Kelly and Dan Morrison are the creative brains and brawn behind August and Lucy – a business that can help you turn your wedding or special event dream into reality!
Offering wedding and reception styling, a vintage caravan bar/coffee cart, a huge range of items for hire and so much more … Kelly shares her passion for the events industry and the story behind August and Lucy …
Hi Kelly. When was your business established – and what’s the meaning behind the name?
August & Lucy was actually first established in 2015 by two lovely ladies from Brisbane; I purchased the business in 2016.
The meaning behind the name pays tribute to the original owners, as August is one of their birth months and Lucy is the other’s nickname. I’m a sucker for sentiment, so I think the name fits.
My family and I recently moved to Port Macquarie, and I just had my second child, and I always wanted to get into the wedding and events industry after getting married myself. With what I thought was so much time on my hands, I found Gilbert and decided to take the leap. At the time, my husband thought I was totally crazy. I think he still kind of does!
Your caravan, Gilbert, sounds like an interesting character! What’s his story?
Gilbert is a mid ’60s vintage plywood caravan, all original – except for the windows, of course – which were made in Grafton. I believe he originally came from QLD; his previous owners purchased the van an hour north of Brisbane, then spent the next 12 months renovating him to what he is today.
When I took him over, we added our own touches and updates, like new flooring and internal walls, and we are hoping to make more in the coming year, putting in a smaller coffee machine, so we can add a keg setup to be able to serve beer and cocktails straight from the tap.
So, August & Lucy not only offer a very cool mobile bar/coffee cart, but a range of items that can be hired for weddings and events. How comprehensive is your range of hire items?
I could be here all day lol, but in a nutshell we offer a big range of furniture, props, arbours, seating, vintage glassware and tea cups, centrepieces, rugs, small décor items, all in different styles, and we are always adding to our collection. We can also custom build that special piece.
How far and wide do you travel for events?
We love to get on the road with Gilbert, but like everyone we have our limits, so the furthest north would be to the beautiful Byron Bay, down south we go as far as the Hunter Valley, but we have been known to end up at the Central Coast, and inland we go as far as Tamworth.
Tell us a bit about your flower crown workshops, which sound like a super fun activity for a hen’s party! What’s involved?
Hen’s parties are always super fun, but it’s not just hen’s parties that we do flower crown workshops for! We have also done workshops for birthdays and high teas. It gives the guests and the hen, or birthday girl, the opportunity to relax and enjoy themselves.
We can cater for up to 14 guests and love being able to take the stress out of the planning and preparation for a fun afternoon.
We supply all the tools needed, plus fresh flowers and champagne – everything is taken care of – as well as a beautiful table set up at any location around the Port Macquarie area and surrounds. My favourite place would have to be on Shelly beach; the views are just beautiful.
As well as the champagne, we can also cater for food; our cheese platters and warm caramelised onion and feta pastries are a favourite.
What have been some of the wedding themes you’ve worked with in recent times?
We tend to do a lot of rustic, vintage themes, but my favourite would have to be a boho tipi wedding that had a Moroccan flair, using deep reds and mustards. The bride made these amazing macramé hangings and I loved them so much, I ended up commissioning her to make me one.
We also recently got the opportunity to style an op shop theme gala dinner at Sails Resort; hunting for op shop treasures has always been one of my favourite things to do – much to my husband’s despair.
We can help with advising how to achieve a certain look, sourcing items we don’t stock from other vendors we have worked with and really just helping couples bring their vision to life.
What do you most love about your work?
Definitely having creative freedom when I’m styling an event, being able to create a beautiful space and then to watch our clients see the space for the first time is always an exciting moment.
Also, it’s really exciting watching a the bride and groom celebrate their special day, knowing that we have been lucky enough to play a big part in making it all happen.
I enjoy chatting to guests about the caravan and hearing all their stories about vintage caravans that they have owned or have seen.
Where can we find out more info/book your services?
Our website would be the best place to go: www.augustandlucy.com – but you can also check us out on Facebook – Facebook/august&lucy or on Instagram – @augustandlucy.
Thanks Kelly. Interview: Jo Robinson.