30th March, 2021 | by Alera
“Calling my love my Husband and him calling me his Wife – there’s something special about that title.”
After 3 years of loving each other, this week’s White Lily bride Kaitlyn and husband Lachlan finally said their I do’s during their elegant Cali’ style wedding at the Calile Hotel on James Street, Brisbane.
The Picture-Perfect Proposal
“Lachlan proposed to me after 3 years of being together on a holiday in Western Australia. We had been on a wine tour of the Margaret River and he asked me to marry him at sunset on a private beach with a cheese and wine picnic.”
What was originally planned a backyard wedding, turned into the most exquisite, yet simple and elegant ceremony and reception in the City. Their gold and white decor was the perfect finish to the Californian vibe of Kaitlyn and Lachlan’s venue choice. Carefully placed greens along with white orchids and roses added a romantic touch and completed the tasteful and minimalist theme of the day: “We always wanted a simple and elegant wedding with basic formalities to spend more time with our guests.”
When planning their wedding, Kaitlyn and Lachlan had to deal with many last-minute changes, due to evolving COVID restrictions; However, luckily, none of their vendors let them down in any shape or form: “The top 4 were The Calile as a whole venue, Kate Dawes floristry, Carly Slade our celebrant and Figtree Photography – these 4 vendors focused on every single detail or our day making for a seamless, stress free and relaxing wedding day for ourselves and our families.“
When Kaitlyn first walked into our bridal boutique, she had a clear vision in mind: “There were so many different styles of gowns at White Lily Couture but I gave a description of who I was and my style and the third dress I tried on was the one – the girls at White Lily listened to who I was and what I wanted out of a wedding dress while still including my Mum and best friend in the experience. I felt like I was the only and most important customer in the shop at that time.” Our White Lily bride fell in love with the minimalist and elegant features of ANTIOPE by Pronovias: “…what I loved most was that it was a timeless style that I’ll always look back on and always love it just as I loved it on our wedding day.”
A Piece Of Advice
Experience is our best teacher so here is a piece of advice from this week’s White Lily bride: “…the most important thing I learnt is that it doesn’t matter what you do for your wedding, it is a day about love and if you have the ones you love with you the day will be perfect. Our wedding day was about us but it was also our opportunity to say thank you to all the important people in our lives for raising and supporting us up until that day cause now you have your husband/ wife to do that for the rest of your life.”
Complete the sentence: Being married means a life of endless love and support – ultimately too grow old and grey with the one who annoys you the most in life 🙂
Scroll down to see all images from Kaitlyn’s wedding day
Venue: The Calile
Photographer: Figtree Wedding Photography
Florist: Kate Dawes Flower Design
Cake: Judy C Cakes
Hair: Chantelle Maree Hair
Makeup: Reanin Glah
Bridesmaid dresses: Bec and Bridge
Suits: MJ Bale
Celebrant: Carly Slade celebrant
24th March, 2021 | by Alera
This week’s White Lily bride Cass and husband Myles’ story goes all the way back to 2010. Starting off as friends, their hearts eventually found to one another, in 2017. Now, just over three years later, the Brisbane couple finally gets to share the same surname.
“Myles proposed to me at sunrise on the Caloundra headland. We lived together on the Sunshine Coast prior to moving back to Brisbane in 2019, and we would go for walks along the headland every weekend. Myles called in assistance from one of my best friend’s, Larissa, who has the most incredible eye for detail and lives on the Sunshine Coast, and they got to planning. It isn’t out of the ordinary for Myles and I to spend a weekend on the Coast staying at my parent’s apartment, and it isn’t out of the ordinary for us to get up early and go for a walk along the beach. Myles used these facts very much to his advantage! We got up early on the Saturday morning and headed for Caloundra. When we arrived, it took a while for pre-coffee Cass to catch on! Larissa and her husband, Anthony, had beaten us to the headland and set up the most incredible picnic with fairy lights, champagne, photos, and breakfast for two. As we walked down the cliff I clutched onto Myles, cried, and repeated “no” roughly 16 times. Thankfully, this didn’t throw him! Myles proposed, and of course, I said yes! “
Imagine a rustic warehouse wedding in Brisbane city. A combination of white and copper flower arrangements, hundreds of candles, antique rugs, exposed red brick, and white fabrics draping from the high ceilings at The Warehouse – This week’s White Lily couple nailed their wedding styling: “…we also wanted our wedding to be different than the usual city wedding, we didn’t want something that screamed we were in the middle of the Brisbane CBD.” Challenge completed!
Covid Wedding Chaos
As many of our brides know, planning a wedding for 2020 came with a LOT of obstacles. Since Cass and Myles’ wedding day was originally planned for the Easter long weekend in April 2020, the Brisbane couple had to cancel their plans only 2 weeks prior to the date. Cass and Myles were only just lucky enough to celebrate their hens and bucks party in the pre-covid world. However, postponing their wedding sadly meant that a lot of their nearest and dearest weren’t able to attend: “Myles’ whole extended family and some of our friends are from Victoria, so they were unable to attend in person and celebrated with us virtually. One of Myles’ groomsmen was stuck in London, and we had other close friends stranded in America, Vietnam, and Amsterdam. My grandmother also passed away in late April, so we were devastated.” Heartbreaking!
Vendors – Who Made the Magic Happen?
With help from their wedding stylist Main Event Weddings, the couple created a truly unique ceremony and reception vibe. Almost as though, Covid wasn’t a thing! All details came together beautifully. Their wedding cake from their “cake making queen”, Marina from Marina Machado Cakes completed the reception and tied in perfectly with their rustic, yet chic styling: “Marina is the most creatively gifted cake maker we have ever come across! Not only did she create the cake of Myles’ dream (a good cake was a high priority for Myles!), but she went above and beyond and surprised us on the day with an additional tier made out of white chocolate and raspberry, a flavour I had mentioned in passing was one of my favourites. What. A. Dream!”
The Wedding Dress That Left Everyone Speechless
As Cass walked into our bridal boutique, she had no clue what she was looking for: “The whole experience at White Lily Couture was easy and comfortable. I had been to two other bridal stores and had felt pressure from their stylists to know exactly what I wanted. When I walked into White Lily Couture for my appointment, I gave the stylist a rough budget, told her I had no idea what I wanted, and we went from there! She had me try on all sorts of dress styles to rule out what I didn’t like and to rule in what I felt comfortable in. My bridesmaids and I had a lot of fun, and a sneaky champagne or two! When I walked out of the change room in my Pronovias gown, the girls fell silent. We all knew we had found the winner! I then got my Mum on FaceTime, and the deal was done.”
“You do you! Many people will offer advice/input/tips in the lead up to your wedding, and majority of this comes from a loving place and from wanting to help. However, this can be really overwhelming. Once you learn to politely say “thank you for your input, I will take it on board” and then go ahead and do what you want, planning a wedding becomes infinitely easier. Also, a budget! Make a budget! Make a spreadsheet! Pretend you’re going to stick to it!”
Complete the sentence: Being married means loving each other so much that you want to get the law involved!
Videography: Mitch Birchall Studios
Photography: Paul Bamford (Finch & Oak) for Edwina Robertson
Florist: Kate Dawes Flower Design
Make-up: Lucy Edwards
Hair: Hannah Montgomery
Bridal pyjamas: Midnight Mischief Sleepwear
Bridal jewellery: Ruby & Sage
Bridesmaid dresses: Sheike
Groom’s suit & Groomsmen jackets: Insitchu
Venue: The Warehouse
Celebrant: Brittany Evans
Cake: Marina Machado
Venue styling: Main Event Weddings
Ceremony arbour: Tied-Up Treasures
15th March, 2021 | by Alera
“It’s easy to get caught up in flower arrangements and place cards, but when you take away all of that – what’s left is love! Love for your partner, love for your family and friends.”
A wedding is all about love and that’s exactly what this week’s White Lily bride India wanted to focus on when planning her special day.
White flowers, subtle decor, and a crepe dress that took everyone’s breath away. Simplistic beauty was on India and Nathan’s mind when planning their intimate wedding day. India wanted to ensure that the focus was on the couple only and reflected their love for each other. Shared with only their closest friends and family, our White Lily bride’s choice of minimal and thoughtful decor was beyond stunning and created a truly magical day.
A LinkedIn Love Story
Before we jump into the Brisbane couple’s favourite memories of their big day, let’s talk about how they met. Who would have thought that a job platform could deliver far more than just a career? India was scrolling through her LinkedIn to find a post-grad research connection, as she stumbled across Nathan’s profile: “…he was so handsome and studying at the same university as me. We talked back and forth casually for a while and went on a date and the rest is history!”
Key takeaway: Your LinkedIn profile picture does matter, ladies and gents!
A Day To Remember
With a day filled with so much love and warmth, hearing about India’s favourite part of the day had us in awe: “Being up at the altar and looking at Nathan and feeling like it was only the two of us in the room. We each wrote personal vows so hearing them, holding his hands and feeling so in love in that moment was probably the most memorable part.”
Ivania by Pronovias Atelier is timeless minimalism personified. It is crafted entirely in silk crepe and completely steals the show with its luxurious finishes. As India walked into our Brisbane boutique she was looking for a wedding dress that allowed her to shine: “I loved that it was classic and allowed my personality to shine. I didn’t want a dress that would wear me.” Captured by the talented Megan Kelly, we could not get enough of India’s wedding photos. She looked absolutely breathtaking in her dream gown.
India’s White Lily Couture Experience
“I was actually running a little late for the appointment but the girls were SO understanding and treated me like I was the only person in the store – they let me try on so many gowns and encouraged me to try different styles to see what I liked.”
Something To Learn…
Getting married in 2020, India and Nathan weren’t spared from Mr. Covid. The Brisbane couple ended up changing their wedding date from June to November. By the time the wedding came around, they just had to deal with minor dance restrictions. Despite the stress of planning a wedding during uncertain times, our White Lily bride India was able to focus on what’s most important: “Just remember why you’re marrying this person. Also, get in writing vendor’s Covid policies, should you have to reschedule or cancel, before booking them!”
To Our Future!
Starting their journey as Mr. and Mrs., India and Nathan can’t wait to purchase their first home on the southern Gold Coast and to expand their family beyond their “two fur babies”. So much love for these two!
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11th March, 2021 | by Celine
Shopping for a wedding dress is a different kind of mission. Let’s face it, it is probably the most important outfit we will ever buy. On top of that, it’s a huge investment, which means the pressure is on. In turn, we brides, want to know what’s hot in 2021 / 2022, right?
Yes, even if our wedding is in 2022, we should most definitely start thinking about our dream bridal look – time flies when we’re busy organising your dream wedding day.
Don’t worry – we’ve got you!
After intensive research and hundreds of hours of browsing through wedding magazines, bridal fashion articles, and thousands of Instagram posts and Pinterest pins, we have curated some of the hottest and most fashionable wedding dress trends for 2021 and 2022.
So, let’s dive straight in!
Every Superwoman Needs A Cape
Although this one might not be for everyone, bridal designers sure know how to make us feel like a superhero. Capes have become a huge deal in the bridal world and here is what we love about them.
They add an element of drama
They stand out from the crowd and scream fashion-forward. Nobody is going to forget your dress and your wifey or hubby will be swept off their feet. A sleeve calls for an unforgettable entrance with loads of drama.
They add coverage, without limiting your ability to move
Many of us don’t like feeling too exposed. Instead of going with a sleeved option, a cape is a great way of adding some coverage, without having to deal with the movement restrictions a sleeve may come with.
Transformable Looks A.k.a. Two-In-One
Speaking of dresses with capes, wedding dress designers are focusing on creating more versatile looks than ever. With a few simple add-ons, our brides can transform their look within minutes. Who said that you needed multiple dresses for your wedding day?
No need to double your budget
If you’re on a lower budget, you don’t need to sacrifice your wishes of having multiple wedding looks.
Less commitment. More options
Don’t want to commit to one look? Make last-minute adjustments and wear what you feel most comfortable in on your big day!
Puffy sleeves, tiered skirts, ruffles like there is no tomorrow, and we are 100 percent here for it. Go bold or go home, it’s your big day! This trend most definitely isn’t for everyone, but it’s also not one to forget.
They add a fun element
The creative and beautiful designs add a fun element to your bridal look
Edgy yet Simplistic
Ever struggled to find the right balance between allowing you to combine your love for simplistic fabrics with edgy designs? You should jump on that train!
So here you have it: in 2021 we’re getting out of our cage and committing to bigger and bolder wedding dress designs and bridal looks. We’ve been sitting at home, hiding from the world, for too long. It’s time to shine.
8th March, 2021 | by Alera
A breathtaking county scenery, gorgeous dried flower arrangements, and a mission to unite two lovers, for life. This week’s White Lily bride Meagan’s wedding day was pure perfection.
It’s a Love Story, Baby Just Say Yes
Meagan and Kieran first met on a night out at the Royal Exchange Hotel in Toowong. As it turns out, the RE truly is a matchmaker – Kieran finally proposed to Meagan on a mountain top, whilst traveling Canada, in December 2019.
Wedding Planning & Styling
As the months went past and Covid slowly hit Australia, the Brisbane couple decided to move their wedding date from September to December.
“We were fortunate enough that we were in the country that all restrictions were lifted come November. But the day is about you and your partner whether you have 5 people or 100 the love between you and your partner will not change so go ahead with your original plans.”
When their wedding day finally arrived, things couldn’t have worked out more beautifully.
Meagan and Kieran created a rustic-themed day with soft tones and blush decor. The country backdrop offered the perfect balance of grand scenery mixed with an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
Putting a large emphasis on securing the perfect images on her wedding day, our White Lily bride’s precious moments were captured by Shutter and Lace Photography: “I remember two weeks after being engaged I messaged liv from shutter and lace to see what dates she had available for 2020.” And they truly turned our magical!
The gorgeous low back and show-stopping train of INGRAM by Stella York made Meagan fall in love with her dream gown: “I felt like a princess in it… I loved the detailing on my dress and the style enhanced my figure.“
The White Lily Experience
“From the first time I stepped through the door it was professional, from choosing my the gowns I loved to trying them on it was an amazing experience. There was no pressure at all and the extra treatment of providing champagne just topped it off.”
From Bride to Bride
We get the best advice from those with experience, so here are Meagan’s words of wisdom to all future brides: “Plan your wedding exactly how you want it, embrace all the planning because the day goes so quickly.”
With Covid changes being an all-time risk, Meagan also stresses to remember that the day is about you and your partner: “…whether you have 5 people or 100 the love between you and your partner will not change…” Despite the challenges throughout her wedding planning journey, our White Lily bride Meagan is now as proud as ever to call Kieran her husband. The loved-up couple is now looking forward to sharing the same last name and spending the rest of their lives together.
Scroll down to see all the gorgeous photos from Meagan’s wedding day!Venue- family property at KumbiaPhotographer – shutterandlaceVideographer – mad rose filmsFlorist – linard floralCake – cakealiciousHair – corinnejfMakeup – chantalhartmuaBridesmaid dresses – Shona joySuits – coppards menswearMarquee – fairytale events equip for hire
2nd March, 2021 | by Alera
Our White Lily bride of the week Brianna and now-husband Luke’s love story is as raw as their special day. Meeting at only 18, their friendship slowly but surely grew into a beautiful bond for life.
Wedding Styling And Decor
Colourful decor with a gorgeous mix of pastel and vibrant flower elements created a warm and intimate atmosphere on Brianna’s special day. After saying their vows, surrounded by luscious greenery and their nearest and dearest, their elopement continued with a beautiful barn set-up.
Just like their ceremony, Brianna and Luke’s reception was unique and intimate with one sole focus, love!
“Our wedding was just our immediate family who live interstate and we hadn’t seen in such a long time due to Covid. There was just so much love!”
When looking through their incredible wedding images, there is no way we would have guessed that the entire day was planned four days prior to the date only. After fully embracing their wedding planning journey as a couple, Brianna and Luke’s plans completely fell through. Upon having to postpone their big day from September 2020 to February 2021, the couple decided to cancel their wedding and go ahead with an elopement in December. It wasn’t until our bride’s mum pulled this gorgeous plan together, that the Queensland couple had any idea what their elopement day was going to look like:
“I had never been to Osteria’s wedding venue before and really had no idea what our wedding was going to look like. Walking through those doors and seeing the incredible wedding my mum organised and decorated for us, and my amazing husband tearing up down the end of the aisle was just such a magical moment.”
When Brianna and her mum walked into our boutique, they were on a mission. Our White Lily bride had been virtually eyeing-off her dream wedding dress INESSA by Stella York for a while, and finally came to our Red Hill boutique for a fitting: “The moment I tried it on I knew it was the one – the skirt is just incredible! I couldn’t stop twirling in it all day!“ And just like that, Brianna had found her dream gown.
Advice From The Bride
With many things going wrong leading to her wedding day, Brianna’s advice to future brides is to just go with the flow and to enjoy the process with all changes and challenges: “Embrace the fact that some things are going to be out of your control because it makes up a part of your story, and remember that it will be the perfect day in the end because you get to marry the love of your life and that’s what it’s really all about. “
Future As Mr. & Mrs
Being able to finally go through life as husband and wife, Brianna and Luke can’t wait to start their long and happy future together: “to start a family, buy a home, travel and experience all of life’s rollercoaster by each other’s side.”
Scroll down to view all photos from our White Lily bride’s special day.
If you’re currently stressing, remember: All of this was pulled off in four days only!Venue: OsteriaPhotographer: Pineapple ImagesVideographer: Camp on the Hill FilmsFlorist: The French PetalStylist: Table Jewels Wedding StylistsCake: Cute Sweet ThingsHair: Fox Lane StylingMakeup: Moksha MakeupBalloons: Jazera’s party and eventsVeil: Casea BridalWedding Coordinator: Hitched in ParadiseCelebrant: Ben Carlyle Celebrant