10th May, 2021 | by Alera
It was love at first swipe for this week’s White Lily bride Sarah and her husband Lee. From the dating app bumble to her husband-to-be’s bumblebee socks on their big day, we were swept away by their beautiful love story.
A Royal Proposal
“We were on holiday in Norway and decided to walk from our hotel along the Oslo fjord to the Viking Ship Museum (we love hiking together). In Norway, you can walk through properties as long as you are respectful and close the gates so we walked through the royal family’s summer palace garden and stopped at a small table and chairs overlooking the water. He proposed there and I must have cried for about five minutes straight before I was able to give him an answer”
Timeless Howard Smith Wharves Reception
When planning their wedding, Sarah and Lee “didn’t have a set theme in mind,” but knew that they wanted to keep things timeless. Through soft pinks and neutral tones, they brought to life a modern classic dream for their Howard Smith Wharves wedding.
Sarah’s Favourite Wedding Vendors
The Baker Boys Band, Mrs Gibbons Flowers, and Simply Divine Occasions exceeded Sarah and Lee’s expectations! The band went above and beyond for the reception with their live music and DJ that had everyone out of their seats. “They really made the atmosphere amazing!” Mrs Gibbons Flowers were incredibly responsive and catered to every request, bringing each venue to life with their lush floral arrangements. “The flowers were so stunning we’ve decided to get some preserved.” Another stand out was the talented Natasha from Simply Divine Occasions. “Her cakes are to die for and we kept eating cake after our wedding day.”
The First Dance
“It’s hard to pick one part of the day, but I’d have to say our first dance to the song ‘Dreams’ by The Cranberries. We took dance lessons in the lead up and it was so much fun getting to show off our new moves. The Baker Boys Band learned and performed this for us which made it really special.”
One Gown, Three Looks
Sarah said yes to JOVANI by Stella York and along with her White Lily consultant and the team at Ella Moda, she took her wedding dress to the next level by creating three different looks! For her ceremony, she created a timeless off-the-shoulder gown by wrapping a band of the same fabric across her bust and arms. “It was perfect.” For the reception, she took off the band and added the CHER overskirt by Rosa Clara. With tiered tulle, it is the ultimate wow factor, and gave Sarah “the princess feeling”. “Everyone loved it and thought I’d completely changed dresses. I loved how I felt in my dress! The specialist advice I received at White Lily made my look completely unique. I couldn’t have done without the guidance, I would never have considered the options without my consultant’s help.”
When asked if she had any advice for couples planning their big day, Sarah recommended scheduling ten minutes alone together at some stage on the wedding day. “It goes by so quickly and having ten minutes just the two of us allowed us to stop, enjoy the moment and take it all in.”
Navigating a Covid Wedding
Sarah and Lee took planning a wedding during Covid in their stride. Although they had to postpone, they were so glad they did and made the most out of the extra time to plan. “My advice would be to invite only the people you truly want there on the day. We had limited numbers we could seat inside due to Covid which made things tricky (as we made the call not to have anyone seated outside) but on the day it meant we could take time to speak with everyone, get photos with them and really enjoy everyone’s company.”
Now that you have moved onto the next chapter of your life, what is your favourite thing about being married?
“I love that nothing has changed.”Scroll down to view all photos from Sarah’s special day.Ceremony: St Cecilia’s Church, HamiltonFlorist: Mrs Gibbons Flowers
Cake: Simply Divine Occasions
Hair: The Beauty Case
Makeup & Tans: Perrior Make up & Beauty Bar
Bridesmaid dresses: Bridesmaids Only
Suits: Groom: The Cloakroom & InStitchu
Rings: Tiffany & CoStationery: Laura Elizabeth DesignAlterations & customisation: Ella Moda AlterationsBand: Baker Boys BandHarpist: Tijana KozarcicNails: Sugar Nails & Beauty
27th April, 2021 | by Alera
A gorgeous day in Byron Bay, smiles as far as the eye can see, and a beautiful couple that finally gets to call themselves husband and wife. White Lily bride Beck and husband Sean caught our eyes with their undeniable happiness in every single photo from their special day.
13 years ago, Brisbane couple Beck and Sean had no idea that a visit to the EKKA Showgrounds would take both of them on the ride of their lives. A few drinks of confidence, a cheeky number exchange, and here we are!
“Sean organised a surprise weekend away at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat. It was truly magical, a hidden bungalow, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the stunning rainforest… 100 tealights, rose petals and dinner for two. He got on one knee and popped the question. It was like a dream!”
Simple, yet elegant decor with crisp whites and deep tones of oak and burgundy. Captured by Mitch Lally Films and Steph and Maurice from Two Blushing Pilgrims, Beck and Sean’s day was raw and beautiful. The carefully selected flower placements with subtle hints of burgundy filled their reception and ceremony with warmth and romance. Luckily, after patiently riding the Covid wave, none of their plans were affected by Covid. In the end, all of Beck and Sean’s 70 guests were able to attend their Byron Bay wedding, which made the day truly special for everyone: “We knew we wanted to relive the day, watching our family and friends come together to celebrate our love story. It is the little details or precious moments that we might not have seen on the day (as it happens so quickly), that could be caught on film & watched over again.”
Let’s Talk Dress
Her smile says it all! GROVE by Stella York was, without a doubt, the dress for Beck: “I loved the colouring of the sheer on the bodice, the buttons down the spine, with the seamless detail of lace and tulle.” The romantic look of the lace details tied in perfectly with the elegant theme of the day and made her look effortlessly beautiful when striking down the aisle.
Beck’s Favourite Memories
Speaking about striking down the aisle: Upon asking Beck about her favourite moments from the day, her emotions from their ceremony came flushing back: “There was so much love..” How can you not be in tears when hearing your husband’s vows and listening to an acoustic performance of “I will always love you”?
Mr. & Mrs.
After all these years, Beck and Sean finally move onto the next chapter of their lives. Beck’s favourite part about being married is to finally call each other husband and wife: “…we still giggle and cannot believe after 13 years, we finally did it!” It has, indeed, been a long time coming!
Complete the sentence: Being married means committing to your best friend for life and loving all their rawness.
Scroll down to see all photos from Beck’s special day!
Venue: Fig Tree Restaurant
Photographer: Two Blushing Pilgrims
Videographer: Mitch Lally Films
Celebrant: Andrew Michael
Stylist: The Wedding Shed
Cake: Hansel & Gretel Cakes
Customised sugar cookies: Eats & Treats_GC
Hair: Your Mayne – Chloe.Bee Bridal
Makeup: Sheridan Meyers Makeup Artist
Bridesmaid dresses: Tania Olsen Design
Suits: M.J. Bale
Transportation: Forever Kombis and Byron Bay Double Deckers
Music: Sarah Archer Weddings
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
12th January, 2021 | by Alera
After 12 years of loving each other, White Lily Bride of the week Sammi and husband Warrick got to say their vows during an intimate and emotional ceremony at Braeside, on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Groom Warrick brought it home with his vows and made our bride of the week Sammi one happy wife: “He was so emotional in that moment and the love I felt was indescribable.” We love LOVE!
Planning a wedding that represented who they are as a couple was their first priority. So, to make their friends and family “feel in the moment” as much they did, Sammi and Warrick ensured that the couple’s big day revolved around their love for each other: “Remember that this is about you and your soul mate. You are celebrating your love and commitment to each other, and your day should be everything you want.” We couldn’t agree more!
One of Sammi’s favourite memories from the day was seeing her bridesmaids’ faces when spotting her in her wedding dress: “MY HYPE TEAM!! Thinking about it makes my heart so happy.” And her hype team was absolutely right, Sammi looked incredible in her wedding dress!
When she first walked into our Brisbane bridal store, she had no idea that she would fall in love with GALIAH by Stella York: “It was the complete opposite to what I imagined myself in, yet it was absolutely perfect in every way. The sparkle, the colour, the detail!! ARGHH I literally kept it out for 2wks and almost cried when I had to put her away!”
Upon asking Sammi what she loved most about her experience in our bridal boutique, she applauded our attention to detail and how she got to share the ‘Say Yes To The Dress’ moment with her closest friends and family: “I got to try on a range of dresses, I had Inese as my bridal consultant and she listened to everything I was saying. Down to the fine details, she listened to my family and what they loved and didn’t love. Then when I put the dress on, she and I both looked and just knew it was the one.”
Since Sammi and Warrick only started making final decisions one to two months before the wedding, they didn’t have to make any major Covid-adjustments. Although they were prepared for a dance battle, the only thing they missed out on was a d-floor. The Brisbane couple still managed to put together their dream wedding day with memories they will cherish forever. For all brides who are struggling with new Covid-19 restrictions altering their plans, Sammi’s advice is to keep calm and adapt to change “Don’t freak out, talk to your planner or other brides. Adapt to the changes, you will be amazed to find out you can still have your dream day even with a global pandemic.“Now, that the couple finally got married and Sammi is about to finish her degree, they are looking forward to buying a house together and hopefully going on a honeymoon soon.Scroll down to see all photos from Sammi’s special day…Venue: Braeside Gold CoastPhotographer: JessTookThisFlorist & Stylist: Style On QCake: Two Little BakersHair: Tina Kristen WeddingsMakeup: Cara Powell MUABridesmaid dresses: Forever NewSuits: Black Jacket SuitingCelebrant: Robert Simmons
4th January, 2021 | by Alera
Our first White Lily Real Bride of 2021 glamorously strut down the aisle during her beautiful ceremony at St James Church, in Brisbane. Their celebrations continued at the Victoria Park gold complex; Chandeliers, blush flower constellations, and a dress that took hubby’s breath away – Candice’s wedding day was the perfect combination of culture and glamour.
The couple first met in Brisbane city, when their families got together for an event. Turns out Candice and Roberto’s mothers were best friends over 30 years ago but eventually lost touch. In 2015, they decided to bring together their families and reignite their friendship. Who could have known that their kids would fall in love? Bringing together the husband and wife’s family has never been so easy…
When planning her Wedding, Candice ensured that the couple’s cultural traditions were honoured. Most importantly, the Brisbane couple wanted to enjoy their day to the fullest and make memories they would cherish for all eternity. And so they did: “The whole day, every moment was so special and had that once in a lifetime feeling. We cherished every moment – big or small!” Mission complete!
As mentioned above, Candice’s wedding day was as glamorous as ever. And so was her wedding dress. She fell in love with the colour, the details, and the crystals on INDRA by Stella York: ”… I slipped into it – it took my breath away and I knew it was made for me.” Candice’s visit to our Brisbane boutique was a success and we were so excited to make her bridal dreams come true. “The staff were so amazing even during the COVID-19 Pandemic they catered to my needs and made my dreams come true. My dress arrived before the scheduled time – the ladies worked to make it all happen for me.”
Although Candice and Roberto had to change their location, their wedding day turned out to be perfect. With help from their amazing wedding stylists Nicole and Justine from Beautiful Weddings, they overcame all Covid-19 boundaries and create something even more special. The Brisbane couple learned to just take it as it is and adapt to changes: “It makes it just that tad more special – and a great story to tell the kids!“
Given the above, Candice’s advice to future brides is to just relax and take it easy throughout the planning process. “The more relaxed you are the smoother things will run.” Keeping a cool head in stressful times truly works wonders! Candice also emphasises to enjoy all the moments you have together on the day and take the time to tell your husband or wife how amazing they look!
Now that Candice and Roberto finally said yes to eternity, the couple is looking forward to traveling the world together, start a family, and grow old together.
Scroll down to see all photos from Candice’s special day.
Venue: Victoria Golf Park
Church: St James Coorparoo
Photographer: SayMilk Photography
Videographer: Karlin ShotIt
Florist & Stylist: Beautiful Weddings
Cake: Deliberately Delicious
Hair: Clara Patros
Makeup: KM Bridal Makeup Studios
Bridesmaid dresses: The Gownhouse Australia
Suits: Tony Barlow
Invitations – Glitzyprints
DJ: DJ Atheer
MC & Arabic drummers: Michael Khouri – Sahara Entertainment