28th July, 2020 | by Alera
Being surrounded by friends and family, Christian couple, Danielle and Jicaro, said their vows in a dreamy ceremony at High Church. Followed by a gorgeous reception at the Emporium Hotel in Southbank, their special day was absolutely magical.
As Danielle would say, the way the couple met was “quite 21st-century style…”Although Danielle and Jicaro went to the same High School, they didn’t really know each other, until they met through Facebook. Just after graduation, they realised they were the ones for each other. Thanks, Mark.
When Danielle and Jicaro got engaged, they only had five months to plan their wedding. However, they both knew that they wanted their wedding day centered around the Christian faith. “The most important part was, of course, our ceremony and our vows to each other.“
And just how they imagined, their wedding day turned out to be everything they had wished for. We asked Danielle what the most memorable part of her special day was, and she said that she was blessed to be marrying the love of her life and best friend. “We were just so blessed to be able to have our wedding shared with our closest family and friends.” Isn’t that just beautiful?
When Danielle came to White Lily, she fell in love with the intricate detailing of our gorgeous TATUM gown by Zavana Couture. “I always envisioned a unique and beaded wedding dress. It was exactly what I wanted and couldn’t believe I found it.” And she looked absolutely stunning!
Since the couple only had a few months to plan their wedding, Danielle’s advice to future brides is to not overthink decisions. “Having only 5 months from when we were engaged to getting married, made decisions much easier as we didn’t have too much time to think about it. We didn’t think twice. “ Taking away the pressure from having to make every single detail picture-perfect, makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable.
Being in the midst of our current pandemic, the couple had already planned to postpone their honeymoon for later this year. Now it is just a matter of time until they can take off. “We are still hoping to travel to Europe particularly visiting Italy!” Just imagine sipping on a glass of wine and enjoying the Italian sunset with your husband. How dreamy! In the meantime, Danielle and Jicaro are working on their plans to build their dream home together.
Scroll down to view photos from Danielle’s special day!
23rd July, 2020 | by Celine
Let’s Talk Wedding Invites: 4 Fun Ways To Nail Your Invites in 2021!
Acrylic Wedding Invites
Do you want to stand out from the crowd? With acrylic invites, you are definitely stepping up your game. Your guests will 100% LOVE these! So what even are they and what makes acrylic wedding invites so special?
The wording is printed on the clear acrylic surface, which gives your invites a modern and minimalist, yet unique look. The thick and shatterproof material is extremely sturdy, which means you don’t have to worry about your invites getting ruined in the mail. If you are looking for that “wow factor”, acrylic wedding invites are the way to go.
Downside? They are definitely more expensive than your traditional invites. It really depends on your budget and how much you can spare for your invites. There are less expensive versions like vellum, which is a translucent material but isn’t as thick as acrylic.
It is 2020 – It would be rude not to mention E-invites!
Since technology has become part of pretty much EVERY aspect of our lives, sending paperless wedding invitations is definitely something you should consider.
Instead of printing hundreds of invitations and sending them manually, you now only need to hit a button, and off they go! We’ve already got to deal with a million other things when planning our wedding, so why not stress less about the invites? They are not only more sustainable but also cost less and are way more reliable. Instead of having to worry about your invites getting lost in the mail and people not actually saving the date, you can just re-send reminders and keep everyone in the loop with updates.
P.s. You don’t need to be tech-savvy. There are a number of online providers in Australia that deal with designing your invites and taking care of all other things tech:
Paperless Wedding: Free E-Invites + Wedding Website plans (3-week free trial)
Greenvelope: Effortless Online Invitations and RSVP Tracking
paperlust: Get a free matching wedding website for selected designs.
Only downside: WE LOVE OUR STATIONARY! The feel of holding your wedding invite is definitely something a lot of brides don’t want to miss out on.
Let’s get creative! Calligraphy isn’t only absolutely stunning, but also super fun. We got to work with The Pleasantry, who showed us how to turn words into art. If you are wanting to add a romantic element or dramatic statement, calligraphy invites are just right for you. The hand-lettered calligraphy also makes them extremely personal and unique.
Downside: Calligraphy is time-consuming. If you do them yourself, they can take a long time. Depending on your skills and guest list, you might want to outsource. But even then, most calligraphers schedule two-week turnarounds.
If you are going for the minimalist look, you will probably want to miss out on this one. Boxed wedding invitation scream GLAM! They absolutely stand out from the crowd and give your guests a real feel of what to expect from your wedding day. Nobody is going to want to miss your special day!
Downside: Boxed invitations are definitely not a budget option and you should always keep your increased shipping costs in mind.
Image via Beacon Lane
What is your wedding invitation going to look like?
13th July, 2020 | by Celine
Shopping for a wedding dress isn’t always smooth sailing. To make sure that you can enjoy the whole process, we’ve summarised 8 super common mistakes, you should avoid at all costs. At the end of the day, finding ‘The One’ should be a fun and exciting experience. With our tips in hand, you are all set to find the dress of your dreams without making any mistakes along the way.
So let’s get right to it.
Mistake #1: Wrong timing
When shopping for a wedding dress, you should always keep the right timing in mind. Although picking a dress can be done in a day, there is a whole process involved when it comes to making and altering the dress for you. “So when should I start looking for a dress?” We recommend starting shopping 10 months before your wedding day.
Mistake #2: “I am going to lose 10 kg before the wedding, so I’ll order a size smaller.”
We love setting goals. We’re all about setting goals. HOWEVER, when it comes to ordering a wedding dress, going a size smaller because you think you will lose weight before the wedding, is a big NO-NO! Your wedding dress is probably going to be the most expensive dress you will ever buy. It would be an absolute disaster, to get to the day of to only realise that your dress doesn’t fit. We’re not saying that we don’t believe in you; but altering your dress once you’ve reached your goal, is much safer!
Mistake #3: Bringing all of your friends and family to the appointment
We know. It’s tough. “Mum wants to come for sure, and if I bring Lisa, I also need to invite Rachel” and so on…It can be extremely tricky to keep your crew small. However, bringing along 10 people means that you’re going to be influenced by 10 different characters, who probably have extremely versatile tastes and opinions; and that can be hella confusing!
Mistake #4: Letting your loved ones take over the decision-making process
YOU are the one getting married. YOU are the one wearing the dress. And YOU should be the one making the decisions. Don’t let yourself get talked into something that you’re not. Take on advice, but don’t let anyone alter your taste. It’s YOUR day!
Mistake #5: Being too set on one style or not knowing what you’re after at all
Everybody is different. Every bum, every back, every bone. Unless you’ve tried on wedding dresses before, you might have no idea which style is going to suit you. Doing your research is great as long as you stay openminded. Your dream dress might be something you would have never looked at in the first place. However, knowing the rough direction can save a lot of time and confusion. Going into an appointment without knowing what you’re after at all, might leave you with 100 different dresses, not enough time, and way too much confusion! Do your research here.
Mistake #6: Shopping without context
Knowing what theme your wedding is going to be, makes all the difference. Are you getting married outside or inside? Are you getting married in a ballroom or out on a farm? Is it going to be The Great Gatsby or Twilight? The bottom line is: your dress needs to match the style of the wedding! Coming into an appointment without knowing your location or wedding theme, can leave you with a wrong dress choice. And nobody wants to buy two wedding dresses!
Mistake #7: Trying on too many gowns
It is kind of like going into a store and trying on different perfumes. It doesn’t take many different fragrances for your brain to turn into mush. By the time you discover the right “smell”, you can’t even tell what makes it unique anymore. The same thing happens when we try on too many wedding dresses. It gets to a stage, where your brain can’t process the different gowns and details that come with them. Keep your collection small!
Mistake #8: Being unrealistic with your budget
Trying on dresses that are out of our price range can be tempting. With all the excitement of finding ‘the one’ perfect dress for us, we might not be so strict on the budget we had in mind when first entering the store. It’s easy to forget about the bigger picture and all other costs involved, so make sure to think carefully before overstepping your budget. Remember, your wedding dress still needs to be altered and eventually dry cleaned and preserved. Keep all of those hidden costs in mind, when determining your budget.
7th July, 2020 | by Alera
It was the intimacy that made their special day unforgettable. White Lily bride Hannah and Adrian’s wedding day was filled with laughter, joy, and endless love.
From high school friends to partners for life – Hannah and her husband Adriaan’s journey began way back in year 8, when they were placed in the same class together. As their friendship formed throughout the years, Hannah and Adrian went to year 12 formal together and finally started dating not long after graduation. High school sweethearts in a nutshell!
As COVID19 struck, Hannah and Adriaan’s initial plans of having their big white wedding with 120 guests was cancelled. However, waiting around wasn’t an option for the both of them. ”After a lot of thought we decided we didn’t want to wait any longer to be married and moved forward with 16/05/2020 and the restrictions were lifted to 10 guests the night before so our immediate families could come!”
In the end, it was the intimacy that made their wedding day unforgettable. They moved the wedding to Adriaan’s parents farm, where they celebrated by a fire and created memories they will cherish forever. “It was just about us wanting to be married and not all the big stresses of a normal wedding.” Can it get any more romantic?
When Hannah came to White Lily, all the the stress and anxiety from moving her wedding forward vanished. “Lisa was so kind and caring and just made the experience very enjoyable… The whole process was faultless and I’m very thankful to White Lily! ”
Although, Hannah didn’t initially want to try on GENEVA by Stella York, she ended up saying yes, as soon as she saw how beautifully it fit. “I love that it was really beautiful in its design, it wasn’t in your face but it had so many small details in the lace and bedding.” Hannah ended up looking absolutely stunning in her dress.
Given the stressful times Hannah was put through, she was able to give one major piece of advice: Don’t stress about the small things! “Before the wedding got cancelled I was so stressed about flower placement and how many canapés etc but once it wasn’t possible to have the big wedding it just put it all in perspective! It’s about you and your partner getting married and sharing that special moment together.” Sometimes we just need to rewind and think about what truly matters. In the end it’s all about the love, isn’t it?
Initially, the couple planned to spend their honeymoon on Hamilton Island; however, they decided to postpone their plans to next year. “…we just ended up spending two nights in Maleny together in a little cabin which was very romantic and sweet.” Although things didn’t go as planned, the freshly married couple is beyond excited to spend the rest of their lives exploring and having fun together.
White Lily bride Hannah really shows us, that no matter what curve balls get thrown at you, true love always wins.
Scroll down to see photos from Hannah and Adriaan’s special day!
Photographer: Nevermist photography
Florist: Gwen Floral Co
Cake: Jocelyn’s provisions
Suits: Hallenstein Brothers
Bridesmaids: Forever New
1st July, 2020 | by mediachip
White Lily bride Sheree and Greg’s church wedding exuded opulence and a true love. Their wedding was surrounded by their family and friends, stunning art-deco detailing and a modern elegance.
Sharing an epic love story, the pair met in Brisbane through mutual friends the weekend before Sheree moved across the country to Perth. Sparks flew from this initial meeting and after moving to WA, Sheree and Greg stayed in contact almost daily for three months online before Sheree decided she needed to move back to QLD. So Greg flew over to Perth to rescue his true love and from there, the pair drove from Perth back to Brisbane together and haven’t been apart since. “It was the best decision I have ever made,” Sheree says. Talk about true love!
Uniting at the beautiful St John Vianny’s Catholic Church in Manly, Sheree and Greg prioritised their guests feeling loved in their wedding planning. “I really just wanted everyone to have an amazing day with us and to have all our friends and family together” Sheree explains. “We were just both so excited to be getting married to each other.” The stunning church architecture of St John Vianny’s was the perfect location to say I DO for the couple, before moving from Manly to the CBD for for their sit-down reception at MIRRA events.
Coming to White Lily Couture after recommendation from her maid of honour and best friend, Sheree found wedding-dress shopping easy. “There were so many gorgeous dresses at White Lily but as soon as I put my dress on, I knew that this was exactly what I was looking for.”
Sheree stunned in Pronovias’ Eithel gown, a mermaid gown crafted in delicate lace and tulle, hugging in all the right places and finishing with a long, sophisticated train. “I absolutely adored my wedding gown. I had always wanted full lace and the cut on this particular gown suited my body shape perfect.” She effortlessly styled her bridal look by adding spaghetti straps to her dress and wearing jaw-dropping chandelier earrings from Brisbane jeweler, Christie Nicolaides.
Her favourite moment of the big day? “Walking down the aisle and seeing the look in Greg’s face as he was standing at the altar waiting for me.” What more could you want?
Offering words of wisdom to future brides and couples, Sheree emphasises the need to focus this during your wedding planning. “At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you marry your partner, the little things and details at the time seem important, but really, your guests won’t even be aware if something hasn’t turned out exactly how you had planned. ”
Post-nuptials, the pair enjoyed their dream honeymoon in Europe, exploring Malta, Tuscany and Nice for three weeks. “It was the most perfect, relaxing honeymoon and the trip of my life!” Looking excitedly to the future together, two is becoming three! “We are currently expecting our first baby at the end of June!!”
See how their big day unfolded below!
VendorsVenues: Church: St John Vianny’s Catholic Church, Manly & Mirra Events
Photographer: Figtree Photography
Videographer: Dreamlife Wedding Photos and Video
Florist: Pollen Weddings and Events
Cake: Katie Brown
Caterer: Mirra Events
Hair: Aurum Bride
Makeup: Kate Devlin
Bridesmaid dresses: Shona Joy...
6th July, 2020 | by Alera
For the bride who radiates confidence, global glamour and impeccable style, there’s Martina Liana – the embodiment of the modern bride. White Lily Couture is thrilled to be welcoming this iconic Australian label to our collection from 18th July 2020.
Showcasing couture craftsmanship, every cut, every embellishment, every consideration of a Martina Liana design is made with one idea in mind: to create unforgettable and everlasting bridal couture which follows their brides’ love stories. Blending a couture feel with quality with exquisite design, White Lily are so excited to be soon showing this Australian bridal label.
Dressed in show-stopping detailing, when you select a Martina Liana creation, you wear something far more than just a wedding dress. You make a statement. One that exemplifies the style, the attitude and the elegance of the bride, and the woman, you are. With launching this new collection, White Lily are showcasing a Brisbane-exclusive Martina Liana Trunk Show from 18th – 25th July 2020.
Receive 15% off Martina Liana orders during the Showcase and celebrate the collection with us in the boutique! Book your Bridal Appointment for the Martina Liana Launch now to find your dream couture dress!
MARTINA LIANA 2020 LAUNCH AND TRUNK SHOW
18th – 25th of July 2020
15% off all Martina Liana orders
Photography: Linzie Russo Photography
Hair: Sarah Neill Hair
Makeup: Boudoir Blush Beauty & Makeup
Flowers: New England Flower Co.
Model: Danielle Palmer