Tuesday, February 19, 2008

These little white shoes


shoes 0011, originally uploaded by Anna's musings.

I'm not sure exactly why, but I feel a very special sort of excitement when I look at white shoes these days. There's something very touching to think that these shoes will gently hug a bride's feet as she happily walks towards her new life... isn't that so?

By the way, yes, these are the shoes I plan to wear at the wedding. My dear chatan found them very unexpectedly in a small shop where I wouldn't even think to look, and I love them! They have a clean and simple look which will go perfectly with my dress, I think. Also, the heels aren't too high or too thin, which is important because I will need to be strong enough for much, much dancing!

... Right now, I'm dancing with the joy of thinking I won't have to subscribe to Shadchanet (or other websites for Orthodox Jewish singles) again. There will be no more strained conversations on first dates, over cups of cold coffee. I'm dancing with delighted excitement. Still in my slippers, though. ;)

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

What does the word "Chatan" Mean..
is that the same as Fiance'?

Anna S said...

Chatan means bridegroom.

neuropoet3 said...

Oh, this is all so exciting Anna! Will you be able to have pictures taken at your wedding that you can share with us? I would love to be able to see you dancing in your wedding dress! I'm so happy for you...

Peace,
Jenny

Kelly said...

Ohhhh great shoes Anna. Very simple yet pretty. My advice though, if you haven't already figured this out yourself, wear them a bit around the house to break them in or you will have blisters that you will regret the next day. I wore my shoes a little but I did way too much dancing at my wedding and could barely walk the next day.
And I KNOW what you mean about not having to do any the the singles stuff anymore. Everytime I see some add for an online dating agency I think, Thank God I'm married!!!!!!
Hugs,
Kelly

Anna S said...

We'll certainly take lots and lots of pictures!!

Wanda's Girl said...

I'm dancing with you! I'm so happy your heart is about to be safeguarded for life! God bless your week, and keep the exciting updates coming!

His love,
Dana

Haus Frau said...

simple elegance. i would have expected nothing less though. beautiful. :o)

Rebekah S. said...

Oh, I'm just near giddy with excitement for you!!! :)

I LOVED this post! :) What kind of dancing will you be doing at your reception? The reason I'm asking, is because I've been ballroom dancing for a year now, and I LOVE it! :) Those shoes are BEAUTIFUL!! :) I love them. They're so elegant and classy without being gaudy and overdone. They're simply beautiful! I'm so glad you shared this pic with us, and I really can't wait to see your dress. And I'd like to see a pic of your beloved future chatan as well! ;)


Blessings,
Rebekah

ruizbe82 said...

I think it's great that your chatan knows your taste well enough to pick/point out shoes you would like. My husband has moments like those at times and it makes me so happy to have chosen him. :)

I am excited to see your ensemble (shoes + dress)!!

Anna S said...

Rebekah, there won't be any dancing of the sort you imagine. All dances will be separated for a men's half and a women's half.

Sammybunny said...

I'm so excited for you! This is super exciting! Ahhh....*can't wait*

Terry said...

Cute shoes! I know your wedding will be quite a celebration and I can't wait to see the pictures! I really am happy for you.

AnneK said...

I don't know if it is my imagination, but I think I had very similar shoes for my wedding. In fact I am going to take a look at them in the evening to make sure :D It has been a while since I looked at them.

sagamore said...

Mazel Tov, Anna -- may you be zoche to build a Bayis Neeman B'Yisroel! I hope someday we can hear the story of your meeting and courtship!

tales_from_the_crib said...

so pretty, glad to see a little snippet of your wedding pulling together.
:)
oh, and that your chatan is so considerate.

lorelei4mc said...

+1 on breaking in the shoes! The dream of your ideal, sacred day doesn't include blisters. You won't regret having comfortable, easy-to-walk-in shoes.

For what it's worth, I wore platform tennis shoes under my own wedding dress all day long. My mom stitched some lace on a pair of athletic socks. I still sometimes wear both -- with fond memories -- four years later.

I wish you much happiness!

Gothelittle Rose said...

My wedding shoes were much like that. I resisted heels, but I needed them, because my skirt dragged the ground. They performed excellently for me... may yours do the same!

I got mine used, which no doubt helped.

The very best wedding shoes I ever saw, though, were my brother's wife's. She got married in Florida, and she's several inches taller than he is. So she wore this crocheted white lace over the top of her bare foot, hooked around her toe and tied around her ankle, and that was it.

I ought to ask her for some of those to wear to church in the summertime!

Andrea said...

I just had a sudden image of your shoes peeking out from under your gown as you dance ... my friend described the hora to me once and it sounded so joyful that I looked it up online and found some wonderful videos! It's your special day (English is so limiting sometimes; by "your" I mean of course both you and your chatan), you are both going to have SO much fun in addition to the solemnities of the celebration, and I can't tell you enough that I am so very excited for both of you :)

I do second the suggestion to break those shoes in as much as you can; better to suffer blisters before the wedding than limp around for days after! And finally, I am sure you will, but I have to say it just to calm my stomach, which is nervous for you-- regarding the chair part of the dancing, be sure to get very strong people to lift you, okay?! And people standing behind to "spot" you surely can't go amiss, either :P

Tracy said...

I well remember those days leading up to the wedding. Enjoy each moment.

Prairie Elf said...

Hello Anna, I was just introduced to your blog by a friend of mine, as I am getting married as well, and she wanted me to see your posts. I had a question--are you making your wedding dress? Do you have pictures? Thank you! Amanda

Anna S said...

Amanda, congratulations on your upcoming marriage! Yes, I'm making my wedding dress. There aren't any pictures yet, as I only choose the fabrics about 4 days ago. ;) It will only be ready a week before the wedding or so. I'll post pictures after the wedding, I hope.

Maggie said...

Cool shoes Anna! You must be getting excited about the wedding. What sort of food will be at the wedding? Do you have a buffet style, or a sit down service?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful shoes! I cant wait to hear more about your wedding and to see pictures! I second the idea of wearing your shoes for a while before the wedding. I went to Disney World on my honeymoon and literally had bruises on my feet from my wedding shoes! Not pretty!

Is seperate dancing with men and women mandatory at your wedding? I thought that custom was for Hasidim only? Just curious! You will be able to dance with your new husband correct?

Congratulations again Anna!

Shannon

Susan said...

May I suggest not only wearing them around the house to "break them in", but also find some pavement or gravel and grind those heels into it a bit, to rough them up. That tip from a friend was the only thing that prevented me from slipping going down the aisle wearing heels at a friend's wedding! (I wore flats for mine.) It really helps with keeping a sure footing.

Jaime said...

very nice!! so much fun to plan!!

i wore very comfy isotoner ballet-style slippers for my wedding. so cozy! and kept me below my husband's height!

Apple Cider Mama said...

Anna - Yay for shoes! In the words of Rodgers & Hammerstein, "I enjoy being a girl!" I can't believe it's been 2 and 1/2 years since I was in your shoes. (Pun intended...hee hee)
~Bethany

A Note From Theresa said...

very beautiful shoes! I really can't wait to see your dress! :)

Anonymous said...

Anna~
The shoes are lovely and look very comfortable as well! I think it is so incredibly thoughtful that your chatan picked them out for you! He seems like he is a very sweet guy. He is so lucky to have you! Thanks for sharing!
~M.T.

Jeannine said...

I am so exited for you! I still have to break in my wedding shoes too. Right now they are stored in my closet. They look similar to yours, only they have a row of rhinestones. Now I'm not necessarily fond of those, but all other shoes were so expensive and they still look good.
Have a wonderful time making your dress!

anna said...

Very elegant shoes! And yes, comfort is important! These posts make me happily look back at the time I was a bride, 2 years ago, so thank you! And keep dancing with the joy ;)

Lady-in-the-Making said...

God bless you and your bridal shoes! May your first steps in them lead you on to a long, happy wedded life!

Ways of Zion said...

how thrilling!

Coffee Catholic said...

Those are perfectly lovely shoes! Mine were sky-blue satin but once we arrived at the hall I changed into trainers so I could dance all night long hahaha! (No one could see them...)

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MarkyMark said...

Anna,

Some time ago, I left a comment on one of your posts about modest, feminine dress. While I cannot remember exactly what I said, I do remember saying that, from a man's perspective, that pursuing a timeless, classic style would be the way to go. For so many reasons, it would be the way to go.

What did I mean by classic, timeless style? Well, those lovely shoes of yours are EXACTLY what I had in mind! That's the kind of look I was talking about. They have simple, elegant look that has never gone OUT of style. There are certain clothes for men that have this quality; I'm sure that there are women's clothes that have this quality too. Anyway, I love the shoes, and I'm sure you'll look absolutely smashing in them! Your man has excellent taste...

Have a good night, and God bless you...

MarkyMark

Elizabeth said...

Anna - the shoes are beautiful! I'm so excited for you!!

Karen said...

Your excitement is contagious! How wonderful for you! Those look very much like mine except mine were blue!