28th June, 2021 | by Alera
Nothing is sweeter than a good old high school love story, which is why we loved reading about how this week’s White lily bride met her now-husband Luke. After glancing over to one another during their daily year twelve form class, Dee-Jay couldn’t help but feel the sparks. Yet, it wasn’t until the couple graduated, that Luke finally took a leap of faith and asked Dee-Jay out on a date. Eight years have gone by since and here we are!
A Proposal Under the Lucky Tree
“We were holidaying in Thailand with some friends. It was our four-year anniversary and instead of having a lovely romantic dinner with just us two, Luke organised dinner with our friends. They let me pick the place to eat, so I ultimately picked one along the beach to have a beautiful view and after dinner, we can walk along the beach. There was one moment when fireworks went off by strangers and I thought that Luke would purpose but once they finished & nothing happened I pushed the thought away and strolled on. Luke said, “let’s get a photo under the lucky tree?” Getting our friends to take photos, they were all in on this. there was nothing special about this tree at all yet once we got under it, Luke kicked a glass bottle. Once he picked it up, I saw there was a little paper scroll inside… As soon as I was reading ‘will you marry me?’ Luke was on one knee in the sand asking me to marry him! I said Yes under some tears when he opened the box the wrong way and the ring fell out. We were glad to find it and have a laugh… four years on and we are FINALLY MARRIED.“
Contemporary Simplistic Country
What would a country wedding be without a few too many drinks, a good old boogie, and your favourite crowd? “We aimed for an ultimate party but yet it was our wedding. Relaxed, casual, stress-free, and a whole lot of fun – it was all of that and more. We ate pizza, we drank too much, and danced too hard!“ Dee-Jay and Luke’s wedding day wasn’t only exactly what they imagined, but it was also as stress-free as possible: “Why stress about all the little details of table settings and styling when that doesn’t really matter. Everyone is there to celebrate two people coming together…. whatever happens is meant to be. The less stress you have the more fun you have on your day!” Walking down the aisle with her daughter, Dee-Jay couldn’t have been happier with how her special day turned out.
How Covid Changed Dee-Jay’s Wedding for the Better
Who could have known that a global pandemic would change a wedding for the better? Despite the frustration and inconveniences of the unknown, Dee-Jay was able to create a wedding that was even more magical, than previously planned: “Covid has been pleasing for us as we went from a winter wedding to a summer/autumn wedding. It gave me more time to get into the dress, as I ended up falling pregnant three months after I bought my dress. Instead of a grazing table, we had grazing boxes for each couple which was an absolute hit with our guests…” On top of that, Dee-Jay and Luke were able to source vendors, that they didn’t even know about, pre-covid. With businesses upping their Instagram game during the pandemic, Dee-Jay found an array of great vendors online.
Dee-Jay’s Dream Wedding Dress
Although Dee-Jay bought her dream Pronovias dress two years prior to her wedding, our White Lily bride loved it just as much as she did when she first tried it on: “After two years I still loved my dress. It was completely different from what I thought I was going to wear… my dress made me feel soooo beautiful on the day. I loved the bottom of my dress how the tulle made it feel so dreamy and then went into the most beautiful big train…”
What made your White Lily Couture experience special for you?
“All the staff members are truly amazing and they cater from all different styles to small/big sizes which I love… I had Lisa for my consult and she was absolutely amazing – cannot fault her. You could tell she really cared about you and how you felt in the dress you had on…You could tell she was listening. I was lucky to buy my dress on the first visit and it was only by chance of seeing it on another bride. Once I tried the same dress on I absolutely fell in love, even Lisa told me this is the dress/style she would have dressed me in if I asked at the beginning of the appointment.”
Life as Mr. and Mrs.
After over eight years of dating, and four years of planning, Dee-Jay and Luke finally became husband and wife. It is no surprise that the couple was over the moon to finally share the same last name and move onto the next chapter of their lives: “… I don’t know what it is but I love that I get to be a Mrs ‘Ash’ as well as calling my partner husband. . Nothing has really changed as getting married was sealing what we have created over the last 8 years… Planning a wedding has taught me to let go a lot which has helped with married life… love, have fun, and create new memories.”
Being married means coming together as one.Celebrant: Ceremonies by Leisa
Florist: Missy la Belle
Cake: Cakeable Vanessa
Hair: Hair by Dannilebsanft
Makeup: Makeup by Madi Caldicott
Bridesmaid dresses: his and hers
Suits: shirts: RM WilliamsPants/belts: TargetShoes: Johnny BiggJacket: ASOSBow tie/tie: OTAAPizza: DominosStationary: Confetticreations Mackay
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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