30th March, 2020 | by Alera
Crossing paths at senior year formal thanks to their best man Kurt, Zoe and Zach had no idea that they would later wed in a stylish and intimate Summergrove Estate wedding.
“I went to Zach’s year 12 formal with our best man, Kurt and Zach at the time had a girlfriend. Two years later, Kurt invited me to his 20th birthday party, where Zach and I re-met,” she said, “luckily, Zach had just broken up with his girlfriend… and the rest is history!” Zoe said.
When planning their special day, it was important for the couple to trust their vendors to ensure everything ran as smoothly as possible. “It was important to me that I trusted my vendors so that our wedding day was a beautiful, happy, stress free day for all of my family and friends,” she said.
It is without denial that your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life, and for Zoe, seeing Zach waiting at the other end of the isle was a pinnacle moment. “Seeing Zach’s face full of emotion at the other end of the isle when I entered was so special,” she said, “and of course seeing how happy our family and friends were the entire day.”
Zoe wore the classic A-line Meadow gown, featuring lace and tulle detailing and a little tad of sparkle. “I love how unique my dress was; the ivory colour and the beautiful detailing – it’s just a little bit extra,” she said, “who doesn’t want to be a little bit extra on their wedding day!?”
When asked to offer advice to other couples who are preparing for their wedding, Zoe said:
“Start your wedding planning early. Don’t leave things until last minute. We had everything finalised weeks before the wedding day and this meant we were completely relaxed and could properly enjoy the lead up to the wedding and the wedding day itself.”
The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in the Maldives relaxing and eating incredible food. “Zach planned the whole honeymoon as a surprise. I found out where we were going when we arrived at the airport.”
The couple has recently purchased their first home together and are super excited to have a place of their own, build memories and start a little family.
Venue: Summergrove Estate (Instagram: @summergroveestate)
Photographer: Kirk Willcox Photography
Videographer: Sunny Day Films (Instagram: @sunnydayfilms)
Florist: Joy Fiori Florals (Instagram: @joyfioriflorals)
Cake: Milk and Honey Cake Creative (Instagram: @milkandhoney.cakecreative)
Hair: Petula Jade Hair Stylist (Instagram: @petulajadehairstylist)
Makeup: KM Makeup Studios (Instagram: @kmmakeupstudios)
Bridesmaid dresses: My mum made these!
Suits: Bruno Suits
Rings: Anthonys Fine Jewellery (engagement ring), Mount Ommaney Showcase Jewellers (wedding bands)
Ice Cream Cart: Wheel & Spoon (Instagram: @wheelandspoon)
Hire: Event Letters (Instagram: @eventletters)
25th March, 2020 | by Celine
In these uncertain times, we have made the decision to place a hold on all appointments from Monday the 30th of March until the beginning of May. This decision has not been made lightly, but we feel a social responsibility to look after not only our brides, but our staff, their families and our beloved Sunshine State during this time.
24th March, 2020 | by Alera
Meeting in drama class in high school, Maddy and Dominic have been in each other’s lives for the past nine years, leading them to wed in a coastal wedding ceremony on the blissful Ladies Beach followed by a celebratory reception at The Flying Fish Restaurant in Port Elliot, South Australia.
When planning their wedding, the couple ensured everything that they booked and organised reflected them. “I wanted every detail to have a significant meaning to us so that the whole day was memorable,” she said.
“The day was about us, not pleasing others, and we had the best day ever.”
Wearing the delicate and contrasted laced Geneva gown by Stella York, Maddy felt like herself: beautiful, comfortable and excited to show off her gorgeous gown. Sharing the most memorable moment of their wedding day was their first kiss as husband and wife in their favourite place, “it was perfect!”
When asked what advice she would give to couples preparing for their wedding, Maddy offered these words of wisdom:
“Don’t sweat the small things! DIY as much as you can, it’s fun. Stay true to yourselves when booking suppliers and enjoy the process, everything works out perfectly on the day I promise.”
The couple will embark on their honeymoon later this year travelling the UK, Italy, Greece and France. Following this, Maddy and Dom can’t wait to get their sky diving license together and travel the world. “We want to build a life from our shared values and love for the ocean, our family and friends… and maybe babies one day,” she said.
Ceremony Venue: Ladies Beach, Port Elliot, South Australia.
Reception Venue: The Flying Fish, Port Elliot, South Australia.
Photographer: Christabel Ballard Photography
Florist: Simply Sublime Events
Cake: Angel Wedding Cakes
Hair: Sinead Mcbeth and Taylor Thomson
Makeup: Natalie Jade Beauty
Bridesmaid Dresses: Beginning BoutiqueSuits: Connor
Jewellery: Lunarsea Designs
10th March, 2020 | by Alera
After first meeting in high school and later becoming friends during college, Monique and Alex battled a year of long distance after securing teaching jobs in different places – Adelaide and Tasmania. After a job opening for Monique, she relocated to Tasmania joining Alex, who have now tied the knot at the historic and picturesque Stonefield homestead in Tasmania.
Like most weddings, Monique and Alex wanted their special day to reflect who they are as a couple: a small guest list, an intimate and fresh garden venue with bumblebees also in attendance, plenty of food and their favourite music as the soundtrack to their special day. “We loved that Stonefield provided buffet dinner and dessert for everyone, no one left the reception hungry,” she said.
After not sleeping well the night before her wedding and trying to control her butterflies all morning whilst her bridal party got glammed, Monique recalls that the instant she saw her husband waiting for her, it all vanished. “That was the best feeling, and I’ll always hold onto that feeling of joy, confidence and peace as I saw him grinning (and crying) back at me.”
Monique was incredibly confident walking down the aisle in her timeless and romantic A-line Grove gown from Australian label, Stella York. In love with the little cap sleeves and the subtle sparkles in the bodice complimented by the dreamy tulle skirt, that was the perfect length for Monique. “It was so god darn comfortable – sucking me in in all the right places and I was still able to run, twirl and dance all night long,” she said, “truly my perfect dress.”
When asked what advice Monique would share with couples who are preparing for their wedding she said:
“When things get crazy (because they well and truly do), stop and think “do WE really care about this?” – not your guests or parents or whoever but you two. Does it really matter that your centrepieces are a different shade of gold to what you originally planned? All that matters on the day is you two – you won’t even look at the centrepieces! Have those special people in your life involved in your day in some way! It was all the more memorable and personal for us having one of our wonderful friends MC our reception and our mentor and friend say some words about our story during the ceremony. My very close family friend is also a pastor who flew all the way from the States to officiate for us.”
Since wedding, Monique and Alex honeymooned in beautiful Oahu, Hawaii, spending their days snorkelling, kayaking and turtle spotting on the North Shore. However, that was only after a day’s delay when their first plane was struck by lightning leaving Australia.
The couple looks forward to lots of travelling, laughing and just experiencing the world together. “We just want to follow the path God lays out for us and love and support each other through it all,” she said.
4th March, 2020 | by Alera
A day eagerly anticipated by the White Lily team is when one of their own become the bride, and that is exactly what happened when long-term employee Jess married her now-husband, Khan at the InterContinental Resort nestled into the beautiful surrounds of Sanctuary Cove.
Jess and Khan have been friends since high school. From unstoppable besties at school to young adulthood, it was only after they’d graduated that the two started dating. With a strong foundation to their relationship, they knew they would still thrive even when Khan began his deployment with the Australian Defence Force. She and their two fur babies – Duke and Hank – were always extremely excited to welcome him home after months away.
Anyone trying to organise their wedding around deployment dates will tell you – it can be quite the conundrum! However, after the dates were finally set, their wedding began to take shape!
Prior to her wedding day, Jess had plenty of time to narrow down her bridal style! Working with wedding dresses-galore, she had six years of trying on dresses at the boutique, which was particularly helpful in understanding the textures and falls of fabrics on her figure. It was no longer a matter of knowing what she wanted in a dress, it was now that she knew what she didn’t want. “Listening to the team make guesses on which dress I would wear was helpful in knowing what they thought would suit me,” said Jess, “and they’re the experts!”
Being such a central part of the White Lily family, it’s safe to say we had all been waiting for the day to come when Jess would reveal her wedding dress. However, the bride-to-be kept her cards firmly to her chest when it came to the style. Jess endured months of non-stop guesses from every direction!
Although a risky move for some brides, as Inventory Manager, Jess wasn’t afraid to order a classic soft A-line Mori Lee dress embellished with buttons down the back straight from the catalogue. The end result? Perfection.
“I know it’s super cheesy!” She explains, but her favourite part was the fact “That it was a White Lily gown.”
“From the moment I started working at White Lily, we all knew one day Khan and I would get married, it was just a matter of when, so I love that it is from a place that is really important to me.”
When planning her wedding, it was important for Jess to keep it simple, wanting her bridesmaids to feel comfortable and confident. “It was also really important to me for Khan to choose his attire, which was an amazing surprise when he was standing at the other end of the aisle.”
Reflecting on her special day, the most memorable moment was her sister Kitty driving her to the ceremony in her late brother-in-law Nick’s car. Although tinged with sadness, this moment allowed Nick to hold a memorable part in their day forever. Kitty “showed great strength,” said Jess “and even better – she brought snacks and a banging playlist! It’s a special moment only she and I will share.”
The advice our White Lily bride and Inventory Manager would offer to future brides is:
“Stay on the same page. It’s really important to remember that you’re not just planning a wedding, you’re preparing to be husband and wife!”
Looking into the future, Jess and Khan are excited to build their house, and potentially add another puppy to their family!
You can see inside the couple’s Sanctuary Cove wedding down below.See how their big day unfolded below!Ceremony Venue: Intercontinental, Sanctuary CoveReception Venue: The Island, Surfers ParadisePhotographer: Sunlit Studios
Florist: Khan’s Mum!
Cake: Krispy Kreme
Hair and Makeup: Julianne Edwards (Instagram: @julieanneedwards)
Bridesmaid dresses: Review
1st March, 2020 | by Alera
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7th – 21st of March 2020
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