Rosa Clara

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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 Tianna and Teddy’s big day was a gorgeous, modern affair, clearly filled with a lot of love–and plenty of fun too!

The Scene: October 5, 2013, Sunset Room at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD

Teddy’s and my vision for the wedding was to make it simple yet elegant. We wanted a wedding that represented us as a couple.

In keeping with the season, our wedding designer, Pamela Beard from Art of Wow, filled the space with beautiful fall flowers and colors, lots of oranges and yellows. She incorporated my favorite flower–the stargazer lily–as well as other fall flowers like spider mums.

It was a morning ceremony, and we wanted everything to be bright, light and airy. Windows surrounding the entire area where the ceremony and the reception were held allowed natural light from the sun to come in, and our photographer was able to capture beautiful pictures.

The day of, everything was organized and started on time and just flowed so nicely.

My Look: I wore the ‘Nadia’ gown by Rosa Clará. The color was a natural white with a strapless sweetheart neckline and asymmetrical organza layers. I accessorized it with a belt by Cara.

I kept the rest simple with diamondlike teardrop earrings and a bracelet. My hair accessory was the ‘Elle’ flower hair clip by Nina. I believed that my dress was a statement in itself and I didn’t need a veil or a lot of jewelry.

My Wedding Stylist: Stacey Kallenberg, Nordstrom Wedding Suite at Tysons Corner Center

Throughout this process I learned that the one thing that has got to be on point is your dress! I really appreciated that Stacey took the time to get to know me, where my wedding would be held and at what time of day, the types of dresses I liked, what Teddy’s personality is like…all that was discussed before selecting the dresses, trying on various styles and seeing what looked really beautiful on me.

Having that discussion helped to narrow down my options. The great thing is that the stylists told me about an upcoming Rosa Clará trunk show. Stacey didn’t want me to be too eager and wanted me to see other dresses! She was right–I made my selection at the trunk show event and I felt amazing.

When I started crying, I knew that THIS was my dress. I felt like a bride and I knew that Teddy would love the dress.

The stylists were amazing and very helpful, professional but personable and honest. In this business you have to be, because it is such an important day for a bride!

Our Special Moments: One of my favorite moments was walking down the aisle, seeing Teddy at the end and all of the people, the flowers and how beautiful everything looked–but most importantly the look on his face. It was amazing! I felt like I was walking through heaven.

Photography by Shauna Ploeger, Photograpy Du Jour

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BLISS Monique Lhuillier Lace Low Back Wedding Dress

Wedding dresses with eye-catching backs are very of-the-moment! And it makes perfect sense—most of the time, a bride is facing away from her guests during the ceremony, so why not make the back of a gown just as beautiful as the front? More and more designers are thinking beyond straight-across strapless or traditional buttons on the train and adding unexpected details like architectural shapes, low scoop cuts, illusion detailing and embellishments.

Whether it’s a dramatic keyhole like the BLISS Monique Lhuillier dress above or an intricate illusion design like Lela Rose’s ‘Tompkins Square Park’, we know one thing for sure: in these gowns, baby got back!

Find your favorite from our selections below, or browse our in-store wedding gowns for more ideas!

Two by Rosa Clará ‘Delicia’ Wedding Dress

Heidi Elnora ‘Rubie Joe’ Wedding Dress

Kelly Faetanini ‘Georgina’ Wedding Dress

Lela Rose ‘Tompkins Square Park’ Wedding Dress

Nouvelle Amsale Bow Detail Wedding Dress

Caroline DeVillo ‘Cassidy’ Wedding Dress

Hayley Paige ‘Mila’ Wedding Dress

La Fleur by Anne Barge ‘Chantal’ Wedding Dress


Today at, we’re frolicking deep into the woods with whimsical, woodland-inspired wedding decor. This cozy theme is all about nature—with a little bit of glam thrown in for good measure, of course. Imagine saying, “I do” underneath a blanket of stars and twinkling lights, surrounded by vibrant purple wildflowers, mossy tablescapes and wooden details… makes us want to curl up by a crackling fire with our sweetie. Who knew the Great Outdoors could be such a magical place?

Go into the woods with these picks from the Wedding Suite:

Whichgoose Baby’s Breath Crown | Collection XIIX Metallic ScarfKendra Scott ‘Danielle’ Earrings | Ted Baker London ‘Jones’ Suit | Ivy & Blu for Maggy Boutique Dress  | Pelle Moda ‘Alera’ Pump | Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb Eau Extreme’ Perfume | Rosa Clará ‘Belleza’ Gown


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Inspiration images via

Photo by: Harwell Photo on Southern Weddings via | Photo by: Rachel Peters Photography on Every Last Detail via | Photo by: The Nichols on Southern Weddings via | Photo by: Kacy Kizer Photography on Wedding Chicks via | Photo by: Sarah Yates on Inspired by This via | Photo by: A Bryan Photo on Snippet & Ink via | Photo by: Lisa Lefkowitz on Inspired by This via | Photo by: Brienne Poole on Wedding Chicks via | Photo by: Sandy Aichner on Lani Blue Stationery via | Photo by: Simply Jessie Photography on Bridal Musings via


The Rosa Clará ‘Cava’ wedding dress has “princess” written all over it. The full ballgown skirt is made of layers of silk organza asymmetrically cut with hemstitch detailing and topped with a fitted, strapless bodice. This gorgeous gown shines in a fairytale setting like a romantic rose garden or a luxe hotel ballroom decked out with pops of rich color like this pink peony bouquet.

Here our bride wears a trendy blusher veil, sparkly cuff bracelet and classic pumps with teardrop accents (just waiting under the dress for their glamour shot).

See more details on this gown—and more of our favorite new wedding dresses—in our Fall 2103 lookbook!

Nina ‘Angelica’ Bracelet | Serephine ‘Gabrielle’ Blusher Veil | Badgley Mischka ‘Dawn’ Pump | Nordstrom Teardrop Earrings

Shop for your perfect style with a Wedding Stylist in one of our in-store Wedding Suites—the service is free. Call 1.888.300.1295 or book an appointment online in a Suite location near you.



Brides, grab your gals and a glass of your favorite fizzy beverage and get ready to view some gorgeous gowns! Our Fall 2013 Lookbook is here!

This is always an exciting time of year, as we get to share all of the new images from our recent photo shoot and unveil the gowns just hitting our in-store Wedding Suites. It’s also a great time to see trends from bridal fashion week coming to life!

Here are a few of our favorite trends from the fall selections:

Statement backs: Whether a low open scoop or a decorative illusion—like Lela Rose’s ‘Tompkins Square Park’ or Heidi Elnora’s ‘Rubie Joe’—the focus of many new gowns is on the back.


Tiered skirts: Draped layers of fabric on ball gown skirts come in soft, like Rosa Clara’s ‘Cava,’ or structured, like Hayley Paige’s ‘Pearl.’

Lovely lace: From full Alençon lace gowns to dainty lace trim, gowns from Anne Barge and Bliss Monique Lhuillier are romantic and feminine.

Browse more wedding dress lookbooks here. To make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist, call 1.888.300.1295 or book online.


Last week, our bridal buyer, Sharon Wikstrom, traveled abroad to meet with Spanish wedding gown designer Rosa Clará. A new designer to the Wedding Suites, Rosa Clará is known for creating elegant gowns with ’50s-style structure and silhouettes, voluminous silk satin skirts and soft sleeves in lace and tulle. Sharon has said she could see herself in a Rosa Clará gown if she were getting married today!

Sharon’s trip included a visit to the showroom to look at gown collections and meet with the Rosa Clará team, plus some time spent playing tourist and taking in the sights of beautiful Barcelona! Here she shares photos and notes from her trip.

A little jealous of Sharon’s trip? We are, too. But you can get a little taste of Spain by seeing these beauties in our Wedding Suites now! Dresses and cover-ups from the Rosa Clará Bridal and Two by Rosa Clará collections are brand-new in Nordstrom Wedding Suites, so make your appointment to check them out! Adiós!


Saukok Tiampo, guest contributor of REVEL, has us dreaming of spring with this lovely palette.

Our latest wedding look is inspired by an updated country affair, in peach and dusty blue. Pretty shades of peach with touches of lace make for a soft look that evokes spring, while the dusty blues add a bit of elegant contrast (this is no honky-tonk!) The addition of some woodsy neutrals gives it a rustic feel, ideal for an outdoor spring/summer celebration!

Nordstrom never ceases to amaze me with the amount of perfect pretties to be found in one place:

‘Dakota’ gown from Two by Rosa Clara | Kendra Scott Earrings | Badgley Mischka ‘Goodie’ Heels | ‘Jessie’ dress from Donna Morgan

Visit me at REVEL for all the details on this dusty blue and peach wedding inspiration, or to check out our wedding inspiration by color and style!

Did he pop the question? Submit your wedding colors/your inspiration, and you may just see us build you a board in REVEL by Request!

‘Til next time,

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For our eleventh day of gowns, we bring you two collections from one designer: Rosa Clara Bridal and Two by Rosa Clara. We couldn’t resist these delicious lovelies that will bring loads of new silhouettes and a range of price points to our Wedding Suites.

We especially love the lace jackets that complement the gowns so well that they look like they’re part of the dress. What bride wouldn’t adore having such beautiful options?


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.

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

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

Nicole Miller

Vera Wang

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Anne Barge

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