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August 8, 2014

Real Wedding: Eva & Jeff

Eva shares the tale of her and Jeff’s May wedding at Windows on the River in Cleveland, Ohio.

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My Vision: I wanted a simple and enjoyable day. It was all about gathering with loved ones and having a great time! My goal was to create a day that Jeff and I could celebrate with all our favorite people without feeling stressed and crazy. I wanted to take in the special moments as they happened, so I would have amazing memories. I wanted to keep with certain traditions but also to make our wedding unique and perfect for the two of us. At the end of the day, everything was without flaw, and we all danced the night away!

The Scene: It was a beautiful, sunny, 70-degree day in Cleveland. The room that held our ceremony and reception had high ceilings and tall windows that let in the natural light and provided gorgeous moonlight in the evening. The exposed brick and other architectural features made it the perfect place to display the fresh floral arrangements and romantic colors we had chosen.

Jeff and I had our first look outside the venue under an old stone bridge. It was a sweet time that we shared alone, before all the festivities really began. Jeff finally saw the dress that I had been anxiously waiting for him to see me in, and he was so handsome in his new blue suit. The ceremony was emotional and heartfelt as we shared our vows we had written to each other. We started the party off with cocktail hour outside on the patio as we listened to a live pianist with a view of the city in the background. There was delicious food, tear-jerking toasts and all kinds of dancing.

The best moment for me was standing back and seeing all the happiness and love around us and between us as the realization of our perfect day set in. Every little thing came together, and the two of us could not have been more thrilled.

My Dress: The team at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite was great in helping me find my gown and making it perfect. I went to the store for a Hayley Paige trunk show without any expectations of finding my dress on my first shopping trip. I had an open mind and wanted to try different styles to see what suited me. I was so excited with what Nordstrom had to offer, and my stylist helped me try everything I had in mind. She did a great job of making me feel comfortable and special as I quietly analyzed each dress.

After trying on about seven dresses, I tried the Hayley Paige ‘Guindon’ gown, and although it was interesting and fun, it did not make a great first impression. I took it off and moved to another. After thinking on it, I went back to the ‘Guindon’ to give it another try. After I explained that I loved everything about it except for the stripes, Hayley told me she could make it without the stripes. I was sold!

Bride: Hayley Paige ‘Guindon’
Bridesmaids: Amsale Crinkled Chiffon in Blush

The Wedding Suite: When it came to finding dresses for my bridesmaids, we loved the Amsale collection because the dresses came in so many different colors and styles. We picked the blush pink color, and then each bridesmaid chose the same dress in a slightly different style. The dresses were definitely the look I was going for, and I was glad to have found them at Nordstrom.

The process of fitting the dress was great, as I had complete trust that the alterations would make it just right. Natasha altered the dress so that it fit me perfectly. It was convenient being at Nordstrom and having the lingerie department so close. The manager came down to help me find a bra that would best work with my dress. The experience of going for fittings was exciting, as I couldn’t wait to get back into my dress each time!

Photos by Mindy Sue Photography

The bride isn’t always the one blushing. We love the trend of blush dresses for bridesmaids—the soft neutral complements many wedding color palettes.

Here are a few we love in a variety of styles, including reversible lace (score two dresses in one!), print floral and metallic dots. These dresses go well together so your girlfriends can mix and match, or they’re perfect on their own for a traditional uniform look.



See more blush dresses for bridesmaids.

 

With romantic colors and modern silhouettes, Jenny Yoo makes it easy to mix and match dresses for a unique—yet cohesive—lineup of bridesmaids.

Jenny Yoo Dresses: ‘Hudson’ | ‘Lulu’ | ‘Harlow’ | Jacquard Sheath

Anne and Isaac share the inspiration behind their country wedding set on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Afton, Virginia.

02-nordstrom-real-wedding-stories-Anne-and-IsaacThe Scene: September 21, 2013, in Afton, Virginia

The tradition in my family is to get married in the backyard of the bride’s parents house, which we did. We wanted an outdoor country wedding that was formal in look yet casual in feel. Our colors were grey and coral, though that was not a strict theme. Overall, we were able to achieve our goal. But, a day-long rainstorm on the day of the wedding meant some last-minute changes. We ended up getting married under the tent among the tables and chairs, with 250 guests finding shelter where they could. However, with our bright color scheme and our florist’s bright flower arrangements, the wedding ended up being beautiful, with the green landscape and misty Afton Mountain as a perfect backdrop to our bustling, cozy wedding under the tent. In the end, I actually liked the rainy setting and wouldn’t have changed a thing. It also made for some great pictures.

03-nordstrom-real-wedding-stories-Anne-and-IsaacOn Magic Moments: My favorite part of the wedding was the dancing. We knew we wanted a wedding with lots of dancing, so we went with a funk/soul/motown band from Richmond called Class Act, and they were fabulous. Everyone from my college friends to my grandmother was on the dance floor for most of the night, grooving to “I Want you Back” by Jackson 5 and “This is How We Do It” by Montel Jordan. The focus was definitely on the dance floor, which was exactly what we wanted. Though I may have been a slightly sweaty bride, I was a very happy one!

01-nordstrom-real-wedding-stories-Anne-and-IsaacOn the Dressy Details: My gown was ‘Guindon’ by Hayley Paige. For my hair, I purchased the Cara ‘Blushing Bloom’ Hair Pick in grey to match the sash on my dress. Though my bridesmaids wore grey dresses from J.Crew, their accessory (and gift from me) was an Echo striped shawl in coral, which was our other wedding color.

04-nordstrom-real-wedding-stories-Anne-and-IsaacOn Working with a Wedding Stylist: Nordstrom was the last stop on our wedding dress hunt that day, and we almost cancelled the appointment after finding a dress we liked elsewhere. However, my mom encouraged me to keep the appointment. I saw my dress the moment I entered the wedding suite, and it was the first dress I asked to try on. I ended up with five or six dresses in the dressing room, with Christa, my stylist, helping me try each one on. I was with my mom and my sister, and all of us liked Christa from the start for her honest, down-to-earth attitude. Wedding shops can feel stuffy or snooty, and Christa alleviated that stereotype. I tried on ‘Guindon’ either second or third, and it was the immediate frontrunner. I could tell it was a favorite of all the stylists who were working that day, and it ended up being an easy decision. We bought it right then and there.

Photos by Jack Looney of Charlottesville

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.

Alison recounts her and Doug’s classic, elegant wedding (with a dash of shabby chic) in southern Illinois wine country.

Doug and I both live in Chicago and met through a mutual friend in 2008. It was a Friday night and once we started talking, we were inseparable. We’ve been together ever since. We go to Lincoln Park Zoo for Zoo Lights every year, and in December 2012, Doug proposed in a quiet area of the zoo under the Christmas lights and made me the happiest woman.

We fell in love with the southern Illinois wine country while driving home after visiting family in Missouri in 2009. We stayed at a couple B&Bs and enjoyed many of the wineries. We always said we’d be back and even then knew it would be a great place to get married.

The Scene: September 7, 2013. St. Joseph Church | Historic Bell Hill Bed & Breakfast, Cobden, IL.

Fast-forward four years, and southern Illinois immediately became part of our vision for our wedding. We found a beautiful B&B called Historic Bell Hill in Cobden. It is an old Victorian house on a 75-acre estate with a barn that predates the Civil War—all overlooking wine country. It was our blank canvas and it spoke to us. Doug is an artist and I am a girl with a vision. We set up a tent and tables in the gardens so guests could enjoy the glorious night. Chandeliers, lanterns, sparkling lights and candles were everywhere. There was a hint of shabby chic in the air but mostly it was classic, romantic elegance.

My Dress: ‘Coco Marie’ by Heidi Elnora

I’m petite, so I didn’t want anything overwhelming. This dress fit my body like a glove. For the ceremony I wore the ‘Addison’ Chantilly lace top by Jenny Yoo over the dress; I had fallen in love with the top even before I found the dress. It wrapped around my waist and I wore my late grandmother’s rhinestone broach on the knot. After the ceremony I removed the top and wore the rose-colored ‘Treasure Sash’ by Olia Zavozina and the ‘Melaney’ ribbon and cluster bib necklace by Nina. I had two totally different looks with the same gown, and guests even asked me if I had changed dresses.

I decided to not wear a veil. The back of the dress was so exquisite I didn’t want to take away from it. My hair was up, and I wore an ivory flower pin by Nina. My heels were Badgley Mischka and my late-night flats were Nina. My bridesmaids wore Monique Lhuillier one-shoulder taffeta dresses in navy with pink Franco Sarto wedges. My girls were beautiful and comfortable.

My Wedding Stylist: Caitlin Ritzema, Nordstrom Michigan Avenue

I went to a couple other bridal salons but came running back to Caitlin. She was amazing during the search for my dress. She found one that looked amazing on me that I never would have picked out on my own. It seemed very simple on the hanger, and I almost said no without even trying it on. But it was the only one that made me say “Wow” when she began to zip me up and add accessories. My sister referred to it as the “Audrey Hepburn dress.” Doug likes my curves, and the dress accentuated them oh so well—sexy in a classy way.

The lace Jenny Yoo bolero was so elegant and complemented the vintage, chic feel of our wedding. It was very important to me to be able to dance all night in my dress, so the change of accessories—switching into the sash for the reception—made for another beautiful look. Caitlin made my experience so comfortable, fun and pressure-free. She helped style my bridesmaids, and every time I went in for an appointment, I felt like I was going to go hang out with my friend. I am very grateful to Caitlin for helping make my special day so beautiful, stress-free and fun.

My Beauty Stylist: Iris Brostowicz, Nordstrom Topanga, Canoga Park, CA

My Beauty Stylist was Iris Brostowicz in the cosmetics department. She was wonderful. She took so much time with me on multiple occasions to make sure I had the right makeup that would look beautiful in person and in photos. She has a background in photography, so she knew exactly how to highlight my best features. I wanted to look like myself, and—after trying on many different colors and products—we found the perfect look for me.

Special Moments:

Our friends and family are very important to us, and since they were all going to be traveling long distances to be there, we wanted to make it a beautiful, relaxing and unforgettable experience for all. We danced with our guests all night and had the time of our lives. It was more perfect than we could have imagined.


Photos by Julia Noack Photography.

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.

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.

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.

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.

We’re featuring a new Adrianna Papell bridesmaid dress again this week, because—we admit it—we’re obsessed with the idea of a glamorous wedding party in these long gowns!

The beaded pattern on this dress is simply stunning, as is the super-soft pastel shade called ‘Mist.’ We think it works best with silver accessories, like thin Nadri bracelets and a single-strap sandal. Add a ribbon-and-gemstone head wrap for a bit of Great Gatsby flair!

Adrianna Papell Beaded Bridesmaid Dress | Nina ‘Cece’ Head Wrap | Nadri Crystal Bangle | Pelle Moda ‘Kacey’ Sandal

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!

HeroWe can’t help but love this frilly frock from Adrianna Papell. The cascading ruffles are fun and flirty, while the strapless neckline and maxi length bring elegance to the overall look. Plus, the angle of the ruched sides create a figure-flattering shape.

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!