Sarah shares the story of her and Jeff’s rustic but elegant garden wedding, plus a beautiful video to remember their big day.

Olia Zavozina 'Ebie' Wedding Dress

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Location and Special Details: Jeff and I had never been to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens before and when we went to look at it, we fell in love. The flowers were blooming, we had the whole place to ourselves, the staff was wonderful. We had the ceremony and cocktail hour outside on the terrace and the reception inside one of the halls that looked out to the garden. The sun was setting. It was gorgeous. The food was amazing. I think that was one of the things that sold us on the location. Bon Appetit did the catering and everything was delicious. Our guests complimented us on the food the most!

SEE THE WHOLE STORY FROM SARAH AND JEFFREY’S WEDDONG

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Joanna August, bridal designer.

The talented designer Joanna August is in the business of dreaming up beautiful and innovative bridesmaid dresses. With a wide range of colors, styles and silhouettes, there’s something in Ceremony by Joanna August to make any bridesmaid happy (even jumpsuits!). Read on to see more dresses and some sage advice from the woman behind these pretty, romantic bridesmaid dresses.

Bridesmaid Dresses by Joanna August.

Your journey into bridal designs began with your own wedding in 2008 because you couldn’t find dresses you loved for your bridesmaids. What was missing from the market and what defines the look and style of your dresses today?
In 2008, everything on the market for bridesmaids looked like a bridesmaid dress! Even the pretty ones would have some sort of detail, like a satin sash or satin piping–something that marked the dress “for weddings only.” Then, if you looked for “regular,” off-the-rack dresses, you would find the perfect dress but not in the colors you wanted. From the beginning, the look of my dresses has been romantic, ethereal and most importantly, wearable! Nothing about my designs limits the dresses to the bridesmaid category. The only thing real “bridal” about them is that they are available in many colors, so the bride is able to customize the look to achieve her overall vision for her wedding.

Now, in 2015, there are a lot more options for bridesmaids, so, while I continue to put out fashionable, wearable looks, I also focus on pushing the envelope and introducing new and unexpected options for bridesmaids. I was one of the first to design separates and jumpsuits for bridesmaids, and I continue to search for unique options for the fashion-forward bride to express her taste and creativity through her bridal fashion choices.

SEE MORE DRESSES AND JOANNA’S TIPS FOR DRESSING ‘MAIDS OF ALL SHAPES AND STYLES

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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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