Archives for June 2009

At Last: Custom Shoes by Nina

Believe it or not, when I planned my own wedding, I spent more time trying to find “THE SHOES” than “THE DRESS”! Odd as it may sound, I know I am definitely not the only bride who had a hard time finding the perfect pair of heels for my trip down the aisle. I lusted after some Manolos, Jimmy Choos, or Louboutins, but knew that realistically, they were not in the budget!

These are the Nina heels that I ended up wearing (from DSW)… I think they were the 4th or 5th pair I purchased (and returned) on my shoe quest. They were nice, but I definitely “settled” because I couldn’t find what I was looking for. And not to mention, slingbacks always tend to slide off my heel and I end up stepping on the straps…

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Now if only Nina offered custom shoes back then!! I might have paid the $200 price tag for the perfect pair of shoes… Visit the Nina website and have some fun!

They currently offer 3 styles, and your choice of heel height and multiple color combinations:

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You can choose your color in 3 different areas: upper, heel and bow:


And considering how hard it is to determine actual colors on your computer monitor, it would definitely be wise to order their mini swatch book for $9.95, which is applied to your order later on if you decide to buy them.


What combination would I pick now? I would choose the Electra with the 3.25” heel in gold royal satin with a red rouge satin bow!



What combination would you pick??

Visit the Nina site to design your custom shoes!

Blog Love: my DIY wedding day

I just heard about the cutest new DIY wedding blog, my DIY wedding day from the editors of! Its relatively new, so the archive isn’t huge yet, but there is so much potential! Readers can also submit their own DIY projects, which is part of the fun. Definitely check it out and submit your own DIY goodness (and let me know when you do!)


Featured projects that were super cute:

Centerpiecefinal Flowerbed centerpieces and favors

StirsticksPersonalized stir sticks


Paperflowerfinal Paper boutonniers

What do you think?!

Married: Lei Lei & Steven!

Lei Lei and Steven are high-school sweethearts who have been dating for over 10 years, many of which were spent long-distance! One of my favorite moments of the wedding was during Lei Lei’s father’s toast, when he apologized for chasing Steven out of their house when they were just teenagers, hehehe. Their lovely ceremony was held at Bond Chapel on the University of Chicago campus (Steven is alum!), a picturesque chapel tucked in the heart of U of C with beautiful stained glass windows. Their lunchtime reception was hosted at Wildfire Restaurant downtown, so you can be sure the food was FAN-tastic! Perk: Since the restaurant does not open for lunch, we had the entire place to ourselves! Perk #2: vendors got to eat filet mignon too :) And on a side-note, their staff was top-notch!

Lei Lei found me over a year ago through Weddingbee, and she was the first bride to ever book me without having ever met me! Thanks for the trust and vote of confidence, Lei Lei! And without a doubt, this was the most relaxed and easy going wedding I have coordinated to date! Thanks, Lei Lei and Steven for being such a joy to send down the aisle!

The wedding was captured on film (errr, jpeg?) by the fabulous Laurie Peacock and her awesome second shooter, Steve Koo. Enjoy!

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Cute & comfy red shoes, and Lei Lei’s gorgeous Alvina Valenta lace gown!


About to see each other for the first time in their wedding finery…



Their first look… *tap tap*!

This picture gets me all misty eyed…


Adorable details – She SEWED her ceremony programs!




Do you see the way they look at each other?! *le sigh*

The reason why all brides & grooms should pay attention to their footwear!


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LeiLeiRecep1Do you see what we worked into their reception itinerary?? Update their Facebook status!
Gotta love it!!

For some entertainment, they played the shoe game (more info about that another day), which was a HUGE HIT!

macphotoboothleileiThey also set up a MAC photobooth and some hilarious props (another hit with the guests!).
It was obvious that Lei Lei’s bridesmaids ADORED her!

Now you may wonder, “Do people actually dance at a lunchtime wedding?” Uhm, YES, THEY DO! These guests knew how to get down, and even Lei Lei’s 11 yr old sister had some MOVES!

Pooped, but happy and married!

Ceremony: Bond Chapel
Reception: Wildfire Restaurant
Photographer: Laurie Peacock
Videographer: Jeff Manimbo
Flowers: GnG Designs
Cake: Sugar Syndicate
Stationery: Lei Lei!