You’ve thought of everything: a beautiful venue, stunning flowers, the best music for dancing the night away, perfect shoes. Don’t forget that you’ll actually want to be able to enjoy it all, and making sure that pair of wedding shoes is comfortable will make all the difference—think blisters, chafing and all-day pressure on the balls and heels of your feet. No, thanks! Slip in these Foot Petals cushions and protectors to turn any shoe that suits your fancy into something dreamy.
Nikki shares the story—including its muddy beginnings—of marrying her fiancé, Chad, in his mother’s garden off the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
Date and Location: August 30, 2014, at Lakebay, WA
The Venue: We wanted an outdoor wedding on Chad’s folks’ property. My mother-in-law has a gorgeous garden, and the scene was perfect for an intimate ceremony and reception.
Hayley shares the story of her real-life fairy tale—marrying her fiancé, Ryan, in a Scottish castle—brought to real life with photos and a beautiful wedding video.
Date and Location: January 28, 2014, at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
The Venue: We visited the seaside town of Crovie in 2011 and fell in love with Scotland. We wanted to have our wedding during the winter and in a beautiful location, so Edinburgh seemed ideal. It’s an amazing, historic city, and Edinburgh Castle is absolutely breathtaking.
Or should we say dresses? Bridal Designer Hayley Paige gives us a sneak peek at the details of what she’s designing and what she and her maids will be wearing during her upcoming July wedding.
1. Not a single dress has been made yet for my July 11th wedding. Gulp! I am kind of approaching the wardrobe like I would a typical bridal season: one style at a time and fresh off the pattern table. It’s nice to have a design room at my disposal, but it also gives you that added panache of fashion show pressure.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
If you’re having—or 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.
The spring 2014 collection from Badgley Mischka takes inspiration from Old Hollywood and the 1930s French Riviera. See more of the gorgeous beadwork and embroidery firsthand at our in-store Wedding Suites.
Silk mermaid ‘Audrey’ dress with embellished illusion neckline and sleeves. $3,850.
See more Badgley Mischka dresses in our Wedding Suite lookbook. We offer this dress at our Seattle, Michigan Avenue, Oakbrook Center, Topanga, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Valley Fair, Roosevelt Field and Tysons Corner Center wedding suite locations.
We can’t get enough of these new Hayley Paige gowns. We adore her unique aesthetic, which encompasses everything from traditional ball gowns with whimsical layers of tulle to subtly glamorous stripes and opulent crystals. Hayley’s 2014 gowns just hit our Wedding Suites; check your local Nordstrom store to see which beautiful styles are available for you!
Leighton (6302): Silk stretch-satin fit-and-flare gown with ruched bodice and strapless sweetheart neckline. Silk organza manipulated skirt and open back with tulle detailing connected by crystal cluster and chapel train. Detachable crystal embellished bolero, sold separately. $3,355.
Guindon (6315): Striped organza natural-waist ballgown with sweetheart ruched neckline, full flounced skirt, taupe raw-silk ribbon at natural waist and chapel train. $3,160.
Emeryn (6411): English net fit-and-flare gown with ruched detailing on bodice, double horsehair trim flounced skirt, alabaster and crystal encrusted keyhole back with chapel train. $3,850.
Star (6412): Alabaster tulle A-line gown with crystal-encrusted bodice and skirt, sweetheart neckline and chapel train. $3,585.
Kadence (6410): Alençon lace fit-and-flare gown with strapless jewel-encrusted neckline. Ruched detailing along sides of bodice and center back, crystal and alabaster detachable bolero and chapel train. $4,400.
Locklyn (6407): Sweetheart neckline, jewel-encrusted waist, fit-and-glare gown with ruching at waist and full, tulle skirt. $2,860.