Hot Pink Manolos

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“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe

Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography
Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography

After meeting with Colby, I’d say this statement is true—and she’s probably conquered the world a hundred times over.  I don’t even consider myself a “shoe person” but even I know that feeling when you slide on that perfect shoe and you just feel like everything is perfect, that nothing can take down your day or your mood.  There’s just something about shoes.  So what does it say about a girl who has hundreds of “the right” shoes…or even…a girl that had FOUR pairs of “right” shoes to wear on her wedding day?  I’d say, a girl that conquered the world, or at the very least, and admittedly, is obsessed with shoes.  So obsessed in fact, that she asked for a shoe on her wedding cake—and not just any shoe, but a life-size, hot pink high-heeled shoe.

Are you thinking what I was thinking?  A high-heeled shoe, really?  What was the rest of the cake going to be?  You ask, I answer.  In honor of Rob, her fiancé’s obsession, a 2D block M in for the University of Michigan.  I’d like to tell you that Colby and Rob were making a compromise but in all honesty, we never met Rob.  Colby wanted to take their “obsessions” as she called them and put them together to honor each other.  Sounds good, we can do that.  Anything else?  Cupcakes!  Colby, who was planning everything over a year in advance, absolutely wanted cupcakes.  So when we first met in that year plus time, we knew we’d figure out the flavors and decorations eventually.  Colors?  Everything was going to be yellow and silver so that right there determined the colors of her cupcake tree that we would build.  After tasting some cake with her mom and friend, Colby departed with a sample box of flavors and a completed design scheme—including an M/shoe cake!

Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography
Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography

Many months later we met up again and this time we got down to some of the nitty-gritty details.  Cupcake flavors and decorations were first on the list.   Most of time people pick little fondant custom decorations to go on their cupcakes but Colby instead wanted fresh fruit on her cupcakes.  So this is what we came up with:

  • Coconut cupcakes filled with lime curd with rum buttercream (with a lime slice)
  • Chocolate cupcakes filled with raspberry preserves with raspberry buttercream (with a raspberry)
  • Almond pound cupcakes filled with cherry preserves with vanilla buttercream (you get the idea…with a cherry!)
  • Chocolate cupcakes filled with chocolate ganache with peanut-butter buttercream (okay this one had a custom decoration and it was a little a chocolate fondant football; again, for U of M)
  • Buttermilk cake filled with lavender buttercream with lemon buttercream (this one came with little dried lavender buds)

I’m sorry…what?  Lemon and lavender?  I was a skeptic I’ll admit but Colby said the combo was from a mixed drink that she loved and really wanted to try it.  So we made up different combinations of lemon and lavender and that’s the one that she picked (which I later found out was very popular—happy to be wrong!).

Photos by Daphne Doerr Photography
Photos by Daphne Doerr Photography

Now that those flavors were decided, our conversation steered back to “the shoe.”  Colby’s inspiration for her shoe came from her favorite pair of Manolo Blahniks in combination with her wedding shoes, which were designed by Benjamin Adams—London.  So with this new inspiration, we weren’t just looking for hot pink, oh no, we’re adding rhinestones!  Colby asked for a heel encrusted in sparkles with a rhinestone bow at the toe.  Sure, why not?

Photo provided by our bride, Colby
Photo provided by our bride, Colby

A couple weeks before their wedding Colby dropped off these zebra print Manolos (in the clear plastic container of course) for us to use as inspiration, and to get an idea of what life-size is for her—very helpful.  It took about 7-8 hours to get this shoe just right but in the end I had made our very first life-size high-heeled sugar shoe!  Now, I try not to call brides in the days before their wedding, but it occurred to me that every shoe needs a brand and as this design was technically made up…what should we do?  So I called Colby and asked her opinion.  Mostly she laughed, and we agreed to honor her love of Manolos.  I later found out that her mother thought I had removed the tag from the “sample” shoe!  It’s an odd compliment, but I’ll take it.

Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography
Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography

Photos by Daphne Doerr Photography
Photos by Daphne Doerr Photography

Rob and Colby’s wedding was at the lovely Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor and when we arrived to deliver the cakes and cupcakes  we were blown away by how beautiful the place was set up, and how perfectly the cupcake tree was going to fit in.  Top That! Event created the invitations, centerpieces, and flower arrangements and the combinations of gray and yellow were just stunning.

Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography
Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography

Of course the block M and the hot pink shoe didn’t fit in at all but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t meant to—it was unique, individual, fabulous and fun—and just for them.

Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography
Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography

Also for the reception, we delivered one our 3-pound Challah braid breads for the prayer and wine part of the their traditional Jewish celebratory meal.  We also brought along a small 6” cake that Rob ordered for his friend whose birthday was also their wedding day.  What a nice thought!  The cake was brought out later in the evening as a surprise for her.

Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography
Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography

And get this—remember when I said Colby had four pairs of shoes for her wedding day?  Well she did…but Rob got something too.  Colby’s sister and dad somehow (Colby really doesn’t know) got the U of M drum major to do the first introduction.  So what was their song?  Couldn’t be anything besides  “The Victors,” Michigan’s fight song.  Talk about starting your marriage off with a bang!

Photos by Daphne Doerr Photography
Photos by Daphne Doerr Photography

Check out some other beautiful photos from their wedding, including, but not limited to, Colby’s four pairs of shoes.  Not only has she conquered the world, now she can do it with a husband by her side!  Congratulations Colby and Rob!  And a big thank you to Daphne Doerr Photography for sharing so many beautiful photos that I couldn’t stop picking what I wanted to share!

Ceremony held in the Ballroom at the Michigan League.  Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography.
Ceremony held in the Ballroom at the Michigan League. Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography.

Photos by Daphne Doerr Photography
Photos by Daphne Doerr Photography

Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography
These are the 4 shoes--all with some sparkle!  Photo by Daphne Doerr Photography

Couldn't help but love this photo!  By Daphne Doerr Photography.
Couldn't help but love this photo! By Daphne Doerr Photography.