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Whitney & Yohei | Real Weddings

Whitney shares her and Yohei’s wedding day—an elegant affair with a revved-up fairy-tale ending.


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Our location and theme: The Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. We chose the Ritz because of the unique beauty of the grounds, especially the Rose Garden (where our ceremony took place) and the access to the promenade by the marina. The exquisite food selections by Chef Tony were exactly what we were looking for, and the special events staff were really great—especially Zheilla Cordero Blackwell and Hernan Berlese.

Our palette was blush, gold and white. We went for classic elegance and were so pleased with the creations of our florist, Inna Savluk Upperco of Butterfly Floral & Event Design.

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Breanne & Mike | Real Weddings

Breanne shares her and Mike’s big day—an island wedding full of romantic elegance.

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Brittany & Nick | Real Weddings

Brittany (one of our very own Nordstrom employees) tells us all about her and Nick’s vintage-inspired masquerade ball wedding weekend.

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Katie and Michael | Real Weddings

Katie shares the story of her and Michael’s elegantly rustic big day. And pulling at our heartstrings even more: they met while at work! Where? Right here at Nordstrom!

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Michele & Matthew | Real Weddings

Michele shares the story of her and Matthew’s elegant California wedding, perfectly planned down to the last thoughtful detail.

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Our Location & Theme: We got married on Valentine’s Day at St. Michael’s Church in Livermore, CA. The reception was at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in nearby Pleasanton. When looking for a venue, we knew that size was going to be an issue. We had a guest count of 350 people, so we were limited. St. Michael’s Church is stunning. We knew the second we walked into Casa Real that it was the place for us. It was in the heart of a winery, had a beautiful entry and the room for cocktail hour had a fireplace to keep everyone warm!

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I am a fan of anything neutral and gold. We wanted a very classic and clean feel. We brought in nine chandeliers and lighting of our own to create our vision. We alternated flowers and candelabras at the tables with different linens to match. Our venue made sure that everything was done perfectly and provided our guests with anything and everything they could want, including a fry bar in case anyone needed a midnight snack. Our seating chart was on a large antique mirror—one of my favorite things that we did!

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Megan & Brian | Real Weddings

Megan shares her and Brian’s destination wedding with an autumnal palette, stunning views and a beautiful Vera Wang wedding gown.

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Our Location & Theme: The Valley Club in Sun Valley, Idaho. Set on two golf courses at the base of the mountains, it’s one of our favorite places and was completely picturesque.

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As we had a fall wedding, our colors were navy and charcoal for attire, coral for flowers and napkins, and sage for invitations, programs and table numbers. I loved the long Jenny Yoo bridesmaid gowns and let each bridesmaid select whichever style she liked. The guys wore their own charcoal suits with Hugo Boss ties and whimsical Paul Smith socks, both in navy. It was nice to have a bright pop of color with the flowers and napkins.

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Kelly & Wojtek | Real Weddings

Kelly shares the story of her and Wojtek’s wedding, where a beautiful Rosa Clara dress, elegant venues and a loving couple were the stars of the day.

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Location and Special Details: Our ceremony was at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo, New York, and our reception was at the Buffalo Club, also downtown. The Buffalo Club is a members-only club that was founded in 1867 and is in a beautiful historic building.

I was born and raised in Buffalo. Wojtek, who has been living here in the states for about 10 years, is originally from Poland. Most of my family and some of his live here, so it was important for me to have our wedding here. We go to St. Joseph Cathedral regularly, and it is one of the most beautiful churches in the city—so it seemed a fitting place to wed. We also had three priests officiating at the cathedral: one, our main celebrant, who is a close friend of my parents and has become a close friend to me and Wojtek; the second, another family friend; and the third, a priest originally from Poland who did part of our ceremony in Polish. This was very important to Wojtek, as this is his native language and his immediate family (mother, brother, sister and niece) were visiting from Poland. It was truly a bilingual ceremony, which made it really interesting and unique, in our opinion and as we heard from all of our guests! Everything from the ceremony and the sermon to the music was absolutely magical.

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Sarah & Jeff | Real Weddings

Sarah shares the story of her and Jeff’s rustic but elegant garden wedding, plus a beautiful video to remember their big day.

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Location and Special Details: Jeff and I had never been to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens before and when we went to look at it, we fell in love. The flowers were blooming, we had the whole place to ourselves, the staff was wonderful. We had the ceremony and cocktail hour outside on the terrace and the reception inside one of the halls that looked out to the garden. The sun was setting. It was gorgeous. The food was amazing. I think that was one of the things that sold us on the location. Bon Appetit did the catering and everything was delicious. Our guests complimented us on the food the most!

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Real Weddings: Lauren & Richard

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

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Did you find your wedding gown or bridesmaid dresses at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! Email 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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Real Weddings: Nikki & Chad

Nikki shares the story—including its muddy beginnings—of marrying her fiancé, Chad, in his mother’s garden off the waters of the Pacific Northwest.

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Date and Location: August 30, 2014, at Lakebay, WA

The Venue: We wanted an outdoor wedding on Chad’s folks’ property. My mother-in-law has a gorgeous garden, and the scene was perfect for an intimate ceremony and reception.

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