Real Weddings

Our very own Wedding Division Retail Merchandiser Megan shares the details of her and Brennen’s wedding day week!

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Location & Details: Urban Studio in the Pearl District, Portland, Oregon. Brennen and I were set up by one of the managers I worked with at Nordstrom Downtown Portland. Given that Portland is where we met, it seemed only fitting we return there for our big day.

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Erika recounts her and Hutch’s glamorous and classic wedding with a DIY twist.

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Location & Details: Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, PA. I think the pictures speak for themselves; it’s a beautiful venue with romantic charm. The club is surrounded by rolling hills with lots of lush greenery, and May was the perfect time of year with everything in bloom. My favorite feature is the black-and-white tile in the foyer. Something about it feels so elegant and made for beautiful photos.
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Katie shares the story of her and Russel’s wedding full of romantic details and a beautiful sunset.

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Location & Details: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Our ceremony took place at Holy Family Catholic Church. We chose this church because my family has attended Easter mass here since we were very young. My grandmother loves their organ music and stained glass windows. The reception took place at Windows on the Waterway. This setting had a stunning sunset. We had appetizers and cocktails on the wraparound porch, dinner under a tent on the lawn near the harbor, and dancing inside the glass house.

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SEE ALL OF KATIE & RUSSEL’S BEAUTIFUL BIG DAY

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Ali shares how she and Isaiah filled their big day with plenty of sparkle and shine.

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Location: Chambers Bay Golf Course. University Place, Washington. After the first time I visited Chambers Bay in 2007, I knew this was the location I would get married at some day. I was awestruck by its beauty; the captivating scenery overlooking the Puget Sound is simply breathtaking.

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IMG_2793Our Theme: The theme of our wedding  was “sparkle and shine.” Many DIY details were executed by my talented mother who spent hours glittering/spray painting candlesticks, vases and “love” signs. She also created a one-of-a-kind bridal bouquet from vintage brooches and charms that have been passed down for generations. My sister-in-law also spent hours glittering homemade cake pops and candies for the dessert table.

We really wanted our day to be a celebration of our love and it was just that!

SHINE ON: SEE ALL OF ALI & ISAIAH’S WEDDING

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Ali recounts her and her Prince Charming’s fairy-tale wedding and offers some beautifully sound advice to brides-to-be.WEDDING-PICS-361

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Location: Old Stone Church in beautiful downtown Cleveland

The Venue & Theme: We (I) chose this church because of its rich history, and also because I had finally found my Prince Charming and this is a fairytale church!

This was the second wedding for both of us, and we asked our best friends to stand by our sides as Matron of Honor and Best Man. I chose orchids as my theme because they symbolize love and affection and are just beautiful! The flowers were on our invitations and in the bouquets, and I designed my cake to have stems made of icing and fresh orchids placed at the tips.

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Special Moments: I had many special moments, but one that stands out is being photographed under the gorgeous crystal chandelier in Playhouse Square. We are Cleveland born and raised, and we were so honored to be a part of our city! We chose Red Tail Golf Club for our reception because it’s a beautiful venue and has a great layout and amazing food.

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The Dress: I had originally chosen another dress, but upon watching a “certain show” about wedding dresses, I realized I didn’t have my WOW dress. I decided to go to Nordstrom at Beachwood Place to see if I could find one that would make my heart go pitter-patter. I was greeted very warmly by Dana and as soon as she started to show me different styles of dresses, THERE IT WAS!! I knew then and there I found “The Other One.” My first “The One” is my husband!! ; )~ Sooooo, I tried it on and felt like a princess. When the tears started to flow, I knew this was it! Dana called Natasha to discuss alterations, since we had to put a rush on the dress to get it in a few short months. As soon as I met her, my fears of getting the dress on time and fitting correctly were obliterated. When the dress came in, Natasha had to work a few miracles to get it to fit exactly the way she wanted, but the final results were amazing!

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Advice for Brides-to-Be: Just enjoy the engagement period and wedding planning, and realize it’s not a show but a love story: a story you want to share with family and friends to celebrate your wedding!

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The Honeymoon: We got engaged at the Prayers from Maria Wine Fest in Rocky River last year, so we wanted to carry on the tradition and end up in wine country for our honeymoon. We went to California and drove the Pacific Coast Highway, making stops in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Napa and Yountville. We had such a fabulous time biking the Golden Gate Bridge, walking the beautiful beaches and tasting spectacular wines!

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Photography by Bouncing Light Photography

Did you find your wedding gown or bridesmaid dresses at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! Email 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.

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Lauren shares the story and details of her and Richard’s classic, elegant wedding.

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June 13, 2015 | The University Club, Pittsburgh, PA

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The venue: Neither of us had ever been to the University Club prior to touring it for our wedding. Once we saw the restored club (which belongs to the University of Pittsburgh), we knew it was the right place for us. It is a stunning venue, classic and elegant. We really wanted to keep everything in one place so that our guests wouldn’t have to travel, and there were several rooms for us to choose from, each one prettier than the last!

Our theme was refined elegance with a modern twist. Family is very important to us, and we incorporated a lot of familial touches and traditions. My family is Scottish and my husband is Jewish, so we used a family tartan as the accent with champagne as our main color. We had a bagpiper, and my brother and oldest nephew did a handfasting ceremony for us. We had a traditional Jewish ceremony with the chuppah, breaking of the glass, et cetera.

To honor our grandparents, I wore my grandmother’s wedding rings on my right hand and had my grandfather’s wedding band pinned to my bouquet. Richard wore his grandfather’s tie clip.

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Favorite moment: Richard and I saw each other before the ceremony, when we signed our ketubah. It was a very special moment for us. There had been so much buildup to the day that it was nice to take a step back and have a private moment together to smile and say, “Let’s go get married.”

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The dress and the Wedding Suite: When I started looking for my gown I came across Rosa Clara and knew that I had to try on some of her creations. I searched for where to find them and saw that the Nordstrom in Beachwood, OH, was the closest (she is not sold locally in Pittsburgh). I wanted a gown that was clean and classic—I told my stylist Dana to think Grace Kelly. I never wanted a “princess look” but certainly a refined one. Our wedding and venue would be formal, so the gown had to have a big impact.

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When I tried on the ‘Delicia’ gown I knew that it had everything I wanted. It was so classically beautiful. The low back with the bows was an unexpected twist and made the gown feel very modern. The long train had the punch that the ceremony space needed and could be removed for the reception. The gown was so comfortable I never wanted to take it off.

Dana and the rest of the Nordstrom Wedding Suite staff were wonderful to work with. They really knew their inventory, and Dana worked to understand what I wanted. The alterations staff were incredible. I wanted the gown to fit like a glove and they made sure that it did.

The overall attention to detail paid at the Wedding Suite is what set them apart.

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Advice for other brides-to-be: It is easy to get caught up in all the excitement. Your wedding day is so important, but it is one day. Let yourself enjoy it. The best part is that you get to marry the person you love, with everyone who you love and who loves you there. Soak up every second of that!

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Final thoughts: Richard and I were so excited to marry one another. We would have married the day after he proposed with no one else with us. But we also had a very clear vision of what we wanted our wedding to be. We stuck with it throughout the planning process. Our amazing wedding planner, Deb Waterkotte, made sure that our dream day was executed flawlessly. It was such a special day, one we would do over and over again. We are so happy to have found each other and to be building our lives together.

Honeymoon? The honeymoon was in Costa Rica. It was wonderful!

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Photography by Beth Kukucka at Kukucka Photography

Did you find your wedding gown or bridesmaid dresses at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! Email 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.

 

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Stephanie and Michele share the story of their Los Angeles County wedding—all about good friends, good food and making memories to last a lifetime.

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Location: Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas, California

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The Venue: Nestled in the stunning and world-famous Malibu Canyon, Saddle Peak Lodge offers a rich history and old-time setting that many venues in Los Angeles can’t come close to. At one time, the building served as a Pony Express station; there are incredible historical photos of the location, giving off a feeling of the palpable narrative within the actual space. The inside is cavernous and spacious, with interesting decor—including antique books, lamps and taxidermy, resulting in an incredibly unique style. Outside, the patio extends offering a gorgeous backdrop.

The selling point for us, however, was the food and food service. We both agreed: It had to be stellar. The Saddle Peak Lodge is a four-star Michelin-rated venue with an out-of-this-world menu, we knew we were in good hands.

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Hayley shares the story of her real-life fairy tale—marrying her fiancé, Ryan, in a Scottish castle—brought to real life with photos and a beautiful wedding video.

Real Wedding Inspiration from Nordstrom Blogs: Hayely and Ryan.

Date and Location: January 28, 2014, at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

The Venue: We visited the seaside town of Crovie in 2011 and fell in love with Scotland. We wanted to have our wedding during the winter and in a beautiful location, so Edinburgh seemed ideal. It’s an amazing, historic city, and Edinburgh Castle is absolutely breathtaking.

Real Wedding Inspiration from Nordstrom Blogs: Hayely and Ryan.

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As president of sales of the bridal division at Donna Morgan and special partner to the Wedding Suite over the years, Lauren makes us feel extra honored as she shares the story of her beautiful beach wedding to Edmund with us here on the blog.

Location: Wychmere Beach Club, Harwich Port, MA

Our Vision: Ed and I both love the water and the beach, so when we found Wychmere Beach Club we knew it was just perfect for our big celebration with all of our friends and family. Our vision was “traditional meets nautical”–with personal touches from us both.

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Erika recounts her wedding day and how she and Tom involved family and friends to celebrate the importance of everyone coming together.

Location: University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio

Our Vision: We decided on one of the most beautiful settings in Cleveland, Wade Oval. It’s surrounded by world-class museums, and we felt it was the perfect, relaxed setting for our ceremony and reception. Our families are so important to us, so we had our siblings, nieces, nephews, parents and extended family participate in our ceremony.

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