Photography by Frank Ekeler
Today I unwrapped a cardboard box filled with packing peanuts and tissue paper. I dumped it all over my carpet, fishing for the one thing I knew would be in there...my wedding shoes. When I got married 3 1/2 years ago in Lincoln, NE, I left my dress and shoes with my parents while I continued to travel all over the country with the Soldier Show after the wedding. Only recently, my mother has finally gotten around to digging them out of her closet and shipping them to me.
While most women who get married are stoked about their dress, my favorite thing about my wardrobe that day was my shoes. Because I was touring with the Soldier Show while planning my wedding, I had little to no free time to shop around for a dress. One day, the director of the show announced that he was making a run to a near by mall in Virginia, so I hopped on board. Amazingly enough, I found a formal wear store and tried on 2 or 3 dresses until I found one that fit. It wasn't even a wedding dress, more of a prom or bridesmaid dress, and it was under $100. But I was completely happy with it.
Then in the weeks before my wedding, I found myself by chance, in a Macy's department store wandering around in the shoe department. That's when I saw the shoes. My wedding shoes. I decided before I tried them on, or even looked at the price tag, that I would have them for my wedding. Let's just say they cost....more than the dress. But it was the final touch that I needed to really feel like a bride that day.
I remember slipping them on my bare feet just before my dad picked me up to take me to Pioneers Park, the site of the ceremony. I remember the sound the heels made as they clacked on the concrete sidewalk, and how I was terrified of getting them dirty when I had to take a few steps on the grass. I remember how the slender, lacy heels peeked out ever so slightly beneath the hem of my simple, straight dress. I remember telling my photographer, "Snap a shot of the shoes!"
Today I put them on again for a little while and smiled before I boxed them up and placed them safely in my own closet. And it was good to remember how I felt that day I wore my wedding shoes.