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Sarah recounts her and Will’s Pacific Northwest wedding, complete with friends, family, beautiful memories and her homemade wine!

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The Scene: August 31, 2013, at Evergreen Gardens in Ferndale, WA

Will proposed to me on a perfect summer day in Walla Walla on August 31, 2012. He proposed to me with a stunning Bony Levy ring from Nordstrom, who we also used to make a custom wedding band to go with my engagement ring. When we began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to relive that beautiful day with our family and friends, so we decided on an outdoor wedding a year to the day that he proposed.

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When we envisioned our day, we saw a day filled with love and fun for our family and friends and a style that reflected us as a couple. I consider myself to be relatively crafty, so making our own decorations and adding lots of little personal touches was a must.

Everything from our invitations to our wine was homemade. Over the last few years, my mom and I have been making homemade wine as a fun hobby. For the wedding, we made six different varietals. Each had a unique label that featured our engagement photos, favorite sayings and our two sweet kitties.

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One of my favorite moments was Will’s and my first look. Getting to see him looking incredibly handsome in his suit and seeing the look on his face when we saw me in my dress for the first time was unforgettable. It was wonderful to be able to steal a few moments out of the day to be with each other and truly feel like we were living in the moment.

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My Wedding Stylist: Katie Crittenden, Nordstrom Downtown Seattle

I had a great experience at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in downtown Seattle. My stylist did a fabulous job picking up on my style and selected the perfect dress for me. Not only did she help me select the dress, she took fantastic care of all my family. The day was special to me not just because I was selecting my wedding dress, but also because my grandma was able to be there with me.

It was the last truly happy memory I have of her. A week later she was diagnosed with leukemia, and, after a hard-fought battle, she passed away a short month later. I’m forever grateful for the last wonderful day we had together and that she was able to see me in my wedding dress.

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On our big day, I wore a strapless lace gown with a sweetheart neckline by James Clifford. I absolutely loved the romantic beauty of lace. It’s such a soft feminine texture, which went perfectly with our romantic garden wedding theme. My shoes were Kate Spade ivory patent leather pumps with the cutest gold bows.

I didn’t want to wear a veil, because it felt too formal for our wedding, but I still wanted some sort of head piece for the extra glam. A friend suggested I look up Serephine and boy, did I fall in love. Her work is unique and gorgeous and was exactly what I was looking for. The best part about it was Nordstrom had recently started carrying her products in their Wedding Suites.

My favorite accessory was my necklace. It was a locket my grandpa had given to my grandma many years ago. He had it engraved with their initials and put a picture of the two of them inside it. It was such a sweet, special piece to wear and remember them as I was missing them both dearly on our wedding day.

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My bridesmaids wore two different styles of Donna Morgan chiffon strapless dresses from the Wedding Suite. The peachy color was perfect for an outdoor summer wedding. It was fun, fresh and provided a soft contrast to the lush green backdrop in our photos. My stylist and I also picked out simple, classic gold necklaces with a single pearl and gold earrings with two large drop pearls for them to wear. I gave the jewelry to the girls before the wedding as thank-you gifts for being with me on such an important day.

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Even the guys got in on the Nordstrom experience! We purchased Aldo brown leather shoes with some sharp details and polka dot socks for them to wear with their suits. Overall, our experience was incredible, and I’m so grateful for all the help and support my stylist, Katie provided throughout our wedding planning!

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Our wedding day was more perfect than we could have ever envisioned. We were blessed with a gorgeous Northwest summer day and the presence of our amazing family and friends. The day was filled with love, laughter, tears and joyous times.

Photography by Michael Stadler of Stadler Studios.

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Give your maids some options and a little visual interest to your bridal party by choosing dresses in the same color family, but mixing and matching different textures and silhouettes. We’ve put together a selection of dresses in each of the four top color trends of the season: blush, mint, grey and champagne.

 

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Reem Acra’s bridal designs epitomize modern glamour. Tie the knot in style wearing one of these stunning gowns from the spring/summer 2014 collection.

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Classic: ‘Ilsa’, an embroidered tulle gown with flare skirt and cap-sleeve detail.

Laced Up: ‘Emma’, a bateau-neck cap-sleeve lace sheath gown with embroidered waist detail.
‘Eve’, a re-embroidered lace low-back sheath gown with appliqué illusion bodice.

Beautifully Sheer: ‘Juliet’, an embroidered illusion off-shoulder gown with full silk chiffon skirt.

Reem Acra Bridal is available to order in selected in-store Wedding Suites. Make a free appointment with a Wedding Stylist at a Suite location near you!

February 24, 2014

Real Wedding: Tory & Bryan

College sweethearts Tory and Bryan head to Montana for a beautiful Big Sky wedding.

The Scene: August 11, 2013, at BruMar Estate in Bigfork, Montana

Bryan and I met in college in Chico, California, during our very first week of school. After almost seven years as a couple (much of it long distance), I decided to make the move to Montana, where Bryan is from. When we got engaged, we faced the question of where to hold the wedding: Montana or California (I was born and raised in San Jose).

At the time of our engagement, we had been living together for about a year and had absolutely fallen in love with a special town near Glacier National Park called Bigfork. This was one of the places where Bryan took me on my first visit to Montana, and it seemed fitting to hold our wedding in this amazingly beautiful location. Convincing my family took a little work—and a special visit to Montana—but when we all got a chance to visit BruMar Estate, we knew it was the perfect choice.

We came up with our wedding theme by finding a balance between the beautiful Montana outdoors and influences from my California upbringing. Our venue carried much of the natural beauty from the surrounding forest inside to the reception hall. We decided to accent the natural stone floors and fireplace with gunmetal-colored tables and simply designed ivory flower arrangements. I was lucky to have my older sister (and maid of honor) as the designer of much of our wedding decorations. We wanted to convey classic beauty that didn’t clash with the natural beauty around us.

It was important to Bryan to incorporate pheasant tail feathers into the boutonnieres, bouquets and outdoor bistro table arrangements as a memorial to his late father, whom he enjoyed pheasant hunting with as a child. We also wanted to ensure that we all got to have FUN! To kick off the party portion of the evening, the bridal party and father of the bride rocked out to the Kenny Loggins classic “Footloose.” This got all our guests out on the dance floor, and we couldn’t have had any more fun. Our guests also had a chance to play lawn games throughout the evening.

To incorporate some Golden State influence, we had all-California wines available to guests as well as Korbel champagne from northern California. We also named our “his and hers” signature cocktails after the state flowers California poppy and bitterroot. For dinner, we served surf and turf, pairing local Montana beef with a citrus halibut dish that was very Californian.

Bryan and I both felt incredibly lucky to be surrounded by our 100 guests in a location that required travel from many of them. While we had many special moments that day together, our favorite was that we got to spend the first and last dance of the night alone on the dance floor. We will both remember this as truly the best day ever!

My Wedding Stylist: Danielle Oxford, Nordstrom Valley Fair in San Jose, CA

Shortly after Bryan and I got engaged, I made a trip back to the Bay Area to begin dress shopping. After a few appointments, my family and I decided to stop in at the Wedding Suite at the San Jose Nordstrom location. We didn’t have an appointment; we just wanted to see what was available there. Luckily, my style consultant Danielle and another member of the team had about an hour to fill and they were able to squeeze us in! I kept noticing a gown on the rack that was unlike anything I had seen in any magazine or in person. The only problem was, it was too small for me and it could not be reordered. Then serendipity struck! There was another size in the back that I tried on and loved immediately. I was absolutely not expecting to find something I loved that day.

After trying a few more gowns, I went back to this dress and realized it was the perfect one for me. This was a Tadashi Shoji gown covered with lace scallops. It had a chapel-length train and a strapless neckline. What struck me the most about it was how comfortable I felt in it; I felt like myself. It was perfect for our outdoor setting, yet it still felt glamorous. Danielle styled me in my gown and helped me find gorgeous Nina dropped crystal earrings and a cathedral-length single-tier veil. The gown was completed with a custom crystal belt to replace the ribbon included on the dress.

Not only was I able to find my princess moments at the Wedding Suite, but my maid of honor, mother and mother-in-law were all able to find their dresses thanks to Danielle’s help. To complete the look, my father purchased his suit from Nordstrom. It was truly a special experience, and it was so wonderful to have someone looking after our whole family to ensure we all looked as good as we could.

Photography by Shannon Hollman.

Did you find your wedding gown at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! E-mail 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.

We’re excited to announce that wedding dresses from the renowned designer Marchesa are now available! Find selected styles at our Wedding Suites in Seattle, Michigan Avenue, San Francisco and Tyson’s Corner.

Three-quarter sleeve, re-embroidered lace with grosgrain belt and tulle, cocktail-length skirt overlay (color: cream, style B80901).

Corded lace with layered-tulle mermaid skirt and sheer-tulle yoke (color: cream, style B80824).

Grecian off-the-shoulder gown with a sweetheart neckline and embellished lace across the bustline (color: cream, style B80817).

Three-quarter sleeve, corded lace gown with bateau neckline and grosgrain belt & bow detail in the back (color: cream, style B80816).

Chantilly lace peplum bodice with engineered corded-lace overlay and tulle column skirt (color: ivory, style B108210).

Browse more dresses in our Featured Bridal Collections.

Naturally we’re loving the combo of fiery red and clean white on Valentine’s Day, but luckily, both of these colors are great ways to celebrate and spark romance 365 days of the year. Check out these and more stylish and fun looks for heating things up, both today and on that very special day.

I ♥ This: Only Hearts Silk Charmeuse Mini Slip & Josie ‘Spicy Essentials’ Low-Rise Lace Boyshorts

Do I Ever: Hanky Panky ‘I Do’ Regular Rise Thong & Betsey Johnson Terry Honeymoon Robe

Find more sizzling Bridal Lingerie.

February 12, 2014

Real Wedding: Ariel & David

Rustic meets romantic: Ariel and David’s outdoor wedding in California was beautiful, intimate and unique. Ariel gives us all the details below.

The Scene: September 7th, 2013 in Santa Cruz, CA

Both David and I love being outside, so our vision for our wedding was to create a rustic and elegant garden celebration. My parents’ garden in Santa Cruz had been the site of three weddings before ours, and I had always hoped to get married there.

The land is surrounded by vineyards, and in early September, the flowers were in full bloom. We were gifted with a warm, breezy day. The day unfolded like a dream.

We had many personal elements incorporated into the wedding. For example, my brother Toby came up with a clever idea to hang a huge piece of cream fabric over a branch of an oak tree, creating a natural altar. David proposed to me under an oak tree in Big Sur, so it was a nice reminder of that day.

We found a beautiful heart made of driftwood in an art store and hung it from the center of the branch. Now the heart hangs on the wall in our dining room!

Our “seating chart” also had a story behind it. Early in our relationship, David and I were taking a walk on the beach when I spotted an ocean-polished stone and picked it up. This stone soon became a symbol of comfort for us as our relationship grew; we would pass it back and forth and carry it in our pockets when we weren’t together.

For table assignments at the wedding, we thought it only appropriate to write each guest’s name on a river stone. I’ve had many guests tell me they still have their stones and that they’ve placed them somewhere special in their own homes.

There are so many people who contributed their time, love and energy to making our wedding day bloom in the way that it did. I will be forever grateful especially to my mom, Linda, whose thoughtfulness and thorough planning made the day feel like a seamless dream.

My Look: I wore a lace wedding dress called ‘Cricket’ by Hayley Paige. I vividly remember when I tried on the dress; I instantly knew it was the one for me. It was the way I felt in it. I didn’t want to take it off!

To accent the dress, I wore pearl stud earrings and a pearl-and-diamond pendant by Mikimoto, a long veil and a beautiful bracelet by Lagos.

My bridesmaids wore long chiffon gowns by Amsale in a shade of red that was a pretty contrast against my white dress and the bright bouquets. The groomsmen wore matching bow ties.

My Wedding Stylist: Danielle Oxford, Nordstrom Valley Fair in San Jose, CA

From the moment we found the dress together through the months that followed, as we sized and styled the bridesmaids, found the perfect shoes, earrings, necklace, etc, I felt I could always turn to Danielle for expert advice and compassionate words of wisdom.

Danielle was intuitive, knowing exactly what I needed to go with the dress before I did. In one appointment, she somehow managed to run downstairs to the shoe department and find my wedding shoes before I even knew she had left! This is how Danielle was with everything. She went above and beyond for me. Her thoughtfulness, creativity and talent helped to make my experience as a bride both magical and fun!

Our Favorite Moments: There are more memorable moments than I could ever list here! But a few that come to mind are…

Seeing David for the first time and laughing together, overwhelmed by the joy of the day. My mouth hurt from smiling after five minutes with him.

Walking down the aisle in between my father, Eric, and my stepfather, Ned. I loved seeing the glowing faces of my community, their huge smiles surrounding me with love and support.

David’s nephew, Connor, carrying a sign down the aisle that read, “Here Comes Your Bride, Uncle David.” He was so adorable, surprising David with this.

My 88-year-old grandmother Pat offering advice from her 50-year marriage. “When you have a fight, just take your clothes off!” She made all our guests roar with laughter.

My younger brothers, Toby and Kyle, in their crazy tailored tiger and zebra suits, adding creative, wild spice to the wedding in their own way.

And I’ll never forget singing with my two best friends, Jemila and Natalie. I had written a surprise song for David, which we performed for him and all the guests, and then we had our first dance together.

I’m so grateful to have found David, the love of my life. I can think of no greater gift than that of loving and being loved for who we truly are. Love gives us purpose and makes life worth living.

Photography by Terry Way

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.

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!

Our friends at Rustic Wedding Chic share how to style a coastal rustic wedding for your own bridal look and your ‘maids.

Set sail with your guests as you take off on one of life greatest adventures: your wedding! Whether you are planning to say “I do” in a tropical setting, at a beachside affair or on the shores of your favorite lake, our three carefully curated looks will help set you in the right direction.

Donna Morgan ‘Laura’ dress | real wedding photo by Glass Jar Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic | ML Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dress

Ted Baker London Fit & Flare Dress | Miu Miu Nautical Stripe Pump | real wedding photo by AMW Studios via Rustic Wedding Chic | Jenny Yoo ‘Isabel’ bridesmaid dress

Olia Zavozina Lace Wedding Dress | TOMS Classic Crocheted Shoes | real wedding photo by Blue Colibri via Rustic Wedding Chic | Alex Woo Pendant Necklace | kate spade new york clutch

 Love this style? Check out our Rustic Wedding Ideas Pinterest board for more inspiration!

Mixing tradition with whimsy, Carolyn and David had a modern museum wedding that was uniquely them. See the gorgeous color palette, dinosaur bones (really!) and get more details from Carolyn below.

The Background: David and I met in 2007, but our connection goes back much further. Our first week of college at the University of Kansas, David was sitting at a table with some mutual friends, and I noticed his T-shirt featuring a summer camp—the same camp I had once attended! I walked right up to him to introduce myself. After a year of close friendship, we started dating, and we held our wedding on the weekend of our five-year anniversary.

The Scene: October 6, 2013, at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas

I grew up in Dallas and wanted to hold our wedding there. We visited many venues looking for something modern and unique, and once we stepped inside the Perot Museum, we knew we had found the place for us.

Our color scheme was navy, grey and lilac. (At first, I only wanted navy and grey; that is, until I realized my wedding would be a Dallas Cowboys party!) I loved that the colors were neutral but alluded to the fall season, despite temperatures in the 70s on our wedding day.

My bridesmaids wore long dresses by Donna Morgan called ‘Laura’ in the color ‘Midnight’, accented by rose and hydrangea bouquets in shades of lilac.

We chose to hold the ceremony in the museum’s romantic Gems and Minerals Hall, which boasts an 8-foot purple geode as the centerpiece. Lilac flowers and soft, romantic drapery set the mood.

After the ceremony, our guests moved into what I called “the Dinosaurs Hall” to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres surrounded by massive dinosaur fossils.

For our reception, guests went down to the lobby of the museum and were greeted by the Dallas skyline, dancing water molecules suspended from the ceiling and, of course, more dinosaurs. Delicious meals were served from Wolfgang Puck Catering, starting with a haricots vert salad with confit tomatoes, followed by a sweet pea agnolotti. Guests chose from slow-braised short ribs, organic chicken breast and almond-crusted salmon.

My Look: I wore a Nouvelle Amsale tulle ballgown. I wanted to look traditional with a fun twist. I also wanted a gown that was actually comfortable and something I could dance in! I loved the comfortable shape and the fabric, and that the beaded belt was built in.

I wore my grandmother’s earrings for my something old and my now sister-in-law’s beaded comb for my something borrowed! Since navy was part of my color scheme, it was a perfect chance to snag the kate spade new york ‘charm’ shoes in navy glitter for my something blue.

My Wedding Stylist: Sarah at the Dallas NorthPark Center Wedding Suite

For my first appointment with Sarah, I brought a few pictures of dresses I liked, but before I even pulled them out, my gown was hanging there waiting for me! There were so many beautiful dresses to try, but this one fit the whimsical feel of my venue and I just felt right in it.

Sarah made my experience painless from purchase through fittings and alterations up to the week of the wedding. By the end, the team at Nordstrom had met almost my entire family! Everyone was so helpful and kind.

Our Special Moments: After a festive hora, we danced the night away with our guests to the music of the Motion Band. We finished the night off with vanilla cake with whipped cream and strawberry filling and, of course, a to-go candy bar on the way out.

The wedding was a whirlwind and we had a ridiculously good time!

Photos by Perez 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.