This week’s White Lily bride Tahnee’s love story is what every girl’s dreams are made of. She met her soulmate Ryan at the age of only 14 and hasn’t been able to take her eyes off him since. Not only have the two of them been dating for 15 years now, but they are both also just as smitten by each other as they were on day one. Over a decade and a half later, Tahnee and Ryan finally got to seal their bond and we were beyond excited to be a part of their special day.
With years worth of memories and places to choose from, Ryan decided to pick their favourite spot in Malibu, California, to finally ask Tahnee to be his wife: “Ryan asked someone to take a ‘photo’ (secretly asked him to record) of us on this deck overhanging the ocean and got down on one knee. It was so magical.”
A French Dream
Deux Belettes, also called the French House, is a truly magical place. Just off the coast of Byron Bay, this chateau feels like an escape to the French countryside. Surrounded by vines and fields of lavender, Deux Belettes brought Tahnee and Ryan’s vision to life. White and stone-coloured decor and florals completed their dream wedding look and created the most stunning atmosphere. Upon asking Tahnee about her standout vendors, she immediately thought of her wedding planner, Ngaire from Event Stylist & Co: “I could not say enough about her – the detail, the effort, the comforting, putting every single thing we envisioned to life, her character- absolutely everything.”
All of Tahnee and Ryan’s special moments were captured by Ivy Road Photography, who absolutely blew the Brisbane couple’s expectations out of the park. One of Tahnee’s favourite memories captured on the day was the moment right before her ceremony: “Those 10 seconds before the doors opened to walk down the aisle and then looking up to see Ryan waiting. I would do anything to re-live that moment and feeling.”
Advice to Future Brides
“Take everything as it comes, it won’t always be smooth sailing and relaxing but once it comes to the day – every single thing is worth it. Really enjoy the experience as it will go by in a flash. The best money spent will be on a wedding planner, they truly make such a difference.”
The Wedding Dress
Often times you don’t realise that you’re looking at ‘The One’ until you’ve put it on and your entire bridal entourage breaks down in tears: “When I was trying on dresses, Lisa our dress consultant, handed me the Zavana Couture dress and begged me to try it on as she thought it would look amazing on my particular body shape. When myself and the bridesmaid first saw it hanging up, we said ‘no way, it’s way too busy but I tried it on regardless as you can never try on too many wedding dresses! When I first put it on, we all started crying (we hadn’t cried seeing any other dresses I tried on previously) and we knew that this was the dress. I couldn’t thank Lisa enough for making me try it on!”
Tahnee and Ryan’s Next Chapter
After over 15 years of dating, Tahnee and Ryan’s love for each other is as strong as ever. Not only did they put together the wedding of their dreams, but they also finally get to call each other husband and wife: “…it’s strange as it’s just a word/title however it just feels so much more. There is this newfound chapter and bond after becoming husband and wife that I never thought existed, it’s the best feeling in the world.”
Complete the sentence: Being married means I feel so much more complete when I didn’t know I could feel anymore, even after 15 years together it just feels so magical.
Scroll down to see all images from Tahnee’s special day!
Photographer: Ivy Road Photography
Videographer: Jarod Lucas
Florist: Florals & Co.
Stylist: Ngaire from Event Stylist & Co.
Cake: Millies of Newrybar
Hair: Aleesha Darke Hairstylist
Makeup: Mia Connor
Bridesmaid dresses: Petal & Pup
Suits: Black Jacket Suiting
Catering: Gareth Keenan