1st December, 2020 | by Alera
Our White Lily bride of the week Alex and her husband Alexander met on a blind date for their grade 12 formal in October 2008. After getting a good glimpse of what Alexander would look like in a suit, Alex couldn’t deny the fact that he was The One for her. The couple finally got married on the same day, just twelve years later. So, apparently, blind dates can turn out alright… High school romance truly is the sweetest!
So now that we’ve established that the Brisbane couple’s love story is not only super cute but also one of a kind, let’s talk about their wedding day! Upon asking our Brisbane real bride what her favourite part of the day was, she remembers being walked down the aisle by both of her parents. Walking towards her husband is a memory Alex will cherish forever. It was a moment that was just about the couple and their love for each other, which is something that was super important to Alex when planning her wedding. Alex wanted to make sure that “…it was a day we enjoyed and that was ‘us’.” Thoroughly enjoying your love for one another on your wedding day is something we can’t emphasise enough!
When we asked Alex what made her experience in our Brisbane bridal boutique so special, she said “I felt like a bride!”. She tried on a number of different dresses and ended up falling in love with ELARA by Pronovias, a dress that one of our consultants had suggested for her. “It felt like me, it suited the venue and it was comfortable!! I also felt beautiful.” Nothing makes us happier than making our brides feel beautiful on their special day!
Although Alex and Alex were able to keep their original wedding date, Covid restrictions disabled their guests from overseas and interstate to attend their special day. Instead, they were able to watch the couple’s vows via Zoom – 2020 in a nutshell! Despite the initial disappointment of not having a dance floor, all of their guests had a blast: “My suggestion for other brides is to try not to stress too much about restrictions, your day will be amazing no matter how many little hiccups there are. “
When we asked Alex if there was any other advice she wants to give to future brides she said “Make sure your wedding is what you want and that it’s something that you can afford.” Roger that!
Now that the couple is finally married after twelve sweet years, they are looking forward to just enjoying life as husband and wife with their cat Nora and dog Holly!
Scroll down to view all photos from Alex’s big day!Celebrant: Philippa Holness
Cake: Lavender Rose Cakes
Hair: Alyssa from Evalyn Parsons hair
Makeup: Tasleema Nigh
Bridesmaid dresses: JJs House
Suits: Stuart Suits
Transport – Mystic Mountain tours
Photobooth: Get A PhotoboothGown Alterations: Skilled Stitches
24th November, 2020 | by Alera
Imagine eloping on a mountain top. It is just you, the love of your life, and a handful of your closest family. Imagine having your first dance as the clouds open up and the golden sunlight peeps through. Looking across the ocean whilst being surrounded by hillside views, made White Lily bride Zoe and husband Shaun’s elopement unforgettable. Even just the thought of this gives us goosebumps! Wait until you see the photos…
Zoe and Shaun both love to travel, which is why meeting in Vanuatu doesn’t seem like such a coincidence. They both attended a mutual friend’s wedding as bridesmaid and groomsman. Zoe and Shaun’s instant connection was undeniable and they spent their first night “snuggled up together under the stars. We were laying on a hammock at the beach, listening to the waves crashing. We spoke for hours and the conversation flowed easily.“ Can it get any more romantic? After a few short months apart, they finally met up again for a friend’s birthday, where they, yet again, snuck away, to go for Zoe’s first-ever Ferris wheel ride: “When we reached the top of the wheel we had a romantic kiss. I was on cloud nine. “… like, seriously?
Just over three years later, Zoe and Shaun started planning their elopement, with only three months to go. Covid threw their initial plans of having a helicopter wedding, overlooking the mountains in Queenstown, New Zealand. Instead, the couple relocated to Emu Mountain in Queensland: “Emu mountain was perfect as it was easy accessible without having to do a major hike in our wedding attire and provided both ocean and hillside views.” Since Zoe and Shaun both love to hike, they wanted to make sure to bring their hiking backpacks on the day: “So we attached just married signs with cans to our backpacks and wore them up the mountain which looked amazing.” 11/10 for creativity!
Upon asking what Zoe’s most memorable part of the day was she describes dancing on top of the mountain, under the beautiful sky. “…the clouds opened up just enough for the golden sunlight to peep through. It was magical.” We can’t get enough of this elopement story!
During their intimate ceremony with only their parents and sisters, Shaun remembers seeing his wife for the first time that day: “She walked towards me while I had my back to her. When I turned around she took my breath away. “
Speaking about taking Shaun’s breath away…
Zoe came into our Brisbane boutique looking for a dress that reflected the bohemian vibe of their mountain top wedding. After trying on countless dresses, she finally discovered OLIVE by Wedding Society and fell in love with her details and lace. “I had such a special experience with white Lily Couture… The staff were so helpful and knowledgeable and went above and beyond to help me find my dress. ” Zoe had tears in her eyes when she finally found The One, and the style of the dress couldn’t have been more fitting for the setting of her elopement.
Despite Covid-19, Zoe and Shaun managed to pull off an amazing ceremony with photographer, videographer, celebrant, and florist. Although things might not work out the way you initially planned them to, our White Lily bride advises to just go with the flow: “Your original plans may have fallen through, but your wedding day can still be perfect. It may even turn out to be more magical then you had originally planned. The day is what you make it.” Zoe also advised focusing on what is important to you and how you envision your big day: “Do what you want to do and not what is expected. Eloping on a mountain top and having an intimate picnic for 2 at sunset on the mountain made it the most amazing memorable and special day for us both, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. “
As you may have guessed, the couple is already planning their next overseas travel, to Canada, Norway, and Iceland, for when the borders open up. “We look forward to the many more hikes, plane rides, beach trips and backpacking adventures we are going to have.”
Scroll down to see all adventurous photos from Zoe’s special day!
Venues: Ceremony- Emu Mountain, Coolum. Dinner after ceremony- Bistro C Noosa
Photographer: Naturally Jek Photography
Videographer: Jensen and Young
Florist & Stylist: Branch and Blossom
Celebrant: Danielle @yourstorycelebrantPicnic styling: Boho Sisters
Hair: Teisha- Dream Bridal Hair Artistry Sunshine Coast
Makeup: Kate Rice
Suits: MJ Bale
Just Married signs: KelleighandCoCharm: Perfectcharmer.com.au– “My partners dad past away 16 years ago so I had a charm made with a picture of him an his dad to wear on the day. It was the perfect touch and was a very meaningful part of our day so I would really like to thank them for that.”
21st January, 2020 | by Alera
For White Lily bride, Chelsey and her now, husband Devon, their love story spans two continents. Their wedding was filled with not only the creation of magical moments, but fond memories from back in the UK too.
The pair first met at university in the UK. The year was 2011 and they were both entering their ‘Fresher’s year.’
Chelsey recalls how they met, saying “We were placed in the same halls/accommodation and we have been inseparable ever since.”
Following uni, the couple took the leap and moved to Australia where they began their next big adventure together. Five years later, they celebrated their marriage with friends and family in a stunning Sunshine Coast ceremony and reception.
16th September, 2019 | by Alera
How we love a good a meeting story – even more so when it could have leapt straight out of a classic rom com film! Mikaela and Nick’s wedding was the stuff of every girl’s childhood dreams!
The pair first met at the gym where Mikaela was a member and Nick was a personal trainer. Mikaela recalls her first sighting of her now, husband fondly, “When I first noticed him I made a comment to Mum about how good looking he was. She joked, saying I should book a session with him and that’s exactly what I did!”
That session clearly went well, as the two hit it off and we’re now sharing their wedding!
Nick cried tears of joy as beautiful bride, Mikaela headed down the aisle to reach him. This was her favourite moment of the day.