Tulle Flower Shoe Pins

If you feel like your wedding shoes could do with a little bit of sumpn’ sumpn’ don’t be afraid to grab a hold of some scissors and get creative. Making your own shoe embellishments is actually super fast, easy and cheap. You don’t even need fancy bits and pieces or tools.

Plus, if you make your own shoe pins, you can match them exactly to your wedding color scheme, the color of your husband’s eyes or use them as sneaky way to incorporate your “something blue” into the wedding. And since they’re completely versatile and movable, your DIY shoe pins can even tie the bridesmaids’ shoes together if your gals have chosen different styles. Here’s how to make the magic happen:



  • Chiffon or tulle material
  • Needle
  • Thread (in color that matches the material))
  • Material scissors
  • Hairpins
  • Shoes


Step 1: Cut two pieces of material


Cut two pieces of material. Each one should be a bit wider and approximately seven times longer than the hairpins.

Step 2: Fold material


Fold the material in a zigzag pattern.

Step 3: Slide into pin


Pinch the material in the center and slide it into a hairpin. Make sure it’s even on both sides and on both pins.

Step 4: Slide pins onto shoes


Slide the pins onto the center part of your shoes and make sure that they are balanced.

TIP: If you worry about cutting and sewing around your wedding shoes (particularly if they’re white), you can always use a different pair to do the crafting and then move the pins to your wedding shoes once they’re done.

Step 5: Trim


Pinch the material to the center and trim it by half an inch. Repeat so that both pins look the same.

Step 6: Pinch and sew



Pinch the material up and sew the material from one side of the pin to the other until the shape is even and looks nice. Repeat with the second pin.

Step 7: Trim


Use the material scissors to trim both flowers on the pins to shape. Once you’re finished you can take them off and put them back on as you like.




Krysia + Michael’s Charming Backyard Wedding

Apparently this week of Real Weddings is the week of gorgeous and adorable nuptials featuring dogs and horses. I just cannot get enough, from the sweet dog on Monday, the horse and buggy on Tuesday, and the escorts for the bridesmaids from today’s sweet event. If I get married again, I’m most definitely including goats – I do live in Portland after all, I can get away with it. Perhaps some chickens, as well? Enjoy.

From the photographer: Krysia, Michael and their families put so many personal touches into this beautiful backyard wedding. Krysia’s parents offered their beautiful property for the wedding – they even prepared it especially for the event with new landscaping, all of which was done by Krysia and her mom. Special wedding party participants included the family’s pony, goat and dog, all of which walked down the aisle with a bridesmaid. Krysia and her sister prepared the pony’s mane themselves that morning, all done up with their hair and makeup, getting the pony ready, too!

The flowers, origami cranes and other decorations were all done by the couple and their families. They even prepared most of the food themselves ahead of time!

Couple: Krysia + Michael Esham

Date: June 18, 2011

Location: Massachusetts

Photography: Brett Alison Photography

Elissa + Casey’s Timeless Western Wedding

Are you sitting down? Awesome, because this wedding is epic. Get your fingers ready, because you’re going to want to Pin the heck out of this wedding.

From Elissa and Casey’s photographer: Elissa and Casey truly celebrated Park City’s Old Western heritage by encouraging guests to dress up for their themed wedding. Friends & family came as mountain men, gypsy inspired women, hippies and the gorgeous bridemaids as Old West saloon girls. Elissa had a special request – would I shoot with film and old cameras, which I loved. There is something about film that is still quite timeless. These photographs are a mix of both digital and film. The ceremony took place at the Zen Garden/Yoga Shop in Old West fashion, a horse and buggy took the bride and groom up to a cute house behind Main Street where the celebration continued. Elissa is a natural, hippie beauty & Casey a free-spirited soul…what more could a photographer ask for?

DIY Details

Invitation: The bride designed her own invitations. It was a collage of art and photographs.
Flowers: Were assembled by the bridesmaids. The flowers were gathered on a hike they took the morning of the wedding.
Brides Dress, Shoes, Lace Cuffs, Hat: The bride’s Aunt Helen added more elements to her Lazaro gown. The morning of the wedding she sewed the lace cuffs around her wrists. The shoes were vintage & bought from ebay.
Cake: The cake was baked by a friend and decorated with flowers gathered by the bridesmaids.
Bridesmaid Corsets: The corset base was bought online & then customized by each bridesmaid (each one added different elements from flowers, feathers, ribbons & lace).
Reception: The couple rented a victorian house in Old Town, Park City to have their reception in. Friends made all the delicious food (picnic/bbq style), their friends were the band & played out of the garage (Dead Horse Anonymous)
Rings: Her father’s and his grandmother’s
Photography: Going with the Old West theme of the wedding, the bride asked if I would shoot with a mix of old vintage cameras along with digital.
Ceremony: They were married outside a friend’s yoga/meditation center and then rode a horse & buggy to the house where the reception took place
Favors: Jars of local jam made by friends

Couple: Casey + Elissa Martin

Date: August 7, 2010

Location: Park City, Utah

Photography: Sparkle Photography

Venue: Zen Center

Wedding Dress: Lazaro

Bridesmaids Dress: McGrew Studios

Cake: Mariposa Kitchen

Musicians: Dead Horse Anonymous

Transportation: Rocky Mountain Outfitters

Katie + Jamie’s Vintage Glamour Wedding

Oh, did you think we had only one Real Wedding today? Goodness no. We have a second awesome wedding coming your way as we speak.

From Jamie and Katie’s photographer: Katie and Jamie are inspired, creative, a little bit eclectic and funky, and totally unique. So, it’s no surprise that their wedding was FULL of incredible details and personal touches. Hints of vintage glamour and whimsy transformed the Winter Park Farmer’s Market into an Anthropologie-esque wonderland. The most impressive part of it all? The beautiful flowers, decorations and little special touches were almost ALL done by the bride, her mom and her aunt. Katie and Jamie have been together for quite a while, and have a sweet precious baby, Miss Ellie Rose. I absolutely adore that they had her participate in part of the ceremony.

Couple: Jamie  + Katie

Date: April 14, 2012

Location: Winter Park, Florida

Photography: Sarah Bray Photography

Venue: Winter Park Farmers Market

Event Coordination: Tickled Pink Brides

Rentals: Southern Vintage

Cake: Sweet! by Good Golly Miss Holly

Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal

DJ: Thompson Entertainment

Michael + Emily’s Inspirational Purple Wedding

Talk about a super nifty way to meet your spouse – Emily and Michael met white water rafting. Michael was an instructor on the New River in West Virginia, and when they were settling on a place to get married they selected the Confluence Resort – right at the junction of New River and Gauley River.

This is where I swoon. ::sigh:: I just think it’s so romantic to return to the place where your relationship began to pledge your lives and love to one another with your family and friends.

There are also horses! And a dog! And some of the most adorable flower girls I’ve ever seen.

Described by their photographer as “amazing, resourceful, earthy and adventurous,” Emily and Michael were the creative force behind all the details of their wedding day. The decor, including flowers, signs, and memory table were made by the couple. They also crafted the welcome bags for their guests and gorgeous wooden ring boxes for their ceremony.

Couple: Michael + Emily

Date: June 18, 2011

Location: Fayetteville, West Virginia

Photographer: Photos by Miss Ann

Venue: Confluence Resort