Nordstrom Wedding Stylist

Danielle Oxford, a Wedding Stylist at our suite in San Jose, California, gives us her ideas for how to customize a gown for your personal style and wedding theme.

My name is Danielle, and I’m a stylist at the Valley Fair Nordstrom Wedding Suite. I have to tell you about a new gown we’re carrying at the Wedding Suite—one of my all-time favorites!

At first glance, the ‘Britt’ gown from our new designer, Olia Zavozina, may not be what most brides picture themselves donning on their big day, but stay tuned. This chameleon is totally customizable!

As sampled, this showstopper features a perfectly structured mermaid silhouette, a soft pop of blush satin under a modern ivory lace pattern, genuine pearls that trail the whole back train, a classic sweetheart neckline and a fun and flirty peplum. To me, that peplum’s the icing on this delicious cake! With the perfect mix of vintage and modern, ‘Britt’ has that Old Hollywood vibe, with an updated twist.

The ‘Britt’ gown is available as a made-to-order gown in Nordstrom Wedding Suites.

Are you not a peplum type of bride? No problem. Order this dress without it, and define your waist with a simple ribbon or a crystal sash instead.

Is this type of lace too modern for you? Easy fix. Olia provides her brides with several different lace pattern options; options range from a classic floral pattern to a shimmery metallic one.

Not crazy about being a “blushing bride” with that pink satin under the lace? Choose ivory or white for a more traditional bridal look.

Were you hoping for a more modest neckline on your perfect gown? Done. With five different necklines to choose from, an adjusted sweetheart is the perfect solution.

The possibilities with this dress are so endless that it can virtually work for any venue or wedding theme. The difference is mostly in the type of lace you choose as well as in your accessories.

For a vintage-themed wedding, brides should choose a more classic lace pattern, pearl jewelry, and a birdcage veil or fascinator. A bride whose wedding is going to be very formal should choose the silvery, shimmery lace, with a statement necklace, crystal headpiece and cathedral veil. If your nuptials will be held outdoors, choosing a softer, lighter-weight lace is key for both comfort and practicality. Outdoor weddings have a more natural feel, so go lighter with the jewelry too, and wear flowers in your hair to tie it all together.

With so many ways to wear this marvel of a wedding gown, it’s no wonder ‘Britt’—and its designer, Olia Zavozina—are my new favorite additions to the Nordstrom Wedding Suite! Come visit me and see it for yourself!

This is me with designer Olia Zavozina herself at our Wedding Suite!

Could this be your dream dress? Call to make an appointment with Wedding Stylist at 1.888.300.1295 or book an appointment online. To find a Wedding Suite near you, see our NEW locations page.

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We’d like to give a shout-out and a big thank-you to Seattle Bride magazine for selecting us as the Best of Bride 2012 poll winner in  five categories.

Attendant Gifts
Bridal Accessories
Best Wardrobe Wrangler—Nordstrom Wedding Stylists
Formalwear for Men
Mother of the Bride

We’re honored. Our congratulations to all the winners and finalists! See the complete list over at Seattle Bride Best of 2012, and check out all that we have in store at our Wedding Suite.

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Cheri Botiz, Nordstrom National Beauty and Fragrance Director, offers her advice on how you and your entire bridal party can look your best on the big day.


First and foremost, Cheri recommends partnering with one of our complimentary Wedding Stylists, who can help you on your entire wedding journey by outfitting you and your party for all your wedding-related events. Once you’ve met, your Stylist can get started on Cheri’s second tip—connecting you with a representative from our exclusive beauty partner for weddings, Laura Mercier.

At the core of Laura Mercier’s philosophy is flawless skin—which every bride wants, of course. Your representative will make over you and your party at Nordstrom or the location of your choice. The fee (which varies depending on your party’s size and needs) includes a trial run before the wedding date to ensure everything is perfect.

Your Wedding Stylist can also introduce you to our complimentary in-store Beauty Stylists, who are experts on all things beauty—another option to help you look your best.

Finally, Cheri offers a few wedding-related beauty tips to keep in mind as you plan your big day.
1 – Choose fresh, neutral colors for your makeup (sables, peaches, roses and creams). Trends come and go, and the last thing you want is to look trapped in a fad in the album you’ll be looking at the rest of your life.
2 – Invest in a smile-care regimen to ensure a bright, white smile.
3 – Find the perfect mascara—start with lash primer or false lashes.
4 – Keep your shine down to a ready-to-photograph natural glow with oil-blotting papers or by using oil-absorbing foundation.
5 – For lips, start with a long-wearing liner and color that’s transfer-resistant. Best to start off matte for photos, then top with gloss.
6 – Get a purse-size spray of your signature fragrance. Cheri says no bride should be without a Donna Karan ‘Cashmere Mist’ Dual End Fragrance & Lip Gloss Rollerball!

Set up a complimentary appointment with one of our Wedding Stylists for more tips, expertise and to connect with a representative from Laura Mercier. In the meantime, browse and shop beauty products for the bride from Laura Mercier and all our brands.

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Your wedding is a celebration of love (not to mention you), and we want to help you look and feel your best. Our expert Wedding Stylists have you covered head to toe for every event. Oh yes, the events and to-dos start now!

We’re thrilled to celebrate this moment and help you plan your journey in a style that’s all your own, from something sparkly for pre-wedding events, to the perfect ‘I do’ dress—even your honeymoon! Here’s our checklist for getting hitched without a hitch.

1 – Tell your family and closest friends (if you haven’t already) about your good news before you broadcast on Facebook.

2 – Plan your first soirée–the engagement party! Connect with a complimentary Wedding Stylist in one of our Wedding Suites available at select Nordstrom stores, or get immediate one-on-one service from one of our online Wedding Stylists. Shop chic frocks for this event.

3 – Find your fiancé something polished and smart-looking to wear.

4 – Start dreaming (after talking budget with your honey), and begin your journey for THE DRESS!

5 – Check back soon to browse special-order dresses from Vera Wang, Jenny Yoo, Christian Siriano and Heidi Elnora (hello, Project Runway!); Nouvelle Amsale (exclusively at Nordstrom); and so much more.

6 – A DIY wedding! Your Wedding Stylist can help you connect with professionals in your area. Bring your favorite flowers, swatch or inspiration board to your appointment. Learn more about our Wedding Stylists.

7 – Get your whole wedding party involved in your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Bring your bridesmaids, mom and future mother-in-law to the Wedding Suite to plan and try on dresses together. Book an appointment now, or shop online for bridesmaids and mothers.

8 – Next up: bachelorette party! Find that perfect party dress and perhaps some extras (just in case). Shop bachelorette dresses.

9 – Venue and date are set. You’ve got your dress, now start shopping for your ever-so-adorable flower girls and ring bearers.

10 – All the planning with a trusted expert by your side will make every step down the aisle glamorous. Put your best foot forward: shop bridal shoes.

11 – Don’t forget a rehearsal-dinner dress, your cake-cutting reception dress and, of course, get ready for the next big event—the honeymoon! Browse our honeymoon essentials, and get inspired for your next vacay.

12 – Look flawless walking down the aisle. Let a Laura Mercier Specialist (our national bridal partner) come to help you finish getting ready on your wedding day! Learn more about our exclusives.

Congratulations on your engagement! We’re here when you need us, every step of the way.

Photo © Kirk Mastin

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