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We recently stumbled across this company and just had to share. It’s a unique way to take the pain out of changing your last name! Founded by a bride fed up with the hassle of trying to update her last name, MissNowMrs condenses the tedious 13-hour process into a 30-minute online experience via 3 steps: Questions, Forms, File. You can start it all just as soon as you’ve got your certified marriage certificate.

Featured in the New York Times, Brides Magazine, on NBC News and more, MissNowMrs is offering Nordstrom brides a special discount. For a limited time, take $5 off the regularly priced service ($29.95) with the promo code MNMNordstrom. It’s an easy way to check at least one thing off your to-list with ease.

From wedding gowns to bridesmaid dresses discover the lovely and playful designs of Amsale.

Designer Lela Rose’s couture sensibility and unconventional fabrications set her namesake wedding collection apart.

We’re loving ‘The Forest’, a dainty V-neck lace A-line dress that exudes bohemian charm. Discover this gorgeous gown in the following Wedding Suites: the Downtown Seattle flagship store, Nordstrom Topanga in Canoga Park, CA, and Nordstrom Houston Galleria in Houston, TX.

lela-rose-bridal-the-forest-v-neck-lace-dress-at-Nordstrom-wedding-suiteAnd don’t miss out on the alluring styles of Lela Rose Bridesmaids.

October 2, 2013

Real Wedding: Lauren & Matt

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!

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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.

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Photography by Pearl 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.

August 20, 2013

Real Wedding: Jen and Mike

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.

August 8, 2013

Making an Exit

When the wedding reception is winding down and the DJ makes an announcement that the final song of the night will play, will you be preparing for a big send-off, or will you be making a quiet escape after the party-goers head home? Ultimately, it’s entirely up to each couple to decide how to make their exit, but we can’t help but love a dramatic departure—and the fun photo ops!

We’ve seen plenty of sparklers, bubbles and rice thrown in the air (which is great, trust us—we looove a fun, sparkly exit!), but if you’re up for a more non-traditional approach, here are some noteworthy send-off styles.

Swept Away: A chair lift, a hot air balloon and a speed boat? Not your typical getaway! These eye-catching modes of transportation are oh-so-romantic—just prepare for the wind!

 chairlift via The Knot | hot air balloon via Southern Weddings Magazine | boat via Geoff Duncan

Hit the Road: If you’re driving off into the sunset, splurge on an old-fashioned getaway car, a fancy golf cart or his-and-hers eco-friendly rides!

 car via DexKnows | eco cars via Green Bride Guide | golf cart via Martha Stewart Weddings

Hot Wheels: Want to stay close to your honey as you make your departure? Cuddle up on a scooter, squeeze into a buggy (with a mini-horse pulling it!) or on a bicycle built for two!

scooters and bicycles via Principles In Action | buggy via Martha Stewart Weddings

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The Little White Dress. You know we love it. We think a bride should wear white as many times as she can, so why NOT rock a LWD for a shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal and reception? You may only wear your wedding dress once, but the great thing about these short, sweet dresses is that they are totally wearable again and again!

Here are a few of our current favorite short white dresses, styled up for bridal events. Have a favorite look? Tell us, and then pin it on your wedding board (you know you have one!).

HeroJill Stuart Embroidered Mesh Fit & Flare Dress | Valentino Couture Bow Pump | kate spade new york earrings | Cara Veil Hair Comb

Sue Wong Embellished Cap Sleeve Dress | Menbur Floral Minaudiere | Jimmy Choo ‘Nova’ Pump

Jill Stuart Embroidered Organza Fit & Flare Dress | Blue by Betsey Johnson ‘Gown’ Sandal | Necklace similar to Nina ‘Acacia’ Necklace | Expressions NYC Caged Clutch

Shop more short white dresses online, or make an appointment with a free wedding stylist to help you get your best looks for all your bridal events!

Olivia shares the details of her sunny, sandy Mexican beach wedding. Trust us, you’ll swoon!

The Proposal: Jared proposed to me in June of 2012. We were on a scavenger hunt in West Seattle, and Jared had the organizer add special clues just for me. He proposed in front of all our competitors!

I knew I would marry this man, so I had already purchased shoes that I’d been looking at for some time. They are beautiful electric-blue Badgley Mischka pumps, from Nordstrom, of course! Then the rest of the wedding planning began…



My Wedding Stylist: Heather Rose, Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite

The following Monday I went to the Wedding Suite to look at a dress I had seen online. The dress was beautiful, but I had to try on a few others while I was there. Heather found me a Theia couture gown to try just for fun, but I didn’t think it would be ‘the one’ as it was completely different from what I had in mind. My exact blue shoes were there in the Wedding Suite, so we got to see the entire look as I envisioned, with a long cathedral veil. To my surprise, I fell in love with the dress right away! I could see it in my mom’s and sister’s eyes too: it just fit. I bought the dress then and there.


Working with Heather was always an enjoyable experience when I went back for my fittings. She also helped find dresses for my bridesmaids and my mother. My mother wore an Adrianna Papell dress, while my bridesmaids wore Donna Morgan ‘Donna’ belted chiffon dresses.

All but one of us in my wedding party has at one time or another worked in Nordstrom cosmetics, so we did our own hair and makeup! I wore NARS bronzer in Laguna and highlighter in Albatross, Double Wear foundation from Estée Lauder, YSL mascara and YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch (a take-anywhere pen-brush for adding a touch of light). Laura Mercier was used for the rest of the look: blush, eyeshadow, concealer and brow filler. Nordstrom made it all very easy for us to prepare for our special day!


The Scene: October 29, 2012, at Casa Salinas II in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, at sunset

We wanted a beautiful beach wedding with us barefoot in the sand with our family and closest friends. Not seeing the venue beforehand meant no specific expectations and limited décor. All we needed was the ocean in the background, the sand at our feet and blue sky. Our theme was all white/light attire, guests included. My sister, Lacey Silbaugh, is a very talented florist. She knew we wanted bright, colorful flowers and she took care of them. They turned out beautifully.



That day ended up being the hottest of all the days we were there, and it was gorgeous! Most of our friends and family were staying at the villa, so we started out with a wonderful traditional Mexican breakfast, after which I ran off to get ready with my girls. This getting-ready time with my bridesmaids was one of my favorite moments. After the wedding I would be off to Vancouver, BC, to live with my handsome Canadian husband, so the girl time was essential!

Our photographer, Cozbi Hultz, was with us the entire day, giving helpful tips and making us laugh. The villa was the most beautiful place I have ever stayed, so we had many naturally pretty settings for our photos.


The guests started to arrive around 6pm to find cocktails waiting for them, then headed down the steps to the setting on the beach. The ceremony started with my twin three-year-old nieces handing out flowers and dropping petals in the sand, followed by my two nephew ring bearers. The music began to play as the bridesmaids followed the candlelit stairway to the beach, where their groomsmen waited to greet them.


I followed shortly after, meeting my father at the bottom of the steps. The aisle was distinguished by pebbles from the ocean, the setting was lined with tiki torches and the sun was beginning to set. My father walked me down the aisle, handed me over to Jared and walked up to the front to give a very memorable wedding talk. Jared’s father finished with a beautiful prayer.

The reception followed immediately after the ceremony. We had a delicious dinner with a salsa band playing in the background.


Our Special Moments: Our first dance was memorable of course, but the second was my favorite. Spontaneously we decided to dance in the shallow area of our pool to a song titled “Something Like Olivia.” It was so romantic!

There was plenty of dancing and, yes, many ended up in the pool by the end of the night. This was not on the agenda, but Jared and I were happy to have a fun event for us and our guests to enjoy and remember forever. We wouldn’t change a thing about our special day and we hope to revisit the wonderful Casa Salinas.


Photography by Cozbi Jean Photography. See more of Olivia and Jared’s wedding photos here!

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

Hers is a name you should definitely know, because her gorgeous wedding dresses will sweep you off your feet! We are so excited to officially introduce Kelly Faetanini as a new designer in our Wedding Suites across the country. This month, we have four of her gowns debuting: Georgina, Reid, Becky and Felicity. (How cute are those names?!) Browse them all online in our new lookbook, and get a closer look (and try them on) in store.

Because we adore Kelly herself as much as her designs, we thought you should have a chance to get to know her too. Here’s our Q&A with the New York-based designer—and newlywed—on all things bridal!

The Wedding Suite: You were married in May last year. Tell us how you stayed cool under all the pressures of your big day.

Kelly: We were married on May 5th, 2012, and the launch of my collection was two weeks prior—needless to say, there was lots of pressure from both ends! The first thing I did to stay calm and collected on the big day was to delegate as many tasks as possible to my wedding coordinator and my bridesmaids. It was wonderful, because not once did I have anyone running to me with emergencies on my wedding day!

My second-best piece of advice is to let go of everything and savor the moments. When you allow yourself to melt into the moment, you can focus on the wonderful things surrounding your day, rather than focusing on how hectic it is. Of course, there were little things that went awry throughout the day, but I made sure to let go of anxiety so I could enjoy all the amazing memories!

How much time did you spend designing your wedding gown? What did you discover about yourself and your design signature during this process?

Kelly: Creating my wedding gown was the hardest design I’ve ever had to do. I typically design collections about a year ahead of their launch dates, so my mind is always swarming with new ideas. It took me about two weeks to design my gown, and once I did, I decided it had to be final. I didn’t want to drive myself crazy by changing the design over and over, so I stuck to my instinct, and the gown came out beautifully.

During this process, I discovered the true mentality of a bride. I wanted a style that would be unique yet classic, sophisticated but romantic. I’ve always heard brides use these terms, but I learned their true meaning when I was designing my gown. This really shaped the way I design now. I try to ensure that every gown has a timeless feel with a modern touch.

You’ve said that your mission is to create a magnificent luxury experience for each bride. How do you go about doing this?

Kelly: Finding your dream gown is an emotional experience. I’ve witnessed brides struggling to find the perfect dress, and I believe that every bride should have exactly what she wants in her wedding gown. My brides can customize their gowns to make them uniquely their own, which I believe embodies the luxury couture experience. Brides can choose different fabrics, opt for beading or no beading, and experiment with removable necklines and embellishments. All of these little details make the experience of finding the perfect dress a luxurious one.


When it comes to gown selection, which one thing do you see brides struggling with the most? How can they overcome it?

Kelly: One thing that I see so often is brides struggling to choose a gown that their friends and family like. Everyone has their own taste—and sometimes what friends and family want to see is different from what the bride envisions for herself. Ultimately, brides should remember that they need to follow their hearts and choose gowns that they truly love themselves. At the end of the day, a bride’s family and friends will think she looks beautiful no matter which gown she chooses.



Which unique elements set your spring/summer 2013 collection apart from others?

Kelly: We strive to have a fresh perspective on designs each season. There are many beautiful gowns available by other designers, but we always offer something that’s unique. One element that’s become my signature is detachable components: each season, we offer gowns with detachable necklines and skirts. This is such a fun feature, and it allows a bride to have two or more looks for her wedding day.

Bride-to-be Cara catches us up on her wedding planning, sharing details about her venue.

I’ve hit a couple of big milestones lately in wedding planning! First, we have a venue and date! Second, we are halfway through our engagement! I’m feeling a combination of excitement, nervousness, stress, giddiness, and fear—often all in one day (making me super-fun to be around, wink).

Choosing our venue was not easy; I was overwhelmed by choices. Although I did like the idea of a winter wedding at one point, we ultimately decided that we wanted to be outdoors—and warm! A summer wedding felt right. We did a ton of research online and made a couple of weekend visits to locations, looking at farms, wineries, beaches, hotels, parks, campgrounds… you name it. Finally, a friend suggested a bed and breakfast called Treehouse Point. As soon as we saw it, we couldn’t stop thinking about it!


Treehouse Point has—you guessed it—treehouses for us to stay in. So cool! The property is tucked away in the woods on a small river, with a grassy area for the ceremony and a lodge for dinner and dancing. Just imagine how green and lush it will be in the summer (when it’s not covered in fallen leaves and soaking wet from all our winter rain, that is)!


We really wanted to have our family and closest friends stay at the venue to spend extra time together, so we’re making a full weekend out of it. I’m hoping we’ll be able to decorate, arrange flowers, hang out by the river and relax the day before, in addition to having the rehearsal and dinner. Then we’ll just wake up and already be there for the big day!

I’m so excited to start planning the décor! But I’m forcing myself to tackle some of the bigger items first: save-the-dates, catering, photography, invitations—and of course, the dress—are all at the top of the to-do list. Stay tuned for more soon!

– UPDATE! Just saw that Treehouse Point is on Brides list of 50 Romantic Wedding Venues in the U.S.! So cool! Feeling really lucky this place is right in our backyard. Check out the article for some other amazing venue inspiration. –

—Cara

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