Whether they’re flat, gold and strappy or your something blue, shoes are a big part of any bride’s big day.
But for the truly unique bride, not just any old pump will do. That’s where Deborah Thomson, creator of Figgie Shoes, comes in. Thomson creates unique, hand-painted footwear specific to the wedding’s theme.
Embellishing the shoes with things like the wedding date, declarations of love, inside jokes and even the wedding hashtag, the pumps are a great conversation starter and make for some incredible photo ops.
“Most shoes will comfortably fit 8-12 personalized items, so we start by identifying those key memories or wedding details they want painted on the shoes,” Thomson told The Huffington Post . “The couple’s names and wedding date are always popular choices, and often ‘I Do’ at the back of the heels and the flowers in her bouquet are incorporated.”
As with all things related to weddings, the shoes will cost you (they start at $598, and Thomson says with embellishments brides usually end up spending between $720-$850), but think of it as a two-for-one deal: a pair of shoes to wear on your wedding day and a piece of artwork you can put on display for years of wedded bliss to come.
Thomson, who recently got married herself, told HuffPost Weddings that experiencing her own wedding has changed her business for the better.
“I can understand and relate to brides in ways I never could before. Down to the tiny details, I know how special those little things are and how much hard work and heart goes into planning something that’s over in one day,” she said. “If I can help those memories last longer and preserve their hard work and their vision in a unique way, I am thankful for that opportunity.”
Head to Figgie Shoes to learn more and order a pair of your own.
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The wedding we have for you today is a story of destiny. Seem and Chris grew up inches apart and never knowing each other until fate brought them together. Pull up the popcorn, this is practically a movie romance.
According to the photographer, Sunny Mathur of Photographick Studios, Chris and Seema lived in the same small town, went to the same arcades, restaurants and even shopped at the same mall. Yet they never met.
They finally met in high school through a mutual friend. And although they met they were simply friends on two different sides of town living two different lives. They went to separate high schools and were moving in two different directions – “Seema wanted to be in the medical profession and Chris was an artist at heart.” As high school started and college followed – they moved in different directions.
It wasn’t until Chris got a job at the Washington Post and Seema moved to D.C. to take a job at the Georgetown Hospital did they finally reconnect through Facebook. Chris noticed that Seema was moving to DC and offered to show her around D.C., help her find a place to live and answer any questions she may have.
Seema couldn’t refuse such a generous offer and met up with Chris in Dupont Circle the night she moved into the city. Sparks flew as they instantly connected and well six years later they are getting married.
Seema and Chris’s wedding took place at the Longview Gallery Wedding in Washington, D.C. where family and friends watched Seema and Chris tie the knot.
Such a gorgeous wedding and such a gorgeous couple! Seema and Chris we wish you all the luck ahead (but since the universe seems to be working in your favor, you probably won’t need it).
Wedding Planner: A Sweet Soriee
Wedding Venue: Longview Gallery Wedding
Makeup Artist: Bridal Elegance by Suman Kholsa
Decorator: As U Wish
DJ: Planet DJ’s
Caterer: Spilled Milk
Transportation: Reston Limo
Furniture Rental: AFR Furniture
Security: Massive Entertainment
Photography: Photographick Studios
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Whether you prefer the Disney classic or one of the modern retellings (like Mirror Mirror or Snow White and the Huntsman), this fairy tale is filled with wedding inspiration. Here, check out some of our favorite ideas.
Photo Credit: Alex M. Photography; Venue: Castle on the Lake
Mirror, mirror on the wall, whose the fairest couple of all? This elegant invitation by LA Lovely Ink was inspired by the evil queen’s magic mirror, making it a perfect invitation for a fairytale wedding.
Carry a unique apple bouquet as you walk down the aisle to “Some Day my Prince Will Come.”
Photo Credit: April and Karen Yu (left); Mary Banducci Photography/via Apple Brides (right)
The Flower Girl
What’s more adorable than a mini Snow White as the flower girl? Your guests won’t be able to resistoohing and ahhing at this cuteness. Outfit by Blissy Couture Tutus.
Keeping with the style of the Disney classic, the flower-adorned gown from Disney Fairytale Weddings by Alfred Angelo, inspired by the woodland princess herself, is perfect!
For a different style, we draw inspiration from the fun and elaborate costumes in the fairytale spin-off, Mirror Mirror. Here, the evil Queen shows off an elaborate wedding gown made with angular flower petals covering the dress. ThisPnina Tornai gown, with its couture blossom sleeves and full floral-inspired skirt, would measure up to the Queen’s expectations.
Photo Credit: Relativity Media (left); courtesy of Pnina Tornai (right)
Lily Collins as Snow White in Mirror Mirror takes on a dwarf while styling a full-skirted ballgown dress, fit for a princess. This Pnina Tornai ballgown shows brides how to rock a full skirt like Snow White, complete with bling.
Photo Credit: Relativity Media (left); courtesy of Pnina Tornai (right)
Apples with leaf name cards make perfect escort cards to lead your guests to the seven tables, each named after one of the dwarves.
Photo Credit: Phenom Photographers/via The Wedding Chicks
Bring your fantasy to life with elaborate woodland centerpieces, or keep it simple with apple bouquet centerpieces.
Photo Credit: Sugar and Spice Events (left); Country Cabin with Cindy (right)
For a unique and memorable guestbook, have guests write thier wishes for you on an elaborate mirror.
Photo Credit: Studio Castillero
For a traditional wedding cake, add some Snow White influence with an apply tree motif.
Photo Credit: Planet Cake Wedding Cakes
Or, go with something different and serve a selection of pies, like Snow White made for the dwarves in the Disney classic.
Photo Credit: Simply Bloom Photography
Tell us: Would you consider a Snow White Wedding as your theme?
Posted in Disney, Wedding Decoration, Wedding Food, Wedding ideas Tagged with: blancanieves, bride, decoration, disney, disney wedding, dress, ideas, snow white, wedding
Brace yourself, everyone — we have a real wedding that’s going to completely blow you away. This Victorian affair has every single detail nailed to perfection, right down to the reception tables sprinkled with images of Steampunk cult icons. Images are from the always amazing Braedon Flynn!
From the bride, Kate: Jacob and I are both artists. When we started sketching out ideas for the wedding, we new we wanted our guests to feel like they were in another world. That being said, we also needed the wedding to be everything that is truly “us.” After a few months of brainstorming with our designer, Tricia Fountaine, Jacob said “It’s like a steampunk Zeppelin crash-landed in a fairy forest.” It became clear that Steampunk was the perfect avenue to create an elegant, fantastical and imaginative wedding. Steampunk merges the idea of Victorian art and fashion with a science fiction flare. Ray-guns and cowboys, Steam Engines and Airships, Gibson Girl and Princess Leia.
It was important to us that our family felt like they were at a big reunion. Everything was casual, from the hay bales in the ceremony to the picnic benches in the reception. We even had blankets in baskets placed all over the ranch.
We decided on rich browns, deep reds, and other colours of autumn to accent the coppers and blacks. Copper is a huge part in steampunk design, and was also everywhere in our wedding. Tricia Fountaine and I did most of the work. We scoured junkyards, flea markets and strange stores to find everything. Some of my favourite memories from the wedding are all the small details we added to everything to really bring the look of the world together.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? You can always find your perfect dress. There are so many amazing resources out there, there’s no reason to ever settle for less than perfect. This goes for any vendor, really. Flexibility and creativity are key to keeping from a melt down. But if something really seems to be fighting you and you feel like you have to make too many compromises, look for another way! Find the path of least resistance and run with it. At the end of the day, as long as you marry the person you set out to marry, then your wedding was a success. Stay present. Take pictures of the PROCESS, not just the outcome.
VIEW ALL IMAGES FROM THIS WEDDING IN THE GALLERY
Groom’s Processional: “Throne Room” theme from Star Wars
Bride’s Processional: “Hysteric (acoustic),” Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Hand Fasting Ceremony: Instrumental theme from The Princess Bride
Recessional: “Today,” Smashing Pumpkins
Reception Entrance: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
First Dance: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes – performed by bride’s Uncle and cousin
Wedding Vendors (Santa Barbara, CA):
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Dos Pueblos Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Braedon Photography / Event Designer and Wedding Flowers: Tricia Fountaine / Wedding Planner: Tonya Szele / Wedding Dress: Made by bride / Corset: Isabella Corsetry / Skirt: Sisters of the Moon / Wedding Veil: made by bride / Organza Flowers and Adornments: made by bride, from Miss Tak / Bride’s Shoes: Cole Haan “Whitley Knit Boot” / Rings: Wexford Jewelers / Bride’s Hair: Jeff Weeks of Salon Benardo Makeup: Jamie Muniz ([email protected]) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Laura Scoby at bootlegink and Fan Plus Friend / Groom’s Suit: Gentleman’s Emporium / Music: Malia from Music by Bonnie / Wedding Caterer: Jamie Andersen from Live Oak Grill / Cupcakes: Kevin of Enjoy Cupcakes / Wedding Invitations: made by bride and groom / Wedding Videographer: Mike Goulding / Transportation: Santa Barbara Airbus / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Officiant: Nancy Little Moon of Blessing in Paradise
Posted in Steampunk Wedding, Victorian Wedding Tagged with: bride, forest, princess, pumpkins, Santa barbara, steampunk, victorian, wedding