Founded by master tailors with roots in the Alsace-Lorraine region of eastern France, bridal house Anna Maier is a testament to the enduring allure of luxury couture. Today, the company is owned and all gowns designed by Anna’s great-grandson, Charles W. Bunstine II. A master in his own right, Bunstine has expanded the house’s prestige and legacy with fabrics of the highest quality and designs painstakingly crafted to suit each individual client. With selected Anna Maier bridal gowns arriving at Nordstrom soon, we took a moment to catch up with Bunstine over email to understand his world of couture.

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Our very own Wedding Division Retail Merchandiser Megan shares the details of her and Brennen’s wedding day week!

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Location & Details: Urban Studio in the Pearl District, Portland, Oregon. Brennen and I were set up by one of the managers I worked with at Nordstrom Downtown Portland. Given that Portland is where we met, it seemed only fitting we return there for our big day.

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Erika recounts her and Hutch’s glamorous and classic wedding with a DIY twist.

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Location & Details: Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, PA. I think the pictures speak for themselves; it’s a beautiful venue with romantic charm. The club is surrounded by rolling hills with lots of lush greenery, and May was the perfect time of year with everything in bloom. My favorite feature is the black-and-white tile in the foyer. Something about it feels so elegant and made for beautiful photos.
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Katie shares the story of her and Russel’s wedding full of romantic details and a beautiful sunset.

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Location & Details: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Our ceremony took place at Holy Family Catholic Church. We chose this church because my family has attended Easter mass here since we were very young. My grandmother loves their organ music and stained glass windows. The reception took place at Windows on the Waterway. This setting had a stunning sunset. We had appetizers and cocktails on the wraparound porch, dinner under a tent on the lawn near the harbor, and dancing inside the glass house.

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SEE ALL OF KATIE & RUSSEL’S BEAUTIFUL BIG DAY

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For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

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We adore the signature glamor of Monique Lhuillier designs, and that she appreciates luxury doesn’t mean a total lack of playful whimsy. As evidenced by the picture she sent us of her home with those stockings hung by the chimney with care overlooked by a large white peacock. As a mom and philanthropist, Monique has a lot of experience giving to her children, charities and more, which is why we can’t think of a more worthy individual to call a gifted giver.

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SEE MONIQUE’S FAVORITE GIFTS AND HOW SHE TACKLES SHOPPING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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We’re loving all the gorgeous dresses coming to life while we’re flipping through the pages of this digital magazine from Donna Morgan. What can we say? Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. So, we’ll just leave these beautiful images featuring the Serenity Collection right here…

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Download and browse the entire Donna Morgan Serenity Magazine.

Photos: Carla Ten Eyck

Shop: Donna Morgan Serenity Collection

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For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

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Designer, newlywed, force of positivity and unicorn lover, Hayley Paige is today’s gifted giver. After hearing her answers to our gift-related questions, we couldn’t help but wish we could find a way onto her recipient list. At least we can all be inspired by her gift-giving prowess and shopping while schnapps-ing philosophy.

IF YOU’RE HAYLEY’S HUSBAND DON’T CLICK THIS LINK: EVERYONE ELSE THIS WAY!

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Ali shares how she and Isaiah filled their big day with plenty of sparkle and shine.

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Location: Chambers Bay Golf Course. University Place, Washington. After the first time I visited Chambers Bay in 2007, I knew this was the location I would get married at some day. I was awestruck by its beauty; the captivating scenery overlooking the Puget Sound is simply breathtaking.

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IMG_2793Our Theme: The theme of our wedding  was “sparkle and shine.” Many DIY details were executed by my talented mother who spent hours glittering/spray painting candlesticks, vases and “love” signs. She also created a one-of-a-kind bridal bouquet from vintage brooches and charms that have been passed down for generations. My sister-in-law also spent hours glittering homemade cake pops and candies for the dessert table.

We really wanted our day to be a celebration of our love and it was just that!

SHINE ON: SEE ALL OF ALI & ISAIAH’S WEDDING

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We love seeking inspiration and things to covet from designers and other blogs, and we’re particular fans of checking out Lauren Conrad’s Friday Favorites feature. Last week, she brilliantly shared one of her Paper Crown bridesmaid dresses that doubles as her favorite holiday party dress (see below). We can always get behind a bridesmaid dress that you actually want to wear in the first place, let alone wear again. Bonus, she turned us on to the gorgeous beading detail on ‘Isla’ from the Naeem Khan Fall 2016 Collection (pictured above).

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Paper Crown by Lauren Conrad ‘Cambria’ Scalloped Minidress

Lead image via The LANE

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Ali recounts her and her Prince Charming’s fairy-tale wedding and offers some beautifully sound advice to brides-to-be.WEDDING-PICS-361

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Location: Old Stone Church in beautiful downtown Cleveland

The Venue & Theme: We (I) chose this church because of its rich history, and also because I had finally found my Prince Charming and this is a fairytale church!

This was the second wedding for both of us, and we asked our best friends to stand by our sides as Matron of Honor and Best Man. I chose orchids as my theme because they symbolize love and affection and are just beautiful! The flowers were on our invitations and in the bouquets, and I designed my cake to have stems made of icing and fresh orchids placed at the tips.

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Special Moments: I had many special moments, but one that stands out is being photographed under the gorgeous crystal chandelier in Playhouse Square. We are Cleveland born and raised, and we were so honored to be a part of our city! We chose Red Tail Golf Club for our reception because it’s a beautiful venue and has a great layout and amazing food.

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The Dress: I had originally chosen another dress, but upon watching a “certain show” about wedding dresses, I realized I didn’t have my WOW dress. I decided to go to Nordstrom at Beachwood Place to see if I could find one that would make my heart go pitter-patter. I was greeted very warmly by Dana and as soon as she started to show me different styles of dresses, THERE IT WAS!! I knew then and there I found “The Other One.” My first “The One” is my husband!! ; )~ Sooooo, I tried it on and felt like a princess. When the tears started to flow, I knew this was it! Dana called Natasha to discuss alterations, since we had to put a rush on the dress to get it in a few short months. As soon as I met her, my fears of getting the dress on time and fitting correctly were obliterated. When the dress came in, Natasha had to work a few miracles to get it to fit exactly the way she wanted, but the final results were amazing!

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Advice for Brides-to-Be: Just enjoy the engagement period and wedding planning, and realize it’s not a show but a love story: a story you want to share with family and friends to celebrate your wedding!

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The Honeymoon: We got engaged at the Prayers from Maria Wine Fest in Rocky River last year, so we wanted to carry on the tradition and end up in wine country for our honeymoon. We went to California and drove the Pacific Coast Highway, making stops in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Napa and Yountville. We had such a fabulous time biking the Golden Gate Bridge, walking the beautiful beaches and tasting spectacular wines!

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Photography by Bouncing Light Photography

Did you find your wedding gown or bridesmaid dresses at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! Email Nordstrom Wedding Stories for details on getting your wedding featured on our blog. And for more inspiration, make a complimentary appointment with a Wedding Stylist or browse our Wedding Suite.

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