Rapunzel Theme Styled Shoot with So Sassi

Recently I was asked by Jenny from Love Me Love My Wedding to collaborate with her on a styled shoot for So Sassi wedding dresses from Sassi Holford. Obviously I said yes!

We had three scenes, each of which I created a moodboard for to help give direction to all the suppliers involved. The photos will be landing here soon, but I thought I’d reveal a little bit of the first scene, inspired by the fairy tale of Rapunzel.

I chose the colour scheme based on details from the story itself… Rapunzel was caught stealing rampion plants, which is a common name for several wildflower plants which all have lilac colour flowers.

Rapunzel Theme

All images via Pinterest

The official photos of this styled scene will be featured here soon, but I couldn’t resist sharing this beautiful video take on the day by Vogue Wedding Films for the weekend!

Don’t know about you but I am massively lusting after short wedding dresses right now. Stunning.

Jessie

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DIY Tutorial: Gold Glitter Reindeer (Plastic Toys)

Brrrr, it’s frosty today! Had to fill up on gingerbread latte whilst walking the doggy this morning – much rather it was like this than soggy and wet though. Hopefully will stay this way for any Cotswold winter weddings, but could do without the snow and ice this year!

I promised a tutorial on how to make the gold glitter reindeer I recently created for the Hyde Barn Tweetup….

Gold Glitter Animals Wedding Table

Image via Motif Wedding Photography

For some time there has been a trend in the wedding industry (and some general pinterest love) for spray painting little plastic animal figures for table decorations, and it’s such a simple but cute addition which would particularly suit a farm or barn wedding venue. They’d make great escort cards, or cake toppers and are perfect an animal loving couple!

As the wedding table I styled was so close to Christmas I thought I’d take this trend one stop further with little woodland creatures covered in glitter… blingtastic! The little deer folk are now on my fireplace mantel looking rather jolly even if I do say do myself.

glitter reindeer and hearts fireplace

Image via Jessie Thomson on Instagram

These were so easy to make, here is  what you need….

  • Plastic Figurines – you can buy tubs of animals online, most commonly you’ll find farm, rainforest, zoo and jungle creatures. My reindeer were from Schleich which can be found in most toy shops and via amazon.
  • Mod Podge – or other white pva glue
  • Gold glitter
  • Paintbrush – any old/cheap one will do, just make sure it’s fairly small so you can get into the nooks and crannies!
  • Newspaper – glitter gets messy!

I used my paintbrush to give the plastic deer a thin(ish) layer of glue all over, held it over the newspaper and then sprinkled glitter all over until it was covered. Here is what they lookd like after the one coat:

Gold Glitter Reindeer Toys

Not bad, but you can see there a few spots missing glitter, especially  where I was holding them (the foot!) and glue had come off. I let them dry overnight then touched up with extra glue in the gaps with my litte paintbrush the next morning, re-sprinked glitter and voila, they were evenly covered!!

Gold Sparkle Deer

Image via Photoglow

They are a fun an easy Christmas project, and actually I think they’d look cute turned into Christmas tree hanging decorations or used to tie onto Christmas wrapped pressies for a bit of luxe.

What do you think?

Jessie

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http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

DIY Glitter Feather Tutorial

Hey there,

My hubby came home from Brighton last night with advent  calendars from the in-laws. Which means one thing, Christmas is just around the corner!!

I recently styled a table for the Hyde Barn Tweetup and promised to share a few tutorials for the DIY elements (there were quite a few!). One of the prettiest was the glitter feather garlands I made to decorate the backs of the chairs:

Gold Glitter Dipped White Feathers

Image via Photoglow

Gold Glitter Feather Garland Chair Back

Image via Eve Dunlop

They are so simple to make and would also look great at place settings  or strung up around the venue, perhaps even a gorgeous backdrop for the head table. I also think they’d look super pretty adorning a Christmas tree, so thought I’d share this one with you first!

Ok so here’s what you need:

  1. Pack of white feathers (I got mine from amazon nice and cheap, but you can also get them from other craft shops fairly easily)
  2. Gold thread (or twine, or cotton, or ribbon, or…. you get the picture!)
  3. PVA glue (I used mod podge as it dries nice and clear)
  4. Gold glitter
  5. Small paintbrush
  6. Newspaper (the glitter gets messy!)

So I started off by pouring some glitter into plastic container – I found this helpful in getting an even coverage and also when sprinkling glitter from the main container it allowed me to keep things tidy. I then dipped one end of the feather into the tub of glue, shaking off any excess, before dipping straight into my container of glitter. It worked, but the result was a bit too heavy on the glitter for me (never thought  you’d hear me say that!).

So, I got a cheap small paintbrush, and with my next feather I painted the glue on in a thin layer before sprinkling with the glitter  (over my container to catch it). This resulted in a much neater finish with just as much sparkle… so I continued using that technique until I’d done around five feathers per chair.

I used fine gold thread to string each mini garland together – but you could use any string/cotton/ribbon that takes your fancy. If you do use a finer thread then be careful not to get them tangled if you need to transport them (like I did!).

By the way I also did some others afterwards with gold glitter spray (just spraying the ends of each feather), which was much more subtle but looked gorgeous. A good option if need to save time or don’t want the mess!!

Happy glittering!

Jessie

x

www.jessiethomson.co.uk

Hyde Barn Tweetup – Cotswold Wedding Supplier Showcase

Afternoon lovelies,

On Tuesday evening this week I left Flora in the capable hands of my hubby and nipped over to Stow-on-the-Wold (just me and my little green Figaro travelling across the Cotswolds in the rain), to take part in s fabulous industry get together and styling event at the stunning new wedding venue Hyde Barn. I’ve been attending these regular tweetups since they first started, and if any of you lovely readers happen to be on Twitter you should definitely follow the hash-tag #gloswed to keep up with local wedding industry news.

However this time the get together was a little different, a little bit special, because this time it was STYLED! Yey!

I remember the lovely Suzie from Karma Kars Cotswold hatching this plan as I drove her to the (pretty naughty) party with Rock My Wedding recently. See hilarious video of Suzie and I discussing our underwear  at the party here. Yes really.

I was totally up for bringing a bit of “pretty” to what were already great networking evenings, and agreed to put together a styled table for the event.

Here is the result!

Mint Green and Gold Wedding Table

I decided to create something that real brides could totally re-create themselves, even those on a tight budget. I’m always telling brides that stylish doesn’t have to mean expensive, and what better way to demonstrate that to other suppliers too?

The theme I chose for the table was “mint and gold” – two major trends that will still be strong for 2013 weddings. Oh and my website is mint green. And my car. And half of my home decor. What can I say, I like the color…. a lot.

I also included a few more trends for 2013… tassel garlands, bow tie napkins, gold glitter, feathers, texture, letterpress, cookie favours, an ombre cake… boom.

I had an idea that I dreamt up with Marie Green from the divine Made by Marie Green  bakery, to use a mini  wedding cake for the table number holder – which at a real wedding you could replicate and do on each table. After the bride and groom cut the cake at the head table,  guests would get to cut the cake on their own table (and make a wish) eating it for their pud! Marie also made some absolutely delicious cookies for favours, which I tied with gold thread twine. She’d letter-pressed “Love” and “Mr & Mrs” on them, as well as some with our names on especially. Love her.

Mint Green Ombre Cake

letterpress twine tied cookie favours

twine tied iced cookies

And talking of table numbers, the dashing Mr David Lewis of Cherry Press created the stunning letterpress stationery for me, also in mint and gold. He has a lovely little studio in chipping Campden and can do pretty much anything your letterpress heart desires. He created the table number, menu’s and super cure little wine glass tags that read “Eat. Drink and be Married”.

letterpress menu, gold charger plate, bow tie napkin

mint gold wedding stationery

I wanted to use budget friendly florals, and I’m adoring the use of simple succulents and baby’s breath displays at the moment. Luckily  Cotswold florist Rose Hamson totally agreed with me and created beautiful displays exactly as I asked her (better in fact), as well as filling some of my own vintage green glass bottles for me on the night. Her style is modern (in a good way) and fresh. I totally love her and her designs. We had balls of babys breath, mini succulents in gold spray painted mini tin buckets, and larger succulents  in hurricane vases with gold grit.

babys breath wedding flowers

babys breath in vintage glass bottles

mint table runner with mini succulent

baby's breath flower table centrepiece

Over the next  couple of weeks I’m planning to give you some DIY tutorials on how I made some of the other bits of decor and styling, including the glitter dipped feather garlands on chair backs, the tissue paper tassel garland at the front of the table, the glitter heart cake toppers (used here in the baby’s breath floral displays), gold glitter reindeer, the bow tie fold napkins and the very budget friendly table number holder. Oh and in case you’re interested, the mint green table runner is simply a couple of rolls of crepe paper from amazon. Lovely texture, lovely price.

mint gold top table with tassel garland

bow tie fold napkin with gold ribbon

gold glitter dipped white feather garland chair back

gold glitter reindeer plastic toys

And in case you were wondering, amongst all the styling I did actually do a bit of networking too! I always like to catch up with some of fave colleagues in the industry, but it’a also nice to meet new faces and try and support each other. Here is the proof that I can schmooze and booze with the best of them (ok no booze, I was driving… boo), and my fave shot of  me with Hyde Barn wedding hosts Annie and Laura who had pride of place at my “Top Table”.

Hyde Barn Wedding Suppliers

Cotswold Wedding suppliers

Jessie Thomson, Wedding & Event Planner and Stylist

HUGE enormous  thanks to Jonathon at Photoglow and Sarah at Motif Wedding Photography for taking the official photo’s and being kind enough to let me have copies for this blog post. They only had about 9 mins per table before guests started crowding round so kudos to them!

Hope you’re looking forward to the tutorials and tips so you can re-create part (or all!) of this look. Stay tuned!

Jessie

x

http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

Winter Wedding Tips: Planning, Styling, Flowers & Photography

Hey there,

As most of you know, yesterday I appeared on the first ever LIVE LoveLuxe Blog hangout to talk about winter weddings. If you couldn’t watch last night, then here is the video for you to watch at leisure. I hope you agree that it’s a great idea (kudos to Rosie!) and I’m certainly going to be watching the next one!

Let me know what you think, and of course feel free to post any extra questions on topics we may not have covered.

Jessie

x

www.jessiethomson.co.uk

A Cake Filled Cotswold Wedding at Stone Barn

Hi everyone,

I am so excited about today’s blog post, as it’s featuring a REAL LIFE super duper mega awesome wedding at the gorgeous Stone Barn in Aldsworth, a Cotswold wedding venue gem.

I first spoke to the bride, the lovely Adeline, via twitter when she was planning her big day in the Cotswolds and needed a few pointers in terms of suppliers. I followed her wedding journey online and when she tweeted me a link to the images online post nuptials, my jaw dropped. It is a massive inspiration for all you Cotswold brides, especially those using this venue, so I asked her if I could possibly share the photo’s alongside her round up of the planning process.

This is it.

Really hope you enjoy the read, and soak up every detail. The colour scheme is SO fresh. And despite the rainy weather Adeline and Andy look radiant.

Jessie has very kindly asked me if I can share my Cotswolds wedding on her blog.  Of course it was always going to be a big fat yes for her as her own wedding was one of the first wedding’s I found online and fell in love with!  I contacted Jessie just as she was setting up her wedding planning company and although I never got a chance to meet her personally, we had a great time tweeting back and forth discussing suppliers and styles.

 

The Wedding Vision:  Andy and I got married on 28th April 2012.  Neither of us are traditional and we wanted to reflect our personalities and the things we love into our wedding.  We both have a soft spot for the Cotswolds and thought a barn would really suit us.  We settled on a vintage country-fete theme with lots of homemade goodies and lots of fun!  This included a cake bake-off where we asked guests ‘if you can bake, please bring cake!’ (I LOVE cake!)

 

The Venue:  Once we decided to get married in a barn and had chosen to search in Gloucestershire (also possibly Somerset too), we came across quite a number of venues!  We narrowed it down more by wanting somewhere we could get married AND hold our reception, somewhere with wheelchair access and with a rustic, relaxed feel. 

When we started viewing venues, we found the approach of some to be too corporate for us.  When setting foot in The Stone Barn in Aldsworth (Now known as Cripps Stone Barn – www.crippsstonebarn.com)  though we were instantly wowed by the beauty of the barn, the vast space in the cow shed and how friendly the staff were.  We were instantly drawn to their god-grilla too! (largest indoor BBQ in Europe I think!)  Their whole approach fitted our personalities and we knew we could decorate the barn with plenty of bunting, apple crates, cakes and flowers to become completely ‘us’!

Everything the barn did was amazing!  I cannot recommend them highly enough!  The food was out of this world and the fact that at each table one of our guests carved the lamb for everyone else will be a memory that will stick with everyone. 

 

When it came to suppliers, I was so grateful to Twitter and The Stone Barn for pointing me in the right direction!  Planning a Cotswold wedding from Edinburgh was always going to be a little difficult, but having people in the industry and other brides-to-be on Twitter there for support was a huge help!

 

Photographer:  I thought this might be a difficult decision as I was marrying a photographer, but it was a pretty easy task in the end!  We chose to go with Ann Kathrin-Koch (www.annkathrinkoch.com).  She was fairly new to the wedding circuit at the time, but after we had met her at a mutual friends wedding the previous year and Andy had spent most of the time eyeing up her – uh-hum – ‘equipment’! We knew she would be perfect!  She has such a wonderful eye for a shot and her style completely fitted for the feel that we wanted.  We became very close to Ann and her partner (and second shooter for the day) Marco over the next year and even got to explore the Cotswolds with them on a crisp, hazy day in November dressed as bears (yes you read that right!) (www.annkathrinkoch.com/blog/2011/11/23/andeline-andy-two-bears-in-the-cotswolds/) and we couldn’t have been happier with everything they did!

 

Florist:  We met with two different florists at The Stone Barn for consultations.  We wanted to use a local florist to put together the bouquets, button holes and individual stems of wild and spring flowers for our centre pieces (placed in vintage pharmacy and beer bottles we had been collecting from flea markets in Edinburgh and Glasgow!)

The first we saw seemed lovely.  They had sent us an estimate quote over email, but as soon as we met them the price doubled!  I’m not even entirely sure why!  We wanted daffodils, tulips and wild blooms.  All flowers that were in season and easy to source.

Thank goodness we met Beth Cox straight afterwards (recommended by the barn – 07971808463/digitgardendesign@btinternet.com).  Beth reminded me of Alice from The Vicar of Dibley with a true passion for what she does!  She delivered on the flowers, BIG TIME!  The bouquets smelled AMAZING with little sprigs of rosemary hidden in amongst them! And she had managed to incorporate the blue Scottish Thistle we had asked in the guys button holes!

She collected the bottles from us the day before the wedding and set up all the table displays for us!  She was amazing and the cost was almost a third of the other quote we had been given by the other florist!

 

Stationery:  We are so lucky to personally know the extremely talented Katie Leamon (www.katieleamon.com) who did all our wedding stationery for us.  She has work stocked in places like Paperchase and Liberty’s of London and were so grateful to her for taking time out of her busy schedule to put together our Save the Dates/Invites and details we needed for the wedding day.  We told her our theme and let her put her own style and mark on it. 

 

Cake:  I asked Jessie who had made her beautiful cupcake tower for her wedding and she pointed me in the direction of Louise at Cirencester Cupcakes (www.cirencestercupcakes.co.uk).  Louise was so patient with us!  First I wanted a cupcake tower then I wanted a giant cupcake.  Neither of those seemed to fit too well with the country-fete theme though.  We also had to take into consideration that some of the guests would be bringing cakes along for our cake bake contest too!  We weren’t even sure of the number of cakes that we would end up with!

After searching endless wedding blogs, I found a picture of a gorgeous tiered victoria sponge with strawberries and raspberries.  It looked delicious and would completely fit the theme!  You can’t have a country-fete without a victoria sponge!

Louise was fab and made the most delicious cake!  She gave it a more rustic, ‘cobbled together’ look and even made a lactose free top tier for me (I still love cake despite this!).

In the end between our 80 guests they had made 40 cakes!  Yes you read that right!  Some of the guests even tried to bribe Andy and I once our ‘Judges’ rosettes went on!  We were totally over-whelmed by the effort everyone went to!

 

Wedding attire:  The first outfits were bought for my bridesmaids.  Over a year before our wedding.  They were 50’s style navy floral dresses that were exactly what I had visioned the bridesmaids to wear.  I called all the girls, got them to head to a Zara to try them on and snapped them up for £35 each!

These dresses then set the bar for the other outfits.  The guys all had to be in navy.  Andy and his best man, Dan in a full suit and the three ushers with white shirts and vintage braces!  We got them all bright yellow socks too which was a great touch!

I thought I would be in a short 50’s dress like the bridesmaids, but after a trip to a sample sale held by Clifton Brides in Bristol (www.cliftonbrides.co.uk), I tried on a few dresses and happened upon a spring 2011 Jenny Packham dress.  It really wasn’t anything I had visioned my self wearing, but I couldn’t help but feel glamourous and effortlessly gorgeous in it.  It was so comfortable and I knew Andy’s jaw would drop when he saw me in it!  I panicked that it was three dress sizes too big for me, but the seamstress did an amazing job on it!  I even had room for all that cake too!

 

Make-up:  I used Sophie Chamings to do my make-up (www.sophiechamings.co.uk).  She was a supplier recommend to me via twitter.  I booked her quite last minute and didn’t get to have a trial as I was too far away in Edinburgh!  She did a fabulous job though and was just lovely!

 

Music:  Again someone we knew!  We are quite lucky to know so many creative people!  I’ve known Alex Taylor (www.alextaylormusic.co.uk) for over 10 years and he did a wonderful job moving from playing the guitar and singing to Djing.  He kept everyone on the dance floor until late!  He even did an acoustic version of our first dance for us (23 by Jimmy Eat World). 

 

Homemade/Personal details:  Andy and I are fans of going to flea markets, so it was fitting to try and incorporate some finds into our wedding style.  We settled on the vintage theme because of this and wanted to use items we loved and we would use again.

We collected vintage beer and pharmacy bottles from Edinburgh (where we lived), apple crates from Wisbech (where Andy grew up) and letter press blocks from London (where we have spent most of our couple life).  We liked making these items about our lives together.

I spent hours making 200ft of bunting to drape around the pillars in the barn.  I bought loads of material from Ebay and Mandors in Edinburgh.  I thought about buying the bunting but I am so glad I made it all.  All our guests knew the effort we had gone too!

My mother-in-law also worked very hard for us!  She made all the favours for the guests.  We had hot apple chutney for the boys and Limonchello marmalade (made from homemade Limonchello) for the girls!  The day before the wedding a bunch of us gathered in the snug of The Wheatsheaf Inn (www.cotswoldswheatsheaf.com) where we were staying (I highly recommend this place!) and put the gingham tops I had made and the name tags our stationer had made onto the jars (over a couple of glasses of wine of course!)

Our photo wall went down really well with everyone too!  We made sure we had at least one photo of every guest up!  We pegged them up with miniature pegs and some vintage string we had found at a flea market!

We also had a friend of Andy’s draw a thumb print tree for us (http://joderuiter.blogspot.co.uk).  I had seen this on a few separate blogs and thought it would be a great idea for a guest book.  Having some draw it for us made it personal with little details like the bunting and cakes incorporated into the sketch!

 

I have rambled on quite a bit here… sorry! We really wanted to make the most of using local suppliers, people who knew us to make everything just that little more personal and a touch of our own homemade style to make all our guests relax and enjoy the day.  It will always be remembered as the best day of my life.  Not only did I get to marry my best friend but we got to share it with our most important people.  Everything we chose to do and the people we chose to help us bring it all together were amazing and I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

 I asked Adeline for her number one tip for other brides getting married in the Cotswolds, and she said:

Relax and enjoy your surroundings! Make the most of the beauty around you and don’t worry about the weather!  We visited the barn and surrounding areas exactly a year before the wedding and although the sun was shining then and it POURED with rain on our actual day, we knew where would be good for pictures and how the fields around the barn would look!
So there you have it. Amazing right? Like, you could just reach in and hug all those little details. Love, love, love it.
A huge thank you to Adeline and Andy for letting me share these images and to Ann Kathrin-Koch (www.annkathrinkoch.com) for taking such awesome photos.
Be inspired ladies and gents.
Jessie
x

Two in One Wedding in the Cotswolds ~ Fiona & Kesh Part 2

Hi everyone,

Hope you had a fabulous weekend and are looking forward to (hopefully!) a brighter week with a little less rain. We can but dream.

I’ve been waiting ages so share this post with you, if you remember the previous post on Fiona & Kesh’s engagement shoot then you’ll be as excited as I am, because we get to look at more fabulous images from the talented Marcus Ward from Bigeye Photography.

In April 2012, just a few weeks after I’d had my baby girl Flora, and after months of careful planning and co-ordination, I had the pleasure of working at Fiona & Kesh’s wedding at The Matara Centre in Kingscote, where I was asked to style the venue in the morning, returning to transform it for evening celebrations later on. The table themes were inspired by a styling event I’d done previously at Matara where I first met this lovely couple.

Fiona and Kesh first met in 2006 and after falling head over heels in love, Kesh proposed romantically with a treasure hunt on Christmas day where the final clue was attached to their gorgeous doggy’s collar where Kesh was waiting with a ring!

One of the most exciting things about this wedding in Gloucestershire, is that the couple got married twice in one day! Yup….two outfits, two make up looks, two ceremonies and MUCH celebration!The day began early at 10am with an intimate garland exchange followed by the Hindu ceremony in the main room. Guests sipped champagne and chatted over canapes while the couple changed into their second outfits for the next ceremony, which took place outside in the courtyard. The rain cleared just in time!

I hope you enjoy looking few the photo’s…. this AWESOME wedding was featured in Unique Bride Magazine this month so it’s gotta be pretty special right?! 😉

Look forward to hearing your comments on this one… would YOU ever attempt two ceremonies in one day?!

Jessie

x

www.jessiethomson.co.uk

Credits

Photography: Marcus Ward from Bigeye Photography

Venue: The Matara Centre Kingscote, Gloucestershire

Brides Lengha : Kirans’ in Soho Rd, Birmingham

Brides white wedding dress: bought from ‘Just For You Brides’ in Bristol

Grooms Sherwani: bought from Ahsan’s in Soho Rd, Birmingham

Props: Oasis Events

Flowers: Flowercube

Styling: Jessie Thomson Weddings & Events

Wedding Chat with Great British Pizza

Hi ladies & gents,

What a grey and rainy week we’ve had after such a good start to Spring. Hope any brides getting married this month have got their wellies and umbrellas at the ready?! Always be prepared!

Every once in a while I come across an awesome new wedding supplier in the Cotswolds that I feel the need to share with you all. I was contacted recently by the lovely Rachel from The Great British Pizza Co, a new start up catering company who drive around the Cotswolds (and further afield) in their beautifully restored 1974 VW Campervan, selling delicious handmade pizzas from their bespoke wood-fired oven at Farmers Markets, Festivals and private events.

It’s an awesome alternative for delicious grub to serve up at a laid back wedding, or those wanting something a little more unique to offer guests. It’s also perfect for birthday’s and children’s parties where you want to inject a bit of fun!

Where possible, these guys use local, seasonal ingredients and, if at all possible, organic ones too. They have travelled the Cotswolds looking for the best suppliers for flour, cheese, meat and vegetables. They also source goodies from their own garden, from local growers and farmers and other excellent local producers. The menu looks delish!

So to help introduce this new venture from behind the scenes, let’s hear it from Rachel herself….

Tell me a little bit about yourself

I’m a passionate foodie and award winning chef *editors note – Rachel actually told me that she is just a good cook who knows a bit about food, but the former statement is also true!

I’ve lived all over the world, travelled even more of the world, and tried to make a living in almost every industry that interests me, from retail to property and publishing to tennis coaching, before finally settling on food, where I’ve found my true vocation.

Tell me a little bit about your service

Great British Pizza Co. captures the zeitgeist of the mobile food movement with our travelling wood-fired pizza company. We serve delicious pizzas, using the highest quality ingredients, supporting local producers where possible, freshly made to order from our bespoke wood-fired oven.

How long have you been in business?

We started three weeks ago!

How did you get involved in your profession?

My partner, Lisa, and I had a successful pub in Wiltshire (which was a lifelong dream come to fruition), but we had to give it up when I became unwell and unable to continue the 16 hour days in the kitchen. I was having some treatment in Orlando, Florida at the end of last year and came across a food truck convention in the car park of a huge DIY store – there were 30-odd mobile food offerings, serving incredible food. Each stall had queues of dozens of people. A seed was planted and it’s grown from there. It’s perfect – all the great things about cooking for a living without the stress and hassle of employees, paying rent and never having time off. The downside is the 4.30am starts!

If you weren’t involved in your own business, what else would you like to do?

Property development or interior design.

What or who inspires you?

I’m inspired by successful women in business like Karren Brady and Sarah Blakely. And my travels – food, architecture, people…. all make me look at things differently and give me lots of fresh ideas and inspiration.

What do you love most about what you do?

Producing fantastic food that makes people happy.

What makes your service unique?

Our oven. Our toppings. Our customer service.

What’s your best memory from your job so far?

When we sold out of pizzas at our second market. And the fact that two customers came back for a second pizza.

What’s the most unusual request you’ve ever had?

Margarita pizza with banana. Seriously! The customer is, apparently, always right.

What’s your working week like?

7 days a week. If we not on our stall serving pizzas, we’re elbow-deep in dough, prepping the toppings, sending out press releases, generating bookings for festivals, markets and other events, or planning the next phase of the business.

What made you want to work in the wedding industry?

I believe that weddings are evolving and are not necessarily the formal events they once were. I think we can offer something unique to couples looking for a fun, different, delicious and exceptional value for money alternative to the formal sit down catering option.

What’s the biggest misconception about your industry?

That mobile food units serve greasy, low quality food. Though the industry is changing rapidly and mobile street food is currently a very fashionable way to eat. As Giles Coren said in The Times a few weeks ago; “The best restaurants now do only one thing, very fast, and usually from the back of a van”.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to couples planning their wedding?

Have fun.

Where can we find you?

www.greatbritishpizza.com.
Twitter: @greatbritishpizza
Facebook: Great British Pizza Co.
Phone: 07730875340

So there you have it, fab idea right? Now someone please book them and let me feature the wedding on here next! 🙂

Jessie

x

www.jessiethomson.co.uk

jessie@jessiethomson.co.uk

Jessie Thomson Featured in Wedding Ideas Magazine!

Evening all,

I can’t resist an early “you heard it here first” post before the next issue of the fabulous Wedding Ideas Magazine hits the shelves tomorrow… because guess what…. I’M IN IT!!

When the lovely ladies at this top notch national bridal mag asked for 2012 trend predictions from a selection of leading UK wedding planners, I jumped at the chance to add my ideas into the mix. I was absolutely delighted to see TWO of them (both featuring images from real life Cotswold weddings) being chosen alongside other trends predicted by some of the very best experts in the industry.

Many thanks (as ever) to the fabulous Marcus Ward from Bigeye Photography who supplied the images, and the gorgeous brides & grooms who were happy to showcase photos from their amazing days.

Here’s a peek at the bits I appear in… but PLEASE go out and buy a copy too. It’s always jam packed with tips and inspiration for brides to be, but this particular issue has some great ideas from wedding professionals across the UK that you can’t afford to miss!  🙂

Wedding Ideas Magazine - February Issue 2012

 

Wedding Ideas Magazine - February Issue 2012

Super Stylish Inspiration From 2011

Morning all,

As I’m sure most of you know, despite writing my own blog I am also a massive fan and avid reader of many others out there in the wedding sphere. It can be a bit daunting for a bride starting out with her wedding plans, and any way of gathering inspiration is worth its weight in gold.

There are lots of fabulous UK wedding blogs to look at, and perhaps I’ll do another post soon with my absolute faves, but today I wanted to do a quick mention of the first wedding blog I ever stumbled across when planning my own wedding… Style Me Pretty.

It’s jam packed with swoon worthy images and ideas, and very kindly they’ve rounded up the very best of 2011 in a handy online publication you can read for free here! It’s got some seriously lovely themes and unique special touches, and you can print it off to cut out your faves and stick them in your wedding scrap book too. I couldn’t wait to read through the Style Me Pretty’s Best of 2011 this morning!

If you love it as much as I did and want to read more then check out the Style Me Pretty’s Best of 2010 as well.

Up on the blog at the moment is a gorgeous blue, grey and white wedding featuring the super sweet dress detail below. See what I mean? Stunning!

Heart Detail Wedding Dress

Hope everyone is having a great week so far, and that any newly engaged couples are well underway with their plans for the big day… 2012 and 2013 is looking busy already!

Jessie

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