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Boho brides, classic brides, retro brides, rustic brides, romantic brides, glam brides: we have a wedding dress for you. All of you. Trust us! The ‘Elizabeth’ gown by Caroline DeVillo is simply stunning, but the best part is that it’s a sleek, flattering blank canvas for one of our favorite things: accessorizing!

Watch the video to see how one dress can be transformed into six distinct styles with the right jewelry, shoes and other accessories. We hope you’re inspired to find your own unique style!

Now take a peek behind the scenes of the video, filmed in Seattle with our charismatic “bride” Anna and her lovely (and helpful!) ‘maids.

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To shop the accessories used in the video, view the lookbook experience. And don’t forget—our free Wedding Stylists can help you with your head-to-toe look at one of our 18 Wedding Suites.

That’s a wrap!

It’s Weddings Week on shopping and style site Racked.com, and we’re joining in on the celebration! Racked is hosting a juicy contest where one lucky bride-to-be can win $3,000 toward her look for her big day from the Nordstrom Wedding Suite. Imagine the possibilities, starting with a dreamy wedding gown from one of our exclusive collections like Nouvelle Amsale or Roses by Reem Acra—or other amazing designers!

The contest prize also includes $1,000 toward Sole Society: think shoes, accessories and more for the honeymoon.

If you’re getting ready to walk down the aisle, first head over to Racked and enter the contest—plus check out all of the great wedding stories this week. You’ll find tips and advice, funny stories, photos of Lady Gaga in a bridesmaid dress and even more on our partnership with Etsy!

Good luck to all who enter!

We are bursting with excitement over this announcement! Drumroll please…the Nordstrom Wedding Suite is now partnering with Etsy to bring all you brides-to-be unique, handmade goodies for your wedding day!

Starting today, you can shop online for one-of-a-kind pieces from six Etsy shops: Whichgoose, Serephine, Paloma’s Nest, Sweet Sorrella Designs, Milk and Honey, and Anto Arts.  This curated collection includes several types of wedding-related pieces for the bride and beyond: veils and sashes; headbands and hair clips; flatware; mirrored compacts; and ring bearer trays.

You can also shop these products in five of our stores starting June 15: Downtown Seattle, Tysons Corner Center, Garden State Plaza, Houston Galleria and San Francisco Centre.

And this Saturday, four of these talented designers will be making personal appearances in selected stores to show their items. See more about each below!

Serephine wedding veils, headpieces and sashes are simple yet elegant. We love the vintage birdcage styles, floral accents and Gatsby-inspired circlets. You can meet artist Erin Brooks on June 15 between 12 and 2 pm at the Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite.

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Milk and Honey vintage flatware is etched with sweet sayings inspired by the romance of the French countryside. The forks and teaspoons are all so cute, we can’t even pick a favorite! You can meet artist Sarah Parker on June 15 between 12 and 2 pm at the Tysons Corner Center Wedding Suite.


Sweet Sorrella compacts make perfect bridesmaid gifts with their fun, monogrammed designs. We can never get enough of chevron, stripes and polka dots! You can meet artist Ivy Bertram on June 15 between 12 and 2 pm at the Houston Galleria Wedding Suite.


Paloma’s Nest ring bearer bowls feature wedding vow phrases on simple, modern dishes. They are perfect for passing through families as a special heirloom. You can meet artist Caroline Colom Vasquez on June 15 between 12 and 2 pm at the Garden State Plaza Wedding Suite.


Anto Arts cake toppers, napkin holders and toasting charms are crafted out of wire into swirling designs and words. We love the rustic elegance they add to any affair.

Whichgoose headbands and hair pieces are crafted from both natural and fabric elements. The floral pins are sweet and classic, and the ethereal wreaths are perfect for a woodland wedding.

Don’t forget to check out more Etsy products now available online and in a handful of our stores in our Etsy & Nordstrom Present Boutique! Unique items from Downing Pottery, CircaCeramics and Dock Artisan make great bridal shower or wedding gifts.

 


Audrey Moon, one of the Wedding Stylists at our suite in Lone Tree, Colorado, shares her favorite wedding dress du jour and tips on how to style it with a sweet and feminine touch.

Hi! I’m Audrey from your Nordstrom Park Meadows store. One of my favorite wedding dresses right now is the “Erin Cooper” gown by designer Heidi Elnora. It showcases the feminine figure at its best! I love the beaded bodice, the phenomenal bow and the low back that lets you be flirty yet sexy.

Pictured: Heidi Elnora Wedding Gown

Shoes | Headband | Necklace | Bracelet

The Erin Cooper is a stunning gown, but it will still allow you to fully accessorize. Soft, romantic bridal jewelry like Majorica Pearl Necklaces and Majorica Baroque Pearl Bracelets are the perfect complement. Instead of a veil, I’d recommend our new Crystal Branches Headband from Halo & Co. to complement the natural details found in the bodice of the dress. To finish the look, I’d put you in the natural colored ‘Cissy’ sandals by Badgley Mischka–those chiffon rosettes are so sweet and whimsical.

The Erin Cooper encompasses what it means to be a truly feminine and beautiful bride. For all you newly engaged ladies: congratulations…let’s find you a gown! Book a complimentary appointment online, or come see me at Nordstrom Park Meadows, and we will put together YOUR dream look!


In her fifth Brideology post, Cara ponders a floral headpiece for her big day.

There is one accessory I know I want to be part of my wedding-day style–a floral wreath for a headpiece. I’m probably getting a-“head” of myself here (pun intended, of course). I don’t have a dress yet, but I just love the earthy, feminine look of a floral crown. Plus, my mom wore one, and it would be really nice to give that nod to my parents’ wedding. Hers mixed pink and white flowers and had ribbons down the back. She still has it today!

The boho bride in me has always loved this idea, but since seeing current versions on the runway at Claire Pettibone and on Kate Moss’s bevy of flower girls last year, I’m now obsessed.

Here are some of my favorite fresh flower looks:

These big blooms: WOW. “Statement headpieces” are just like a statement earring or necklace–they work well on their own to dress up an outfit.

Orange & Red | Green & White | Green & Purple

These daintier versions are lovely too, and could be paired with more jewelry or a busier dress without looking over-accessorized.

Multicolored | All White | Lavender & Blue

Keeping the overall wedding color palette in mind is important when picking out flowers for headpieces. I love matching the crown to the bouquets–either exactly the same flowers and colors or just similar elements. These images kind of make me giddy, they’re so beautiful.

Matching the bouquet to the crown makes your look instantly photo-shoot-ready!

Green & RedOrange & Green | Lavender & White

A traditional veil is also very special, and I wouldn’t want to miss out on my only chance to wear one! So now I’m thinking flower crown AND veil, like the images below. With a very light, simple veil and a crown that has some white or light colors, it totally works. I would probably wear it just for the ceremony.

Three options here: veil in the back, under or over the crown. It works every way!

Behind crown | Under crown | Over crown

One thing I worry about is that the flowers may not stay intact for the whole night, especially through the dancing! I also like headbands that are floral-inspired, or even a sash tied around as a headband. I would probably wear it more forward on my head. I tried it out a few ways below:

Anyone have experience with a floral crown? Or did you go with a headband? How did you wear it?

Until next time!
Cara


This week, Cara, our Bridal Project Manager, ponders the allure of a winter wedding and throws together two thematic palettes: silver and cranberry.

While I was dreaming of a white Christmas (which I got, yay!), I also dreamed of a winter wedding. The season is so romantic and sparkly, couldn’t it be amazing? Imagine falling snow, twinkling lights, glitzy decorations, dancing the night away at the ball, you and your beloved in a horse-drawn sleigh arriving at your castle…

Oh, did I get a little carried away there? Maybe. But even without a castle, a winter wedding sounds magical. When we got engaged, I thought of a New Year’s Eve wedding almost immediately. (I even considered going for it this year, but that didn’t last long! Planning a wedding in two months didn’t seem possible, given that I can barely plan what to eat for dinner tonight.)

I’m still thinking a bit about doing a winter wedding next year. I keep seeing indoor settings that are just stunning, like a high-ceilinged lodge or loft space decked out with white candles, fresh green boughs and warm lighting. Or a quaint church with gold accents, crimson flowers and a lively band (Love Actually, anyone?). Of course I imagine all this with snow outside, and the chances of that in Seattle are slim. And trading my faux-fur stole for a North Face rain jacket just doesn’t complete the picture in the same way. :)

Roses by Reem Acra “Ivy” Gown | Table Décor | Jenny Yoo “Kiera” and Convertible Dresses
Eliza J Faux Fur Stole | Nina Comb | Nadri “Art Deco” Earrings | Glitter Pinecone | Eliza J Tulip Dress
Nina Beaded Clutch | Nina “Kylene” Necklace | Badgley Mischka “Salsa” Pump | Glitter Ornament
Wedding Cake | ML Monique Lhuillier Ruched Dress | Winter Bouquet

Christian Siriano Gown (at selected Nordstrom Wedding Suites) | Floral Table Runner | Xscape Satin Dress
Maggy London Bow Dress | Nina “Eiffel” Earrings | Majorica Bracelet | Tasha Hairpin | Flowers | Glint Clutch
Tree Party Favors | Stuart Weitzman “Stopstraffic” Sandal | Cocktails on Tray
Bouquet in Jar | Green Tablescape| ML Monique Lhuillier Chiffon Dress

I put together the collages above, inspired by the beautiful colors of the season and two gorgeous gowns. It’s interesting how different they feel–which do you like best?

Did you have a winter wedding? If so, I’d love to hear the details!

-Cara

What’s your wedding style? Your Weddings Team has handpicked scads of pieces to create four beautifully curated online boutiques to browse. From traditional to trendy, find your match with our new Wedding Style Guide.


Fashion Forward: Get inspired by fashion’s freshest trends with daring headpieces, bold shoes and statement jewelry.

Casual Chic: A breezy dress, elegant sandals and a sparkly headpiece make for a low-key yet stylish celebration.

Pretty Playful: Feminine textures and floral-infused everything make your wedding-day look the life of the party.

Simply Classic: Ensure your wedding-day look stands the test of time with vintage-inspired accessories, sleek heels and a graceful gown.

More behind-the-scenes snaps from our NYC photo shoot for The Wedding Suite! So many beautiful flowers and accessories…how’s a girl to choose?

A collection of fabulous fascinators and headbands waiting to top off each dress.

Bridal accessories, including items from Nina.

A clutch for every style. What’s yours? Streamlined pleated satin, a little glitzy glamour, or voluminous ruffles full of texture?

Sparkly handbags from Natasha Couture, Whiting & Davis, Sondra Roberts and Tasha.

White peonies…

…or pink with roses?

Loving all the classic white options happening here…so timeless and romantic.

The lovely smell of roses really set the mood at the shoot!

A collection of bouquets ready to walk down the aisle.

A few weeks ago, we got together with our team in NYC for a big photo shoot for The Wedding Suite. It’s one of our favorite times of the year—we get to snap all of our new gowns and bridesmaid dresses on gorgeous models with our amazing crew. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek!

View from Milk Studios, looking out at the Meatpacking District and downtown. Check out Diane von Furstenberg’s house (with the grass roof!), High Line Park, and The Standard Hotel.

A lineup of gorgeous gowns from the Roses by Reem Acra collection, available in-store exclusively at Nordstrom Wedding Suites. Look for layers of tulle in next season’s gowns.

Loving the embellishments—pretty flowers and a dose of sparkling shine.

The makeup artist’s enviable collection of beauty tools, including his special bronzing lotion. Wish we knew the secret recipe!

A rainbow of bridesmaid dresses. We love all the colors.

What bride wouldn’t want three pairs of such stunning shoes? We’d have trouble picking just one of these Badgley Mischka pumps.

When we have a shoot for The Wedding Suite, it’s almost like throwing a real wedding—all we’re missing is a minister!

That’s a wrap! Celebrating with a sweet, satisfying slice.

We’d like to give a shout-out and a big thank-you to Seattle Bride magazine for selecting us as the Best of Bride 2012 poll winner in  five categories.

Attendant Gifts
Bridal Accessories
Best Wardrobe Wrangler—Nordstrom Wedding Stylists
Formalwear for Men
Mother of the Bride

We’re honored. Our congratulations to all the winners and finalists! See the complete list over at Seattle Bride Best of 2012, and check out all that we have in store at our Wedding Suite.