White Lily bride Hannah’s special day was raw, romantic, and filled with mountains of love. The Brisbane couple got to celebrate their love in an intimate ceremony with 24 of their closest family and friends at Hillstone St Lucia, followed by a fun and unique reception.
The way Hannah and her now-husband Ryan met makes us think that the universe definitely had a say in how it all played out. The Brisbane couple first met working for the same firm, where they both crossed paths many times, without actually getting to know each other “We both describe us meeting as a gravitational pull.” They finally connected during a work netball game: “From that moment life was a little different for both of us – I timed my tea breaks perfectly with his snack breaks in the kitchen (he thought this was such a “coincidence”)…” Eventually, Hannah and Ryan finally poured their hearts out to each other, on a night out, and fell in love. How is that for a cute love story?
When the couple got engaged in September 2019, they had no idea that COVID was going to put a spin on their big day. When planning her wedding, Hannah emphasised the importance of having a fun reception: “… we wanted a party, fun and bright vibe because it’s very us.” Hannah had already ticked off all big organisational things, only three months after their engagement; she didn’t want to have to stress, close to her wedding date. When COVID hit in March, Hannah and Ryan both kept “positive spirits” as they initially thought that their August plans wouldn’t be affected.
However, once the couple realised that restrictions wouldn’t ease before their special day, Hannah and Ryan started sitting down night after night to alter their plans: “We started by creating about 5 different guest lists depending on the restrictions that might be in place by the time our date came around.”Although there was no dancing, standing, or mingling, the couple managed to pull off a fun night with games, competitions, and lots of entertainment: “ We walked away from the day on a high and our guests had a blast. Huge credit goes to our venue for making all this possible…” Despite many upsetting lows and headaches during the planning process, Hannah is more than happy with how it all worked out.
To help other future brides, who are being affected by COVID restrictions, Hannah advises understanding the importance of communication: “Talk with your partner, I can’t stress communication enough during this time.”
When Hannah walked into our Brisbane Boutique, she was stunned by our bright and happy store. As soon as she walked in and showed us her inspiration board, Hannah felt like she was in good hands: “Connie. I have no words for her. She was such an incredible help; I showed her my inspiration board and she knew exactly what dresses to get off the rack that would suit me and that I’d love…” We pointed out AUGUST by Zavana Couture, which ended up being Hannah’s dream dress. “Once I put it on and stood in front of the mirror I laughed, I thought it was sooooo extra…but then I couldn’t stop thinking about it! I brought my mum and sister back, put August back on and all three of us teared up as we realised that it was actually perfect.” YAY!
Upon asking Hannah what her favourite part of the day was, she remembers walking down the aisle and looking at her soon to be husband Ryan: “The feeling before I started walking down the aisle and I spotted Ryan, I instantly teared up, had to steady myself and had insane butterflies. Looking at the love of my life as I walked down that aisle was life-changing, I’ve never felt so many emotions at once – I walked way too fast because I was so excited too!” Now, isn’t that just beautiful?
The freshly married couple is now focusing on kicking their professional goals until travel opens up and they can finally redo their honeymoon in New Zealand or Hawaii. In a few years, Hannah and Ryan are planning on starting a family together.
Scroll down to see all photos from Hannah’s special day.
Cake: Cakes ‘n’ Shit
Hair: Jody Callan Hair
Makeup: Hannah Mills Makeup
Bridesmaid dresses: Tussah
Suits: MJ Bale & Connor