guest wedding planner: lena of la petite coquin

Imagine my delight when Lena, who writes La Petite Coquin, started commenting over here on my humble blog.  I read her blog daily, and when she started dropping by here regularly, I was over the moon.  And then it hit me- Lena knows about weddings, has fabulous style, and is a lovely person. I am planning a wedding.  What should I do? Start begging her to collaborate with me! Being the doll she is, she said yes!

Here are the marvelous results (to see my dress that these shoes would be worn with, look here and to get the whole vibe you can see the venue too).  Prepare yourself to want new shoes right away.  I can say this, if you’ve had a wedding, you are going to want a renewal with a pair of these beauties.  If you are engaged, you are in luck.  And if you aren’t planning yet, bookmark these! Now, here is the fabulous Lena:

“While I wouldn’t call myself a shoe girl, I have four or five pairs of black flats, a whole array of nude patent leather shoes and enough black high heels to dress each girl in our apartment building–and that’s not including the shoes in “storage” at my parents’ house. I love featuring a pair of seriously gorgeous wedding shoes every Tuesday, but I try to avoid drooling over the bridal departments of Neiman Marcus, Net-a-Porter and Kate Spade for the sake of my credit cards. Unless, of course, one of my darling blogging buds asks me to help her find the perfect pair of heels for her upcoming art deco nuptials, and then I can spend hours searching for that perfect finishing touch. I couldn’t be more delighted to be sharing the fruits of my labor!

Alexandre Birman’s python slingbacks spotted on Net-a-Porter are classic-ivory and sweet, these are perfect under a wedding gown and will get miles of wear after the big day.

Brian Atwood’s Maniac platform pumps come in an understated nude patent leather, but these gleaming metallic beauties are show stoppers. I wonder if Saks has a buy one-get one free deal…

This pair of peep toe pumps from Fendi is simply to die for-the tuxedo bow is perfect for a wedding, and the pewter color would be gorgeous with the embroidery on Chelsea’s gown! Of course, if a 5.5″ heel seems like a bit much for an evening of dinner and dancing, there are always these darling Kate Spade Billie peep toes, with all the metallic dazzle and much less of the ouch.

A pair of Manolo Blahnik Sedaraby Jewel Buckle d’Orsay pumps makes any girl–Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte or otherwise–coo. They’d suit Chelsea’s gown perfectly, but they’d also be fabulous with a little white shift dress on the honeymoon!

I’d long loved Miu Miu, and these satin platform pumps are the height of bridal simplicity with a serious 5″ heel.

The subtle blush satin and stunning crystals on these Valentino suede and satin sandals actually stopped me in my tracks. The price tag, at just over a thousand dollars, kept me moving, but maybe Chelsea won’t be able to resist! After all, you only wear that gorgeous gown once…

These Valentino pumps in lace and satin weren’t what I imagined I’d pick when I set out to find Chelsea a perfect pair of wedding shoes, but I just couldn’t stop dreaming about the combination of swiss dot and classic lace. What do you think–too much, or just enough?”

{Top image from Yooli and Michael’s wedding, via La Petite Couqin}

The Wedding Planning Series

As I continue to plan for my wedding, I want to personally invite you to read through my other wedding planning escapades:


  1. Lena, you have outdone yourself with shoe goodness…Gorgeous options! Thanks again for being my guest today!

  2. They’re all gorgeous! My faves here are the Alexandre Birman and the Miu Mius but like I said they’re all amazing! :) xoxo

  3. oh wow! I couldn’t decide if I tried which I love more!

  4. Chelsea, I am blushing at your impossibly sweet words, and if it’s possible, I think I’m more in love with all those shoes than I was before!

    xoxox, Lena

  5. mary ab

    great post! i absolutely love the fendi and manolo options. and you are right, i am now jealous that my wedding has passed! cant wait to see what shoes you choose!

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