At Southern Belle Styling & Events we specialise in boutique design, styling and prop hire. Whether you are planning a wedding, 50th birthday party, baby shower, or styling a shop window, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth being beautiful. Fueled with copious amounts of chocolate and coffee, we love to create special days and spaces that leave you with lasting memories.

Destination and New Zealand Wedding Stylist and Planner

Our resident southern belle, Ashley Hibbard, is a native Texan who was swept off her feet by a cheeky kiwi and somehow found herself living in the land of the long white cloud. Growing up, Ashley skipped most “normal” childhood games in favour of making play dough wedding cakes, watching craft shows on TV and doing her best to “turn trash into treasure” using a hot glue gun and lots of paint and glitter. With over 10 years of experience as a creative consultant, Ashley has worked to plan and style events large and small for brides, socialites, sororities, mums and more. Some of her favourite events include:

  • Yosemite National Park Wedding
  • Vintage Oscars’ Watching Party
  • Beer Tasting 30th (complete with Popcorn Bar)
  • “Drive-In Movie” Sweet 16 Party
  • South Island Rustic Barn Wedding

Ashley brings her southern style, keen eye for detail and infectious desire to make people feel special and loved to each event she plans.

Love Letters…

Ashley at Southern Belle did such a great job designing and styling my wedding and hen’s night, that I recently hired her to design a baby shower that I was throwing. I had already purchased the invitations and knew that I wanted to do a whimsical storybook theme, but wasn’t sure how to pull it all together. She elaborated on my ideas and created the cutest bunting, favors and paper printables, bringing everything together into the sweetest and most beautiful baby shower. The mum-to-be loved it and had so much fun!


It was the day that I would cherish forever; I was making the choice to marry one man for the rest of my life… And thanks to Ashley I was able to actually enjoy the entire day of my wedding! My family was in from all over the country and that uncle that I wished would stay in the basement…well, he didn’t!! But, I was not phased by the family dramas, or the misplaced shoe, or even the late deliveries, because Ashley put me in this happy-bridal-bubble that allowed me to focus on becoming the beautiful bride I had always imagined being. Ashley understood how important it was for me to mentally prepare myself for the biggest day of my life. She catered to my every wish, including driving me to get my groom’s gift that I almost forgot! Ashley managed my crazy family and put out fires to make sure that the day remained focused on my groom and I. Her professionalism and attention to detail is unmatched! I didn’t feel like a project of hers I felt like a bride and sincerely felt Ashley’s genuine desire to go above and beyond any expectation I could have had!! ​

– Crystal & Cody