Anne Barge

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

Anne Barge Amherst wedding dress. Real wedding from Nordstrom.

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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Today, we’re excited to bring you a guest post from our newest collaborator, Rustic Wedding Chic!

When thinking of hosting a rustic wedding, it is important to remember that you don’t have to skip the glamour just because you are selecting a rustic location. Venues like barns, vineyards, farms and lodges are beautiful backdrops for a rustic chic wedding, and they work perfectly with more dressed-up looks—for both the bride and the bridesmaids—for a one-of-a-kind event!

Anne Barge ‘Emmanuelle’ Wedding Dress | Whichgoose ‘Nymph’ Crown | kate spade new york ‘secret garden’ stud earrings | flowers & venue photo by: Robin Jolin Photography via from Rustic Wedding Chic

Jenny Yoo ‘Gigi’ Ruffled Bridesmaid Dress | Lauren Ralph Lauren Beaded Earrings | Ivanka Trump ‘Anita’ Sandals | Nadri CZ Cluster Necklace | flowers photo by Robin Jolin Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic

Adrianna Papell Dot Bridesmaid Dress | Pelle Moda ‘Gretel’ Sandals | Lauren Ralph Lauren Hoop Earrings | Guinevere Statement Necklace | cake photo by Robin Jolin Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic

 Love this style? Check out our Rustic Wedding Ideas Pinterest board for more inspiration!


Tulle wedding dresses have a special place in our hearts. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of childhood ballet tutus, or perhaps it’s the idea of traditional princess-like gowns. Whatever the reason, we’re pretty sure we’re not alone in our love for this ethereal fabric!

Named after the French city of Tulle, the fabric first appeared in Parisian ballet costumes in the 18th century. Now very popular in wedding attire, tulle can be found in a stiff, structured form often used to add volume under skirts, or in a softer, gauzy form used for veils, illusion sleeves or straps, or as decorative top layers. For example, designers like Anne Barge and Rosa Clará use pleated or shirred tulle to give texture to bodices, while Vera Wang and Reem Acra create dimensional, layered skirts.

Find (and pin!) your favorite from the selections below, or browse our in-store wedding gowns and lookbooks for more ideas!

Anne Barge ‘Aimee’

Jenny Yoo ‘Bella’

NOUVELLE Amsale Wedding Dress (#R105U)

Jenny Yoo ‘Hathaway’

Roses by Reem Acra ‘Ivy’

Rosa Clará ‘Bambu’ Wedding Dress with Jacket

Kelly Faetanini ‘Becky’

Vera Wang ‘Louisa’

Roses by Reem Acra ‘Laurel’

See more wedding gowns and work with a free wedding stylist to find your perfect style by making an appointment at your nearest Wedding Suite!


From demure to dramatic, ruffled details are a charming way to give texture to a wedding dress. Ruffles are often made of silk organza, a sheer fabric that varies in thickness and has a crisp trim to help it hold its shape. Depending on the cut and amount of fabric, ruffles can appear in voluminous layers or as light, feathery accents.

We’ve handpicked our favorite crinkly confections here. Find your favorite from the selections below, or browse our in-store wedding gowns for more ideas!

Love the look of a cupcake skirt? These four gowns are examples of wavy ruffles building into big shapes.

Rosa Clará ‘Cava’ Wedding Dress

Hayley Paige ‘Pearl’ Wedding Dress

Vera Wang ‘Erin’ Wedding Dress

Bliss Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress Style BL1213

Looking for a more modern version? We love the gauzy accent strips on the two styles below.

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Matthew Christopher ‘Dahlia’ Wedding Dress

Want an extreme look? Vera Wang may be the queen of major ruffles, with many of her gowns blooming into impressive skirts.

Vera Wang ‘Ethel’ Wedding Dress

Vera Wang ‘Gemma’ Wedding Dress

Vera Wang ‘Lindsey’ Wedding Dress

Prefer the little details? Look for airy accents like on the ‘Lou’ shrug by Caroline DeVillo or the simple ruffled peplum on Olia Zavozina’s ‘Britt’ dress.

Olia Zavozina ‘Britt’ Wedding Dress

Caroline DeVillo ‘Kate’ Wedding Dress with ‘Lou’ Shrug

See more wedding gowns and work with a free wedding stylist to find your perfect style by making an appointment at your nearest Wedding Suite!


A fall day with clear blue skies was the setting for Caitlin and Brandon’s glamorous wedding. Caitlin shares the story of their happily ever after.

The Proposal: Our relationship began six years ago, when we met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. We both attended the University of Washington and found each other during our last year of school. After several years of dating, Brandon proposed to me in the most special way he could: in front of our families on Christmas Eve. Both of us are extremely family-oriented, and it was so romantic and special that he involved both families.

The Scene: October 5, 2013, The Golf Club at Newcastle near Seattle, Washington

We wanted our wedding to be classic, romantic and glamorous. We chose the elegant, castle-like setting of Newcastle Golf and Country Club. Our theme for the evening was “happily ever after” and we felt the venue—with its sweeping views and classic romantic feeling—embodied our vision for our special day.

Early in the engagement, we selected our colors: blush, charcoal and white. We knew we wanted to incorporate Glassybaby votives (a local company that makes blown-glass candle holders and donates proceeds to charity) in our wedding, because Brandon put the ring inside of one when he proposed. We created a custom palette, which featured five different colors of Glassybabies for each table. Our head table featured the beautiful “True Love” shade.

Our table names represented places where our love for each other grew throughout our relationship, like a first trip or special memory. We explained why each place was significant to us on our table placards, so that our guests could get a little glimpse into our love story.

Our dog, Olive, a teacup Yorkie, was involved in the wedding as well. She joined my life before I got engaged, and I felt it was appropriate for her to join me as I walked down the aisle toward Brandon and to starting a new journey in our lives.

My Wedding Stylist: Heather Rose, Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite

I had the absolute pleasure and privilege of being paired up with Heather when I began my search for my wedding dress. From the first consultation on the phone, she was thorough, detailed and confident that she could find my dream wedding dress. During our seven months of working together, she was always positive and enthusiastic. Her patience is unparalleled. She made the entire process of finding my dress and bringing it to life a fairy tale come true!

My Look: After a few appointments at the Wedding Suite, I found my perfect dress: ‘Amherst’ by Anne Barge. The sweetheart neckline was feminine and delicate, and the shape was form-fitting but still princess-like.

Heather found the perfect “bling” accoutrement to make the dress feel exactly like me: the Rosa Clará ‘Belinda’ belt. We completed the look with Valentino ‘Couture Bow’ pumps in black.

When I found the dress, I decided to bring in my bridal party to get outfitted. Heather managed to dress seven ladies, all different shapes and sizes, and make each one feel confident and happy. The bridesmaids wore black crinkle chiffon dresses by Amsale. My maid of honor and sister, Jamie, wore a black Monique Lhuillier one-shoulder tulle dress.

Heather also helped my mother find a beautiful St. John dress that she felt comfortable and confident in, in addition to a special pair of Chanel heels. Heather excelled in every challenge I threw at her with a smile on her face and a can-do attitude!

Our Special Moments: The most special part of the day was the overall beautiful feeling of togetherness and celebration, love and happiness, all shared with our family and closest friends. Much of our extended family is from out of the state, and many of them made long journeys to be with us, flying in from California, New York, Chicago, D.C., Paris and Panama!

Another special feature of our wedding was the presence of my maternal grandparents, who traveled from California. My grandpa is 92 and my grandma is 88, and it was a huge sacrifice for them to fly up to Seattle for the wedding. We so enjoyed their spirit and energy. A very special moment of the evening was salsa dancing with my grandpa at the reception!

Guests danced until the early hours of the morning and enjoyed late-night comfort food snacks and dessert bar! Brandon and I ended the night with a glamorous sparkler send-off to complete our amazing day.

Photos by Barbie Hull Photography

Did you find your wedding gown 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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BLISS Monique Lhuillier Lace Low Back Wedding Dress

Wedding dresses with eye-catching backs are very of-the-moment! And it makes perfect sense—most of the time, a bride is facing away from her guests during the ceremony, so why not make the back of a gown just as beautiful as the front? More and more designers are thinking beyond straight-across strapless or traditional buttons on the train and adding unexpected details like architectural shapes, low scoop cuts, illusion detailing and embellishments.

Whether it’s a dramatic keyhole like the BLISS Monique Lhuillier dress above or an intricate illusion design like Lela Rose’s ‘Tompkins Square Park’, we know one thing for sure: in these gowns, baby got back!

Find your favorite from our selections below, or browse our in-store wedding gowns for more ideas!

Two by Rosa Clará ‘Delicia’ Wedding Dress

Heidi Elnora ‘Rubie Joe’ Wedding Dress

Kelly Faetanini ‘Georgina’ Wedding Dress

Lela Rose ‘Tompkins Square Park’ Wedding Dress

Nouvelle Amsale Bow Detail Wedding Dress

Caroline DeVillo ‘Cassidy’ Wedding Dress

Hayley Paige ‘Mila’ Wedding Dress

La Fleur by Anne Barge ‘Chantal’ Wedding Dress


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.


Brides, grab your gals and a glass of your favorite fizzy beverage and get ready to view some gorgeous gowns! Our Fall 2013 Lookbook is here!

This is always an exciting time of year, as we get to share all of the new images from our recent photo shoot and unveil the gowns just hitting our in-store Wedding Suites. It’s also a great time to see trends from bridal fashion week coming to life!

Here are a few of our favorite trends from the fall selections:

Statement backs: Whether a low open scoop or a decorative illusion—like Lela Rose’s ‘Tompkins Square Park’ or Heidi Elnora’s ‘Rubie Joe’—the focus of many new gowns is on the back.


Tiered skirts: Draped layers of fabric on ball gown skirts come in soft, like Rosa Clara’s ‘Cava,’ or structured, like Hayley Paige’s ‘Pearl.’

Lovely lace: From full Alençon lace gowns to dainty lace trim, gowns from Anne Barge and Bliss Monique Lhuillier are romantic and feminine.

Browse more wedding dress lookbooks here. To make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist, call 1.888.300.1295 or book online.


The lovely Anne Barge is one of our favorite gown designers, and we couldn’t be happier to carry new gowns from her La Fleur and Anne Barge lines in our suites this spring! Anne’s new gowns have a cohesively modern but also vintage feeling—a classic, timeless look that she manages to reinvent each season.

For her 2013 collection, Anne was inspired by the news of the Ritz Paris closing for a two-year renovation. Built in 1898 by César Ritz, the hotel was an immediate success and at its pinnacle from opening day through the early 20th century, serving as home to the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Coco Chanel.

Anne describes more about her creative vision behind each uniquely designed dress: “My focus for this season was 1898 to the 1920s. I incorporated a silk organza hand-stamped lace motif gown into the collection and a number of watercolor pastel pieces in honey, oyster, blush and latte. It was all from a painter’s palette—think Monet and Renoir.”

We envisioned a palette and inspirations around the ‘Emmanuelle’ gown below. Ah, now we’re dreaming of a Parisian wedding! Ooh la la!

Renior painting | Paris rooftops | White peonies | Bouquet | Badgley Mischka ‘Cissy’ Sandal | Anne Barge ‘Emmanuelle’ Gown | Monet painting | Peony painting | Clutch similar to Sondra Roberts sequined pouch | Degas painting | Hôtel Ritz Paris


Our wedding team is always on the hunt for one-of-a-kind gowns, so when famed bridal designer Anne Barge introduced us to her latest couture collection for spring/summer 2013, it was a dream come true. We were especially caught off by the Waverly! Let us tell you, it is unlike anything we have ever laid our eyes on! Also on our radar were new gowns from the La Fleur by Anne Barge collection: Each dress is unique from the others in lace, silk and chiffon fabrications. We especially love that her designs include strap options!

L and center: Anne Barge Bridal | R: La Fleur by Anne Barge ‘Aimee’

Discover bridal bliss at The Wedding Suite, and keep up with our ’12 Days of Gowns’ countdown for more stylish options to bookmark or even add to Pinterest. Check back here for Day 5, featuring luxe looks from Caroline DeVillo!