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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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

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http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

LIVE Winter wedding Q&A with LoveLuxe Blog

Hello,

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!

Jessie

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http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

Children’s Parties in the Cotswolds

As my regular readers will know, I adore planning and styling weddings – each one of my couples is totally unique and I feel privileged to share such a magical day with them. However I also love helping to create perfect parties for other milestone events and celebrations.

In March this year I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and it’s thrown me further into the wonderful world of planning my own naming day in the Cotswolds for her. It’s peak season for weddings at the moment so we’re holding off until October, but it’s given me lots of time to dream up fun ways of making the special event even more memorable.

Planning a party for children is often something parents find themselves stressing over, particularly with pressures of every day life and work taking  priority. So hiring a party planner might well be the solution for those who want to provide a magical day without the hassle.

Photo by Ana Gonzaelz from Cakewalk via The Sweetest Occasion

Planners and stylists like myself are always staying ahead of trends and looking for new ideas to keep the little ones entertained. From fun themes, unique party bag ideas, scrummy catering and top notch photographers to capture the special moments… we can take care of as many details as you need us to!

If you’re happy co-ordinating the day and planning a children’s party yourself, and just looking for a little inspiration on how to pull it all together, then a new blog has launched which you should definitely check out! It’s called LoveLuxe, started by photographer Rosie Parsons and featuring gorgeous baby showers, naming days and birthday’s like this beach themed bash….

Image by Eddie Judd via LoveLuxe blog

Check out the rest of the blog as it’s also fabulous for ideas on any special celebration in the UK, Cotswolds and South West!

If you love other blogs like this, do post a comment so that other readers can find more inspiring images when planning their parties.

Jessie

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www.jessiethomson.co.uk/childrens-parties

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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Wedding Trends for 2012 – My Predictions

Well welcome back ladies and gents, hope you all had a wonderful break over Christmas and a very happy new year. It seems there has been lots of engagements announced which is VERY exciting, and many couples really kicking into full planning mode now 2012 has come around.

Recently I shared a few of my thoughts on wedding trends for 2012 via Facebook, and promised to do a full blog post on it for the new year…. so here you have it! Just a few of those key themes I expect to continue throughout 2012, with photo’s from REAL Cotswold weddings taken by the fabulous Marcus Ward from Bigeye Photography and the talented Kay Ransom from Kay Ransom Photography.

<<a big CONGRATS to Marcus who has just announced the birth of his beautiful baby boy!

Many thanks also to the gorgeous couples who submitted their wedding photo’s for this post. All of them were simply stunning!

Now, feast your eyes on this….

Budget Friendly

Due to the trend for not being seen to be too flash when times are tough, I’m continuing to see couples tightening their purse strings and sticking to much smaller budgets for their wedding days. This is something I’d expect to continue in 2012, but couples will also be getting more creative with decorations and personal touches to make the day incredibly special. I predict a continued love affair with vintage finds, flea market chic, upcycled decorations, DIY projects in abundance, contributions and support from family and friends in the wedding party.

Family photo's of the bride and groom displayed on a shabby chic pin board

Budget Friendly Decor

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom, http://www.kayransom.com; Styling by Jessie Thomson, http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

A touch of flea market chic used for the guest book

Vintage Typewriter Guestbook

 Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom, http://www.kayransom.com; Styling by Jessie Thomson, http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

A gorgeous DIY inspired wedding sign with country flowers

DIY Wedding Sign

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward, http://www.bigeyephotography.co.uk

DIY tissue paper dahlia's with hyacinth bulb favours for eco-friendly and budget weddings

DIY Plantable Favours

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward, http://www.bigeyephotography.co.uk; Styling by Jessie Thomson, http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

CD favours for music loving couples or those with a festival theme - a fun, budget friendly DIY project!

DIY CD Favours

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward, www.bigeyephotography.co.uk; Styling by Jessie Thomson, http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

Jam Jars and Wildflowers

Table displays and venue decorations are increasingly done DIY, and collected jam jars with twine and ribbon around them, filled with blooms, are still the number one choice for brides on a budget and those looking to boost their eco credentials. They’re also often used for tea light holders and favour displays.

wildflowers in jam jars

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward, http://www.bigeyephotography.co.uk

a pretty display of flower filled jam jars tied with ribbon

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward, www.bigeyephotography.co.uk

Snap Happy

Photo booths are everywhere! From hired in booths, photographers offering the service as part of a package, to DIY inspired backdrops with props. Don’t expect this trend to go anywhere in 2012. Guests love it, and some fabulous photos are created.

DIY Photobooth

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom, http://www.kayransom.com; Styling by Jessie Thomson, http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom, http://www.kayransom.com; Styling by Jessie Thomson, http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk


Royal Wedding Mania

Kate and Wills showed us all how to hold a grand affair, yet kept it simple and chic. The popular couple will still be more than likely to influence weddings next year, with brides increasingly seeking simple white flowers and modest lace dresses for their wedding attire.

Royal wedding inspiration

Lace wedding dress with simple white flower bouquet

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward, http://www.bigeyephotography.co.uk

Environmental Bliss

Year on year eco-friendly weddings are increasingly popular and I don’t see that changing in 2012, as the general public become more aware of their impact on the environment. Who hasn’t watched Frozen Planet?! From responsible venues, to seasonal flowers, locally sourced suppliers, vintage and second hand dresses, upcycled decorations, plantable favours, UK honeymoons… the possibilities to be eco-friendly AND fabulous are endless!

Eco-friendly table display and favours

Credit:  Photography by Marcus Ward, http://www.bigeyephotography.co.uk

Eco Bride and Groom Place Cards

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward, www.bigeyephotography.co.uk

Eco-friendly chilli seed favours

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom, http://www.kayransom.com; Styling by Jessie Thomson, http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

Setting the Theme

Almost all of the brides I’ve worked with this year have wanted to have a design concept or a theme to base their whole wedding day around. Having a unique and personalised day has become top of the agenda, with more and more daring ideas and dreams being realised!

1920's film inspired invitations

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward, http://www.bigeyephotography.co.uk; Stationery by Megan Alice England, www.meganaliceengland.co.uk

1920's film inspired place names

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward, http://www.bigeyephotography.co.uk; Stationery by Megan Alice England, www.meganaliceengland.co.uk

Moroccan Themed Wedding

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward, www.bigeyephotography.co.uk; Styling by Jessie Thomson, http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk; Props by Oasis Events, www.oasisevents.co.uk

Goodbye Fruit Cake

It’s pretty rare to see a traditional wedding cake on display these days, and increasingly popular are alternatives such as sweet buffets, cupcakes, ice cream bars, pudding tables, “cheese” cakes, cake pops… all completely mouth watering for guests to enjoy!

Shabby Chic Cupcakes

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom, http://www.kayransom.com; Cupcakes by Cirencester Cupcakes, www.cirencestercupcakes.co.uk; Design inspired by Jessie Thomson, http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

Sweetie Cart

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward, http://www.bigeyephotography.co.uk; Sweet cart provided by Something Borrowed Something Blue, www.somethingborrowedandsomethingblue.co.uk

Clash of the Colours

Next year I predict that we’ll see a real contrast between weddings with very simple and pale colour schemes versus those with a mix of bright splashes of bold colour! I predicted that Kate Middleton would chose a simple bouquet of sweet lily of the valley for her wedding, and it’s a craze that’s been kicked off. However I’m also seeing brides wanting to inject more fun into their big day, especially at barn weddings where colour can really add further dimension to the room.

Colourful Spring Flower Bouquet

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward, http://www.bigeyephotography.co.uk

Bright Colour Bouquet

 Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom, http://www.kayransom.com; Flowers by Rachel Jones, www.racheljonesflowers.com

Bright and colourful DIY inspired decor for table decorations

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward, http://www.bigeyephotography.co.uk; Styling by Jessie Thomson, http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

 

Under the Veil

Brides are becoming more adventurous with their accessories and that includes ditching the veil or tiara. Instead bespoke creations, vintage heirlooms and wreaths of flowers are being wrapped around flowing locks – a distinctly bohemian vibe will stay strong for 2012.

Floral bridal headpiece

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward, http://www.bigeyephotography.co.uk

Boho Alternative Veil

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom, http://www.kayransom.com; Headpiece by Gillian Million Designs, www.gillianmillion.com; Design inspired by Jessie Thomson, http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

Delicate Details

Lots of brides like to add a personal touch to their wedding day now and there is a lovely trend growing for incorporating family heirlooms into dresses, jewellery, headdresses and bouquets. Vintage buttons from Grandma’s wedding dress, or a family member’s engagement ring…. Either way it’s a nice way to cover your something old or something borrowed.

Antique ring detail on brides bouquet

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward, http://www.bigeyephotography.co.uk

So there you have it folks! Were there any ideas on this list that you plan to incorporate into your own wedding plans this year? Or are you being more daring and doing something completely “off trend”?! Would love your comments!

Now, off to write up some proposals and prepare for a big event in February… it’s a good ‘un and a big birthday bash rather than a wedding, so hopefully lots of fab ideas to share soon.

Jessie

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Wedding styling and food tasting event at The Matara Centre

Afternoon lovely readers, I’ve been so excited about writing this post… ever since the event itself last week! About a month ago I was approached by The Matara Centre to help them come up with design concepts and style the main function room for a yummy food tasting event being held for all their 2012 brides & grooms.

The Matara Centre by Bigeye Photography

If you don’t know the venue, it’s a stunning retreat in Kingscote, in the heart of the Cotswolds, and has a very spiritual feel to it. With lots of Asian influences, it has excellent eco-credentials and a real bohemian feel that so many couples are drawn towards. Couples can hold an outdoor ceremony at the venue in the cloistered courtyard, and for every couple who get a hitched there – a tree is planted in the grounds as a forever memory.

 

Trees planted for couples who get married at The Matara Centre, by Bigeye Photography

 

So naturally when I was first approached by the owner, I was delighted to offer my services and come up with some initial design concepts. They loved my ideas and so the wheels were set in motion! I was asked to come up with five different design concepts for separate tables, they needed to be completely different styles for individual tastes, but still representing the uniqueness of the venue – and also showing prospective couples that the sky really is the limit when it comes to realising their own design dreams. Many couples visit the venue and fall in love, but struggle somewhat to create the main function room into their dream day. It’s quite a large and empty room, so there is lot’s of scope for creativity, but that is not always something that comes naturally to us all.

 

Jessie Thomson Weddings & Events

So… five themes were created to get the creative juices flowing: a warm pink and red moroccan theme, a glitzy starry night theme, a clean and modern orange and navy theme, a vintage peacock theme, and a fun and colourful “wedstival” theme inspired by Woodstock & Glastonbury.

Each table was to be dressed as per the themes, all inspired by elements of the venue itself, to be used as a starting point to carry the theme throughout a wedding day.

I’m going to stop talking and just show you the wonderful photo’s next,which were all taken by the AMAZING Marcus Ward from Bigeye Photography. I also want to say a massive thank you to all of the suppliers involved, all of whom I will mention again, pointing out their contributions: flowers by Flowercube, stationery by Invitable, props and decorations from Oasis Events, and favours and table decorations by Chocolate Apple Creations, Essentially Me, Something Borrowed Something Blue.

 

First up, the starry night theme, inspired by the gorgeous midnight blue starry ceiling of the main function room:

 

Starry Ceiling at The Matara Centre

 

Starry Night Themed Table

 

White chocolate, coconut, and caramel truffle favours provided by Chocolate Apple Creations

Stationery by Invitable

Flowers by Flowercube

 

The next table is a warm pink and red Moroccan theme, which glowed beautifully later in the evening with the lanterns and tealights in Moroccan glasses. Rose petals were scattered and gorgeous favours provided by Essentially Me who made bespoke perfumes and mini bags of goodies:

 

Moroccan Themed Table

 

Props by Oasis Events; Favours by Essentially Me

Stationery by Invitable

 

 

Then there was the fabulous Music Festival themed table, with DIY cd favours which you can make yourself here, vintage green glass bottles, paper straws, DIY tin can holders, delicious swirly lollipops and pretty vintage table cloth material:

Swirl Lollipop's by Chocolate Apple Creations

 

DIY cd favours and stationery by Invitable

Stationery by Invitable

 

The next table is a bright and modern table with orange, green and navy accents, DIY plantable bulb favours were created by myself and you can make them too by following the instructions here.

Modern Orange Theme

 

DIY and Eco-friendly Plantable Bulb Favours

Flowers by Flowercube

Stationery by Invitable, Lovebirds by Something Borrowed Something Blue

 

And finally…. a gorgeous vintage peacock theme, with lots of sweet goodies for favours, vintage teacups and birdcages.

 

Vintage Peacock Theme

Stationery by Invitable, mini birdacage holders by Something Borrowed Something Blue

Flowers by Flowercube, peacock feathers provided by Jessie Thomson

Vintage tea cup favours by Chocolate Apple Creations

 

Of course since the day was a food tasting event for couples getting hitched at The Matara Centre, I thought I’d also share a few shots of some of their scrummy food!!

 

…and I can confirm that it was all absolutely DELISH! 🙂

In addition to the main tables I hung paper lanterns from the fabulous ceiling with ribbons and colourful bunting…

So are you planning a wedding at The Matara Centre? I’d love to hear about your own theme and design inspiration. Or send me your photo’s of one that’s already taken place, it may well be fabulously blogworthy.

Best wishes

Jessie

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Twitter: @Jessie_Thomson

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cotswoldweddings

jessie@jessiethomson.co.uk

 

Credits: photography, Bigeye Photography; flowers, Flowercube; stationery, invitable; venue, The Matara centre; favours, Chocolate Apple Creations, Essentially Me and Something Borrowed Something Blue; props, Oasis Events.

 

 

Competition time!!

Hello lovely brides, grooms and wedding pro’s!

Because I’m in such a wonderful mood today (see what I did there?) I’ve decided to give away a fantastic prize on my Facebook page this week. I know, I know, so generous right?

All you have to do is post a picture of yourselves (the perfect couple)  here with a mini story of your engagement to share with my followers and you will automatically be entered into the competition with a chance to WIN a free design consultation and personalised mood board worth £200!

French rustic wedding mood board - inspired by one stunning green dress, created by Jessie Thomson ~ Weddings & Events (various sources).

This will help to set the scene for your big day and will provide you with lots of inspiration. Essential if you’re going down the DIY route or struggling to come up with a “theme” that reflects your personalities.

So go ahead, hop on over to www.facebook.com/cotswoldweddings and get posting!

Jessie

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http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

Up, up and away!

Hello fellow brides, grooms, bloggers and wedding pro’s…

First of all I have an apology to make as I have been utterly and totally behind on my blogging the last few weeks. I’ve been super busy planning gorgeous events and also had the amazing news that I am pregnant! Now that I’ve come back down to earth and am safely out of the first trimester, bump and I can get back to business providing advice and design inspiration to couples looking to get married in the Cotswolds.

This week I have a super special feature on BALLOONS! Just the word itself conjures up all sorts of bubbly, colourful, and fun images that would suit a carefree and happy couple totally and completely.

Whether you’re sticking to a colour theme, or going all out “rainbow” there are lots of fun ways to include this fun accessory into your big day.

Take a peek at this bright canary yellow and orange theme below. Not a colour combination I’d usually be drawn towards but I adore this splash of summer brights against the wedding party’s more subtle outfits. Just peachy!

Bridesmaids with balloons

Or perhaps you’re wanting to inject a more subtle blend of colours, but love the idea of using balloons to create impact with your guests and treasured photographs. There are plenty of shades to choose from… love the idea of a pastel collection of soft pinks, sage green, lilac, duck egg blues and white. It’s like sugared almonds and sugar mice with a sprinkle of loveliness.

Pastel colour balloons

My absolute favourite use of these fabulous childhood friendly props is when they are a kaleidoscope of colour, which is a theme carried out throughout the venue and decor. A bit Glastonbury meets Wizard of Oz! There is so much to get creative with when you’re not stuck to one colour palette – unmatched bridesmaid dresses, bright shoes under a wedding dress, groomsmen with multi-coloured mixed ties and shoes, flowers that truly stand out from the crowd… endless possibilities! Some inspiration below to get you started…

Fabulous multi-coloured bridesmaids

Colourful wedding - flowers

Amazing, right?!

If you’re not feeling brave enough to take all this on for your own wedding day, but love the idea of balloons featuring somewhere you could always have a fun filled engagement shoot using balloons in whatever colour you chose. Or why not have a fun “guest book” asking guests to write a good wish to the bride and groom on a tag or label, ask each guest to tie it to a balloon – and then with a suitably favourite track in the back ground ask everyone to release them all at once and watch them romantically drift away.

Of course ladies and gents, you know I love to support local wedding businesses – so let me introduce you to the rather wonderful and super lovely supplier… The Balloon Lady! Based in Oxfordshire, with 17 years experience, there is nothing they don’t know about these inflatable goodies. Oh, and they also do flowers. Great combo huh?! I was lucky enough to be sent a rather gorgeous story of one of their weddings that they loved decorating. It featured rocket balloons, party poppers, bubbles and streamers for the guests to play with – but the piece de resistance was for the end of the first dance, where they hand hung four exploding balloon bombs from the beams in the barn… at the end of the first dance these were burst, showering the room with small balloons and slow dropping table confetti! Magic!

See a photo from the day below, balloons used in pinks with a very classy theme in a gorgeous barn:

Venue decoration by The Balloon Lady

So, who’s gone full balloon theme on their wedding day? Or perhaps you’ve been more subtle and only featured them somewhere in the event? Would love to see creative photo’s from those who’ve already tied the knot.

Righto, off to watch Up (the movie) now… all this inflatable talk has got me feeling cheery.

Take care.

Jessie

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http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

Twitter: @Jessie_Thomson

Are you a local supplier waiting to tell the world about your services? Are you an inspiration to the industry or to your clients? Please get in touch for future interview opportunities on the blog!

Credits: Green Wedding Shoes, Style Me Pretty, Bridal Musings, The Balloon Lady