There’s something about meeting passionate people that puts a spring in our step and meeting Hannah Boler, creative director of Bespoke Occasions definitely brightened our day. A Brisbane based events planner, stylist, and wedding lover, Hannah is one talented lady. With an eye for all things beautiful and a focus on detail and professionalism, she’s worth having on your dream team! Hannah took time out to tell us about herself and give our brides some tips and tricks for meeting with their wedding stylist for the first time.
Tell us a bit about yourself and why you decided to start Bespoke Occasions
From an early age I was fondly labelled a ‘born organiser’ and my love of celebrating special occasions quickly followed suit. My background in corporate events, conferences and travel management kept me busy for many years however I always found myself organising private events and weddings in my spare time. I quickly became aware that my passion was truly in helping people celebrate life’s special occasions and as a result I took a leap of faith and Bespoke Occasions was born.
Bespoke means ‘made to individual order, measure or custom made’ and that sums up my approach perfectly. Whether it be a wedding, an engagement party, a 50th birthday or an intimate dinner party simply to celebrate with your nearest and dearest. I count myself very blessed to be able to create and partake in so many memories in the making.
What is your favourite trend for weddings for Autumn 2014?
It’s so very hard to narrow it down to a single trend as I work on multiple concepts at a time. One of the favourite parts of my role as wedding planner and stylist is interpreting trends and then weaving them into each couples day in a unique way that truly represents their personalities. If I had to pick my top three favourites at the moment I would say:
- Unique spaces: I’m constantly on the hunt for spaces and venues that are ‘out of the box’ and deliver the wow factor. More and more couples are moving away from a standard function or reception room and are really embracing smaller, unique and intimate spaces for their special day. In the past week I have inspected a dance studio, a book store and a coffee roastery for upcoming events. The venue really stamps your personality on the occasion and I love partnering with boutique and sometimes abstract spaces to create something truly special.
- The inclusion of local, sustainable produce on menus and engaging small artisan suppliers – The Brisbane foodie scene is growing every day and I’m receiving more and more enquiries from couples wanting to include gourmet produce or popular market stall vendors as part of their wedding.
- Lush green foliage, it’s been around as a trend for a little while now but it’s a firm favourite of mine.
What 2 things should brides have thought about before meeting with a wedding stylist and/or planner?
Generally by the time a bride meets with a wedding stylist or planner they are already armed with overflowing pinterest boards, post it notes, magazines and inspiration. This can either leave them feeling focussed or overwhelmed. The great thing about working with a professional is that they are able to interpret your vision into something that is tangible and will echo your personality on the day.
Bring all of your thoughts along with you, have imagery, words, photos and traditions that you envisage being a part of your day.
Besides key factors including your wedding date, general location e.g., Brisbane, Sunshine Coast etc and your budget, I’d recommend giving some thought to:
- ‘how much time you have to dedicate to the planning process and how involved you would like your stylist planner to be?’ – twelve to eighteen months out it may seem like you have all the time in the world but be realistic about whether you want to spend every Saturday night DIY’ing elements.
- ‘how do you want your guests to feel and what will you look back on and smile most about?’ – it seems a little bit left field but I believe if you keep the end result firmly in your mind you are less likely to get to get side tracked, caught up or overwhelmed along the way. Want to dance the night away with your guests? Cool, let’s make sure you have a killer band lined up. Want to see your guests eyes light up when the food truck arrives at ‘late night munchy o’clock’? Let’s make that happen. Want to look back in a year and remember your surprised groom when you presented him with a signature batch of beer brewed especially for him? I’m on it! Give some thought to what makes your love and your relationship special, what lights you both up, what do you most want to share with everyone you know…. and then let’s make that happen!
When you’re not helping brides with bringing their dream day to life what would we find you doing?
I find it hard to sit still and my natural enthusiasm flows over to most areas of my life. You can generally find me hunting down the best coffees in Brisbane, trying out new restaurants and cafes (all in the name of venue research!), at the gym or walking my beloved dog, catching up with friends and family or planning my next holiday as travel is a huge part of my life and one of the main sources of my inspiration.