Interviewed by Jackie Moses.
Where did you learn to style events?
I have a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Event Management and Business. Before starting at GCC I worked with a specialised event planning and styling company for 4 years, learning on the job and allowing my style and ideas to develop with experience.
What interests you in being a stylist?
ANSWER: The design has always been a huge passion of mine. The aesthetics of the space plays a huge part in the event and the little details add excitement and interest throughout the night. I strive to create unique spaces that not only satisfy the eye but also serve a practical purpose. There is huge satisfaction when guests are wowed by the transformation of a space for an event, the best payoff is when a bride walks into her wedding and sheds a tear – knowing that all of the months of planning has fallen into place. I just wish my designs lasted longer than 24 hours.
QUESTION: Are there any styles that you gravitate towards?
ANSWER: I draw a lot of inspiration from my clients, I like to spend time with them learning what is important to them, what their natural style is and how we can enhance it for their event. I am naturally drawn to neutrals – there is something so classic and effortless with simple whites, greens and greys.
QUESTION: Describe the most complex event you have styled in the past?
ANSWER: Most definitely my own wedding in 2016, which Great Catering catered, of course. Dealing with the politics of being a bride and trying to keep everyone happy, as well as doing the design and planning – making decisions for yourself is never easy.
QUESTION: What’s the best thing about working at Great Catering?
ANSWER: The people. In the lead-up, all departments work together to make sure that the event is a success. We all have our own areas that we are responsible for, but support each other from the beginning right to the very end.