If we were having coffee today I’d have to beg forgiveness again because, well … I just have to give an update about the shoes.
I first mentioned the shoes last June, while they were still in the process of being transformed into the showpiece/centerpieces for our daughter’s upcoming nuptials.
To recap, Gretchen, my darling bride, took our daughter’s sweat-stained, ragged, worn-out pointe shoes, remnants from many years of intense dancing, and proceeded to turn them into works of art. To this end she used paint, decoupage, glue-on gems and flowers, and all manner of arts and crafty add-ons. She created about twenty unique pieces for this wedding.
When the florist delivered the bouquets and boutonnieres he mentioned to me that no centerpiece flowers were ordered and I showed him what we had instead … he was impressed.
Anyway, as you can see from the pictures, after she finished decorating all the shoes, the plan was to display them in a tall glass vase. After looking them over, she decided a little height was necessary, so each vase was elevated with an inverted glass heart dish. A dab of lace around the dish, a round table mirror, a little decorative border and a few additional accents completed the centerpiece … I think it was a marvelous and unique idea and I am not alone. In looking at facebook postings of wedding pictures, everybody included multiple shots of different shoes.
The glass dishes were a little unstable as a platform and this required a late-breaking modification … we glued them, and very late at that, so we were quite fearful of the glue curing in a timely fashion. It made for tricky transportation because I did not feel safe boxing them … so I put them on the floorboard of the two cars we were driving with a little light padding around them … and tried not to take any sharp turns during the 170 mile trip to the venue. All arrived intact.
Like most wedding preparations, these shoes were just one of many details.
The wedding? Simply magical.
Thomas Fenske is a writer living in North Carolina. His latest novel, a Curse That Bites Deep has just been released. More info: http://thefensk.com
7 thoughts on “The SHOES, Part 2”
What a wonderful, unique idea! Congrats to the bride and groom.. 🙂
Thomas, the shoes look fantastic and added such a personal, intimate touch to the celebrations. Congratulations to the bride and groom and I wish them a long and happy life together.
PS How did you go with being Father of the Bride? Any Steve Martin moments? My Dad was asked to set off a cockroach bomb at the Thai restaurant next to the hairdressers while he was waiting for us. Other than that, Dad was very well behaved! Plus, you look at him walking me down the aisle in the photos and he is just bursting with pride. It was such an amazing moment!
Thank you. It was great. I’m glad it’s all over though.
This is incredibly cool and personal. Nothing you could order could make such a statement. Kudos to your wife!
Love how it turned out, I remembered your previous post. Those shoes added a fairy tale factor. Congratulations to your family for the wedding. Best wishes to the bride and groom.
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goodvidea sbout using the shoes for centeri. Gooduch with wedding.