Owl Themed Birthday Party

Last month the lovely Rosie from LoveLuxe Blog happily featured my little girl’s 1st birthday party celebration – a pink owl themed day with pictures taken by the talented Charlie from CKB Photography.

It was such a lovely day and I was so lucky to have such beautiful sweet treats provided by Made by Marie Green and The Cheltenham Cakery. I thought I’d share some of the photo’s with you here just in case you missed it before!

Would love to hear from anyone planning their own little one’s first birthday, what’s your theme?



Rock My Wedding Real Brides for 2014… Pick Mine!

Hello dear readers, I hope you are having a great weekend?

I’m pretty excited right now as last week I spotted that tone of my lovely 2014 couples Christine & Ryan are finalists in the RMW real Brides competition. *squeals*


christine and ryan



Image via Rock My Wedding


I’m only helping them with my “on the day” services and I know they would really love to win this. Such a cute couple, totally deserving. So, if you want to support them (you do don’t you?) then please do scroll down on their page and enter the word “vote” in the comments. That’s it!

Thanks so much.



Wedding Yurts Open Day in Gloucestershire

Ahhh Summer is almost here… I can feel it!

I actually have a strange rule about seasonal fashion, I only ever wear tights in those months with an “R” in it. So as of 1st May I am banishing my opaques until September at the earliest. No matter what the weather does! Don’t ask me why, it just makes my wardrobe feel fresher and lifts my mood.

And what better way to spend an (almost) perfect Summer’s day than sipping free champagne and enjoying a picnic in the Cotswolds at a gorgeous open day run by Lizzie from Wedding Yurts?


WY Picnic High Res



If you’re thinking of having an outdoor/garden/festival wedding then this is a really great opportunity to check out these beautiful structures… I’ve seen them all set up and they are stunning. Really beautiful.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend ahead, and if you want a bit of inspiration for your more traditional marquee wedding then hop on over to Love My Dress, where one of my gorgeous 2012 weddings was featured in all its glory!!



Wedding Industry Experts 2013 Awards

It’s feeling like Spring all of a sudden, which has made me feel all happy and positive, and so I’ve taken myself out of my comfort zone and decided to enter into the category of Best Wedding Planner in the Weddings Industry Experts 2013 Awards.

I’m not normally one to enter into these things, I always sort of felt that you should be nominated by someone else to qualify for any sort of award rather than shamelessly promoting yourself in order to be thought of as the best amongst your peers. However when I mentioned this to my hubby he looked at me like I was mad. “You used to be in PR love, are you kidding?”.

Ah. He has a point. Why is it so much harder to blow your own trumpet?! I mean, I love announcing exciting news and sharing my couples beautiful weddings… but the whole “vote for me” thing just seems one step further. But I’m doing it… yup, I’m really doing it.


in it to win it


Image via Pinterest


So with that image burning into my computer screen for the next couple of weeks. I would love it, seriously LOVE it, if you would vote for me as “Best Wedding Planner” in the awards, which shows support for wedding professionals that clients and suppliers in the industry appreciate.

You can cast one vote per 24 hours, with votes closing at 12pm EST on 23rd April. Official results will be released on 30th April 2013.

wedding industry awards

Wish me luck, I’m up against some serious talent!




Cheltenham designer wedding dress shop, Dragonfly Contemporary Designs, has announced a new Spring Sample Sale, which will be taking place on Friday 12th April and Saturday 13thApril from 10am – 5pm.


wedding dress sample sale cheltenham cotswolds


Every girl loves to hear the two words “sample sale” being spoken! This is especially true when they are in the midst of planning an expensive wedding at a time when purse strings are being tightened and we’re witnessing the rise of the DIY bride on a budget. Dragonfly Contemporary Designs, a bridal boutique based in the regency town of Cheltenham Spa in the Cotswolds, is holding a Spring Sample Sale offering up to 70% off all their dresses in the sale. With the average cost of weddings now rising to just over £16,000 in 2013, what more could a girl ask for?


Just before the busy wedding season really kicks off, owner Suzi Hounam-Brooker will be opening her shop doors from 10am – 5pm on both days to offer all brides-to-be the unique opportunity to buy a beautiful couture wedding dress made by one of Britain’s premier bridal designers for as little as £500. These dream wedding dresses are all ex-shop samples at high street sizes 10-12 and will include designs by Stewart Parvin, SassiHolford and Suzanne Neville.


Suzi said: “I have been delighted with the excellent feedback I’ve had since opening the boutique in its new location earlier this year, but I’d really like to make way for some of the new designs I’ve seen on the catwalks recently”, she continued, “I’ve also been approached by some fantastic new British bridal designers and am really excited about introducing them to the Cotswolds very soon!”


Sale opening hours:
Friday 12th April: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 13th April: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Additional information:
– No appointment necessary

– Sizes available: UK high street 10-12

– All dresses purchased must be taken on the day
– Free street parking and car park nearby
– All major credit and debit cards accepted

Where are we?
Find us here:

9 Great Norwood Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AW


Need more info?
Please contact Suzi at suzi@dragonflycontemporarydesigns.co.uk or call on +44 (0)1242 224 466.


Cotswolds Wedding Dress Designer Weekend: Suzanne Neville “Diamond Collection”

For one weekend only, on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February, The White Rose Bridal Boutique are dedicating their beautiful boutique to the fabulous British designer, Suzanne Neville. The Cotswold based wedding dress and bridal boutique already has a large collection of the designer’s latest designs, but for this special weekend event, the full 2013 ‘Diamond Collection’ will be available for lucky brides to try on by appointment.

suzanne neville wedding dress cotswolds

This is a fantastic opportunity for brides who already know they are dreaming of a Suzanne Neville gown to come and see a huge variety of dresses from the 2013 ‘Diamond Collection’ as well as the 2012 ‘Nostalgia Collection’. The White Rose Bridal Boutique will also be offering a whopping 10% off all dress orders at the event.

This event is strictly by appointment, so brides will need to get in touch quickly to secure their place. Please contact Danielle on 01386 848 802 to make a booking.

Go, go, go!




Rock My Wedding Kiss of Approval: The Love Lust List

love lust list

If you’ve started planning your wedding recently then no doubt you will have stumbled across the fantastic blog Rock My Wedding while scouring the web for inspiration. Of course you have, it’s  only one of the biggest UK wedding blogs  featuring all sorts of fabulousness on a daily basis.

Well a little while back they launched something called TheLove Lust List – a brand new wedding directory hand picked by the RMW team themselves.

The Love List List is a regional directory of  awesome suppliers that the Rock My Wedding team have given the Royal thumbs up to. UK wedding suppliers are personally invited to apply and there are exceptionally high standards. What I also love about it is that the members are not only chosen for their innovation, creativity and professionalism but the RMW team are also dedicated to sourcing budget friendly options for brides and grooms.

The list is divided up by region,  with a limit of just  10 suppliers in each area. So it really is an exclusive list of the best in the industry!  There are more plans to come from the innovative team behind Rock My Wedding and The Love Lust List, so watch this space!

Oh, I nearly forgot to  mention…. I’m now featured on it too! Check my pretty profile out here!  Yup, I’ve been given the RMW kiss of approval. Only a little bit proud to be part of such an awesome team of suppliers across the country (read massively excited and chuffed to bits).

The next few weeks are busy as ever at Jessie Thomson HQ, I’ll be at The Greenway on Friday to style a beautiful tea themed wedding with Sara from Aqua Florist, and am also busy prepping for the Dragonfly Contemporary Designs Open Evening next Thursday 6th December. Can’t wait!

Hope you are all looking forward to a beautiful Christmas this year, I’m looking forward to hearing about some magical proposals in the new year.



Bridal Boutique Celebrates New Opening in Cheltenham

Dragonfly Contemporary Designs (www.dragonflycontemporarydesigns.co.uk), a high-end bridal boutique based in the regency town of Cheltenham Spa in the Cotswolds, is inviting brides and local industry suppliers to an open evening in their new boutique located in The Suffolks.

Dragonfly Window - Sassi Holford

After a brief move to Montpellier, the designer dress shop has re-opened in a beautiful location on Great Norwood Street, also home to the long-standing florist Bloomers of Cheltenham and myself!

From 5-9pm on Thursday 6th December, brides-to-be are invited to come along and see the new boutique, where they will receive a glass of bubbly on arrival, special discounts off dresses when they book appointments, and a free goodie bag. Some of the best local suppliers will also be showcasing their work during the evening, with bridal experts Suzi Hounam-Brooker and Rita Fong Man also on hand to give tips and advice on choosing the perfect dress.

Cotswolds Bridal Shop Sample Sale

Dragonfly Contemporary Designs stocks some of the most well known bridal designers in the industry, including Suzanne Neville, Sassi Holford and Lyn Ashworth amongst others. The new boutique – previously the home of popular gift shop Milly B – with it’s crisp white interior and soft grey finishes, shows off the range of wedding gowns beautifully, with maximum privacy for brides wanting a very personal experience.

Dragonfly Dresses - Sassi Holford and Suzanne Neville

Suzi said: “I am delighted to welcome new brides into my boutique. It’s been hard work getting the layout and design just right, but feedback from appointments so far has been extremely positive. I feel very proud that I was able to bring this Cheltenham gem back to The Suffolks!”

For more information on attending the opening evening please contact Suzi at suzi@dragonflycontemporarydesigns.co.uk or call on +44 (0)1242 224 466.

Get in there ladies!




LIVE Winter wedding Q&A with LoveLuxe Blog


I hope everyone has been snuggling up in warm winter knits and a cup of hot cocoa these last few days, it’s geting dark so early now and really starting to feel like winter. I know it’s nearly Christmas when I light a candle in my office in the morning!

I expect there are a number of Cotswold brides currently planning a winter wedding at the moment, I’m certainly working with a few again this year, and there are extra considerations for those of you who’ve been brave enough to wear a wedding dress in the colder months.

With so many brides opting for out of season wedding dates, it’s also the industry suppliers and vendors who need to be more knowledgable.

Cotswolds Christmas theme winter weddingStyling by Jessie Thomson, Photography by Limelight Studio

So it really is exciting to be able to announce my involvement with the first LoveLuxe Blog live hangout on Wednesday 7th November from 8-9pm where a panel of experts will be chatting live via video about their experiences with winter weddings.  It’s essentially this awesome little community where we get to share ideas, tips and best practice as well as answering any questions that people post as we chat!

The other fabulous industry experts joining me are; incredible dress designer Charlotte Balbier, the very talented photographer Shell de Mar, make up artist to the stars Kellie Mitchell, top UK florist Emma Lappin and real bride Rebecca Aspin who also runs Sell My Wedding.

You can send your questions in to any of us by commenting on the LoveLuxe Blog page, leaving a question on the Facebook Wall or using the hashtag #loveluxewinter on Twitter. You’ll also be able to communicate with all of us live on the site while the Q&A is taking place, and whether you’re a bride, planning a party or an industry expert looking to do a bit of networking – everybody’s welcome!

I’m also now a regular guest blogger over at LoveLuxe so do pop over to read my recent posts on choosing your wedding theme and finding out the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding stylist, I would love your comments!

Hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween yesterday… check out my little one all dressed up for the occasion!

Baby Flora and Mummy!




Johanna Hehir set to showcase her latest collection in the Cotswolds

If you haven’t heard already, The White Rose Bridal Boutique (www.thewhiterosebridal.co.uk), a stunning bridal shop based in the beautiful Cotswolds, is inviting brides to a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet leading London bridal wear designer Johanna Hehir, as she showcases her latest collection of wedding dresses!

The two-day event kicks off with a catwalk show at luxury hotel and spa, Cotswold House Hotel, from 7-10pm on Saturday 10th November. Here the complete new collection of Johanna Hehir wedding dresses will be showcased to lucky brides, alongside some of the Cotswold’s finest industry suppliers also attending (yup, that includes me ladies!).

From 10-5pm on Sunday 11th November, brides will also be able to make appointments to try on the new collection of stunning gowns at Johanna Heir’s central England stockist, The White Rose Bridal Boutique, based in the beautiful town of Chipping Campden.

The boutique is renowned for its range of elegant, desirable wedding gowns and accessories by top British designers, and has firmly established itself as a destination for brides-to-be from all over the UK.

Danielle McCabe, owner of The White Rose Bridal Boutique, told me: “I am really excited about the showcase. The fact that Johanna and her team are coming to see us from their London boutique is a real treat” she continued, “it is a fantastic opportunity for local brides to come and see dresses and meet the designer herself!”

For more information on attending either of the two designer days, brides should RSVP at events@thewhiterosebridal.co.uk or call on +44 (0)1386 848 802.

If you’d like to arrange a chat with me at the event also, then please book an appointment at jessie@jessiethomson.co.uk or give me a call on +44 (0) 1242 570 802 or +44 (0)7940048885.

Hope to see you there!