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Variations in White: Some Stunning Wedding Dresses from Bridal Fashion Week Fall 2017

Designed within an extremely minimal palette, usually for one-time wear to a single occasion, wedding dresses nevertheless encompass infinite possibilities. They span styles and shapes, yet reliably identify the “bride.” And while these white costumes are traditional, they gesture expectantly toward the future and fantasy. Especially this season.

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Bridal Fashion Week Fall 2017 introduced many variations on the wedding dress, including pant and short sets—even bodysuits. For the modern bride, the options seem limited only by her tastes. This can be overwhelming to shoppers, sure, but it makes for an immensely pleasurable runway viewing experience.

Here are some styles breathing fresh life into dresses worn by wives-to-be.

HERE COMES THE BRIDAL GOWN (OR PANTS): SEE THE SLIDESHOW

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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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Bridal Fashion Week, Spring 2017, with Berta Balilti of Berta Bridal

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We’re at Bridal Fashion Week! And we’re chatting with just some of our favorite designers as they unveil their gorgeous spring 2017 collections. From new trends to tips on finding the perfect wedding dress, we’ll give you the latest from a handful of the world’s most talented and sought-after bridal designers.

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Berta Bridal spring 2017 collection

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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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GRAB A MASK AND JOIN THE BALL

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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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