One of the first things us ladies think about of course is what we are going to wear for the big day. It was something that had always worried me. I am not a traditional dress kinda girl and always thought I would have something vintage- but knew that could be a nightmare to find. I accidentally stumbled across my dress one day when out shopping with my mum- in fact she found it. It wasn't a wedding dress but a lovely ivory silk evening gown. I didn't even try another dress on I just knew that was it. This is kind of where it all started for me with Silver Sixpence. I have always enjoyed making things myself and have a fashion design degree so can sew and pattern cut. The dress I had chosen wasn't made to suit traditional bridal accessories so I had to try thinking outside the box a bit and decided after hours of looking round the high street and the designer end that there was a gap somewhere in the middle to be filled. Armed with the 5 inch off cut from the bottom of my dress, I started making silk flowers one Saturday afternoon and that developed into my own wedding headpiece. I hadn't been able to find anything with a soft feel to it that matched the dress perfectly so I didn't really have much choice. Luckily it all fell into place and suddenly there I was hand sewing pearls and millinery netting to a sinamay base.
Then I got carried away and started making my garter too...this was heading somewhere.
My headpiece- now part of the SS10 collection and called "The Nicola" of course!
My vintage Ginas- what a find! I got them in Lollipop in Camden passage in Islington- mum was to blame for these yet again! I need to find an excuse to wear them again
My flowers- just because I love flowers- cream roses, thistles, eucalyptus and african sunset hand tied bouquet. My florist- Flowers N16 on Stoke Newington Church Street is a great one if you are looking as I remember it being a bit like a needle in a haystack!
My accessories- garter made by me, my Gran's vintage gloves ( I had as my borrowed) and a cute brolly ( It was October after all!)
A while later and after making a few pieces for friends successfully, I made a big decision to quit the world of fashion for the world of weddings instead and to go it alone. Scary stuff but worth it. I have worked for River Island, Coast and Asos.com as a buyer over the past 10 years and am well used to dealing with fabrics, costing and manufacture. But I must say, dealing with handmade and bespoke items is so much more exciting...and after all weddings are such happy occasions it is lovely to be involved!