customer story

He had a year and a half to find a suit for his wedding. But Tim procrastinated. Read how he pulled it off—scoring suits for not just his, but four other weddings—in just one day.


All Images © Jenny Jimenez

We met at a Halloween party. I was an ostrich. Jen had a camera.

It was months before I’d ask her for a date, but no one doubted I would propose. Even as we drove up to Stevens Pass for a ski trip (a ring hiding in my pocket), she discussed her ideal wedding with our friend: Sodo Park. Early spring. A small wedding party. White frosting on a blue cake. A photo booth. Burlap.

Due to a collision with a snowboarder, my proposal was delayed by a day. We set a date of May 1, 2011, which gave us a year and a half to plan. Jen assured me that my only responsibility would be to select suits for the groomsmen and myself.

I procrastinated well into summer and fall.

This was my dilemma: Our wedding would not be formal, so tuxedos were out. It would not be on a beach or a grassy hilltop, so Hawaiian shirts, white linen shirts and all of the other casual options wouldn’t work either.

I knew I wanted a spring suit, but not the casually wrinkled summer linen I would wear on my honeymoon or the three-season wool my groomsmen would sport. And cotton poplin just isn’t my thing. Could such a suit be found—in Seattle?

While I deliberated, we received invites to May and June weddings for my cousin and two of Jen’s friends. Then my sister asked us to be in her wedding party.

So as early spring rolled around again, Jen and I stopped by Nordstrom Rack. We found a dark, notch-lapel, two-button suit by Calvin Klein for my sister’s wedding.

For our own wedding, I purchased a suit with medium-tan stripes similar to seersucker, but without the signature, summery rippled fabric. But it still wasn’t quite right. So we headed to the main Nordstrom store.

I recited my requirements to the men’s department saleswoman. She thought a moment and took us over to a mannequin. The suit was linen, but without a trace of wrinkles. It was the color of cotton poplin, but with a texture and just a hint of blue check that set it apart. It was exactly what we were looking for. And it fit me.

Accessories were already covered. I’d been collecting bow ties and pocket squares for months, and I’d found a used pair of Allen Edmonds woven monk straps—only worn once at the seller’s own wedding—that echoed the weave of the suit. For the finishing touch, Jen presented me with cufflinks modeled after vintage typewriter keys.

So in that one afternoon we took care of five weddings. I kept the striped suit and wore it to weddings in Boulder and Carmel. At my sister’s and brother-in-law’s wedding, I looked up as they danced the Hora to see them waving my pocket square.

Many people warned us, “You won’t remember a thing about your wedding.” But when it came about, thanks to Jen’s careful planning, we simply enjoyed the day and savored the details.

To see more images and details from Tim and Jen’s wedding day, check out these blog posts from photographer Jenny Jimenez and Pink Blossom Events.

Searching for your own wedding attire? Visit our Wedding Shop to find suits and dresses for your whole wedding party, or contact a Wedding Stylist for complimentary assistance.

And if you shopped at Nordstrom for your wedding, we want to hear from you! E-mail weddingstories@nordstrom.com for a chance to be featured on our blog.

{ 1 comment }

We love hearing about our customers’ wedding style. Find out how Bridget and Michael planned their Sunriver, OR, dream wedding (in less than four months!).


All Images © Ruettgers Photography

Michael and I met on December 30, 2009, and by January 1, 2010, we both knew that we would spend our lives together. It was a whirlwind winter, a lovely spring, and in early June he proposed.

I’d always dreamed of getting married at the Great Hall in Sunriver, OR, where my family had vacationed my whole life. We were lucky enough to get an opening in September, and got to work planning the wedding with less than four months to go.

Michael and I wanted our wedding to be classic and elegant, but joyful and fun. We enlisted the help of Erin Marshall, a Wedding Stylist at the Downtown Seattle Nordstrom, who didn’t flinch about the short timeline.

Erin helped me find the perfect, pretty-yet-chic bridesmaid dress: a navy, mock two-piece with an asymmetrical bow, deep scoop neck and pockets. The dresses were shipped directly to all of the girls’ houses. Erin even did a last-minute size switch the week before the wedding because a pregnant bridesmaid’s baby bump had grown bigger than we’d anticipated.

I’d loved shopping with Erin so much that Michael’s mom came to see her to find her dress, too. I also had appointments with Nordstrom Beauty Stylist Kirk Mills, who helped me find my makeup and gave me lessons on how to do it myself on the big day. My earrings, perfume and rehearsal dress also came from Nordstrom.

Our wedding day, September 25, 2010, was nothing short of magical. It was a perfect Indian summer weekend—85 degrees and sunny—and our guests had a wonderful time playing and enjoying Sunriver.

My favorite part was promising my love to Michael for the rest of my life. Close seconds, though, are our adorable nephews and nieces and the epic dance party that lasted late into the night!


All Images © Ruettgers Photography

Getting married? Find dresses and apparel for your entire wedding party in our Wedding Shop, or make an appointment with one of our complimentary Wedding Stylists.

{ 0 comments }

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.

{ 1 comment }

As our Wedding Suites are set to open in selected Nordstrom stores, our customers are already taking the plunge. Read André and Em’s wedding-dress success story.

If you’re a bride-to-be, your wedding day will be one of your most joyous days—and the time you spend shopping for it should reflect the happy occasion to come. That’s why we want to make shopping for you and the whole wedding party an experience you’ll remember almost as much as your big day. We’ve introduced you to our Wedding Stylists, and now we’re excited to announce the impending opening of our first Wedding Suites.

Fully appointed with gowns, bridesmaid dresses, comfy seating for the whole party, extra-large fitting rooms and so much more, our Wedding Suites are the perfect place to sit down with our stylists and make the day of your dreams a reality.

Meet André and Em. We came across their story and were so thrilled to read about their experience while shopping for a dress—with both of their mothers!—in our Tyson’s Corner store in Virginia.

André writes: “A few weekends ago, both of our moms came to town to help Em find a wedding dress. Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, right?”

“Our first stop was Nordstrom. My mom was ecstatic to be part of this experience, as she never thought she would be part of wedding-dress shopping. Em and I decided that we wanted both moms to be part of the decision-making process, so Em’s mom helped her in the dressing room while my mom and I anxiously awaited. The first dress she tried on was one that the stylist has chosen for her based on the dresses that Em had ordered. When my mom and I were allowed in the dressing room, I was in awe. She looked absolutely amazing and I would have married her that minute if I could have. Em said she felt beautiful in the dress as well but she wanted to try the others on. The moms thought she looked good but they weren’t convinced.

Em tried on the remaining dresses, but nothing compared to the first one. She felt and looked stunning in the first one when she tried it on again and the moms agreed this time. As she tried on accessories and everyone talked about how she would have her hair, etc., I just stood there and felt like the luckiest guy in the world.

We ended up purchasing the first dress she tried on and canceled our other appointment…It was unbelievably easy to find a dress that day—in less than an hour we made our purchase! It was also awesome to watch the moms bond that weekend. They acted like two old friends, exchanging ideas about the wedding dresses, centerpieces, accessories, etc. I never would have dreamed that wedding-dress shopping could be so easy!”

The dresses in Em’s dressing room are pictured at left…and the winner? A gorgeous Tadashi One-Shoulder Rosette Chiffon Gown. We’re so happy for Em and André, and wish them all the best!

Care to arrange an appointment for yourself? See a list of our locations with Wedding Suites opening soon and those with Wedding Stylists already available.

Check out our behind-the-scenes photos as we prep for opening day at our Michigan Avenue and La Cantera stores.

Have a wedding inspiration or style story of your own to share? Send your story (200-300 words), along with a video or 6-10 photos (minimum 800 x 600 pixels each) to , and it may be featured in For Keeps.

{ 1 comment }