Inspiration & How-To

Saukok Tiampo, guest contributor of REVEL, dreams up a garden party affair in this week’s inspirational collage. 

Some days, I fantasize about having my own secret garden. I’d throw lovely garden parties there, with vintage details, pastels, ruffles and lace, just like the one below! The pretty florals and decorative details are complemented by garden party-perfect pieces from the Wedding Suite.

Ted Baker London Dress | kate spade new york Pump | Amsale One Shoulder Dress | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Earrings

For details on how to create this party—or for more pastel inspiration—head over to REVEL!

‘Til next time,


We are always huge fans of the wedding color inspiration boards from, but this month, we’re especially thrilled to share a special little project! We’ll let Mandy—and the images—do the talking.

It’s finally March! While the frost has been busy melting, we’ve been looking ahead to warmer months! And the summer event we’re most excited for? Nordstrom’s Bridal Project Manager, Cara, is going to say, “I do!” We absolutely adore Cara’s style—think a little bit of boho-chic with an elegant touch. We’ve put together some wedding inspiration via to help her plan her upcoming wedding in the woods, and we are so excited to share it here today!

Following Cara and her bridal adventures on Brideology, we had a few key elements swirling around in our heads—fresh, local, eco-friendly, organic, wildflowers, earthy—and we think we’ve got just the perfect mix of green and chic wedding elements to inspire her for her day.

Want this look? Check out some of our favorite picks from the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom:

Anne Barge ‘Emmanuelle’ Wedding Gown | Ippolita ‘Rock Candy’ Earrings | I. Madeline Swing Dress | L.K. Bennett ‘Bondi’ Sandal | Halo & Co Headband | Alexis Bittar ‘Elements-Floral’ Necklace | Ted Baker ‘Treasured Orchid’ Dress | Nina Beaded Clutch | Donna Ricco Chiffon Dress

Mandy and the Team

Inspiration images via

Photo by: Nikol Ramsay Photography on Bridal Musings via | Photo by: Melissa Schollaert on Southern Weddings via | Photo by: Heather Hester Photography on Snippet & Ink via | Headband by Serenity Crystal on | Photo by: Ben Blood on Bridal Musings via |  Inspired by This via |  Oak Tree Invitations on Minted via | Photo by: Elisa B. Photography on Inspired by This via | Photo by: Cafe Fernando on Inspired by This via | Photo by:  Sarah Culver Photography on Inspired by This via | Photo by: Papered Heart Photography on Wedding Chicks via | Photo by: onelove Photography on Santa Barbara Chic via


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. —


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Flowing fabrics, watery colors and pearly shine make up a trend we’re calling Seascape—and we’re getting swept away! Seascape is all about bringing the beauty of water into wedding attire and décor, on land or sea! This trend is fresh, sweet and easy to incorporate, for the beach wedding and beyond.

In Seascape, we’re seeing colors like mint and gray being updated to seaglass, aqua and pale blue. These colors work especially well for bridesmaid dresses, in short or long chiffon and organza fabrics. For gowns, we love the mermaid silhouette, which is flattering on many different body types! We are also seeing gowns encrusted with just a bit of jeweled texture, like the top of the ‘Zinnia’ gown from Roses by Reem Acra.

For accessories, look for pearls in jewelry, hair pieces or embellishment on wedding dresses (like Olia Zavozina loves to do!). Iridescent jewelry, such as bracelets or earrings by Alexis Bittar, complement pearls AND work on their own. Light-colored metallics, especially in wedding shoes, can add some extra punch to the softness.

Giuseppe Zanotti Peep Toe Pump | Jenny Yoo ‘Vivienne’ Gown available at in-store Wedding Suites | Matthew Christopher ‘Moet’ Gown | Lela Rose ‘The Farm’ Gown | Alexis Bittar ‘Dust’ Bracelet | Alexis Bittar ‘Miss Havisham’ Earrings | Donna Morgan ‘Morgan’ Dress | Charles David ‘Icon’ Sandal | Cara Faux Pearl Sash

Are you inspired by the Seascape trend? How would you use it for your wedding?

All beach scene and décor photos taken by SnapKnot photographers: Josh Fisher Photography, Leah Valentine Photography, Vanessa Joy Photography

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The lovely Anne Barge is one of our favorite gown designers, and we couldn’t be happier to carry new gowns from her La Fleur and Anne Barge lines in our suites this spring! Anne’s new gowns have a cohesively modern but also vintage feeling—a classic, timeless look that she manages to reinvent each season.

For her 2013 collection, Anne was inspired by the news of the Ritz Paris closing for a two-year renovation. Built in 1898 by César Ritz, the hotel was an immediate success and at its pinnacle from opening day through the early 20th century, serving as home to the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Coco Chanel.

Anne describes more about her creative vision behind each uniquely designed dress: “My focus for this season was 1898 to the 1920s. I incorporated a silk organza hand-stamped lace motif gown into the collection and a number of watercolor pastel pieces in honey, oyster, blush and latte. It was all from a painter’s palette—think Monet and Renoir.”

We envisioned a palette and inspirations around the ‘Emmanuelle’ gown below. Ah, now we’re dreaming of a Parisian wedding! Ooh la la!

Renior painting | Paris rooftops | White peonies | Bouquet | Badgley Mischka ‘Cissy’ Sandal | Anne Barge ‘Emmanuelle’ Gown | Monet painting | Peony painting | Clutch similar to Sondra Roberts sequined pouch | Degas painting | Hôtel Ritz Paris


Beautiful dresses, gorgeous weather and secluded country pastures: Caroline and Jason Oh look back on their lovely fall wedding, which took place on the acres of Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York State.

Big Day: October 14, 2012
The Scene: Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Jason and I both wanted to have a small, intimate wedding with close friends and fantastic food. We were engaged in July of 2012. Since neither one of us wanted a long engagement, we decided on a fall 2012 wedding. From the beginning, we had a very clear vision of the type of venue, size and feel of the wedding we wanted, so planning for such a big occasion in a short period of time was manageable.

We wanted our wedding to have a very personal feel. I chose to make my own centerpieces of dark red James Storie orchids, as well as my bouquet and boutonnieres (for Jason and the men in the family), using a mix of white freesia, vendela roses, and dark red hypericum berries. The arch for our ceremony consisted of branches of ilex berry branches (also called winterberry, a type of holly), which I absolutely loved.

Favors: I made three varieties of homemade jam—strawberry rhubarb, wild blueberry lemon, peach mango—using local berries and fruits.

My Wedding Stylist: Michelle Britton at Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ.

Michelle and the team at the Wedding Suite were fantastic. Friendliness, responsiveness, and communication: across the board, everyone was great to work with. The dress came on time, and we had time for two fittings with an in-house seamstress who was also terrific. I can say that the team really made my wedding dress shopping experience fun, and completely pain-free.

My Dress: I came in specifically for a NOUVELLE Amsale gown from the Fall 2012 collection after seeing the dress in a wedding magazine. It was only the second dress I tried on. For the reception, I wore Givenchy‘s multi-strand pearl necklace and matching drop earrings.

Our Special Moment: Before the ceremony, Jason and I had a few minutes to walk through the reception area and outdoor ceremony garden before our guests arrived. Seeing everything beautifully in place, just awaiting the guests, let us have a few quiet moments to really focus on the fact that we were getting married. After months of planning, now all we had to do was say “I do”! It was a fantastic feeling.

Photography © 2012 Steve Worth Photography

Did you find your wedding dress at Nordstrom? Share your aisle style with us! 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.

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For the third installment of Brideology, Cara, our Bridal Project Manager, gathers up all the pretty pins on Pinterest, finding loads of wedding-day inspiration along the way.

How did anyone plan a wedding before Pinterest? From real wedding photos and style ideas, to DIY projects and the dresses (oh, the dresses)—it’s all at your fingertips.

I especially love the new private boards that Pinterest just released. Finally! There are certain things that should be kept secret until the wedding day, so it’s really nice to have that just-for-me option. Some of my teammates put together this really cute list of the reasons why private boards are great for wedding planning, and I love it!

I also found some great boards to follow. Check out the list I put together earlier this year. These are still tops on my list, but now I’ll add my new favorite five.

Southern Weddings Magazine—While there are plenty of truly Southern styles here, it all works for this Northwest girl too! Southern Sweets is making my mouth water right now. But my favorite board has to be Southern Traditions, with the New Orleans second line parades and lots of college mascots. People in Seattle might think we’re crazy if we do these, but how fun?!

Green Wedding Shoes—Jen Campbell’s extensive DIY board is full of wedding ideas, along with other great home and style projects; there’s no end to the inspiration. And Wedding Ceremony Ideas showcases some very cool backdrops, arches and altars. Many could work in different settings, like a DIY chapel in the middle of a field!

One Wed—My go-to here is Wedding Ideas We Love, a collection of the best of the best. From how to get your guests to take great pictures, to dressing your dog in a tux, there are tips and tricks galore. Plus unique ideas (like pop-up wedding invitations) that will make you ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?!”

nd + —I found this pinner when I first joined Pinterest and just love all her boards. Big + Day is a dreamy wedding board (over 900 pins!) that trends toward ethereal and vintage but also has full-on glamour. I love the high-low mix: Oscar de la Renta meets Etsy all in one place.

Design Love Fest—Bri Emery’s boards focus on design, interiors and fashion, but she also has some juicy boards that I use as wedding inspiration. Happy Flowers is just SO LOVELY. And It’s Love captures sweet, romantic photos of everyone from Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller to anonymous couples enjoying a fabulous wedding day.

What are your favorite boards? Do you use private boards for wedding planning or other projects? Don’t forget to check out Nordstrom Weddings Pinterest boards!


And follow me on Instagram @Brideology for more pictures.

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Let’s sing: “On the 6th day of Gowns, the Wedding Suite brought to me…FOUR JENNY YOO’s!” Okay, we’ll spare you the caroling, but just when you thought the white dress couldn’t be reinvented, we present Jenny Yoo. Sparkle and shimmer were the highlights of her spring/summer 2013 collection, and what we love most about this line is that you can customize the neckline: from straps to strapless, one shoulder or both, Jenny Yoo has you covered!

The New York-based designer also brings us a couple short-gown options for the coming season that are so feminine and sophisticated we’re sure most brides will swoon. Clearly, the Nordstrom wedding team just loves YOO! All brides-to-be should bookmark The Wedding Suite and keep up with our 12 Days of Gowns countdown for more stylish spring/summer 2013 options.


Our wedding team is always on the hunt for one-of-a-kind gowns, so when famed bridal designer Anne Barge introduced us to her latest couture collection for spring/summer 2013, it was a dream come true. We were especially caught off by the Waverly! Let us tell you, it is unlike anything we have ever laid our eyes on! Also on our radar were new gowns from the La Fleur by Anne Barge collection: Each dress is unique from the others in lace, silk and chiffon fabrications. We especially love that her designs include strap options!

L and center: Anne Barge Bridal | R: La Fleur by Anne Barge ‘Aimee’

Discover bridal bliss at The Wedding Suite, and keep up with our ’12 Days of Gowns’ countdown for more stylish options to bookmark or even add to Pinterest. Check back here for Day 5, featuring luxe looks from Caroline DeVillo!


When it comes to wedding traditions, the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” rhyme chimes in the ears of many brides-to-be. If you have the old and borrowed categories covered, add elegance to your gown with a brand-new pearl necklace. Iconic beauties like Jacqueline Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn both immortalized the grace of a string of pearls worn with a wedding dress. Check out our prized pearl picks that are ideal for any classic sophisticate.

Our model is donning the Mikimoto Cultured Pearl Long Necklace.
Top to Bottom: Majorica ‘Butterfly’ Cubic Zirconia & Pearl Necklace that elegantly frames the face
Majorica 8mm Round Pearl Necklace finished with a mabe pearl on the clasp

Visit our bridal jewelry suite online for more great styles.