Trudy Croad, Owner and Strategy Manager:
LB Event Collective 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 own brands.
Trudy has an Honours Degree in Business Management, and prior to event planning, 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 businesses, and in the past 12 years those businesses have planned and styled more than 800 weddings and events.
Trudy currently manages the strategic direction of our businesses, and is always looking for new and creative ways to respond to the evolving needs of her customers. Trudy also manages Wedcoach, a software development company, creating leading wedding system technology. Trudy has worked with mentors Siimon Reynolds and Brian Sher to further hone her entrepreneurial skills.
Trudy has a 5 year old daughter Nathalie, lives in Noosa, and loves…her family and friends, travelling and exploring, the beach, music, trail running, dancing, sunshine, flowers and beautiful furniture! She is running the NYC Marathon in 2021 and is also deep into the throws of writing her first book!
To learn more about the brands that she has created, go to www.trudycroad.com
Sarah Houpapa, General Manager:
Sarah has been with Lovebird Weddings and LB Event Collective since 2013 and manages the logistics and staffing across both brands. Working alongside Trudy, Sarah manages all enquiries, is responsible for driving new business initiatives, and is the LB Event Collective planning & styling guru. She also manages the social media and website of our events brand.
Sarah has a Degree in Business & Event Management. She is a natural stylist, with a flair for colour and design work and is passionate about creating truly wow events.
Sarah is 30, and loves…her husband, family and friends, being creative, good food and wine, travelling, cooking and CrossFit.
If Sarah wasn’t our General Manager, she would own her own healthy dessert café!
Chloe Cottee, Head Stylist:
Chloe joined our team in March 2017, and really wowed us with her amazing flair for contemporary styling. She is currently designing our new office and showroom space and was recently promoted to Head Stylist across both Lovebird Weddings & LB Event Collective.
Chloe comes from a background of wedding and event planning and styling and has a real eye for the detail.
She manages the purchase of all new furniture and décor hire items for our business, of which there are two décor drops done each year in our business, ensuring we always have something new to present to our stylish customers.
Chloe is 28, and loves …the beach, travel and adventure, fashion, music, spending quality time with her fiancé, friends and family, good food and wine.
If Chloe wasn’t our Head Stylist, she would be a Fashion Buyer.
Jenny Moodie, Stylist & Fine Artist:
Jenny was employed in 2017 and has a varied role within our business that makes the most of both her creative and organisational skills. As well as being a Stylist and creating all the hand-painted personalised signage for our clients, Jenny also overseas every single client’s decor prep lists. She loves lists! Nothing escapes the attention-to-detail of Jenny, and she ensures that all the furniture and décor is prepped and read-to-go.
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 is 33, and loves… drawing, crocheting wire jewellery, generally being creative, long walks, animals, and spending quality time with her partner and loved ones.
If Jenny wasn’t our Stylist & Fine Artist, she would be a Wildlife Conservationist.
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 the on-day coordination of our events.
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 is 30, and loves… surfing, travelling, hiking, and spending time with her partner, friends and family.
If Holly wasn’t our Planner & Stylist, she would be a Forensic Investigator
Zeb Martin-Teale, Warehouse Manager & Head of Pack Down:
Zeb started with Lovebird Weddings & LB Event Collective in 2016. He manages all aspects of our warehouse, prepping and custom-making of furniture and also 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 events.
Zeb has been an instant hit with our venues, always smiling and friendly, and our business just wouldn’t kick on without his amazing contribution.
Zeb is 31, and loves… fishing, good food and coffee, cooking, spending time on the beach and with friends and family.
If Zeb wasn’t our Warehouse Manager, he would be a Fishing Adventurer.