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December 4, 2013

Real Wedding: Jen & Chad

Jen and Chad’s beach wedding in Florida was full of laid-back charm. Read on for their big-day details, as told by Jen.

The Story: Our relationship began 10 years ago, when we met at a mutual friend’s college party. By the end of that night, my number was programmed into Chad’s phone as “wifey”! We spent our last two years of college attached at the hip and never had a dull moment when we were together.

After school we went our separate ways but later found each other again in Chicago. We have been enjoying each other and the city ever since!

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We wanted our wedding to be an elegant and fun beach affair. We mixed the casual setting of the beach and hotel with a more formal Chicago reception feel that Chad loves.

For decor, there were so many special details provided by my maid of honor, who is a designer. We had personalized program fans, coasters and bags of saltwater taffy for the guests.

There was a signature drink bar including Bay Breeze and Hurricane cocktails recommended by me and Chad. Peach was our accent color, used in the bouquets, menus and programs, striped straws and our taffy!

We kept the attire casual, with my bridesmaids in short chiffon dresses from Donna Morgan (in Peach Fuzz) and the men in tan suits with no ties. And everyone was barefoot!

My Look: My wedding dress was a Nicole Miller silk crêpe de Chine strapless gown. I wore my hair loosely tied to the side, accented by a skinny crystal headband and simple earrings.

My Wedding Stylist: Amie Kesler, Nordstrom Michigan Avenue

I couldn’t have had a better experience with Amie! Prior to my first dress consultation I had e-mailed her a picture of a Nicole Miller dress that was my top choice. Upon my arrival, Amie informed me that there was a sample of the dress on sale—it was a couple sizes too big, but after trying the dress on with it clipped back, I couldn’t resist it!

Nordstrom’s alterations department turned my dream dress into the perfect fit. Since it was under my original budget, I was able to buy beautiful accessories to complement it!

Our Special Moments: Chad and I were truly touched by how many friends and family flew across the country to see us get married on the beach. My mother, stepfather, brother and his family have all relocated to Fort Myers, so this is our home away from home. Our other friends and family live either in Illinois or elsewhere throughout the country, so it was a special moment for us both to walk out that day and see 90 friends and family members waiting for us to have our dream wedding on a beach.

We ended the night on the dance floor in a room overlooking the ocean and stars! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Photographs by Fort Myers Wedding Photographer Sebrie Images

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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

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Newlyweds Joanna and Giovanni share their proposal story and destination wedding in beautiful Hawaii!

Our Proposal: We were on vacation in Cabo San Lucas with family when Giovanni suggested we take a day trip to Lover’s Beach, one of the most romantic and beautiful beaches in Cabo. When we got there, Gio turned to my mom and asked her to take our picture, and I didn’t think twice about it. But before I knew it, he was on one knee, holding a Bony Levy diamond ring. I couldn’t believe what was happening, but when he looked into my eyes, I immediately said yes! It was perfect, and I am so thankful my family was there to witness it.

The Scene: May 5, Waialua, Hawai’i
It wasn’t too long before we decided that we’d have our wedding in the same setting as our engagement: the beach! We opted for a low-key wedding on the North Shore of Oahu at a lovely beachfront home.

Planning the wedding posed quite a challenge because Oahu was a new destination for us, but I decided to plan the entire event myself anyway, and I’m glad I did! The day we arrived at the house, I was so thrilled to see this beautiful setting for the first time. I could finally envision everything falling perfectly into place.

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My Wedding Stylist: Heather Rose, Downtown Seattle Nordstrom Wedding Suite

After visiting quite a few bridal shops, I decided to go to the Nordstrom Wedding Suite. I was absolutely thrilled by the selection of dresses. My stylist, Heather, guided me through the many options, helping me find the most beautiful Nicole Miller dress.

My Look: The lace dress had a v-neck, a keyhole back and a small train. The minute I slipped into it, I knew it was perfect. Heather suggested stunning Nadri accessories as the finishing touches. I also wore crystal-encrusted Steve Madden wedges, perfect for the beach setting.

The Bridesmaids: We searched high and low in every store for my three bridesmaids’ dresses, then found ourselves heading back to Nordstrom. The girls instantly fell in love with their Erin by Erin Fetherston ombré dresses in shades of orange and pink.

We added the Sam Edelman ‘Sasha’ wedges and polished off the look with some gold bangle bracelets and chunky turquoise necklaces. It was a bright, fun look!

The Men: For the boys, I had had my eye on linen for a long time. I loved the laid-back look for the beach, and I knew they would be comfortable. Giovanni wore the John W. Nordstrom linen sportcoat and pants, with a BOSS black shirt and Tod’s loafers.

His groomsmen wore matching linen vests and pants, Hugo Boss shirts with Ted Baker bow ties and Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes. They looked so handsome!

We didn’t intend for our entire wedding party to be dressed head to toe in Nordstrom clothes, but the variety of selection and the personable sales team made it so easy. Our budget, timeline and preferences were totally accommodated. What can be a difficult and stressful situation was made seamless and fun!

The Big Day: It was a perfect day on the North Shore. Our generous group of friends and family were eager to help with the final arrangements. As the girls and I were having our hair and makeup done, we were entertained by all of the boys playing in the pool below us. It was so funny to see how carefree they were only a few hours before the ceremony, as we meticulously applied mascara and curled our hair!

Before the ceremony, my mother gave me a bundle of rings that came from generations of marriages in our family. This symbolized the commitment that the many women before me had made. I had never felt so proud and excited, but I was especially moved when I my mother told me she gave Gio my father’s ring to carry as well.

As I tied the rings to my bouquet, their meaning filled me with confidence and comfort. The moment was surreal, and I couldn’t wait to be standing there with Gio.

Our ceremony was short and sweet, and our humorous minister eased our nerves. Before I knew it, we kissed and then formed a conga line down the aisle with our guests in tow, heading for the reception!

The evening came together even more as Giovanni and I had our first dance to a Dominican bachata song. We feasted upon kālua pork and spicy mahi mahi, followed by Hawaiian shave ice. While our guests enjoyed their dessert, we retreated to the beach to watch the sunset.

Soon, the music pumped up and we danced the night away! Eventually, the dance party turned into a pool party, and we then topped off the night with a fire on the beach.

The day turned out more perfect than I could have ever dreamed. Giovanni and I are so lucky that we had such an amazing group of family and friends that celebrated with us!

Photography by Chrissy Lambert

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Amy and Tracy share the gorgeous photos and fun details from their modern SoCal wedding.

The Scene: March 9th, Diamond View Tower, San Diego, CA

The main goal of our wedding was to have a really great party with all of our close family and friends. Tracy is from a town outside Memphis, Tennessee, and I’m from San Diego, so the underlying theme for our invitations, website and wedding décor was a modern South-meets-Southwest motif.

Our venue was an indoor/outdoor event space that overlooks downtown San Diego and PETCO Park ballpark. It featured panoramic views of the San Diego skyline, plus a large balcony with an impressive fireplace and lounge seating. We had a small, private ceremony on the balcony before the rest of our guests joined us for our reception.

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The Party: We chose to do a moving-style reception with food stations located throughout the venue. We also had an open bar and a signature cocktail for the night: mojitos! Rather than having a traditional wedding cake, we had a cake display table with five small cakes, macaroons and specialty teas.


My Look: I wore a form-fitting Nicole Miller silk gown, which had a deep V neckline with cutouts and a large bow detail on the back.

For hair and makeup, I wanted a simple, modern look with a wow factor. My hair and makeup artists nailed it! My hair was styled in a loose side bun with braiding detail and a classic hair piece, which was custom-made by my close friend and jewelry designer Chris Ching. Bold brow and eye makeup and simple pink lip color completed the look for me.


When it comes to accessories, I’m definitely a less-is-more girl, so I limited my accessories to classic gold, zircon and white topaz earrings along with a matching hair piece.


My Wedding Stylist: Heidi Simonion, Nordstrom Wedding Suite in Brea, CA

The Nordstrom Wedding Suite was the first and only bridal shop I went to. I went with my best childhood friend and our moms. When I set up the appointment, I mentioned that I was looking for a simple, sleek dress for me and short white dresses for my bridesmaids. When we arrived, Heidi had already pulled some dresses that fit what I was looking for and gave us a few minutes to select any other ones we found on display.

I found “the dress” on display and I tried it on first because I actually thought it was the one I’d like the least—I wasn’t sure about the bow on the back. When I tried it on, I loved it! I tried on a few other dresses, but none of them compared to the first one.

I took advantage of the in-house alteration services and was really happy with the final result.


Heidi also helped me find white bridesmaid dresses. I ended up selecting two styles by Alexia Admor. My bridesmaids had a choice of either style, and Heidi was super-helpful in reaching out to all of the girls and making sure they got their orders in. She was a joy to work with, and she made the whole dress shopping experience easy and enjoyable!

Our Special Moments: We entered the reception to a mash-up of the songs Tennessee and California Love, which kicked off the dance party! The dancing was definitely the highlight of the night—everyone was on their feet for the Wobble, Cupid Shuffle, and the impromptu Soul Train lines. When people weren’t on the dance floor, they were sampling candies at the candy table and posing for pictures in the photo booth.

It was definitely the best party Tracy and I have ever been to. Mission accomplished!


Photography by: Suzanna March Photography

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Sara and Leif share the story of their sweet elopement in one of the most romantic places on earth!

The Scene: April 18, 2013, Ravello, Italy

We decided soon after getting engaged that we wanted to combine getting married and going on a trip. We also knew we just wanted it to be the two of us. After considering a beach in Mexico and somewhere in Spain, we settled on Italy and quickly decided on the Amalfi Coast! Our wedding planner in Italy helped us find a venue at a beautiful 5-star hotel in Ravello.

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We wanted our wedding to be just the two of us, so we could do things exactly how we wanted and keep it really mellow and low-stress. It helped us save money for the actual trip. We also liked that the day was truly just about us!

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We ended up spending several more days on the Amalfi Coast after the ceremony. After Ravello, we stayed in the towns of Amalfi and Positano and did a day trip over to the island of Capri. Then we spent a night in Sorrento and the final night in Rome before we flew home. It was fantastic!

I especially liked that we planned the ceremony at the beginning of the trip because it was kind of stressful, preparing for and anticipating that day. Then we had the rest of the trip to just relax and tour around.

My Look: I wore a Nicole Miller strapless silk chiffon gown, a beaded Nicole Miller belt and simple jewelry. And a cardigan for warmth!

My Wedding Stylist: Kerry Coughlin at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in San Francisco Center

Kerry was absolutely fantastic throughout the entire process. When I first came in, it was about three days after getting engaged and I was so nervous, but she was super-supportive, helpful and understanding.

I had a couple of appointments to decide on a dress and had the added challenge of a four-month time frame before the wedding day, plus a smaller budget than usual. Kerry helped me to feel confident in my dress and accessory decisions, she only showed me things in within my budget and she was very helpful when I had questions.

She also helped us find the Joseph Abboud suit that Leif wore, which was a fantastic purchase.

Our Special Moments: I especially liked the ceremony portion because our Italian wedding coordinator had the perfect speech prepared and the perfect vows for us to recite. It was a pleasant surprise, seeing as we’d just put our trust in him and let him coordinate all the details. We were also expecting some rain on the trip, but it was a beautiful day.

Photography by: DeFilippis Photo Studio

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OK, we’re pretty excited (read: really thrilled) about this! We recently chatted with the fabulous Nicole Miller to bring you the details of her design inspiration, the hottest trends and how she got started in the bridal business. Plus, she tells us which dresses she would pick for different wedding destinations. Juicy! Read on, friends!

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The Wedding Suite: When did you decide to start designing wedding gowns? What kicked it all off?

Nicole: It was a natural progression. Friends of mine began asking me to design custom wedding dresses, usually loosely based off styles already on the line, in white versions. I realized the demand was there, and the rest is history… bridal is a big part of our business today!

Now you’re designing for the modern bride. We’re seeing metallic fabrics in a few of your designs, as well as the peplum trend. Any other trends you’re excited about for 2013?

Nicole: Many of my new gowns feature back detailing—lace continues to be a huge trend, but also scoop-backs, delicate beading and button accents as well as unique trims. Brides want to look gorgeous from all angles, especially from behind, when facing the altar!

Nicole Miller ‘Elizabeth’ Gown

How do you start designing a new gown or collection? What’s your first step?

Nicole: Now more than ever, bridal trends are mirroring ready-to-wear runway trends. Since designing my Artelier and Collection lines, I often adapt the trends and feelings of those collections and put a bit more of a bridal spin on them. I always take feedback from our brides and vendors into consideration while designing, too.

Are there any specific places where you seek inspiration for bridal design?

Nicole: I find inspiration in the most unexpected places! I love looking at vintage photographs and watching old movies, and I also sometimes find myself inspired by new technologies.

Pick your favorite dresses for these types of weddings: laid-back beach nuptials, modern hotel affair and classic garden party.

Nicole: Our ‘Aneka’ lace gown is perfect for a classic garden party, and has that beautiful back detail. The ‘Merril’ peplum silk faille gown is understated and chic for a modern city wedding. The ‘Sharon’ techno metal gown is the ultimate destination gown—the fabric does not wrinkle, is lightweight with a hint of beading and is extraordinarily comfortable.

Nicole Miller Peplum Silk Faille Gown

Nicole Miller Strapless Techno Metal Gown

Nicole Miller ‘Aneka’ Gown

Any advice for brides-to-be shopping for their gowns?

Nicole: The most important thing is to feel comfortable. Then, of course, you have to feel gorgeous. Then you will glow with confidence!

Well said, Nicole!

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One of our favorite weeks of the year is here! Bridal Fashion Week kicked off in New York City and we’re like kids in a candy store, so excited about all the newest gowns from our favorite designers. During this week, we attend runway shows and meet with designers to pick the wedding dresses we’ll carry in the Wedding Suite for the next season.

While we could talk for days about all the details, we also know a picture is worth a thousand words—so follow our fashion week journey through the photos below (with more to come this week!). You can also follow the action on Twitter @NordstromWed where our bridal director, Andrea Wasserman, is live tweeting throughout each day!

Mt. Rainier greets us along the way to the airport in Seattle.

At the hotel, laying out the week’s shoes. The flats will come in handy!

Central Park view from our hotel. We could get used to this!

First meeting with the lovely Kelly Faetanini, with a gorgeous lace back dress.

Next to the runway at Vera Wang. Seeing lots of black and white!

Buyer Sharon examines the Vera Wang gowns up close.

At Nicole Miller, checking out a favorite gown, now in lace!

Sharon and Lisa looking through options. Decisions, decisions!

Andrea and designer Heidi Elnora ending the night at dinner–in matching jean jackets.

Check back this week for more coverage of Bridal Fashion Week including our favorite new trends!

Courtney tells us how she managed to juggle her time between planning her beautiful wedding and studying for the Bar Exam!

The Scene:
Fall 2012: Rengstorff House Gardens, Mountain View, CA
Yakeen and I dated for about seven years before he proposed in May of 2011 on one of our annual camping trips. Our vision from the beginning was to have a small, intimate wedding, which is exactly what it turned out to be–about 45 guests. I am originally from Mountain View, and I really wanted to get married in my hometown, so the Rengstorff House was the perfect ceremony venue.

We decided to have our reception at Michaels At Shoreline Restaurant, which was so convenient because our guests were able to walk to it following the ceremony.

We did not want to spend a lot of money on the wedding, and we also wanted to keep the stress often associated with wedding planning to a minimum. Most of my planning actually took place while I was in my last year of law school in Los Angeles. I took advantage of my winter and spring breaks while in Mountain View to meet with my venue, flower and cake vendors.

I did most of my planning months in advance, because I knew I could not do it while studying for the Bar Exam, which I took in July of this year. With my mom’s help, I also made the invitations, seed-packet favors, place cards and signs–Yakeen drew our guestbook tree.

My Dress:
I found “The Dress” at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in San Francisco. As soon as I put on my Nicole Miller dress, my mom said, “That is the one!” It’s a form-fitting, floor-length, off-white silk dress with lace on top. Because I am petite, I originally wanted a knee-length dress, as I thought that hemming a long dress might ruin the look.

I am lucky that both short and long dresses had been pulled for me, because otherwise, I probably would not have even tried on this Nicole Miller!

The Ceremony:
The ceremony was very special for Yakeen and me–in particular because of the people who were part of it. Our officiant was a superior court judge who Yakeen worked with while in law school. We both have the utmost respect for this judge, and we were so honored that he agreed to marry us. Our photographer was one of my best friends of over twenty years; she is not a photographer by trade but took amazing photos because she knows us both so well.

Other special players included another best friend who acted as my “day of” person–ensuring that everything went smoothly–a stylist friend who did a beautiful job on my hair and makeup and my brother-in-law, who played the acoustic guitar while guests arrived for the ceremony. We could not have asked for a more perfect day–celebrating a new step in our lives together with our close friends and family!

My Wedding Stylist:
Heather Bowser at Nordstrom San Francisco Centre
Heather was such a great help from the very beginning. Weeks prior to my appointment, she called and asked about my dress preferences, so that on the day my mom and I met with her, she had several dresses in my size waiting in my dressing room. She even had shoes and undergarments in my size, so I did not have to bring anything with me. Heather made the wedding dress shopping experience fun and stress-free!

Hemming the dress did not pose any problems either. Nordstrom’s seamstress, Lilly, came right up and pinned the dress to show me how it would look once hemmed, and she assured me that it would fit perfectly.

I loved that I could get everything, including the dress, undergarments, shoes and jewelry, all in one place. The personal service I received was exceptional, and I could not have asked for a better experience!

Favorite Accessories:
I also got my wedding accessories from Nordstrom with Heather’s assistance. It was really helpful to try on my Nordstrom undergarments (shorts and body shaper) to see exactly what they would look like under my dress. During the final fitting, I tried on the belt that I originally had purchased at Nordstrom to go with the dress, but Heather suggested a slimmer belt that had since come in; it actually looked a lot better, and I was able to exchange the first one for it.

My mom also asked Heather for jewelry suggestions, and she found the perfect silver necklace, which was simple yet added a little sparkle to my look. It was so convenient that Heather was able to ship my dress and accessories to my house once they were ready, so I did not have to drive back to San Francisco to pick them up.

Special Moments:
I have one funny story about the day, which involves that belt I mentioned. I must have been so flustered while I was getting ready that I forgot to put it on! Luckily the dress looked great without the belt too, because it was not until after the ceremony was over and most of the pictures had been taken that I suddenly realized the belt was missing! I am so happy that I remembered then, so at least I could wear it at the reception.

I tell my friends that this story just shows that as organized as you can be, unexpected things will happen at your wedding. Nevertheless, you will still have a wonderful and memorable day!

Photography by Elisabeth de Kleer

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Our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman, shares her insider photos and a quick trend recap from Bridal Fashion Week.

I’m back from Bridal Week, where it was all about the back: interesting low-cut backlines, lace, and illusion. We’re still seeing illusion necklines and straps, and convertible details are also in (think removable peplum, lace toppers, cover-ups and convertible straps). We also saw tea-length and Jackie O.-inspired dresses—definitely a nod to classic glamour.

Matthew Christopher

Rosa Clara

Overall, there are a lot more diverse necklines, rather than just strapless.

Victoria Nicole

Of course, there are still the traditional, ultra-flattering styles like A-line, mermaid and sweetheart neck.

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Vera Wang

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See even more from Andrea over at her Bridal Favorites Pinterest board, or browse and shop all of our wedding dresses available online.

Andrea Wasserman, our National Bridal Director, is recapping the highlights of her most recent buying trip to designers’ showrooms. Here’s what she had to share.


Dinner break! Confession: We indulged in NYC Restaurant Week while in town and ate at Riverpark (it’s on the East River, and all produce is grown in a garden “farm” just outside). We met up with Kerry, the lovely genius behind Nina bridal shoes and accessories. Psst…She tells us even more headpieces are in the works. Did we hear you love and want more birdcage veils? You’re in luck.


Showroom: Eliza J
Current favorite: Belted Spaghetti Strap Fit & Flare Dress and Woven Fit & Flare Dress. Our Wedding Stylists work with so many brides who select a color and a fabric and let their bridesmaids choose coordinating dresses. So, we picked these two styles to make it extra easy! The color is perfect for brides now getting ready for fall/winter weddings, and the textured fabric is soft yet structured.
Looking forward: The most incredible shades of pink on bridesmaid dresses, from pastel brocades to fuchsia solids, in ladylike silhouettes finished with belts and brooches.


Showroom: Donna Morgan
Current favorite: Strapless Satin Inset Chiffon Gown. Sometimes (okay, often) classic and black is the way to go. This mixed-media style is just that. Plus, it’s fluid enough for day and elegant enough for evening.
Looking forward: Here’s a hint—if you think tulle only comes in white and is only for the bride, think again.

Showroom: Nicole Miller
Current favorite: Accessories! You may think of this designer as making some of our brides’ favorite gowns, and you’re right. But now we’re offering Nicole Miller belts and hairpieces to go with them.
Looking forward: Lace and illusion, two trends right off the bridal runways. Plus, Nicole’s strawberry-rhubarb pie. That’s right, this designer-foodie-chef gifted us her personal recipe as we left the showroom.

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