garden wedding

A bride in sunglasses, a fun braid and a huge smile–what could be cuter?!

HeroAppropriately named ‘Hepburn’, this Hayley Paige silk organza wedding dress has a tea-length hem and boat neckline that feels both classic and retro, with embroidered lace flowers and a cut-out opening in the back to make it a bit more modern. Either way, this bride is ready for an outdoor wedding filled with sunshine!

Check out our new Spring Bridal Style Guide for wedding favors, bridesmaid dresses, accessories and more to go along with this rustic, romantic style!

Image via Rustic Wedding Ideas on Pinterest

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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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Haley and T.J.’s wedding didn’t go exactly as planned, but it turned out to be incredibly beautiful and special. Read on for this sweet couple’s story of weathering the storm.

Our Story: T.J. proposed on May 26 at the legendary Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado. I was there working out around 5:30am when he showed up and popped the question. The setting was perfect, with a stunning view of Denver and the sun just beginning to rise. I don’t even remember saying yes because I was crying so much!

T.J. is in the Marine Corps and was set to leave for training in Virginia in just under four months. We decided that getting married before he left was important to us, so the planning happened very quickly!

The Scene: September 14, 2013, at a family residence in Denver, Colorado

From early on, our vision of the wedding was an intimate outdoor event, one where we could really enjoy the company of our guests and each other. For T.J. and me, fun was by far our number one priority! If there were good people, good drinks and good music, we would be happy.

We decided that my grandparents’ home was a perfect location. It sits in the Rockies, with the Colorado River running through the backyard. It is so breathtakingly beautiful that we could keep the decor very simple.

We planned a few rustic touches like a wooden arbor for the ceremony backdrop and farm tables that complemented the setting. The flowers were where we wanted the color to pop, and they could not have been more beautiful.

The weather in Colorado is usually good in September—not too wet and with generally mild temperatures. However, it happened that a 100-year flood came on the week of our wedding. It rained every day, which is so uncommon for Colorado. By Thursday morning it was clear there was no way we could have the wedding in my grandparents’ backyard. With broken hearts, we searched frantically for a new venue.

Luckily, my aunt and uncle own a gorgeous home in Denver with a tennis court in the backyard. We decided to do it there and put a big white tent over the court. It ended up being so beautiful!

We contacted every guest and vendor, and by Friday morning things came together. Our families worked so hard for us and made the transition to the new venue smooth. We will never be able to repay them for their efforts in making the day perfect!

My Look: I wore the “Pearl” gown by Hayley Paige. I would have never seen myself in this dress! It had an asymmetrical layered skirt and strapless sweetheart neckline, which I accessorized with a pearl necklace and a veil.

My Wedding Stylist: Audrey Moon, Nordstrom Wedding Suite Park Meadows

My stylist, Audrey, was so amazing at helping me find a gown that I felt absolutely perfect in. She and I had exchanged a few emails before my appointment, and she had dresses ready when I arrived. I had a big crowd with me that day; I come from a family of very opinionated and powerful women, and Audrey was accommodating and patient throughout the appointment!

I tried on a variety of short dresses before she talked me into trying on this gown. I had always dreamed of wearing a short dress, but man, did that change the minute I put that dress on! I was immediately brought to tears. It was only the fourth dress I tried on, and I knew it was the one. My entourage agreed, and we ordered it that day.

Our Special Moments: Throughout the night, we took countless pictures in the photo booth and danced with our friends and family for hours. We even got to spend time with our puppy on the dance floor, although we’re not sure he enjoyed that as much as we did!

T.J. and I fell so much more in love that day. Our love can weather any storm!

Photos by Caitlin Alysse 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 complimentary appointment with a Wedding Stylist or browse our Wedding Suite.

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A certain shade of purple is getting a lot of attention these days! Radiant Orchid has been announced as the Pantone® Color of the Year for 2014, and everyone in fashion, home decor and (of course) weddings is talking about it.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says this about the hot new shade: “Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Yep, we’re charmed, all right!

Even though the current reign of Emerald still has a couple weeks, we couldn’t wait to start thinking of our favorite examples of this “harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.” See our picks below, and look out for more in 2014.

twobirds Convertible Bridesmaid Dress | Orchid bouquet via Every Last Detail | Floral headband via Magnolia Rouge | Chandelier Earrings | Drink via Nothing But DeliciousLela Rose Draped Silk Bridesmaid Dress | Bridesmaid via Inspired by This (in Donna Morgan ‘Grey Ridge’ color | Macarons via Cooking for Pleasure | Nordstrom Cashmere Blend Wrap | Boutonniere via Style Me Pretty

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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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Nikki & Rene share the story of their romantic Texas country wedding. We love this sweet, grateful and happy couple!

The Scene: September 21, 2013, Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas

My family and I have been visiting the Hyatt Hill Country Resort since I was a little girl. It has always been my dream to get married on their beautiful grounds, so when Rene popped the question, there was no doubt in my mind where I wanted our special day to take place.

Making it even more unique, the Hyatt Hill Country Resort is where we experienced our first kiss and decided we wanted to be a couple after almost fifteen years of friendship!

Our vision was a sweet, romantic, elegant wedding nestled in the heart of the Texas hill country. Our day could not have been more wonderful! After a long, rainy week, we awoke to a crisp, but sun-filled wedding day…the first day of fall!

With the help from our parents, family, friends, and Country Sugar Events, our big day was all we imagined, and more!

Our reception took place in the Luckenback Pavilion under hundreds of swag lights that lit up the rustic beams. Our guests dined on a variety of foods, which included a fresh avocado bar, custom mac-n-cheese, and of course Texas barbeque!

A stunning floral chandelier was the focal point of our reception, which our guests danced underneath all night long.

The little details we included in our wedding were so special to us. I was honored to include my great-grandmother’s vintage bluebonnet broach attached to my bouquet. I was also gifted with my grandmother’s vintage gold and opal ring that has been in our family for many years.

Other amazing details: adorable tissue paper flowers for our flower girls, custom-made program fans, my handsome groom’s sweet baby blue and navy striped bow tie, and even a doggie biscuit bar in honor of our beloved dog, Lola!

My Wedding Stylist: Emily Nichols, Nordstrom La Cantera Wedding Suite

What a blessing Emily was! She made the dress shopping experience so enjoyable and relaxing for my mom and me. Emily listened to exactly what I was looking for and pulled a number of dresses into a dressing room so I could choose what to try on. The moment she drew the curtain back, I knew the center dress was “the one!”

My Look: My Matthew Christopher ‘Sofia’ gown was perfect: a trumpet gown with floral lace overlay. The sweetheart neckline and distressed, unfinished edges were a perfect fit for our Texas country vibe.

I finished off the look with a crystal and satin sash by Nina, which complemented the dress perfectly.

Our Special Moments: Oh, where to begin! Our beautiful ceremony on the main lawn was just so breathtaking; I could hardly believe my eyes as I rounded the corner to walk down the aisle to my groom.

Our first dance to David Gray’s “This Year’s Love” gave us the chance to really take in the stunning decorations of our reception, and to connect as finally being husband and wife. And our sparkler send off was the perfect way to end our magical night!

Rene and I are aware that never again will we have the most special people in our lives all together in one place. The smiles on every face, and knowing that they truly enjoyed their day with us…that is what we will treasure most.

Photographs by Loft Photographie

 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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Three-dimensional flower designs, called rosettes, are sprouting up everywhere in the latest few seasons of wedding dresses. Typically attached (often by hand) to the fabric of a bodice or skirt, rosettes can be singular or repeating in a pattern, creating a visual and textural detail that sets a dress apart.

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We’ve selected a few of our favorite rosette-detailed dresses from our Wedding Suites to showcase here. Don’t miss the dainty petals on Roses by Reem Acra’s ‘Coral Bells,’ the dramatic textured skirt on Christian Siriano’s gown above or Vera Wang’s ‘Gabriella’ with a swirling skirt in the shape of big blooms. Fabulous florals, indeed!


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Vera Wang ‘Gabriella’ Wedding Dress


Roses by Reem Acra ‘Coral Bells’


Vera Wang ‘Erin’ Wedding Dress

And coming to select wedding suites this spring is Olia Zavozina’s all-over petal creation ‘Delia,’ worn by our Brideology blogger at her wedding in August!

See more wedding gowns—and work with a free wedding stylist to find your perfect style—by making an appointment at your nearest Wedding Suite!

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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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