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.




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!




Dragonfly Contemporary designs – New Bridal Boutique Launch Party

Evening all,

’tis the night before Christmas…. well not quite… but I am feeling very festive now that my decorations are up and the tree is all sparkly, and my last event of 2012 has finally happened. Last Thursday evening I had the absolute pleasure of helping Suzi with the official launch of her bridal boutique, Dragonfly Contemporary Designs. Previously located just down the road near the fabulous wedding venue and restaurant The Daffodil and following a short stay in Montpellier, Dragonfly has returned to The Suffolks in a brand new location boasting white floors, Farrow & Ball grey and HUGE mirrors to show off the range of designer bridal gowns from Suzanne Neville, Sassi Holford, Lyn Ashworth, Claire Mischevani and Stewart Parvin. Swoon.

Dragonfly Contemporary Designs - Wedding Dress Shop Cheltenham

I was enlisted to help in the organisation of this event, co-ordinating suppliers, filling goodie bags and getting the word out about this beautiful place – it came hot on the heels of also helping to co-ordinate the recent Johanna Hehir showcase in the Cotswolds, so  I’ve been lucky enough to have an amazing preview of some gorgeous 2013 collection dresses.

We had the beautiful Kimberlee Collicutt there to model one of the gorgeous dresses, with Lucy Pearce from BooLou Beauty doing the make up and the rather dashing Paco Delgado creating the gorgeous up do . Paco has also recently launched a new salon in The Suffolks, which is absolutely stunning both inside and out.

Paco Delgado Bridal Hair

Lucy Pearce BooLou Beauty  Bridal Make Up

Goodie bags were filled with macaroons from the supremely talented Contemporary Cake Designs, cookies from The Great Norwood Street Deli, letterpress Christmas cards from new cool kid on the block Cherry Press, hair treatment samples from Paco Delgado, super cute screen printed pin badges from Megan Alice England (she is just launching wedding favours and stationery), a plantable gift from moi, and discounts at local cafe’s and shops. Each bag was finished with a pop of colour by way of a buttonhole from Bloomers (nice new branding Bev!).

Wedding Industry Goodie Bags


Bev from Bloomers also created a gorgeous floral display, and Xavier from Contemporary Cake Designs displayed one of his gorgeous cakes from his new collection… super duper mega pretty.

Contemporary Cake Designs Pink and Blue Petal Wedding Cake

White Roses Winter Floral Display by Bloomers

The place was absolutely full of wedding industry folk, local business owners and real brides – it was so lovely to see the support for Suzi and her team, and of course not only did I get to catch up with some friendly faces but I also got to talk “wedding” with those ladies getting hitched next year. Loved the turnout of their bridesmaids too, good work !

Suzie from Karma Kars Cotswold

Jessie Thomson with Real Bride

Real Bride Dragonfly Cotswolds

Suzi Dragonfly Contemporary Designs

Real Bride Vanilla Pod Bakery

Brides look at wedding dresses

Pia from Vanilla Pod Bakery

Here are some shots of the dresses, I absolutely adored the dress worn by Kim and all the pretty jewels too!

Wedding Dresses Cotswolds

Blush Wedding Dress

Dragonfly Wedding Dress Model

Vintage Brooch Hair sparkle

Checkout my Facebook page  for more images, with huge thanks to Marcus from Bigeye Photography for taking them all. And a big congratulatory hug to Suzi for a very successful launch. Don’t tell anyone but she’s running a special offer of 10% off all wedding dresses if you book an appointment in December 2012 and there are some fabulous sample sale dresses to get your hands on too. Top secret mind.

Suzi owner Dragonfly Wedding Dress Shop

More Christmas/Wedding decor DIY tutorials coming up this week I promise… glitter reindeer next!




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!



DIY Fringe Streamers and Pinwheels

Hi again,

Yesterday I helped Chris & Debbie celebrate their very exciting wedding at The Great Tythe Barn in the Cotswolds. Hopefully I’ll get to share some images with you soon… but let’s just say there was a barn owl, an ice luge, The Beatles and some pretty incredible fireworks. Excited much?!

But first, I’ve promised to share with you some of the DIY secrets behind my decorations used when I styled the September window for The White Rose Bridal Boutique in Chipping Campden, which happened to coincide with the fabulous one year anniversary celebrations they held there featuring a gorgeous singer and some delicious cupcakes from The Cheltenham Cakery.

Here are some images with thanks to the lovely Danielle who owns the boutique, and has a wealth of knowledge about all things bridal.

Everything in this window is really easy for you to make yourself, yet all the bright colours and attention to detail would make your wedding decor super fabulous.

First up, DIY fringe streamers. Here is what you need:

  • Pack of Crepe Paper – not the ready made streamers
  • Scissors
  • Masking Tape – just to secure the streamers from the ceiling

Take a roll of crepe paper, and cut off a section about two inches wide. Then along each edge, cut the “fringe” leaving space along the middle. Once both sides have been done, twist the whole thing a little and then pull apart. Voila!

Here is a few useful visual from the blog Oh Happy Day which might be handy:

Do these in whatever colour scheme your heart desires, then hang from the ceiling or along walls… Lovely!

The pinwheels take a little more effort, but once you get the hang of them are pretty simple and look really effective. What you’ll need:

  • Thick paper or card in chosen colours
  • Fishing wire/cotton thread
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun/Double Sided Tape
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Hole puncher (optional)

First you need to take one piece of card paper and fold it accordion style, using your thumb as guidance for the width will save time using a ruler. Once you have folded the whole piece of paper, fold the whole thing in half and glue the inside folds together. This will make one third of your wheel.

Repeat two more times and you should have three parts, which you can then spread out and glue together on each side of the outer accordion fold to make a full wheel.

You can leave it like this, or stick on a different colour circle of card paper (button or brooch if you prefer) for the centre as a bit of extra decor.

In order to hang them you’ll need to either punch a hole at the top of one of the folds to thread wire or cotton through, or like I did, simply hot glue a length of fishing wire to the back.

You could also use them in other inventive ways, such as this gorgeous table runner featured on Green Wedding Shoes:

Here they rounded off the edge of one end of the accordion folds before gluing together, they also punched holes in some of them for added prettiness.

There are other DIY projects to try from my styled window, including the pretty cake topper and mini flower pom poms which make great table decor if you want a burst of colour.

Let me know how you get on!




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?!





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 dress trends for 2012

Morning beautiful brides to be!

It’s a beautiful day here in the Cotswolds, but certainly starting to feel a bit more autumnal now. I’ll be blogging about a gorgeous winter wonderland wedding style soon but for those of you still looking for THE DRESS I thought I’d sum up a few faves and trends for 2012.

The Illusion Dress

This neckline is both elegant with a touch of sexy. It’s a perfect dress for ladies who like the idea of a strapless number but would really prefer straps to avoid hitching it up all night. A style that’s not been seen everywhere and that suits both the modest and the outgoing.

Monique Lluillier

Anne Barge

Two-Tiered Loveliness

For daring brides who want a bit of structure in their gown, and a flattering shape for those of us with slightly wider hips than our smaller framed friends.

Anna Maier

J Crew

Horsehair (but not real horses!)

This is where the hem on a dress is created with a horse hair braid. This is not actually made from horse hair (!!) , but is a synthetic nylon or plastic braiding.

This style creates a flexible but slightly stiff hemline, adding shape and movement to a skirt. It can also help to keep a long train in shape and allows you to move more easily. The new take on this look is almost a fluffy cloud like cappucino effect. Tres romantic.

Vera Wang

Vera Wang

Blushing Bride

More and more brides are tempted to opt for a bit more of a colourful wedding dress, throwing out traditional white for something more interesting. The colour for 2012 is a soft blushing pink, perfect for vintage brides and anyone with a gorgeous warm skin tone. Monique Llhuillier is definitely the queen of this shade.

Monique Lluillier

Monique Llhuillier

Lace Sleeves a la Kate Middleton

She looked the picture of a classic but contemporary bride, and the look is catching on. This is a beautiful style to wear if you’re getting married in a church and want to retain your modesty whilst ticking all the trend boxes. Lily Allen also rocked this style at ther wedding this year.

The Vintage Wedding Dress Company

Lily Allen in Chanel

Sometimes you fall in love with a dress that just doesn’t fit into current trends or traditional styles, it just feels, well, YOU! I spotted these two in my research and just love ’em. Not sure I’d be brave enough to rock gladiator style boots though. 🙂

Alquimia - Wedding Inspirasi

Have you rocked an unusual dress for your wedding in the Cotswolds? I’d love to see your photo’s! Or are you planning something unique but keeping it a secret? Post your comments ladies!

See you soon.