June 24 2015
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!
April 09 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
March 03 2015
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
Peace and love eveyone x
October 30 2014
Dreaming of weddings...
I remember fantasising about my wedding day when I was little. I used to have trouble sleeping and my mum would always say ‘think of something nice and you will fall asleep’. I would imagine my wedding and my future husband and that would lull me to sleep within minutes. When I got older I wasn’t sure that I wanted to get married, it just seemed like a formality. But when I met my future husband, all of that changed and now I run my own wedding advice blog!
Adam proposed to me in an Italian restaurant on the Thai island of Koh Samui. It was Christmas day and we were both missing our families back home in England. As you can imagine the proposal made my day, and lead to a beautiful December wedding two years later.
As a very petite bride I knew that there was no chance I would find a ready to wear dress that fitted me perfectly, so I had a fully bespoke dress designed and created by The Little Bridal Co. I loved the whole process from sketching initial ideas to the final fitting, it was a wonderful experience.
Of course I have to recommend my own wedding blog, Lace & Love Hearts, when it comes to planning a wedding! I’m not a big fan of wedding magazines as they tend to be very expensive and not as innovative and forward thinking as blogs. Pinterest is also an excellent tool if you are looking for inspiration.
I did my own makeup after a disappointing trial. I’ve been applying my own makeup for fifteen years, so no one knows how to do it better than I do! My hair was done by my local hairdresser who also had a salon at Wynyard Hall. She did an amazing job!
Dealing with stress and nerves...
I planned our wedding almost exclusively on my own, so I found it quite challenging on occasion. I put my heart and soul into our big day and I have to say that it was 100% worth every single sleepless night and moment of doubt.
I was surprisingly relaxed on the morning of the wedding and spent most of my time pampering while my page boys and flower girls played around me in the bridal suite. The nerves hit me like a brick wall as I stood outside the ceremony room arm in arm with my dad, but disappeared as soon as I saw Adam waiting for me at the other end of the aisle.
To eat and drink...
We had a drinks reception immediately following the ceremony which included delicious canapés, followed by a three course for meal for our wedding breakfast, and buffet-style refreshments in the evening. Oh, and we also had delicious wedding cake! Our guests were very well fed!
My four gorgeous little nieces Skye, Beth, Phoebe and Lily were my flower girls and my best friend Rayya was my very hard working and attentive maid of honour.
We had four speeches following our wedding breakfast. My dad went first with a lovely heartfelt speech which was very complementary, and absolutely hysterical! Adam’s dad went next and spent almost all of the speech waving my running order around and making our guests giggle by at my level of organisation! Adam followed and scored some major brownie points with our family for being so sweet to me, and his best man and eldest brother Michael was last. Michael’s speech was as epic as expected and he managed to make me cry the first happy tears of the day.
As Christmas followed on the heels of our wedding we decided to delay our honeymoon until the beginning of 2014. We spent two fantastic months travelling around Australia, swimming in the sea, sunbathing on the beach, meetings fellow travelers and taking in the sights and sounds of this amazing country.
Life after the wedding...
Being married is wonderful and I still enjoy being referred to as ‘Mrs Clarey’! In terms of our relationship I don’t think we have changed much. We were together for almost eight years before we got married, so we were already living together and had created a life for ourselves. I guess I do feel a little more grown up now and the ‘when are you going to have a baby?’ questions are more frequent these days!
Advice for brides to be…
1) Sit down with your groom, your parents and his parents (and anyone else who will be contributing financially to your wedding) and work out your budget. Then stick to it and don’t tease yourself! If you have £1000 to spend on a dress, don’t visit high end bridal boutiques filled with £10,000 dresses.
2) Try your best to involve your groom in the planning process, however if he doesn’t seem keen to get involved don’t force him. Discussing flowers, wedding stationery and bridesmaids dresses may not be his ‘thing’. Perhaps he would rather book the wedding day transportation, locate suits for himself and his groomsmen and organise something fun for them to do on the morning of the wedding?
3) Write your guest list and finalise it with your parents before searching for venues. You need to know your numbers so you can rule out inappropriate venues. You don’t want to end up having to slash your guest list in order to fit in a venue you’ve fallen in love with.
Thanks Lottie! XX
P.S. Check out Lottie's wedding blog, Lace & Love Hearts
January 09 2014
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.
December 12 2013
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.
September 28 2013
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.
September 25 2013
When Nicky married Ed…
Ed and I got married in October 2009 and our day was everything we hoped for and more. Months later, our wedding would lead to me setting up Silver Sixpence in her Shoe but, at the time, all we thought about was making our day as happy and as personal as we could and I think we succeeded.
We only gave ourselves seven months to plan our wedding, which shows that it’s perfectly possible to have the celebration you want in not very much time. Our day was all about our love of our adopted hometown of London, where we’d lived since graduating from university in 2000, but with a few Scottish touches thrown in, to reflect my Scottish heritage.
We’d desperately wanted to marry at Stoke Newington Town Hall but sadly it was closed for renovation so we had to travel a bit further from home, to the Council Chamber at Islington Town Hall. This was no hardship as the room we married in was beautiful, full of old oak panels and a circular layout, meaning we were married with our friends and family all around us.
You can read all about how I chose my dress and handmade my own headpiece and garter here. I finished my look with ‘something borrowed’ gloves of my grandmother’s and a cute ivory brolly (as it was October in England, there was always a chance I’d need it!). My bouquet and wedding flowers were provided by the fantastic Flowers N16 in Stoke Newington and included cream roses, eucalyptus, African Sunset and thistles, as a nod to Scotland! They were absolutely beautiful and I can’t recommend our florist highly enough.
I had just one bridesmaid, my best friend Helen, who looked beautiful in a wine coloured dress from Coast. I also had two of our young cousins as page boys and my lovely mum gave me away – somehow she did so without crying, which is more than can be said for me!
Ed looked gorgeous in his Ben Sherman suit. Having been together for eleven years, we knew pretty much all there is to know about each other but still nothing prepares you for how you feel as you walk up to meet your husband-to-be on your wedding day.
We had two readings on the day, one by Ed’s mum and one by my friend Ellen. We let them choose the readings themselves so we had no idea what to expect until the day, which made a nice surprise.
Following the ceremony we had a drinks reception at the Town Hall, which was great as it allowed us to say hello to all of our guests straight away. Everyone then climbed aboard our Wedding Special Routemaster bus to go on to our reception venue, the fantastic Empress of India pub in Victoria Park.
Our venue was perfect for the casual day we had in mind and the staff at the Empress were absolutely brilliant. The food was fantastic and everyone loved the informal set up in the room. We named our tables after London landmarks and beat all our guests to it by preparing a sweepstake game for everyone to play regarding how long the speeches would last!
We had our first dance to an Ian Brown song called El Mundo Pequeno , not perhaps a traditional first dance choice but it reminds us of our time travelling South America together and was the closest we would ever get to an ‘our song’.
And after that, the rest of the evening turned into a blur of drunk people and dancing! One of my standout memories of the day was my Aunt, who is in her sixties, dancing to Loaded by Primal Scream – these are the sort of things that only ever happen at weddings, one of the many reasons they are such amazing and joyful events.
Ed and fell into a cab back to our flat at about 3am before we set off on our honeymoon to Iceland the next day. Our day was perfect for us and I’m happy to say that I wouldn’t have changed a single thing.
August 04 2013
Adam and I married in a huge rambling old house in a place called Macerino, a tiny hamlet in the middle of nowhere in the Italian countryside. We stayed there for the week with our family and hosted the entire wedding ourselves.
We didn’t have a theme for the day but instead tried to create a rustic and informal yet classy feel to everything. We wanted to capture that Italian conviviality – amazing food, great music, lots of quality booze plus a twinkly, magical atmosphere in the evening. I’d like to think we achieved what we set out to do!
We kept our wedding very small, just 35 immediate family and close friends. It was a very hard decision to make but we made up for it after we returned to England with a big party to celebrate with everyone who wasn’t able to attend.
Trying to plan a wedding abroad could be really complicated but thankfully I had an amazing wedding planner who I would wholeheartedly recommend (Italian Wedding Dream) - she made our vision come to life.
Our entire wedding took place outside: from the ceremony on the lawn, to the long table on the patio for dinner, followed by cocktails around the pool and then dancing under a canopy lit with fairy lights and candles.
We kept our table decorations simple, using just a white tablecloth, hessian runner and mixed jars of gysophilia, blue hydrangea and pale pink roses. We also hung white candles in jars from the trees and white paper chains and paper flowers.
Music was always going to be an important part of our day and provided two of my highlights of the whole wedding. Our first dance was ‘Green Eyes’ by Coldplay as the lyrics express perfectly how I feel about Adam. We were so lucky to have a little live set performed by some friends of ours. Amy sang and Andy accompanied her on the guitar, playing a lovely mix of sentimental and pure cheese – ‘In My Life’ by The Beatles; ‘Is This Love?’ by Bob Marley; ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ by Roberta Flack and ‘Rule the World’ by Take That). Everybody cried and sang along – it was a beautiful moment and I will never forget it.
The bespoke pieces I got from Nicola at Silver Sixpence exceeded all my expectations. Everyone commented on how stunning they were and I felt they complemented my dress perfectly. The fact that the veil detached from the lace headpiece was a genius idea from Nicky, as I have a baby who seemed intent on trying to rip my veil off every time I held her!
Nicola offers a very friendly and personal service. She'll guide your choice and be honest with you if you need her to be, and she's very patient too - I changed my mind twice before settling on the final design! I have told every bride-to-be that I know about Silver Sixpence. If you want something that is beautiful, unique and well crafted but feel you need some guidance, I would definitely recommend speaking to her about a bespoke piece.
June 12 2013
Rosie and I have been friends since we were eleven and I’ve helped nurse her through endless boyfriend traumas over the years so it was really lovely to see her happily married at last.
Their wedding took place well over 200 miles away from Manchester, where both Rosie and I live, down on the gorgeous south coast of Cornwall. The wedding taking place so far away allowed us and all of our friends to make a weekend of it so we left our young son Dougie with his willing grandmother babysitter (I know, mean parents).
They married at a lovely venue called the Rosevine, just outside Portscatho. The Rosevine is, quite literally, a big house by the sea, separated into several pretty self-catering apartments. The house is a stone’s throw from the beach so everyone piled down there for a BBQ on the Friday night before getting chased back up the hill by the incoming tide a couple of hours later.
It would be a lovely venue to get married in at any time of year but Rosie and Gavin hit the jackpot with the most incredibly warm and sunny day, even more remarkable considering the rest of the spring had been a total washout before then. There were lots of tears, mostly from Gavin (happy, hopefully) and Rosie’s Ritva and Chenca dress, decorated with row upon row of iridescent beading, sparkled like the sea in the sunshine.
Rosie and Gavin’s friend and colleague Sharon Latham, whose day job is to be the official photographer for Manchester City FC, took all their lovely pics, including the hilarious photo booth at the end of the night. Most of them are too embarrassing to share but I love the one of me and my friends too much to resist (that’s me in the cat mask – miaow!!)
And, as if one fantastic wedding day wasn’t enough, Rosie and Gavin chose to do it again just over a year later, with a Catholic church blessing back home in Manchester. This time she wore some borrowed Rosanna hairpins (which she subsequently managed to lose – end of friendship!) and a horseshoe I made as a gift. So really, Rosie should count as two Silver Sixpence brides (though she’d better not get married again, I can’t afford all these presents…!).
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