city wedding

Maybe you’ve been planning this day for as long as you can remember. Or perhaps you’re in a swivet about what to do or how you’re ever going to get it done—it’s a lot of work!

Sit down. Breathe deeply. Then allow these supremely gorgeous North American wedding venues to transport you. A little daydreaming could inspire the direction of your dream wedding. Or you may just find a new happy place to mentally retreat to for a dose of zen.

The Surf Lodge

The Surf Lodge

Montauk attracts Brooklynites looking to put sand between their toes and waves beneath their boards. Although the town draws crowds (it’s sometimes referred to as the Hamptons for hipsters), it maintains a tranquil cool that befits any wedding. The Surf Lodge offers both indoor and outdoor spaces to stage your ceremony or soirée. Whether on a sunny deck, beachside or in their clapboard restaurant, your partnership will benefit from good vibrations.

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Mixing tradition with whimsy, Carolyn and David had a modern museum wedding that was uniquely them. See the gorgeous color palette, dinosaur bones (really!) and get more details from Carolyn below.

The Background: David and I met in 2007, but our connection goes back much further. Our first week of college at the University of Kansas, David was sitting at a table with some mutual friends, and I noticed his T-shirt featuring a summer camp—the same camp I had once attended! I walked right up to him to introduce myself. After a year of close friendship, we started dating, and we held our wedding on the weekend of our five-year anniversary.

The Scene: October 6, 2013, at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas

I grew up in Dallas and wanted to hold our wedding there. We visited many venues looking for something modern and unique, and once we stepped inside the Perot Museum, we knew we had found the place for us.

Our color scheme was navy, grey and lilac. (At first, I only wanted navy and grey; that is, until I realized my wedding would be a Dallas Cowboys party!) I loved that the colors were neutral but alluded to the fall season, despite temperatures in the 70s on our wedding day.

My bridesmaids wore long dresses by Donna Morgan called ‘Laura’ in the color ‘Midnight’, accented by rose and hydrangea bouquets in shades of lilac.

We chose to hold the ceremony in the museum’s romantic Gems and Minerals Hall, which boasts an 8-foot purple geode as the centerpiece. Lilac flowers and soft, romantic drapery set the mood.

After the ceremony, our guests moved into what I called “the Dinosaurs Hall” to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres surrounded by massive dinosaur fossils.

For our reception, guests went down to the lobby of the museum and were greeted by the Dallas skyline, dancing water molecules suspended from the ceiling and, of course, more dinosaurs. Delicious meals were served from Wolfgang Puck Catering, starting with a haricots vert salad with confit tomatoes, followed by a sweet pea agnolotti. Guests chose from slow-braised short ribs, organic chicken breast and almond-crusted salmon.

My Look: I wore a Nouvelle Amsale tulle ballgown. I wanted to look traditional with a fun twist. I also wanted a gown that was actually comfortable and something I could dance in! I loved the comfortable shape and the fabric, and that the beaded belt was built in.

I wore my grandmother’s earrings for my something old and my now sister-in-law’s beaded comb for my something borrowed! Since navy was part of my color scheme, it was a perfect chance to snag the kate spade new york ‘charm’ shoes in navy glitter for my something blue.

My Wedding Stylist: Sarah at the Dallas NorthPark Center Wedding Suite

For my first appointment with Sarah, I brought a few pictures of dresses I liked, but before I even pulled them out, my gown was hanging there waiting for me! There were so many beautiful dresses to try, but this one fit the whimsical feel of my venue and I just felt right in it.

Sarah made my experience painless from purchase through fittings and alterations up to the week of the wedding. By the end, the team at Nordstrom had met almost my entire family! Everyone was so helpful and kind.

Our Special Moments: After a festive hora, we danced the night away with our guests to the music of the Motion Band. We finished the night off with vanilla cake with whipped cream and strawberry filling and, of course, a to-go candy bar on the way out.

The wedding was a whirlwind and we had a ridiculously good time!

Photos by Perez Photography

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Bree and Trey’s city wedding sounds like our kind of party: great food, great music, great people! Read on for the story of the day—and the dress—as told by Bree.

The Scene: November 9, 2013, at Petterino’s Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois

Trey and I knew right away that there were only two things that we cared about for our wedding. First, we wanted to make sure that the entire focus was on our love for one another. Second, we wanted to have the party of the century, complete with great food and a night full of dancing!

The only venue we looked at was Petterino’s Restaurant in the Theater District in Chicago. There was a grand staircase in the middle of the lobby; we knew immediately that it was the perfect venue and that we wanted to have our ceremony on the staircase.

Our wedding came together pretty seamlessly. Trey and I decided in the beginning that we didn’t particularly care about things like centerpieces, flowers or a conventional wedding cake.

Instead, we opted for Mad Libs on the tables that our guests could fill out, a brooch bouquet made by my mother and cupcakes of all different flavors, along with a small chocolate peanut butter cake for us to cut. We each have a sister, so in place of having a traditional bridal party, they stood up with us as we exchanged our vows.

There were a few key things that we could pinpoint as being our favorite parts of the evening. Although we were the ones who thought of having our ceremony on the staircase, we had no idea what a great idea it would actually end up being. We were physically surrounded by love during our entire ceremony, and it was so special to us. It was a really intimate experience that we will remember forever.

Second, we wrote our own vows. The promises we made to each other will be with us for every moment of our life together.

Lastly, my best friend had the idea that, in lieu of a unity candle, we could have each of our family members write us three letters apiece, which we’ll get to read after one month, one year and five years of marriage. Each family member placed his or her letters in boxes during the ceremony. We’ll keep these letters forever; they will always be near and dear to us.

My Look: I wore the Jenny Yoo ‘Monarch’ gown with a crystal sash and big sparkly chandelier earrings, which were my “something borrowed.” When I had originally tried the dress on, my first thought was that it was a perfect look… and my second thought was that it felt like I was wearing pajamas! This dress made me feel more beautiful than ever on my wedding night, but it was so comfortable that I was able to dance the night away without stopping!

My Wedding Stylist: Amie Kesler, Michigan Avenue Wedding Suite

I have to admit: At the time, dress-shopping was the part of wedding planning that I was least excited about. After all, I could have married Trey in a potato sack, for all I cared!

The week before my appointment, Amie and I had a conversation about what my wedding was going to look like, what my street style was and what I wanted out of a wedding dress. When my group and I arrived at the Wedding Suite, there were about 13 dresses lined up for me. I tried on the first one and didn’t really react. I informed Amie right away: “I’m not going to have a moment, so please don’t wait for one. I’m just not that kind of girl.”

The very last dress in the line was the ‘Monarch’ gown by Jenny Yoo. Amie showed us that it was a convertible gown and there were actually 18 different ways to tie the straps. She tied them a certain way and added some accessories, and then the strangest thing happened… I actually had a moment! I never thought I’d be emotional about a piece of clothing, but it happened! I could never thank Amie enough.

On top of finding the dress, I really appreciated how laid-back the entire experience was. It was just what I needed!

Our Favorite Moments: Our wedding night was a total blast! From start to finish, every moment was beyond perfect. I know that a lot of people say that, but we promise it’s the truth!

The ceremony was extremely meaningful. The food was great (at least we heard it was—we actually didn’t get to eat anything!). The photo booth was a big hit. The DJ played music that had people on the dance floor all night. The late-night appetizers (pigs in a blanket and buffalo chicken meatballs!) were well received and perfectly timed.

There was just a feeling of love and happiness throughout the entire night that we will remember forever. It was perfect.

Photos by Jill Tiongco 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 free appointment with a Wedding Stylist or browse our Wedding Suite.

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