What do you do as a stylist?
As a stylist I lead the vision of an event or photo shoot and tell stories through design. I work strictly with aesthetics: from the layout of the space, to the linens, to the florals, to the furniture + decor. My job is to make sure every detail has been thought through - that the vision is cohesive and the execution is flawless.
You say you offer creative direction + design + styling. What are the differences between these?
For most projects the Amanda O’Shannessy Creative team takes on all three of these roles. As the creative director, I oversee the creative vision of an event or photo shoot. As designers, my team and I develop specific designs plans. In some cases this involves sourcing materials (like florals, furniture, props, etc.) from various locations and creating mock-ups to showcase our ideas. In other cases this involves us hand-crafting design elements. As stylists, my team and I implement the design on the day of an event or shoot. You can read more about our process here.
Do you offer event planning?
Amanda O'Shannessy Creative offers a very select number of full planning + design packages each year. This is a great option for clients who are looking for a full service experience as opposed to a design-only package. If our clients do not book us for a planning + design package we do require that they have, at the very least, a month-of-coordinator to oversee the logistics of their event. We are happy to work with our clients to recommend a planner or coordinator that will best suit their event needs!
How would you describe your style?
I lean towards design that is rustic yet elegant. Romantic, whimsical and ethereal but still grounded and approachable. Refined but never stuffy. I'm a big fan of mixing textures: reclaimed wood, shiny metallic accents, old french grain sack…the more textures the better. I am also a firm believer that design is successful when it looks effortless and organic. I am always striving for those two things.
At what point in the wedding planning process should I hire Amanda O'Shannessy Creative?
As early in the planning process as possible! By bringing us on board at the beginning of your planning process you will ensure that the vision for your wedding starts out strong and is carried seamlessly throughout all design elements. This also gives you access to exclusive AOC vendor recommendations. Based on your desired look and budget we will recommend professionals who will best be able to bring your vision to life. Most of our clients book us 9 - 15 months before their big day but if your event is closer than that, feel free to reach out to discuss options.
What kind of couples do you typically work with?
Our couples are individuals who want to create a wedding that is a unique representation of them and a wedding that their friends and family will be raving about. They want knock-your-socks-off details, amazing food and a venue that is open, airy, and full of potential. They value beautiful, light-filled photography and know that hiring professionals to bring one's wedding vision to life is an invaluable investment. Many of our couples, and therefore their guests, are from outside of the Bay Area which we love! It’s such an honor to help create a destination wedding experience for our couples and their loved ones.
If I hire AOC do I release all creative control to you and your team?
Absolutely not. We work hand-in-hand with our clients throughout the entire design process and listen closely to their preferences and ideas. With that being said, we do our best work when our clients trust us whole-heartedly and allow us to think outside the box.
Is AOC available for events outside of the San Francisco Bay Area?
Yes! We are available for travel worldwide. We'd love to hear about your event or project and how we can help!