Introducing Kate Cullen, wedding stylist
I’ve had the enormous pleasure of working with Kate Cullen on a couple of different projects now and she has the most amazing eye for detail and in creating absolutely beautiful settings. As well as an incredibly talented stylist Kate creates simply stunning hand painted silk ribbons which adorn many a wedding bouquet and I personally use for packaging up our couple’s images and albums. But that’s enough from me; let’s find out a bit more about the gorgeous Kate Cullen…
Why should you work with a wedding stylist?
There’s no set reason why you feel you might need a stylist – I work with all couples, whether they have a definite vision for their wedding and just want help sourcing suppliers and bringing it together on the day; or they live abroad and find it difficult to co-ordinate everything; or just feel they don’t have the design or creative skills themselves – I work with each on an individual basis filling the gaps in their knowledge, availability or skills.
How to pick a wedding stylist?
Choosing a stylist can be tricky – it’s often useful to pick one who has worked at your venue before, knows the area well, or feel just ‘gets you’. It’s important to feel that your stylist understands your style, and an initial consultation can be a valuable part of this process. Their initial ideas should inspire and excite you and you should feel you have confidence in them to practically get the job done. Thinking up the design and ideas is key, but you also have to trust that they have the logistical sensibilities to actually pull it off on the day too.
How does a wedding stylist differ to a wedding planner?
A stylist is concerned with the look and feel of your wedding, whereas a planner will take this role on as well as other elements such as guest lists, seating, liaising with venues, caterers and of course many other details. The key again is to find the right one for you. The two roles have much overlap, and often it is just down to personal choice whether to hire a stylist or planner, depending on how much help organising your wedding you feel you need.
Any advice on turning your wedding vision into a reality?
Budget! It’s so easy to get carried away with ideas seen on Pinterest or Instagram, but starting out with a firm budget and list of details in order of priority will keep you on the right track. Try to keep your personalities front and foremost in the decision making process, if it doesn’t reflect your true style don’t buy it.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
I started out with a friend in the vintage hire business back in 2011. I rapidly started doing more styling work for my clients, and my business grew from there. Rebranding and relaunching in 2014 allowed me to broaden my horizons and reflected my personality more – I love all styles not just vintage, and it’s been fantastic to create so many differently styled weddings this year. It’s also allowed me to bring my first love- art, into more of my work – from unique elements for my styling clients to my silk painting with my table linens and ribbons.
What inspires you and gives you your beautiful ideas?
I’m inspired by everything around me, particularly nature, but I also love all things creative and artistic. I’m a big fan of anything handmade with attention to detail. And who doesn’t love getting lost in Pinterest or Instagram for a while? I try to steer away from wedding pins though on my hunt for inspiration, instead looking for new ideas in the world of graphics, interior design, photography and art. I’m also a complete colour geek – I adore unusually paired tones that you think wouldn’t work until you see it.
Until next time,