Glamorous Wedding

Reem Acra’s bridal designs epitomize modern glamour. Tie the knot in style wearing one of these stunning gowns from the spring/summer 2014 collection.

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Classic: ‘Ilsa’, an embroidered tulle gown with flare skirt and cap-sleeve detail.

Laced Up: ‘Emma’, a bateau-neck cap-sleeve lace sheath gown with embroidered waist detail.
‘Eve’, a re-embroidered lace low-back sheath gown with appliqué illusion bodice.

Beautifully Sheer: ‘Juliet’, an embroidered illusion off-shoulder gown with full silk chiffon skirt.

Reem Acra Bridal is available to order in selected in-store Wedding Suites. Make a free appointment with a Wedding Stylist at a Suite location near you!

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Ooh la la: Those are the only words we have for this stunning wedding dress from Hayley Paige!

Just kidding—we could go on and on about this bejeweled beauty (now in our spring lookbook)! The alençon lace, chapel train and crystal-lined sweetheart neckline create a perfect classic look, but the bolero takes it up to major glam status. It’s like the ultimate statement necklace, with crystal and alabaster beads draping across the shoulders, collarbone and back. Sparkly embellishment was a big trend at Bridal Fashion Week, and we love seeing it come to life for the bride who’s ready to ‘wow.’


See this stunner and more new wedding gowns in our spring lookbook, then make a free appointment with a Wedding Stylist at a Suite location near you!

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Guest contributor (and celeb hair stylist) Sarah Potempa is back with another bridal hair how-to, this time in a vintage glam theme.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Step 1. Create your clean, deep side part, while smoothing out any fine hairs that may pop up, with your comb. TIP: For more volume, apply smoothing gel directly to brush. Using a blow dryer and a brush, pull hair through brush in upward motion. 

Step 2. Take the Beachwaver Styling Iron and begin to curl in a roller-set style. Set each curl with a clip.

Step 3. After the sections are complete and cooled, take hair down.

Step 4. Spray a light movable hairspray directly onto brush. Begin to brush out curls using a smooth, downward motion. For lasting results, pin hair with a large silver clip in each crease of the wave. Remove all clips and spray one final time.

For the reception, you can change it up by teasing the hair from mid-strand to ends to create fullness and volume. For an extra-glam step, gather hair to one side and create a thick braid. Add a fun, vintage hair accessory—even a necklace will work.

Check out the must-have hair tools that created this look, and then try it at home for yourself!

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Celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa is always coming up with new creations for her clients to rock on the red carpet. (Fun job, right?!) Here, she shares a how-to for one of her favorite glamorous styles—with a bridal twist.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Step 1. Create a 2-inch middle part and section out hair at the crown. Tease at the root.

Step 2. Brush the top section of hair into a half up and secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 3. Take The Wrap Up, pull hair through, pinch closed and roll to one side (think of a French twist). Bend the bottom end up and the top end down. Secure with bobby pins at the crease.

Step 4. Using the Beachwaver Styling Iron, take large sections of hair and curl toward the end of the piece.

Step 5. Gather the remaining bottom portion of hair into a ponytail. Tease a little from middle to end. Secure with a small, plastic elastic at the tip.

For the reception, take down the ponytail portion of the style and let bottom half loose. Or you can create a second bun by gathering hair to one side and rolling into another Wrap Up.

Check out the must-have hair tools that created this look and then try it at home for yourself!

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A dramatic cat eye is a sure way to add a little va-va-voom to your look—and yes, it can even work on your wedding day. The key is keeping it clean and classy, making smooth lines and wearing a minimal amount of makeup otherwise. Follow these steps below!

Remember to do a test before your big day to make sure you (or your makeup artist) feel confident in how to get the look you want. And test products too! For this look, we recommend Guerlain ‘Cils d’Enfer’ Maxi Lash Mascara and Guerlain Gel Eye Pencil.

Prefer light eyes but bright lips? Check out our Red Lip How-To, plus more ideas on the Beauty Blog.

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HeroChampagne and celebrations go hand in hand, so it’s no surprise that bubbly is hugely popular at weddings. Though champagne is plenty fancy already, adding a bit of pear and ginger is a tangy twist worth trying!

INGREDIENTS
2 oz. pear juice
1/2-1 oz. ginger simple syrup (recipe follows)
Brut champagne (you’ll want a drier champagne to offset the sweetness of the juice and syrup)
Candied ginger slices or fresh pear slices for garnish

Ginger Simple Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
8 pieces of ginger, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds (for a stronger ginger flavor, you can grate it instead)

STEPS
1. In a small pot, combine all ingredients for the ginger simple syrup and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.

2. Reduce heat, simmering gently for 10 minutes or until the sugar syrup thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

3. Strain through a mesh strainer into a bottle. Once cooled, combine the pear juice and syrup in a champagne flute.

4. Fill the rest with champagne, garnish and serve—at your wedding, bachelorette party or even a wedding planning session with your girlfriends.

Cheers!

Original recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron

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Today, we’re excited to bring you a guest post from our newest collaborator, Rustic Wedding Chic!

When thinking of hosting a rustic wedding, it is important to remember that you don’t have to skip the glamour just because you are selecting a rustic location. Venues like barns, vineyards, farms and lodges are beautiful backdrops for a rustic chic wedding, and they work perfectly with more dressed-up looks—for both the bride and the bridesmaids—for a one-of-a-kind event!


Anne Barge ‘Emmanuelle’ Wedding Dress | Whichgoose ‘Nymph’ Crown | kate spade new york ‘secret garden’ stud earrings | flowers & venue photo by: Robin Jolin Photography via from Rustic Wedding Chic


Jenny Yoo ‘Gigi’ Ruffled Bridesmaid Dress | Lauren Ralph Lauren Beaded Earrings | Ivanka Trump ‘Anita’ Sandals | Nadri CZ Cluster Necklace | flowers photo by Robin Jolin Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic


Adrianna Papell Dot Bridesmaid Dress | Pelle Moda ‘Gretel’ Sandals | Lauren Ralph Lauren Hoop Earrings | Guinevere Statement Necklace | cake photo by Robin Jolin Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic

 Love this style? Check out our Rustic Wedding Ideas Pinterest board for more inspiration!

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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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We’re featuring a new Adrianna Papell bridesmaid dress again this week, because—we admit it—we’re obsessed with the idea of a glamorous wedding party in these long gowns!

The beaded pattern on this dress is simply stunning, as is the super-soft pastel shade called ‘Mist.’ We think it works best with silver accessories, like thin Nadri bracelets and a single-strap sandal. Add a ribbon-and-gemstone head wrap for a bit of Great Gatsby flair!

Adrianna Papell Beaded Bridesmaid Dress | Nina ‘Cece’ Head Wrap | Nadri Crystal Bangle | Pelle Moda ‘Kacey’ Sandal

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Eri and Evan’s wedding was a classic affair held in a stunning ballroom. We love how they incorporated traditional and handmade details. Read on for their story, as told by Eri.

The Scene: September 20, 2013, The Arctic Club in Seattle, WA

Evan and I hit it off instantly when we met in college in 2003, and have been inseparable since then. Because we were both finishing up college, and then I relocated for graduate school, it never seemed like just the right moment to make things official–until this year!

We both wanted a pretty traditional wedding, but because I am half-Japanese we also wanted to incorporate some of that tradition as well. We wanted an elegant, classic event but tried to add lots of personal touches.

I love craft projects, and for the reception, my bridesmaids and I made personalized message-in-a-bottle escort cards with handwritten thank-you notes inside, along with matching place cards and menus. My mom is crafty too, and made us adorable table numbers with framed pictures of me and my husband as kids.

The bridal party was a small, close-knit group of our friends. By far, our favorite part of the whole experience was how wonderfully these friends and family members from all over the country (and the world) came together and worked so hard to create a faultless evening.

My Look: I had three looks, and all very different! For the ceremony I wore a lace gown with a scalloped neckline and hem, called ‘Cricket’ by designer Hayley Paige. I accented the dress with a cathedral-length veil by Vera Wang and the Rosa Clará ‘Belinda’ belt. My shoes were Badgley Mischka ‘Salsa’ heels in white.

For the reception I wore a retro-inspired fit-and-flare dress by Isaac Mizrahi and a short birdcage veil.

My relatives all flew here from Japan, and after the ceremony my grandmother and aunt helped me change from my gown into a kimono that had been passed down to me. It was a painstaking process for which they had trained for weeks.

My Wedding Stylist: Sarah Walton, Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite

I had never tried on any kind of formal gown before this, so when I started out I had pretty much no idea of what I wanted. My fears dissolved once I met my stylist, Sarah. She pulled dresses in every style for me to see what I liked best, but the second I put on the Hayley Paige, we all knew it was “the one.”

Working with Sarah was an absolute joy; she had a wonderful eye, echoing the details of the lace on the dress in the beaded belt we picked out and also in my shoes. She took lots of time to learn exactly what our vision was for the evening, to make sure that everything was just right. She was great with suggestions for finishing touches too–it was her idea to have our florist use the remnant from my belt to wrap the bottom of my bouquet. It came out beautifully!

When I came to her at the last minute asking for help finding a reception dress, she sprang into action, picking the perfect tea-length party dress and veil to finish off the evening (and allowing plenty of room for dancing). Sarah’s enthusiasm and love of her job really showed.

Our Special Moments: My husband is the music aficionado and helped plan the perfect soundtrack for the night. After dinner and one more costume change, we spent the rest of the evening on cloud nine, dancing and enjoying ourselves. Evan and I couldn’t believe all of our relatives who hit the dance floor, from younger cousins to my nearly 90-year-old grandfather. We truly did get the perfect wedding we had been waiting so long for!

Photos by Christopher Gendron 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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