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Rachelle Marian | A-list Vendor Profile

5th June 2020

Ever wondered what it's like to be a wedding stylist? Rachelle spills the beans on what it's like to run Simply Style Co.

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Rachelle Marian has been running Sunshine Coast styling and hire business, Simply Style Co., with her partner, Mark, since she took the reins of the business in 2019. Rachelle has been working in the wedding and events industry for 15 years, but now is her time to shine as the boss lady she was destined to be! 

Rachelle heads up the family-owned and run business with her keen eye for quality design and thoughtful details, and commissions Mark to make some of their specialty decor, such as ceremony arbours and tables – and bring the muscles! The rest of the styling and marketing team are super supportive. Rachelle says, “We are each other’s biggest cheerleaders and we make a great family team.” 

Read on to hear more about Simply Styling Co. and the woman herself, Rachelle Marian. 

What is a typical day like for a wedding stylist?

No day is ever same. The ever changing environment around me is what keeps me thriving! My week is filled with consults withe clients, vendor brainstorming sessions, staff pow-wows, sourcing, scheduling and strategising.

Mid-week events turn into weekend affairs, usually waking early in the morning to do our final check overs and pack the vans. We move quickly and swiftly and installation can take anywhere between one and six hours. This is where the magic happens and everything comes together – I LOVE this part. The before and after transformation is exhilarating. I sometimes catch myself taking a step back and breathing it all in.

Then we’re back again at midnight or the following morning to pack down. Events vary from weddings to private celebrations to large corporate events, hence every day is new and just as exciting as the last!

Tell me about your career as a wedding stylist. 

My career spans over 15 years in wedding and event design. I began in the industry at the age of 18 and over this time, I’ve gained invaluable insight, extensive knowledge and incredible relationships on the Sunshine Coast. It has been a life dream of mine to own a business where I could grow intellectually and emotionally. So taking Simply Style Co. on was a huge decision for me and I was so nervous in the beginning, but I have an incredible support team and to be honest I am so proud of myself for taking the leap. I truly love what I do and I thoroughly enjoy seeing the weddings and events come to life with my styling and décor.

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What’s new at Simply Style Co.? 

We have just launched a brand-new range – The Casa Range! It’s a standout setting hand-crafted with solid teak timber and natural fibres. Perfect for guests to hang out on and will bring a modern feel to any space. We’re always on the lookout and sourcing quality furniture to complement our collection, and this fits perfectly with our values, expectations and will not disappoint. We cannot wait to feature this in our upcoming weddings.

How does Simply Style Co. stand out from the crowd? 

I’m a lover of quality design, thoughtful details and the full sensory experience. I’m known to be a passionate stylist and work with a little playful humour. But most importantly I understand life is busy and hectic for engaged couples and although it is exciting and encouraging to have so much inspiration and choice available, it can be overwhelming. I am here to empower and educate couples to plan a day true to them and their story.

What can we expect to see in the wedding styling world in 2020? 

Due to the current circumstances surrounding Covid-19 we are looking forward to life ‘returning to normal’ once again for our industry. We’ve really been missing working on the weddings with the brides, suppliers and venues. But lately we’re seeing brides welcome more creative ways to align their values of connection, comfort and joy into their wedding plans. Perhaps this time will allow for more connected, intimate weddings to be embraced and celebrated more. Until then we can’t wait until we can all gather again!
 
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You have a completely free day to hang out on the Sunshine Coast. Get out about! Where are you going, what are you doing and who are you with?

My free day would mostly involve being outdoors in nature. Whether it’s a refreshing swim at the beach with Mark and our daughter, or pottering in our vegetable garden and building a bonfire with a glass of wine at the back of our property, watching the sunset. If by chance it’s a child-free day, I do enjoy a long lunch with Mark or my girlfriends. Local favourites would be Noosa Boathouse and Rice Boi.

Share something that’s interesting about you, or something a lot of people don’t realise.

Most people may not know that my family heritage spans well over 105 years on the Sunshine Coast, mainly Noosa and Tewantin. This is my home and has been ‘home’ to our family for many years. So I guess you could say I am without a doubt “born and bred” on the Sunshine Coast. And in my time on the Sunshine Coast, I met Mark at high school when we were the young age of 16. We have been together nearly 18 years and – our love is still going strong.
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Image credits: Lindy Photography, Estella Photo, Graeme Passmore Photography & Film.

Like what you see? Need a Wedding Stylist?

Contact Rachelle at Simply Style Co. to see if she can help you with your wedding styling and decor hire. 
 
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