CREATIVE STYLING WORKSHOP: BEHIND THE SCENES AT AYNHOE PARK

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It was such a joy to create, curate, plan and teach at my styling workshop for creative wedding industry professionals. I’ve already shared the editorial shoot that resulted from it with you, but I wanted to also indulge in a little behind the scenes look at the creative process and masterclass that unfolded throughout the day, as well as some of the gorgeous work that attendees created themselves.

Huge thanks to Xander & Thea for being there to capture this all for us, you can see a tour of the venue AYNHOE PARK on here too.

This workshop was a mixture of teaching theory and practical guidance – with an in depth styling 101 session, advice on getting your work featured from the Editor of You & Your Wedding magazine, how to shoot for social media from fine art photographer Ashlee Taylor, styling fashion and accessories from Rachel of Luellas Boudoir, and a masterclass in product styling from the team at notonthehighstreet.com.

I also wanted to walk attendees through my creative process for the editorial shoot itself – from design concept, to moodboarding and building a tablescape right there with them watching as I played with props and pulled it together exactly as I would for an editorial shoot or real wedding. I also demonstrated how to style stationery and other decor, before giving them all an opportunity to have a go themselves.

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One of the hardest elements of pulling together an amazing editorial shoot is finding and working with the perfect model, and knowing how to style wedding gowns and accessories for that purpose. We were so lucky to have Rachel from Luellas Boudoir there to guide everybody through her own tips and tricks for getting the perfect fashion shots, as well as watching amazing hair and make up artist Heidi Vince create the beautiful bridal looks in front of us.

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I really wanted attendees to feel relaxed, and ensure the learning environment was both inspirational and also encouraged conversation – so I decided to arrange tables in a horse shoe shape with speakers in the middle. It meant everyone could see each other, which was hugely important when talking about visuals all day long! We had sparkly gold sequin linen and ghost chairs which just looked magical in Anyhoe Park’s Orangery and their giant disco balls of delight!

I also created a prop corner, with different textures, shapes and colours – from vintage to modern – for attendees to play with in the final session if they hadn’t brought along their own items for styling. I was amazed at the range of beautiful items people brought themselves though, huge imagination and research time put in before the day. Loved it.

Huge thanks to Inspire Hire, Vintage Style Hire, Kate Cullen, Paperknots and Table to Dine For who all sponsored the event by loaning us their amazing hire items and products for sale.

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The food from Indulgence Catering was absolutely incredible, showcasing exactly how important design is when curating an event menu too.

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As I said before, so many of the attendees – from bridal designers to prop hire companies and wedding planners – brought their own products and props to practice with too, and it was honestly my favourite part if the day watching them put everything they had learned into practice with us. I adored how everyone approached the task in slightly different ways, making use of the space around them as much as they could do.

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If you are interested in attending future workshops or joining my bespoke one-to-one wedding planner mentoring programme, please email me at jessie@jessiethomson.co.uk and follow me on instagram and facebook for the latest news!

Jessie

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AYNHOE PARK: A GRAND TOUR

Some time ago I hosted a styling workshop at the wonderful private home and luxury wedding venue Aynhoe Park. You can see the editorial shoot here (as featured in You and Your Wedding magazine).

While I was busy teaching and listening to amazing experts share their know-how with the group, as well as doing a step-by-step styled tablescape session, the wonderful Xander & Thea was capturing it all behind the scenes. I’ll share those images soon, but the result was also the most wonderful tour of the house interiors, and I simply had to share it with you.

“The details are not the details, they make the design”

Charles Eames

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“MUCH OF THE HOUSE’S CHARACTER COMES FROM ITS ONE-OF-A-KIND COLLECTION OF ART AND TAXIDERMY, INSPIRED BY A COMBINATION OF APPRECIATION FOR CLASSICAL ARTWORK AND SCULPTURE, A LOVE OF INNOVATIVE DESIGN AND A VERY BRITISH SORT OF ECCENTRICITY.”

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ORGANIC ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE BARN & CHURCH WEDDING

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged this wedding here before – it was featured on Once Wed last year and is still one of my all time favourites.

When I was first introduced to Chelsea and James I knew their wedding was going to be beautifully simple and chic – together they had already launched Pacific Northwest design brand Grain, a sustainability focused design company launched after they’d been spotlighted as part of New York Design Week.

This couple chose to host their marriage celebration in the idyllic English countryside town of Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds, where Chelsea’s grandparents had lived while she was growing up and where she spent holidays as a child. A place of many fond family memories, but not without it’s difficulties – namely planning a wedding from abroad with rather a large time difference!

For the reception dinner, Chelsea opted to have two long parallel tables sat beneath draped garlands of hand-harvested foliage that had been hung in the main barn the day before. The table settings were kept simple with lavender and rosemary, and hundreds of candles which I lit before the guests arrived.

A giant chandelier and yet more candles were the only accessories to the dance floor in the evening – their first song was Johnny Cash and June Carter’s If I Were a Carpenter. Such sweet lyrics for the sweetest couple.

“What we love most about Chelsea and James’s wedding in the English countryside is how simple, chic and traditionally English it all is. They planned with a focus on locally sourced and artisan produce, utilizing locally grown wildflowers, regionally sourced items in the menu, and locally produced cheeses”

Once Wed

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Wedding Co-ordination & Styling: Jessie Thomson Weddings & Events | Photographer: Ben Blood | Ceremony Venue: St James’ Church | Reception Venue: Mickleton Hills Farm | Bridal Gown: Alice Temperley | Groom Suit: Paul Smith | Florist: Lisa Drinkwater | Stationery: Willis Hoke (friend of the bride & groom) | Catering: James Nixon | Hair: Muse Broadway | Makeup: Nathan Thomas (friend of the bride and “man of honour”) | Hire Items: Plato Hire | Wine & Glasses: The Grape Store | DJ/Soundsystem:Deckstar Deluxe

FROM THE FARM TABLE

Last Summer, amidst some of the dreamiest weddings I had the pleasure of working on, I took a little journey to Spain where I spent some time in Barcelona (I stayed here, it was amazing!) before hopping on a train to Zaragoza. From there I met Fine Art & Film Photographer Ashlee Taylor, and we travelled through beautiful olive groves and rural countryside to the most beautiful ancient monastery for a one day mentoring and styling workshop with a group of other amazing photographers from around the world.

I was delighted to host a talk on styling and design, before a hands on session shooting details and bridal portraits together in the afternoon. The official photos were featured on Grey Likes Weddings, and I’ve gathered some of my favourites below too.

The styling originally inspired by the colors of beautiful egg shells, and this developed into a “from the farm table” concept with rustic elements combined in a sweet and simple way to compliment local produce and the warm stone setting – we foraged local olive trees to add to arrangements created by my sister Georgia at Westwood Design, as well as delicious food produce from local markets.

“We’re getting all dreamy and lost in these splendid images from ILLUMINATED COLLECTIVE‘s recent workshop. It’s light, it’s airy and it’s just plain beautiful. The details, like the gathered local florals, are quietly stunning and the MONASTERIO DE PIEDRA location is nothing short of spectacular. Lucky for all of us, the warmth and beauty of ASHLEE TAYLOR‘s vintage-style film photography perfectly captured stylist JESSIE THOMSON‘s vision. Enjoy!”

~ GREY LIKES WEDDINGS ~

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CREDITS: Photographer and Mentor: ASHLEE TAYLOR // Styling and Mentor: JESSIE THOMSON // Floral Design: WESTWOOD DESIGN // Workshop: ILLUMINATED COLLECTIVE // Model: Lara Ro // Stationery: IMOGEN OWEN // Dress: ETXART AND PANNO // Ribbon and Table Cloth: KATE CULLEN // Props: Ashlee Taylor and Jessie Thomson // Glassware: ZARA HOME // Venue: MONASTERIO DE PIEDRA, Zaragoza, Spain

SHOPKINS & KAWAII THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY

A few months ago I hosted a 4th birthday party for my little girl Flora – she’d asked me for a shopkins themed birthday party, and with the current trend in cute kawaii food I embraced it fully – cute faces on cookies, polka dot filled giant balloons, super sweet bright colours and a bespoke pin the candle on the cake game for the smallest guests. I made a bright coloured streamer pass the parcel ball (I’m now obsessed with these), and invented a few other food/shopping related games – from pretend egg n’ spoon races to shopping basket filling competitions.

It was featured on Inspired by This too, with pretty photos by Sarah Hannam (you should also go check out the DIY Tutorial for the bouquet Flora is holding over on Style Me Pretty).

“From the fun cutout milk cartons and ice cream cones, to the giant yellow poppies that decked out the picnic tables, this 4th birthday party is full of creative, fun details. It’s only fitting that Flora had a colorful floral birthday party, whose mom, Jessie Thomson, totally decked it out with balloons, desserts, and plenty of fun & games. Flora’s aunt, of Westwood Design, styled all the pretty pink & yellow florals. Let’s go back to those desserts – “milk & cookies” shaped cookies, sprinkle cake pops, and an iced donut topped cake are just the start of the sugar rush! We can only imagine how much these toddlers enjoyed it. We love this fun theme and know you’ll love it just as much!”

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CREDITS

{PHOTOGRAPHY:SARAH HANNAM; DESIGN & PLANNING:JESSIE THOMSON; FLORAL DESIGN:WESTWOOD DESIGN; STATIONERY:HIP HIP HOORAY; CAKE, CAKE POPS AND COOKIES:CURTIS & CO.; VENUE:THE WILSON ART GALLERY; CATERING:FOSTERS EVENTS; PIN THE CANDLE GAME & GARLANDS:THINGS BY LAURA

MODERN LUXURY ~ BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL WEDDING INSPIRATION AT AYNHOE PARK

I’ve been talking a lot recently about redefining luxury for the modern bride and groom – those stylish couples who care about creating an intimate and memorable atmosphere for their wedding day as much as they want the florals and decor to be completely beautiful.

It’s sometimes hard to imagine how you can pair simplicity, elegance and feminine details within a more grand or traditional venue. So I was delighted to have the opportunity to do so last year as part of a styling workshop I hosted for wedding professionals at the rather spectacular Aynhoe Park.

I was originally inspired by a colour palette I’d seen in a beautiful photo of a bowl of mixed fruit and berries – the deep reds and bright pinks were hugely appealing to me in that moment, which was surprising really as usually I’m not a big fan of red in wedding design. This shoot definitely changed my mind! The venue itself was also an influence on the overall shoot brief too – Aynhoe Park is a grand and beautifully eccentric country house that just wouldn’t have suited a subtle or soft pastel palette of colours, it’s bold yet beautiful, and I wanted to show off it’s feminine side with a slightly more romantic luxe element.

I’m best known for my organic, feminine and timeless designs for weddings – and this shoot was no different. With large overflowing florals that feature lots of texture, soft flowing linen, antique tableware, beautifully tapered candles in a calm neutral colours to balance the bold pinks on a distressed white dining table – it’s meant to feel like you are dining in luxury without looking over the top or in any way forced. The bridal gowns selected were similarly soft and flowing, but with lots of gorgeous detail to reflect the tone and setting of the day.

When working with such bright and bold colours (especially bright pinks and shades of red) it’s so important to make sure the design scheme is visually balanced in some way. For me that was largely achieved by introducing lots of soft neutral colours in shades of white, beige and gold. Though also it’s just as important to balance the design with a feminine touch – if the florals are bright then also make them less structured and more organic, mirror the colours in linen but allow space for your other details to breathe with less dramatic style choices.

Both the bouquet and table flowers by Amy at Bo Boutique featured a real mix of florals in terms of shapes and sizes, all within the red/pink spectrum – from giant peonies, huge tulips, roses, and astilbe – broken up with lots of amazing smelling eucalyptus and more unusual varieties.I fell completely in love with Gemma Milly’s amazing hand painted stationery that she designed bespoke for this shoot. It’s something that so many brides overlook, but can make a huge difference to the tablescape and will be the first element your guest encounters before the big day – so lovely to give a hint of what is to come.

Official photographer Ashlee Taylor was there to capture all the details of the styled editorial shoot, but we were also lucky enough to have Xander & Thea behind the scenes – I promise to share her beautiful images of not only the workshop in action, but also a totally stunning tour of Aynhoe Park itself, any interior design addicts won’t want to miss that post!

But first, I’m so delighted to share the main shoot with you below – as featured in You & Your Wedding magazine, with full credits at the end.

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CREDITS

Stylist: Jessie Thomson; Photography: Ashlee Taylor; Flowers: Bo Boutique; Ribbon & Silk Linen – Kate Cullen; Hair & Makeup – Heidi Vince; Props & Furniture: Vintage Style Hire; Stationery: Gemma Milly; Cake: Curtis & Co; Tableware: Helene Millot; Bridal gowns, shoes and accessories: Luella’s Boudoir; Jewellery: Monica Vinader; Venue: Aynhoe Park

CORAL & MINT WEDDING INSPIRATION | KINGSCOTE BARN | COTSWOLDS, UK

I’ve been posting lots of photos from this beautiful wedding on Instagram recently, because it’s just been the 2nd wedding anniversary of this gorgeous bride and groom! I was looking back at the images, as featured in BRIDES magazine, and suddenly realised I had never blogged it here! I actually have quite a few real weddings and editorial shoots to catch up on… so what this space!

However, in honour of their wedding anniversary I thought I’d take the chance to share the big day pics – there was also a beautiful Chinese Tea Ceremony the day before, as featured on Style Me Pretty which I might just post separately as it’s so darn dreamy. Huge credit to Leah Kua for capturing every moment so perfectly.

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A huge thank you to the wonderful team who helped make this wedding not only beautiful, but memorable and personal too.

CREDITS

Bride’s dress: Designer Caroline Castigliano, from The White Room of Minchinhampton http://www.thewhiteroom.co.uk/; Bride’s headpiece: http://www.oliviaheadpieces.com; Bride’s heels: Angeline Lee http://www.angelinelee.com/; Groom’s tailored suit: Moss Bespoke http://www.moss.co.uk; Groom’s waistcoat: Ted Baker http://www.tedbaker.co.uk; Groom’s brogue shoes: Barker http://www.barker-shoes.co.uk; Bridesmaids dresses: Ted Baker http://www.tedbaker.co.uk; Bridal party hair: Heidi Sykes http://www.heidivincehair.co.uk; Bridal party makeup: Katy Pheiffer http://www.bridalmakeupbykaty.co.uk; Wedding Venue: Kingscote Barn http://www.kingscotebarn.co.ukWedding Planner: Jessie Thomson http://www.jessiethomson.co.uk/; Photographer: Leah Kua http://www.leahkua.com; Cake: The Vanilla Pod Bakery http://www.vanillapodbakery.com/; Florist: The Flower Fairies http://www.theflowerfairies.com/; Lighting: Cinemattag Productions http://www.cinemattag.com/; Transport: VW’do Weddings http://www.vwdoweddings.co.uk/; Caterer: Calcot Kitchens http://www.calcotkitchens.co.uk/

 

GRIZZLY BEAR BIRTHDAY BASH N’ BRUNCH

My little boy Augustus was one last year, and I couldn’t possibly let the occasion pass by without at least a little celebration could I?! Actually what I love about first birthdays is that the smalls aren’t too bothered about lots of friends and party games at that age, so it’s just as much a gathering for the parents, friends and family who surround them with love (and a raising of glasses to “hey we made it one whole year”!).

For Augustus I decided to host a brunch party in his honour – at a local cafe Boston Tea Party – and the decor somewhat dictated the design plan and theme thereafter. Though we do nickname him Augie Bear, so it was a nod to that too!

I created a black and white grizzly woodland bear themed birthday party – complete with bespoke invites created by Hip Hip Hooray, who also made me matching place mats, mini bunting for the high chair, and signage. I asked them to create some mini wish cards too, as I completely forgot to fill them in for his time capsule at his naming day (far too much champagne and rose, oops… better as a planner than a host it seems!).

I asked the ever so lovely Marie Green to make me a birthday cake with bark inspired icing, which I then topped with a mini bear figurine, mini succulent and a single black and white candle. Marie also made me the most delicious cookies as party favours too.

Around the tables I placed succulents I picked up myself, as well as mini woodland figurines and colouring activities for the older kiddies. I also decorated the space with black & white marble effect balloons, black paper circle garlands, bark effect paper straws, and a mix of bark or black check paper napkins. I also made a mini crown out of pipe cleaners!

Both Augie and Flora’s outfits were mostly from UK store Monkey McCoy – the little black Amy & Ivor moccasins are my faves, and has only just grown out of them!

Huge thanks to Sarah Hannam for capturing all the details!

SWEET BLUSH AND BLACKBERRY COTSWOLDS GARDEN WEDDING

This has to be one of my stand out weddings from 2015, as featured on Style Me Pretty recently – a small and intimate garden wedding at Barnsley House & Spa, which I designed and planned for the sweetest couple from Hong Kong.

The inspiration for this design plan actually started with the bride’s favourite scent – Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay – from wild berries in the florals, to fresh rosemary, lavender and rose petal confetti – even the bridesmaids crowns featured fresh herbs, all created by the super talented Georgia from Westwood Design. We almost didn’t have the outdoor ceremony thanks to good old British weather and spells of rain all morning, but at the last minute it cleared in time and we put the brollies aside for a candle lit affair in the gorgeous grounds. This followed with a reception where guests were treated to sweet treats, refreshing drinks and canapés, before inviting them to watch a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony in the late afternoon setting sun.

 

After the most delicious dinner served by the team at Barnsley House on long tables set with hundreds of rosemary & bay scented candles and flowers, the happy couple led their family and friends back into the gardens for signature cocktails, and cutting of the cake surrounded by sparklers. Faye at The Natural Cake Co creates insanely beautiful cakes whilst using all organic natural ingredients – I styled this rose flavoured cake with Westwood Design using fresh figs, flowers and herbs.

The Bride wore the most gorgeous sparkling evening dress for the first dance a little later on, before The Wedding Smashers kicked off a great night of dancing and entertainment for the newlyweds until the early hours of the morning.

A huge thank you to the cast of amazing artists and creatives involved in this wedding – all credited below.

Jessie

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Photography: Depict Photography | Event Planning, Design + Styling: Jessie Thomson Wedding Planning | Floral Design + Styling: Westwood Design | Cinematography: Mark Brown Films | Wedding Dress: Temperley London | Cake: The Natural Cake Co. | Stationery: Gemma Milly | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan| Hair: Kasia Fortuna | DJ: Wedding Smashers | Celebrant: Grace The Day | String Quartet: Arioso | Transportation: Alex Cars | Venue: Barnsley House | Desserts: Contemporary Cake Designs

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SOFT GREY & FRESH WHITE WEDDING STYLE: THYME AT SOUTHROP

“Minimalism is not a style, it is an attitude, a way of being. It’s a fundamental reaction to noise, visual noise, disorder, vulgarity. Minimalism is the pursuit of the essence of things, not the appearance. Minimalism is beyond time. It is timelessness. It is the stillness of perfection” ~ Massimo Vignelli

I honestly have no idea why it’s taken me quite so long to blog this editorial shoot in full – I published little previews from it here and here but seeing it all together again has made me realise just how talented this group of vendors was (see end of this post for full credits), and it was an absolute joy to curate the shoot for Katie Julia who produces such ethereal and gorgeous images from film.

It was featured by Magnolia Rouge magazine too, and the whole thing just looks even more luxurious in print.

This is a pretty long blog post, but I wanted to put it all in one place without you having to jump all over the place with links, and take you through my design and styling process a little more than I usually would. Hopefully brides-to-be will get little more insight into how I work together with them to create and curate weddings that are personal to them, but also fitting to the setting and the mood of the day.

TABLESCAPE 1

The first tablescape I created was inside the barn at Thyme in Southrop (such a gorgeous wedding venue for intimate celebrations). I commissioned the softest silk linen in a silvery grey which perfectly blended with the grey dining chairs, and I paired it with a slightly more textured greige linen napkin for contrast at each place setting. The fresh white flowers kept the table simple and elegant, with mini grey urns that I reused throughout the shoot. All cutlery and glassware was kept simple too – anything too ornate or pattered would have distracted from the minimalist look I wanted to achieve – yet still keeping it feminine and fresh. The calligraphy grey ink on an off white textured care stock – again, nothing cutesy or themed to the stationery elements. I used my own candles along the table (they actually smelt amazing – “joy” by St Eval if you’re interested!), and brought my own grey, clear and white crystals for the place settings to add a personal touch with individual flower blooms sitting pretty alongside them.

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TABLESCAPE 2

We then moved things outside as I wanted to show my clients how they could achieve a more relaxed al fresco dining style without compromising on the luxe detail that sets their event apart from the rest. You’ll see we installed huge garlands above the tables – which in real life may have wilted in that strong Summer sun, but since we used faux flowers and foliage, no problem there! I used a slightly more relaxed style linen napkin, and switched out the mini votive candles for tall straight edged glass hurricane vases with ivory pillar candles (my pet hate is bright white candles!).

I tore off the back of the folded place name cards so that they’d lie flat on each napkin, and I used a spring of foliage at each setting to pull through the greenery in the setting.

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FASHION 1: GREY BRIDAL/BRIDESMAID DRESS

I adore it when my brides wear colour on their wedding day – whether a bold statement, or more refined in blush or champagne – I also wanted to show how beautiful soft grey can be for a bride, but also for her bridesmaids. This dress was designed by British duo Belle & Bunty and it just draped so amazingly in all the right places. We used a large hand tied bouquet of white flowers with foliage and trailing ribbons and lace. Oh and we couldn’t resist including Katie’s GORGEOUS chihuahua pups!

If you look closely you’ll see I selected natural diamond and gemstone jewellery that matched the simplicity and texture of the dress – the low back would have looked lovely with an up do, but I actually adored how different the softly curled low side pony tail looked with it

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FASHION 2: IVORY/WHITE LONG LACE SLEEVED WEDDING DRESS

Oh how I adored this wedding dress. Again, it has a beautifully low back (I have a thing about them, evidently!), a soft streamlined silhouette in silk with long face sleeve and gorgeous detail on the cuff. Perfect for a church wedding as it’s not too revealing, yet will please those brides not wanting to look too modest. I asked Heidi to create a soft and undone up do, with fresh flowers – though looking at this again it would have absolutely worked with a veil too.

Don’t you love how the lace ribbons mirror the lace in the dress, with the grey ribbons allowing a subtle contrast with all the white? Note too that we purposeful posed this dress against a solid white wall for maximum impact. Nothing detracts from the dress other than natural beauty of those amazing flowers in the bouquet.

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THE WEDDING CAKE

I commissioned this from Jennie as she’s one of my favourite cake designers locally to me in the Cotswolds – she manages to combine delicate detail with a modern touch, and she totally nailed this brief! I styled it against the softest grey painted wall with pillar candles in straight edged glass hurricane vases again. The flower on the cake is in fact made of icing…. stunning.

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THE DETAILS

From soft grey calligraphy on textured card stock, to ethereal jewellery, pretty ribbons in contrasting or tonal colours, candlelight and crystals… the success of any design plan for a wedding is to not forget the details. It’s what makes it personal, it ties it all together so the day feels coherent and the atmosphere flows from room to room. The bridal party looks perfect, and not one element looks out of place in the setting. When styling shoots I often use my own props and other vendors loan me their amazing products of course, but I also always try to work in the decor and furniture that already exists in the venue – it really helps give my clients an idea of how this will work in practice, and is the perfect example of helping couples to translate styled shoots into real weddings.

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I hope you enjoyed that little journey? I know it’s long but trust me, there were SO many more pictures I could have shared here. I think Katie just couldn’t take enough of it in on her cameras! Please do look through the list of vendors below – each and every one of them are amazing.

To see more of my real weddings and editorial shoots featured in blogs and magazines, visit jessiethomson.co.uk.

Jessie x

Photography KATIE JULIA / Styling, planning & coordination JESSIE THOMSON / Florals THE ROSE SHED / Gowns BELLE & BUNTY / Stationery GEMMA MILLY / Jewellery RUTH TOMLINSON / Linens TABLE TO DINE FOR / Hair & make-up HEIDI VINCE / Floral garlands FRIEND OF FAUX / Assistant stylist WESTWOOD DESIGN / Model AMY NEVILLE / Venue THYME AT SOUTHROP

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