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August 8, 2014

Real Wedding: Eva & Jeff

Eva shares the tale of her and Jeff’s May wedding at Windows on the River in Cleveland, Ohio.

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My Vision: I wanted a simple and enjoyable day. It was all about gathering with loved ones and having a great time! My goal was to create a day that Jeff and I could celebrate with all our favorite people without feeling stressed and crazy. I wanted to take in the special moments as they happened, so I would have amazing memories. I wanted to keep with certain traditions but also to make our wedding unique and perfect for the two of us. At the end of the day, everything was without flaw, and we all danced the night away!

The Scene: It was a beautiful, sunny, 70-degree day in Cleveland. The room that held our ceremony and reception had high ceilings and tall windows that let in the natural light and provided gorgeous moonlight in the evening. The exposed brick and other architectural features made it the perfect place to display the fresh floral arrangements and romantic colors we had chosen.

Jeff and I had our first look outside the venue under an old stone bridge. It was a sweet time that we shared alone, before all the festivities really began. Jeff finally saw the dress that I had been anxiously waiting for him to see me in, and he was so handsome in his new blue suit. The ceremony was emotional and heartfelt as we shared our vows we had written to each other. We started the party off with cocktail hour outside on the patio as we listened to a live pianist with a view of the city in the background. There was delicious food, tear-jerking toasts and all kinds of dancing.

The best moment for me was standing back and seeing all the happiness and love around us and between us as the realization of our perfect day set in. Every little thing came together, and the two of us could not have been more thrilled.

My Dress: The team at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite was great in helping me find my gown and making it perfect. I went to the store for a Hayley Paige trunk show without any expectations of finding my dress on my first shopping trip. I had an open mind and wanted to try different styles to see what suited me. I was so excited with what Nordstrom had to offer, and my stylist helped me try everything I had in mind. She did a great job of making me feel comfortable and special as I quietly analyzed each dress.

After trying on about seven dresses, I tried the Hayley Paige ‘Guindon’ gown, and although it was interesting and fun, it did not make a great first impression. I took it off and moved to another. After thinking on it, I went back to the ‘Guindon’ to give it another try. After I explained that I loved everything about it except for the stripes, Hayley told me she could make it without the stripes. I was sold!

Bride: Hayley Paige ‘Guindon’
Bridesmaids: Amsale Crinkled Chiffon in Blush

The Wedding Suite: When it came to finding dresses for my bridesmaids, we loved the Amsale collection because the dresses came in so many different colors and styles. We picked the blush pink color, and then each bridesmaid chose the same dress in a slightly different style. The dresses were definitely the look I was going for, and I was glad to have found them at Nordstrom.

The process of fitting the dress was great, as I had complete trust that the alterations would make it just right. Natasha altered the dress so that it fit me perfectly. It was convenient being at Nordstrom and having the lingerie department so close. The manager came down to help me find a bra that would best work with my dress. The experience of going for fittings was exciting, as I couldn’t wait to get back into my dress each time!

Photos by Mindy Sue Photography

The new spring/summer 2014 Amsale collection is now available in our Wedding Suites—and here’s a sneak peek! All gowns are available in plus sizes and can be made to measure, so you are guaranteed a perfect fit for your big day.

A659/Carson: A combination of timeless and current, this French alençon lace fit-and-flare gown is truly feminine. The layered tulle adds lightness and soft structure, while the delicate French lace long-sleeve bolero allows the bride to create a more formal look. $5,950

A655/Cameron: This fresh and modern lightweight ballgown has a silk taffeta corseted bodice with straps, a full skirt, signature pockets and a sash that accentuates the natural waist. Elegant and effortless, with a sheer back and touches of French alençon lace for added femininity. $3,950

A643/Lenox: Classic Amsale, this silk magnolia fit-and-flare gown has glamorous beading and a keyhole back. With sophisticated, clean lines and luxurious fabric, the gown is simple, chic and effortless with a touch of shimmer. $4,800

A654/Quinn: A beautiful, quintessential bridal gown. Channeling timeless sophistication, the French alençon lace bodice meets a silk ribbon bow accentuating the natural waist. This gown is perfect for a summer garden wedding, as the full skirt and lace underlayer create a fresh, airy fit and provide movement. $4,500

A657/Preston: This gown has a formality that makes it ideal for a black-tie wedding with the right accessories. The silk magnolia fabric is luxurious, and the cut is architectural and spare yet modern with a sheer neckline and sexy, low, bow-detailed back. $4,200

To see even more Amsale gowns, take a peek at this behind-the-scenes video from the spring 2015 collections.

Last month, Racked hosted an Instagram contest for one lucky engaged couple to win a totally free Brooklyn wedding. The catch? They’d have to plan it all in less than one month. We were thrilled to be a part of this event and offer the bride the dress of her dreams. The winning bride, Jacqueline Berman, wore a gorgeous Heidi Elnora ‘Coco Marie’ gown, and she looked absolutely stunning. It was incredible to see the wedding coordinated on such short notice! See how the entire day unfolded over at Racked’s Wedding Week feature.

Photos by: Daniel Silbert

We recently stumbled across this company and just had to share. It’s a unique way to take the pain out of changing your last name! Founded by a bride fed up with the hassle of trying to update her last name, MissNowMrs condenses the tedious 13-hour process into a 30-minute online experience via 3 steps: Questions, Forms, File. You can start it all just as soon as you’ve got your certified marriage certificate.

Featured in the New York Times, Brides Magazine, on NBC News and more, MissNowMrs is offering Nordstrom brides a special discount. For a limited time, take $5 off the regularly priced service ($29.95) with the promo code MNMNordstrom. It’s an easy way to check at least one thing off your to-list with ease.

Erin Fetherston

Designer Erin Fetherston and musician Gabe Saporta’s wedding last spring was the epitome of a fairy tale affair—and we have the photos to prove it. As she’s known for a design aesthetic that’s rooted in romance and whimsy, we weren’t surprised by the gorgeousness of the event, but we were amazed to hear that she and her fiancé pulled it all together in a mere six months!

Erin Fetherston

Erin Fetherston

Held at St. Nicholas Abbey—a Jacobean mansion at a rum distillery in Barbados—Fetherston got the best of two worlds: the lush landscaping of the English countryside and the warm, tropical weather of a Caribbean island. Fetherston describes the property as a truly magical place with “beautiful, formal English gardens in the front yard, a lush gully of 100-foot tall trees in back.” As she tells it, even the drive to the site, with views of rolling fields of sugar cane, was incredible.

In fact, it was the landscape that ultimately influenced the design of her dress. Originally, Fetherston says, she didn’t want a dress with a lot of volume. “I was thinking I would have a very flowing dress, maybe with a long train. I wasn’t thinking about anything structured.” But after studying a lot of photos of the venue, she realized the importance of connecting the environment and the dress.

Erin Fetherston

Erin Fetherston

While Fetherston’s design was part of creating a fully realized experience, and although the English garden-style wedding inspired a specific style of gown, she emphasizes that every bride should have her own approach. If the dress is the first consideration, “choose a venue that goes with the dress,” she advises.


Erin Fetherston

Fetherston created a gorgeous, uniform aesthetic by always keeping her concept and the big picture in mind. One of the ways she achieved this was deciding on a color palette—not just for the decor, but her guests as well. “Instead of giving people a dress code, I gave them a color code for the wedding and for other surrounding events.” She describes how a harmonious color palette made the experience feel really special—and resulted in beautiful photos. But her unique approach didn’t stop with a color code.

In lieu of having official bridesmaids, she dressed every female guest in Erin Fetherston. “It was like the bridal party had no boundaries,” she says. Fetherston dived into her archives, pulling every dress that fit her chosen palette, and then invited her girlfriends to come choose their dresses. Looking back through her past collections, reflecting on her years as a designer and being married while surrounded by friends all wearing her designs gave even greater meaning to her wedding.

Erin Fetherston
Erin Fetherston
Erin Fetherston

With so much care and consideration given to every little detail, the results were truly spectacular. Thank you, Erin, for sharing your magical moments and beautiful day with The Wedding Suite Blog!

Erin Fetherston

Find Erin Fetherston dresses and intimate apparel online and in our Wedding Suites. We’re excited to announce that even more Fetherston designs (exclusive to Nordstrom!) will be arriving this September.

Say “I do” to Choo! We are head over heels for the gorgeous new bridal shoe styles from Jimmy Choo, now at Nordstrom: elegant, attention-grabbing sandals and pumps for every step along the way, from the bridal shower to the big day. Check out our Jimmy Choo Bridal Shoe Guide to find the perfect match for every event on your wedding calendar.

‘Nova’ Pump

‘Nomad’ Sandal

‘Lang’ Sandal

‘Kole’ Sandal | ‘Abel’ Pump

‘Nova’ Pump | ‘Anouk’ Pump

‘Tallow’ Sandal

‘Evelyn’ Pump

SHOP: JIMMY CHOO BRIDAL SHOES

Summer’s almost here, and as such, so is primetime wedding season! We feel for all the brides (and grooms) out there who are running the last-minute errands on their to-do lists! One of the many 11th-hour items on any couple’s agenda is making a decision on the cake. Our friends at SnapKnot provided us with some of their favorite cake shots for inspiration (plus a couple of cookies and pies, for the less-traditional path). Just look at all the different ways to incorporate a sweet treat into your wedding!

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A pop of pink peonies and some subtle sequins highlight this cake’s feminine theme. Photos by: Thompson Pictures

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These little love birds are adorable and romantic, and the script in white icing is a clever way to add texture. Photo by: MoHa Photography

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Elegance takes center stage with this cake, which conjures up the concept of cherry blossoms coming into bloom. Photo by: Liz Caruana Weddings

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Sophistication and simplicity allow this cheeky cake-topper to shine. Photo by: Sherri J Photography

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Classic and romantic, this shot captures a small but stunning wedding cake. Photo by: Palm Beach Photography

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Presentation is everything, and this scene shows how the rustic display draws attention, leaving guests salivating for cake time. Photo by: Blume Photography

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Who says the sweets must be limited to cake? This shot shows that cookies can be a cute alternative. Photo by: Creatrix Photography

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The devil’s in the details of this colorful cake, with vibrant flowers and a braided chocolate mousse ribbon on a layered confection. Photo by: Creatrix Photography

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Let them eat…mini-pies and pudding! These treats prove that when it comes to dessert, anything goes. Photo by: Creatrix Photography

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With lace-like details and a pearl-esque ribbon, this cake gives the wedding gown a run for its money. Photo by: The Story Telling Experience

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Why not do a dessert buffet? This display shows that by allowing guests to help themselves, you can offer a little something for everyone. Photo by: Sherri J Photography

From primping on the morning of the big day to celebrating new nuptials, a bride should feel beautiful in every piece she’s wearing—whether it’s comfy, cozy loungewear, shaping essentials or a little something sexy. We’ve got you covered: Find everything you’ll need—from under-the-dress necessities to gifts for your ‘maids—in our Bridal Lingerie Gifts & Solutions Shop.

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If you’re havingor headed to—a destination wedding, don’t miss Sarah Jessica Parker’s guest posts on The Thread. She has singled out items she’d like to travel with for three highly probable summer occasions—including an out-of-town wedding.

It’s no surprise that designing intricate clothing fit for royalty (sometimes literally!) comes naturally to Naeem Khan: The Indian-born designer developed his talents for textiles and beautiful lines alongside his grandfather and father, both well known in India for their designs. His childhood fascination with their handiwork carried him to his first apprenticeship and beyond; he has since refined the art of clean, elegant silhouettes with modern restraint, all while growing in his own signature aesthetic and style. His runway shows are among the most anticipated during New York Fashion Week, and his gowns are seen on stunning world figures such as First Lady Michelle Obama and Queen Noor of Jordan, as well as red-carpet royalty Beyoncé, Sarah Jessica Parker, Penélope Cruz, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, to name just a few.

Khan’s foray into bridal gowns does not disappoint: his signature figure-tracing lines, swirling patterns and subtle, delicate touches translate into gowns with gorgeous, unique personalities and big movements that never overwhelm. If you’re going for detailed and unforgettable, Naeem Khan’s styles are worth trying on.

Speaking of trying on, stop in at selected Wedding Suites to do just that*, after swooning over these looks.

Vienna (Style FB012): In this new vision of the ballgown, a modern, beautifully beaded strapless bustier tops subtle pleats that define without overwhelming. We see this gown making a statement at big venues. $6,495.

Santorini (Style FB047): The Greek gods never had it this good. Draping creates beautiful, airy lines on a gown defined by a wide, crystal-beaded waistband. Perfect for outdoor and destination weddings—maybe to the islands? $5,750.

Paris (Style FB050): Sometimes simple is the most beautiful. Flattering bandage-style wrapping and a floating skirt (with pockets!) highlight the intricately detailed traditional veil. $5,495.

Agra (Style FB033): Delicately embroidered with florals and swirling curves, this romantic gown drapes down to a silky chapel train—a truly sophisticated bridal look. $8,395.

Naples (Style FB014): Modern caviar beading gives gorgeous, subtle detail, with a flattering deep V-neckline and high seams. $5,995.

*Naeem Khan is available in selected in-store Wedding Suites. Make a complimentary appointment with one of our Wedding Stylists to see these beautiful styles in person.