Wedding Yurts Open Day in Gloucestershire

Ahhh Summer is almost here… I can feel it!

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

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

 

WY Picnic High Res

 

 

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

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

Jessie

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Win a Framed Print and 15% off Wedding Stationery with White Hanami

So for ages I’ve been wanting to meet up with the brains behind White Hanami, a new design studio in the Cotswolds producing personalised art prints, luxury wedding stationery and greeting cards. They have been seen in Vogue and are featured on Not on The High Street, the home of literally everything my little heart could possibly desire.
Created by the very lovely Siobhan Wolton, White Hanami’s contemporary style features beautifully simple and understated designs. Siobhan uses British materials and each product is professionally printed in England by hand-picked specialists, selected for their quality and use of premium materials. I met up with Siobhan and she showed me her samples, even her packaging feels expensive. It’s ALL beautiful.

She also was incredibly generous and created a bespoke print just for me and the hubby, which I’m ashamed to say I’ve yet to put up in our new house as the walls are still bare plaster… seriously, how many shades of F&B grey can I paint samples of before making a decision? Gah. I promise to post a photo of it up in its glory as soon as the walls are done!

I am also very excited to announce that I am running a competition to WIN a framed print and 15% off when you order your wedding stationery with White Hanami. Simply email White Hanami at studio@whitehanami.com and quote “Jessie Thomson” to enter, but remember that you only have until the end of April to snap this one up ladies & gents!

Just a quick round up again of why White Hanami are an awesome stationery company:

  • Everything is professionally printed by specialists
  • Wedding stationery is printed on lovely heavyweight textured card. 320gsm, 100% cotton
  • All invitations are presented in a luxury White Hanami keepsake box
  • Designs can be produced in any colour, you can simply email a swatch of your colour choice(s). No extra cost.
  • Siobhan will work closely with you to choose the right fonts etc.
  • A free, no obligation, consultation is available.

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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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!

Jessie

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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!

Jessie

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Get some good karma in your life, and save vintage wedding cars!

Hi folks,

So another week has started, and today I’m blogging on behalf of a lovely wedding industry friend, Suzie from Karma Kars Cotswolds. She’s been passionately campaigning about new government proposals that are set to rock the industry – and in order to make sure my brides get to choose from a wide variety of awesome cars to book for their big day, I thought I’d help her spread the word.

Here’s the low down from the blonde bombshell lady chauffeur herself…

When couples decide to get married there’s so much to think about; venue, photographer, dress, flowers, cars – the list goes on and on. Up until now, it always been a given that in this country, there’s a vast array of vintage and classic wedding cars to choose from.  However, that’s all about to change if the Government’s new proposed laws go through.  Currently as it stands, wedding (and funeral) cars are exempt from the same rules and regulations that taxis and private hire vehicles have to obey.  This is why there is a plenitude of cars from the very old and rare to the unusual and quirky – like Goa Sunset, owned by KKC.   Just like mine, these beautiful cars are often owned by individuals or small businesses who hire them out as wedding cars.  We are passionate about our cars and see wedding hire as a way of helping with the running costs, to keep our prized possessions on the road for all to see and enjoy.

The Law Commissions proposals, which are currently out to consultation until August, would see wedding cars come under the same strict licensing & emissions tests as taxis, costing around £650 per year per car.  It will basically be a death knell for the vintage wedding car industry and in a few years time, what classic cars are left will be few and far between and hugely expensive to hire.

So please help Suzie protect Goa Sunset, and cars just like her from disappearing forever by doing at least one of the following :-

  1. Signing the e-petition at  http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-classic-wedding-cars-from-extinction.html
  2. Emailing your views direct to The Law Commission at tph@lawcommission.gsi.gov.uk
  3. Writing to your MP who you can find on http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/diol1/doitonline/dg_4018047
  4. Sharing this article through Twitter and Facebook

Oh and if you stumbled upon this looking for a unique and beautiful wedding car to book for your big day in the Cotswolds… BINGO! This is what you’re looking for. Check out the Karma Kars gallery online and give Suzie a call on 01242 248 190 or 07828 309 527. She’s really very friendly!

Thanks for the support.

Jessie

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http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

Photography Credits:

  1. PhotoGlow
  2. Joy Pictures
  3. Mark Walford

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

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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 Season in Full Swing!

Hi folks,

Sorry for the radio silence, wedding season is in full swing here in the Cotswolds and I’ve been super busy with styling & co-ordination as well as full planning for brides in 2013!

On Thursday I’m going to be doing a wedding at Stone Barn in Aldsworth, a relatively new venue in Gloucestershire that’s absolutely gorgeous.

A little while back I helped another bride getting hitched here with a few supplier recommendations, and you can see her FABULOUS wedding here if you want some super stylish inspiration. The wonderful Louise from Cirencester Cupcakes did the yummy victoria sponge wedding cake which I totally adore.

I’m meeting up with my next Bride & Groom tomorrow for a final run through and to collect all the wedding decorations and props in advance. They’re having a very clean and simple theme with lots of white and green. Looking forward to working alongside some great Cotswold suppliers as well as a few new vendors from further afield.

I still have a few dates left in 2012 if you are getting hitched and looking for a planner or stylist to help out on your big day. Don’t leave it too late and avoid the stress of finding someone last minute!

In other news, I’ve been updating my website recently. It’s a job that takes me ages, but nice to finally have some of my recent weddings featured in the portfolio.

Now if everyone could make a wish for sunshine on Thursday I’d be really grateful. 🙂

Speak soon.

Jessie

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jessie@jessiethomson.co.uk

 

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

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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 will.i.am 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!

Jessie

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