As well as helping brides with full wedding planning, styling, design and on the day co-ordination, I also pride myself on providing bespoke services to meet individual requirements – which often results in partial planning in advance, with me overseeing everything in the final run up.

This wedding, as featured on Love My Dress and shot by the ever so lovely Julie Skelton from Julie Anne Images, was exactly one of those! After a delicious pimms with the bride and her future mother in law, we came up with a plan of action for me to support in the planning and co-ordination of what was a stunning day. Make sure you check out the LMD feature as the bride gave a lovely little write up of everything she put together (as an interior designer she was sure to have a beautiful day).

Lavender country bridal bouquet

Lavender Bridesmaid Dresses

Wheat, lavender and feather buttonholes

Lavender and feather bouquet

The absolutely stunning florals were created by the very talented Joanna Carter, using pheasant feathers collected by the groom’s parents, with a rustic lavender colour palette.

The bride had made hundreds of mercury glass spray painted jam jars, which were filled with tea lights and placed all around the church and reception site. When I arrived on the day of the wedding I found the groom giving finishing touches to wood trunk tables, which I covered with lace before adding posies of flowers and candles surrounded by hay bales which I’d covered with lengths of white cloth, for guests to sit at comfortably.

There was such a lovely atmosphere at the marquee site, with the FABULOUS local catering company Valley Events working hard to help transform the reception space while the groom’s family relaxed over brunch in the gorgeous gardens. I’d first met head chef Jaxon at a wedding I’d worked on the year before, as he was a friend of the bride & groom and had made the most delicious cake for them.

Rose petal confeti basket

Purple church flowers

Mercury glass jam jars with tea lights

Having finished dressing the reception space, I headed over to see the bride and all of her girly friends who were having a wonderful time and all dressed & ready on time! As they had some photo’s taken together outside, I popped to the pub adjacent to the church where the groomsmen and guests were gathering and finding just enough time for a quick pint.

After making sure all of the church candles were lit and the flowers were in place, together with the ushers we guided guests to their seats in the tiny but very beautiful church, before the bride arrived.

UK wedding planner - Jessie Thomson

Bride arriving in vintage classic car

Flower girl with lavender bouquet

English country church wedding

Once the bride was safely into the church for the ceremony, I did a quick check on timings with the drivers and headed back to the reception site for a final catering briefing and to greet the musicians and assistant photographer who was going to be manning the photobooth!

I also did a few bits of last minute decor, helping the florist with some final arrangements that had been collected from the church after the ceremony, and placed out before the first guests arrived.

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English country bride with veil

As guests arrived they were treated to delicious canapes, champagne, vodka, mint & elderflower cocktails, rose with lots of ice (piscine’s – a family favourite), and homemade fresh lavender lemonade. Yum!

Gorgeous music from the pianist was the back track to the reception as guests celebrated the new happy couple.

cocktail reception drinks

vintage trunk with floral displaycanpes by valley eventsEnglish marquee wedding

I loved the little summer house that had been transformed into a photobooth, and during a planning meeting with the family we’d talked about keeping little ones entertained – for ages I’d wanted to set up a little teddy bears picnic for children at a wedding, and I was delighted when they agreed to do it! A few giant teddies later and the kids loved it!

photobooth wedding sign

Summer house photobooth

teddy bears picnic for wedding

DIY wedding photobooth

Guests were wowed with the beautiful marquee supplied by White Canvas Tents – with giant white paper lanterns, a bar with trailing mint, white dance floor and chill out area, tables styled with hessian runners and gorgeous potted plants, and seriously lovely illustrated table names made by the mother of the bride.

I’d re-fixed and added hessian to the table plan frame that morning with my trusty emergency kit (pins and glue gun always come in handy!), and the lovely lavender honey favours were another idea from one of our planning sessions together.

I absolutely adored the surprise left for the ushers under their chairs and announced during speeches – a tweed flat cap each!

white canvas tent with giant paper lanterns

illustrated woodland animal table names

Lavender potted plant table centres

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As guests were seated I did a quick tidy of the lawn, and was absolutely honoured to be invited to dine with everyone too. The food, I can confirm, was absolutely scrummy. As it turned darker I did sneak off to light hundreds of candles around the garden!

candle lit marquee

wood, flowers, candles, lace

After some very emotional and lovely speeches, where I had a little help delivering gifts to family and friends from two little cherubs, the cake was cut and first dance announced.

As usual, after a quick check in with suppliers that’s normally my time to head off home leaving the guests to party into the early hours.

I had such a lovely time at this wedding, it was so sweet to see a family so dedicated to making sure everyone (even the suppliers) were well looked after and having a fabulous time.

A huge congratulations to this lovely couple!

sunset bride and groom portrait

wheat field sunset - bride and groom


If you’d like to see more of this beautiful day, do check out the Love My Dress feature, and you can also read Julie Skelton’s blog post, as well as looking at images in my website portfolio and on my Facebook page.

Hope you enjoyed it!




  1. georgia
    July 1, 2014 at 10:55 pm (3 years ago)

    hi there,
    i really love your table illustrations, is there anybody i can contact for a similar design

    thank you in advance

  2. Anni
    January 9, 2016 at 1:35 pm (1 year ago)

    Seeking for a while, these magical cards. Can you tell me where I can find it.
    best regards Anni

    • Jessie Thomson
      March 9, 2016 at 8:35 pm (1 year ago)

      They were made by the mother of the bride I’m afraid. xx


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