Anna Elyse

Molly, our Weddings Site Merchandiser—and one of our resident recent newlyweds—asked if she could gush for just a minute about Anna Elyse bridesmaid dresses. Your Blog Editor’s response? Gush away, Molly!

The rest of the Weddings Team and I are thrilled to be partnering with Annie from Anna Elyse Bridesmaids this spring. Annie knows how to get all the girls in your bridal party into beautiful dresses that are both bride- and bridesmaid-approved!

What’s to love? First of all, these are all wear-again worthy. Yes! I also adore the feminine silhouettes, the perfectly elegant silk charmeuse choices (right at home in the garden or at the Four Seasons), and my favorite, a convertible style in so many colors!

As a bride, it’s amazing to be able to give lots of flattering bridesmaid options with just one dress while staying true to your wedding vision. The convertible version ties multiple ways so your ‘maids can choose a look that suits their style and body type the best. Plus, it’s so easy to switch up that it’s a totally new dress for her next cocktail soirée (nothing like those cookie-cutter formal gowns from weddings of yesteryear—i.e., something you’ll never want to wear again. Anyone else have to suffer through hot pink puff-sleeves?).

Personally, I’m loving the luxe garnet, but how about the slate green for an icy winter wonderland look, or the pale yellow for an estate-garden fête? Check out all the colors online, with even more available for special order at your closest Wedding Suite.

So many colors and styles to choose from. Seriously, did I mention I love it?!

—Molly

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We’re inviting you behind the scenes at the 2011 National Bridal Market with Nordstrom Weddings Site Merchandiser Deniz Anders and National Bridal Director Andrea Wasserman as they share what they loved on the runways—and what’s coming to the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom this spring.

Annie Sokoloff is the chief designer and founder of Anna Elyse Bridesmaids as well as Annie Girl, her line of little girls’ special-occasion dresses. Friendly and fashionable (not to mention a hugger), Annie has designed a vast collection of bridesmaid dresses in almost every bodice and skirt shape, color, and fabric imaginable; we love the quality and accessibility of poly-dupioni—a Nordstrom exclusive.

Annie, who lives in Pasadena with her family, told us how she often makes a trip to shop our Nordstrom Topanga store—including a recent visit to get a firsthand look at the Wedding Suite, where she will introduce her collection this spring.

Boasting an array of want-to-wear-them-again bridesmaid dresses, Annie’s collection features artful details like sweet kick pleats and 16 different bodices—including sweetheart, scoop and V-necklines as well as trend-right one-shoulders and flattering ruffles.

We loved all the options for skirts, available with any hem length you could desire and hidden side pockets—we saw these everywhere at the Bridal Market, including wedding gowns.

Some of our favorite colors from Annie’s show? The silk dupioni in royal blue, garnet (such a gorgeous red) and violet, as well as the charmeuse in bright yellow, teal and purple.

Check out the Anna Elyse bridesmaid collection, available online and in stores beginning in February, 2012.

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