Nautical Wedding

Our friends at Rustic Wedding Chic share how to style a coastal rustic wedding for your own bridal look and your ‘maids.

Set sail with your guests as you take off on one of life greatest adventures: your wedding! Whether you are planning to say “I do” in a tropical setting, at a beachside affair or on the shores of your favorite lake, our three carefully curated looks will help set you in the right direction.

Donna Morgan ‘Laura’ dress | real wedding photo by Glass Jar Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic | ML Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dress

Ted Baker London Fit & Flare Dress | Miu Miu Nautical Stripe Pump | real wedding photo by AMW Studios via Rustic Wedding Chic | Jenny Yoo ‘Isabel’ bridesmaid dress

Olia Zavozina Lace Wedding Dress | TOMS Classic Crocheted Shoes | real wedding photo by Blue Colibri via Rustic Wedding Chic | Alex Woo Pendant Necklace | kate spade new york clutch

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


This week, we bring you a stunner from BLISS Monique Lhuillier—a classic column wedding dress with a modern twist.

This embroidered lace sheath has a tulle overlay on the bodice and shoulders, so light and dainty that it’s barely there. Plus, a detachable tulle skirt adds an unexpected volume to the back of the gown. See more styles in the BLISS Monique Lhuillier Lookbook.

Image via Classic Wedding Ideas on Pinterest


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!


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.