Upon planning their own wedding in 2006, directors Cem and Ann noticed a significant gap in Sydney’s Event Market. Their ideal wedding included an elegant Champagne Service served to their guests after their ceremony at Bradleys Head (North Sydney), in additional they required a simple decoration package that would complement the natural location, without detracting from the surrounds- unfortunately this desire proved to be an expensive combination between catering companies and decorating companies.
Cem and Ann believe every Wedding and Event should be personalised to suit the couple or client, and their own was no exception. After not finding a suitable company- They opted to start their own! Obviously not wanting to solely to rely on friends themselves, they began offering this service to other brides looking for similar services. With Ann’s easy going nature, and being a bride herself- she showed genuine care and interest in each bride that was referred to her. Cem, as a full time Mechatronics engineer, began taking request for any specific decorative items that clients couldn’t find elsewhere. Thus our Directing duo team was born!
The company initially relied on Word of Mouth marketing and past client referrals. Today, the large remaining amount of referrals from existing clients, prove to be distinguishing reference for the company’s success and event outcomes. Expanding into corporate and large scale wedding styling, Harbourside Decorators is a sister company to Outdoor Wedding Aisles.
Meet Our Team
Ensuring that your event is in the right hands… meet our team, or come in for a chat- as we would love to meet you, and hear all about your upcoming event!
Cem studied Mechatronics Engineering and worked for some of Sydney’s leading Engineering firms for 8 years. Upon his engagement to Ann, he started Outdoor Wedding Aisles as a small side business. Due to the overwhelming growth and popularity of the business, and of course Cem’s natural ability to design, build and fix anything imaginable. He became the full time Production Manager of both Outdoor Wedding Aisles and Harbourside Decorators. Being an engineer at heart, Cem is meticulous with detail and quality, he inspects every design and product before commencement or setup- thus ensuring only the best is delivered to our clients.
Ann originally studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Sydney University before working as an IVF Scientist. Never imagining she would work in the Events Industry however, after originally starting Outdoor Wedding Aisles and Harbourside Decorators as a bride herself, Ann brings an abundance of personal experiences and pivotal information to each bride that comes to us. Ann continues to be the most easy-going and friendly person, with her enthusiasm to deliver memorable events often becoming infectious to surrounding clients and suppliers.
Since Natalia joined Harbourside Decorators in October 2015, she has taken on a creative role as the Event Coordinator. In 2013, Natalia graduated from the International College of Management, Sydney with a Bachelor of Business in Event Management. Upon the completion of her degree Natalia worked in a corporate role, however soon after she discovered her passion for events and became dedicated to the creative elements involved in executing the perfect event.
After graduating from a Bachelor of Media & Communications in 2014 from Macquarie University, Erin found herself within the PR Travel industry, where she recognized her passion for events. In 2016, after deciding to move to a more events focused position to fulfil her enthusiasm for events, Erin joined Harbourside Wedding and Event Decorators which has allowed her to indulge in all areas of event management.
Martin has over 15 years experience working in events. From a stage builder and equipment hire manager in an event planning company in Europe to music festivals and international surfing contests in South Africa.
Martin joined the Harbourside team in early 2015 working as event crew before quickly moving into the position of Equipment Hire Manager.
Gui is currently studying Leadership and Management at The Australian Pacific College and holds a Diploma of Administration from Colégio São José, in São Leopoldo/Brazil. He already has a wealth of experience in leadership and management having worked in one of Brazil’s largest companies Paramount Têxteis as a law consultant and as a Lieutenant in the Brazilian Army. Gui began working with Harbourside Decorators a year ago as an event crew member but has quickly stepped up into the Equipment Hire Manager role.