heidi elnora

We first mentioned our love of designer Heidi Elnora back in March when we announced the arrival of her bridal collection at the Wedding Suite. We still adore the carefree, romantic spirit of her dresses—not to mention that signature Southern sparkle.

Here’s something more to love: Heidi will be guest blogging, writing a series of posts for the Wedding Suite Blog on everything from her incredible wedding (and her many dresses) to her daily life as a designer and at home.

Check back soon for her first post, and in the meantime, here’s a glimpse at her gorgeous Alabama wedding. Lavish!


Tiffany from Homewood, Alabama shares her experience wearing one of our favorite styles by Heidi Elnora—a Ruthy Gail gown, customized with a lace overlay.

Photo by Blue Bend Photography

After being chosen to model for Heidi Elnora at last year’s Birmingham Fashion Week finale, I fell in love with her fabulous dresses, the spirit of her designs and the friend that she became to me. So naturally, when I began planning my Spring wedding to the man of my dreams at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, I could think of no other designer to wear for the most special day of my life.

The experience was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Heidi and her team took the time to get to know me personally by understanding who I am as a bride and the essence of what I wanted my wedding to convey. I described my ideal wedding as an intimate affair that would capture our fairytale love story, one that would withstand the test of time–classic with southern elegance, romance, charm and a bit of edge. The wedding dress we chose was all of those things and then some. It was ME. I knew the moment I tried it on that it was THE ONE. My husband-to-be would love it and so would my dad.

Photo by Blue Bend Photography

On our wedding day, all of my dreams came true. It was the perfect day–beautiful weather, romantic location–and we were surrounded by our loving families. I wore the perfect dress and married the perfect man for me who is truly the love of my life. Our wedding was absolutely magical.
I have so many people to thank for that wonderful day, but to Heidi Elnora and team, I will be forever grateful, because after finding the man of your dreams, every girl deserves to find the dress of her dreams.
xoxo, Tiffany

See all our Heidi Elnora gowns (including the pictured original of Tiffany’s dress), and make one of them your own by customizing it with personalized detailing (a bride’s dream!) in one of our Wedding Suites.

And if Nordstrom helped with your wedding, e-mail us for a chance to be featured on our blog. We’d love to hear from you!

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We’re so excited to announce the upcoming addition of a little southern sparkle to select Nordstrom Wedding Suites across the country—heidi elnora bridal gowns, arriving March 26. The sweet and charming Alabama native spent a few minutes chatting with us, sharing everything from her tips for finding THE dress to her advice for planning the perfect day.

Tell us about the woman you design for.
A heidi elnora bride is a romantic at heart. She loves clean lines and attention to detail. She isn’t afraid to step out of the box while maintaining a classic and timeless day.

Why did you go into the wedding industry?
That’s a long story. Just know that it has to do with falling in LOVE!

What is your design philosophy and what sets your gowns apart?
My design philosophy is “simple sophistication with a touch of whimsical flair that creates a vintage vibe”—that’s a whole lot of something, but it pretty much says it all.

A heidi elnora gown is different because it isn’t screaming, “I’m a bride.” Yet, you feel and look like one.

What is the biggest trend you’re seeing right now for weddings?
Trends come and go, but currently a big trend for bridal is simple dresses with some type of WOW—for instance a peplum, capelet or neck/sleeve adornment.

What are your tips for finding the perfect dress?
After working with hundreds of brides, I would suggest you get on Pinterest and start tagging things you like. This will help you to see what you are leaning toward. This is also an easy way to share your ideas with your friends and family. I love my Pinterest page. I often use it for inspiration for the upcoming collection.

You recently visited our San Francisco Wedding Suite. What did you think?
Brides in California are so lucky to have such talented and knowledgeable stylists at their Wedding Suite. These ladies really take their time to learn about their bride. It reminds me of being back in Alabama; it’s just comfortable.

What advice would you offer to our Nordstrom brides?
For all of the brides planning your big day, I would advise you to do your research and not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Remember that too many opinions can make you crazy, so only bring one or two super-supportive and positive people. It will make the experience that much more enjoyable.

Find heidi elnora wedding gowns at select Nordstrom Wedding Suites.* Visit our Wedding Suite online for more gowns, inspiration and information about creating your perfect wedding.

*Available at Brea Mall, California; Garden State Plaza, New Jersey; Houston Galleria, Texas; Michigan Avenue, Illinois; NorthPark Center, Texas; San Francisco Centre, California.