29th April, 2020 | by Celine
We’re excited to be reopening from May 1st for a limited amount of appointments!
28th April, 2020 | by Alera
When Don temporarily moved to the Sunshine Coast from Canada to attend a few close friends weddings, he had no idea it would lead to his own. With plans to return home, they were quickly cancelled after meeting his now wife Kristen at a Sunshine Coast bar. However, for this couple it wasn’t the big and extravagant wedding they had planned due to the current regulations surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. Instead, this couple eloped in an intimate and simple ceremony at the Sunshine Beach Surf Club.
Flashback to a month ago, Kristen and Don were in the final stages of preparing for their big day when the new federal regulations were issued. With a lot of mixed feelings, the couple considered eloping, but that wasn’t without rebate. “I had a lot of mixed feelings about this as I really wanted to have the big day I had been planning for over a year, and most importantly I wanted my family and closest friends to be a part of it,” Kristen said.
“We actually postponed the wedding and made an announcement that our wedding would be held in a year’s time, sharing with everyone the new date,” she said.
Three days prior to their original wedding day, the couple rang their celebrant and decided to tie the knot and elope. “We have kept our new date for next year and plan on having a huge party will all our guests at the same venue,” she said, “I’ll wear my dress again, and I’ll be the lucky lady who gets to wear it twice and still be with the same man.”
The most memorable moment of their special day was the sharing of their vows. “They were so personal and intimate. We didn’t have to worry about anyone else listening to them so it definitely took away some of the nerves,” she said.
Like many other couples eloping in these times where social distancing is required, they still wanted to share in the celebrations with family and friends. “We set up a live stream via Zoom for our immediate family and our bridal party,” she said, “It was so great as they all felt a part of our special day.”
“Our celebrant contacted our parents and asked them to write something special that he could read and share with us at the ceremony, making it super personal and had us all in tears – the celebrant included,” she said.
Kristen wore a Made with Love bridal gown featuring lacing. “I was obsessed with the 3D lace effect on the dress,” she said, “I just knew it was the one from my first appointment.”
When asked to share advice with other couples looking to elope or scale-back their wedding during the pandemic, Kristen said:
“The only advice that I would give that I didn’t really take into account was the quality of the live streaming for the ceremony. Although my family and friends who Zoomed in and watched were so happy to see it, they couldn’t hear what was being said as we only streamed via the mobile phone app. This didn’t bother us but if that’s important to you I’d suggest maybe looking into other programs or devices to record.
Just remember that the day is all about you and your partner and it will make you embrace the moment.”
Now married, Kristen and Don look forward to buying a house and starting their own little family. “One great thing to come from our elopement is that we saved a lot of money which will set us up a lot quicker than we had initially planned.”
Venue: Sunshine Beach Surf Club
Photographer: Kayla Temple Photography
Florist: The Orange Blossom
Stylist: Made to Match (she will be styling the party next year)
Cake: One of my dear friends surprised me with a home made cake which was really beautiful
Caterer: My now-husband’s boss paid for us to pick up some take away pizza and some of their finest red wine from a local Italian restaurant called Cinque Terre
Hair: The Mane Label
Makeup: My original makeup artist couldn’t do my makeup due to the restrictions, but thankfully my good friend Katie Burton offered to do my makeup last minute on the day when I told her I had to do it myself (she deserves a shoutout)
24th April, 2020 | by Celine
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and given the current global situation (yes, the dreaded “C” word) looking for the perfect gift has become considerably more difficult. If you’re anything like us at team White Lily, then I’m sure your usual plans of generations uniting to spend the day together somewhere special need to be reconsidered.
22nd April, 2020 | by Alera
Meeting at just 15 years old, Cassie and Blake shared in a beautiful day full of love 11 years later, where they sealed the deal in a vineyard wedding in Port Macquarie.
Cassie and Blake were fortunate enough to wed on March 21, a day prior to the new laws and restrictions coming into place in light of the current global pandemic.
Meeting through a friend on a beach trip as teenagers, the couple are impressed they can still stand each other 11 years later. “As soon as I got home from the beach that day I had a MySpace add and he liked every single one of my photos,” Cassie said.
Planning their wedding, the most important thing was to enjoy the journey the not the destination. “Because we had such a long engagement it was all I talked and thought about, but also made sure I enjoyed and treasured every planning moment,” she said, “do you!”
Both Cassie and Blake share in the most memorable part of their day being the ceremony. “It was so raw and we were both crying, emotions were high but it was just so lovely,” she said, “the second most memorable is dancing until late.”
Cassie recalls her visit to White Lily to find her wedding dress as a dream that was meant to be. Wearing the Linwood gown by Enzoani Trunk show, her whimsical dress did all the talking. “It fit like it was made just for me,” she said, “I loved the plain design down the bottom with the stunning detail all on the bodice.”
“It was comfortable and I wasn’t afraid to dance in it, and Blake said it suited me,” she recalls.
When asked what advice she was offer to couple who are preparing for their wedding she said:
“Remember the day is about you two only; not about the cake, not about the food or who has to pay for alcohol, it’s about you two and coming together with your love. It doesn’t matter if it’s rain hail or shine it’ll be the best day of your life. In the lead up really take some time for yourselves! Get a few days off before the wedding. Blake also says to leave time to plan and save, there is no need to rush it.”
The couple were meant to embark on their honeymoon in early April, however with the current circumstances worldwide they have had to postpone to October. “We don’t mind as we now have something extra to look forward to,” she said, “we are still keeping a week in April and will hopefully head somewhere hinterland.”
When looking into their future together, Cassie and Blake see a beautiful future with their dog Luna, but also with an addition one day, and a lot more travelling with the aim to go somewhere once a year. “Right now we are going to enjoy this time and continue our little family bubble as the Mckenzie’s, who knows what lies ahead and that is the beauty of it!”Venue: Little Fish Restaurant & Vineyard
Photographer: Keegan Cronin Photography
Videographer: Matthew Baker
Florist: Botanic Merchant Port Macquarie
Stylist: Jack & June Port Macquarie
Cake: Fika for Days
Hair: Plum Studio
Makeup: Nessa Gillan Beauty
Bridesmaid dresses: Shona Joy
Suits: Groom’s suit is custom made by Hockerty and the groomsmen outfits are by ConnorRings: Mine was custom made with Blakes Grandmas sapphire at Port Heritage Jewellers.
Cars/ Transportation: Our friend and Boss Nick!Beautiful Live Music: Leigh I’Anson MusicDog walking and transport: WOOFS dog ServicesCelebrant: Celia at Wishbone Ceremonies
16th April, 2020 | by Celine
In recent weeks, social and physical distancing has completely dampened every plan I had made for the next several months, weekly date nights included.
14th April, 2020 | by Alera
Brought together at Hills International College in Jimboomba – a golf academy school – Sophia and Anthony share a decade of friendship and six and a half years as a couple, prior to wedding in a classic and timeless ceremony at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove.