And the Bride Wore…All Stars?

This post in honor of De’s best friend, whose groom vetoed her bridal Chucks idea. After reading De’s comment, I couldn’t stop myself from finding pics of wedding parties who opted to wear Converse over dress shoes. I’m not saying that I’m pro bridal sneakers — especially when they’re the platform kind that look like they’ve contracted a plague of rhinestones — but I count myself in the pro All Stars camp.

Seriously, how cute is this snapshot by photog Katy Regnier? From what I can tell, the bride was the only one cool enough for Converse…and purple ones, at that!


Gals in Chucks weren’t the only unusual detail in this wedding — the groommen (and groomswomen!) wore tux t-shirts and the wedding party stopped to play a little basketball after the ceremony.

Photographer Henry of HenryShoots took this pic of the bride’s custom Converse. If I’m not mistaken, you can still get All Stars with your wedding date embroidered (printed?) in the back.

Even the guys can get in on the act! This snapshot was taken by a certain Chixor Girl. She takes gorgeous photos, so I can’t recommend her blog highly enough.

Who says the bride and groom have to match? Not this couple captured by the talented Shutterbug Mama!

In this sweet pic by {ashley.marie} photography, we see the bride, groom, and flower girl. I love her little ruffled socks…I wonder if they make them in my size.

I adore this look and wish I’d thought of it for my own wedding, especially because The Beard loves Chucks. What say you:

  • Totally lame — Just as bad as Crocs, IMO.
  • I wore/am wearing Chucks!
  • Totally cool — I wish I’d thought of that!
  • I wouldn’t do it, but I like the look.

20 Responses to “And the Bride Wore…All Stars?”

  1. mle September 15, 2008 at 11:20 am #

    My husband and his groomsmen were in chucks and kilts. You can see them here. http://flickr.com/photos/25171486@N02/2412596492/in/set-72157604726232800/

    I changed into flaming chucks partway through the reception, but can’t link to a photo as our photog’s site is flash-based. The photos of me with the boys in our finery and chucks is one of my favorites.

  2. Never teh Bride September 15, 2008 at 4:18 pm #

    Super cute, mle! But I hope you really didn’t RoShamBo your groom to see who got first vows ;-)

  3. mle September 15, 2008 at 5:35 pm #

    Yep, we did. He won.

  4. Melissa B. September 15, 2008 at 5:54 pm #

    I’m in love with that shot of the bride in her purple Converse.

  5. Never teh Bride September 15, 2008 at 5:55 pm #

    mle: Ahahaha, color me ridiculous. I was thinking of the South Park definition of RoShamBo…not the real definition, which I did not actually know. Specifically, thought you meant THIS nsfw activity:

    http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1604909

  6. De September 16, 2008 at 8:38 am #

    Yay! I inspired a post! This has made my day :D.

    And for the record, we had a blast shoe shopping and she found a great pair of navy blue mary janes, which are also awesome.

    I think Chucks looks great paired with ‘formal’ wear, I just wish I didn’t end up with heel blisters every time I wear them…

  7. Never teh Bride September 16, 2008 at 9:43 am #

    You and me both, De. I don’t know what causes your Chuck-related heel issues, but I myself have wide feet that don’t quite fit right in narrow All Stars.

  8. mle September 16, 2008 at 11:28 am #

    Nope, it was the rock-paper-scissors version. No physical violence.

    I only wore my chucks for a while, since my dress was hemmed for 3-inch heeled sandals. All-stars may look great, but they are quite flat.

  9. daisyj September 16, 2008 at 12:16 pm #

    You know, when I saw the topic of this post, I was sure it was going to be about a bride dressed only in sparkly pasties.

  10. La BellaDonna September 16, 2008 at 6:07 pm #

    @DaisyJ – Heh, so did I. NtB, as a matter of fact, you can get your lacy anklets at VictorianTrading.com! But even if you couldn’t get them there, you could actually get them anywhere:

    1. Buy anklets of desired colour (white, lilac, pink, green, orange, red), plain or patterned (flowers, hearts, kittens, alligators, plaid or pumpkins);
    2. Buy lace that appeals to you, in sufficient quantity to go around the edge of the both anklets after the lace has been washed (that is, you will need the circumference of both socks + enough for 2 seam allowances + shrinkage*;
    3. Wash the anklets and lace, GENTLY, before stitching (I’ve been known to wash the lace INSIDE the anklets)**
    4. By hand or by machine, stitch the lace:
    a) to the edge of each anklet so that the bottom of the lace points down when the anklets are turned down,
    b) on each anklet, remember to join the raw edges of the lace to each other in the back so that the raw edges of the seam are turned to the underneath when the anklet tops are turned down.

    There are your lace-topped anklets! And, while VictorianTrading is a lovely company, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get your anklets from them, the second version saves you postage, and, while it might or might not save you money, gets you exactly the anklets you want, and exactly the lace you want. So you can have pumpkin Halloween anklets trimmed with black lace; bat anklets trimmed with red lace; Valentine anklets; silk anklets trimmed with a double – or triple – row of gathered Chantilly with a tiny floret on the outside of each.

    *For those who don’t want to guess, One Yard (total) should be a safe amount for once around the top of each anklet for most folks. You may find you need less, or you want more for a Specific Project – but one yard should be adequate for most people, for most needs (and that’s one yard total for both anklets, not one yard per anklet).
    **If you don’t want to actually pre-shrink the socks and lace in the machine, soak them both in your sink in Very Hot Water with a little soap in it, and rinse thoroughly. You don’t want the lace to shrink after you sew it on – and you don’t want the anklets and lace to shrink at different rates. In fact, this is the best way to wash them after you wear them.

  11. Never teh Bride September 16, 2008 at 6:13 pm #

    That’s fantastic, La BellaDonna! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  12. De September 17, 2008 at 8:46 am #

    NtB, I too have wide feet! Well, its more that they are ‘duck feet’…they get wider as they go (my toes are often cramped in shoes that fit nicely on my heel).

    However, my heels are fairly straight down, meaning I don’t have much ‘curve in’ at the top of my heel – so some shoes that are made to cup the back of your foot actually rub against my flat little feet-backs and end up giving me blisters. LAME.

  13. Colleen September 17, 2008 at 9:21 am #

    That’s a gorgeous photo! My groom, all of our groomsmen and even our dads are wearing green high top chucks for the wedding. We got the date of the wedding embroidered on the back of his (I guess there’s no new ideas!) and I got a pair for myself that say “mrs. hislastname” because I liked the color so much. I’m wearing heels for the wedding, but I’ll like having the chucks afterward.

    Great idea La BellaDonna! There’s also a shop called the sock man or the sock guy here in NYC that sells lace trimmed anklets but I don’t know if he ships. And your’s is customized!

  14. Colleen September 17, 2008 at 9:22 am #

    good lord. “your’s is customized” I can hear my english-teacher mother weeping. Sorry! no caffeine yet.

  15. Never teh Bride September 17, 2008 at 9:36 am #

    De: It sounds like your feet are direct clones of my feet. I shudder to think of what shoes made specifically for our sort of feet would look like…those horrible shoes with toes? I can’t even begin to imagine.

    Colleen: No worries — I’m queen errormaker around here :-)

  16. Jillian September 23, 2008 at 12:22 pm #

    I had friends who got married last year who wore custom made orange (for him) and pink (for her) chuck taylors. They are the coolest people I personally know and it was absolutely perfect for them.

  17. MichelleB September 26, 2008 at 4:52 pm #

    wooo chucks are the best

  18. mkb April 7, 2009 at 10:04 am #

    I just came upon these custom shoes that would fit this, although not originally converse: http://preview.tinyurl.com/cpb25z

  19. Pencils April 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    I bought yellow lowtopped Chucks with daisies and little ladybugs for my wedding, in case my wedding shoes hurt my feet. (Yellow was one of my wedding colors.) I’ve worn Chucks since the 80s so it seemed appropriate to wear them. I’m wearing a pair of pink floral ones right now. However, I never did put them on! My gorgeous “real” wedding shoes turned out to be so comfortable I never felt the need to change out of them, and they were so beautiful I didn’t want to take them off. I am sorry I didn’t get any pictures of me in my wedding gown with Chucks though. I still wear the yellow Chucks all the time but I’m thinking I should put them away–packed away with the bubble gum pink hightops that I wore in high school.

  20. Anonymous December 4, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    thats freaken DOPENESS thats how i want my wedding to be