I was lucky enough to secure myself one of the sold out tickets to 'The Dream State' - a styled dinner event on the Northern Beaches by Styled By Her, a wedding and event styling business owned and run by Corey mumma of two to Eli and Daisy.

The night was truly magical, the moment you walked through the front door you instantly left your busy self behind and soaked up the beautiful atmosphere, music, champagne and chatter of the room. I think more than anything we were all just so happy to walk into a space that was created for us to feel spoilt and it did just that. 
Having worked in events myself I know how hard and stressful it can be so I was interested to hear how Corey manages to run a successful business while being a mum to Eli & Daisy.

When did you know you wanted to be a stylist?

Ever since I was little I have been creating spaces, decorating and re-decorating them constantly. It’s a part of who I am. To be honest when I left school I didn’t know making things look pretty was a ‘real’ job, I thought I would end up in graphic design or photography. I feel very fortunate to have made a career out of doing something I love. 

How long have you been styling for and how did you get started?
 
I moved to Sydney when I was 18 and fell into office and cafe jobs to pay my rent. After a few years of being completely uninspired at work, I studied a foundation course in design and soon after got a job doing property styling. I had my first baby (Eli) at 27 and knew I didn't want to go back to working full-time in the city. I had styled a few weddings for friends so I created ‘Styled by Her’ in the hope of being able to be creative and work from home with my baby, as I didn’t want to miss out on a single minute with him. I had absolutely no experience in events or working with flowers but I am very driven and hardworking when I’m passionate about something. Learning on the job and having no preconceived ideas of how things should be done has given me the freedom to be creative and find my own aesthetic. It has been four and a bit years since I started my own business and I am so thankful I did as I get to control how busy I am with work and still be a stay-at-home Mum. 

Did work take a back seat when Daze came along?
 
No, I was back working again two weeks after Daisy was born, luckily I had a great birth with her and she was ‘on time’. Both my babies have been working with me since they were tiny. I would strap them to me in the hug’a’bub and they would be happy to be carried around on me while I worked. They would come everywhere with me, even the 4am flower market trips so I could breastfeed in between buying flowers. As it is my own business I have always been able to control how busy I am which has been important to me, however being an event stylist means the few hours you have to set up an entire wedding all comes down to how prepared you are and working under pressure. Having the kids with me made for a little more pressure however I am so glad they have seen me doing what I love and achieving what I set out to do. I grew up seeing how hard my parents worked, which I am thankful for, hopefully Eli and Daisy will feel the same. 

How do you juggle being a mum and working?
 
Hmm I’m not sure I have this mastered yet, it’s a very hard juggle at times. I have Daisy (2 years old) at home with me full-time and Eli (5 years old) is in pre-school a few days a week, so they are still at an age where I get to spend a lot of time with them. They often help me load vans, arrange flowers, go to site visits or test set ups in the backyard. I try to include them as much as possible so they feel part of it and I give Eli a little pocket money when he helps so he can work on saving for something special to buy himself as a treat. Most of my work is wedding related so it’s quite seasonal, being very busy over Spring and Summer than quieter and more restful over Autumn/Winter. In the busy season it’s a lot harder to juggle the workload and still make time to be present and play with my kids. I work a lot at night once they have gone to bed, this is when I get the most of my admin work done, it’s so quiet then : ) My husband is very supportive and helps so much. It’s really a whole family effort when we load vans/trucks for events, even setting events up all together sometimes!
 
Whats your best parenting advice?

To be truly present in every moment you can with them. By putting my phone away while I play with them or talk to them. It’s so easy to get distracted by social media or checking emails. I am very aware that this stage of their lives will pass all too soon and I don’t want to waste a moment of it. I know once they have grown there will be more time to work on my business, but for now it’s the perfect time for bonding and building a great relationship with them both and as a family together. 

Concept / Styling / Stationery / Suspended florals / Food: @styled_by_her
Venue space and faux roses: @fauxflowercompany
Food + Dessert Queen: @mavourneegeorgeson
Videographer: @keeperfilms
Floor floral installations / bouquets: @poppiesandamber
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