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.
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