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?
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! 🙂



A rainy day engagement shoot at Matara… Fiona and Kesh part 1!

I’ve been mentioning this couple for a while now, not least because they are absolutely lovely, but also because they have been planning an A.W.E.S.O.M.E. wedding at The Matara Centre in Kingscote. The main event took place on Easter Sunday where I was styling in the morning and back in the afternoon to turn the main room from ceremony one set up (yup, they had TWO wedding ceremonies with TWO wedding dresses) into a gorgeous dining experience in the evening all twinkling with tea lights.

I first met Fiona & Kesh at a styling day I did at Matara last year (you can check out the pictures here), and when they told me what they were planning for their 2012 wedding I was more than a little excited. I’m not giving away too much as you’ll appreciate a full blog post with inspiring images once the talented Mr Ward from Bigeye Photography has finished editing them – there were thousands of incredible photo’s taken on the day, so I don’t envy his job! – but in the words of on The Voice… their wedding was DOPE.

So to wet your wedding taste buds, I have some images from their engagement shoot to share with you in advance. Marcus did a fabulous job of really capturing their personalities, he never lets a grey sky or spot of rain get in the way of a good picture!

One image stood out as my favourite… for no other reason than because it shows a couple who are completely and totally in love with each other. Heck, even their heads touch together to form the shape of a heart!

Now brace yourselves for the full wedding shortly… keep an eye out, you don’t want to miss it!



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Wonderful Weekend & The Cheltenham Wedding Show

Happy Monday all!

I had a fabulous weekend with friends and family as I celebrated impending motherhood with a baby shower! With just 6 weeks to go it was lovely to spend time with my nearest and dearest, especially when it involves playing games such as “pin the sperm on the egg” and guessing the future mini Thomson’s profession (kudos to my cousin who has predicted he/she will be a lion tamer… okaaay then…).

I also had a few of my engaged pals to spend the day with on Sunday, so we headed off to the Queens hotel in Cheltenham to check out a few lovely and local suppliers displaying their services. The Cheltenham Wedding Show is a great place to start if you’re looking for local suppliers, and as a wedding planner I love to keep an eye out for new faces on the scene.

I also get to catch up with some of those I work with on a regular basis, and it always makes me happy to see them chatting away to newly engaged couples as I know they’ll be able to offer a fantastic service.

This year I came across a new supplier who had THE most fabulous cakes, and a sketch book full to the brim with amazing designs and inspiration. I introduce you to Curtis & Co Cakes who haven’t been up and running for long, but had incredible cakes on display at the show. Home-baked in Gloucestershire and made with the freshest ingredients, I encourage you to contact Jennie on who will listen to all your ideas and help come up with a beautiful bespoke design for you.



Blue Wedding Cake by Curtis & Co. Cakes

On the 10th February I’ll be heading up to take a gorgeous bride with me to The Designer Wedding Show in London, where I look forward to catching up with some of the best in the industry. I’ll give you a full update of the best of the day on the blog afterwards, so keep an eye out!

Wishing you all a gorgeous week ahead.



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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,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,

A touch of flea market chic used for the guest book

Vintage Typewriter Guestbook

 Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,

A gorgeous DIY inspired wedding sign with country flowers

DIY Wedding Sign

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward,

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

DIY Plantable Favours

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,

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,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,

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,

a pretty display of flower filled jam jars tied with ribbon

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward,

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,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,

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,

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,

Eco Bride and Groom Place Cards

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward,

Eco-friendly chilli seed favours

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,

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,; Stationery by Megan Alice England,

1920's film inspired place names

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward,; Stationery by Megan Alice England,

Moroccan Themed Wedding

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,; Props by Oasis Events,

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,; Cupcakes by Cirencester Cupcakes,; Design inspired by Jessie Thomson,

Sweetie Cart

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward,; Sweet cart provided by Something Borrowed Something Blue,

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,

Bright Colour Bouquet

 Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom,; Flowers by Rachel Jones,

Bright and colourful DIY inspired decor for table decorations

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,


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,

Boho Alternative Veil

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom,; Headpiece by Gillian Million Designs,; Design inspired by Jessie Thomson,

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,

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.



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.



Twitter: @Jessie_Thomson

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

Cotswold Wedding and Weekend Kookiness!

Afternoon wedilicious readers… I came across a website today that I just LOVE love love. Seriously, it rocks out some awesomely good ideas for anyone spreading their wedding day festivities over a long weekend and looking for something a little alternative for their family and friends to do in the Cotswolds… I present to you Kooky Cotswold Tours….here’s the website blurb…

kook-y –adjective, kook-i-er, kook-i-est. Slang . of, like, or pertaining to a kook; eccentric, strange, or foolish

At Kooky Cotswold Tours we make sure you see the best of what´s on offer – plus a little bit of what you never knew existed. The Cotswolds are all about honey coloured villages, cream teas and grandiose manors, but what about the underbelly? The people behind the scenery? What is off the beaten track?

What you´ll get with Kooky Tours are all the bits in between that most people visiting the Cotswolds never get to see. The real life, the peculiar, the kooky. The unique people and places behind hedgerows and down hidden lanes that make this part of the world what it is.

We travel in smaller groups, which allows us to get a little deeper into the countryside to see the real charm of this part of England without upsetting the locals! Tours are relaxed and informal, yet professional and safe.

Yup. I’m a massive fan of the eccentric so this is right up my street! What better way for your guests to spend the pre/post-wedding days than an afternoon of wild swimming or the local past time of Aunt Sally (grown men throwing sticks at a dolly. seriously).

I  also dig a wedding with a little unique style, and one of my fave ideas for wedding transport is…

Image from Snippet & Ink:

Oh the fun you could have with running this theme all the way through. Perhaps picking up on the “daisy” theme from the chorus of the famous song:

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do, 

I’m half crazy all for the love of you. 

It won’t be a stylish marriage – I can’t afford a carriage, 

But you’d look sweet upon the seat

Of a bicycle built for two.

Image from: Wedding Talk blog; Sara and Rocky Photography

I am dying for a couple to chose this theme for 2011/12!! Adorable.

That’s all for today… hope it inspires you.

Jessie x