Pin-Worthy Pretties: Wedding Shoes

There’s nothing like a little shoe envy to keep you inspired for your upcoming big day! We’ve gathered a few of our favorite shoe pictures from recent As you wish… brides that are sure to give you the shopping fever!

We’ve noticed that while some brides like to incorporate a bright pop of color on their feet, the vast majority tend to lean toward a more neutral color palette under their wedding dress. A great way to still stand out while keeping things calm is to pick a shoe with a metallic hue and a little sparkle or shine!  Take a look at some seriously fabulous examples below and be sure to “Pin” your favorites!

 

The right amount of shine and sparkle takes these basic shoe styles to the next level:

(A Guy and A Girl Weddings)

(Kym Skiles w/ f8studio)

(Geoff Duncan Photography)

 

If you’re looking to kick it up a notch, consider a metallic shoe with a fun embellishment:

(Jenny Martell Photography)

 

And if strappy sandals are more your style, the same rules apply here as well!

(Jennifer Yarbro Photography)

(Amanda McCollum w/ Lightly Photography)

 

Happy Pinning!

And be sure to take a look at our Pinterest boards for plenty more wedding inspiration!

How to Choose your Shoes

Putting on a new pair of shoes is like putting on a new persona. When choosing shoes for your wedding day, we say…have fun with it!!!!  Give the guests a glimpse of your personality like these As you wish… couples did:

This bride and groom spiced up their beautiful, traditional wedding by sporting bright colors underneath their formal wear. How fun!

As soon as the ceremony was over, these groomsmen kicked off their dress shoes and slid into these awesome All Stars! They had so much fun in these on the dance floor!

This groom wanted to stay grounded in to his Southern roots on his wedding day!

As avid runners, this couple couldn’t wait to get into their new sneakers at the end of the night and jog off to their honeymoon suite!

Your shoes are one of many creative ways to bring your personality into your wedding day. Come chat with us at As you wish… about how we can bring out your persona on your day!

Photos by: Kym Skiles at F8 Photography, KJ Images, Joseph Mark Photography, and BluDoor Studios

Lauren and Nick Stedman Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek at one of our summer weddings at Union Station photographed by Brooks Whittington.

A soft, natural look was created by mixing taupes, creams, and a hint of green. Growing up and working in the Textile world, the bride really valued good quality fabrics. We were able to create some great texture on the tables by pairing the high-end linen with unique chargers, laser-cut table numbers, and gorgeous floral arrangements.

Check out some of the fun details!

Upon entering, the guests were instantly transported in to another world thanks to this gorgeous branch and candle display!

 

The guest book was a dictionary where the guests circled the word that they thought best described the bride and groom and signed above it. We love coming up with creative, new ideas like this!

These “Whoopie Pie” favors helped to show off the couple’s personality and sense of humor. (And not to mention…they were delicious!!!!)

Check back next week on our Portfolio page and our Facebook to see more great pictures from this wedding!

Make Your Special Day…. Yours

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Such an old ritual has become traditional in weddings across the country due to the fact that it allows brides to bring meaningful, personal mementos into her special day. We’ll help you take this old rhyme one step further with seven great ideas to help you scatter personalized aspects throughout your day.

Imagine that your mother-in-law is 20 minutes late, your hair is not what it is supposed to be, and you are cranky from lack of sleep. You feel the tears welling when you glance down at your ring and remember the whole purpose behind this stressful day- to be joined in matrimony to the love of your life. Now you just have to fight back those tears of joy! Remind your groom and yourself of the true purpose behind your wedding throughout the day with small personalized aspects that are only shared between the two of you.
1) Instead of wearing a strapless dress or a robe on the day-of, borrow one of your hubby-to-be’s button-up shirts- preferably a comfy flannel one! Throughout the day, you’ll be able to feel connected to your fiance and gain a sense of comfort from the familiarity and the smell!

2) These hangers are such a cute reminder of who you will be at the end of the day! It’s just the little “squeal moment” you need before putting your dress on!




3) As you’re about to walk down the aisle, it’s just you and your dad… and your bouquet. A bouquet charm is often used to include lost loved ones in the ceremony, but they can also be used as a private reminder of your love for your fiance. Create a charm out of a picture of the two of you, the silly key chain he gave you when you first started dating, or the earring that you lost the pair to when he twirled you around when you said “YES!”
4) While the groom doesn’t have a bouquet to personalize, he does have cuff links! Gift him a pair of personalized cuff links with your names, your wedding date, or a map of the place where you first met. Etsy is chock-full of custom cuff links that will have your groom thinking about you the whole day through!

 


5) Your wedding rings are already so personal and full of meaning that there is hardly any surface left to customize, except the inside! Have a secret message engraved on your beau’s ring that adds another layer of meaning to his band. You can also experiment with the growing trend of fingerprint rings without going all out by having your fingerprint engraved in the inside of his ring. What better way to say you’re mine?
6) Patches might be used to mend old things, but they can also be used to add a meaningful flair to a store-bought tie. Sew a patch with a message onto your to-be-husband’s tie so he too can have a moment of blissful happiness during the stress of the day. Be creative, but remember that his bros will probably see it at some point throughout the day- so keep it PG (or PG-13!).

 


7) Although you probably won’t put your heels on until the very last second, a personal message on the bottoms or written on the sole will immediately have you smiling! Anything from your names, your wedding date, or simply a heart will do. Have a saying or joke that only the two of you know? Write it on the bottom of your heels and remember it right before you’re about to walk down the aisle!While it is your SPECIAL day, don’t forget that it’s first and foremost YOURS!



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BHLDN by Anthropologie


If you have ever walked into an Anthropologie store and wished they offered its style in wedding gowns and accessories, your wish just came true! Anthropologie has its own wedding store, called BHLDN. This online collection will feature everything from heirloom quality wedding gowns to bridesmaid and party dresses, vintage-inspired jewelry, feathered headpieces and lingerie.


These dresses are to die for! And of course, there are the shoes! Everything is so sweet, stylish and beautiful.

Anthropologie doesn’t disappoint when it comes to accessories either! From jewelry to headpieces and clutches, they have you covered.


In May, BHLDN will be carrying invitations, decorations, glasses, plates and much more for your big day. You will see the same Anthropologie-essence in BHLDN, including soft colors, draping fabrics, and ruffles, florals and lace, oh my!

For more advice with all your wedding planning needs, remember to contact As you wish…!

A Perfect Pairing

Cinderella met her prince, fell in love, and married into royalty all because of a pair of kismet glass slippers (and a conveniently placed fairy-godmother of course). While her gown, carriage, and coachmen didn’t exist past midnight, her slippers, the singular surviving artifice from that fantastical night, ultimately became responsible for reuniting Cindy with her prince. Although this fairytale is a far cry from modern day reality it creatively conveys the unique identity and unexplainable confidence that a beautiful pair of original shoes can provide for a woman on her wedding day or any day for that matter.Fall brides can expect to find a beautiful array of eye-catching shoes to compliment almost any autumn inspired I Do’s.

For a subtle shimmer, a metallic shoe will add just the right amount of sparkle.

Valentino Spotlight Grey Sequin Pump

Giuseppe Zanotti Snake-Embossed Sandal

Maxstudio “Scent” Sandal

Jessica Simpson ‘Hardy’ Slingback

For bolder fall brides, a haute mauve or deep red may be your signature shade.

Stuart Weitzman ‘Paradise’ Pump

Pierre Dumas Excelent

Christian Louboutin Glittered Platform Pump

Christian Louboutin Bow T Dorcet – Pink

Ernesta T-Strap Satin Sandal

 

For brides in search of a dark berry hue these exciting shoes just may do.

MAXSTUDIO ‘Scent’ Sandal

Jessica Simpson ‘Hardy’ Slingback

BP. Platinum ‘Larissa’ Sandal

Stuart Weitzman ‘Scorch’ Sandal

If The Shoe Fits



They should definitely be stylish, and coordinate with the dress. It’s also a plus if they don’t slip and slide or chafe and bind. But what if a bride needs more from her wedding day footwear than just the standard requests?

Over the years, I have met many wonderful couples that fall into the “Tom & Katie” or “Tony & Eva” category – know what I mean? A wide difference in height is no big thing when it comes to true love, but it can certainly pose a challenge on the big day. For a wedding, with all its photo opportunities and romantic kisses before the crowd, it makes a lot of sense to choose a pretty pair that can level the playing field, so to speak.
That is not to say, however, that you have to sacrifice form for function if you’re shopping for something a little outside the norm. Quite the contrary! Below you’ll find my top picks for bridal flats and height-enhancing heels. Enjoy!
Shari

The Flats (and Almost Flats)


also available in light ivory. ($115)
Italian silk. It also features Nike Air technology
for added comfort. ($300)
Coloriffics’ “Andie” isn’t completely flat, but the modest 1” kitten heel
gives a little height without going overboard. ($64)

Finally, just for fun, I love the fanciful feathers

The (High!) Heels


These sandals by Stuart Weitzman combine classic style
with a 3 ½” heel. ($375)
The “Caroline” by Badgley Mischka, a Rachel Zoe pick at Piperlime,
is absolutely stunning. ($225)
Benjamin Walk’s “Bianca” is a great-looking way to add height
without breaking the bank. ($60)
…And who could possibly resist these 4” peep-toe Cole Haans,
covered in delicate silk rosettes? Not me! ($430)