behind the scenes

If you have your wedding dress, shoes and jewelry, what’s next for your big day look? Your hairstyle! So what’s it going to be…up, down, half up? Veil, fascinator, pins, clips, headband? We’ve got you covered with the ideas in our bridal hair lookbook.

Here, take a peek behind the scenes of the lookbook photo shoot to see the creation of these hair and accessory pairings. And read below for some important do’s and don’ts for creating wedding-worthy hair!

DO pair the right hairstyle with your dress style. Think about what will be around your shoulders–dress neckline or straps, jewelry, veil–and wear your hair up or down accordingly.

Don’t wait until the wedding day to perfect your style! Work with your stylist or practice on your own long before the wedding day. It’s one less thing to worry about and leaves more time to sip champagne and relax with your girls!

DO plan to freshen up your cut and color about two weeks before the wedding. But don’t make any drastic changes–there may not be time to fix it if something goes wrong.

Don’t forgot to bring touch-up products (hair spray, bobby pins and a brush) so you can make adjustments if needed throughout the night.

DO work with a wedding stylist to find the perfect hair accessories. Our stylists are happy to help with even the smallest details, and they have great advice after working with hundreds of brides!

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We have a different version of Andrea’s Picks this week: Andrea’s Pics—a round-up of our bridal director’s Instagram photos from New York at the biggest bridal fashion event of the year! From gorgeous (Vera Wang!) to delicious (cheesy pizza!), see the week through Andrea’s eyes.

Quiet before full sunrise. World Trade Center going up in the background.

Prepped and ready with the essentials: change of shoes, jacket, snack.

Empire State Building framed by the Manhattan Bridge.

Loved meeting the darling Kelly Faetanini, and this gown!

Print bridesmaid dresses are here to stay at Amsale.

Found a sunny spot to stand and catch up on email for a few minutes!

HeroVera Wang. Now I know what to wear to my next red carpet event. Wink!

Amazing detail on this gown at Anne Barge.

Exciting color, lace, and print. We must be at Jenny Yoo!

Fancy business trip dinner: pizza!

For more insider access with Andrea, follow @NordstromWed on Twitter where she is live tweeting through the week!

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One song. One dance floor. One hundred Nordstrom employees.  Two hip-hop stars.

If you think this sounds like the makings for a rockin’ party, we’d have to agree. And while it may have started at 9 a.m. instead of 9 p.m. (and was technically considered work!), we had a really, really, really good time. There’s nothing better than filming a wedding dance video with your friends and co-workers—except when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis make a cameo appearance to lend some well-dressed style and hot moves to the scene!

Now go behind the scenes to see the making of the video and get a glimpse into the Best. Day. Ever.

Oh, and did we mention there was a photo booth on set? We had so much fun hamming it up for the camera, we just had to make a lookbook out of the shots! Check out our employees modeling looks from our wedding suites here!


Haven’t seen the full video yet? Don’t miss it! You can watch it here.

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Last week, our bridal buyer, Sharon Wikstrom, traveled abroad to meet with Spanish wedding gown designer Rosa Clará. A new designer to the Wedding Suites, Rosa Clará is known for creating elegant gowns with ’50s-style structure and silhouettes, voluminous silk satin skirts and soft sleeves in lace and tulle. Sharon has said she could see herself in a Rosa Clará gown if she were getting married today!

Sharon’s trip included a visit to the showroom to look at gown collections and meet with the Rosa Clará team, plus some time spent playing tourist and taking in the sights of beautiful Barcelona! Here she shares photos and notes from her trip.


A little jealous of Sharon’s trip? We are, too. But you can get a little taste of Spain by seeing these beauties in our Wedding Suites now! Dresses and cover-ups from the Rosa Clará Bridal and Two by Rosa Clará collections are brand-new in Nordstrom Wedding Suites, so make your appointment to check them out! Adiós!

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Get to know model Codie Young. Since appearing in the Valentino spring 2013 campaign, her fiery red tresses and svelte physique have made her hard to go unnoticed. We chatted with the fresh-faced beauty, a London-based Aussie transplant, about everything from books to boys to her dream wedding, as she was primped and polished backstage at Tadashi Shoji.

Wedding Suite: What book are you holding in your hand?
Codie Young: At the moment I am reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It’s about this guy, who is a firefighter. The book takes place in the future, during a time when firefighters actually start fires to burn books because they are outlawed. I must say, I’m loving this book. Reading is a great way to pass the time while I’m getting made up from every direction.

Tadashi Shoji is known for his dresses and gowns. Some of the looks in the collection could be worn for a wedding, right?
Totally! The white and ivory dresses I would definitely wear.

Oh, we like the way you’re thinking. Can we ask if you’re in a relationship?
Well, I am VERY single, but what girl hasn’t thought about the perfect wedding dress? I would wear something simple and probably wouldn’t even wear heels. I couldn’t imagine myself having a big wedding either.

Stay tuned for more ready-to-wear meets wedding-inspired looks from the runways of New York Fashion Week.

Qianna Smith

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Linda gives us the scoop on tying the knot—and finding bliss—in the city that never sleeps.

The Scene: September 2012: New York City.
Ceremony – Battery Park, Reception – Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe.

More than anything else, we wanted our wedding to represent us—our aesthetic, our values and our experiences. We didn’t want to do things a certain way just because it was expected, and we wanted to include people who were important to us in unique ways. It meant incorporating our own vows, and most importantly it meant a setting that was meaningful to both of us: Battery Park. Tim and I met 16 years ago at Stuyvesant High School, located just adjacent to Battery Park, and though we didn’t date until some years later, it was there that our paths first crossed.

For the dinner reception, two things were most important to us: food and music. By having the reception at Housing Works, we knew that in addition to a quintessential New York vibe, we would also be supporting a great cause. Keeping social and environmental impact in mind, we used a local, woman-owned chocolate artisan for our wedding favors, we chose flowers that were in season, directly from the flower district, and we kept disposable items to a minimum (no menus, escort cards, etc.). None of this would have been possible without our dream team of vendors and helpers!

Special Moments: It’s hard to choose just one special detail of the day—all of it was more than we could have asked for. After 10+ years together, our wedding sent us right back to the honeymoon phase. Only we got to kick it off with everyone we love.

My Wedding Stylist: Heather Bowser, Nordstrom San Francisco Shopping Centre

I pretty much stumbled upon the Wedding Suite, and I’m SO glad I did. The place looks deceptively small, and every time a dress came out it seemed like they were being pulled out of thin air—quite magical. The selection is more like a boutique, with unique dresses and an intimate feeling. They also understood my style right away and respected my budget, which I appreciated tremendously. Every time I visited, the dressing room was ready with the dress and everything else I would need to complete the outfit. Heather was always so willing to run up- or downstairs to get me whatever I needed. I also love that alterations were offered right there, and the seamstress and I bonded right away so I trusted her. For the parts they couldn’t help with—like the sleeves I wanted to add—they even referred me to a local fabric store.

My husband also ended up getting the John Varvatos Trim Fit grey suit at Nordstrom. Heather introduced us to someone in the men’s department, and we walked away with the perfect look.

My Dress & Accessories:
Theia petal gown, with custom-made sleeves
Nadri Pear Drop Earrings in Sapphire & ‘Bezel Station’ Collar Necklace

My Wedding Party: My bridesmaids wore the Donna Morgan Belted Chiffon Dress in midnight and powder blue.

Photography by Peter Zhao

Did you find your wedding dress at Nordstrom? Share your aisle style with us! E-mail Nordstrom Wedding Stories for details about 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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Andrea Wasserman, our National Bridal Director, is recapping the highlights of her most recent buying trip to designers’ showrooms. Here’s what she had to share.


Dinner break! Confession: We indulged in NYC Restaurant Week while in town and ate at Riverpark (it’s on the East River, and all produce is grown in a garden “farm” just outside). We met up with Kerry, the lovely genius behind Nina bridal shoes and accessories. Psst…She tells us even more headpieces are in the works. Did we hear you love and want more birdcage veils? You’re in luck.


Showroom: Eliza J
Current favorite: Belted Spaghetti Strap Fit & Flare Dress and Woven Fit & Flare Dress. Our Wedding Stylists work with so many brides who select a color and a fabric and let their bridesmaids choose coordinating dresses. So, we picked these two styles to make it extra easy! The color is perfect for brides now getting ready for fall/winter weddings, and the textured fabric is soft yet structured.
Looking forward: The most incredible shades of pink on bridesmaid dresses, from pastel brocades to fuchsia solids, in ladylike silhouettes finished with belts and brooches.


Showroom: Donna Morgan
Current favorite: Strapless Satin Inset Chiffon Gown. Sometimes (okay, often) classic and black is the way to go. This mixed-media style is just that. Plus, it’s fluid enough for day and elegant enough for evening.
Looking forward: Here’s a hint—if you think tulle only comes in white and is only for the bride, think again.

Showroom: Nicole Miller
Current favorite: Accessories! You may think of this designer as making some of our brides’ favorite gowns, and you’re right. But now we’re offering Nicole Miller belts and hairpieces to go with them.
Looking forward: Lace and illusion, two trends right off the bridal runways. Plus, Nicole’s strawberry-rhubarb pie. That’s right, this designer-foodie-chef gifted us her personal recipe as we left the showroom.

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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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