Jenny Yoo

Nikki shares the story—including its muddy beginnings—of marrying her fiancé, Chad, in his mother’s garden off the waters of the Pacific Northwest.

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Date and Location: August 30, 2014, at Lakebay, WA

The Venue: We wanted an outdoor wedding on Chad’s folks’ property. My mother-in-law has a gorgeous garden, and the scene was perfect for an intimate ceremony and reception.

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With romantic colors and modern silhouettes, Jenny Yoo makes it easy to mix and match dresses for a unique—yet cohesive—lineup of bridesmaids.

Jenny Yoo Dresses: ‘Hudson’ | ‘Lulu’ | ‘Harlow’ | Jacquard Sheath

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The newest gorgeous Jenny Yoo wedding dresses are now available at selected Nordstrom Wedding Suites:

Gardenia: An antique white silk crinkle chiffon gown featuring a criss-cross strapless bodice with a sweetheart neckline, for a universally flattering and feminine look. The floor-length gathered skirt has delicate petal appliqués along the hem. (Style #1402B, $1,395)

Camilla: This ivory gown features a ¾ sleeve with a bateau neckline in a sheer illusion sequin tulle and a sweetheart neckline underlay. The back of the gown has covered buttons from the top of the zipper to the neckline. The floor-length skirt has added crinoline, creating a gathered tulle ball skirt. The waistline is wrapped in a sequin tulle and comes with a detachable flower pin to complete the look. (Style #1450B, $1,850)

Vionnet: Ivory/gold lyon-gilded chantilly lace gown featuring a V neckline and a V back, which creates a romantic and vintage look. A gold ribbon and detachable brooch pin sit at the natural waist, adding detail to the dress. The skirt is fitted though the hips and then leads to a full skirt of tulle and organza, adding volume. (Style #1460B, $1,850)

Lucinda: Dark ivory d’Orsay Alençon lace featuring a strapless neckline with a scalloped lace finish at the neckline for a feminine, romantic look. An organza ruched band and detachable flower pin define the waistline and accentuate the narrowest part of the waist. The silk organza skirt has a trumpet shape that is fitted through the hips, creating a dramatic silhouette. (Style #1461B, $2,300)

Remi: Antique white silk modal mikado gown featuring a sweetheart neckline with a slight cowl drape, which reveals a beaded bodice, adding detail and subtle sparkle. The fitted silhouette adds drama and glamour, creating a modern and sleek look from every angle. The back of the dress features a dramatic sash/bow detail. (Style #1470B, $1,925)

Browse more wedding dresses in our wedding lookbooks and make a complimentary appointment with one of our Wedding Stylists to see all these beautiful styles in person.

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Alison recounts her and Doug’s classic, elegant wedding (with a dash of shabby chic) in southern Illinois wine country.

Doug and I both live in Chicago and met through a mutual friend in 2008. It was a Friday night and once we started talking, we were inseparable. We’ve been together ever since. We go to Lincoln Park Zoo for Zoo Lights every year, and in December 2012, Doug proposed in a quiet area of the zoo under the Christmas lights and made me the happiest woman.

We fell in love with the southern Illinois wine country while driving home after visiting family in Missouri in 2009. We stayed at a couple B&Bs and enjoyed many of the wineries. We always said we’d be back and even then knew it would be a great place to get married.

The Scene: September 7, 2013. St. Joseph Church | Historic Bell Hill Bed & Breakfast, Cobden, IL.

Fast-forward four years, and southern Illinois immediately became part of our vision for our wedding. We found a beautiful B&B called Historic Bell Hill in Cobden. It is an old Victorian house on a 75-acre estate with a barn that predates the Civil War—all overlooking wine country. It was our blank canvas and it spoke to us. Doug is an artist and I am a girl with a vision. We set up a tent and tables in the gardens so guests could enjoy the glorious night. Chandeliers, lanterns, sparkling lights and candles were everywhere. There was a hint of shabby chic in the air but mostly it was classic, romantic elegance.

My Dress: ‘Coco Marie’ by Heidi Elnora

I’m petite, so I didn’t want anything overwhelming. This dress fit my body like a glove. For the ceremony I wore the ‘Addison’ Chantilly lace top by Jenny Yoo over the dress; I had fallen in love with the top even before I found the dress. It wrapped around my waist and I wore my late grandmother’s rhinestone broach on the knot. After the ceremony I removed the top and wore the rose-colored ‘Treasure Sash’ by Olia Zavozina and the ‘Melaney’ ribbon and cluster bib necklace by Nina. I had two totally different looks with the same gown, and guests even asked me if I had changed dresses.

I decided to not wear a veil. The back of the dress was so exquisite I didn’t want to take away from it. My hair was up, and I wore an ivory flower pin by Nina. My heels were Badgley Mischka and my late-night flats were Nina. My bridesmaids wore Monique Lhuillier one-shoulder taffeta dresses in navy with pink Franco Sarto wedges. My girls were beautiful and comfortable.

My Wedding Stylist: Caitlin Ritzema, Nordstrom Michigan Avenue

I went to a couple other bridal salons but came running back to Caitlin. She was amazing during the search for my dress. She found one that looked amazing on me that I never would have picked out on my own. It seemed very simple on the hanger, and I almost said no without even trying it on. But it was the only one that made me say “Wow” when she began to zip me up and add accessories. My sister referred to it as the “Audrey Hepburn dress.” Doug likes my curves, and the dress accentuated them oh so well—sexy in a classy way.

The lace Jenny Yoo bolero was so elegant and complemented the vintage, chic feel of our wedding. It was very important to me to be able to dance all night in my dress, so the change of accessories—switching into the sash for the reception—made for another beautiful look. Caitlin made my experience so comfortable, fun and pressure-free. She helped style my bridesmaids, and every time I went in for an appointment, I felt like I was going to go hang out with my friend. I am very grateful to Caitlin for helping make my special day so beautiful, stress-free and fun.

My Beauty Stylist: Iris Brostowicz, Nordstrom Topanga, Canoga Park, CA

My Beauty Stylist was Iris Brostowicz in the cosmetics department. She was wonderful. She took so much time with me on multiple occasions to make sure I had the right makeup that would look beautiful in person and in photos. She has a background in photography, so she knew exactly how to highlight my best features. I wanted to look like myself, and—after trying on many different colors and products—we found the perfect look for me.

Special Moments:

Our friends and family are very important to us, and since they were all going to be traveling long distances to be there, we wanted to make it a beautiful, relaxing and unforgettable experience for all. We danced with our guests all night and had the time of our lives. It was more perfect than we could have imagined.


Photos by Julia Noack Photography.

Did you find your wedding gown at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! E-mail 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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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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Bree and Trey’s city wedding sounds like our kind of party: great food, great music, great people! Read on for the story of the day—and the dress—as told by Bree.

The Scene: November 9, 2013, at Petterino’s Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois

Trey and I knew right away that there were only two things that we cared about for our wedding. First, we wanted to make sure that the entire focus was on our love for one another. Second, we wanted to have the party of the century, complete with great food and a night full of dancing!

The only venue we looked at was Petterino’s Restaurant in the Theater District in Chicago. There was a grand staircase in the middle of the lobby; we knew immediately that it was the perfect venue and that we wanted to have our ceremony on the staircase.

Our wedding came together pretty seamlessly. Trey and I decided in the beginning that we didn’t particularly care about things like centerpieces, flowers or a conventional wedding cake.

Instead, we opted for Mad Libs on the tables that our guests could fill out, a brooch bouquet made by my mother and cupcakes of all different flavors, along with a small chocolate peanut butter cake for us to cut. We each have a sister, so in place of having a traditional bridal party, they stood up with us as we exchanged our vows.

There were a few key things that we could pinpoint as being our favorite parts of the evening. Although we were the ones who thought of having our ceremony on the staircase, we had no idea what a great idea it would actually end up being. We were physically surrounded by love during our entire ceremony, and it was so special to us. It was a really intimate experience that we will remember forever.

Second, we wrote our own vows. The promises we made to each other will be with us for every moment of our life together.

Lastly, my best friend had the idea that, in lieu of a unity candle, we could have each of our family members write us three letters apiece, which we’ll get to read after one month, one year and five years of marriage. Each family member placed his or her letters in boxes during the ceremony. We’ll keep these letters forever; they will always be near and dear to us.

My Look: I wore the Jenny Yoo ‘Monarch’ gown with a crystal sash and big sparkly chandelier earrings, which were my “something borrowed.” When I had originally tried the dress on, my first thought was that it was a perfect look… and my second thought was that it felt like I was wearing pajamas! This dress made me feel more beautiful than ever on my wedding night, but it was so comfortable that I was able to dance the night away without stopping!

My Wedding Stylist: Amie Kesler, Michigan Avenue Wedding Suite

I have to admit: At the time, dress-shopping was the part of wedding planning that I was least excited about. After all, I could have married Trey in a potato sack, for all I cared!

The week before my appointment, Amie and I had a conversation about what my wedding was going to look like, what my street style was and what I wanted out of a wedding dress. When my group and I arrived at the Wedding Suite, there were about 13 dresses lined up for me. I tried on the first one and didn’t really react. I informed Amie right away: “I’m not going to have a moment, so please don’t wait for one. I’m just not that kind of girl.”

The very last dress in the line was the ‘Monarch’ gown by Jenny Yoo. Amie showed us that it was a convertible gown and there were actually 18 different ways to tie the straps. She tied them a certain way and added some accessories, and then the strangest thing happened… I actually had a moment! I never thought I’d be emotional about a piece of clothing, but it happened! I could never thank Amie enough.

On top of finding the dress, I really appreciated how laid-back the entire experience was. It was just what I needed!

Our Favorite Moments: Our wedding night was a total blast! From start to finish, every moment was beyond perfect. I know that a lot of people say that, but we promise it’s the truth!

The ceremony was extremely meaningful. The food was great (at least we heard it was—we actually didn’t get to eat anything!). The photo booth was a big hit. The DJ played music that had people on the dance floor all night. The late-night appetizers (pigs in a blanket and buffalo chicken meatballs!) were well received and perfectly timed.

There was just a feeling of love and happiness throughout the entire night that we will remember forever. It was perfect.

Photos by Jill Tiongco 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 free appointment with a Wedding Stylist or browse our Wedding Suite.

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Tulle wedding dresses have a special place in our hearts. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of childhood ballet tutus, or perhaps it’s the idea of traditional princess-like gowns. Whatever the reason, we’re pretty sure we’re not alone in our love for this ethereal fabric!

Named after the French city of Tulle, the fabric first appeared in Parisian ballet costumes in the 18th century. Now very popular in wedding attire, tulle can be found in a stiff, structured form often used to add volume under skirts, or in a softer, gauzy form used for veils, illusion sleeves or straps, or as decorative top layers. For example, designers like Anne Barge and Rosa Clará use pleated or shirred tulle to give texture to bodices, while Vera Wang and Reem Acra create dimensional, layered skirts.

Find (and pin!) your favorite from the selections below, or browse our in-store wedding gowns and lookbooks for more ideas!

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Anne Barge ‘Aimee’


Jenny Yoo ‘Bella’


NOUVELLE Amsale Wedding Dress (#R105U)


Jenny Yoo ‘Hathaway’


Roses by Reem Acra ‘Ivy’


Rosa Clará ‘Bambu’ Wedding Dress with Jacket


Kelly Faetanini ‘Becky’


Vera Wang ‘Louisa’


Roses by Reem Acra ‘Laurel’

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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There is something incredibly romantic about a wedding in a garden setting—the flowers, greenery and soft sunlight is what you dream about as a little girl. And what better wedding dress to add to the dream than Jenny Yoo’s ‘Hathaway’ gown?

This gown, with a flattering sweatheart neckline and layers of tulle and chiffon, is refreshingly simple, evoking a natural type of wedding-day beauty. We’re thrilled that it has been featured in this inspirational photoshoot designed by Mayhar Design, with floral arrangements by Sprout and all captured by Caroline Joy Photography. See a few of the beautiful images of this gown here, and then head to Style Me Pretty for more!

To see more beautiful gowns by this designer, browse the Jenny Yoo lookbook, and make your appointment with our free Wedding Stylists to shop in person.

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Photography by Caroline Joy Photography

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Meredith and Drew’s summer wedding was a traditional-meets-nautical party. Here Meredith shares the details and gorgeous photos!

The Scene: June 1, 2013, Annapolis, Maryland

Drew and I were married in my childhood church, St. Mary’s, by the same priest who married my parents 31 years before. It was such a special feeling. We had a full mass and were marched out by a bagpiper at the end!


The reception took place at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, right on Chesapeake Bay. We kicked off the party by handing out flip-flops and sunglasses to guests, with our names and the wedding date on them. We also served our signature drink, the “Garfield Guzzler.”

The reception venue had a mix of rustic and vintage decor, with lanterns, seasonal flowers in mason jars, chalkboard welcome signs and menus, lace tablecloths and an antique door.


Our dinner was family-style and included crab cakes—of course! Rather than have a traditional cake, we opted for strawberry shortcake. It was delicious! We also had three flavors of local ice cream, our favorite being Peanut Butter Oreo.

The night concluded with crazy dancing, laughter and lots of hugs.

My Look: My gown, ‘Rowan’ by Jenny Yoo, was a chiffon dress with a strapless ruched bodice; I added the ‘Addison’ lace topper, which wrapped around the gown, also by the same designer. I wore my hair up in a low bun with a white flower hair clip and chose simple stud earrings.

I initially saw the dress online and immediately called Nordstrom at Tysons Corner to set up an appointment. When I saw the gown and topper together, I fell in love!

My Wedding Stylists: Chris and Cindy, Nordstrom Wedding Suite at Tysons Corner

I worked with both Chris and Cindy in the Wedding Suite. They went above and beyond for me. From the first time I met them through to my last fitting, they catered to my every need.

Cindy and Chris showed my bridesmaids and me how to tie a perfect bow and how to bustle the dress. They even made sure everything was steamed (twice) before I took the dress home and called the hotel where I was getting ready to make sure they had a steamer, just in case. It was amazing service!

Our Special Moments: The best part of the wedding was getting married, but having all of our friends and family together at this beautiful location really brought it all together. Watching sailboats drift by while eating, dancing, and drinking made for a perfect day!

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Photography by Tony J Photography

Did you find your wedding gown at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! E-mail Nordstrom Wedding Stories for details about 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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The Jenny Yoo ‘Cadie’ bridesmaid dress is one of those special styles that is truly versatile: It feels modern but classic, sophisticated but sweet at the same time. The pretty blue shantung fabric tapers into a sleek shape, and two sash panels at the waist can be tied into a bow in the front or back—a detail we love.

Here we styled ‘Cadie’ with gold-tone accents, bringing out the warm tones and subtle shimmer of the fabric. We chose bold statement earrings to draw the eye up, and a topaz crystal clip to pull hair back and leave the v-neckline uncluttered. Finally, a textured metallic shoe brings a little more of a party vibe to add to the celebration!


Jenny Yoo ‘Cadie’ dress | Tasha crystal hair clip | kate spade new york statement chandelier earrings | kate spade new york ‘charm’ sandal

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