How It All Began
A few years ago daughter was due to get married and she had fallen in love with a pair of shoes with a floral design printed on them. As they were out of stock everywhere, I offered to paint her a pair. I shared a picture of them on Instagram and my page literally blew up with likes and positive comments!
I knew I had stumbled on something unique that other Brides might like, so I asked her what she had put in the search engine for the original shoes she had liked. She said “pretty wedding shoes” so I immediately bought the domain name and The Pretty Wedding Shoe Company was born.
To say we have gone from strength to strength is an understatement, but I think our core value of wanting each pair of wedding shoes to be lovingly hand painted to an exceptional high standard has been behind our success. That and also because we offer a truly bespoke design service, with customers being able to have absolutely anything hand painted on them.
Everyone has a story of where they met and how their love story evolved and it is lovely to express this on your shoes. I too was so lucky to have a beautiful love of nearly 39 years with my husband, Andy, before I sadly lost him to cancer in February of 2021. He was an extremely kind man and he supported me in so many ways throughout our lives together. No more so in encouraging me go with my dream of working for myself in the art world and to leave my former career as a staff nurse at the Spinal Injuries Unit.
He built me a wonderful art studio and from that little corner of heaven at the bottom of the garden, I shared my love of decorative painting, both teaching and creating painting projects for Crafts Beautiful Magazine. It was a really special moment when I saw my first feature in print – it was of a wooden fruit bowl with topiary trees on and I still have it in my kitchen today!
Later I realised another of my dreams by becoming a published author with my book, Rustic Cards by Search Press and then went on to co author two further books.
Today you will find me in my new studio room in my barn conversion, bringing Brides ideas to life. Our hand painted shoes have tied the knot all over the world including the UK, USA , Dubai and Australia!