Featured Student: Rea Shaw

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Rea began her journey as a self-taught stationery designer after she expertly planned and styled her own wedding in 2014. With a lifelong passion for creativity, she took on the task of crafting every element of her special day, from the intricate details to even the confetti. This personal endeavor ignited a deep desire within her to become a stylist, driven by the joy and fulfillment she experienced in bringing her own vision to life. Rea’s mission is to extend that same level of fun, excitement, and satisfaction to other couples, as she assists them in creating a memorable wedding day that reflects their unique character, personalities, and style.

What course and year did you study at The Wedding Academy? 

Wedding Styling 2020

What was your highlights studying with The Wedding Academy? 

Learning more about all the design aspects, I found it so interesting, and the project at the end made me realise how much I wanted to pursue the role afterwards. As well as finding wedding venues I didn’t know was there in my local area.

What is your role now in weddings? 

Wedding Designer & Stylist | Co-ordinator | Prop Hire | Stationery Designer | Dried Florals

How did you find your course assisted you in your career? 

It gave me the confidence I needed to build the business I wanted.

Any advice for aspiring wedding planners or stylists? 

It may take a while to figure out what you want to offer to couples after you qualify, but I found the only way to work this out is to do a lot of work. Know that, this is ok. Start by helping others and you will find your own path, eventually.

Follow Rea on Instagram HERE, Facebook HERE, Tiktok HERE or visit her website at www.confettisweethearts.com

Photography By Roberta 

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