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Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Shoes : Our Wedding

I've received several emails about our wedding stuff and so I figure there ARE people out there interested in knowing about some of our details. I must start out by saying that our photographer made us look 10 times better than we really are. Whenever we see my mom now, she reminds us that we look better in our wedding pictures online. But seriously, although Steven and I like to think we are the coolest people, we really are just a normal, albeit resourceful, couple. In this next series of posts, I'll let ya'll in on a few of the things we did that made us look cooler than we really are and to show brides that you don't necessarily need to break the bank to get what you want.


photos by Jasmine Star

Now, onto what you're here for. The shoes. On Jasmine's blog she says, "The ever chic Alicia customized a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels for her wedding day...", and people flipped! I received one email along the lines of "where does one even begin getting ahold of Blahnik to get custom shoes?" Well, I wish I was that cool...and rich. But the truth is, I'm not. I knew from the start that I wanted Manolos. Duh, I've been obsessed with Carrie Bradshaw for as long as I can remember so the thought of wearing anything else never even entered my mind. When it came time to actually pay for said shoes, though, I began feeling guilty. You don't even like wearing heels I kept telling myself. There's so many other things you can buy with that money, blah, blah, blah.

After scouring the crap out of google, ebay, any/all sale sites, I got antsy and took a drive to Camarillo. Within 5 short minutes inside the Neiman Marcus outlet, I had found them - fun, funky, my size and a zillion percent off to boot. I WIN! I paid for my lovelies and zoomed home so I could bounce around the kitchen and break them in. When I got home though, I decided I needed to blingtasticize them (yes, I just said blingtasticize) to make them more fabulous. I ransacked my room to find something, anything, to try to spice them up. I tried a turquoise earring, a purple bow, a fake flower...and then there it was - the broach on my bridesmaid dress from my MOH's 2007 wedding.


photos by Sun-dance Photography

It was a match made in heaven. Heaven! It was perfect. AND since MOH had 8 bridesmaids at her wedding, I had 7 other people to borrow a broach from. One quick phone call got me another broach and then it was settled - I had my dream shoes. And in one quick shot, I also had my something old and borrowed. Voila! So my point is, when you can't find what you're looking for, improvise! You may very well end up loving it more than if you spent a small fortune.

19 comments:

Christina said...

I def agree w/ improvising & you made it sooooo custom & exclusive!

Jackie Beale said...

good for you Alicia! I loved your shoes the moment I saw them on j*'s blog. Way to go on being very creative and improvising! :)

bri said...

Ahh man. I really liked thinking you had Blahnik on speed dial. ;)

A round of applause for keeping it real! Your shoes were like #87 of things I was enamored with concerning your wedding. You go girl!

Jessebel said...

Um, excuse me but MANY us are interesting in the details especially for gems like these. Please share. I will if you do to. ;)

Lorraine said...

Brilliant! LOVED the shoes, and yes, we want all the details :)

Meli said...

Keep the wedding post coming!
Thanks for sharing =)

Jordan Shoes said...

The wedding shoes are amazing.I love the diamonds on the shoes.

Katie Y. said...

I wish I drove to Camarillo before I bought my Manolos! They are so pretty I don't want to get them dirty!

studio 28 photo said...

Ha the only thing better than a pair of Manolo's is a pair of Manolos found at a GREAT price add the personal touch - Sheer perfection! Love the shoes...

Amanda said...

love the shoes!!!

Catherine Tang said...

Love Manolo's...and your wedding was fab!

I need to hit up that outlet...I'm in desperate need of hot shoes.

Live.Love. Photography said...

Love it! Creative, Unique, and Affordable! Can't wait to meet you next month!

KellyMelissaPhotography said...

thanks for sharing!

anyway you can tell us how you made your amazing invitations? sooo inspiring!!

Sarah Alston said...

This is hysterical! I love that you just improvised!!! Much like we have to do it life, eh? Use what ya got!

Events by Evonne said...

Wow, I thought the brooch came with the shoes! Great job, Alicia. BTW, I also LOVE your wedding gown. You looked gorgeous in it!

Amy Clifton Photography said...

Love it! Just came to your site from Jasmine's, and your writing is fun and your photos are great. Good luck as you really kick your business up a notch!

kristin said...

I love that! You are so clever my dear! Makes me want to bingtasticize EVERYTHING!

Erica said...

Can you pls give me more detail on how you attached the broach-I really love this idea. Doe it hurt when u walk or feel uncomfortable?

Diabolina Da Fashionista said...

good lord how did i miss you wore leopard bejeweled manolos. i LOVE! genius!