Megan shares her and Brian’s destination wedding with an autumnal palette, stunning views and a beautiful Vera Wang wedding gown.
Our Location & Theme: The Valley Club in Sun Valley, Idaho. Set on two golf courses at the base of the mountains, it’s one of our favorite places and was completely picturesque.
As we had a fall wedding, our colors were navy and charcoal for attire, coral for flowers and napkins, and sage for invitations, programs and table numbers. I loved the long Jenny Yoo bridesmaid gowns and let each bridesmaid select whichever style she liked. The guys wore their own charcoal suits with Hugo Boss ties and whimsical Paul Smith socks, both in navy. It was nice to have a bright pop of color with the flowers and napkins.
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Kelly shares the story of her and Wojtek’s wedding, where a beautiful Rosa Clara dress, elegant venues and a loving couple were the stars of the day.
Location and Special Details: Our ceremony was at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo, New York, and our reception was at the Buffalo Club, also downtown. The Buffalo Club is a members-only club that was founded in 1867 and is in a beautiful historic building.
I was born and raised in Buffalo. Wojtek, who has been living here in the states for about 10 years, is originally from Poland. Most of my family and some of his live here, so it was important for me to have our wedding here. We go to St. Joseph Cathedral regularly, and it is one of the most beautiful churches in the city—so it seemed a fitting place to wed. We also had three priests officiating at the cathedral: one, our main celebrant, who is a close friend of my parents and has become a close friend to me and Wojtek; the second, another family friend; and the third, a priest originally from Poland who did part of our ceremony in Polish. This was very important to Wojtek, as this is his native language and his immediate family (mother, brother, sister and niece) were visiting from Poland. It was truly a bilingual ceremony, which made it really interesting and unique, in our opinion and as we heard from all of our guests! Everything from the ceremony and the sermon to the music was absolutely magical.
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Sarah shares the story of her and Jeff’s rustic but elegant garden wedding, plus a beautiful video to remember their big day.
Location and Special Details: Jeff and I had never been to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens before and when we went to look at it, we fell in love. The flowers were blooming, we had the whole place to ourselves, the staff was wonderful. We had the ceremony and cocktail hour outside on the terrace and the reception inside one of the halls that looked out to the garden. The sun was setting. It was gorgeous. The food was amazing. I think that was one of the things that sold us on the location. Bon Appetit did the catering and everything was delicious. Our guests complimented us on the food the most!
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The talented designer Joanna August is in the business of dreaming up beautiful and innovative bridesmaid dresses. With a wide range of colors, styles and silhouettes, there’s something in Ceremony by Joanna August to make any bridesmaid happy (even jumpsuits!). Read on to see more dresses and some sage advice from the woman behind these pretty, romantic bridesmaid dresses.
Your journey into bridal designs began with your own wedding in 2008 because you couldn’t find dresses you loved for your bridesmaids. What was missing from the market and what defines the look and style of your dresses today?
In 2008, everything on the market for bridesmaids looked like a bridesmaid dress! Even the pretty ones would have some sort of detail, like a satin sash or satin piping–something that marked the dress “for weddings only.” Then, if you looked for “regular,” off-the-rack dresses, you would find the perfect dress but not in the colors you wanted. From the beginning, the look of my dresses has been romantic, ethereal and most importantly, wearable! Nothing about my designs limits the dresses to the bridesmaid category. The only thing real “bridal” about them is that they are available in many colors, so the bride is able to customize the look to achieve her overall vision for her wedding.
Now, in 2015, there are a lot more options for bridesmaids, so, while I continue to put out fashionable, wearable looks, I also focus on pushing the envelope and introducing new and unexpected options for bridesmaids. I was one of the first to design separates and jumpsuits for bridesmaids, and I continue to search for unique options for the fashion-forward bride to express her taste and creativity through her bridal fashion choices.
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Founded by master tailors with roots in the Alsace-Lorraine region of eastern France, bridal house Anna Maier is a testament to the enduring allure of luxury couture. Today, the company is owned and all gowns designed by Anna’s great-grandson, Charles W. Bunstine II. A master in his own right, Bunstine has expanded the house’s prestige and legacy with fabrics of the highest quality and designs painstakingly crafted to suit each individual client. With selected Anna Maier bridal gowns arriving at Nordstrom soon, we took a moment to catch up with Bunstine over email to understand his world of couture.
Our very own Wedding Division Retail Merchandiser Megan shares the details of her and Brennen’s wedding
Location & Details: Urban Studio in the Pearl District, Portland, Oregon. Brennen and I were set up by one of the managers I worked with at Nordstrom Downtown Portland. Given that Portland is where we met, it seemed only fitting we return there for our big day.
Erika recounts her and Hutch’s glamorous and classic wedding with a DIY twist.
Location & Details: Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, PA. I think the pictures speak for themselves; it’s a beautiful venue with romantic charm. The club is surrounded by rolling hills with lots of lush greenery, and May was the perfect time of year with everything in bloom. My favorite feature is the black-and-white tile in the foyer. Something about it feels so elegant and made for beautiful photos.
Katie shares the story of her and Russel’s wedding full of romantic details and a beautiful sunset.
Location & Details: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Our ceremony took place at Holy Family Catholic Church. We chose this church because my family has attended Easter mass here since we were very young. My grandmother loves their organ music and stained glass windows. The reception took place at Windows on the Waterway. This setting had a stunning sunset. We had appetizers and cocktails on the wraparound porch, dinner under a tent on the lawn near the harbor, and dancing inside the glass house.
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For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.
We adore the signature glamor of Monique Lhuillier designs, and that she appreciates luxury doesn’t mean a total lack of playful whimsy. As evidenced by the picture she sent us of her home with those stockings hung by the chimney with care overlooked by a large white peacock. As a mom and philanthropist, Monique has a lot of experience giving to her children, charities and more, which is why we can’t think of a more worthy individual to call a gifted giver.
SEE MONIQUE’S FAVORITE GIFTS AND HOW SHE TACKLES SHOPPING FOR THE HOLIDAYS