Hayley Paige

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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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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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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From demure to dramatic, ruffled details are a charming way to give texture to a wedding dress. Ruffles are often made of silk organza, a sheer fabric that varies in thickness and has a crisp trim to help it hold its shape. Depending on the cut and amount of fabric, ruffles can appear in voluminous layers or as light, feathery accents.

We’ve handpicked our favorite crinkly confections here. Find your favorite from the selections below, or browse our in-store wedding gowns for more ideas!

Love the look of a cupcake skirt? These four gowns are examples of wavy ruffles building into big shapes.


Rosa Clará ‘Cava’ Wedding Dress


Hayley Paige ‘Pearl’ Wedding Dress


Vera Wang ‘Erin’ Wedding Dress


Bliss Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress Style BL1213

Looking for a more modern version? We love the gauzy accent strips on the two styles below.


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Matthew Christopher ‘Dahlia’ Wedding Dress

Want an extreme look? Vera Wang may be the queen of major ruffles, with many of her gowns blooming into impressive skirts.


Vera Wang ‘Ethel’ Wedding Dress


Vera Wang ‘Gemma’ Wedding Dress


Vera Wang ‘Lindsey’ Wedding Dress

Prefer the little details? Look for airy accents like on the ‘Lou’ shrug by Caroline DeVillo or the simple ruffled peplum on Olia Zavozina’s ‘Britt’ dress.


Olia Zavozina ‘Britt’ Wedding Dress

Caroline DeVillo ‘Kate’ Wedding Dress with ‘Lou’ Shrug

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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BLISS Monique Lhuillier Lace Low Back Wedding Dress

Wedding dresses with eye-catching backs are very of-the-moment! And it makes perfect sense—most of the time, a bride is facing away from her guests during the ceremony, so why not make the back of a gown just as beautiful as the front? More and more designers are thinking beyond straight-across strapless or traditional buttons on the train and adding unexpected details like architectural shapes, low scoop cuts, illusion detailing and embellishments.

Whether it’s a dramatic keyhole like the BLISS Monique Lhuillier dress above or an intricate illusion design like Lela Rose’s ‘Tompkins Square Park’, we know one thing for sure: in these gowns, baby got back!

Find your favorite from our selections below, or browse our in-store wedding gowns for more ideas!

Two by Rosa Clará ‘Delicia’ Wedding Dress

Heidi Elnora ‘Rubie Joe’ Wedding Dress

Kelly Faetanini ‘Georgina’ Wedding Dress

Lela Rose ‘Tompkins Square Park’ Wedding Dress

Nouvelle Amsale Bow Detail Wedding Dress

Caroline DeVillo ‘Cassidy’ Wedding Dress

Hayley Paige ‘Mila’ Wedding Dress

La Fleur by Anne Barge ‘Chantal’ Wedding Dress

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Designer Hayley Paige knows how to make a bride happy: Give her the glamorous, curve-hugging, party-worthy ‘Pearl’ dress, and she’ll be ready to dance the night away!

In layers of ivory silk shantung, the skirt on this fit-and-flare style reminds us of icing on a cake—and the sweetheart neckline, chapel train and floral sash are just as delicious. This dress is perfect for a girl who wants to have fun and be the center of attention. (Hey, we don’t blame you; you’re the bride!)

If you love this style, deck yourself out in big earrings to match your bling finger and then splurge on some party shoes, like these from Jimmy Choo. Make sure to kick up your heels to show them off throughout the night!

See more details on this gown—and more of our favorite new wedding dresses—in our Fall 2103 lookbook!

Jimmy Choo ‘Drift’ Bootie | Nina ‘Eiffel’ Drop Earrings | Sondra Roberts ‘New Glitter’ Clutch | Bony Levy Ring

Shop for your perfect style with a Wedding Stylist in one of our in-store Wedding Suites—the service is free. Call 1.888.300.1295 or book an appointment online in a Suite location near you.

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Brides, grab your gals and a glass of your favorite fizzy beverage and get ready to view some gorgeous gowns! Our Fall 2013 Lookbook is here!

This is always an exciting time of year, as we get to share all of the new images from our recent photo shoot and unveil the gowns just hitting our in-store Wedding Suites. It’s also a great time to see trends from bridal fashion week coming to life!

Here are a few of our favorite trends from the fall selections:

Statement backs: Whether a low open scoop or a decorative illusion—like Lela Rose’s ‘Tompkins Square Park’ or Heidi Elnora’s ‘Rubie Joe’—the focus of many new gowns is on the back.

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Tiered skirts: Draped layers of fabric on ball gown skirts come in soft, like Rosa Clara’s ‘Cava,’ or structured, like Hayley Paige’s ‘Pearl.’


Lovely lace: From full Alençon lace gowns to dainty lace trim, gowns from Anne Barge and Bliss Monique Lhuillier are romantic and feminine.


Browse more wedding dress lookbooks here. To make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist, call 1.888.300.1295 or book online.

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When it comes to creating a romantic aesthetic, no one brings the ooh-and-ah-factor quite like Hayley Paige, who enchanted us with her whimsical gowns for spring/summer 2013. A designer who’s new to Nordstrom, Hayley chatted with us about the process of finding her design persona, not being afraid to push the envelope on your wedding day, and which gown styles you’ll want to gravitate toward in the coming season.

The Wedding Suite: In terms of design, what makes a wedding gown a successful creation?
Hayley Paige: Confidence! As with most creative processes, staying true to your vision and executing that vision to the best of your ability is the most important factor. The language of accountability is a beautiful way of communicating to the bride.

Before venturing into bridal, you did a stint in ready-to-wear working for Jill Stuart. Which ready-to-wear techniques do you incorporate into your designs?
Hayley: It’s so important to present a balanced assortment. You want to deliver gowns that brides are asking for, but there also have to be some directional risks, wow factors and what I like to call “freshies” for an effective brand representation. As in ready-to-wear fashion, the bridal industry has a great deal of saturation. This makes it all the more important to keep evolving and interpreting a demographic while staying true to your aesthetic delivery. Getting my start in ready-to-wear was also important in figuring out my design persona. Biggest lesson learned: It’s nice to be important. But it’s more important to be nice!

Which fabrics, necklines and gown lengths will be trending for 2013?
Hayley: I’ve seen a lot of versatility with regard to interchangeable looks: adding a bolero, removing a skirt, detaching a train. In 2013, I definitely think we will see more gowns offering two looks in one. I’ve also had a ton of fun with sheer peekaboo details, illusion necklines and baroque-style beading. These are elements I will be integrating into next season as well. Although I don’t foresee too much novelty with regard to fabrics, you can always count on oodles of chunky embellishments, ombre accents of color and sheer elements of temptation!

Are there any Hollywood weddings that have inspired you? If so, what about the wedding caught your attention in particular?
Hayley: Gwen Stefani wins by a landslide! I was so utterly love-struck by her gown choice. It was the first time I saw a hot pink ombre wedding gown, which is why this was one of the first trends I was eager to incorporate into my debut collection. I’ve always been drawn to gowns that offer a playful juxtaposition in style. Whether it is twinkle versus matte, structured versus organic or modern versus shabby-chic, creating a lovely balance of sophistication and sass is my ultimate creative desire.

What three rules of style should every bride keep in the back of her mind when selecting her wedding gown?
Hayley: 1. Your wedding day is a chance to push the envelope, but that doesn’t have to involve changing who you are. I love brides who draw directly from their personal style but also up the ante! Your gown is an opportunity for a fantastical escape, but that doesn’t mean you need to do something wildly outside your personal style or character. You want your hubby-to-be to recognize you!
2. Avoid feeling confined by tradition. There is sparkle and splendor in being an “of the moment” bride. I think few things are better than looking back at wedding photos from previous generations and valuing the homage to that time period. Fashion is beautifully cyclical, so you don’t have to feel obligated to choose a dress that you foresee being “on trend” in 40 years.
3. I see so many brides getting too caught up in the details of the gown and overwhelmed by the process of picking “the one,” when in reality, it’s going to happen in the same way you found your groom: You’ll just know!

Describe your dream wedding.
Hayley: This is always one of my favorite questions, because my answer is playfully capricious. I don’t think I would be able to know what kind of wedding I would want until I knew who my groom was! Three things are for sure, though: There will be a ton of wardrobe changes, 50 shades of pink and lots of dancing.

Discover our selection of Hayley Paige wedding gowns at a Nordstrom Wedding Suite near you.

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Allow us to introduce you to Hayley Paige, a designer new to Nordstrom, who is helping us celebrate our eighth day of gowns. Paige brought us a little drama, a little bit of sweetness and a little bit of Audrey Hepburn for spring/summer 2013 that had us “ooohing” and “ahhhhing” for more!

For the bride attracted to Paige’s romantic aesthetic, you’ll certainly have your work cut out for you when it comes to narrowing down gown options, as they are endless. But, don’t fret; we think the more options the better, and we’re carrying Paige at all of our 18 Wedding Suites! HOORAY! Ladies, pop that champagne, call your girlfriends and head over to a suite near you.

Check out some of the current bridal collections we have in our suites, and tune back in for the remaining 4 days of gowns!

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