Real Weddings

The sweet story behind Jodi and Daren’s Hawaiian-inspired wedding in Seattle, and the beginning of their new family!

The Story: Daren and I first met when we were 14 years old. We were together through high school, but Daren left to play baseball at an out-of-state college, and I remained at a college in Seattle. After all these years, I believe it took “the journey of life” to bring us back together.

Daren and I have two children each from our previous marriages; Dylan & Kylie and Kellen & Maddox. In the words of Daren’s best friend who officiated the ceremony, “one + one = six!”

The Scene: July 28th, 2013, Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo, WA

The Rosehill Community Center was the only reception site we looked at, and it was love at first sight. It has a breathtaking view of Puget Sound and a gorgeous facility—perfect for a sunny summer day.

The vision of our wedding day was inspired by our children; we asked them to stand next to us as our bridal party. Daren and I wrote our vows, which were very emotional. It was important to think of our children in every decision and to celebrate our family culture.

Our parents catered the wedding with Hawaiian, Filipino and other Asian-influenced food like kalua pork, hum bow, sushi, chow mein and chicken adobo. Leis and aloha shirts were flown in from Hawaii for Daren, the boys and the family. Daren’s parents provided the Hawaiian live entertainment with music and dancers. Family also performed dances to celebrate the occasion!

Every detail was special, because we shared it all with our families. The bouquets and decorations were designed by my cousin, with flowers from Whole Foods and a local farmers’ market. The colors were inspired by romantic shades of fuchsia, pink and sherbet.

We also made gorgeous twig centerpieces with handmade flowers to place at the reception tables. Kellen, Maddox and I folded over one hundred origami cranes and placed them as accessories to the centerpieces.

My Look: I wore a strapless tiered wedding gown designed by Tadashi Shoji. It had a ruffles and a small, graceful train. To accessorize, I wore a floral hair pin and a sparkly flower-shaped necklace. I also wore fuchsia heels, matching my bright bouquet.

My Wedding Stylist: Chelsea Hobbs, Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite

I loved the experience at the Wedding Suite! The instant I met my stylist Chelsea she was kind and professional. She was extremely helpful with the alterations process and showed me very tasteful accessories that went with my dress. Chelsea found my hair piece, and I immediately fell in love with its simplicity and elegance.

My sons came to the final fitting appointment. Chelsea genuinely made a point to make them feel comfortable; her sincere kindness made it personal.

Our Special Moments: My favorite moment of the wedding was when my sons walked me down the aisle, and Daren’s children walked with him. I will never forget feeling so proud at that moment of who they’ve become at such a young age.

Family is what is most important to us, and we feel we captured that in our special day.

Photography by Heather Colwill Photography

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A fall day with clear blue skies was the setting for Caitlin and Brandon’s glamorous wedding. Caitlin shares the story of their happily ever after.

The Proposal: Our relationship began six years ago, when we met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. We both attended the University of Washington and found each other during our last year of school. After several years of dating, Brandon proposed to me in the most special way he could: in front of our families on Christmas Eve. Both of us are extremely family-oriented, and it was so romantic and special that he involved both families.

The Scene: October 5, 2013, The Golf Club at Newcastle near Seattle, Washington

We wanted our wedding to be classic, romantic and glamorous. We chose the elegant, castle-like setting of Newcastle Golf and Country Club. Our theme for the evening was “happily ever after” and we felt the venue—with its sweeping views and classic romantic feeling—embodied our vision for our special day.

Early in the engagement, we selected our colors: blush, charcoal and white. We knew we wanted to incorporate Glassybaby votives (a local company that makes blown-glass candle holders and donates proceeds to charity) in our wedding, because Brandon put the ring inside of one when he proposed. We created a custom palette, which featured five different colors of Glassybabies for each table. Our head table featured the beautiful “True Love” shade.

Our table names represented places where our love for each other grew throughout our relationship, like a first trip or special memory. We explained why each place was significant to us on our table placards, so that our guests could get a little glimpse into our love story.

Our dog, Olive, a teacup Yorkie, was involved in the wedding as well. She joined my life before I got engaged, and I felt it was appropriate for her to join me as I walked down the aisle toward Brandon and to starting a new journey in our lives.

My Wedding Stylist: Heather Rose, Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite

I had the absolute pleasure and privilege of being paired up with Heather when I began my search for my wedding dress. From the first consultation on the phone, she was thorough, detailed and confident that she could find my dream wedding dress. During our seven months of working together, she was always positive and enthusiastic. Her patience is unparalleled. She made the entire process of finding my dress and bringing it to life a fairy tale come true!

My Look: After a few appointments at the Wedding Suite, I found my perfect dress: ‘Amherst’ by Anne Barge. The sweetheart neckline was feminine and delicate, and the shape was form-fitting but still princess-like.

Heather found the perfect “bling” accoutrement to make the dress feel exactly like me: the Rosa Clará ‘Belinda’ belt. We completed the look with Valentino ‘Couture Bow’ pumps in black.

When I found the dress, I decided to bring in my bridal party to get outfitted. Heather managed to dress seven ladies, all different shapes and sizes, and make each one feel confident and happy. The bridesmaids wore black crinkle chiffon dresses by Amsale. My maid of honor and sister, Jamie, wore a black Monique Lhuillier one-shoulder tulle dress.

Heather also helped my mother find a beautiful St. John dress that she felt comfortable and confident in, in addition to a special pair of Chanel heels. Heather excelled in every challenge I threw at her with a smile on her face and a can-do attitude!

Our Special Moments: The most special part of the day was the overall beautiful feeling of togetherness and celebration, love and happiness, all shared with our family and closest friends. Much of our extended family is from out of the state, and many of them made long journeys to be with us, flying in from California, New York, Chicago, D.C., Paris and Panama!

Another special feature of our wedding was the presence of my maternal grandparents, who traveled from California. My grandpa is 92 and my grandma is 88, and it was a huge sacrifice for them to fly up to Seattle for the wedding. We so enjoyed their spirit and energy. A very special moment of the evening was salsa dancing with my grandpa at the reception!

Guests danced until the early hours of the morning and enjoyed late-night comfort food snacks and dessert bar! Brandon and I ended the night with a glamorous sparkler send-off to complete our amazing day.

Photos by Barbie Hull Photography

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Lacey and Chad share the beautiful details of their flower- and love-filled wedding day.

The Scene: April 20th, 2013, at Maple Hall in La Conner, WA

From the moment Chad popped the question, we knew we would get married in my quaint little home town of La Conner, Washington. In the spring, this area of Washington is well known for its flowers!

Our day was filled with beautiful blooms, from photos in the famous tulip fields to the daffodils from my family’s farm surrounding us during the ceremony and reception. My amazing mother and father stored 5,000 stems of daffodils for the wedding! A girlfriend of mine was able to transform buckets of daffodils into the beautiful flowers we had throughout the venue. I loved hearing guests comment that they had never seen so many blossoms in one place!

We envisioned our day representing not only our families, but also, of course, who Chad and I are. We both work in the wine industry in eastern Washington, so we used wine barrels to create our alter and corks throughout the decor. The “rustic elegance” theme–as my mom dubbed the decor–also included burlap, white and cream throughout.

Guests enjoyed wine from Goose Ridge Estate Winery and Milbrandt Vineyards (our employers), as well as craft beer from Horse Heaven Hills Brewery in Prosser, Wa. We loved keeping our menu, decor and style local. At the end of the night, each guest was given bunches of daffodils to enjoy for days to come.

My Wedding Stylist: Chelsea Hobbs, Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite

I am blessed to have an amazingly talented best friend whose style I adore and, lucky for me, she is also the manager of the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in Seattle! I could not wait to try on dresses in my appointment with Chelsea. My mother and grandmother accompanied me, and as soon we walked into the suite, we were warmly greeted and invited to browse.

Chelsea and I discussed the budget and she guided me through choosing some beautiful gowns to try on. Although there were three other brides trying on gowns, getting alterations or having final fittings, Chelsea and the whole staff made me feel like the only bride on the floor. Chelsea even talked me into trying on the gown that ended up being “the one”!

My Look: I wore a strapless lace dress by James Clifford (style J1820), with a pearl necklace and Valentino patent leather bow pumps. The gown was delicate and feminine with lace appliqué and the most gorgeous train I have seen.

In my fittings, Toma, the alterations specialist, was able to fit the dress like it was handmade only for me; it was hard to watch her cut open the sides of the dress, but she was able to work magic! The bustle Toma put together was the perfect height and showed the lovely lace piece that flows down the train.

The scalloped lace at the bottom of the dress was the cherry on top, the perfect length to show off my shoes a bit! Chelsea helped me find the perfect shoes (Valentino…my heart!) and bridesmaid dresses and helped my mother find her dress as well. And on my wedding day, I was blessed enough to have Chelsea by my side as a bridesmaid! 

My Bridesmaids: The girls wore the Donna Morgan ‘Donna’ dress in ‘Candlelight’, a soft shade of ivory. The bridal party got ready at my cousin’s beautiful Victorian farmhouse. Spending the morning getting pampered with my girlfriends was an amazing way to celebrate! We were also able to go to a nearby tulip field for photos. The bright red and yellow tulips were an amazing, eye-catching background against the soft chiffon ‘Candlelight’ color of the bridesmaids dresses.

Our Favorite Moments: Chad and I met while attending Washington State University and knew our Coug spirit also needed to have a part in our day! We loved our WSU-themed photo booth and an amazing Coug carved cheese block (which our friends loved as well). Exiting the party to the fight song was definitely a memory we will both cherish.

Photography by Sara Welch Photo

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After nearly a year of blogging about her wedding planning process, it’s finally time for Cara to share the actual big day itself! Read on for her Real Wedding story…

It’s bittersweet that I’m writing the big end-all post for my Brideology series, as my engagement and wedding have come and gone. It’s incredible how fast the time goes by, but the memories—and the marriage!—are even more incredible.

I’m so excited to tell the story and show photos by the awesome Sea Studio Photography. Because we share many Real Weddings from brides on our blog, I thought I’d tell mine in the same way…

The Scene: August 3, 2013, Treehouse Point, Issaquah, WA

Our wedding took place at the bed & breakfast at Treehouse Point, tucked away in the forest with a small meandering river, rocky beaches, wooded trails, a cozy main lodge and treehouses for our family and wedding party to stay in. It was the perfect place for us because we could all be together for the whole weekend in a gorgeous, peaceful setting.

We wanted the day to feel comfortable, intimate and fun for our 100 guests, so we included as many personal touches as we could. While it was a ton of work, it was worth it when it all came together. Our decor was eco-inspired with many recycled elements.

My mom created our welcome sign to match our invitations, and I drew the rest of our signage in bright colors on chalkboards with gold frames. Our friends helped us put up strings of lights (amazing how much just a few lights can glam up a space!) and decorated with succulents from our garden at home, river rocks, gold-painted branches and farmer’s market flowers.

Drew and I hand-wrote notes to our guests and tucked them in jars that were used for drinking glasses, also doubling as our place cards. We found funny, artsy little cards and wrote thank-yous to each person. We wanted to acknowledge the support, friendship and memories that every person has contributed to our relationship, seeing as these are the people who got us to where we are today!

My Look: I wore a gown by Olia Zavozina called ‘Delia’ that I found at a trunk show through the Wedding Suite. My Wedding Stylist Chelsea was incredibly helpful, sweet and patient, and after just one appointment with me, she knew my style better than I did. She had her eye on this gown and told me I should try it on, and she was right—I absolutely loved it in every possible way!

The gown was covered in rosettes that gave it an amazing texture, and it had an almost ombré effect in the way in which the fabric was layered. I would wear it every day if I could (but seeing as that’s crazy, I’ll probably just stick to the whole watching-TV-drinking-champagne-eating-popcorn-in-my-wedding-dress-on-my-anniversary thing).

I wore the same flower crown that my mom wore at her wedding almost 30 years ago, although I added a few fresh flowers to it. For jewelry, I kept it simple with small kate spade new york floral earrings that happened to perfectly match a bracelet my mom found for me at an antique shop.

My Groom: Drew looked amazing in his suit, if I do say so myself! He wore a grey BOSS suit with a white shirt and cognac monk strap shoes, all from Nordstrom. I got him a polka dot pocket square as a day-of surprise.

Our Wedding Party: My bridesmaids wore strapless ‘Morgan’ dresses by Donna Morgan. (A popular bridesmaid style for a reason: They’re so flattering on different body types!) I loved how the peach color looked with the bright flowers and all the green scenery. My girls looked beautiful and were so amazingly supportive and fun all weekend long. My sister Haley was my maid of honor.

Drew’s five groomsmen wore light-blue Calibrate shirts, plaid Ben Sherman ties and grey pants. Drew’s dad was his best man. The guys worked hard to set up for the wedding and then took a break to skip rocks in the river and make a few whiskey toasts before the ceremony.

The Ceremony: One thing I really wanted in our wedding was live music, so we had Drew’s brother play the guitar and his friend play the violin for the processional—”The Stable Song.” They also played “Can’t Help Falling in Love” when I walked down the aisle. It was a tear-jerker for sure! Our ceremony was personal, sweet and funny, officiated by Drew’s aunt and with readings from our families. Incorporating our families was very important to us.

Although the day had been cloudy, the sun broke through literally right as I took my place at the arbor. You hear people say that even on rainy days, the sun comes out for the wedding, and I couldn’t believe it really happened. I looked up and practically shouted, “The sun!” I was so excited, I couldn’t contain myself!

The Party: We kicked off the party with local beers and wines and popcorn, and we followed that with a delicious dinner catered by Portage Bay Café. We had a shortcake berry bar for dessert—one of my favorite parts!

We skipped many of the reception traditions in favor of more time to mingle and dance with our guests. Drew had a friend bring hula hoops to the reception—something I initially thought he was kidding about—and it turned out to be so much fun! People were having hula-hoop competitions on the dance floor!

Our Special Moments: There are so many, it’s overwhelming! I do think one of the best moments was when Drew and I were alone for a few minutes after the ceremony. I would definitely recommend taking this time to just be together—it’s so emotional and memorable!

We were surprised with some hilarious and heartfelt speeches during dinner from my dad, my sister and Drew’s dad. They were a major highlight of the night, and people have been talking about them ever since.

Our first dance was also really special because Drew’s brother played the guitar and sang Ryan Adams’ version of “When the Stars Go Blue.” The small space filled with lights felt intimate and cozy. Everyone loved the mini-concert and wanted more!

We stayed up late with our overnight guests before going to sleep in the trees. It truly was the best day ever.


Thank you for following my journey! It’s been a great experience!

Mrs. Lommen

Images by Sea Studio Photography


Lauren and Matt tell us about their island paradise wedding, on a beautiful, blue-sky day.

The Scene: July 22, Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

When we were deciding where to celebrate our marriage—the start of the rest of our lives together—we couldn’t think of a more perfect place than Maui. The island has a special meaning to us because it was the first trip we took together as a couple, and where we started to look at engagement rings!

We envisioned a vacation for everyone attending. Our friends and family are scattered all over the world and although it would be difficult for some guests to come, we knew it would be a memorable trip for those able to make it, especially for those who had never been to Hawaii. Plus, it was impossible to think that anything could go wrong in paradise!


I sent pictures of ideas that I had and wanted to incorporate, and Matt asked for tiki torches for the reception and a ukulele player while I walked down the aisle. I hadn’t seen the flowers or the centerpieces before the wedding, but we knew the food would be great and an open bar at the beach would be a hit.

My Look: I wore the Nicole Miller V-Neck Textured Taffeta Trumpet Gown. I think I had been engaged for a week when I Googled “beachy wedding dresses” just to see what was out there. The Nicole Miller dress was the first image to show up, linked to the Nordstrom site. I fell in love and called the San Francisco Nordstrom immediately.

The dress hadn’t been brought into stores yet, but I asked to have it sent anyway. I took a guess on the size and it fit perfectly, no alterations needed! It was meant to be. I felt amazing in it!

I also wore sparkly Glint ‘Devyn’ heels and Nadri jewelry to accessorize my dress.

My Wedding Stylist: Heather Chavira, Nordstrom San Francisco Centre

Our experience was exceptional! Heather was organized and continuously followed up with me from the first moment I called about the dress. She has a great eye, and really got to know me and what I was envisioning. Once I met her, I knew I should stick to Nordstrom for bridesmaid dresses and groom/groomsmen wedding attire as well.

I went with made-to-order Dessy convertible wrap dresses in coral for the bridesmaids. I adore the fact that they can be worn multiple ways, making them fit any body type beautifully. I gave the girls free reign on weather they wanted to shorten the dresses, so we had a range of lengths.

Since we chose the beach for the ceremony and reception, it only made sense that Matt and the groomsmen dressed casually for the warm weather. They went with John W. Nordstrom Supima cotton tan pants with Façonnable linen shirts and chocolate brown Rainbow flip-flops.

When you work with a company full of friendly faces and “can do” attitudes, it helps relieve the bride and groom of a little stress because they can trust the people they are working with!

Our Favorite Moments: What we wanted for the day was simple: just an ocean backdrop for wedding pictures, fabulous food and Mai Tais. We were ecstatic to be married and we wanted everyone to feel that as well!

I couldn’t have been more pleased. The colors of the flowers were unreal, as well as the weather, our photographer and event planner. I felt more at ease than I could’ve ever imagined.


Photography by Pearl Photography

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In celebration of one of our favorite weekly social media trends, we share our team’s wedding photos for Throwback Thursday. In case you missed these photos on our Facebook page, here is a roundup from the past few weeks.

We love seeing the differences–and similarities–in weddings over the years. One thing is constant though: the obvious joy on these happy faces!

Our buyer Sharon getting ready to make her entrance with her dad:

Our site merchandiser Kate arriving at her ceremony in style:

Our visual designer Brittany and husband Ben on the Seattle Waterfront:

Our buyer Molly and husband Bryan exiting their ceremony:

Our site merchandiser Nicole and husband Trevor sharing a kiss after the ceremony:

Stay tuned for more wedding photos on Facebook and recaps on the blog!

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We’re telling today’s Real Wedding story with a bit of a twist! Jared and Stephanie got married on June 7 in a rustic, casual affair at Red Horse Barn in Huntington Beach, CA. To outfit their awesome wedding party, they worked with their Nordstrom Men’s Shop stylist Josh! Read on for details.

From Stephanie: Our vision for our wedding day was to have a big celebration where everyone would be able to enjoy themselves, eat great food and dance the night away! To accomplish this, we went with a rustic outdoor inspiration that created a relaxed and casual vibe.

At first, the planning was a little tough because I was still in school and Jared was working full time in Orange County. However, once we set our minds to making decisions about colors, rentals, catering, etc., we plunged forward and didn’t look back to second-guess any of our decisions. I had lots of help from my sister and my sister-in-law getting the whole vision to come together. We dreamed up ideas for centerpieces and décor and then went to flea markets and garage sales to collect things that would fit our rustic theme.

To create our wedding party looks, we worked with Josh Boudreau at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza, in the Men’s Shop. His expertise definitely helped take all of the attire to a much greater level than we could have envisioned without him.

The bridesmaids wore matching Calvin Klein dresses: silk chiffon with rosette-detailed bodices, in a mint color that matched my mint shoes! The girls each chose their own nude or tan wedges and wore pearl bracelets.

Josh helped Jared and the groomsmen pick out which colors would work best together, and he helped us find the right fit of the pants and shirts as well. The groomsmen wore grey Topman dress pants and gingham print Calibrate shirts in black and white with mint ties. Jared wore a Topman jacket and pants with the same shirt and tie.

Jared and I didn’t see each other the day of the wedding, until I made my way down the aisle. That was one of my favorite things—getting to step out and surprise him and take it all in as I walked toward the man of my dreams!

When the reception started, we finally got to see our vision come to fruition, and things turned out better than we could have ever imagined. It was amazing to see everyone who had come out to celebrate with us and support our new adventure in life!

Photography by Frenzel Studios


Jen and Mike share the story of their wedding: a beautiful, unique affair at 11,550 feet.

The Scene: June 1, Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort in Colorado

Our wedding day was exactly as I had envisioned it would be: a bluebird sky, a blanket of fresh snow on the ground, high altitude, sentimental and fun! A blizzard had hit the area just two days before the wedding, and while it had some people biting their nails, Mike and I were skiing and relishing in the fact that we would get the perfect “summer winter wedding.”

We started our wedding day at sunrise on top of Loveland Pass for our first look. This might sound crazy to some, especially when you factor in the freezing temperatures and gusty winds, but Mike and I fell in love over our mutual passion for the alpine environment, and it just seemed fitting to start our day off like true mountaineers: really early and really cold!

The Ceremony: I wore my mother’s kimono for the ceremony, which is the same kimono that she wore to marry my father. Putting on a kimono is no easy task, and I really enjoyed watching my mother put her heart into all the details, from tying all the ties to making sure my collar was just so. We both teared up when she handed me the 600-year-old family dagger, a symbol for protecting the honor of my family—both old and new.

The ride up to the ceremony site  with my father was very special and not unlike the chairlift rides we took when I was a child and he was teaching me to ski. We talked about our excitement, laughed together and even teared up together in the cold silence. When we got to the top, Mike was there waiting for us, looking so handsome in his Marine Corps uniform.

My uncle Tom was our officiant. He had been skiing with us (read: skiing in front of us as we tried to keep up) during the first sparks of our relationship and I’m pretty sure he knew we were soul mates before either of us did. He did an incredible job leading our ceremony, which also included Mike’s sister gracing us with “Ave Maria” and a reading by a family friend.

The Party: I changed into my gown for the reception and loved walking, dancing and just moving in the dress! It was such a sentimental and love-filled wedding, I was tearing up at any given moment (and I think most of the guests were too). It was  a treat to watch people enjoy themselves!

The Details: We have so many wonderful friends and family who contributed to the wedding! And because there was so much snow on the ground, the service road wasn’t accessible, so everything had to go up and then come down on the chairlift! It was no easy task planning a wedding at 11,550 feet, but it was worth it.

My friend, who is an interior and event designer, took on the huge task of styling the wedding for me—everything from the vintage skis “guestbook” to the blue chevron table runners and the flowers. We chose blue and orange as our accent colors and ended up having a perfect blue-and-orange sunset!

Mike and I wanted to minimize the impact of our day on our special environment. We sent out electronic save-the-dates, used seed paper invitations and chose a venue that prides itself on its eco-friendly business practices. In lieu of wedding favors, we volunteered at various environmental organizations. Also, as a tribute to our families’ histories in the armed services, we asked our guests to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of any gifts.

My Look: For the reception, I wore a James Clifford gown with amazing detailed scalloping at the sweetheart neckline and hem and a train/bustle to swoon over. I also wore a Nina birdcage veil and carried a Sondra Roberts beaded minaudière box clutch.

My Wedding Stylist: Audrey Moon at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in Lone Tree, CO

My shopping experience with Audrey was nothing short of spectacular. I was feeling a bit over my head with such a daunting task, but Audrey was so accommodating, and I loved that she pulled so many dresses for me to try on. The problem was that I loved every one of them!

The decision came down to two very different dresses, and Audrey was very encouraging about going with what I wanted. In the end, I chose the James Clifford gown for its classic lace and modern cut. From that point, accessories were easy! Audrey knew exactly what was required to accomplish the look that I wanted. She made herself available to me anytime; it was comforting that she was so responsive to my emails, phone calls and text messages.

I didn’t know how overwhelmed one dress could make a girl, but she kept me sane and made me beautiful for my wedding day!

Our Special Moments: There are two! The first is when we exchanged vows. Mike wrote them when I was away on a business trip, and I couldn’t have been happier with the result. They spoke to our love of the mountains and of our commitment to each other and we both bawled our eyes out.

The second was the chairlift ride immediately following the ceremony. The initial idea was that the ride was just for the photos, but it also gave us a quiet moment together to reflect on the epic event that just occurred. It was incredible!

Photography by Jen Neal, Photos by Shew Photography

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


Sarah and Derek tell us the story of their colorful, love-filled Texas wedding.

 The Scene: June 8, Boerne, Texas

Our vision for the wedding was to have a small and intimate gathering of our families and close friends. The entire wedding took place at one location, the Nelson City Dance Hall, where the style was traditional mixed with rustic country flair. We had red and other brightly colored accents everywhere you looked!

HeroThe ceremony was administered outside in the courtyard, on a beautiful sunny day. Huge, vibrant, green oak and cedar trees made a canopy over the courtyard, and rays of sunlight peeked through, casting a beautiful glow over the ceremony.

Afterward, the reception was held in the wooden-floored dance hall, with dinner, first dances and cake-cutting. People were laughing, having a great time and filling up the dance floor! The entire evening was seamless and came together perfectly.

One of my favorite times of the day was having my bridesmaids in the room with me as I got ready. As I put on my lovely dress and special wedding-day perfume, then completed the look with my blue shoes, blingy bracelet, earrings and veil, the moment began to sink in. I was going to marry my best friend, lifelong companion and love of my life!

My Look: I wore a Heidi Elnora wedding gown called ‘Coco Marie‘—a simple strapless gown with a perfect sweetheart neckline and train. I added blue Glint heels and a mid-length veil with rhinestones.

As for jewelry, I accessorized with a gorgeous floral rhinestone bracelet and teardrop earrings to complement the neckline of my wedding gown.

My Wedding Stylist: Odilia Avalos, Nordstrom Wedding Suite in San Antonio, Texas

My Wedding Suite experience was fantastic. Odilia was sweet, attentive, excited and truly authentic. Her happiness and personality were infectious, and she always made me feel special!

Each employee in the Suite was helpful and showed attention to the brides who came in. When I went to pick up my dress and veil a week before the wedding, I was alone, and it would have been hard to carry everything out to the car by myself. Odilia offered to carry the dress out to the car with me. This kind of service and thoughtfulness is what keeps me coming back to Nordstrom and the Wedding Suite time and time again!

Our Special Moments: When I made my entrance to walk down the aisle, carrying a bouquet of red intuition roses, the look on my soon-to-be husband’s face was wonderful. He looked so sure and had a huge smile on his face. He whispered to me once I made my way to the front how beautiful I looked and that the dress was perfect. He couldn’t imagine a different look, and that I had picked one that was made for me.


Meredith and Drew’s summer wedding was a traditional-meets-nautical party. Here Meredith shares the details and gorgeous photos!

The Scene: June 1, 2013, Annapolis, Maryland

Drew and I were married in my childhood church, St. Mary’s, by the same priest who married my parents 31 years before. It was such a special feeling. We had a full mass and were marched out by a bagpiper at the end!

The reception took place at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, right on Chesapeake Bay. We kicked off the party by handing out flip-flops and sunglasses to guests, with our names and the wedding date on them. We also served our signature drink, the “Garfield Guzzler.”

The reception venue had a mix of rustic and vintage decor, with lanterns, seasonal flowers in mason jars, chalkboard welcome signs and menus, lace tablecloths and an antique door.

Our dinner was family-style and included crab cakes—of course! Rather than have a traditional cake, we opted for strawberry shortcake. It was delicious! We also had three flavors of local ice cream, our favorite being Peanut Butter Oreo.

The night concluded with crazy dancing, laughter and lots of hugs.

My Look: My gown, ‘Rowan’ by Jenny Yoo, was a chiffon dress with a strapless ruched bodice; I added the ‘Addison’ lace topper, which wrapped around the gown, also by the same designer. I wore my hair up in a low bun with a white flower hair clip and chose simple stud earrings.

I initially saw the dress online and immediately called Nordstrom at Tysons Corner to set up an appointment. When I saw the gown and topper together, I fell in love!

My Wedding Stylists: Chris and Cindy, Nordstrom Wedding Suite at Tysons Corner

I worked with both Chris and Cindy in the Wedding Suite. They went above and beyond for me. From the first time I met them through to my last fitting, they catered to my every need.

Cindy and Chris showed my bridesmaids and me how to tie a perfect bow and how to bustle the dress. They even made sure everything was steamed (twice) before I took the dress home and called the hotel where I was getting ready to make sure they had a steamer, just in case. It was amazing service!

Our Special Moments: The best part of the wedding was getting married, but having all of our friends and family together at this beautiful location really brought it all together. Watching sailboats drift by while eating, dancing, and drinking made for a perfect day!


Photography by Tony J Photography

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