I met my friend Kate when we were kids at an all-girls summer camp in Vermont. We’ve always lived a few states apart but I attribute our enduring friendship over the years to the same traits that has made Kate a successful New York City publicist. She’s thoughtful, charismatic, funny, and brilliant; you have to have her in your life. Kate’s also an incredibly talented singer and when it came time to plan my wedding, I asked her to sing in the ceremony. At our rehearsal dinner we purposefully sat a then-single Kate next to groomsman Mike, who is an equally dear and long time friend of my husband’s. Needless to say, Kate and Mike hit it off throughout the wedding weekend and four and a half years later we were on our way to Nantucket for theirs.
Nantucket is Kate’s favorite place in the world and as we stepped off the ferry for our first time on island, as they say, it was not hard to see why. The picturesque little place is the epitome of preppy New England life: casual but proper, weathered but pristine. From beaches to bike rides and crab cakes to lobster rolls, we soaked up this charming island lifestyle as we shopped down old cobblestone streets and admired each manicured yard. Our home base was at the Centerboard Inn, a victorian guesthouse newly remodeled in a modern beach chic style, where we stayed in such luxurious comfort that it was quite hard to leave by the end of the weekend.
There on Nantucket, everything is in the details and Kate and Mike carried this sentiment throughout their wedding weekend, which was appointed with endless hydrangeas, nautical rope accents, and delectable seafood. It was with this same mindset that I created Kate’s custom wedding shoes. Set on traditional ivory bridal satin, a delicate rope detail (coordinating with the corded lace on her wedding dress), is knotted over the toes in a classic Carrick Bend design. The rope continues along the topline and is wrapped around the kitten heels in a quirky unexpected way. A solitaire diamond button in the center of each knot brings an appropriate elegance to the shoes. For the first time at Katie Blauer, a Liberty of London textile (named “Caesar”) was used as an alternative lining material, as it held sentimental value for the bride and perfectly captured the color palette of Nantucket.