Next to wedding dresses, incredible wedding day heels are probably our favorite fashion item to ogle. It doesn’t hurt that there are endless options with amazing colors, styles, heel heights, etc to fit every bride. If you’re in the market for some new statement-making shoes (or if you’ve got some free time to spare looking at some of the biggest stunners out there right now), check out some of our favorites below!
This California couple was set on bringing some of the rustic Northwest to their balmy summer wedding shot by Aaron Shintaku. The groom made all of the wood elements that were incorporated into the day and the bride styled the tables with great vintage pieces. My favorite part? Their adorable Toms shoes!
From the bride. We were going for a rustic/barnwood feel for our wedding. My husband if from the Northwest, and he loves building, so the perfect combo was bringing the woods to us. :) We wanted to have colorful wild flowers, burlap, wood, and other rustic elements for our decor.
Our color scheme was different shades of purple, the girls could pick out their own shades of purple dresses, I chose this color to match my tanzanite wedding ring. :) The groomsmen, groom, and bride all wore Tom’s shoes.
My husband is an artist, he builds tables out of old barn wood, so he created all of the centerpieces, cake display, backdrops and the other various details. We used barn wood as the middle centerpiece on each table, with glass vases that I found at thrift stores. Each table had a candle with moss, a vase of flowers, and a vase of “rustic” items in it. Josh also created all of the table numbers out of barn wood and I painted the numbers on.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I think it is most important to stay organized, and then delegate the small tasks to family and friends who you can trust to help. I would first start with choosing your location, and after that everything seems to fall into place!
Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):
Venue: Los Angeles River Center and Gardens/ Photographer: Aaron Shintaku / Day of Planner: friend, Misha Lee / Florist: friend, Beth Ann Young / Wedding Dress: Alfred Angel Bridal/ Hair: friend, Korrie Lukei / Makeup: friend, Cyndi Griffo/ Groom and groomsmen suits: H&M/ Bride, Groom and Groomsmen shoes: Toms / Music: Johnny Evangelista / Caterer: Melrose Catering / Dessert: Kelsey Richards from Kutie Pies / Invitation design: groom/ Videography: Dan Ford
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Nicole embellished her gold flats for her wedding and sent over the how-tos for our DIY Contest. It’s a small detail, but it transforms any blah shoes into fabulousness. I’d love to see these on heels as well. So, so cute!
What you’ll need:
– 1/2 yard of white or ivory lace (can do variations with any style/color fabric, or purchase vintage lace tablecloth)
– Thread and needle
– Hot glue gun
– A little bit of white or ivory felt.
– Vintage earrings or brooches
– Needle-nosed pliers
– Any pair of shoes that need a little dressing up!
Step 1: Cut the lace into pieces that measure approximately 3 inches long by 2 inches wide. You can play around with these sizes to make fabric flowers bigger or smaller, as desired. You will need about 6 of these per flower, 12 total.
Step 2: Fold the pieces in half and tie some thread around the middle and secure with knot.
Step 3: Take one of fabric pieces and place on top of another one, middles together, and perpendicular to each other, forming an X. Take needle and thread and put a could stitches through where the middles meet. Once you’ve got it secure, add another fabric piece in the same manner, filling in the holes, and add a few more stitches. Do this until all fabric pieces are used. Fluff the newly formed flower. Repeat for second flower.
Step 4: Take the scissors and trim the edges of the flowers, creating a rounded shape. Trim off any stray pieces.
Step 5: Cut out two pieces of felt about the size of a quarter, and glue to the bottom of your flowers, for extra hold.
Step 6: Use the needle nosed pliers to remove the back fasteners of the earrings. The ones I used were clip on’s so I had to remove the clip part. If they are regular earrings, you may have to clip off the point. Be careful not to damage the jewelry too much.
Step 7: Put a nickel sized dollop of hot glue on the back of the earring, and place firmly in the middle of the fabric flower. Hold for a few seconds, and then set down face up to make sure it dries in the right place. Repeat for each flower.
Step 8: Glue each flower to the top of each shoe. Press firm, let dry. Once the glue is dry, you can put a couple discreet stitches through the flower into the shoe, for extra hold. Be sure to start from underneath, so the thread knot doesn’t show.