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)
3rd June, 2019 | by Alera
Calling all CURVE brides! We are thrilled to announce that White Lily will host Queensland’s only Studio Levana Designer Event. Shop the latest designs from this premium Israeli designer specialising in gowns for women with curves and save a bonus 15% off!
The collection offers a modern take on bridal wear for size 16+ including figure flattering A-lines, ball gowns and fitted styles cut and finished to perfection. Using unique European laces, hand finished bead work and ornate detailing, every gown is handcrafted by the Studio Levana team in Israel and can be customised to suit every bride. Known for their “magic corset” inclusion the fit and support of these gowns must be seen to be believed!
11th December, 2018 | by Alera
You asked – we listened!
While we have always prided ourselves on our diverse sample collection covering a huge range of sizes, we recently decided it was time enhance our available options in size 16+ gowns. Hence, we welcome our all new Curve range; further extending one of Queensland’s largest collections of sample gowns for our babin’ brides.
We firmly believe that every bride deserves to feel special and drop-dead-gorgeous while bridal shopping and your wedding dress selection shouldn’t be limited due to size. We now stock an exclusive range of gowns in an extensive variety of sizes, which can be ordered up to a size 30! Yass! The collection features fabulous fabrics such as crepe, lace, mikado and tulle in all silhouettes! Think everything from va-va-voom mermaids gowns, to whimsical flowing A-lines.
Embrace your curves! Book your bridal appointment online here.
Check out some of our amazing new styles below! Or browse the collection here.
Photography: Bulb Creative
Hair & Makeup: Rachael Harris
Florals & Styling: Clara Jean Events
Neon Signage: Neon Republic
4th November, 2018 | by Alera
Over 40 Nicole Spose gowns are making their way to our boutiques and needless to say, we are all a little excited! Luxury by design, these masterpieces are designed in Milan showcasing the latest trends in European bridal couture. For a limited time only, White Lily Couture Brisbane will showcase a hand-picked selection from the 2019 collection for an exclusive Designer Showcase.
Brisbane: 10th – 1st December
Schedule your appointment to view and try your favourites and we will gift you 15% OFF your order! But hurry, limited spaces remain.
11th April, 2018 | by Alera
After our recent relocation to Musgrave Road, Red Hill we couldn’t be happier with our new digs. The space is welcoming, full of modern, luxury touches comprised of a palette of soft blush, emerald green, black and hints of gold. Creative Director, Alera Kingham wanted to “bring a contemporary, fresh feel to bridal in Brisbane” and the result certainly lives up to that!
With a all new layout, our gown collection is now available to view in it’s entirety in the gallery on the first level of the boutique. Arranged by designer, the collection is easy to browse with the help of your consultant and full of dreamy gowns ready to try on. On level two the bridal dressing rooms await in a room full of natural light, white exposed beams and timber floors. A relaxed and inviting space perfect for saying yes to the dress!
One thing that has not changed Alera added “is our dedication to premium service that is both caring and professional. That’s a White Lily promise that is at the core of our company values and that every bride deserves when the step through our doors”.
Schedule your once-in-a-lifetime bridal experience today and be a part of the new White Lily story. Bookings are filling fast – visit our online booking calendar to schedule yours.
19th February, 2018 | by Alera
We are proud to present Australian label Wildflower by Malachi exclusive to White Lily Couture. The epitome of romance and all things pretty these beautiful designs are crafted and hand finished in Adelaide using the finest fabrics.
Designed to enhance a woman’s shape the Wildflower collection represent effortless beauty, ideal for today’s modern bride. Couturier and designer Sok Hoffmann is passionate about quality workmanship and finish. Her years of experience offers brides old-world dressmaking and workmanship with modern tailoring and design.
Try the gorgeous range at your appointment and be one of the first Queensland brides to wear a Wildflower gown. Bookings essential – Call 3367 8870 or book online to secure yours.
20th December, 2016 | by Alera
Karla & Ben’s enchanted wedding was a magical day filled with love and happiness.
26th September, 2016 | by Alera
WLC real bride Jessamy married John atop scenic Mount Tamborine. The couple had a colourful ceremony in the gardens beneath a canopy laden with hanging flowers.