Wedding chat with The Wedding Tree Company

What a beautiful day here in the Cotswolds! So lovely that I thought I would buy myself some pretty flowers from Bloomers who are just down the road from me, to cheer up my office desk – also dining table/craft table – can’t wait to move house next month! – and inspire me to pick up my blogging pen again.

Bloomers of Cheltenham

I thought I’d start by writing up an interview with a fantastic local supplier who is relatively new to the wedding industry, The Wedding Tree Company.

Tell me a little bit about yourself…

We are Mr & Mrs Ford. Richard and Jennifer, along with our 2 year old daughter Ava-Grace, the family behind ‘The Wedding Tree Company’. Richard is a hearty tradesman with big hands and an accurate eye for joinery. I am a primary school teacher with ever changing hair colour and a love of art.

The Wedding Tree Company

Tell me about The Wedding Tree Company…

The Wedding Tree Company offers Brides and Grooms bespoke and totally personalised wooden wedding products, props, venue accessories and keep sakes. Venue accessories and props includes items such as menu boards, directional sign posts and signs for photographs, rustic wishing wells for guests to leave cards and gifts and oak frames to surround table plans. Smaller items include uniquely crafted wedding favours such as willow dragon flies, engraved coasters and personalised wooden key rings or name tags.

Our personal favourite and very popular with the public, is the ‘Oak Wedding Guest Book Plank’ a quirky alternative to the traditional paper guest books which tend to live in a box after the wedding day and gather dust on a shelf. The Guest planks are personalised with the couples own initials, date, venue, and any other unique drawings or details they choose and are then send out ready for guests to write well wishes on. Supplied fixings then enable the guest plank to be hung in the home, on display as an everlasting reminder of the special day.

wooden wedding menu

How did you get involved in the industry?

Richard has been successfully running his own joinery business for the last 7 years, carrying out bespoke furniture commissions and domestic joinery. On the lead up to our own wedding, last August, I kept Richard busy making wooden props to personalise our own special day, as I was having very little luck sourcing the items I had conjured up in my head. This is when the light bulb went on in Richard’s head, ‘this is a business’ he chirped down the phone to me. And so it began, after a relaxing honeymoon it was time to hit the ground running, we have now been branching out in the world of weddings as The Wedding Tree Company for 5 months.

What do you love most about your job?

Richard is in his element in when he is in his workshop, there is nothing he would rather be doing. The Wedding Tree is all about giving other couples the chance to personalise their day with quirky props and keep sakes, so for us to be a part of that, really makes our job worthwhile.

bespoke wedding sign

What makes your service unique?

The personalisation, quirkiness, and the insight into the couple who are tying the knot. Due to the personal nature of The Wedding Tree Company’s products, couples have the opportunity to create something that is totally personal to them. With Richard’s joinery skills and my artistic flare all we need is the ideas given by the couple to make there items unique and totally bespoke to them, giving their guests a talking point and making it a day to remember.

What’s the most unusual request you’ve ever had?

Not so much as unusual but quirky. Our hand painted signs have proven to be a very popular product amongst our range and my favourite one we’ve done so far, has to be for a bride and groom who wanted a polite, but humorous sign asking parents to look after their children during the wedding day. The Couple were more than happy to invite children to their special day but, quite understandably, didn’t want them running around causing chaos. The sign simply read ‘All unattended children will be given an espresso and a free puppy’. As we have our own 2 year old and many of our other friends have young children we also had quite a few little ones at our own wedding, so this, I think, would be a brilliant way of reminding parents to keep an eye on their kids, without being too formal, we loved the idea!

wooden wedding sign

What’s your working week like?

After a wedding show at the weekend, the beginning of the week is usually pretty hectic, emailing the new brides-to-be that we have spoken to, answering emails and enquiries and responding to any orders placed. The Wedding Tree HQ is a bright pink room at our home address in Tamworth, Staffordshire which also doubles up as a two year olds play playroom.

This is where the day to day running of the company takes place, replying to our lovely customer’s emails, quoting jobs and coming up with brilliant new, unique ideas for your special day. All of the fun stuff takes place at our workshop, also based in Tamworth. Bonehill farm is home to around 17 small businesses like ours and is a lovely place to be creative. The workshop is around 150sq foot and is large enough for all of the machines and tool required to produce our wonderful products.

wood guest book

Have you seen many changes since you started your business?

As we have only been up and running in the wedding industry for 5 short months, it’s all new and exciting, our products and services are changing all the time, as new ideas are being developed. For any of you who know my husband, the driving force behind The Wedding Tree, he can’t sit still for longer than two minutes, there’s always a new project or idea to be worked on, changes occur on a daily basis!

What’s the biggest misconception about your industry/service?

The main misconception is usually about the guest book planks, we have had people query how we engrave the wedding guest’s messages on to the board once they have been written on. We don’t in fact do this, the only engraved part is the couples Names, initials, wedding date etc. that is agreed prior to us sending out the completed guest book plank, the guest simply write their messages and well wishes directly onto the Oak, using a marker pen and the process is complete, ready to hang on the wall as a lasting memory.

wedding wishing well

What is the best piece of advice you would give to couples planning their wedding?

Don’t overlook the small things and the personal touches, that’s what our guests loved the most, the attention to detail. Most of all enjoy it, every bit of it, from the moment you start planning to the minute the last dance ends. Savour every moment of the big day and make time to take it all in.

Have you worked with any other local vendors or suppliers that you’d recommend to couples getting married in the Cotswolds? And why?

Not as yet but through wedding fayres and social media we have been introduced to a lot of fabulous suppliers based in the Cotswolds that we hope to work alongside in the future.

Where can we find you? 

Website – http://www.theweddingtree.co.uk

Email – theweddingtree@live.co.uk

Phone – 07791323 525

Facebook – The Wedding Tree Company

Twitter – @TheWeddingTree

I’ve seen their products up close and they really are as good as they look, a company clearly driven with passion and skill. Now THAT is what I like to see!! Although based in the Cotswolds Richard and Jennifer cover the whole of the UK and beyond.

Jessie

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All images via Stephen Hayes Photography

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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www.jessiethomson.co.uk

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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www.jessiethomson.co.uk

jessie@jessiethomson.co.uk

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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http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

jessie@jessiethomson.co.uk

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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 thekitchen@curtisandcocakes.co.uk 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.

Jessie

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jessie@jessiethomson.co.uk

http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

07940048885 or 01242 570802

 

Wedding Trends for 2012 – My Predictions

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

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

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

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

Now, feast your eyes on this….

Budget Friendly

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

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

Budget Friendly Decor

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

A touch of flea market chic used for the guest book

Vintage Typewriter Guestbook

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

A gorgeous DIY inspired wedding sign with country flowers

DIY Wedding Sign

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

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

DIY Plantable Favours

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

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

DIY CD Favours

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

Jam Jars and Wildflowers

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

wildflowers in jam jars

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

a pretty display of flower filled jam jars tied with ribbon

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

Snap Happy

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

DIY Photobooth

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

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


Royal Wedding Mania

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

Royal wedding inspiration

Lace wedding dress with simple white flower bouquet

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

Environmental Bliss

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

Eco-friendly table display and favours

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

Eco Bride and Groom Place Cards

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

Eco-friendly chilli seed favours

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

Setting the Theme

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

1920's film inspired invitations

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

1920's film inspired place names

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

Moroccan Themed Wedding

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

Goodbye Fruit Cake

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

Shabby Chic Cupcakes

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

Sweetie Cart

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

Clash of the Colours

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

Colourful Spring Flower Bouquet

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

Bright Colour Bouquet

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

Bright and colourful DIY inspired decor for table decorations

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

 

Under the Veil

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

Floral bridal headpiece

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

Boho Alternative Veil

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

Delicate Details

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

Antique ring detail on brides bouquet

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

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

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

Jessie

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Wedding styling and food tasting event at The Matara Centre

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

The Matara Centre by Bigeye Photography

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jessie Thomson Weddings & Events

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

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

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

 

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

 

Starry Ceiling at The Matara Centre

 

Starry Night Themed Table

 

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

Stationery by Invitable

Flowers by Flowercube

 

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

 

Moroccan Themed Table

 

Props by Oasis Events; Favours by Essentially Me

Stationery by Invitable

 

 

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

Swirl Lollipop's by Chocolate Apple Creations

 

DIY cd favours and stationery by Invitable

Stationery by Invitable

 

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

Modern Orange Theme

 

DIY and Eco-friendly Plantable Bulb Favours

Flowers by Flowercube

Stationery by Invitable, Lovebirds by Something Borrowed Something Blue

 

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

 

Vintage Peacock Theme

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

Flowers by Flowercube, peacock feathers provided by Jessie Thomson

Vintage tea cup favours by Chocolate Apple Creations

 

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

 

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

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

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

Best wishes

Jessie

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http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

Twitter: @Jessie_Thomson

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

jessie@jessiethomson.co.uk

 

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

 

 

Competition time!!

Hello lovely brides, grooms and wedding pro’s!

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

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

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

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

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

Jessie

x

http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

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

xx

http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk

Literature Lovers

Today’s inspiration is a wedding for all the book worms out there, who are passionate about reading and want a suitably themed wedding. It’s easy to mix up a bit of vintage in this – think old romantic novels and cloth bound library’s. There are also a surprising number of decorations you can make out of actual pages of old books (and eco-friendly too).

I seriously HEART everything made by Etsy seller Bookity.

Romantic Novel Hearts

And how about spending some time collecting vintage and old fashioned romantic or favourite novels to give each guest as a sweet favour to take home and read – you could even use this as a decorative feature by piling them up high and adding some flowers.

Choose a wedding dress to carry the look through completely… think big ballgown “Gone With The Wind” styles, and Victorian elegance like Jane Eyre.

Think outside the box on venues – universities and hotels with a library or dark wood paneled room will do perfectly. For your colour scheme go for either soft pastels (peach, lilac, duck egg blue) or deep jewel tones (red, purple, gold) to contrast –  keep everything classic and elegant.

Invites could be printed as bookmarks, tables named after favourite novels and the table number the book itself!

Credits: All available from Bookity; Amsale; The Vintage Wedding Dress Company; Spoon & Sailor Letterpress

www.jessiethomson.co.uk – come and visit!!