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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”

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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

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/

 

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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SUPER 8 WEDDING FILM: PRETTY IN PASTELS, WOODLAND & WILDFLOWERS

If you spotted the super pretty pastel wedding on the blog recently and loved it, well this is for you!

I wish everyone would book a wedding videographer for their big day – it’s still my biggest regret from my own wedding – and there are so many different styles to choose from now. I still adore vintage film and Super 8 short and sweet films the best though.

Check out this one by Bristol based Hugh Farrow and you’ll see what I mean. So cute.

See more of my couples and their real wedding films and videos here.

Jessie

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BLUSH + GOLD TRADITIONAL COTSWOLDS MARQUEE WEDDING

I have so many beautiful weddings to share with you from last year, and still can’t quite believe I managed 15 weddings whilst pregnant with Augie Bear. I simply couldn’t have done it without my fabulous team of assistants and suppliers, namely my sister Georgia from Westwood Design who I trust simplicity to care for the little details as much as I do!

I thought I’d actually share one of my favourites with you today, which happened to be just three weeks before I went into labour (!) – every wedding is special, but doing full wedding design and planning brings you so much closer to a couple and their family – and I adored this chic and traditional Cotswolds church wedding with garden marquee reception.

The wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty and you can find the full list of vendors at the end.

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Event Planning, Design & Styling: Jessie Thomson Wedding Planning | Photography: Taylor Barnes Photography | Videography: Hugh Farrow Films | Floral Design: The Rose Shed | Wedding Dress: Ellie Sanderson | Wedding Cake: Curtis & Co | Stationery: Letterpress Of Cirencester | Catering: Calcot Kitchens | Hair & Makeup: Roseanna Velin | Band: The Hit Brigade | Assistant Stylist: Georgia Westwood | Horse & Carriage: Kevin Merry | Linen: Table To Dine For | Marquee: Alpha Hire | Photobooth: Little Bird Photobooths | Signage And Table Plan: Lizzy May

INTIMATE AND VINTAGE DINNER PARTY WEDDING

You know what makes me happy? REALLY happy? Seeing my beautiful brides and handsome grooms gracing the pages of my fave ever magazines and blogs. It’s so nice to see all of the pretty details and sweet moments gathered together into a little love story for others to admire and share.

Ever since I got engaged myself in 2009, I have obsessed over pretty much everything that Style Me Pretty features. So to be a member of their exclusive little black book, and have my work published by them is a dream come true. Literally!

Recently they featured one of the most lovely weddings I’ve ever worked on, set in the Cotswolds was this intimate wedding inspired by the glamour of Great Gatsby. I honestly adored the bride, she is one of those girls you really want to be friends with. You know the ones?

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photo’s and be sure to read the original feature on Style Me Pretty too!

 

Photography: Hannah Millard | Event Design: Jessie Thomson | Event Planning: Jessie Thomson | Floral Design: Rose Hamson | Caterer: Berry Blue | Entertainment: The Hipcats | Cutlery, Crockery & Glassware: Helene Millot | Feather Chair Backs: Things By Laura | Hair & Make Up: SGRVintage | Linen:Table To Dine For | Macarons: Anges De Sucre | Marquee/Tent: Artisan Marquees | Private House: The Parsonage | Typewriter: Penny Lane Vintage | Vintage Furniture: Poppy Trading Company

JESSIE THOMSON {Behind the Scenes July 2014}

So I’m sitting here at 40 weeks pregnant (plus a few days!) waiting to welcome my second little bundle of joy into the world, and realised I hadn’t given you lovely readers a round up of what I’ve been busy with behind the scenes of Jessie Thomson HQ last month!

I also had two beautiful weddings at the start of August before I went on maternity leave, which I hope to share with you soon too.One a colourful barn wedding, and the other a classic marquee tent wedding.

Unique and special, in equal parts. But for now, here’s to an amazing July (and a little from the end of June)….!

 

I’ll be sharing behind the scenes pics from August and some official wedding photo’s and features coming very soon, possibly mixed with a few cute baby pics. I apologise in advance for the Instagram takeover!

Jessie

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JESSIE THOMSON {Behind the Scenes – May 2014}

I’ve had the most wonderful start to May 2014, two beautiful and totally different weddings, an inspiring  workshop with those talented ladies at Illuminated Collective. A trio of incredible fine art photographers who have collaborated to help bring their work to a wider audience, inspiring others along the way!

Some of you may follow me on Instagram already, but I thought I’d give you a little round up of images from behind the scenes of my month so far… and with two more weddings to go this weekend, it’s set to stay exciting!

 

Hope everyone is looking forward to a lovely weekend of weddings or relaxing!

Jessie

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HOMEMADE MARQUEE WEDDING ON A COTSWOLDS FARM

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break? I’m in full on wedding season mode now, but wanted to share a beauty of a wedding with you!

When I first visited this beautiful family home in the Cotswolds, I felt instantly happy. It was a beautiful day and everyone was gathered to talk about wedding plans excitedly, I left with a box of freshly laid eggs and a big smile. Such a lovely place to live.

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This marquee wedding that I worked on last year was true to the location, full of sweet personal touches, real ale, and a relaxed vibe which made guests feel at ease amongst the hay bales. Never let a bit of rustic charm put off a bride from choosing the finer things in life though… Suzanne Neville gown, Hermione Harbutt headpiece and Vivienne Westwood heels… yes please!

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I arrived on the morning of the wedding to an excited family merrily drinking champagne and getting ready for the big day. After adding finishing touches to the set up, including a few DIY flowers, I headed over to see the bride and her girls getting ready. Loved the mismatched Twobirds Bridesmaid dresses!

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Once I was confident everyone in the bridal party was happy, I zipped over to the church where the groom awaited nervously! Actually that’s a lie, he was pretty laid back and enjoying himself at this stage. More excited than nervous.

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After the ceremony, the bride and groom led their guests on a lovely little country walk across a pretty field to their marquee site, where I was ready with the catering team to hand out bubbly and cold drinks… it was a scorcher!

The marquee was dressed with colourful lanterns, country flowers and sweet egg cup favours – each guest had their own little personal note from the happy couple. Such a lovely touch.

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I was also super impressed with the DIY wedding cake efforts, nice to have a talented sister and bridesmaid on board eh?

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I love it when brides make speeches, and this one was absolutely brilliant! Followed by much dancing and merriment, including some fun on hay bales…

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With huge thanks to BMC Weddings for capturing all of the magic, including these stunners…

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You can also get your tissues ready for this gorgeous film preview from Simon Clarke too…

 

 

And if you want to see more images, check out the full gallery on my website or on Facebook.

Hope I spread a little happiness with this lovely wedding today. A perfect couple, and a perfect day.

Jessie

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A GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL WEDDING WITH FOOD TRUCKS AND A FIRE MAZE

I’ve been itching to share images from this wedding with you for ages! It was featured on Rock My Wedding a few weeks back and had a HUGE response from readers.

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I am hugely grateful to Camera Hannah for being an absolute champion and getting all these amazing shots, as well as creating a super special wedding film which you can see at the end. Took me ages to choose my fave images… so many.

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I was first contacted by this incredibly cool bride back in the Spring of 2012, and I liked her immediately! This was a couple who wanted a wedding that was more like a party, they wanted to make it personal and they wanted to make it awesome. There were a few drawbacks… a not so massive budget, a groom who liked to party on through the night, a requirement to have all of it outside despite the UK’s tendency to tip it down at most inconvenient times, and a large number of guests flying over from the US! It was certainly going to be a challenge, but I was excited, and they needed my help. What could I say?

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Over the next year and a half I became a huge part of “Team Jones” and their crazy wonderful wedding vision. From finding the right venue (I have never seen such a long shortlist as the one first presented to me!), to sourcing every single supplier, advising on timings and budgeting, and everything in between… we ended up creating this incredible day.

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As with most couples on a tight budget, there was a serious amount of DIY effort put into the decor, but two creative minds are evidently unstoppable! It helped that we had some amazing suppliers on site who really understood the vision too, as well as a host of wonderfully supportive friends and family to volunteer their services in the final few days. I loved the little community that was formed at the wedding site all weekend, it made everything feel so much more special.

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I had THE BEST time at this wedding. I know, I was working, but it honestly didn’t feel like work once the party got started. Oh and I got to walk around a fire maze with “Ring of Fire” being played at the same time by the headline act. Career highlight, for sure.

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I hope you enjoy the photo’s as much as everyone enjoyed the day. Remember, don’t be afraid to get your dream wedding. Anything is possible, especially when you have a wedding planner. 😉

Do take a look at this wedding film by Camera Hannah too. It’s beautiful, and really gives you more of an insider view of the day. She’s so darn clever!

Jessie

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