An Indian Summer Wedding in London

Hello again,

Today I’m really excited to be able to share a fabulous wedding with you from one of the hottest days we’ve had this year (hard to believe it ever happened with all this rain and grey skies we’ve got at the moment), from the gorgeous Johanna and Victor who got hitched at The Belvedere in Holland Park.

I was first introduced to this beautiful bride back in 2010, who also happens to be a fabulous birth doula! And over the last couple of years we not only planned a wedding together, but she also gave me some awesome advice while having my baby girl Flora… don’t suppose clients will be texting me during labour that often!

We started by pulling together a mood board, based on an English country wedding but with strong influences from Johanna’s love of India where she was often travelling back and forth from at the time. So I chose bright colours and peacock feathers as a basis for their theme.

Originally this couple wanted a traditional Cotswold wedding venue for their big day celebrations and we looked at Sheldon Manor, which has a unique spiritual feel to it, after shortlisting a number of options. However living in London we also considered venues closer to home and in the end they fell in love with The Belvedere in Holland Park – ideal really, with all those beautiful peacocks wondering round the gardens it fitted the theme perfectly!

I was there on the day of the wedding, helping with styling, decoration and co-ordination before the ceremony began… and when the bridal party arrived it was so lovely to see such a sweet and gorgeous couple surrounded by all their family and friends after many months of planning.

I wanted to share some of the images from the day, particularly to inspire other couples with some of their special touches – the favours were so personal and heartfelt, and the wedding dress and flowers were spectacular!

 

I think you’ll agree this wedding is not only unique, but also totally beautiful and jam packed full of love.

Huge thanks to all of the suppliers who made it so special!

Jessie

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Credits:

Venue – The Belvedere, Holland Park

Photography – JK Photography

Flowers –Phillo Flowers

Planning & Styling – Jessie Thomson Weddings & Events

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

Wedding inspiration: a taste of France in the Cotswolds

Bonjour!!

As some of you may already know, I’m off for two weeks on Friday for a proper adventure…. a road trip in France!!! I’m taking my hubby, a digital camera, my Diana F+, and plenty of space in the boot for cheese and wine!

Sadly our doggy Winnie can’t join us due to complication with her pet passport (loooong story), so she’ll be packing her bags and staying with her aunty Maisy the chocolate Labrador in Brighton. I don’t think she minds!

I’ll be making my way down to the South of France via a number of beautiful areas, staying in boutique hotels, safari tents, yurts…. you name it! We’re joining friends in a villa when we get there, where we’ll rest up for a week before the long journey back… though there will be one more stop at a brides wedding venue in Normandy, where she is getting hitched in 2012.

So, what on earth has this got to do with weddings, I hear you cry?

Well ladies and gents. Imagine this.

Wedding Inspiration - French Lime Blossom

What could be more romantic than a French wedding theme, in a chateau style setting, or more casual venue dressed as a cosy French bistro? Candlelight… wine flowing, rustic food and yummy bread, macaroons in simple pastel colours, post cards of Paris. And the bride… Oh my, how much inspiration can one gal get? Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bardot, Marion Cotillard, Edith Piaf… I could go on.

French music will ring through the air, and for entertainment why not hire a local artist to paint portraits of guests (maybe not quite Manet, but a lovely touch).

Flowers and bouquets, keep simple and scented….. include Lily of the Valley,  Irises, Lavender and Rosemary. Devine.

For favours, a cute idea would be to make mini books containing classic French recipes for guests to try at home.

Well this mini post was just a taster as I’m going to take lots of photos and make lots of notes during my own journey through France and then I’ll be back on here with lots more inspiration and ideas of how couples getting married in the Cotswolds can pull of this theme in style.

Any local vendors who think they’ll fit right in, please do get in touch! jessie@jessiethomson.co.uk

Bon Voyage!

Jessie

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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: http://www.snippetandink.com

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

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The Only Way to Wed is Essex!

Anyone noticed the recent fascination with all things Essex?? The TV show, Olly Murs, Stacey Solomon, Diversity, Denise Van Outen… even our Dame Helen Mirren is an Essex girl! I laughed my socks off when I watched the “vajazzle” episode on The Only Way is Essex on ITV – and it got me thinking about a sparkly, fun filled, colourful, totally extravagant wedding, and how brilliant it could be!

It’s not a theme I would naturally choose being a bit of a boho chic myself, but plenty of my girlfriends absolutely love dressing up to the nines, so I could really imagine them loving it.

So for inspiration we look to lots of glamour for the girls, sophisticated groomsmen in city suits, and a bright colour scheme to show the fabulously fun side of the couple. I LOVE the idea of fuschia pink, light pink and grey or taupe to compliment this theme. Actually I also love the hot pink + black colour scheme, and this can be made super glamorous or a little more rock chic to suit tastes. If you’d like to stick with subtle, then just pick up on the “sparkle” element and have lots of glitz, silver, gold throughout… lighting could play a big part with glittering chandeliers, and a sparkler send off to end the day.

For the latter theme I couldn’t think of a more beautiful dress than this one, made to order by Clinton Lotter by Blackburn Bridal Couture.

Few people would be as brave as Gwen Stefani and rock out a pink dip dyed wedding dress courtesy of John Galliano..

But if you’re going for this colour scheme then why not wear a fabulous pair of sparkly or patent pink gorgeous heels under your wedding dress, so that they just peek out or the odd flash can be shown off to your guests?

I adore the pink sparkly Christian Louboutins as well, to really inject some party prettiness!

For the groom, a sleek city three piece suit in grey/taupe would look great with pink accessories, but if you wanted to alter the theme slightly as mentioned above, then black or navy work really nicely with hot pink and fuschia as well. For full on sparkle and chic then nothing compares to the tuxedo!!

Bridesmaids definitley need to be oozing glamour… I love the idea of mixing up different colours to show off their individuality. The highstreet have some fab pieces, so they should all be able to find something that suits.

Image taken from United With Love blog, Photo Credit: Love Life Images

For the venue, look for something smart, modern and contemporary – here in the Cotswolds I’d look at places like Cotswold 88, Cowley Manor, The Montpellier Chapter or DFly.

What do you think? Can you imagine having an Essex themed wedding?

Jessie

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Equestrian Theme

In the spirit of the Cheltenham festival I am dedicating today’s post to an equestrian themed wedding – lucky horse shoes, black beauty and a dash of Jilly Cooper combine together to make this one of my personal faves!

For colours think about rustic country greens and browns – grass, tweed & leather being good style inspiration. Take the idea of fields and farmyards to incorporate special touches like bales of hay for seating, a mini petting zoo to keep the little ones entertained, pony rides, hobby horses and cute favours like these.

What do you think?

If anyone else has done this theme I’d love to see you photos!

Best of luck at the festival.

Jessie

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Credits: From clockwise, top left: Image from Corbin Gurkin; Tweed Jackets; Invite by Hello Lucky; Image from Rock the Diamond; Colour scheme; Images from Snippet and Ink featuring Larissa Cleveland and Shannon Leahy; Image from Cachic Design

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