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Styling the Stars

I’m a layman writer. Not particularly gifted, but passionate. I construct stories, and for me, that usually starts word association, now referred to as a hashtag. There are a lot of buzz words that I can think of when I think of Jessica Ogden-Barry, she oozes individuality.

Jess is the owner and stylist of Salt & Sand Event Hire. Ladies, are you planning an epic event? You need this woman in your life. Men, are you planning a special proposal or surprise for a loved one? Ask her about Memorable Moments a new addition to her services.

Jess has a background in interior design, visual merchandising and when I asked her how she came to start her business, she said, “I was halfway through planning my wedding, and knew I would miss it. I was worried about wedding planning withdrawals once my wedding day was done and dusted, I decided that event styling was my new destiny.”

She is through and through Australian with a flair for the exotic. I’ve never seen her wear the same outfit twice and I have a hunch it’s entirely planned. She manages to style herself, her business, and her life with a mixture of thoughtful, durable, and unique choices with a hint of modern Australian style.

A perfectionist, but not stuffy. Lighthearted and loves to have fun and experience adventure. She is the perfect accompaniment to her craft – styling events with the beautifully rugged backdrop that is Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef.

Her favourite part of her job? “Seeing my clients faces light up on their wedding day and the love that each couple shares, knowing that I have helped create their dream wedding day. Also, getting to source amazing styling pieces to use on wedding days, It’s like full-time shopping!”

Before I knew of Jess, I knew Exmouth would be a remarkable wedding destination. It’s one of the only places that has striking contrast – reef and range and desert plains. A photographer’s dream and I’m confident nature lovers will think this destination spectacular. One thing to note – the weather has sculpted the rugged beauty. Sometimes it rains. Sometimes it’s windy. The wind can be Jess’ “worst nightmare.” I can personally attest to a windy wedding day – the photos looked terrifically beautiful – model ‘fanned’ beautiful. Jess simply puts it, “at the end of the day it’s not the weather that matters it’s the love that two people share.”

Ever styling, when I asked her for her goals, she relabeled it her ‘dream card’:0). I dig it. It fits her and we are excited to see her dreams become a reality.

Jess’ Dream Card:

1.    To build a small business and brand that people around the world will not only talk about but come to experience by having their wedding on one of the many beaches we call home the Ningaloo Reef.

2.    Finding the adventure in life

3.    I dream to be extravagant and one of a kind

4.    I dream to one day style a wedding in another part of the world, somewhere amazing like Dubai. This place is breathtaking and suits my over the top personality.

5.    To never stop dreaming and imagining.

The Reveal: Check out The Adventure tab on our website. If you book a tour for the end of March (we start on 26th of March) we’ll take 15% off your tour (cannot be combined with other offers).

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Murray, Sonia & Live Ningaloo Crew!


The Titbits

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She has an Instagram account for the house she is building with her husband. Find it here.

Favourite place in Exmouth: Sandy Bay. It was her, and her husband got married.

She collects Kate Spade coin purses and Vogue magazines – her mags are in mint condition (hasn’t even pulled the perfume slips!!!) and she’s been collecting the monthly issues for about a decade.

Some of the things she misses about my big city life: ‘The Shopping!! Shopaholic right here!! Also the amazing nightlife including bars and restaurants. On the other hand, I feel that Exmouth is so good for me though as it has grounded me, made me a better version of myself and allows me to let go of my high maintenance lifestyle and just enjoy the moments.”


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