In recent months, Ellie Wren has been called upon by several Indian brides to create a dream pair of custom wedding shoes, fit for a series of wedding ceremonies known for their vibrant colors and enthusiastic celebration. The introduction to Indian wedding celebrations has been an exciting time for us -- as a custom design team, we are always open to trying new ideas and love working with bright and vivid colors. Often, our Indian brides will send us pictures of their gown (and sometimes several, as Indian weddings are often a celebration of multiple days) and ask us to incorporate the theme of their dress into their shoes. Here's a look at the process we take in creating these truly beautiful custom wedding shoes, as well as a collection of some of the work we've done to date!
Gallery of Indian Wedding Shoes by Ellie Wren Custom Wedding Shoes
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Designing Custom Wedding Shoes for an Indian Wedding: How the Process Works
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Traditional Indian Wedding Attire Sent as Inspiration for the Bride's Custom Wedding Shoes[/caption]
Often, the bride will send us a photograph of the wedding dress that she will wear for the wedding ceremony (as shown above). We'll then take this image and create a sketch of a design (like the one below). The design is sent to the bride for approval.
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Custom Wedding Shoe Sketch for Indian Wedding Shoes[/caption]
In some cases, as with this bride, we won't copy the design in the same colors, but rather have the shoes incorporate the inverse of the colors -- to have them better complement the dress, like the example below.
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Custom Wedding Shoes Inspired by the Bride's Traditional Indian Wedding Dress[/caption]
Custom Wedding Shoes: Capturing the Essence of the Indian Wedding Dress
Example 1: Selecting a more neutral color palette to complement the bride's selected dress for each ceremony.
In other cases, the bride will decide not to include all of the colors of her dresses because of the sheer variety across a three-day celebration. As shown below, she might elect to have her shoes done in more neutral tones so as to go with the all of her selected dresses.
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Custom Wedding Shoes for an Indian Wedding Ceremony[/caption]
Example 2: Adding accents to the wedding shoes so as to create one shoe that fits each dress for wedding ceremonies.
Other brides may decide to design the shoes with color that incorporates a selection from their wedding celebration dresses. One of our favorite pairs was designed to incorporate the colors of the two dresses shown below.
Here, we honored the colors of the latter dress for the base shoe -- a muted gold silk shoe with crystal accents in gold, champagne silver and blush -- and then incorporated the bright colors of the former dress by adding the flowers to the ankle. We even custom made a small adornment for the toe of the shoe.
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Custom Wedding Shoes Designed for an Indian Wedding Ceremony[/caption]
Example 3: Playing up the unique patterns of the ceremony dresses
And, finally, we've also been able to create really unique hand-placed crystal designs, as well as using lace appliques and other curated items to capture the essence of the dress -- right down to the patterns of crystals and beads.
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Custom Wedding Shoes Designed for an Indian Wedding Ceremony and Capturing the Essence of the Dress, Here with a Leaf Design[/caption]
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Custom Wedding Shoes Designed for an Indian Wedding Ceremony and Capturing the Essence of the Dress, Here with a Silver and Purple Peacock Feather Design[/caption]
We design each shoe with the bride in mind, we have the ability to match the bride's imagination. It's really a lovely way to have something unique and special on your wedding day. To design your own wedding shoes, please visit our website at: www.elliewren.com.