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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

Whether you’re set to walk down the aisle in a winter wonderland or under bright sunshine in June, metallic accessories will infuse high-shine glamour into your look on your big day. Perusing our newest arrivals, we found five shoe-and-clutch pairings in gold, silver and even blush that will wow at any celebration.

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Jessica McClintock ‘Cake’ Glitter Minaudiere | Enzo Angiolini ‘Brodee’ Metallic Leather Sandal

BLUSHING BRIDE: Royale Chic Metallic Leather Box Clutch | kate spade new york ‘charm’ slingback pump

DETAIL WORK: Micky London Handbags ‘Mini Circle’ Beaded ClutchBadgley Mischka ‘Taylar’ Crystal Embellished Cutout Sandal

HeroALL THE CAGE: La Regale ‘Cage’ Box Clutch | Jimmy Choo ‘Venus Tubular’ Sandal

SILVER LININGS: Jessica McClintock Mesh Clutch | Jimmy Choo ‘Lace’ Pump

Not quite sure how to pair? Our Wedding Stylists can help curate your entire big-day look, so schedule an appointment to visit your nearest Wedding Suite today!

We’ve been a bit obsessed with ruffled details lately, what with our recent posts about our favorite gowns, bride Jodi’s wedding dress and now our styling of a new bridesmaid dress decked out in ruffles!

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We chose the blush color to match a strappy Jimmy Choo sandal, vintage-inspired cluster earrings and a glittery butterfly-shaped clutch. Mixing metallics—rose gold, gold and silver—works here because all three complement the soft tone of the dress without overpowering it. We’d gladly be bridesmaids in this style!

Adrianna Papell Ruffled Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress (also in Navy)| Nina ‘Abbey’ Cluster Earrings | Natasha Couture ‘Butterfly’ Clutch | Jimmy Choo ‘Lottie’ Sandal

Searching for the perfect bridesmaid dresses for a black-tie affair? Look no further than the new Jim Hjelm styles, like this floor-sweeping, one-shoulder black dress.

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Jim Hjelm Occasions One-Shoulder Dress | Robert Rose Teardrop Earrings | Robert Rose Jeweled Cuff Bracelet | David Tutera ‘Joy’ Sandal

Soft chiffon drapes the bodice and shoulder in a unique asymmetrical shape and overlays an A-line skirt. With an emerald shoe and a set of black and iridescent rainbow jewelry (think bridesmaid gift!), the look is elegant and modern. We can see ‘maids in this style with dark red bouquets, lined up next to a bride in a wedding dress accented with a black sash and a groom in a classic tux.

For more bridesmaid dress ideas—and ideas for how to wear them after the wedding—check out our bridesmaid shop online or make an appointment with a free wedding stylist in your local Wedding Suite!

 

November 27, 2013

Real Wedding: Jodi & Daren

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

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

November 22, 2013

Bright Red Inspiration

It’s officially mid-November and we’re getting into the holiday spirit! We’ve been seeing shades of red everywhere this time of year, and the version we’re really loving right now is true, bright red.

We’re inspired by the way this classic color appears in nature—as in red roses and fresh strawberries—and in weddings, such as Vera Wang’s red dress collection or a party of bright bridesmaids.

Whether you’re getting married around the holidays or you just love the eye-catching, happy color of love, check out our wedding ideas below. Think about dressing up a white wedding dress with a red shoe or statement necklace, or incorporate red into your beauty look with a bright lip or bold nails.

For more color palette ideas, check out our Pinterest boards or our posts on yellow, grey, berry or lavender weddings!

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Vera Wang | kate spade new york garden path necklace | garland via Style Me Pretty | red bridesmaids via Wedding Chicks | strawberry dessert via Tartelette | Halogen ‘Marla’ Pump | Badgley Mischka ‘Petal’ Pump | Jill Jill Stuart Silk Chiffon Dress | red lips via Wedding Chicks | bouquet via A Crimson Kiss | Kendra Scott ‘Selma’ Earrings | heart cake topper via Style Me Pretty

It was love at first sight when our buyers first spotted lace bridesmaid dresses from Amsale at the latest Bridal Fashion Week. Now we’re bringing those styles to you, via lovely maxi dresses in delicate floral lace.

We are especially smitten with this style, an alternative to a strapless dress, with pretty lace straps that veer into a V shape in the back. The deep purple color (aptly called ‘Raisin’) seems fitting for a fall or winter wedding, so we styled it here with darker accents in pewter and black—like these extra-long, moody Alexis Bittar earrings and some sassy lace sandals from Ivanka Trump.

  Amsale Pleated Lace Sweetheart Dress | Alexis Bittar ‘Miss Havisham’ Linear Earrings | Menbur ‘Vintage Bride’ Clutch | Ivanka Trump ‘Haizel’ Sandal

Love this idea? Shop bridesmaid dresses by fabric for more lace styles, or browse more dresses from Amsale and consider mixing fabrics like chiffon and lace!

You can also get help from a free wedding stylist by making an appointment at your nearest Wedding Suite!

“I want a bridesmaid dress that can be worn again after the wedding.” How many times have you heard this, or even thought it yourself? We hear you loud and clear: This is a big deal to both brides and bridesmaids alike!

We also know that it helps to get a little inspiration on how to wear a dress again and again. How can you turn it into an outfit for work, for a date or for a night out with friends?

To offer some ideas, we teamed up with one of our favorite wedding stylists and bloggers: Summer Watkins, aka Lady Grey, of Grey Likes Weddings. Working with three popular bridesmaid dresses—a Monique Lhuillier ruched sheath dress, an Alfred Sung structured satin dress and a flowy chiffon Jenny Yoo dress—we styled each look for the wedding and beyond.

Introducing Wear Now, Wear Later! Click through to our site to see details about the dress and styling items in each look.

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Read on for our exclusive interview with Lady Grey:

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The Wedding Suite: Summer, you are rocking it in the wedding world with great ideas and beautifully styled photo shoots. How did you get your start?

Summer Watkins: In college, I worked part time for a floral designer, and that job planted the seed of my love for weddings and design. As a result of the skills I picked up, I was asked to do the flowers for all of my friends’ weddings. One thing led to another, and after I started the blog, I received similar requests for styling! Eventually, that led to wardrobe styling, which is actually my favorite genre! It’s so much fun, creating looks for different seasons and themes!

The Wedding Suite: What is your favorite part of working in the wedding business?

SW: The never-ending possibilities! Weddings combine all the best things from every world: fashion, food, mixology, florals, interiors… it never gets boring!

The Wedding Suite: Totally agree. OK, so how many times have you been a bridesmaid? Do you have any best or worst dress stories for us?

SW: I’ve been a bridesmaid seven or eight times. None of the dresses were horrible because—duh—I got to help pick them out! I always feel at my most gorgeous and confident when I’m in a dress of my own choosing, so brides, let your ‘maids have an opinion, and they will be so much happier!

The Wedding Suite: What are your tips for wearing a bridesmaid dress again after the wedding?

SW: My simplest tips are adding layers and jewelry. Think about layers that you’d wear every day: a scarf, a blazer or leather jacket. A collared shirt under a dress makes it look like a jumper. A sweater over a dress makes it look like a skirt. Add tights and boots, and no one will ever know it was a bridesmaid dress.

Next, think jewelry and accessories: A statement necklace or a belt can make a big difference. Although you may wear more delicate pieces for the wedding itself, you can wear chunkier, heavier pieces with the dress later.

Finally, you can always alter the dress as well: Make a long dress short or remove the sleeves!

The Wedding Suite: We know you just got married yourself (because we stalk you on Instagram). Huge congrats! Any tips as a recent bride on picking dresses for your ‘maids?

SW: My tip for brides is to relax a little more. Let your gals choose from a few options, so they feel comfortable. And don’t be afraid to mix it up: A few different hues from the same palette can end up being so pretty!

We couldn’t agree more! Shop more bridesmaid dresses online or make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist for help outfitting your wedding party—or just for freshening up that old dress you already have!

New bridesmaid styles from designer Lela Rose are here! We’re falling in love with the soft silk chiffon and drapey silhouettes of these three dresses, which come in dusty shades of plum, rose and lavender. Today, we’re sharing not just one but three ideas on how to accessorize for different wedding destinations and themes.

For a downtown affair: Statement earrings in mixed metals, plus neutral—but glam—accessories take the light pastel shades from sweet to chic.

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Lela Rose Bridesmaid Draped Chiffon Dress in Suede Rose | Alexis Bittar ‘Elments – Jardin de Papillon’ Earrings | Whiting & Davis Crossbody Bag | Vince Camuto ‘Wessi’ Sandal in Gold

For a garden party: A floral headband in rosy shades, paired with heels and a gold and nude bracelet, top off this romantic maiden look.

Lela Rose Bridesmaid Draped Chiffon Dress in Smashing | Whichgoose ‘Paradigm’ Headband | Melinda Maria ‘Jessica’ Bangle | Jimmy Choo ‘Lottie’ Sandal in Nude

For a beach bash: Take this maxi gown to a destination wedding with mother of pearl accents, like these chandelier earrings and colorful clutch. Don’t forget sparkly flats for the sand!

Lela Rose Bridesmaid Draped Chiffon Dress in Taupe | Judith Jack ‘Amore’ Earrings | Rafé New York ‘Maryanne’ Minaudiere | Nina ‘Keegan’ Sandal in Ivory

October 11, 2013

Five New Ideas for Fall

Fall is here, and with it comes a new season of weddings inspired by nature. We’re jumping into the autumnal theme, using fresh ideas that go beyond the typical black and orange. See our top five here, and then get pin-happy on our Fall Wedding Ideas board!

1. The New Dress: ‘Britt’ from Olia Zavozina
It’s all about the unique texture and pattern of this embroidered lace. And we love a trendy peplum, of course. Plus, there’s even more to love: Ms. Zavozina’s gowns are customizable: switch the lace, remove the peplum, change the underlay color—it’s up to you!

2. The New Accent Color: Green
Yes, we know leaves lose their color in the fall, but green still has a place in an autumn palette! Think: succulents, leafy bouquets, green pumpkins and shades of emerald, soft jade and kelly green bridesmaid dresses. Mix these with traditional fall colors to create a modern, earthy look.

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3. The New Shoe: Pointed pumps
We’re head over heels for the ruched fabric and sparkly teardrop decor on these Badgley Mischka wedding shoes. But the classic pointed toe and elegant, soft taupe color really make them feel right for fall.

4. The New Decor: Chic pumpkins
Those two words may seem like an odd pairing, but it can be done! Painting them in metallic tones or filling them with flowers are two ways to make pumpkins wedding-ready. (Easy tip: White pumpkins are already dressed in their big-day attire!)

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5. The New Dessert: Salted caramel pears
Move over, apple—there’s a new fruit in town. These caramel-dipped pears are pretty to look at and even better to eat, plus they’re kind of healthy. (Right?!)

via Fresh