Category Archives: Event Stylist Interviews

Meet the Stylist: Amanda from Red Wagon Events

The first time I saw Amanda’s work I was blown away with colour, movement, texture and fabulousness of a beyond beautiful Bollywood Theme. The detail and approach to such a colourful theme made me want to find out more about this amazing talent behind such a beautiful event.

Fast forward to not so long ago I received a message from Amanda…would I collaborate with her on a theme? WOULD I? As a creative specialising in event decor I am blessed with working with fabulous stylists who take my work and make it look AMAZING beyond the dreams I have when it leaves my studio. And so I felt privileged to be working with Amanda, who surely did exceed beyond these dreams once again.  (More about that fabulous and fun event shortly on my red elephant creative page, I promise)…

And so, today I am so very excited to share with you some other photos of Amanda’s styling as well as an insight into what it is that inspires her beautiful work, and how she manages to style it so fabulously and with versatility every single time!

Describe your style in five words?

Clean, balanced, versatile and detail driven

What has been your favourite theme/event to date?

Oh that is such a hard question to answer because I seem to have a new favourite each time I style a party. If I was really hard pressed to say one though it would most likely be my son’s modern geometric penguin party. Everything came together perfectly on the day and I love that I was able to take such a commercial theme (of happy feet) and make it totally unique and inspiring to others.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I think I find myself inspired by the simplest of details. A colour, a prop, a setting, anything. Take a step outside your front door and you really can be inspired by all that is around you.

Name one of your all time favourite event décor elements.

I would be totally lost without my milk glass cake stand collection. The smooth clean modern shape offers the perfect basis every time to display stunning desserts. My dream is to own the whole collection one day (I’m slowly getting there!!)

What is your number one piece of advice for planning an event?

Mocking up. Know your set up inside and out. Not only can you edit from your initial vision but it really does lessen setting up time when you know exactly where each stand, dessert label will be going.

For more beautiful photos of Amanda’s work, like her page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redwagaonevents

Meet the Stylist: Justine from Sensationally Sweet Events

 

 

Whilst Sensationally Sweet Events is a relatively new business venture for Justine, she has been working in events for years (as it turns out, we have crossed paths in our former lives, rather my former life in corporate events, Justine is still holding rank in a fabulous Surfers Paradise Venue). When you see her work, you can see that the years of industry experience has done its due course for establishing a well rounded and very well considered stylist.

I am a huge fan of Justine’s eclectic style. Her work lends to layers of decor, which is executed beautifully in telling the story of the theme. I love that she uses pieces out of context yet it all still seems to fit so perfectly, for example a frame as a platter or jellybeans to line the plates.

I really look forward to seeing more events from Justine and I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did.

Describe your style in five words?

Experimental, instinctive, evolving, eclectic & organised

What has been your favourite theme/event to date?

My favourite party I have styled so far would be the girly bridal shower I styled recently for my friend Zoe. I am the mum of 3 young boys so have not had very much opportunity to “do girly” before. There was lots of pink & florals – heaven!

Where do you look for inspiration?

I get inspiration all over the place, definitely from admiring the work of other stylists on blogs and Facebook (I can get lost on-line for hours at a time jumping from link to link) I have also found inspiration for party props in the strangest places such as taking a morning walk and finding old pieces of fencing or strangely shaped sticks and wondering how I could use those things on an upcoming table. I am a tragic garage sale and op shop enthusiast too – I just can’t walk past the chance to make something new and unexpected out of something old

Name one of your all time favourite event décor elements.

Hard to name just one! I guess I would have to say the humble old wooden crate – I own a few and have used them on quite a lot of my tables, I love them because they are functional in that you can sit things on them or in them, they add height and dimension to the table plus they have character and I guess they just suit my decorating style

What is your number one piece of advice for planning an event?

Be organised! I am the queen of writing lists plus I often have the “bare bones” of multiple tables set up in different areas of my house for several weeks in advance so that I can determine what equipment I am going to use on what table and what else I might need to source (I don’t like leaving things to the last minute – it stresses me out!!)

For more info, visit: http://www.facebook.com/sensationallysweetevents

Photography Credits: Mr and Mrs Smith Photography

Meet the Stylist: Monique from {Darling Details}

I love a clever business name, so when I saw {Darling Details} cross my path, I had to investigate further and I wasn’t disappointed. Monique’s work definitely lives up to her ‘Darling’ Reputation and is just one of the many words I could use to describe her beautiful style.

When Monique sent through her responses, she told me her background was in Corporate Events, Conferences and Tourism. On moving to Adelaide, Monique set up {Darling Details} to full fill the love for creating a space that has Wow Factor (Yes, I can completely relate to this one)! Whilst these days Monique’s work isn’t fuelled by the corporate dream budgets (uh huh, I remember those days too), this certainly shows no boundaries to the  quality and professional execution of Monique’s oh so stylish events.

Monique and her ‘Darling’ family…love this photo

Describe your style in five words? Unique, fresh, diverse, clean lines, professional.

What has been your favourite theme/event to date? 

To date it would have to be my Great Gatsby inspired dessert table. I loved reading The Great Gatsby as a teenage girl which I know ignited my passion to create unique events for people to enjoy.

I had so much fun creating this table for a wedding expo.  I was inspired by the decadence of the roaring 1920’s so by using black feathers, pearls, lace and mirrors I was able to give the table a nostalgic  feel with a touch of glamour.

Where do you look for inspiration? People, places, fabric, colour, fashion, props, books, interiors, the list could go on.  Seriously, inspiration is around us everywhere we look, it’s how we interpret inspiration that creates style.

Name one of your all time favourite event décor elements? What is that makes this element so fabulous?

Paper! Paper is such a budget friendly resource that can instantly create a look. From gorgeous invitations and printables to paper fans, garlands, backdrops, props and unique DIY’s.  Paper is so versatile you can cut it, roll it, staple it, shape it, colour it, print it, design it. Love paper!

What is your number one piece of advice for planning an event? 

Don’t forget the toolbox! Hehe, I did this once and boy did I regret not having my fishing wire, scissors, 3M hooks etc at my fingertips.  Let’s just say I learnt my lesson the hard way.

To continue being inspired by Moniques Beautiful work, ‘like’ her page on Facebook www.facebook.com/darlingdetails

or visit her webpage www.darlingdetails.com.au

Mad Hatters

The details expend to every part of the event, by Darling Details

Meet the Stylist: Gillian Brown from Crumbs of Comfort

 

Baker and Stylist are definitely two passions which go hand in hand, so when you can combine your two loves into one business…well lets say your on your way to capturing a pretty good piece of the event market. So when I discovered that Gillian from Crumbs of Comfort was creating beautiful events utilising both of her passions, I was well impressed!!

We met Gillian earlier in the piece when she shared her oh so Yummy Rocky Road Recipe. And I was so thrilled when Gillian agreed to come back to the red elephant blog to share her secret to her fabulous styling. It seems Gillian’s talents haven’t gone unnoticed with another 13 events (and climbing) on her books for the next two months, Gillian is one very busy Girl!

Describe your style in five words? Delicious, allergy aware, clean, expressive, evolving.

What has been your favourite theme/event to date?

It’s hard to choose a favourite but I would have to say styling my Daughter Daisy’s sixth birthday.  She has anaphylaxis to peanuts and her friend has celiac, so seeing them enjoy a beautiful, delicious nut and gluten free table where nothing was off limits was special.

Where do you look to for inspiration?

I can draw inspiration from literally anything!  Fabric, cards, gardens, anything.  That’s why I ALWAYS carry a small camera, notebook and pen in my handbag.

Name one of your all time favourite event décor elements? What is that makes this element so fabulous? 

If I had to choose my absolute favourite it would have to be, without a doubt, edible glitter.  I have it around 100 various colours and finishes.   My favourite is hologram disco violet.  Using fabrics to add textures is a very close second.

What is your number one piece of advice for planning an event?

Organisation and communication is key to planning and styling a successful  party.

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