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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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When it comes to choosing flowers, brides often think about the wedding theme, season and colors (and of course, the bouquet inspiration they’ve been gathering on Pinterest). But did you know you can also pick flowers based on their meanings?

From “floriography”–the communication of language and meaning through flowers–to floral astrology based on birth months, similar to birthstones (for example, June’s ‘birth flower’ is the rose), the symbolism of different blooms is rooted in history and still followed today.

Consider the background of floriography: In 19th century England, specific floral arrangements were used to send coded messages. A sender would pick symbolic flowers to express feelings to the recipient, which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society. Sounds romantic, right? Following tradition, the flowers used in Duchess Kate’s wedding bouquet were each chosen based on their meanings related to happiness, love and friendship.

Even legendary designer and wedding guru Vera Wang says that the symbolism of flowers can create a very personal and meaningful experience for a bride; she listed the meanings of some well-known and popular flowers in her book, Vera Wang on Weddings:

Anemone: expectation; Baby’s breath: innocence, pure heart; Blue violet: faithfulness; Calla lily: beauty;
Camellia: gratitude; Daffodil: joy; Daisy: gentleness; Freesia: innocence; Gardenia: purity;
Heather: future fortune; Heliotrope: devotion, faithfulness; Iris: warmth of affection;
Lily: majesty; Lily of the valley: happiness; Orange blossom: purity, virginity; Orchid: rare beauty;
Rose (red): love; Rose (yellow); friendship; Rose (coral): desire; Rose (peach): modesty;
Rose (dark pink): thankfulness; Rose (pale pink): grace; Rose (orange): fascination;
Rose (white): innocence; Tulip: passion, love; Violet: modesty, faithfulness; Zinnia: affection

So what story will you tell with your wedding day bouquet? Tell us your ideas!

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This week, we bring you a stunner from BLISS Monique Lhuillier—a classic column wedding dress with a modern twist.

This embroidered lace sheath has a tulle overlay on the bodice and shoulders, so light and dainty that it’s barely there. Plus, a detachable tulle skirt adds an unexpected volume to the back of the gown. See more styles in the BLISS Monique Lhuillier Lookbook.

Image via Classic Wedding Ideas on Pinterest

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Going for bold beauty on your big day? Try a classic red lip—it’s the perfect way to add instant glamour to any bridal look, and it’ll never go out of style.

Here, you can watch Beauty Director Laksmi Sam’s step-by-step guide, including how to prep, line and complete the perfect pout.

Next, get tips from Beauty Director Tawni Hart on how to match your skin tone with the best shade.

For more ideas—for your wedding day and every day—check out our Beauty Blog!

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Homemade favors are some of our favorites to receive at weddings–especially when they involve food! A few standouts from a quick poll of our wedding team: caramels, seafood seasoning, granola, s’mores kits, honey and even salsa! YUM.

HeroWe were inspired by the delicious-looking strawberry-rhubarb jam from Caroline and Jason’s wedding, so we asked Caroline to give us her recipe. Read on below and try it yourself.

INGREDIENTS (makes 20 4-ounce jars)

4 1/2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 cups white sugar
4 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, halved
1/4 cup lemon juice
20 4-ounce canning jars with lids and rings (sterilized in boiling water for at least 5 minutes)

STEPS

1. Mix rhubarb and sugar in a large, heavy pot and let stand for 2 hours; stir in strawberries and lemon juice.

2. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Lower heat to medium-high and cook jam at a full rolling boil until thickened, stirring often to prevent scorching, for 20 to 25 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and stir for 2 to 3 more minutes. Skim off any foam.

4. Pack the jam into the sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Then run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings.

5. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring water to a boil.

6. Carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Water level should be at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Pour in more water if necessary to cover.

7. Bring the water to a full boil, cover the pot with a lid and process for 10 minutes.

8. Remove the jars from the pot and place several inches apart on a cloth-covered or wood surface. Let jars stand on wire racks for 24 hours to cool and seal.

9. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all).

Then, decorate however you wish! Tie with twine or ribbon and add a card, place a sticker on the top of the jar or wrap in tissue. Write names and table numbers on jars to double as a seating chart and favor!

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 Tianna and Teddy’s big day was a gorgeous, modern affair, clearly filled with a lot of love–and plenty of fun too!

The Scene: October 5, 2013, Sunset Room at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD

Teddy’s and my vision for the wedding was to make it simple yet elegant. We wanted a wedding that represented us as a couple.

In keeping with the season, our wedding designer, Pamela Beard from Art of Wow, filled the space with beautiful fall flowers and colors, lots of oranges and yellows. She incorporated my favorite flower–the stargazer lily–as well as other fall flowers like spider mums.

It was a morning ceremony, and we wanted everything to be bright, light and airy. Windows surrounding the entire area where the ceremony and the reception were held allowed natural light from the sun to come in, and our photographer was able to capture beautiful pictures.

The day of, everything was organized and started on time and just flowed so nicely.

My Look: I wore the ‘Nadia’ gown by Rosa Clará. The color was a natural white with a strapless sweetheart neckline and asymmetrical organza layers. I accessorized it with a belt by Cara.

I kept the rest simple with diamondlike teardrop earrings and a bracelet. My hair accessory was the ‘Elle’ flower hair clip by Nina. I believed that my dress was a statement in itself and I didn’t need a veil or a lot of jewelry.

My Wedding Stylist: Stacey Kallenberg, Nordstrom Wedding Suite at Tysons Corner Center

Throughout this process I learned that the one thing that has got to be on point is your dress! I really appreciated that Stacey took the time to get to know me, where my wedding would be held and at what time of day, the types of dresses I liked, what Teddy’s personality is like…all that was discussed before selecting the dresses, trying on various styles and seeing what looked really beautiful on me.

Having that discussion helped to narrow down my options. The great thing is that the stylists told me about an upcoming Rosa Clará trunk show. Stacey didn’t want me to be too eager and wanted me to see other dresses! She was right–I made my selection at the trunk show event and I felt amazing.

When I started crying, I knew that THIS was my dress. I felt like a bride and I knew that Teddy would love the dress.

The stylists were amazing and very helpful, professional but personable and honest. In this business you have to be, because it is such an important day for a bride!

Our Special Moments: One of my favorite moments was walking down the aisle, seeing Teddy at the end and all of the people, the flowers and how beautiful everything looked–but most importantly the look on his face. It was amazing! I felt like I was walking through heaven.

Photography by Shauna Ploeger, Photograpy Du Jour

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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Saukok Tiampo of REVEL shares a twist on the typical winter wedding color palette. We love her fresh ideas!

Today’s Evergreen + Teal wedding inspiration combines modern glamour with a touch of rustic holiday elegance! This lace mermaid wedding gown is classic and sophisticated, and bold teal pumps add a wintry pop of color. Evergreen details and deep teal hues complete the look of an unexpected winter wonderland for your Big Day!

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Menbur Bow Pump | Hayley Paige ‘Cricket’ Wedding Dress | Donna Morgan ‘Morgan’ Bridesmaid Dress | kate spade new york drop earrings

For more collages in unique color combinations, head over to REVEL!

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Let us help you find the look of your dreams with four curated boutiques to suit any wedding style.


A dash of old Hollywood and modern-day luxury: Classic Affair.


Trendsetting gowns and showstopping accessories: Fashionable Fête.


A touch of whimsy to complement your alfresco festivities: Garden Soirée.


Breezy gowns and comfy sandals for destination nuptials: Beach Party.

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