Abby Larson

On Tuesday, we participated in our second Google+ Hangout, where we chatted live with an all-star lineup of wedding industry experts, answering questions from brides-to-be! It was a great Q&A, covering topics ranging from bridesmaid dress trends to invitation styles to diet and exercise tips.

If you missed the hangout, you can watch the video right here.

The panel included Andrea Wasserman, Nordstrom Bridal Director; Colin Cowie, celebrity event planner; Jess Blazejewski, Lead Stylist at Style Me Pretty; Jennie Ma, Fashion & Beauty Editor of TheKnot.com; and Kim Forrest, Editor of WeddingWire.com. They all gave advice backed up by their years of experience and expertise. Here’s some of our favorite tips and ideas!

On planning and budgeting:

-First three steps to take when planning: the dream, the budget, the guest list. —Colin
-On a budget? Splurge on photography, one of the few things that lasts. —Jess
-Use secret Pinterest boards! Great for brides—and people who aren’t quite engaged YET! —Andrea
-Prints and patterns are also great for wedding invitations, like in the inside of an envelope. —Kim

On the dress:

-Want a non-white wedding dress? “I loved Jessica Biel’s look—she wore that beautiful pink wedding gown, which was fantastic.” —Andrea
-Gold and silver metallics are also a great way to add subtle shimmer to white, but not be too bold. —Kim
-All brides should feel comfortable wearing white if they want to: It doesn’t matter if you have kids, are getting married for the second time, whatever! —everyone

On bridesmaids:

-Pay for your ‘maids hair, makeup, or nails as a bridesmaid gift, and to help them offset the costs of being in the wedding party. —Jess
-Bridesmaid dress color trends: emerald, blush,  and neutrals.  Textures like lace, and prints like polka dots or florals are also big right now! —Andrea

On  gifts:

-How to ask for gift cards instead of gifts for a destination bridal shower? “Tell close family and friends your preference and have them help spread the word.” —Andrea

On the big day:

-Crash diets are a DON’T. Lots of water is a DO.  “Get in the habit of drinking water all the time!” —Kim
-Day of the wedding: Don’t eat a salty breakfast. Eat cottage cheese and fruit. —Colin
-Before you walk down the aisle…”Take one deep breath, pull your shoulders back, hold your bouquet as low as possible. It will make you taller and thinner, two things every bride wants!” —Colin

Remember to continue to check back  for expert advice from our guest bloggers, and keep your eyes and ears open for more live chats to come!

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“This look is all about city sophistication and it starts with the Bee Balm Gown by Roses by Reem Acra. We’re talking all out glamour in layers of silk charmeuse gathered at the waist and cascading down the front of an all-out stunning sheath gown. Pair it with jeweled heels and gorgeous statement jewelry and voilà, instant glamour queen mode.” –Abby Larson, Style Me Pretty Editor and Founder

Abby wraps up her Wedding Suite week with one last look over at Style Me Pretty. A big thank-you to Abby for taking the time to try on some beautiful gowns and share her thoughts about our Wedding Suites. We had so much fun!

Photography by Sal Cincotta courtesy of Snapknot.com.

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“It’s Hollywood Glam day and it’s bar none my favorite look (although tomorrow’s is quite close). The one that made me turn from a shy, self conscious blogger pretending to be a model to an I-can-totally-rock-this-look kind of girl. Which is exactly what it feels like when you find…the one. This particular dress, with its pearl and sequin cap sleeve perfection, did something magical for this here blogger and I honestly can’t. stop. smiling.” –Abby Larson, Style Me Pretty Editor and Founder


Check out Abby’s favorite look of the week in our Wedding Suite, over at Style Me Pretty.

Photography by Sal Cincotta courtesy of Snapknot.com.

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“The Grace Kelly hair, the blingy bangles, the delicate but stunning earrings. Every last detail that my stylist chose ensured that this look was as gorgeous as it could get. And did I mention that I felt like SUCH a girl, such a princess, in this get up? Loved it. Love, love, loved it.” –Abby Larson, Style Me Pretty Editor and Founder


It’s all about classic, timeless elegance (and a dash of girly princess-y goodness) today in our Wedding Suite over at Style Me Pretty. Oh, so pretty.

Photography by Sal Cincotta courtesy of Snapknot.com.

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“We mentioned yesterday that the new Wedding Suite is FULL of amazing gowns and even better services (think on-hand fashion stylists, lingerie fitters, tailors and more), but let me just tell you this. The Suite is gorgeous. Like, fresh, young, Carrie Bradshaw-meets-Audrey-Hepburn fabulous. Its approachable styling and crazy chic curation literally knocked my stilettos off (okay they were ballet flats but still). ” –Abby Larson, Style Me Pretty Editor and Founder

What flattery! We’re big fans of yours too, Mrs. Larson. And you look absolutely s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g. in that Roses by Reem Acra gown! Check out the rest of Abby’s Day-2 experience in our Wedding Suite and her picks for creating a ‘Classic Affair’ wedding over at Style Me Pretty.

Photography by Sal Cincotta courtesy of Snapknot.com.

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“I was ever so lucky to get the full Nordstrom Wedding Suite experience, playing dress up in a million and one beautiful gowns with layers and layers of tulle and sparkling pretties and documenting all the twirls along the way. Honestly you couldn’t wipe the smile off my face for weeks.” –Abby Larson, Style Me Pretty Editor and Founder

Take a look at all the images and everything else Abby had to say in her behind-the-scenes post at Style Me Pretty, and keep checking back: She’ll be bringing us a new story about her experience in our Wedding Suites every day this week!

Photography by Sal Cincotta courtesy of Snapknot.com.

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It’s finally here! Get ready for five days of sittin’ pretty with Abby Larson, founder of Style Me Pretty, modeling our exclusive bridal gowns from Roses by Reem Acra in our Wedding Suites. All this week, we’ll be following Abby over at Style Me Pretty and highlighting photos from a partnership with photographer Sal Cincotta and SnapKnot (one of the best wedding photography sites out there). Check back daily for gorgeous shots from our collaboration that you won’t want to miss!

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Style Me Pretty by Abby Larson. One of our favorite wedding blogs shares gorgeous real-wedding photos with more than 8,400 pins—which sends us into a bit of a frenzy. There are so many to choose from, but we do have lots of love for Bridesmaids – Lovely Ladies, showing mixes of styles, colors and patterns on ’maids across the country.

Don’t forget to follow Nordstrom Weddings on Pinterest (we’re pretty proud of our own boards too), and let us know what boards you’re obsessed with right now!

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As part of our exclusive launch of Roses by Reem Acra wedding gowns (now on their way to our Suites), we couldn’t think of anyone better to help introduce such a gorgeous collection than Abby Larson—founder and editor of the ultimate wedding blog, Style Me Pretty. Here’s a sneak peek from our soon-to-be-released photos from the shoot, with Abby looking like quite the blushing bride.

In late July, we’ll be officially sharing more Wedding Suite adventures featuring Abby as our Reem Acra model, with photos from a partnership with photographer Sal Cincotta and Snapknot (one of the best wedding photographer sites out there). Meanwhile, put the champagne on ice, because you’ll definitely want to toast this swoon-worthy celebration with us!

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