As many of you know I recently got engaged! It’s so fun to personally walk though what I have walked so many of my brides through. It’s also fun to do fun things with my mom like pick out my dress, look for shoes, and much more! (I can’t share too many details with you because my future Mr. likes to read my blog, hi hunny!) So, last night I was pinning on my Pinterest page and low and behold it was like an extra ray of sunshine came from a gorgeous pair of Christian Louboutin’s! I knew I had to hunt them down and have them for my special day. To be honest I’ve never had a pair of Louboutin’s and I definitely do not want to order the wrong size so this morning I went to Twitter with sizing questions. Of course the shoe fairy failed to make every shoe fit true to size, and what really is my shoe size? So, I’ve come up with a few tips for finding shoes for your special day.

  1. Get your dress first. This will allow you to see what style would go best with your attire. If your dress is satin and form fitted you may not want shoes with an obnoxious bow – it may get caught on the front of your gown when you walk.
  2. Research! Do you want flats, boots, strappy heals, sling back heels, platforms? Do you want a color, texture or pattern?
  3. Try your shoes on! As I said the shoe fairy did not make every shoe fit the same. While some sites like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus have size guides you want to make sure your shoes fit and are comfortable. You are the bride and you will not get to sit down for very long on your wedding day. If you will be dancing well into the night you want to make sure that beauty isn’t too much pain.
  4. Take your shoes to your dress fitting. Nothing is worse than using a pair of shoes at the dress store because they “look close to your shoes” and chopping off too much of your dress.

Just like your dress, jewelry and bouquet your shoes are as much of your wedding day look as anything else. Don’t rush into a decision, order them off line to receive them just in the knick of time – all for them to fit wrong.

Happy shoe shopping!

Images via: Miles Witt Boyer, Josh McCullock, Jose Villa, Jose Villa, Ace Cuervo, Candi Coffman, Candi Coffman

I get asked fairly often, if I were to get married tomorrow what my dream wedding would look like. So, today it would look like this: I love the hues of soft ivory, pale pink and nude, and don’t forget the girlie touches. The invitations would be delicate with a pretty script and set the tone for the event. I think I am becoming a fan of different bridesmaid dresses for each bridesmaid, so I would go with this look for the girls. I would dress the groomsmen in tan suits and a soft color tie. Of course my shoes would need to be fabulous, and how adorable are these precious, trash bag flower girl shoes! Flowers are my favorite and this bouquet is absolutely perfect. I would carry over the color palate onto wooden harvest tables and scatter candles and votives down the table runner of flowers. A small, sweet cake would be the cheery on top of a wonderful event with close family and friends. Of course, I am a girl so this all could very well change tomorrow, but as for today this would be my dream wedding. What color palate would you choose for yours if you had to choose today?

Images via: joyfolieblog, Style Me Pretty, Maggie Austin Cake, Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty, Jesi Haack Design, Reasons to Breathe, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks

With recent news of Ralph Lauren’s Daughter, Dylan, tying the knot of course we were curious about her gown. Designed by her father, who “is said to have consulted his former protegée and grande dame of bridalwear Vera Wang on the design of the dress,” I quickly fell in love. The August issue of Vogue is not yet on news stands, but I took Dylan in her dress and created a gorgeous inspiration board on how I would have styled the event. I would start with this gorgeous 16.04 carat, oval diamond ring, they are a girls best friend, right. Gold is a gorgeous staple and perfect for details on the invitation, china and votive holders. I have a new found love bow ties, they are a southern staple after all, so I would have the gentlemen wear them in pink. I would match the ruffles of the cake to the ruffles on her train, decorate the tables and create bouquets out of peonies, garden roses and soft textures. Last, but not least I would finish off Dylan’s bridal look with these beautiful Badgley Mischka heels. We will have to wait to see what the affair was really like in the next issue of Vogue, but until then what do you think?

Images via: Sweet and Saucy Shop, Betty Broccoli, eloge de l’art, the cherry blossom girl, Daily Mail, mad nicolas, weddings-decor

Yesterday we posted THIS fun rehearsal dinner, and today is the long awaited wedding! You may remember THIS inspiration board for Sarahbeth and Taylor’s special day and today we get to show you to final product. If you have been following the blog you know that Sarahbeth is the perfect southern bride with soft, vintage taste. My first design meeting with her was quite funny now that I think about it; she was loving bright coral, lime green and purple. Needless to say we softened the colors and she loved it! Anne Marie Foy of THE FRENCH BOUQUET TULSA was great to work with for all of the florals. Sarahbeth’s bridal bouquet brought happy tears to eyes, and the bridesmaids bouquets were smaller versions of Sarahbeth’s. With soft grey and champagne colored bridal party dresses, and black tuxes for the gentlemen the wedding party was stunning. NIKKI OVERLAND with MAKEUP BY NICOLE did the girls makeup and they all looked gorgeous! OLD URBAN TROLLEY was the perfect form of transportation to get this large bridal party to the church on time, and we can’t forget WALT BEAZLEY of JAMES WALTON PHOTOGRAPHY. Thank you Walt for these incredible images. Also, we would like to thank the generous staff and officiant at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, DOWNTOWN TULSA. With so many great photos this is only part 1 of this gorgeous wedding. We’ll be back this afternoon with part 2: the reception at THE MAYO HOTEL!

All images via: Walt Beazley of James Walton Photography

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  1. Sarahbeth Pipkin says:

    Christina, thank you for doing an incredible job of coordinating and dreaming up the design of our wedding. Everything was absolutely perfect. We would not change a thing and I feel so blessed to have worked with Zinke and the other wonderful Tulsa vendors that you suggested. Everyone could not have been nicer or more helpful in the planning process and day of. Thank you for all you did to help make our most special day go beautifully!

    • Thank you for your sweet words, Sarahbeth! It was an absolute pleasure to work with you for your special day. I couldn’t be more happy that you loved every aspect, and loved the entire experience! I wish you and Taylor all the best as Mr. and Mrs.!
      xo Christina Leigh

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