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
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.
22nd February, 2019 | by Alera
No amount of weather was going to rain on Tess & Jayden’s parade for their special day! Their rainy day nuptials were hosted at Osteria Casuarina in Northern New South Wales. The couple infused a vibrant mix of colour, native greenery and elegance to create their once in a lifetime celebration.
Tess looked sensational in her Lexi gown from US designer, Enzoani (Sample no longer available in store), as she made her way toward her soon-to-be husband in their luxe combi van. Her bridesmaids, equally stunning in simple, midi length gowns. We love how Tess mirrored her silhouette with her bridesmaids’ ivory spaghetti strap gowns.
4th September, 2018 | by Alera
There is nothing more special than helping a dear friend find the dress of her dreams and then watch her walk the aisle in it. This is what Creative Director Alera, was able to do to celebrate the wedding of Linzie to her husband, Tom in sophisticated style. An absolute dream for any bridal store owner!
The wedding took place in Tasmania at acclaimed Aloft Restaurant overlooking the bay. The couple envisioned a relaxed atmosphere where guests could mingle in a warm and cosy setting. The location provided just the space.
Linzie wore Dravidia, a crepe fitted gown by Pronovias with long flowing train and high neckline. The bride chose to leave the sweeping back open; opting not to wear the detachable beaded back-piece but to air on the side of simplicity. Paired with a bespoke Tania Maras headpiece and classic cathedral veil, her look was both timeless and elegant – a true reflection of her personal style.
The day was all about love, family and commitment as the couple tied the knot in front of loved ones from around the world. Tom’s niece and nephew made special appearances in lieu of a bridal party ensuring a stress-free evening for all who attended. “Seeing Linzie walk down the aisle in a gown I helped her choose was a true privilege for me” said Alera. “She could not have looked a more perfect version of herself if she tried”.
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Photographer: Acoma Photography
Venue: Aloft Restaurant
Florals: Botanical Hobart
Hair: Agape Hair
Makeup: Liv Rodgers