The shoe itself was RSVP's Lovely ordered in Ivory satin:
NoraKaren worked her magic to hand paint (yes paint!) my shoes.
I had heard about her work from another bride online. I loved her style, but browsing her online store it was mostly peacock themes and designs much too bright for what I was going for. I took a chance, and reached out to her about doing some custom work. I'm so glad I did! She agreed and went to work designing a "winter wonderland" based on my very vague descriptions of what I had in mind.
I'll share the evolution of the design process:
After seeing these sketches, I decided to eliminate the purple and grey, and keep it all different shades of white. I liked the lines on the top right shoe, it reminded me of blowing snow in a snowstorm. Nora mentioned she could layer snowflakes by painting them on top of each other. After a bit of discussion she sent me this revised sketch:
This is the moment I knew we were on the same page and understood each other. I told her I trusted her vision and Nora set to work.