar from one of the decorative boats they had in the resort) “Katy, will you marry me?”

We were on our way to breakfast when Ian said the water was looking really good, we should go and have a look. I was pretty hungry and just wanted breakfast, but decided we would go for a quick look. Looking out at the water, it did look really nice, but Ian had to prompt me to look at the sand. He then got down on one knee and proposed. Obviously, I said yes!”

katy_ian_bridestree_0002katy_ian_bridestree_0012katy_ian_bridestree_0011 katy_ian_bridestree_0013  katy_ian_bridestree_0000katy_ian_bridestree_0008 katy_ian_bridestree_0009 “Ian bought his groomsmen personalised engraved decanters. I bought the girls earrings to wear for our wedding.”



Coastal Style


katy_ian_bridestree_0014 katy_ian_bridestree_0015 katy_ian_bridestree_0016  “The most important factor was that we absolutely love every part of the day. We also wanted to make it as much fun for our guests as possible!”

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Ian says about his bride… 

“I love that Katy is perfect for me in every way. She makes me smile in a way that no-one else does and I love sharing my life with her. I think that our mutual FOMO (‘fear of missing out’) is the basis that drives us to make the most of our lives together and to share time doing things that we love with people that mean the world to us.”


Katy says about her husband… 

“Ditto! I love that we have always felt so comfortable together, right from the start. Also, that we make the most simple tasks like cleaning and cooking enjoyable because we do them together.”


katy_ian_bridestree_0028 katy_ian_bridestree_0029 katy_ian_bridestree_0030  “We met through my previous job as event manager for the pipeline industry association. I was organising all the industry networking events and Ian was attending them all. We dated long distance for quite a while before we made the decision for me to move to the Sunshine Coast.”katy_ian_bridestree_0031 katy_ian_bridestree_0032 katy_ian_bridestree_0033 “One of the most special moments of our day was having some time after photos were finished before we had to go to the reception to go back to our apartment with our bridal party and have some down time. It was great to just spend some time together without all the other guests.”katy_ian_bridestree_0034 katy_ian_bridestree_0035  

Wedding Secrets

Biggest splurge: Our rings. We decided these were things that we would be wearing every day for the rest of our lives, so needed them to be absolutely perfect.

Best money-saver: We managed to win the services of our celebrant at the Sunshine Coast Bridal Showcase, so that helped save costs!

Bridal gown: Ella Rosa BE277 from Odyssey Bridal, $1,840

Accessories: Hair piece from Fletcher and Grace, $68. All other accessories were already owned. 

Shoes: Alan Pinkus from Myer 

Bridesmaid dresses: Sugar & Spice

Groom’s attire: Ian wore his own kilt. 

Groomsmens’ attire: Kilt Hire Australia for two groomsmen, while the other two wore their own. 

Rings: Robert White Jewellers

DIY: Cake, place cards, bombonniere. 

Number of guests: 90

Honeymoon: Thailand 

Wedding budget: $23, 000

Who paid: We did. Ian’s parents gave us a gift towards the wedding as well. 


katy_ian_bridestree_0001  katy_ian_bridestree_0003 katy_ian_bridestree_0004 katy_ian_bridestree_0005 katy_ian_bridestree_0006 katy_ian_bridestree_0007  “We chose an alternate three course menu for our guests. Entrée was prawns and ravioli, main was chicken and beef and dessert was a chocolate pyramid and sticky date pudding. The food at the Sunshine Beach Surf Club was absolutely amazing and our guests loved it!”

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Photographer: Life & Love Photography | Florist: First Class Functions | Venue + Catering: Sunshine Beach Surf Club | Bombonnieres: Designer Candy | Makeup Artist: KJ Artistry | Hair Stylist: Coastal Style Mobile Hairdressing | Decorators: First Class Functions | Entertainment: First dance by Andrea Kirwin and Scottish Accordion by Amy Henderson | Stationery Supplier: Vistaprint | Gift registry: Envelope Registry | Celebrant: Ty the Knot | Wedding Night Accommodation: La Mer Apartments Sunshine Beach


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Hi, I’m Sally, Founder and Editor of The Bride’s Tree. Over the past 13 years I’ve written thousands of articles about all things wedding from tips and trends to etiquette and ideas. On this blog I bring you the best of Sunshine Coast and Brisbane weddings.