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EXCITING NEWS THIS MONTH ON OUR IMPROVED PRICES AND LEAD-TIMES AT SILVER SIXPENCE HEADQUARTERS

August 09 2015

" We are always looking to improve the service we can offer our brides and one thing we have noticed in the last 2 years is how much our brides to be appreciate a quick turnaround on our products. So we have worked really hard to improve this for you and we are proud to say we can now offer a 3 week lead-time on most of our headwear pieces (bespoke pieces not included though we aim to please on this too wherever we can!) This way pieces can be tried on with your dresses at fittings and used during hair trials making it all the more a relaxing experience planning your big day! Knowledge is power ladies and we know you like to be organised."

We have also been working hard on improving some of our prices and you will be pleased to hear we have a few pieces that are really up there on the affordability front for a more budget conscious bride who  doesn’t want to compromise on something unique and handmade.

Our delicate lace Anais headband is now £65 and can be turned around in just 3 weeks.

Our Juliette flower lace headband is now £50 and can be turned around in just 3 weeks too.

New this month for us ahead of our new collection launch is our 1970's  inspired Joni Boho headband. We have discontinued our Indian summer headband and this replaces it. A really gorgeous and affordable corded lace piece with tiny seed pearls at £45 and again a 3 week leadtime. Wear it as a forehead or alice band style.

And finally onto our garters and lucky horseshoes. Of course these are fabulous gifts and of course you need these quickly. We should be able to provide you with all of these pretty much immediately as we have been working our fingers to the bone producing handmade stocks. At most these will be available to you within our new 3 weeks timescales.

 

So here you are ladies, you can get shopping. Don't forget if you pieces aren't suitable we offer a full refund if pieces are returned to us unworn within 14 days. We are taking a little holiday ( as we are so tired from all the sewing!) from 19th-30th August so get those orders in quick!

Happy shopping!

A BRIEF NEW COLLECTION PREVIEW

June 24 2015

" I just had to sneakily share a few of these gorgeous images with you from a recent shoot by photographer Lucy Little and Rachael Adams."

Rachael is the owner of a fab new online lifestyle store called Object. We have worked with Rachael at her events and so on for years now so when she asked if we would like to be a part of Object White  her wedding section of the site we were thrilled! The cool clean style and muted blush tones fit well with lots of our pieces. Rachael currently has a few of our garters, horseshoes and veils and going forwards we will be adding our new collection products too. We just had to give you a sneak peek of these images of some of our pieces shot in a lifestyle setting over at a windy rugged beach in West Yorkshire form her launch lookbook. Lucy Little has done a fabulous job and Rachael’s styling is great.

You really must check out some of Rachael’s other pieces she sells- here are a few of our favourite images

Happy Shopping People! 
Nicola

FLORRIE- OUR FAVOURITE BOHO HEADBAND

June 24 2015

" Our Spotlight this month is on our beautiful Florrie headband and the story behind this key piece from our range."

Florrie began life as a small one off piece of lace bought from a french lace seller online. It sat in a box for a year before being beaded and ribboned and turned into a one off boho headband. Back then most of our pieces were complete one offs. It sounds terrible to say but as the Blush collection was launched both online and at the wedding fairs in January of 2012, people went nuts for Florrie and she became the bain of our lives here at Silver Sixpence headquarters! Press kept requesting this piece and query after query came through from brides asking for the exact same piece as the original. Sadly it just wasn't possible! Luckily we managed to satisfy all our lovely brides to be for about the next 2 years of sales by painstakingly sourcing individual laces that matched the original sample as close as possible.The time and effort to do this and the time spent contacting our brides with options, making sure everything was just as they hoped was long but worth it for the happy emails we got in return. You can see some of these special pieces and lovely ladies below.

We really do love the sourcing process, it’s one of our favourite bits of the job and one of our strong points as a business. But it was getting tricky! Over the years we have even attended a lacemaking course to try to learn to make the lace motif ourselves. It was fantastic to learn a bit about the true art of lace making but it turns out she isn’t even lace, but a special and intricate technique called tatting. Hence the slightly corded look of the piece. And of course to make life difficult, on further investigation we discovered tatting is a bit of a dying art ( though we would love to hear from any tatting fans or do-ers out there who would disagree on this )

2015 arrived and Florrie is still as popular as ever. Thankfully we have finally found a source for our gorgeous motif! Joy of joys! A lovely and very talented lady can make handmake ( of course) these for us so Florrie can be enjoyed in Ivory or Teastain over and over again just as you see her online we may even develop a few new colours this year….rose gold anyone? Yum!

Persephone - A very versatile birdcage veil

April 09 2015

" Today we are spotlighting our beautiful Persephone birdcage veil. She is one of the more popular Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe headpieces and has given us many a beautiful real bride over the last 2 years."

We designed this birdcage veil to be versatile from the start. She is working with blonde and dark hair, with updos or down dos here in our Blush collection shoot on our 2 models.

She has been used on shoots in many different ways too. A dreamy romantic south of France shoot by the lovely Katy Lunsford and a high fashion editorial styled shoot can be seen here too.

We have sent this headpiece out to places as far as Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Ireland and and the USA as well as to lots of UK brides. It was when we started to receive thank you images back from our brides of their own wedding style that we started to realise just why she was so popular. It is definitely down to her versatility. She is worn in so many ways and with so many different dress styles. Some of our brides have been quite casual choosing lace slip dresses from the high street and some have chosen full on bespoke gowns. Some of you like to be traditional and wear the birdcage right over your eyes and some of you like to wear it across the top of your head with it just skimming the eyebrows. Since we can offer a bespoke service too with our brides we are able to include a favourite brooch or work to a colour requirement. For example with our Irish bride Fiona who wanted a pale ivory pearl instead of the usual darker vintage gold toned pearl we have used on so many of them. So we sourced a lovely pale pearly tone brooch for her. How cute is the picture of her and her Dad together here.

Here is a collection of some of our lovely brides we have had the pleasure of working with in the last few years on this headpiece. It’s been such a pleasure.


 

We have recently added Persephone in vintage diamante to our collection. 

She too can be styled in so many ways and you can see here we did a fantastic Vintage Glamour styled shoot for some how to wear ideas with our friends over at the Vintage Beauty Parlour. Persephone looked fantastic with loose finger waves and glam red lips!

This summer we have our 1st Vintage diamante Persephone bride- can't wait to see her pictures! Our Persephone birdcage veil headpiece is available to buy online or we can work a bespoke version for you- just email hello@silversixpenceinhershoe.co.uk. To see more of our real brides hop on over to our Pintrest board https://www.pinterest.com/silversixpence1/real-brides-silver-sixpence-in-her-shoe/

Thanks for reading

Nicola
xx

70’s Bridal Style

March 03 2015

" From floral crowns to crochet trim gowns and daisy bouquets- this month we are feeling inspired by all things 70s"

This month we are loving the 70's bridal look that has been coming through strongly for a while now. Our new collection is nearly ready and will be dominated by this Californian, dreamy look. Floral crowns and hippy foreheadbands are key to accessorising this look so there will be lots of these for you to team with your bohemian influenced dresses. Here are some of our favourites on that very topic

Lu by daughters of Simone- image source Etsy

This is a typically flower child look that would look great with an authentic embellished foreheadband or small flower circlet. We love the off the shoulder look here too and having seen this dress in the flesh we can vouch for how beautiful the crochet detail is! It could look fantastic with our Indian summer headband 

For a more 70s glam look Bianca by Claire Pettibone from the Romantique collection is perfect,

...and requires a slicker hairstyle and therefore slicker acessories- such as our Delphine headpiece seen here

Finally how fantastic is this Victorian influenced dress!

 ...and we love the single sunflower instead of a bouquet. This screams out for our Lilianna floral crown- worn here as a floral vine in a twisted relaxed updo.

Our favourite idea on shoes for this look are the fabulous Swedish hasbeens- so comfy for dancing all night too- Agnetha is our current fave

If you are looking for some ideas too for flawless natural makeup and relaxed hairstyles, check out this recent piece DIY shoot we did featured on You and Your Wedding for some great tutorials. Photos are by Lucy G and the hair and makeup was done by the talented Bethany Jane Davies
http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/beauty/diy-wedding-hair-and-makeup-lesson-boho-beauty/20397-1.html

Peace and love eveyone x

On the other side of the world…

January 28 2014

" ...I've been delighted to find that Silver Sixpence has international appeal, with us regularly receiving orders from as far away as Australia and New Zealand..."

When I set up Silver Sixpence in her Shoe nearly four years ago I hoped, as any new business owner would do, that it would be a success and that I might find a market for my products here at home in the UK.

In that time I’ve been surprised but delighted to find that Silver Sixpence also has international appeal, with us regularly receiving orders from as far away as Australia and New Zealand, as well as other parts of Europe and America, via our new website and, previously, from our Etsy and Not on the High Street stores. 

In fact, last year we began working with our first overseas supplier, the gorgeous Primrose & Finch bridal boutique in Auckland, New Zealand. Primrose & Finch is a perfect fit for Silver Sixpence accessories, stocking beautiful vintage-inspired dresses by Claire Pettibone and Charlie Brear, amongst others, all of which complement our pieces beautifully. It’s a real thrill to know that somewhere across the other side of the world there are brides wearing our headpieces and accessories on their big day and the feedback we receive tells us how much they love them.

One stunning example of this came to us via photographer Hilary Cam, who is based in Sydney, Australia. She photographed the incredible September wedding of Laura and Ryan, who wed in the Blue Mountains National Park. The setting was truly breathtaking and Laura looked an absolute picture in her modified Maggie Sottero gown and Silver Sixpence’s Persephone headpiece and Allegra garter, both of which she’d purchased via our Etsy site.

Laura and Ryan’s wedding is full of beautiful, personal detail which we can’t do justice to here so visit Hilary Cam’s blog to hear all about their dream day and daydream about their lovely nature-inspired wedding.

Laura told us, “I absolutely loved the headpiece! I loved how it made such a difference to my entire look and really complemented my dress. “ – who could ask for better feedback than that?

For more information about our international delivery options, please visit our Terms and Conditions page.

Caroline and Sam

January 09 2014

" Caroline and Sam married at a striking Art Deco style cinema in February 2013"

From the moment we first started planning our wedding, both Sam and I knew that we wanted to create a celebration that was intimate and special with just our closest family and friends in a venue that was different from the other places we had seen. We found the perfect venue at the Little Theatre, our local art house cinema, nestled amongst the pretty cobbled streets of Bath.

We loved the Art Deco style of the venue so much  – with its old-fashioned cinema seats for our guests and a fantastic place on stage for us to say our vows amongst chiffon drapes and candle light – that we wanted to mimic the romantic and luxurious feel that it offered in our other details.

In order to acknowledge the cinema location we therefore chose to loosely follow an Oscars-style theme for our ceremony, complete with the Orders of Service presented in gold envelopes and finishing up with post-ceremony fizz and popcorn.

My stunning dress, Ginger by Amanda Wyatt, was the perfect red-carpet style to complement our theme. It was beautiful, soft and draped, and I felt fantastic in it. I teamed  my gown with a gorgeous bespoke headpiece designed by Nicola at Silver Sixpence - a detachable blusher style veil on a lace motif clip decorated with family jewellery to make it entirely personal to me. I hadn’t known exactly what I wanted, I just had an idea of the sort of look that I was trying to achieve, and Nicola took the time to hear all about my plans for my wedding day and to talk through different colours, styles and designs until we had something that was, quite literally, made for me. A bespoke horseshoe from Nicola finished my look and I absolutely loved the end result and would highly recommend Silver Sixpence in her Shoe to all future brides.

Following our ceremony we chose to continue our celebration at Same But Different  in Bath, an independent family-run restaurant which serves delicious tapas and, for one day only, our very own mojito-style cocktail called ‘Cazam’! This venue was exactly what we wanted, with its own cosy yet stylish atmosphere.  Instead of formal speeches we had a quiz with questions all about our guests to enhance our theme of intimacy and togetherness.

As we’d kept the day itself to just 30 people we knew we needed a big party to include all our friends so a week later we had our second celebration, this time at the Castlefield Rooms in Manchester, where we both used to live. We wanted our party to be everything that signified Manchester to us so we chose a venue with views over the canal, the Manchester Metro and all things red brick!

Holding two very different celebrations allowed us to have the very personal and intimate wedding that we both wanted whilst enjoying the opportunity to really celebrate with our wider circle of family and friends and we could not have been happier with our choices, we had two completely wonderful days.

Ruth and Steve

December 12 2013

" Ruth and Steve married in May near their home in Kent..."


Steve and I married at a beautiful and unusual venue called the Pines Calyx near to where we both grew up on the Kent coast. The Pines Calyx is not only beautifully situated in lovely grounds with incredible sea views but it is also the only venue in the UK to be classed as carbon zero, meaning it generates more of its own power and heat than it uses.

We were incredibly lucky with the weather and had a gorgeous sunny day at the end of May for our wedding. We’d chosen an indoor country garden theme, incorporating lots of greenery and ivy, which worked beautifully with our rural setting.

I was incredibly happy with my dress and accessories for our day. I wore a beautiful Benjamin Roberts gown with a pretty lace bolero, though I’m not really a heels kind of a girl so I also wore very untraditional purple Converse under my dress!

My stunning Celine headpiece was made by Nicky at Silver Sixpence and I couldn’t have been happier with it. It complemented my dress perfectly (no accident as Nicky and I spoke a lot about what would work best) and I chose it partly with the intention that I could take my Bethany Blusher veil off after the ceremony (which I didn’t actually do until the photographer told me to because I loved wearing it so much!). I had so many compliments on my headpiece and it arrived beautifully packaged in a gift box which I can keep it in forever and pass down to my daughters to maybe wear one day. Nicky also made me a lovely wedding gift of a matching lucky horseshoe to carry on the day.

Our two daughters Connie and Kitty were our flower girls and I was incredibly proud of how beautiful they looked on the day. Walking into the ceremony room with them and seeing Steve’s face as he waited for us at the end of the aisle, surrounded by all the people we love most in the world all there under one roof, was definitely my happiest moment of the whole day.

We had around 80 people in attendance and our wedding day was a very joyful and raucous celebration! After our incredible day at The Pines Calyx ended we simply moved the party back to our favourite pub at home in St Margaret’s Bay, The Cliff, and continued there until the small hours!

There were a lot of sore heads the next day, ours included, but I wouldn’t change a single thing about it – our day was truly magical. 

Ta da! Introducing Gemma

November 16 2013

" Gemma has been a gift from God when it comes to meeting the needs of Silver Sixpence brides..."

Whilst Nicola takes some time off to get to know new baby Angus, we are very pleased to introduce the very lovely Gemma, who will be holding the Silver Sixpence fort for the next few months.

Gemma has been with us since April and is a gift from God when it comes to meeting the needs of our Silver Sixpence brides – she is creative, an excellent sewer, supremely organised and an entirely lovely person into the bargain, what’s not to love?!

Gemma graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Fashion and Textiles. Alongside setting up Jam magazine in Manchester several years ago, she has spent the time since running her own business creating children’s clothing and running crafting sessions, making her brilliantly placed to lead our ‘Craft it Yourself’ and ‘An Era of Experience’ hen party workshops.

As well as being super talented, Gemma also makes the time to be wife to Mark (a videographer) and mum to Ollie, who is three, and Eve (who is six going on 16).

So it is very much business as usual while Nicola is off and Gemma would love to hear from you, whether it’s to discuss a bespoke order, answer your queries or just have a general chat so email her on hello@silversixpenceinhershoe.co.uk 

Angus - small but perfectly formed

November 16 2013

" Introducing Angus, the newest member of the Silver Sixpence family... "

Some of you may have already picked up on our exciting news via Twitter and Facebook but, in case not, we’d like to introduce you to Angus, the latest addition to the Silver Sixpence family (or the Wellard family, as they are more commonly known).

Angus arrived late at night near the end of October, after putting poor mum Nicola through the wringer for many hours. He is here at last though, a healthy 8lb 1oz and utterly gorgeous. As you can see from the pics, big brother Dougie is pretty taken with him too and is putting in some serious effort into being the best big brother in the world, ever.

So, as a result of her perfect new arrival, Nicola is taking a bit of time off but she’s leaving you in the more than capable hands of the lovely Gemma, who you can read a bit more about just up the page…!

The Shape of things to come…

September 28 2013

" First off, let me just say that I LOVE my new website"

The Shape of things to come…

Hopefully if you’re reading this then you’ve liked it enough to stick around too. I’m really proud of it and think it does a great job of reflecting what Silver Sixpence is all about – helping brides to finish their wedding day look with accessories that are beautiful, feminine and entirely personal to them. Big tick in the box there.

The website was designed and built by the lovely Andy at MadeByShape. Andy, along with his colleagues, made the whole process of getting this website up and running both lots of fun and remarkably simple (for me, maybe not for them), considering what a technophobe I am.  Visits to the Shape offices always involved a lot more laughter than you would expect building a website to entail, due in no small part to the boys’ bizarre obsession with eating tinned mackerel (don’t ask, no idea).

Despite collectively looking and dressing like a bunch of eager students, Andy and his colleagues completely know their stuff and got what we were about and what we wanted to achieve right from the off. The site showcases all the lovely product imagery, from the fantastic photographers Katy Lunsford and Lucy G, to its absolute best advantage. And now you can shop directly from the site too, making the whole process super quick and easy for everyone – what more could I ask!

My friend and PR lady Rosie and I made several visits to see Andy in an attempt to learn how to update the site ourselves. We thought we’d cottoned on fairly quickly for a pair of total Luddites but Andy later informed us that it had taken longer to teach us how to use the Content Management System than anyone else he’d worked with. Ever. And even then we hadn’t really got it. So you might have to excuse the odd Gremlin in the site as we get to grips with how to do things but, thankfully, the product design and creation doesn’t include anything even slightly technical so all will be fine!

Massive thanks to Andy for all his expertise, help and patience. – I really can’t recommend the team at MadeByShape highly enough. Though don’t work with them if you get thirsty quickly - we’re still waiting for that cup of tea we were promised the last time we came round…

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How It All Began…

September 28 2013

" I loved knowing that my accessories were hand made with real care and attention to detail rather than being mass-produced"

How It All Began…

My husband Ed and I met when we were at University at Nottingham Trent when I was just 19. It then took us 11 years to get round to getting engaged but, after his gorgeous proposal on Waterloo Bridge, we took just seven months to actually tie the knot, proving you can have the wedding of your dreams without years of planning!

As is the case with most women, one of the first things I started thinking about was what I was going to wear on the big day. As all of my friends would attest, I’m not exactly a traditional huge dress kind of a girl and I must admit the whole process worried me a little. I imagined I’d probably go for something vintage (or, at least, vintage inspired) but knew that finding something I loved of that kind could be a nightmare.

In the end, I have my Mum to thank for my gorgeous dress, which she spotted while we were out shopping one day. Rather than a traditional bridal dress, this was an elegant, ivory silk evening gown. Once I’d tried it on, I knew my search was over – it was perfect and, as it turned out, this dress inadvertently lead me to begin a whole new business venture…!

As my dress wasn’t typically bridal, I had to think outside the box a little for my accessories, as the more traditional headpieces on the market just wouldn’t have looked right. I scoured both the high street and the designers to no avail and it struck me that there was a big gap in the middle of the market.

Armed with five inches of cut-off material from my too-long wedding dress (I’m only 5’ 2”!), I began sewing soft blowsy flowers which in turn became my bridal head dress. Having a fashion degree meant that I could sew and pattern cut and I was surprised by how naturally the ideas came to me to make something that was both beautiful and unique to me.

Thrilled with my success in making my headpiece (which I subsequently named the ‘Nicola’ and is available to buy as part of the Modern Vintage collection!), I also made myself a garter. I loved knowing that my accessories were hand made with real care and attention to detail rather than being mass-produced and the sense of achievement I got from them was huge.

So, from this rather humble beginning, Silver Sixpence in her Shoe was born. I wanted to help fill that gap in the market that I’d identified by creating beautiful, hand-crafted accessories, made to order for brides like me who wanted something that wasn’t run-of-the-mill for their special day. I launched my business a few months later (though had to have a slight pause for a while due to the arrival of our son, Douglas) and now we are in our third year of trading and I couldn’t be happier. My designs have been sold all round the world via my online stores on Etsy and Not on the High Street, plus my first overseas stockist, the lovely Primrose & Finch bridal boutique in Auckland, New Zealand.

I’m so delighted to have launched my new website, not least as it allows me to fully show off the gorgeous imagery of my products, taken by the super talented photographers Katy Lunsford and Lucy G. Thanks in no small part to them, my designs have appeared in regional, national and international media and, with the launch of this brand new website, hopefully Silver Sixpence will continue to go from strength to strength.

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