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Event styling: Media24 Magazine Excellence Awards

There is little that compares to the feeling of success when a major project achieve the visual goals set.

I was commissioned by Clarisse Coetzee Events to do the styling for the Media24 Magazine Excellence Awards. For this event I worked closely with Emma Kotzé and interns to create a look that was mostly white with a little bit of Japanese influence and a good dollop of South Africa to top it off.

The flowers and vessels for the tables were carefully selected and curated. We bought and foraged, collected and dried flowers weeks before the event and combined these with a white, fresh orchid. The vessels, candle sticks and crockery were all a combination of white and cream pottery and crystal. I tried to keep everything as natural as possible with just that little bit of sparkle that will make it feel special. Intern Koelene de Lange was in charge of folding all the paper origami birds for the installation in the middle – we then also spent a good chunk of the set-up time on the installation. It made such an impression that it was worth all the effort. I had the amazing opportunity of working with a lighting designer to create different effects and colours that would change throughout the night, illuminating the birds and throwing shadows that worked as a piece of art behind the lectern. What an experience.

An event like this takes so much time and also collaboration. I worked at Media24 for many years before and I knew the designer of the invites, stationary (menus, programs etc) and artwork for the presentation. We included her in vision boards and decor strategy which meant that this element worked very well with the rest of the design. This is such an important element as it is the first introduction to the event with a save the date, and takes centre stage on each place setting on the table.

But enough words for now, I will let the images speak for itself.

Coordinator: Emma Kotze
Stylist: Joanita Cillié
Interns: Koelene de Lange & Anrike du Toit
Hiring: XL Events
Sound & Lighting: DNG Presentation Staging
Food design: Slippery Spoon Kitchen – Creative Food for Creative Events
Trophies: Rialheim
Photography: Retha Ferguson
Stationery design: Sally Laver

Venue: Roodebloem studios

Thank you to Clarisse Coetzee Marketing & Event Management ( for trusting me with the creative side of this event. I enjoyed every minute.