Based in Tumby Bay on the stunning Eyre Peninsula you’ll find EP Function Hire who are crazy passionate about styling weddings and events. Founder and creative stylist Crystal tells us more about her successful business on Eyre.
What took you down the path of becoming a wedding stylist?
I’ve always loved weddings and everything they represent. I was very lucky to get my very first job working for Owen Andrews, a wedding caterer in the beautiful Barossa Valley where I grew up. His passion was just so contagious. I used to walk into the venue as a 15 year old and be blown away by all the beauty and creativity and I remember thinking to myself, I want to do this! I had a few diversions along the way but eventually ended up exactly where I want to be and I couldn’t be happier.
How would you describe your style?
That’s a hard one! When I was trying to decide how to style my own wedding, I realised that I actually love many different styles which has ultimately helped the business become a success. We understand that no two couples or events are the same and that your wedding styling should be as unique as your personality. I genuinely love it when a bride comes to me with a unique aspiration that challenges me to think outside the box to make it come to life. At the moment, I personally love soft greys, gold, and greenery.
What do you love most about your business?
It’s been my baby for 3 years now and we’ve worked really hard to get it to this point. I’m very lucky that my husband is a super clever builder and has made most of our beautiful furniture. Our tables for example are made out of 80 year old jarrah floorboards and all completely unique which makes them feel so special. I love, love, LOVE being able to create someone’s dream day. It’s an absolute honour to be trusted with something so special and important. After all the hard work is done there’s nothing more rewarding than the bride’s mother embracing me and tearfully saying “It was even more beautiful than we ever imagined. Thank you!”
What are your top wedding planning tips?
Give yourself a time frame and don’t feel like you have to get everything done at once otherwise you’ll just end up feeling totally overwhelmed. Don’t stress about setting a date that is ‘special’ because unfortunately it doesn’t always work out like that. Pick your three most important vendors for example a fabulous celebrant, photographer, and venue. Find a date they all have free and then book. I can’t tell you how many brides I’ve been on the phone too in tears because they can’t have a certain date. Whatever date you end up choosing will always be a special day to celebrate year after year!
Where do you source your inspiration?
I guess I’m lucky as I’m naturally creative and my best ideas actually seem to come to me in the car! I’ll be driving along the highway and look out at an old stone building in a paddock and just start visualising what I could do to make it look amazing. Here on the Eyre Peninsula we’re blessed with so much natural beauty so I feel inspired daily by our stunning landscape.
Any advice for anyone looking to become a wedding stylist?
Follow your heart and back yourself. It’s not an easy market to break into but if you are passionate, caring, and generous with your time towards people then you can’t go wrong. The ability to make each and every couple feel special is really important too. Oh and one last tip; if you can, marry a builder!