Article in The Age 26/12/2014

Some couples prefer to hire event planners so they can enjoy the day, writes Sandy Guy.

It can take months to plan a wedding – writing guest lists, researching venues, choosing photographers, cars, florists, searching for the dress – the list can be endless.

Some couples opt to undertake much of the planning themselves, while others call in the help of event co-ordinators.

Nicole Konstandakopoulos and Lazaros Papasavas both with in family businesses: Nicole as manager of the Lonsdale Street dining institution, Stalactites Restaurant, run by her family since 1978; Lazaros in property and his American soul food restaurant, Mr Big Stuff.

“Nicole and I were too busy with our work commitments to be hands on planning our wedding, so we decided to call in the experts,” says Lazaros.

“Like all couples, we wanted our wedding day to be perfect. As we both work in hospitality, we know what it takes to get these things right. What we didn’t want was the hassle of dealing with of dealing with all the individual suppliers, and worrying that they wouldn’t deliver to the standards we were aiming for.”

Lazaros and Nicole heard of event planners The Style Co. through word of mouth.

The Style Co. owners Marie Cruz and Sarah Gonsalves and their team of designers, florists, planners and project managers guide couples from start to finish, making sure every aspect of the wedding day runs smoothly.

“From the outset, we saw that Marie and Sarah knew what they were doing, ” says Lazaros of the initial planning of their July 2013 nuptials.

“we were very clear about the style of wedding we wanted – modern but classic; understated yet elegant. They understood us quickly, and we knew they could deliver the outcome we were after.”

Nicole and Lazaros planned a sit-down reception for 200 guests. “we looked at several venues and decided on the Carousel.”

On the banks of Albert Park Lake, this venue is popular for its views of Melbourne’s city skyline.

“The Carousel was adaptable to the style of wedding we wanted – the venue can be configured to suit your needs – and catering to 200 guests was not a problem.”

Over seven months leading up to the wedding, Nicole and Lazaros met with Marie, Sarah and the team weekly. “They dealt with all the suppliers and stayed within our budget. They handled the lot.”

Marie and Sarah were there as Nicole walked down the aisle of St. Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in East Malvern and beyond.

“The Style Co. ensured that everything ran smoothly through out the day, right down to when the band played and timing for food service”, says Lazaros.

Lazaros says that if he could wind back the clock he would have preferred a summer wedding, so as to make the most of warm outdoor weather. Nicole disagrees; “I loved every moment of our wedding, day it was perfect,” she says.

“We could not have achieved the outcomes we aimed for without an event planner. We came up with the concept, and Marie and Sarah translated our ideas into reality. We got exactly what we wanted with great value for money”, adds Lazaros.

“We had an amazing wedding. It wasn’t entirely stress-free, but it was as stress-free as a wedding can be,” he says.

Check out their full wedding here

Leaving it to the experts - The Style Co. Event Planners on The Age newspaper


Source: The Age, Sunday October 26, 2014
Author: Sandy Guy
Photo: Louisa Bailey (

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