5th July, 2021 | by Alera
Warm tones of orange paired with wooden furniture and luscious greens were the perfect combination to create this week’s White Lily bride Beth’s dream wedding. Surrounded by New Zealand’s beautiful nature, Beth and Joey’s special day was as raw and beautiful as their love for each other.
From a young age, Beth and Joey knew they were destined to be together. Their love story goes all the way back to when they were only 15 and was finally sealed on a weekend getaway to the Sunshine Coast: “… we went and watched the sunrise by point Cartwright lighthouse, he got down on one knee and I was a blubbering mess. One of the best moments of our lives, just the two of us, on the beach, at one of our favourite spots which has now become one of the most special places in the world to us. “ A few years later, the couple finally got to say their vows, which is, by the way, a memory the couple will “treasure forever.”
Rustic Autumn Vibes in Canterbury
Getting into the cooler months of New Zealand’s Canterbury, Beth and Joey wanted to embrace the Autumn theme and decided to go for a venue that reflected their personal style. Surrounded by vines with orange rust colours at Cossars Wineshed, the couple knew they didn’t need to add a lot to make their dream wedding stand out: “We are pretty relaxed people so wanted the style to reflect that- nothing too over the top, our wedding venue was beautiful already…”
The Dream Team
With help from Safia from Cossars, Beth and Joey’s day went by seamlessly. Captured by Sarah Clements and Velvet Photo Cinema, the Queensland couple was able to enjoy their special day at their fullest: “Our photographer and videographers have outdone themselves on the memories they have created for us. They were also so fun and just hyped us up the whole day! We tossed up about getting a videographer for a long time and my goodness we are so glad we did! The first night we got the highlights video back we watched it at least 20 times and cried and laughed every since time. Worth its weight in gold!”
Enzoani’s Lace Dream
Beth fell heads over heels in love with our MARIANNA gown by LA-based designer Enzoani: “I absolutely adored my gown on the day. It’s the perfect combination of classic and feminine. super fun to wear and the train is to die for. The intricacy of the beading and lace detail is like nothing I saw in other dresses. Even when I got the alterations done they commented on the craftsmanship that would have had to go into making this dress. When I tried this dress on it was everything I ever imagined my wedding dress to be and I felt incredible in it on my wedding day.”
Beth’s White Lily Experience
“From the get-go I felt so incredibly comfortable and supported by the ladies at WLC, my dress fitting was slightly unusual due to COVID restrictions so it was tricky not having my nearest and dearest there with me but after my first appointment and lots of photos to those closest to me it was a clear consensus as to what dress was ‘the one’. I never felt rushed at any point in the day or to make a decision. My dress had to be shipped to New Zealand as I had moved back there to live and all the ladies made that whole process so seamless and organised it all for me which took a lot of stress off! I would 100% recommend WLC the range of dresses, expertise, and experience was like no other!”
Advice to Future Brides
Getting married is all about celebrating love and embracing your emotions: “…feel every emotion and don’t hold your emotions back, cry if you want to cry and laugh at any opportunity, we spent the entire day laughing and smiling with the odd tear here and there and it was so perfectly ‘us’.” We love this piece of advice and couldn’t agree more!
Beth’s favourite part about being married is knowing that her husband Joey will always have her back: “You are part of a team now and how cool is that that you get to spend the rest of your life with your teammate!”
Being married means committing to one person in every aspect of life from making them smile, giving them all the love, and doing the dishes. It’s about the big things and the small things, the deep discussions and the one person you know will always have you back and the small things every day that you do for your husband/wife can seem inconsequential but can make married life incredible.Venue: Cossars WineshedPhotographer: Sarah Clements Photography (scphotographynz)Videographer: Velvet Photo CinemaCelebrant: Hannah DuderFlorist: Cressy and CharmedCake: The Cake Eating CompanyCatering: The Catering CompanyHair: Graceful hair artMake up: Chrystal O’Brien MUABridesmaid Dresses: Shona JoyGirls PJs: Sleeping with the enemyGrooms suit: Politix
18th May, 2021 | by Alera
They say the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach, which is why it is no surprise that this week’s White Lily bride’s first date a Max Brenner was a winner. A few years later, Emma and Josh finally got to celebrate their love with 70 of the Brisbane couple’s nearest and dearest at their stunning Summergrove Estate dream wedding.
Tell us the deets – Who proposed and how?
We love a good proposal story and this one sure is one to remember. Our White Lily couple had just climbed a mountain top in Wanaka, New Zealand when Josh pulled out a handmade anime storybook of the two of them: “We sat down on top of the mountain and he read the book to me. The last page said will you marry me!” Romantic and crafty, we love it!
Elegant with a Pop of Peach
A venue so sleek and elegant doesn’t need much to impress, which is why Emma’s choice of decor was kept simple yet elegant. Peachy orchids with hints of blush seemed to be the perfect fit for Summergrove Estate’s stunningly beautiful and natural backdrop. Their chapel featured floral arbours framing the endless mountain views, accompanied by subtle and modern touches. The elegant theme was carried through to Emma and Josh’s reception, where white candles and thoughtful bits and bops created a warm and beautiful atmosphere.
Wedding Planning Advice from the Bride
“Try not to stress over the little things! People go to your wedding to see you get married and celebrate with you, they’re not looking at the small things.”
Memories to Cherish
Captured by the talented Kirk Willcox, Emma’s favourite memory was walking towards Josh, just moments before saying their ‘I dos’. “The moment they opened the doors for my dad and I to walk in, was the most memorable part! I could see my future husband smiling at me and our loved ones reactions! We shed a few tears during the ceremony.”
Complete the sentence: Being married means having a best friend to make life long memories together.
Stunned by its quality fabrics and unique design, Emma found her dream bridal gown in MIMI by Enzoani: “My favourite feature was the lace train, so beautiful! I also loved how the buttons lined by back and continued to the end of the train. The lace and crepe material was so unique and elegant. Perfect!! I went to Skilled Stitches and she did a perfect job with taking the hem up and altering the size.”
After saying yes to the dress, Emma walked away from White Lily as happy as ever: “The ladies at White Lily were so helpful. They picked out a few dresses for me, and I chose one as my wedding dress. I didn’t think I liked the crepe style, however, as soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one.” We were absolutely blown away when Emma’s images were sent our way; we couldn’t have been happier when seeing her shine on her special day.
As newly married couple, Emma and Josh are now excited to start their own family. “It’s so nice to just enjoy married life with no more planning!”
Scroll down to see all images from Emma’s special day!
Venue: Summergrove Estate
Photographer: Kirk Willcox
Florist: Daisy & Co
Cake: Emma and Josh’s family friend
Hair: Fox’s Lane Styling
Makeup: Moksha Makeup
Bridesmaid dresses: Pilgrim
Seamstress: Skilled Stitches