Little White Dress

We’re a bit obsessed with the sweet, unique Southern wedding of Hillary and Jordan–and impressed with their quick planning and easy-going style! Read on for the story from Hillary.

The Proposal: Jordan and I have always been a bit nontraditional. We started dating after college and 6 months later decided to pick up and move across the country together from our hometown of Mobile, Alabama to Seattle. Two years later, Jordan proposed to me on a perfect fall Seattle morning at our home, and then we escaped to the San Juan Islands for the weekend and didn’t tell a soul what just happened! We loved basking in the secret of it all.

When we started to plan the wedding, we quickly became overwhelmed with all the choices. Should we get married in Seattle or back home? Should it be a big wedding or an intimate gathering? Should we elope?

One afternoon, both of us feeling stressed out, we went on a bike ride and the funniest thing happened. Jordan half-joked that we should just get married in a few weeks, when we we’re going to be at home for Thanksgiving. That sounded tempting. Totally “us”: spontaneous, casual and a little offbeat. So that’s exactly what we did! We planned a wedding in three weeks, from across the country. And it was perfect.

The Scene:  November 23, 2013, Washington Square in Mobile, Alabama

Because of the short timeline, we didn’t really have a “theme” or “look” for the wedding. Jordan and I just tried to be true to what we really wanted and trusted that it would look amazing.

The ceremony was held in Washington Square, a historic park in our old neighborhood. It’s centered around an old fountain and surrounded by giant, twisted live oaks. It is the epitome of Southern romance.

The wedding itself was very intimate, just close family and friends and therefore we skipped having a wedding party. I walked down aisle with my Dad to a live bluegrass band and a very close friend of ours officiated (on extremely short notice too!)

Jordan and I wrote the ceremony together, incorporating humor, heartfelt honesty and love.

The reception was held at a cute little house we rented a few blocks away from the park. We ate ourselves sick with delicious Alabama barbeque, Southern pies and desserts, and then danced to bluegrass music until late in the night.

My Look: I wore a short, fit & flare dress from Ted Baker London. My shoes were the Halogen Katrina Bootie in teal. And at the end of the night, once it got a little chilly, I topped it off with a Trouvé leather jacket in navy blue.

My Wedding Stylist: Sarah Walton, Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite

With my wedding now only a few weeks away, my girlfriend made me an emergency appointment at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite to look for dresses. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to find my dress there, with my crazy short timeline and all. However, Sarah was incredible and gave me confidence right away. She listened to the whole story of how the wedding came to be, asked me my likes and dislikes and then assured me that we could find something I would love.

She had pulled a few dresses before I arrived, and the first dress on the rack was the Ted Baker. I thought, “This isn’t what I had in mind.” But once I was zipped in and buttoned up, I couldn’t believe it. It was THE dress. I loved that it was short and I could move around in it. The feather detail is as delicate as lace, but more unexpected, and it felt vaguely Southern.

Now that I had the dress, I needed shoes, and I started to have a little vision of what I wanted. I needed a seriously cool shoe to contrast the sweetness of the dress. When Sarah found the teal booties, it was love at first sight.

As the final ‘pièce de résistance’, I told Sarah that I wanted a little jacket to throw over my dress at the end of the night. I’d had my eye on a Trouve jacket for a while, and I thought, when is a better time to splurge and buy a navy blue leather jacket? Even with a last minute order and alterations, Sarah made it happen again.

I felt so amazing in my outfit and love that I have both the jacket and shoes that I can wear again!

Our Favorite Moments: Our day turned out to be everything we wanted in a wedding: close friends and family, good music, tasty food and lots of laughter. We could not have pulled off that crazy idea without the support of our family and friends. It was so touching that everyone immediately got on board with our plan and found ways to help make it happen.

Photography by Mikey Zeff

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The Little White Dress. You know we love it. We think a bride should wear white as many times as she can, so why NOT rock a LWD for a shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal and reception? You may only wear your wedding dress once, but the great thing about these short, sweet dresses is that they are totally wearable again and again!

Here are a few of our current favorite short white dresses, styled up for bridal events. Have a favorite look? Tell us, and then pin it on your wedding board (you know you have one!).

HeroJill Stuart Embroidered Mesh Fit & Flare Dress | Valentino Couture Bow Pump | kate spade new york earrings | Cara Veil Hair Comb

Sue Wong Embellished Cap Sleeve Dress | Menbur Floral Minaudiere | Jimmy Choo ‘Nova’ Pump

Jill Stuart Embroidered Organza Fit & Flare Dress | Blue by Betsey Johnson ‘Gown’ Sandal | Necklace similar to Nina ‘Acacia’ Necklace | Expressions NYC Caged Clutch

Shop more short white dresses online, or make an appointment with a free wedding stylist to help you get your best looks for all your bridal events!

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One of our favorite British babes tied the knot over the weekend, and we’re loving her laid-back wedding style. Keira Knightley and James Righton were married in a small ceremony in France, and Keira rocked a sweet (and supposedly not new) little white dress, flats, sweater and sunglasses.

Here’s our take on her casual, comfortable look for the big day. Just add a handsome groom, a smile and a little skip in your step!

Jill Stuart Ruffled Chiffon Fit & Flare Dress | Tildon Beaded Bomber Sweater | Menbur Bridal Flat | Ray-Ban Classic Wayfarer Sunglasses

Don’t miss our little white dress lookbook with more short dress options!

Image courtesy of Daily Mail

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You already know the LBD—now meet the LWD! Just as the little black dress is a necessity for every woman’s closet, the little white dress is a must-have for brides-to-be. Our bridal director, Andrea Wasserman, dishes on the details:

“We love when brides choose to take advantage of their bridal moments and wear white (or ivory, off-white, eggshell… you get it!) for every wedding-related occasion. Whether it’s the engagement celebration, bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception or morning-after brunch, we’ve got the look.”

Here are Andrea’s tips on how to wear a few of our favorite LWDs:

“Pair this flirty Jill Stuart dress with the shoe of the season: a single-soled pump in a floral print.”

Jill Stuart Ruffled Chiffon Fit & Flare Dress

“Combine a sexy Monique Lhuillier strapless number (a Nordstrom exclusive), statement shoes and a glamorous necklace coordinate for a high-impact look.”

ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Strapless Ruched Cationic Chiffon Dress

“This day-to-night Donna Morgan dress picks up on the illusion necklines we’re seeing on the bridal runways. Pair it with an on-trend floral box clutch.”

Donna Morgan Embellished Ruffle Chiffon Dress

“Glam up this feminine, lace Eliza J sheath dress with show-stopping metallic heels in rose gold.”

Eliza J Embellished V-Neck Lace Dress

Which is your favorite look for wedding events? Or do you want to take them all?!

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