Vendor Spotlight – White + White Weddings and Events

February 4th, 2014

I remember the morning of our wedding.  I got up really early, stressed about seating plans (as you do) and was racking my brain trying to figure out if I could get to the venue before everyone else so I could make sure I had the right people sitting next to the right people.  You see, we got married at midday so I had my whole morning tied up with hair and makeup yet, there I was, trying to rework the schedule in my mind to see if I could squeeze in an extra 30 minutes into the morning so I could lay out the place cards and check the venue.  Needless to say I didn’t, and needless to say there were some, well, unusual table groupings! (It didn’t help that they completely changed the layout of the tables now did it?!)  In hindsight I wish I had had someone who could help me out, someone who I trusted with the same level of, um, perfectionism who could get the job done so I was able to spend those last few hours thinking about, oh I don;’t know, getting married.  Wedding planners really offer this service, and more, on one of the more complicated and organised days of your life.  Would you run a marathon without coaching? No! Then you shouldn’t get married without a planner.  And white+white weddings and events are one of the best!  They take your ideas and turn them into a reality, and take all the stress and organisational chaos out of it so all you have to do is enjoy the day.  I sat down with Danielle, Director and Master Planner from white+white to talk about how she works her magic!


Here are some amazing photographs of Andrew and Tegan‘s wedding, styled by white+white.


And the amazing Alex and Nadia‘s wedding as well…


How did you become a wedding and events planner? Great question, I get asked this question quite regularly. I have a background in Marketing and Events for corporate companies here in Australia and in London. After assisting a friend with her wedding in Fiji, I realised my skill set matched those of a wedding planner. So after doing some research and working with some amazing wedding planning businesses in the U.S. and locally, I started white+white and have never looked back!

What does your job entail? My job is very varied … let’s just say I have never had a ground hog day!  I spend my days chatting to suppliers and couples about all things weddings, meeting newly engaged couples and starting the planning process with them, pulling together styling concepts, visiting new venues and it doesn’t stop there. We regularly participate in venue open nights around town, organise wedding schools and showcases, direct styling shoots and chat to media and the wedding world via instagram, facebook and blogs about current wedding trends, inspiration and general wedding news.

How do you work with brides? With offer our couples primarily three degrees of planning service which includes:

Full Planning –  This is our most comprehensive and popular package with our couples enjoying the planning process from start to finish. It includes everything from finding the perfect ceremony setting and reception, recommending quality suppliers, concept design and coordination.

Petite Planning – Perfect for the couple that want to plan their own wedding however just need a little direction and assistance with their overall wedding style and vision and pulling the wedding together, ensuring the day runs smoothly.

On the Day Coordination – This package is a great solution for alleviating wedding day anxiety.  We take the stress out of our couple’s big day, leaving time for them to relax and enjoy the day. We will also provide assistance to family and friends so they can have a fabulous day too!

We also offer a Destination Planning service for those couples looking for a dreamy wedding away.

What is your favourite part of your job? I love the whole process. From meeting the couple, to bringing their ideas into fruition and seeing their faces as they enter the reception room. We have seen tears on many occasions (tears of joy that is :)).

What is the most challenging part? I would say the long hours and working weekends would have to the biggest downfall of the job. Often I miss out attending my own family and friends special events and milestones.

What happens if something doesn’t go to plan? The show must go on. We troubleshoot best we can on the job to ensure any minor hiccup is quickly rectified. However a lot of pre-planning means there is limited room for error but some things are simply out of your control. Most of this is down to unpredictable weather but we try and sun dance the clouds and rain away as much as we can!

What does a wedding mean to you? Wedding to me is a commitment to one another in front of family and friends. A celebration of the coming together of two beautiful people to create a new family and new memories.  Our weddings are special because they are all completely individual. No two weddings are the same and this makes them what they are. We plan our weddings with a lot of laughter and always want to push the boundaries of wedding design by looking at fashion, interiors and travel for inspiration. We also take the time to really get to know our clients so we can produce their dream wedding. We end up great friends and that, to us, is what makes it special.

What are the five top things that really make a wedding?1. The couple – personality, their love for one another and their unique style. This has to shine above everything else. 2. Ambience – Lighting is so important when setting the mood for the night. 3. Food – Getting creative with the food such as having grazing and food stations which almost create a mini festival vibe at a wedding are some of our favourites! 4. Music – Music really sets the tone for the wedding. It gets everyone up and dancing and that’s some of the best memories for guests to take away with them. 5. The look – it is important to white+white to inject the couples’s personality and style into their wedding to make it unique and memorable for the couple and their guests. We spend hours upon hours researching the future trends of fashion, interior and travel industries so that we don’t reproduce just any old wedding look.

What has been your favourite wedding to date? We have so many it’s hard to choose! One that sticks out in our mind is Nadia and Alex‘s wedding held at Lightspace in Brisbane. They had a kitsch 1940s theme mixed with English high tea and a rustic garden that shouldn’t have worked but it did! We had wooden ladders suspended above the tables, with amazing florals hanging down to give a stunning result! A flamingo cake and huge theatre style LOVE letters made it even more special.

Celebrant – Big Love Weddings

November 7th, 2013

We often have couples asking us who we recommend as a celebrant for their wedding ceremony.  Many couples opt out of the more traditional church wedding wanting something more personal and in keeping with their beliefs.  It can be hard selecting someone who you trust will do a great job, because, I mean how many weddings do you really get to go to as a civilian (wedding photographers? Well, sometimes there are too many to count!)  That is why we love offering our recommendations here on the blog, of people we trust and love.  Jo Lincolne from Big Love Weddings is just that person.  Warm, generous, engaging – she will adds extra love and tenderness to your wedding day.  Plus she’s awesome good fun as well!  I sat down with her last week to have a chat about what she does and loves about weddings.


How did you become a celebrant?

I have worn many, many different hats in my working life, but for some reason my energy pulled me in this direction.  I strongly believe that people can be “called” towards certain events or actions, and my career as a celebrant was certainly such a case. When I told my family and friends I was considering working as a celebrant they replied with an emphatic ‘well, yes! Of course you are!’.  I set to work obtaining the formal qualifications now needed for the role.

Most couples now aren’t satisfied with being active spectators at their own weddings–and rightly so. Civil celebrants have always been required to give couples free choice in their ceremonies, but I think the fact that younger people are being attracted to the job is bringing extra freshness to the role.”

What does your job entail?

In a nutshell – I marry people.
  The High Priestess of Love” and ” The Celebrator of Love” if you will!   If people check out my site and think that I could be the right celebrant for them we meet for a chat. If we ‘gel’ we go from there.  I think couples choose me in part because I encourage them to celebrate who they are. As long as it’s legal and not harming anyone I’m happy to marry couples in whichever whacky or conservative way they see fit!  I tend to attract couples that are aware of their vision for their day and are quite levelheaded about the road ahead. They’re very aware of the poignancy of the day.  Of course there are very specific things that need to done prior to and during the ceremony, a certain information that is to be given, forms to be completed, and certificates to be signed. And during the ceremony itself there are certain things that I must say, and that the couple must say but aside from that, though, the couple has free reign.”

How do you work with brides?

I spend loads of time getting to know my couples- it’s a very interactive process we go through to craft a ceremony that suits them 100% (and there’s usually a whole bunch of laughter involved). I ask lots and lots of questions that help me decide which types of ceremony formats, readings, symbolic gestures, or even songs to offer as suggestions.  Most couples might not think they know specifics of what they want, but they’re very quick to let me know what they don’t want, and this helps us quickly weed out what isn’t suitable for them.

I’m pretty much up for anything and especially enjoy couples that step outside the square.  A lot of couples don’t understand how much freedom they have within a civil ceremony, so it’s awesome when they realise this and their eyes are opened to a whole new world of possibilities of how they can express themselves and their love in their own unique way.  Each Ceremony is so special in its own way.  I like being a part of that.

I like to help people remember that the wedding is merely the beginning of the marriage, rather than the marriage itself, and to encourage them to carefully choose their vows and to be conscious of what they’re choosing to include as part of their ceremony.  I’m passionate about couples being conscious of what they’re saying in their vows.   The words we choose have enormous power in our lives and I’ll always provide the space and encouragement for them to ‘get real’ with what the pledge to each other.

I am also obliged to provide information on Relationship Support Services.  Marriages are such complex things, and can require oodles of work at times. I recommend getting all the help we can when we need it–whether before or after the wedding.

What is your favourite part of your job?

I love interacting with couples on the cusp of their grand adventure– it’s such a privilege for me. Admittedly, I’m a bit of a sticky beak: I find people endlessly fascinating and never tire of hearing their stories.  Seeing those little quirks and idiosyncrasies celebrated and embraced is wonderful.

What is the most challenging part?

The challenge for me is providing the information and environment that allows couples to feel inspired and courageous enough to do what they feel best represents and celebrates their love,” she says. “The compromises aren’t between me and the couple–with us it’s just a simple process of elimination and some negotiation to get the ceremony just right. The compromises are between the couples themselves and those others who have input in their lives. I’m there to guide them through this and help them feel supported and heard.

What happens if something doesn’t go to plan?

I think disasters are in the eye of the beholder. What would be seen as a disaster by one couple might well be completely overlooked by another. I read of a wedding where the groom forgot the rings, but rather than despairing, the couple quickly borrowed a pair from among their guests. That their guests were able to provide such a gift for them on their day was seen as a blessing rather than a disaster–and that incident turned into an intimate and unique gift. While I encourage every couple to plan very well, I’d also ask that they stay open to the possibility of unexpected surprises and embrace them or see them as gifts. Everything will be okay in the end!

What does a wedding mean to you?

This is a time to celebrate your love and set your intentions for the next phase of your life.  Let people help you and embrace the wonderful energy that surrounds this exciting time in your lives. Be authentic, enjoy this time, relish it – because it’ll all be over way too quickly!  Some freaking out is expected, as this is a time of significant transition in your lives. Allow yourself to go through the process, and be kind to yourself and your loved ones as you do it!

Do you have a funny story to share from working with a couple?

Oh, wow! There are so many!! ….
The most recent was probably me slipping over with all 100 guests watching!  Luckily, I recovered at the last moment and managed to not land on my bum or flash my undies!!  There was a spontaneous cheer from the crowd and some serious air pumping from me when I recovered!!

Thanks for the chat Jo!  And anyone looking for that special someone to help you marry that other special someone give Jo at Big Love Weddings a call.


Studio Sixty Photography is Brisbane wedding photographer Jason Starr, and studio manager Sally Ogilvie.

Well known for creative, natural, candid photographs of both local and international weddings, Studio Sixty Photography is capturing now and forever.

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