Real Weddings

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


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.


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.



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!



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!


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!


Photography by Bouncing Light Photography

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




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


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.



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.”


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.


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.



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!



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

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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.



Location: Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas, California


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.



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.



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.



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.



Samantha shares the story of her October wedding in Ohio, where loved ones scattered across the country met in the middle at the church where she was raised.

The Ceremony: Church of St. Rita in Solon, Ohio
From the very beginning of our planning process, we knew we wanted our wedding day to be a fun gathering of family and friends. We focused on having great food and great music, knowing that our loved ones would be on the dance floor all evening.



A lot goes into planning a wedding, including finding the perfect gowns for your bridesmaids. Here, two unrelated brides—Krista and Danielle—share their inspiration and the paths that led them to choose bridesmaid dresses from Donna Morgan in beautiful shades of green.



The Bridesmaid Dresses: Like most brides, I leaned on Pinterest for inspiration throughout the planning process. After we selected our venue, I knew I had to choose a color palette. Pastels were something I was really drawn to, since they are so soft and romantic, and that’s how we envisioned our wedding. Since we loved the pastel color palette, we thought that having mint green as the main color of the wedding would be unique. Once we had decided on that, it was easy to narrow down the bridesmaid dress color, since the Donna Morgan line has so many shades available.


I knew I wanted to mix and match the colors, because we had decided to mix and match ties for the groomsmen as well. I really liked the idea that everything at our wedding would tie together but not necessarily match perfectly. I was also able to get color swatches of the dresses from a Nordstrom store, which was so helpful in making my final decision on the color, and I ended up with a mix and match of the colors Apple Tart and Spearmint.

I was very flexible with my bridesmaids. I told them the colors I liked and then let them choose whichever Donna Morgan neckline they preferred. There are so many necklines, which all look different on different body types. It was really important to me that my bridesmaids felt comfortable and pretty on our big day, so I wanted them to pick what they felt confident and pretty in!


Your Wedding Suite Experience: I chose Nordstrom for a number of reasons. First, not all of my bridesmaids lived in the area, so coordinating a shopping trip was not going to happen for us. Choosing Nordstrom would let them all go and try on dresses and choose their style on their own, or receive free shipping if they didn’t live near a Nordstrom location. Also, I knew that if there were any issues with the sizing, they could return them without a hassle—or the girls could get them altered in store and they would be treated well.

Final Thoughts: Looking back at my pictures, I can tell that each of my bridesmaids felt as pretty as I did!




Location: The Foundry by Herban Feast (Seattle, WA). My vision actually came together after I booked my venue. The Foundry is in the more industrial area of Seattle (SODO) and had that nice romantic, urban feel. It was the only place my fiancé and I could agree on (we loved it!). For me, it had the romance (wine barrels, soft lighting, etc.), and for him, it had the Northwest masculine feel (concrete floors, wooden chandeliers and a fireplace); it just matched our vision. I incorporated a lot of soft, romantic colors (coral, mint and gold), beach wood, air plants/succulents and soft metals—including a gold sequin runner at the head table. We also did a romantic Italian light wall and candles for the ceremony. It was heavenly. :)


The Bridesmaid Dresses: I wanted a color to complement coral (my first color choice) and gold (my accent color). I started to see this color combo (mint + coral + gold) early in 2014 and LOVED how it looked!


I liked the classic look of one color for bridesmaid dresses (mint), but I ended up doing shades of sage and mint for my flowers and design details of the wedding. I ended up doing shades of coral/peach/pink-orange for my flowers to add depth.

I knew what I wanted from the beginning—Donna Morgan was my designer of choice. She’s a great designer and the dresses are great quality. After that, I let my bridesmaids decide on style; I just requested that it be something long and have a “hint of mint,” because I loved how it looked in the sample I saw. The gals ironically all went with the same dresses and neckline because they just loved the style.


Final Thoughts: Looking back at the photos, I love seeing how the bridesmaid dresses brought the whole picture together. The color (deeper than my white dress) gave a fresh, romantic look to our wedding. I can’t begin to rave how much I loved the color and overall look of my bridesmaid dresses.

And a note about Nordstrom. I knew I would get service, quality and style there. I have been a loyal Nordstrom shopper since I was born. :) My mom (since retired) worked for the company for 25 years. Nordstrom is still my go-to department store for basically everything I wear!


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Cai shares how her Vera Wang dress dream came true and the importance of bringing family together—even when separated by two languages and an ocean.

The Ceremony: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Strongsville, Ohio
I’m originally from China and my parents still live there, so they couldn’t help much with the wedding planning. Instead, my amazing mother-in-law, Kathi, stepped in to support me along the way. I felt so blessed by the love of my husband’s family throughout the process.

My parents flew in for the big day, and even though they couldn’t understand what was said at the ceremony, they did participate by walking me down the aisle. It was so special to have them there and to have the wedding of my and my parents’ dreams, since they were only able to have a simple ceremony 30 years ago at their own wedding.

The Dress: Louisa by Vera Wang
I’ve always known I wanted a Vera Wang gown to get married in—they make a bride look like a princess. When shopping at Nordstrom at Beachwood Place, I met my Wedding Stylist, Dana, and she really helped make the whole process easier for me. She’s the one who found my dress, and I instantly fell in love. It’s a strapless ball gown with 16 layers of draped tulle and crystal embroidery accents at the hip—a dream come true.

Dana was so helpful by accommodating my busy schedule, finding a perfect seamstress to help with fittings, and really going out of her way to help me with everything.

My Favorite Moments:
At the reception, my friend Yan gave a beautiful toast in both English and Mandarin. Like me, she came to the United States alone from China. She perfectly articulated how much strength it gives me to have the love and support of another family here in America.

I also felt so beautiful during my first dance with my husband in my Vera Wang dress; it was a wonderful evening that will stay with me forever.

Photography by Mydi

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Maureen tells us how a timeless location, a bicoastal wedding party and some personalized touches made her and Ben’s September wedding a perfect one for them.

Our vision:
To create an elegant, classic feeling that stayed true to certain traditions while making our big day feel like “us.” Most importantly, we wanted it to feel like a celebration for all and a night to remember forever.

The location: University Club of Chicago
We saw this historic building, and it was love at first sight. Cathedral Hall, our ceremony/reception room, was like a castle with high ceilings and stained glass windows looking out over Lake Michigan. For cocktails, we transitioned into the charming library and then back to Cathedral Hall as the sun set for a gorgeous, candlelit reception.

The dress: Spring from Lela Rose
This gown was simply perfect: classic and timeless with the lace detailing, the soft and simple silhouette, and a higher neckline. My favorite part was the unexpected detailing in the low back.

I completed my look with new Jimmy Choo silver sparkly shoes that I can’t wait to wear again and a Nina veil and jewelry. My bridesmaid dresses were also Lela Rose in a beautiful color. I loved the pop of magenta (my favorite color) in the sea of black and white.

Ben looked so handsome in his tux from Hart Schaffner Marx! Our groomsmen wore suits and ties from Hugo Boss.

My stylists:
I found my gown at the Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite and my bridesmaid dresses at the Michigan Avenue Wedding Suite in Chicago, since most of my bridesmaids live there.

Heather was my amazing Seattle stylist—both attentive and honest. The entire team was so helpful, warm and caring whenever I stopped in to visit the dress and add another piece to my look. Heather partnered with Toma, my extremely talented fitter, to ensure my dress was exactly what I envisioned.

Taylor and Allison were my stylists in Chicago who took care of everything with my bridesmaid dresses. They communicated directly with my bridesmaids, which made a stress-free experience for me.

Favorite moment: Sitting at our king’s table, surrounded by so many friends and family who had traveled from both coasts to support us on our big day. My parents, Ben and I planned a lot of this wedding virtually. It was a celebratory moment when we realized we accomplished exactly what we wanted, and it was amazing!

We placed wedding photos of our parents and grandparents in the library for cocktail hour. It was a special way to thank our parents and honor our grandparents who are no longer with us.

Last and certainly not least, we loved the dance party! Our DJ was amazing and the dance floor was packed all night!

Photography by Laura Witherow.

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.

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