It all started this first day of kindergarten. My mom will tell you that until I was older I really could have cared less whether my clothes were clean, let alone matching, my hair was done, or if I had peanut butter on my face. Up until the first day I kindergarten I hadn’t really thought much about what I put on my feet and then everything changed when I met a pair of little red canvas slip-ons and their lucky owner Natasha. I come from a really small town and I grew up a good distance from that town, one could say it was in the bush. Those shoes did not come from town where all we had was a Fields and a Sears catalogue delivery office. My sinlge most vivid memory of that first year of school is those little red shoes. Natasha topped off my shoe envy by moving to a town named Summerland – seriously!!! She had perfect shoes and she got to live in place that was always summer – not fair! Well I survived that first experience of shoe envy only to become plagued by it. I have bad, narrow, flat, skinny, boney, hurt-in-anything-cute feet. To my dismay, sturdy, practical, stiff soled mary jane’s with orthodics are was make my feet happiest. But in my heart when I close my eyes I am really wearing a pair of super-cute-stop-you-in-your-tracks works of art. Soooo when I decided to start highlighting local style hot spots for brides and grooms it was a no brainer that I would start with shoes. I love it when brides and grooms really strut their style with a hot pair of shoes and I love photographing them! In some dresses you can’t always see the hot shoes – but you know they are there when they peek out while you are walking, sitting, or showing them off. In shorter dresses the shoes complete the look. On our wedding day I wore a pair of cherry red patent leather Steve Madden heels with an ivory strap – they are the only comfy heels I have ever found and I adore them! Why have plain white when really you can do whatever you want and have a fantastic pair of shoes to show off later. In Victoria’s Trounce Alley their is a little piece of shoe lover heaven found at Shelagh Macartney’s shop She She Shoes. A couple of weeks ago I headed down to She She with an old luggage trunk – that I have been waiting for years to use in just the right shoot, and our old milk crate to spend some time with the other love of my life – beautiful shoes. There are so many gorgeous pairs of shoes in this shop it was hard to pick which ones to photograph!! The shop manager Agnes was so helpful and is a sweetheart – if you don’t have a girlfriend to help you pick out the perfect pair Agnes is your gal! There were a few brides in there while I was shooting trying on Nina’s Elga (see below). And for all you gals having outdoor weddings and afraid you’ll sink in the grass with those stilettos – check out Clean Heels. Jen had them at her wedding and they were fantastic. I hope you enjoy these lovelies as much as I do and thank you so much to the ladies of She She shoes for letting me indulge my fantasy of having all these fabulous shoes to myself – if only for a couple of hours. We will have more of these style segments in the future so if you know of an amazing accessory, location, or decor theme let us know so we can share it!
xo ~ Em