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About The Lovebird Weddings Team

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 Coolum Beach 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.

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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 25 years, previously in the media and celebrity landscape, and for the past decade, 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.

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 12 years her business has planned and styled more than 800 weddings.

Trudy currently manages the marketing and communication of the business, and all strategic business planning elements. Trudy also manages Wedcoach, a software development company creating leading wedding system technology.

Trudy has a 5 year old daughter Nathalie, lives in Noosa, and loves…my family and friends, travelling and exploring, the beach, music, working out, dancing, love stories, sunshine, flowers, beautiful furniture! She is also running the NYC Marathon 2020!

Sarah Houpapa, General Manager:

Sarah has been with Lovebird Weddings since 2013. She manages all the logistics at Lovebird Weddings, is responsible for staffing, manages all enquiries and looks after our luxury planning and styling clients.

Sarah has a Degree in Business & Event Management. Sarah is a natural stylist, with a flair for colour and design work.

Sarah loves…her husband, family and friends, being creative, good food and wine, travelling, cooking and crossfit.

Chloe Cottee, Head Stylist:

Chloe joined our team in March 2017, and has wowed us already with her amazing flair for contemporary styling. She is currently designing our new office and showroom space.

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 page.

She also looks after with care and attention our luxury planning and styling clients.

Chloe loves …the beach, travel and adventure, fashion, music, spending quality time with her friends and family, good food and wine.

Jenny Moodie, Stylist & Fine Artist:

Jenny was employed in 2017, initially as our Warehouse Manager, and looked after one of the most important aspects of our business…the preparation of our décor. This role has now been passed to Zeb, however Jenny still oversees the prep lists. For this, we needed someone with incredible attention to detail, which Jenny has in bundles.

Jenny is an established fine artist, and creative designer, and is also one of our stylists working with both Sarah, Chloe and Holly to create the wedding designs on the big day. Jenny creates all of the hand painted signage for our clients too.

Jenny comes with a wealth of event management experience, having worked for 8 years at one of Scotland’s most premium event design and production companies…with high profile clients and brands, where events took up to 6 weeks to bump in.

Jenny loves… drawing, crocheting wire jewellery, generally being creative, long walks, animals, and spending quality time with loved ones.

Holly Butler, Planner & Stylist:

Holly graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast, where she majored in Event Management & Marketing. Holly manages a number of styling clients, and assists Trudy and Sarah with some of their planning jobs. Holly also manages updates of the website including the blog, as well as updating our Facebook and YouTube.

Prior to completing her studies Holly spent a lot of time travelling, and visited a number of places throughout Europe, America, Indonesia and Mexico. Her most memorable travel moments are diving with sharks in The Bahamas, and surfing in The Maldives and Mentawai Islands with friends.

Holly loves… surfing, travelling, hiking, and spending time with her partner, friends, and family.

Lauren McLellan, Assistant Planner & Stylist:

Lauren started with Lovebird Weddings in March 2021 and is the baby of our team. Lauren graduated from Torrens University Australia in 2019 majoring in Business & Event Management. Lauren manages our luxury bundle clients and several of our styling and planning clients. Lauren loves nurturing all her clients and making sure everyone receives the same experience which she values.

Originally from a Hair and Makeup background, Lauren found her love of wedding planning through her passion for communication, creating relationships and staying loyal with all her clients.

Lauren loves…the beach, her puppy ‘Harley’, squad training, national park walks, spending time with family & friends and a glass of champagne.

Zeb Martin-Teale, Warehouse Manager and Head of Pack Down:

Zeb started with Lovebird Weddings in 2016. He manages all aspects of our warehouse, prepping and custom-making of furniture and also leads 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.

Stephanie Ross, Acting General Manager:

Steph joined the Lovebirds team in 2021 but has wealth of knowledge having been in the events industry for 15 years. She has managed several hospitality venues whilst traveling across the globe, before moving on to her love of weddings and events.

Steph is currently managing all the logistics at Lovebird Weddings,  including enquiries, invoicing, bundles and assisting with our planning clients.

Steph loves traveling, boating, fishing, hiking, learning new things, friends and family, good food and wine (especially Rose).

The Lovebirds team is a passionate group of artists, stylists, planners, and lovers of love stories.

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