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February 10, 2014

Wedding Image of the Week

Ooh la la: Those are the only words we have for this stunning wedding dress from Hayley Paige!

Just kidding—we could go on and on about this bejeweled beauty (now in our spring lookbook)! The alençon lace, chapel train and crystal-lined sweetheart neckline create a perfect classic look, but the bolero takes it up to major glam status. It’s like the ultimate statement necklace, with crystal and alabaster beads draping across the shoulders, collarbone and back. Sparkly embellishment was a big trend at Bridal Fashion Week, and we love seeing it come to life for the bride who’s ready to ‘wow.’


See this stunner and more new wedding gowns in our spring lookbook, then make a free appointment with a Wedding Stylist at a Suite location near you!

January 31, 2014

Wedding Image of the Week

A bride in sunglasses, a fun braid and a huge smile–what could be cuter?!

HeroAppropriately named ‘Hepburn’, this Hayley Paige silk organza wedding dress has a tea-length hem and boat neckline that feels both classic and retro, with embroidered lace flowers and a cut-out opening in the back to make it a bit more modern. Either way, this bride is ready for an outdoor wedding filled with sunshine!

Check out our new Spring Bridal Style Guide for wedding favors, bridesmaid dresses, accessories and more to go along with this rustic, romantic style!

Image via Rustic Wedding Ideas on Pinterest

We’re thrilled to introduce a new brand at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite: Watters! These five new wedding dresses are ethereal wonders. Think: intricate lace, beaded bodice, floaty net-and-tulle skirts. Plus, a 2014 trend we love: a gown in a soft rose gold color. We’re swooning!


‘Ashan’ (style 5089B): Rose-gold soft net ballgown skirt with ‘Carina’ (style 5018B) blush lace, sweetheart neckline corset.


‘Brooke’ (style 4074B): Ivory organza strapless twist detail bodice with cascading ballgown skirt.


‘Jacinda’ (style 4061B): White beaded soft netting bodice with stretch silk amaretto slip and gardenia satin ribbon.


‘Ellery’ (style 5073B): Ivory sweetheart beaded bodice with soft net ballgown skirt.


‘Farah’ (style 5010B): Ivory, lace and tulle cap sleeves with illusion bodice and A-line skirt.

The selection of gowns is curated to each of our 18 Wedding Suites, so call your local suite to find out more. You can see Watters gowns in Park Meadows, CO; Chicago, IL; Oakbrook, IL; Brea, CA; Topanga, CA; King of Prussia, PA; Scottsdale, AZ; and San Francisco, CA.

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When it comes to choosing flowers, brides often think about the wedding theme, season and colors (and of course, the bouquet inspiration they’ve been gathering on Pinterest). But did you know you can also pick flowers based on their meanings?

From “floriography”–the communication of language and meaning through flowers–to floral astrology based on birth months, similar to birthstones (for example, June’s ‘birth flower’ is the rose), the symbolism of different blooms is rooted in history and still followed today.

Consider the background of floriography: In 19th century England, specific floral arrangements were used to send coded messages. A sender would pick symbolic flowers to express feelings to the recipient, which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society. Sounds romantic, right? Following tradition, the flowers used in Duchess Kate’s wedding bouquet were each chosen based on their meanings related to happiness, love and friendship.

Even legendary designer and wedding guru Vera Wang says that the symbolism of flowers can create a very personal and meaningful experience for a bride; she listed the meanings of some well-known and popular flowers in her book, Vera Wang on Weddings:

Anemone: expectation; Baby’s breath: innocence, pure heart; Blue violet: faithfulness; Calla lily: beauty;
Camellia: gratitude; Daffodil: joy; Daisy: gentleness; Freesia: innocence; Gardenia: purity;
Heather: future fortune; Heliotrope: devotion, faithfulness; Iris: warmth of affection;
Lily: majesty; Lily of the valley: happiness; Orange blossom: purity, virginity; Orchid: rare beauty;
Rose (red): love; Rose (yellow); friendship; Rose (coral): desire; Rose (peach): modesty;
Rose (dark pink): thankfulness; Rose (pale pink): grace; Rose (orange): fascination;
Rose (white): innocence; Tulip: passion, love; Violet: modesty, faithfulness; Zinnia: affection

So what story will you tell with your wedding day bouquet? Tell us your ideas!

January 24, 2014

Wedding Favor: Love Song CD

Today, we bring you another awesome favor idea, one that our marketing manager actually received at a wedding this summer: a CD of love songs, carefully selected by the happy couple. We love this unique and personal idea!

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Sara and Kambiz created a mix of both romantic love songs and all-around happy songs, including those they played for their walks down the aisle and their first dance. They also designed the CD face and cover (so cute!) and printed guests’ names and table numbers on one side, so it doubled as a seating chart. Brilliant, right?

Below is a selection of songs from their CD to inspire your wedding music, your version of the CD favor or even just some afternoon listening! Enjoy!

“Best Days” – Eric Hutchinson

“Lovely Day” – Maroon 5 ft. Bill Withers

“You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne

“On Top of the World” – Imagine Dragons

“The One I Love” – David Gray

“Sweet Pea” – Amos Lee

“I Won’t Let You Go” – James Morrison

“Turning Page” – Sleeping at Last

HeroChampagne and celebrations go hand in hand, so it’s no surprise that bubbly is hugely popular at weddings. Though champagne is plenty fancy already, adding a bit of pear and ginger is a tangy twist worth trying!

INGREDIENTS
2 oz. pear juice
1/2-1 oz. ginger simple syrup (recipe follows)
Brut champagne (you’ll want a drier champagne to offset the sweetness of the juice and syrup)
Candied ginger slices or fresh pear slices for garnish

Ginger Simple Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
8 pieces of ginger, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds (for a stronger ginger flavor, you can grate it instead)

STEPS
1. In a small pot, combine all ingredients for the ginger simple syrup and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.

2. Reduce heat, simmering gently for 10 minutes or until the sugar syrup thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

3. Strain through a mesh strainer into a bottle. Once cooled, combine the pear juice and syrup in a champagne flute.

4. Fill the rest with champagne, garnish and serve—at your wedding, bachelorette party or even a wedding planning session with your girlfriends.

Cheers!

Original recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron

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via Apple Brides

When it comes to walking down the aisle, many couples invite their best furry friends to be by their sides. After all, pets are family too! Whether it’s a role in the ceremony or just a photo op, chances are that your canine companions will want to be part of the fun. (When do they not?!)

Here are some cute ways to involve your pooches—and some outfit inspiration to ensure that they’re dressed to impress.


via The Knot


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via Wedding Chicks


via Erika & Jason’s Wedding


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via Brides of North Texas


via MoHa Photography on SnapKnot

January 17, 2014

Wedding Image of the Week

This week, we bring you a stunner from BLISS Monique Lhuillier—a classic column wedding dress with a modern twist.

This embroidered lace sheath has a tulle overlay on the bodice and shoulders, so light and dainty that it’s barely there. Plus, a detachable tulle skirt adds an unexpected volume to the back of the gown. See more styles in the BLISS Monique Lhuillier Lookbook.

Image via Classic Wedding Ideas on Pinterest

Homemade favors are some of our favorites to receive at weddings–especially when they involve food! A few standouts from a quick poll of our wedding team: caramels, seafood seasoning, granola, s’mores kits, honey and even salsa! YUM.

HeroWe were inspired by the delicious-looking strawberry-rhubarb jam from Caroline and Jason’s wedding, so we asked Caroline to give us her recipe. Read on below and try it yourself.

INGREDIENTS (makes 20 4-ounce jars)

4 1/2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 cups white sugar
4 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, halved
1/4 cup lemon juice
20 4-ounce canning jars with lids and rings (sterilized in boiling water for at least 5 minutes)

STEPS

1. Mix rhubarb and sugar in a large, heavy pot and let stand for 2 hours; stir in strawberries and lemon juice.

2. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Lower heat to medium-high and cook jam at a full rolling boil until thickened, stirring often to prevent scorching, for 20 to 25 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and stir for 2 to 3 more minutes. Skim off any foam.

4. Pack the jam into the sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Then run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings.

5. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring water to a boil.

6. Carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Water level should be at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Pour in more water if necessary to cover.

7. Bring the water to a full boil, cover the pot with a lid and process for 10 minutes.

8. Remove the jars from the pot and place several inches apart on a cloth-covered or wood surface. Let jars stand on wire racks for 24 hours to cool and seal.

9. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all).

Then, decorate however you wish! Tie with twine or ribbon and add a card, place a sticker on the top of the jar or wrap in tissue. Write names and table numbers on jars to double as a seating chart and favor!

Today we bring you part deux of our Fresh Flower Wedding Ideas. No, these aren’t your traditional bouquet and table arrangements—but instead are unique, innovative ways to make your big day bloom! And for more ideas, check out our Flower Power Pinterest board.

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Love is in the air. You’ve surely seen plenty of sparkly chandeliers, but how cool would it be to have flowers as part of your ambiance above? These are just single carnations hanging from string. (Also check out the flower chandelier combo at Nikki and Rene’s wedding!) Image via Ruffled.

Cool shades. Spruce up your beverage of choice with edible flowers frozen in ice cubes. It looks fancy but is about as easy as it gets. We think lavender would be the most delish! Image via Bon Appétit.

Flower bomb. Gift a bulb as an eco-friendly way to say thank you to your guests. Better yet, wrap it in tissue to resemble the flower like the dahlia pictured here. Image via Martha Stewart Weddings.

Blooming jewelry. We love this new take on the floral crown: a floral necklace! These real buds are wired together and hooked to a ribbon tie. This is not for the DIY faint of heart, but it can be done! Image via 100 Layer Cake.

Petal pattern. Honestly, when else will you ever be able to walk down an aisle dripping with flower petals? Never! So go all out with a fancy swirling pattern. And when you’re done with the “I do”s, you can create flower (aka snow) angels—think of the fun photos! Image via Style Me Pretty.

Gold leaf. Love the metallic look? More DIY goodness: give your favorite petals a partial or full coat of gold leaf or spray paint, then tuck them into your bouquet or lay out multiple flowers as a table runner. Image via Brides.

Have more unique flower ideas? Tell us in the comments!