bridal dresses

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.

We stumbled into Caroline’s showroom after visiting our friends at Nina Accessories, and we knew it was meant to be within our first five minutes of chatting with her.

A delightful designer from Chicago, Caroline told us she worked at our Nordstrom Oakbrook store right out of college. A designer in the business for over nine years, her name is a Chicago institution—girls flock to her studio.

What did we love the most? D.I.Y! Design it yourself—or her I.D. line, Individual Design, as she refers to it. A bride can choose from a variety of skirts, bodice styles, sashes, jackets and other accessories, resulting in a bridal gown that fits her personal style.

Caroline is even working on a website so brides can “design” from home, and we all agreed that it would be a fabulous idea for our Nordstrom customers, too. Who wouldn’t love to be a part of the design process for the perfect dress, and then come into the Wedding Suite to try it on?

In stores for special order February, 2012.

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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.

Georgia native Anne Barge is an institution in her own right. Her runway show at Pier 94 was a who’s who of Bridal Week—including Martha Stewart Weddings Editor Darcy Miller, Mark Ingram of the famous Mark Ingram Salon and Randy Fenoli, star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and acting fashion director at Kleinfeld. (We chatted Randy up about doing something with Nordstrom!)

Some of the most beautiful gowns of the week walked down the runway to the song “This Is the Moment.” After the show, we met Anne in her showroom and viewed her entire collection up close.

We are so thrilled to introduce La Fleur by Anne Barge at Nordstrom. A few of our favorite styles our brides can expect are:

Amherst—a gown of shirred tulle with an elongated strapless bodice and voluminous pickup skirt.
Hadley—another strapless, constructed out of pearl Italian Razo silk shantung, with pleated bodice detail and a pleated skirt with pockets.
Reilly—a modern column gown with architectural lines of pearl Italian silk Magnolia with vertical bias ruffles of silk satin organza. We love the special ruffle at the bustline (i.e. crumb catcher).

La Fleur by Anne Barge available for special order in stores February 2012.

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We love hearing about our customers’ wedding style. Here, Tina from Florida tells us all about her beauty-salon romance and marriage to Carlos.


All photography © Victor Junco

When Carlos and I met in 2006 (at the very salon we now own together in Tampa, FL), I was getting my hair done—head full of foils, salon cape and all—while Carlos worked at the adjacent station. I am mortified now to think of how I must have looked! It was love for sure.

After moving here from Cuba 22 years ago, Carlos had worked at the salon for 15 years and had basically grown the business himself. About a year after we started dating, the salon went up for sale. I believed in him and in us, so we bought the salon together.

Carlos and I were engaged on Christmas in 2008. When planning our wedding, every detail was very important to us. We went to Nordstrom for my silk-beaded ivory wedding dress, jewelry and the dazzling shoes on my feet. We even flew to New York to meet with our talented wedding cake designer, Sylvia Weinstock, and Ellen Weldon, who designed our wedding invitations.

The wedding was on October 11, 2010, at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on the top floor of Armani’s Restaurant, which overlooks the sparkling blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. That special day, our family—including my 11-year-old daughter Sera and new stepson, Christian, 6—became one.

It was the most incredible day of our lives.


Love Tina’s dress? Find your own dream dress in our Wedding Shop, or make an appointment with one of our complimentary Wedding Stylists to preview dresses and apparel for you and your entire wedding party.

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