One of my favourite things about working in the wedding industry is meeting other suppliers, and when I met Rebecca back in January I knew I wanted to know more about her businesses - Parsons Occasions and Stamford Tableware Hire. Was it her incredible showroom that also doubles as her home and workspace, or was it how open she was about working in a freelance world? Read on to find out more...
Rebecca started out as an interior designer in London, a job she likens to dressing weddings. It requires the same vision to fill a blank space, be it for living in or for getting married in! However, love soon called her back to Rutland and she and her partner Dave settled down here.
Working for Lily King (now sadly not around) as a wedding coordinator, Rebecca learnt on the job and about all different parts of a wedding. In 2018, she started taking on some floristry as part of her job, although she admits to only knowing "rose and lily at this point". Clearly a fast learner, she set up Parsons Occasions not long after.
Rebecca now has a true passion for flowers and floristry and it is clear she takes care and pride in every project she undertakes. She loves the way you start with a lot of single stems and end up with something beautiful.
Rebecca works in her amazing Water Tower home which also doubles as her showroom. It needs to be cold in the floristry space but Rebecca says she cranks up the music and doesn't mind so much - although cramp is an occupational hazard!
Rebecca bought her second business, Stamford Tableware Hire, in 2017. This came with a lot of tableware, along with accessories, which required storage and cleaning space - enter the Water Tower. A truly multi-pupose building!
Luckily, this came with a lot of existing customers who are mainly chefs, caterers or marquee companies. Rebecca also offers venue dressing with this business, a perfect combination with floristry!
So what do you get when you book Rebecca?
Other than her years of experience in many areas of weddings, you receive a free quote and consultation, along with unlimited conversation before your wedding day. Rebecca understands that budgets may change and also that everyone has a different budget. As with many florists, she works best with a flexible vision - something I had not factored in to thinking about flowers is that they're not all in season all of the time!
Rebecca describes her businesses as approachable, adaptable and premium products. Ideal booking time is within a year of your wedding, but do leave it no less than a month before your big day! Rebecca hand delivers all her work to your venue, often meaning long days, but that's the care she takes. She is also not limited to only local venues.
Whenever I do a Supplier Spotlight interview, I ask what the supplier's favourite wedding has been - Rebecca wins for the fastest answer!
A wedding at beautiful Burghley House in November 2019 for influencer Sinead Crow featured foliage, staircase garlands and a huge number of candles. Rebecca also created a garland for a long table in Burghley's Great Hall - stunning!
Outside of work, Rebecca walks her border terrier, Geoffrey, in the fields around her house; loves a drink at the pub (although not at the moment!) and reading. Currently she's on Room by Emma Donoghue - highly recommended by both of us!
From speaking with Rebecca, she is an incredibly friendly and approachable person, who takes great care in all her work, including her part time job - often the way of self-employed people! She takes pride in her creations and adores receiving reviews (as we all do) because it shows how much her time and effort is appreciated.
Rebecca has told me she would like to take this opportunity to "thank her friends and family for all their support. Especially my partner, Dave! Dave has been amazinf and is always beside me in my decisions". Well, it takes a village!
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