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November 22, 2013

Bright Red Inspiration

It’s officially mid-November and we’re getting into the holiday spirit! We’ve been seeing shades of red everywhere this time of year, and the version we’re really loving right now is true, bright red.

We’re inspired by the way this classic color appears in nature—as in red roses and fresh strawberries—and in weddings, such as Vera Wang’s red dress collection or a party of bright bridesmaids.

Whether you’re getting married around the holidays or you just love the eye-catching, happy color of love, check out our wedding ideas below. Think about dressing up a white wedding dress with a red shoe or statement necklace, or incorporate red into your beauty look with a bright lip or bold nails.

For more color palette ideas, check out our Pinterest boards or our posts on yellow, grey, berry or lavender weddings!

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Vera Wang | kate spade new york garden path necklace | garland via Style Me Pretty | red bridesmaids via Wedding Chicks | strawberry dessert via Tartelette | Halogen ‘Marla’ Pump | Badgley Mischka ‘Petal’ Pump | Jill Jill Stuart Silk Chiffon Dress | red lips via Wedding Chicks | bouquet via A Crimson Kiss | Kendra Scott ‘Selma’ Earrings | heart cake topper via Style Me Pretty

Saukok Tiampo, regular guest contributor from REVEL, offers glam wedding ideas in a fresh color palette.

Today’s Art Deco Blush + Gold wedding inspiration is full of romance with a Great Gatsby twist! Keep your flowers classic in hues of blush and cream while your ‘maids don vintage-inspired gowns. Art Deco touches like earrings and signage bring a luxe vibe, but keep things from looking like a theme party.

Natasha Couture Art Deco Fan Earrings | ML Monique Lhuillier Tulle Trumpet Dress | Adrianna Papell Sequin Blouson Gown

For more wedding palette inspiration (we’re talking color boards galore!) head on over to REVEL!

‘Til next time,
Saukok

November 6, 2013

Glitzy Wedding Invitations

If your wedding theme is all about sparkle, shine, glitz and glam, we have some stationery ideas for you. The bold graphics of these wedding invitations from Wedding Paper Divas caught our eye, so we’re sharing a few faves. From strong Art Deco lines to classic, intricate swirls, we can’t get enough of these prints!

Glowing Gold: Get in on the gilded trend with soft feathers, lace details or bold stripes.

Hero‘Majestic Match’ Invitation | ‘Luscious Lacing’ Invitation | ‘Deco Dreams’ Invitation

Sleek Silver: Go for classic shine with sweet script, narrow lines and detailed patterns.

Hero‘Lavishly Illuminated’ Invitation | ‘Love and Luster’ Invitation | ‘Celebrated Scrolls’ Invitation

Now through December, you can use code NORDWPD15 for 15% off your order of any wedding stationery from Wedding Paper Divas! Find more stationery ideas here.

For more glimmering wedding inspiration (jeweled shoes! sparkling cakes! fireworks!), check out our Sparkle & Shine Pinterest board.

November 1, 2013

Real Wedding: Lacey & Chad

Lacey and Chad share the beautiful details of their flower- and love-filled wedding day.

The Scene: April 20th, 2013, at Maple Hall in La Conner, WA

From the moment Chad popped the question, we knew we would get married in my quaint little home town of La Conner, Washington. In the spring, this area of Washington is well known for its flowers!

Our day was filled with beautiful blooms, from photos in the famous tulip fields to the daffodils from my family’s farm surrounding us during the ceremony and reception. My amazing mother and father stored 5,000 stems of daffodils for the wedding! A girlfriend of mine was able to transform buckets of daffodils into the beautiful flowers we had throughout the venue. I loved hearing guests comment that they had never seen so many blossoms in one place!

We envisioned our day representing not only our families, but also, of course, who Chad and I are. We both work in the wine industry in eastern Washington, so we used wine barrels to create our alter and corks throughout the decor. The “rustic elegance” theme–as my mom dubbed the decor–also included burlap, white and cream throughout.

Guests enjoyed wine from Goose Ridge Estate Winery and Milbrandt Vineyards (our employers), as well as craft beer from Horse Heaven Hills Brewery in Prosser, Wa. We loved keeping our menu, decor and style local. At the end of the night, each guest was given bunches of daffodils to enjoy for days to come.

My Wedding Stylist: Chelsea Hobbs, Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite

I am blessed to have an amazingly talented best friend whose style I adore and, lucky for me, she is also the manager of the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in Seattle! I could not wait to try on dresses in my appointment with Chelsea. My mother and grandmother accompanied me, and as soon we walked into the suite, we were warmly greeted and invited to browse.

Chelsea and I discussed the budget and she guided me through choosing some beautiful gowns to try on. Although there were three other brides trying on gowns, getting alterations or having final fittings, Chelsea and the whole staff made me feel like the only bride on the floor. Chelsea even talked me into trying on the gown that ended up being “the one”!

My Look: I wore a strapless lace dress by James Clifford (style J1820), with a pearl necklace and Valentino patent leather bow pumps. The gown was delicate and feminine with lace appliqué and the most gorgeous train I have seen.

In my fittings, Toma, the alterations specialist, was able to fit the dress like it was handmade only for me; it was hard to watch her cut open the sides of the dress, but she was able to work magic! The bustle Toma put together was the perfect height and showed the lovely lace piece that flows down the train.

The scalloped lace at the bottom of the dress was the cherry on top, the perfect length to show off my shoes a bit! Chelsea helped me find the perfect shoes (Valentino…my heart!) and bridesmaid dresses and helped my mother find her dress as well. And on my wedding day, I was blessed enough to have Chelsea by my side as a bridesmaid! 

My Bridesmaids: The girls wore the Donna Morgan ‘Donna’ dress in ‘Candlelight’, a soft shade of ivory. The bridal party got ready at my cousin’s beautiful Victorian farmhouse. Spending the morning getting pampered with my girlfriends was an amazing way to celebrate! We were also able to go to a nearby tulip field for photos. The bright red and yellow tulips were an amazing, eye-catching background against the soft chiffon ‘Candlelight’ color of the bridesmaids dresses.

Our Favorite Moments: Chad and I met while attending Washington State University and knew our Coug spirit also needed to have a part in our day! We loved our WSU-themed photo booth and an amazing Coug carved cheese block (which our friends loved as well). Exiting the party to the fight song was definitely a memory we will both cherish.

Photography by Sara Welch Photo

Did you find your wedding gown at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! Email Nordstrom Wedding Stories for details about getting your wedding featured on our blog. And for more inspiration, make a complimentary appointment with a Wedding Stylist or browse our Wedding Suite.

Today at Lover.ly, 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

XO,

The Lover.ly Team

Inspiration images via Lover.ly

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

In our latest photo shoot, we wanted to capture an elegant theme all throughout the wedding party, to inspire brides- and grooms-to-be with the whole picture of a grand affair. Set in a downtown hotel, the wedding party attire is modern and polished, with vintage-inspired touches.

For the bride: The V-neck, V-back ‘Eva’ gown is one of our favorites (remember this post on Gatsby style?) and for good reason: the wrapped bodice and slightly off-the-shoulder sleeves are incredibly flattering, and the silk charmeuse fabric is formal but not fussy. See more lovely gowns from Caroline DeVillo in the lookbook.

Accent this dress with a floral headband, major chandelier earrings and cuff bracelet from Nina, and sparkly lace T-strap shoes from Ivanka Trump.

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For the groom: A tailored black tux like the HUGO ‘Aikin Hollo’ makes for a dashing and dapper groom, adding a slim-cut Hugo Boss tux shirt and classic bow tie. For a black-tie affair, matching the groomsmen in black suits and ties (long or bow) brings a modern look we love.


For the bridesmaids: We love the Donna Morgan ‘Laura’ style for its effortless grace. The strapless, floor sweeping gown comes in both regular and plus sizes, and is now in 15 different colors! ‘Amethyst’ is gorgeous paired with the dark red in the bouquets.


For the mother of: A formal wedding calls for a sophisticated gown for the mother of the bride or groom, like this unique Adrianna Papell style. We love the mix of layers in the asymmetrically-cut skirt and the lace cap-sleeve top.


For the little ones: The flower girl and ring bearer are dressed to impress: him in a Joseph Abboud suit and her in an Us Angels lace dress. We love how they mimic the look of the bride and groom!

For help with dressing your wedding party from head to toe, make an appointment with one of our free Wedding Stylists to discuss your vision, and they’ll take care of the rest!

Last month, our friends at mywedding.com inspired us with two wedding-worthy hair how-to videos. Now we’re moving into another hot wedding subject: table decor!

We know this can be a stressful task for many brides who don’t feel confident in their DIY skills or creativity. That’s why we love this mywedding video! In just 2 minutes, five different tablescape themes come to life: big blooms and books; vintage plates and vases; earthy succulents and wood; rustic antlers and lanterns; and quirky lemons and picnic patterns. Each style is distinct, yet simple!

For more tablescape inspiration, check out our Pinterest board The Wedding Table.

October 11, 2013

Five New Ideas for Fall

Fall is here, and with it comes a new season of weddings inspired by nature. We’re jumping into the autumnal theme, using fresh ideas that go beyond the typical black and orange. See our top five here, and then get pin-happy on our Fall Wedding Ideas board!

1. The New Dress: ‘Britt’ from Olia Zavozina
It’s all about the unique texture and pattern of this embroidered lace. And we love a trendy peplum, of course. Plus, there’s even more to love: Ms. Zavozina’s gowns are customizable: switch the lace, remove the peplum, change the underlay color—it’s up to you!

2. The New Accent Color: Green
Yes, we know leaves lose their color in the fall, but green still has a place in an autumn palette! Think: succulents, leafy bouquets, green pumpkins and shades of emerald, soft jade and kelly green bridesmaid dresses. Mix these with traditional fall colors to create a modern, earthy look.

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3. The New Shoe: Pointed pumps
We’re head over heels for the ruched fabric and sparkly teardrop decor on these Badgley Mischka wedding shoes. But the classic pointed toe and elegant, soft taupe color really make them feel right for fall.

4. The New Decor: Chic pumpkins
Those two words may seem like an odd pairing, but it can be done! Painting them in metallic tones or filling them with flowers are two ways to make pumpkins wedding-ready. (Easy tip: White pumpkins are already dressed in their big-day attire!)

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5. The New Dessert: Salted caramel pears
Move over, apple—there’s a new fruit in town. These caramel-dipped pears are pretty to look at and even better to eat, plus they’re kind of healthy. (Right?!)

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Designer Hayley Paige knows how to make a bride happy: Give her the glamorous, curve-hugging, party-worthy ‘Pearl’ dress, and she’ll be ready to dance the night away!

In layers of ivory silk shantung, the skirt on this fit-and-flare style reminds us of icing on a cake—and the sweetheart neckline, chapel train and floral sash are just as delicious. This dress is perfect for a girl who wants to have fun and be the center of attention. (Hey, we don’t blame you; you’re the bride!)

If you love this style, deck yourself out in big earrings to match your bling finger and then splurge on some party shoes, like these from Jimmy Choo. Make sure to kick up your heels to show them off throughout the night!

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

Jimmy Choo ‘Drift’ Bootie | Nina ‘Eiffel’ Drop Earrings | Sondra Roberts ‘New Glitter’ Clutch | Bony Levy Ring

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.

Graceful. Romantic. Charming. Elegant. Just a few of the words that could describe this lace wedding gown by designer Anne Barge. Fashioned with Alençon lace over a rose-hued lining, this gown features a dropped waist and mermaid skirt, along with a slightly lower back with lace details and buttons down the chapel train.

When dressed up with gold and nude details—such as a single bangle, chandelier earrings and show-stopping stilettos—this gown fits a party in an historic mansion, a chic country resort or a lush vineyard.

See different styles of wedding dresses by this designer in the Anne Barge lookbook.

Alexis Bittar Lucite Bracelet | Melinda Maria ‘Nicole’ Earrings | Jimmy Choo ‘Lang’ Sandal | Wedding Belles New York ‘Jacqueline’ Hair Comb

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.