It is really important to know who you’re working with…so here’s a little snapshot of the Lovebird Weddings team. We look forward to hearing from you soon! If you’re keen to touch base with us, why not fill in our online briefing form here. Otherwise, come in and meet our team. We have a head office in Noosaville and always happy to meet with brides and grooms wanting to learn more about us and what we do…and of course, we are always keen to hear your love story.
Trudy Croad, Owner and Strategic Marketing Manager:
Lovebird Weddings was created by Trudy Croad. Trudy has been planning and styling weddings and events for the past 20 years, previously in the media and celebrity landscape, and recently through her brand Lovebird Weddings.
Trudy has an Honours Degree in Business Management, and prior to event planning, she had another career in Marketing and Media Research, working both in Australia and London.
Trudy has received Awards for her Customer Service, and whilst living in the UK was hand-picked for an Elite Management Programme where she worked alongside some of the UK’s most senior executives to learn and develop in her career in business management.
She has worked for some of the world’s most exciting media brands including: Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle, Frankie, The Face, Elle Decoration, Better Homes and Gardens, Bride to Be, Heat!, Who, Smash Hits, Q, FHM, Smith Journal, Mens Health…to name just a few!
In 2008 she moved from Sydney to Noosa, launched her dream business, and in the past 10 years has personally planned and styled more than 500 weddings.
Trudy currently manages the marketing and communication of the business, and all strategic business planning elements. Trudy also manages our sister brand, LB Event Collective, which plans and styles luxury corporate and private events. Trudy is currently working with a skilled software development company in New Zealand to create the first piece of software worldwide that integrates the planning and styling of weddings and events.
Trudy is 43, has a 3 year old daughter Nathalie, lives in Noosa, and loves…my family and best friends, travelling and exploring, the beach, music, working out, good food & wine, love stories, sunshine, flowers, beautiful furniture!
Sarah Houpapa, General Manager, Weddings:
Sarah has been with Lovebird Weddings since 2013, and has progressed rapidly through the business, recently promoted to General Manager of weddings. She manages all the logistics at Lovebird Weddings, is responsible for staffing, and looks after our luxury planning and styling clients.
Sarah is a natural stylist, with a flair for colour and design work. She is currently creating the photo shoot to celebrate our 10th birthday, and is managing the design and layout of our studio and offices.
Sarah is 27, and last year married her long-term love Rikki – you can take a sneak peek at her wedding in the Hinterland Weddings section of our website. She loves…her husband, family and friends, being creative, good food and wine, travelling, cooking and crossfit.
Chloe Cottee, Wedding Planner & Stylist:
Chloe joined our team in March this year, and has wowed us already with her amazing flair for contemporary styling.
Having spent the last few years in Bali, organising luxury weddings at some amazing venues, Chloe comes from a background of wedding and event planning and styling, and has a real eye for the detail.
Chloe is also our social media genius, and looks after our Instagram, facebook and pinterest pages.
She also looks after with care and attention our luxury planning and styling clients.
Chloe is 25, recently moved to Noosa and loves …the beach, travel and adventure, fashion, music, spending quality time with her friends and family, good food and wine.
Jenny Moodie, Warehouse Manager & Stylist:
Jenny was employed this year as our Warehouse Manager, and looks after one of the most important aspects of our business…the preparation of our décor. For this, we needed someone with incredible attention to detail, which Jenny has in bundles.
Jenny is an established fine artist, painter, and creative designer, and is also one of our stylists working with both Sarah and Chloe to create the wedding designs on the big day.
Jenny comes with a wealth of event management experience, having worked for the past 7 years at one of Scotland’s most premium event management companies…with clients such as J.K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter series), where events took none other than 6 months to bump in.
Jenny is 30, recently moved to Australia with her gorgeous Jack, and is about to call Australia home.
Sarah Davey, Marketing Assistant & Stylist:
Sarah also started with the Lovebird team this year, and has been appointed as Trudy’s assistant extraordinaire! Sarah assists with all elements of delivering the marketing and strategic development of Lovebird Weddings, and also with the styling of our weddings.
Like all of our staff, Sarah has her own creative genius going on, and has her own brand of jewellery which she sells online, and has also travelled extensively, from the high-fashion streets of New York, to managing a boutique lodge in Nicaraguan Island…wow, this girl has some stories to tell!
Sarah is married to the lovely kiwi Jeremy and has two gorgeous kids. She loves… travel, photography, fashion, good food, interiors and all things well-being.
Zeb Martin-Teale, Head of Pack Down:
Zeb started with Lovebird Weddings in 2016, and heads up our pack down team. These guys really are due major credit, as they are the ones getting up in the middle of the night, usually on Friday and Saturday nights, and heading back to our amazing venues to pack down our weddings.
Zeb has been an instant hit with our venues, always smiling and friendly, and our business just wouldn’t kick on without the amazing contribution of our pack down staff.
Zeb loves fishing, good food and coffee, spending time on the beach, friends and family.
The Lovebirds team is a passionate group of artists, stylists, planners, and lovers of love stories.
Banner images by Andrea Sproxton Photography and employee images by Jodi McDonald Photography