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March 1, 2013

Trend We Love: Seascape

Flowing fabrics, watery colors and pearly shine make up a trend we’re calling Seascape—and we’re getting swept away! Seascape is all about bringing the beauty of water into wedding attire and décor, on land or sea! This trend is fresh, sweet and easy to incorporate, for the beach wedding and beyond.

In Seascape, we’re seeing colors like mint and gray being updated to seaglass, aqua and pale blue. These colors work especially well for bridesmaid dresses, in short or long chiffon and organza fabrics. For gowns, we love the mermaid silhouette, which is flattering on many different body types! We are also seeing gowns encrusted with just a bit of jeweled texture, like the top of the ‘Zinnia’ gown from Roses by Reem Acra.

For accessories, look for pearls in jewelry, hair pieces or embellishment on wedding dresses (like Olia Zavozina loves to do!). Iridescent jewelry, such as bracelets or earrings by Alexis Bittar, complement pearls AND work on their own. Light-colored metallics, especially in wedding shoes, can add some extra punch to the softness.

Giuseppe Zanotti Peep Toe Pump | Jenny Yoo ‘Vivienne’ Gown available at in-store Wedding Suites | Matthew Christopher ‘Moet’ Gown | Lela Rose ‘The Farm’ Gown | Alexis Bittar ‘Dust’ Bracelet | Alexis Bittar ‘Miss Havisham’ Earrings | Donna Morgan ‘Morgan’ Dress | Charles David ‘Icon’ Sandal | Cara Faux Pearl Sash

Are you inspired by the Seascape trend? How would you use it for your wedding?

All beach scene and décor photos taken by SnapKnot photographers: Josh Fisher Photography, Leah Valentine Photography, Vanessa Joy Photography

January 11, 2013

What’s Your Bridal Style?

Newly engaged or still trying to pin down the perfect bridal style? We’re here to help with our Bridal Style Quiz! Find out your unique bridal personality with gowns, accessories and shoes to match. Whether you’re a retro-chic, fairy-tale, laid-back or quirky bride, we’ll help you do it up right when you say, “I do.”

Pssst…Don’t forget to enter our Pinterest contest for a chance to win a $4,000 Nordstrom Gift Card and a five-night honeymoon at a JW Marriott Resort. And if you win, be sure to send pictures of your new wardrobe and honeymoon to make all of us here on your Weddings Team drool with jealousy!

Amy Squires and Jocey Canrinus (a.k.a the ladies behind the DIY and inspiration blog Wedding Chicks) are taking over our Wedding Suite Blog and The Thread for a day to share their selects for some hands-down gorgeous wedding styles. No surprise—after all, they do this all day! 

Amy’s wedding style is fuss-free and classic—with a modern twist. Just like this gorgeous wedding gown from Nouvelle Amsale: a silk organza A-line ballgown with a ruched sweetheart neckline, and paired with these Prada peep-toe sandals, and a soft and romantic bouquet like this one from Blossom and Branch.

1. Ippolita Long Necklace 2. Nouvelle Amsale Lookbook 3. Tasha Hair Picks 4. Prada Sandal
5. Blossom and Branch 6. Red Valentino Sandal 7. Blossom and Branch

Even though Jocey’s personal style has not really changed over the ten years she has been married, she would love the opportunity to re-do her personal wedding look. She can imagine herself in a long, flowy gown and gold shoes, holding a pretty pink bouquet like this one from Kat Flower. She’d definitely would wear a cute hair accessory and small earrings.

1. kate spade new york Earrings 2. Jenny Yoo Lookbook 3. Tasha Veil Headband 4. Giuseppe Zanotti Pump 5. Kat Flower 6. Red Valentino Sandal 7. Donna Morgan Dress

xoxxo
The Wedding Chicks

For some everyday, personal-style inspiration, check out Amy and Jocey’s guest post on The Thread.

December 21, 2012

Brideology: Pinspiration


For the third installment of Brideology, Cara, our Bridal Project Manager, gathers up all the pretty pins on Pinterest, finding loads of wedding-day inspiration along the way.

How did anyone plan a wedding before Pinterest? From real wedding photos and style ideas, to DIY projects and the dresses (oh, the dresses)—it’s all at your fingertips.

I especially love the new private boards that Pinterest just released. Finally! There are certain things that should be kept secret until the wedding day, so it’s really nice to have that just-for-me option. Some of my teammates put together this really cute list of the reasons why private boards are great for wedding planning, and I love it!

I also found some great boards to follow. Check out the list I put together earlier this year. These are still tops on my list, but now I’ll add my new favorite five.

Southern Weddings Magazine—While there are plenty of truly Southern styles here, it all works for this Northwest girl too! Southern Sweets is making my mouth water right now. But my favorite board has to be Southern Traditions, with the New Orleans second line parades and lots of college mascots. People in Seattle might think we’re crazy if we do these, but how fun?!

Green Wedding Shoes—Jen Campbell’s extensive DIY board is full of wedding ideas, along with other great home and style projects; there’s no end to the inspiration. And Wedding Ceremony Ideas showcases some very cool backdrops, arches and altars. Many could work in different settings, like a DIY chapel in the middle of a field!

One Wed—My go-to here is Wedding Ideas We Love, a collection of the best of the best. From how to get your guests to take great pictures, to dressing your dog in a tux, there are tips and tricks galore. Plus unique ideas (like pop-up wedding invitations) that will make you ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?!”

nd + —I found this pinner when I first joined Pinterest and just love all her boards. Big + Day is a dreamy wedding board (over 900 pins!) that trends toward ethereal and vintage but also has full-on glamour. I love the high-low mix: Oscar de la Renta meets Etsy all in one place.

Design Love Fest—Bri Emery’s boards focus on design, interiors and fashion, but she also has some juicy boards that I use as wedding inspiration. Happy Flowers is just SO LOVELY. And It’s Love captures sweet, romantic photos of everyone from Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller to anonymous couples enjoying a fabulous wedding day.

What are your favorite boards? Do you use private boards for wedding planning or other projects? Don’t forget to check out Nordstrom Weddings Pinterest boards!

xo
Cara

And follow me on Instagram @Brideology for more pictures.


In her second Brideology story, Cara, our Bridal Project Manager, muses on picking a wedding theme and style.

 

 

One of the first things I did after getting engaged was grab a stack of bridal magazines and glue myself to the couch for a Sunday afternoon. (Wait, that’s not true; the first thing I did was get a manicure. People actually told me I needed to get one now that I had some ring bling. So I went for grey, inspired by Michelle Obama!)

Tea, candy corn and a bridal magazine on a Sunday afternoon.

Looking at bridal magazines felt like a total indulgence—so much fun. I remember being really excited when my best friend got engaged, because I got to look at magazines with her. I had an excuse! Same goes with working the Nordstrom Weddings team…”Oh, I’m just pinning wedding gowns on Pinterest for work, not myself!” (Wink, wink.)

My favorite parts of the mags are always the trend stories with head-to-toe looks and the “what type of bride are you?” articles. (Coincidentally, these have also been my favorite projects at Nordstrom!) Are you classic, glam, princess or hipster? Beach bride, farm bride or resort bride? Gossip Girl or New Girl? Are you Kate Middleton or Kate Moss?

Are you Beyoncé, Adele or Florence? Well, I wish I was all of them.

What happens if I’m all of them? Do I fail the quiz? Can I retake it? I knew I should have studied more.

I thought that because I work in the retail and wedding industry, I’d know exactly what I wanted when it came time to plan my own wedding. But it’s the opposite; suddenly I like it all! So far I have identified myself as a vintage, fashion-forward, beach, woodsy and New Year’s Eve bride. Uh-oh.

So yes, now I totally feel like the handsome bride-to-be from the Wedding Channel video, ‘S*** Brides Say.’ (If you haven’t seen it, you must watch. It’s hilarious, and so true.) “Urban chic with like a rustic twist!”

“I want to be swallowed in ruffles.”

It’s interesting to think about your “wedding style” as a whole. It’s much more than the dress and accessories, right? Weddings can be quite a production—the wedding theme is in every detail. Especially now with so many resources available and endless inspiration!

I got a little carried away with the theme and started to feel like I was directing a movie: choosing the actors, costumes, script, set, music, lighting…“And the Academy Award for best wedding goes to…” It is strangely similar. I literally heard myself say, “Well, I like woodsy and whimsical, so I’m thinking the theme is Narnia. Or Fern Gully! You know, fairies and magic and stuff!” Whoa, girl.

“Are you a Fern Gully bride?”

The lesson I learned after several conflicting magazine quizzes and getting overwhelmed by themes is that it’s good to take a step back and remember that the true “theme” is love and commitment. It should be an expression of who you are as a couple, and that should play out naturally. It doesn’t have to be a full-on production, unless you want it to!

So maybe I haven’t found my bridal style yet, and we haven’t found our wedding theme yet, but that’s okay! We’ll keep exploring…

Until next time,
Cara

What’s your wedding style? Your Weddings Team has handpicked scads of pieces to create four beautifully curated online boutiques to browse. From traditional to trendy, find your match with our new Wedding Style Guide.


Fashion Forward: Get inspired by fashion’s freshest trends with daring headpieces, bold shoes and statement jewelry.

Casual Chic: A breezy dress, elegant sandals and a sparkly headpiece make for a low-key yet stylish celebration.

Pretty Playful: Feminine textures and floral-infused everything make your wedding-day look the life of the party.

Simply Classic: Ensure your wedding-day look stands the test of time with vintage-inspired accessories, sleek heels and a graceful gown.

Let us help you find the look of your dreams with four curated boutiques to suit any wedding style.


A dash of old Hollywood and modern-day luxury: Classic Affair.


Trendsetting gowns and showstopping accessories: Fashionable Fête.


A touch of whimsy to complement your alfresco festivities: Garden Soirée.


Breezy gowns and comfy sandals for destination nuptials: Beach Party.