By far the most fun and least stressful part of organising my wedding, has been choosing my accessories. I’m keeping it simple in that I’m sticking to just shoes and earrings – my dress is lace and has long sleeves and a high-ish neckline, which negates the need for bracelets or a necklace. Shoe wise I needed to find a pair that were fabulous – natch – but also comfortable (and lets face it, the two things don’t often go hand in hand).
I already had a pair of simple heeled sandals that I love, from Jimmy Choo (style name ‘Lace’), that as I had worn to both my 40th birthday party and my cousin’s wedding, so I knew I could go the distance and dance the night away in them. However they weren’t the right colour (and anyway there was no way I am going to wear old shoes – this is my WEDDING after all, an occasion that most definitely requires new shoes!). Handily, I discovered that they have the exact same style in a sparkly fabric that would work with the diamante beads in my dress (there are only a scattering of them on the dress I hasten to add, if you were conjuring up visions of a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding/Strictly Come Dancing style affair). Here they are:
But my plan was to go for the silver version of Lace, went right out the window when my head was turned by this pair, called ‘Secret’. I must admit, they are not very me (I’m more of a classic lines/simple styles kind of girl) and would never go for a diamante bow in normal life, but if ever there is a moment to go for a princess shoe, this is it.
My 6 year old daughter sealed the deal, declaring they were the “most wonderful shoes EVER”. I do hope she has the same size feet as me when she grows up, as her inheritance will be mostly in the form of shoes, it would be such a shame if she can’t wear them! They have the same heel as the original pair and are equally comfortable. Result.
Other than shoes, my fashion weakness is earrings, especially the oversized and dangly type. However nothing in my extensive collection was quite what I was after. In my head I wanted diamond drops; classic and elegant. In reality my budget is more crystal than diamonds! I looked at all my usual favourites - Erikson Beamon, Astley Clarke, Anina Vogal, but nothing was quite right. I did see two lovely vintage pairs – by Chanel and Givenchy - at The Vintage Wedding Dress Company, where I got my dress, but though I was sorely tempted, in the end I think the double Cs were probably a little bling for me, and the yellow stones in the Givenchy pair wouldn’t work with my dress. By this point, I have to say I was slightly panicking, but last night at around midnight – so much for getting a few early nights in ahead of the big day – I found this pair on earringboutique.co.uk, which were pretty much perfect! So I’m accessory-ed up and ready to go. Now, just need to collect my dress …
Chanel diamante and faux pearl earrings from the 1950’s – The Vintage Wedding Dress Company
Givenchy vintage silver plate and glass earrings from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company