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Lauren describes her New Year’s Eve wedding celebration in downtown Seattle.

The Scene: December 31, 2013, SODO Park in Seattle, WA

We knew a winter wedding was in our future, and with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season what better way to bring 2013 to an end than a New Year’s Eve wedding surrounded by all our family and friends. The warmth of SODO Park was perfect for this event. We wanted all 300 guests in one giant room so they could celebrate every moment with us.

We also wanted the overall feel of the night to be elegant and classic—from twinkly lights and wine bottles placed on tables to the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong during cocktail hour. We also wanted the night to have the liveliness of a NYE party. Yes, dresses with sequins and sparkles were encouraged! Party hats were passed out, the music never slowed down and neither did the dancing.

Our Invitations: We took up the challenge of making our own invitations because we wanted something personal and one of a kind. The design was inspired by our love for champagne and, of course, the city that we love. We spent countless hours at our good friends’ house printing, cutting, gluing and folding each invitation piece by piece. One might think this was a little over the top, but to us they meant so much more in the end.

The Ceremony: We had Alex’s good friend Robert marry us. Neither one of us wanted a stranger to stand beside us and perform one of the most intimate ceremonies we would ever take part in. It was short, sweet and incredibly special.

My Dress: ‘Allie’ by Olia Zavozina

I went to only two boutiques to find my wedding gown. At the first one I was overwhelmed. I’m a very simple person: I don’t like to dig through racks, I don’t like to be overwhelmed and I’m very indecisive. My second stop was the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in Seattle. I immediately found the dress I had to have. I pulled a few others to try on, but my eye was on the Olia Zavozina ‘Allie’ Duchess Silk Trumpet Gown. It was everything I wanted: clean, sexy and classic. I felt comfortable and that mattered most.

My Wedding Stylist: Kerrene Buford, Nordstrom Downtown Seattle

My stylist, Kerrene, made everything incredibly easy for me. Having found my dress early on in the planning process, I was welcomed back many times to play dress-up and accessorize for the big day. Nordstrom is a one-stop shop for me and that’s what I love about it. From picking out my Vera Wang veil and Givenchy jewelry to finding the perfect sparkly gold kate spade flats, I always had someone there to help make my bridal dreams come true.

Photos by Kate Price Photography

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.

We’re so excited about the lineup of gorgeous gowns and amazing designers that we’ll be welcoming to our 2014 Bridal Trunk Shows! These shows offer brides a chance to see a featured designer’s full collection of wedding dress styles firsthand. Call ahead to book your appointment, and then head to a Wedding Suite near you. See the full list of participating stores and featured designers for our Bridal Trunk Shows.

Anne and Isaac share the inspiration behind their country wedding set on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Afton, Virginia.

02-nordstrom-real-wedding-stories-Anne-and-IsaacThe Scene: September 21, 2013, in Afton, Virginia

The tradition in my family is to get married in the backyard of the bride’s parents house, which we did. We wanted an outdoor country wedding that was formal in look yet casual in feel. Our colors were grey and coral, though that was not a strict theme. Overall, we were able to achieve our goal. But, a day-long rainstorm on the day of the wedding meant some last-minute changes. We ended up getting married under the tent among the tables and chairs, with 250 guests finding shelter where they could. However, with our bright color scheme and our florist’s bright flower arrangements, the wedding ended up being beautiful, with the green landscape and misty Afton Mountain as a perfect backdrop to our bustling, cozy wedding under the tent. In the end, I actually liked the rainy setting and wouldn’t have changed a thing. It also made for some great pictures.

03-nordstrom-real-wedding-stories-Anne-and-IsaacOn Magic Moments: My favorite part of the wedding was the dancing. We knew we wanted a wedding with lots of dancing, so we went with a funk/soul/motown band from Richmond called Class Act, and they were fabulous. Everyone from my college friends to my grandmother was on the dance floor for most of the night, grooving to “I Want you Back” by Jackson 5 and “This is How We Do It” by Montel Jordan. The focus was definitely on the dance floor, which was exactly what we wanted. Though I may have been a slightly sweaty bride, I was a very happy one!

01-nordstrom-real-wedding-stories-Anne-and-IsaacOn the Dressy Details: My gown was ‘Guindon’ by Hayley Paige. For my hair, I purchased the Cara ‘Blushing Bloom’ Hair Pick in grey to match the sash on my dress. Though my bridesmaids wore grey dresses from J.Crew, their accessory (and gift from me) was an Echo striped shawl in coral, which was our other wedding color.

04-nordstrom-real-wedding-stories-Anne-and-IsaacOn Working with a Wedding Stylist: Nordstrom was the last stop on our wedding dress hunt that day, and we almost cancelled the appointment after finding a dress we liked elsewhere. However, my mom encouraged me to keep the appointment. I saw my dress the moment I entered the wedding suite, and it was the first dress I asked to try on. I ended up with five or six dresses in the dressing room, with Christa, my stylist, helping me try each one on. I was with my mom and my sister, and all of us liked Christa from the start for her honest, down-to-earth attitude. Wedding shops can feel stuffy or snooty, and Christa alleviated that stereotype. I tried on ‘Guindon’ either second or third, and it was the immediate frontrunner. I could tell it was a favorite of all the stylists who were working that day, and it ended up being an easy decision. We bought it right then and there.

Photos by Jack Looney of Charlottesville

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.

The newest gorgeous Jenny Yoo wedding dresses are now available at selected Nordstrom Wedding Suites:

Gardenia: An antique white silk crinkle chiffon gown featuring a criss-cross strapless bodice with a sweetheart neckline, for a universally flattering and feminine look. The floor-length gathered skirt has delicate petal appliqués along the hem. (Style #1402B, $1,395)

Camilla: This ivory gown features a ¾ sleeve with a bateau neckline in a sheer illusion sequin tulle and a sweetheart neckline underlay. The back of the gown has covered buttons from the top of the zipper to the neckline. The floor-length skirt has added crinoline, creating a gathered tulle ball skirt. The waistline is wrapped in a sequin tulle and comes with a detachable flower pin to complete the look. (Style #1450B, $1,850)

Vionnet: Ivory/gold lyon-gilded chantilly lace gown featuring a V neckline and a V back, which creates a romantic and vintage look. A gold ribbon and detachable brooch pin sit at the natural waist, adding detail to the dress. The skirt is fitted though the hips and then leads to a full skirt of tulle and organza, adding volume. (Style #1460B, $1,850)

Lucinda: Dark ivory d’Orsay Alençon lace featuring a strapless neckline with a scalloped lace finish at the neckline for a feminine, romantic look. An organza ruched band and detachable flower pin define the waistline and accentuate the narrowest part of the waist. The silk organza skirt has a trumpet shape that is fitted through the hips, creating a dramatic silhouette. (Style #1461B, $2,300)

Remi: Antique white silk modal mikado gown featuring a sweetheart neckline with a slight cowl drape, which reveals a beaded bodice, adding detail and subtle sparkle. The fitted silhouette adds drama and glamour, creating a modern and sleek look from every angle. The back of the dress features a dramatic sash/bow detail. (Style #1470B, $1,925)

Browse more wedding dresses in our wedding lookbooks and make a complimentary appointment with one of our Wedding Stylists to see all these beautiful styles in person.

Alison recounts her and Doug’s classic, elegant wedding (with a dash of shabby chic) in southern Illinois wine country.

Doug and I both live in Chicago and met through a mutual friend in 2008. It was a Friday night and once we started talking, we were inseparable. We’ve been together ever since. We go to Lincoln Park Zoo for Zoo Lights every year, and in December 2012, Doug proposed in a quiet area of the zoo under the Christmas lights and made me the happiest woman.

We fell in love with the southern Illinois wine country while driving home after visiting family in Missouri in 2009. We stayed at a couple B&Bs and enjoyed many of the wineries. We always said we’d be back and even then knew it would be a great place to get married.

The Scene: September 7, 2013. St. Joseph Church | Historic Bell Hill Bed & Breakfast, Cobden, IL.

Fast-forward four years, and southern Illinois immediately became part of our vision for our wedding. We found a beautiful B&B called Historic Bell Hill in Cobden. It is an old Victorian house on a 75-acre estate with a barn that predates the Civil War—all overlooking wine country. It was our blank canvas and it spoke to us. Doug is an artist and I am a girl with a vision. We set up a tent and tables in the gardens so guests could enjoy the glorious night. Chandeliers, lanterns, sparkling lights and candles were everywhere. There was a hint of shabby chic in the air but mostly it was classic, romantic elegance.

My Dress: ‘Coco Marie’ by Heidi Elnora

I’m petite, so I didn’t want anything overwhelming. This dress fit my body like a glove. For the ceremony I wore the ‘Addison’ Chantilly lace top by Jenny Yoo over the dress; I had fallen in love with the top even before I found the dress. It wrapped around my waist and I wore my late grandmother’s rhinestone broach on the knot. After the ceremony I removed the top and wore the rose-colored ‘Treasure Sash’ by Olia Zavozina and the ‘Melaney’ ribbon and cluster bib necklace by Nina. I had two totally different looks with the same gown, and guests even asked me if I had changed dresses.

I decided to not wear a veil. The back of the dress was so exquisite I didn’t want to take away from it. My hair was up, and I wore an ivory flower pin by Nina. My heels were Badgley Mischka and my late-night flats were Nina. My bridesmaids wore Monique Lhuillier one-shoulder taffeta dresses in navy with pink Franco Sarto wedges. My girls were beautiful and comfortable.

My Wedding Stylist: Caitlin Ritzema, Nordstrom Michigan Avenue

I went to a couple other bridal salons but came running back to Caitlin. She was amazing during the search for my dress. She found one that looked amazing on me that I never would have picked out on my own. It seemed very simple on the hanger, and I almost said no without even trying it on. But it was the only one that made me say “Wow” when she began to zip me up and add accessories. My sister referred to it as the “Audrey Hepburn dress.” Doug likes my curves, and the dress accentuated them oh so well—sexy in a classy way.

The lace Jenny Yoo bolero was so elegant and complemented the vintage, chic feel of our wedding. It was very important to me to be able to dance all night in my dress, so the change of accessories—switching into the sash for the reception—made for another beautiful look. Caitlin made my experience so comfortable, fun and pressure-free. She helped style my bridesmaids, and every time I went in for an appointment, I felt like I was going to go hang out with my friend. I am very grateful to Caitlin for helping make my special day so beautiful, stress-free and fun.

My Beauty Stylist: Iris Brostowicz, Nordstrom Topanga, Canoga Park, CA

My Beauty Stylist was Iris Brostowicz in the cosmetics department. She was wonderful. She took so much time with me on multiple occasions to make sure I had the right makeup that would look beautiful in person and in photos. She has a background in photography, so she knew exactly how to highlight my best features. I wanted to look like myself, and—after trying on many different colors and products—we found the perfect look for me.

Special Moments:

Our friends and family are very important to us, and since they were all going to be traveling long distances to be there, we wanted to make it a beautiful, relaxing and unforgettable experience for all. We danced with our guests all night and had the time of our lives. It was more perfect than we could have imagined.


Photos by Julia Noack Photography.

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.

Each season the Nordstrom Wedding Suite curates the latest and greatest brands in bridal. We are especially pleased to announce that we’re now carrying Badgley Mischka’s spring 2014 gowns at selected stores. Check out a few of our top styles and call your local Wedding Suite to book an appointment!

New-to-Nordstrom-Badgley-Mischka-Bridal-001‘Audrey’: Smooth mermaid silhouette in silk mimosa with illusion cap sleeve and embroidered design surrounding top rim of bust and base of sleeve
Available at: Seattle Downtown, Michigan Avenue, Oakbrook Center, Topanga, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Valley Fair, Roosevelt Field & Tysons Corner Center

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Sarah recounts her and Will’s Pacific Northwest wedding, complete with friends, family, beautiful memories and her homemade wine!

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The Scene: August 31, 2013, at Evergreen Gardens in Ferndale, WA

Will proposed to me on a perfect summer day in Walla Walla on August 31, 2012. He proposed to me with a stunning Bony Levy ring from Nordstrom, who we also used to make a custom wedding band to go with my engagement ring. When we began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to relive that beautiful day with our family and friends, so we decided on an outdoor wedding a year to the day that he proposed.

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When we envisioned our day, we saw a day filled with love and fun for our family and friends and a style that reflected us as a couple. I consider myself to be relatively crafty, so making our own decorations and adding lots of little personal touches was a must.

Everything from our invitations to our wine was homemade. Over the last few years, my mom and I have been making homemade wine as a fun hobby. For the wedding, we made six different varietals. Each had a unique label that featured our engagement photos, favorite sayings and our two sweet kitties.

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One of my favorite moments was Will’s and my first look. Getting to see him looking incredibly handsome in his suit and seeing the look on his face when we saw me in my dress for the first time was unforgettable. It was wonderful to be able to steal a few moments out of the day to be with each other and truly feel like we were living in the moment.

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My Wedding Stylist: Katie Crittenden, Nordstrom Downtown Seattle

I had a great experience at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in downtown Seattle. My stylist did a fabulous job picking up on my style and selected the perfect dress for me. Not only did she help me select the dress, she took fantastic care of all my family. The day was special to me not just because I was selecting my wedding dress, but also because my grandma was able to be there with me.

It was the last truly happy memory I have of her. A week later she was diagnosed with leukemia, and, after a hard-fought battle, she passed away a short month later. I’m forever grateful for the last wonderful day we had together and that she was able to see me in my wedding dress.

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On our big day, I wore a strapless lace gown with a sweetheart neckline by James Clifford. I absolutely loved the romantic beauty of lace. It’s such a soft feminine texture, which went perfectly with our romantic garden wedding theme. My shoes were Kate Spade ivory patent leather pumps with the cutest gold bows.

I didn’t want to wear a veil, because it felt too formal for our wedding, but I still wanted some sort of head piece for the extra glam. A friend suggested I look up Serephine and boy, did I fall in love. Her work is unique and gorgeous and was exactly what I was looking for. The best part about it was Nordstrom had recently started carrying her products in their Wedding Suites.

My favorite accessory was my necklace. It was a locket my grandpa had given to my grandma many years ago. He had it engraved with their initials and put a picture of the two of them inside it. It was such a sweet, special piece to wear and remember them as I was missing them both dearly on our wedding day.

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My bridesmaids wore two different styles of Donna Morgan chiffon strapless dresses from the Wedding Suite. The peachy color was perfect for an outdoor summer wedding. It was fun, fresh and provided a soft contrast to the lush green backdrop in our photos. My stylist and I also picked out simple, classic gold necklaces with a single pearl and gold earrings with two large drop pearls for them to wear. I gave the jewelry to the girls before the wedding as thank-you gifts for being with me on such an important day.

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Even the guys got in on the Nordstrom experience! We purchased Aldo brown leather shoes with some sharp details and polka dot socks for them to wear with their suits. Overall, our experience was incredible, and I’m so grateful for all the help and support my stylist, Katie provided throughout our wedding planning!

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Our wedding day was more perfect than we could have ever envisioned. We were blessed with a gorgeous Northwest summer day and the presence of our amazing family and friends. The day was filled with love, laughter, tears and joyous times.

Photography by Michael Stadler of Stadler Studios.

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.

Reem Acra’s bridal designs epitomize modern glamour. Tie the knot in style wearing one of these stunning gowns from the spring/summer 2014 collection.

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Classic: ‘Ilsa’, an embroidered tulle gown with flare skirt and cap-sleeve detail.

Laced Up: ‘Emma’, a bateau-neck cap-sleeve lace sheath gown with embroidered waist detail.
‘Eve’, a re-embroidered lace low-back sheath gown with appliqué illusion bodice.

Beautifully Sheer: ‘Juliet’, an embroidered illusion off-shoulder gown with full silk chiffon skirt.

Reem Acra Bridal is available to order in selected in-store Wedding Suites. Make a free appointment with a Wedding Stylist at a Suite location near you!

February 24, 2014

Real Wedding: Tory & Bryan

College sweethearts Tory and Bryan head to Montana for a beautiful Big Sky wedding.

The Scene: August 11, 2013, at BruMar Estate in Bigfork, Montana

Bryan and I met in college in Chico, California, during our very first week of school. After almost seven years as a couple (much of it long distance), I decided to make the move to Montana, where Bryan is from. When we got engaged, we faced the question of where to hold the wedding: Montana or California (I was born and raised in San Jose).

At the time of our engagement, we had been living together for about a year and had absolutely fallen in love with a special town near Glacier National Park called Bigfork. This was one of the places where Bryan took me on my first visit to Montana, and it seemed fitting to hold our wedding in this amazingly beautiful location. Convincing my family took a little work—and a special visit to Montana—but when we all got a chance to visit BruMar Estate, we knew it was the perfect choice.

We came up with our wedding theme by finding a balance between the beautiful Montana outdoors and influences from my California upbringing. Our venue carried much of the natural beauty from the surrounding forest inside to the reception hall. We decided to accent the natural stone floors and fireplace with gunmetal-colored tables and simply designed ivory flower arrangements. I was lucky to have my older sister (and maid of honor) as the designer of much of our wedding decorations. We wanted to convey classic beauty that didn’t clash with the natural beauty around us.

It was important to Bryan to incorporate pheasant tail feathers into the boutonnieres, bouquets and outdoor bistro table arrangements as a memorial to his late father, whom he enjoyed pheasant hunting with as a child. We also wanted to ensure that we all got to have FUN! To kick off the party portion of the evening, the bridal party and father of the bride rocked out to the Kenny Loggins classic “Footloose.” This got all our guests out on the dance floor, and we couldn’t have had any more fun. Our guests also had a chance to play lawn games throughout the evening.

To incorporate some Golden State influence, we had all-California wines available to guests as well as Korbel champagne from northern California. We also named our “his and hers” signature cocktails after the state flowers California poppy and bitterroot. For dinner, we served surf and turf, pairing local Montana beef with a citrus halibut dish that was very Californian.

Bryan and I both felt incredibly lucky to be surrounded by our 100 guests in a location that required travel from many of them. While we had many special moments that day together, our favorite was that we got to spend the first and last dance of the night alone on the dance floor. We will both remember this as truly the best day ever!

My Wedding Stylist: Danielle Oxford, Nordstrom Valley Fair in San Jose, CA

Shortly after Bryan and I got engaged, I made a trip back to the Bay Area to begin dress shopping. After a few appointments, my family and I decided to stop in at the Wedding Suite at the San Jose Nordstrom location. We didn’t have an appointment; we just wanted to see what was available there. Luckily, my style consultant Danielle and another member of the team had about an hour to fill and they were able to squeeze us in! I kept noticing a gown on the rack that was unlike anything I had seen in any magazine or in person. The only problem was, it was too small for me and it could not be reordered. Then serendipity struck! There was another size in the back that I tried on and loved immediately. I was absolutely not expecting to find something I loved that day.

After trying a few more gowns, I went back to this dress and realized it was the perfect one for me. This was a Tadashi Shoji gown covered with lace scallops. It had a chapel-length train and a strapless neckline. What struck me the most about it was how comfortable I felt in it; I felt like myself. It was perfect for our outdoor setting, yet it still felt glamorous. Danielle styled me in my gown and helped me find gorgeous Nina dropped crystal earrings and a cathedral-length single-tier veil. The gown was completed with a custom crystal belt to replace the ribbon included on the dress.

Not only was I able to find my princess moments at the Wedding Suite, but my maid of honor, mother and mother-in-law were all able to find their dresses thanks to Danielle’s help. To complete the look, my father purchased his suit from Nordstrom. It was truly a special experience, and it was so wonderful to have someone looking after our whole family to ensure we all looked as good as we could.

Photography by Shannon Hollman.

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.

We’re excited to announce that wedding dresses from the renowned designer Marchesa are now available! Find selected styles at our Wedding Suites in Seattle, Michigan Avenue, San Francisco and Tyson’s Corner.

Three-quarter sleeve, re-embroidered lace with grosgrain belt and tulle, cocktail-length skirt overlay (color: cream, style B80901).

Corded lace with layered-tulle mermaid skirt and sheer-tulle yoke (color: cream, style B80824).

Grecian off-the-shoulder gown with a sweetheart neckline and embellished lace across the bustline (color: cream, style B80817).

Three-quarter sleeve, corded lace gown with bateau neckline and grosgrain belt & bow detail in the back (color: cream, style B80816).

Chantilly lace peplum bodice with engineered corded-lace overlay and tulle column skirt (color: ivory, style B108210).

Browse more dresses in our Featured Bridal Collections.