Nouvelle Amsale

Now online and in selected stores: a new line of bridesmaid dresses from bridal designer Amsale Aberra. Created as a more affordable option to the original Amsale collection, nouvelle AMSALE bridesmaid dresses and wedding gowns are available at a lower price point–without sacrificing an ounce of beauty.

We love the muted tones and flowing lines of these pretty chiffon dresses. Check out our six dress styles in six different shades–perfect for flattering a variety of body types and color palettes. $190–$220.

Check back mid-April here on the Wedding Suite blog for more from Amsale!

SHOP: nouvelle AMSALE

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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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From demure to dramatic, ruffled details are a charming way to give texture to a wedding dress. Ruffles are often made of silk organza, a sheer fabric that varies in thickness and has a crisp trim to help it hold its shape. Depending on the cut and amount of fabric, ruffles can appear in voluminous layers or as light, feathery accents.

We’ve handpicked our favorite crinkly confections here. Find your favorite from the selections below, or browse our in-store wedding gowns for more ideas!

Love the look of a cupcake skirt? These four gowns are examples of wavy ruffles building into big shapes.


Rosa Clará ‘Cava’ Wedding Dress


Hayley Paige ‘Pearl’ Wedding Dress


Vera Wang ‘Erin’ Wedding Dress


Bliss Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress Style BL1213

Looking for a more modern version? We love the gauzy accent strips on the two styles below.


Christian Siriano Wedding Dress Style 01-14015


Matthew Christopher ‘Dahlia’ Wedding Dress

Want an extreme look? Vera Wang may be the queen of major ruffles, with many of her gowns blooming into impressive skirts.


Vera Wang ‘Ethel’ Wedding Dress


Vera Wang ‘Gemma’ Wedding Dress


Vera Wang ‘Lindsey’ Wedding Dress

Prefer the little details? Look for airy accents like on the ‘Lou’ shrug by Caroline DeVillo or the simple ruffled peplum on Olia Zavozina’s ‘Britt’ dress.


Olia Zavozina ‘Britt’ Wedding Dress

Caroline DeVillo ‘Kate’ Wedding Dress with ‘Lou’ Shrug

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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New from Nouvelle Amsale and exclusive to Nordstrom Wedding Suites, this gown is perfect for the urban bride. Imagine this wedding look at a museum, trendy restaurant or rooftop bar, with lots of candles and silver-and-gold accents!

The sweetheart neckline and wide-set straps create a pretty frame for a major statement necklace like these black-and-white strands by Givenchy. We also love the modern touch of the stunning black sandals from Jimmy Choo.

See more details on this gown—and more of our favorite new wedding dresses—in our Fall 2103 lookbook!

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Jimmy Choo ‘Legend’ Sandal
| Givenchy Mixed Pearl Necklace | Nordstrom Round Cubic Zirconia Earrings | Glint ‘Satin Grid’ Minaudière

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Beth and Chad tell us the story of their destination wedding on a beautiful beach in Florida. 

The Scene: February 9, Casa Marina Hotel, Key West, Florida

Our first vacation together was in Key West.  For both Chad and me, it was around that time in our relationship where we knew that this person was “the one.”  It was only fitting that we would go back there to get married, and it felt natural to get married on the beach!

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Our venue was the Casa Marina Hotel, which is a Waldorf Astoria property. It was the perfect place for both our ceremony and reception. The ceremony was held at sunset on the beach, with our reception held in the ballroom and patio of the hotel.


My Look: The dress I picked was a classic Nouvelle Amsale trumpet gown, a Nordstrom exclusive. I love Amsale dresses because of the timeless look of them. I did not want to look back at my wedding pictures many years later and say, “Why did I pick that dress?” –and I won’t!

All of my accessories–from the Jimmy Choo shoes to the hair accessories–were also from Nordstrom. They had all of the items I could have possibly wanted.

My Wedding Stylist: Jackie Schwartz, Nordstrom Wedding Suite in King of Prussia, PA

I am originally from New Jersey and my family still lives up there, so I wanted my mother to be a part of the dress choosing process. After some research, I decided to look at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in the King of Prussia mall. This was the first and only stop that I had to make to find my dress, as well as all of my accessories!

I can hardly say enough about my wedding stylist Jackie! She made the process of finding a dress so fun and enjoyable.  It was so easy to get all of my bridal needs accommodated in one location. Jackie even helped pick out my mother’s complete look for my wedding as well.

Our Special Moments: I am a physician, and one of my partners in our practice performed the ceremony. It was really special to have someone who actually knows both of us take on such an important role in our wedding.


Our vendors were also amazing. Our wedding photographers, Lacey Yantis and Aaron Blank, flew all the way from Seattle to photograph our wedding. I also cannot say enough about the staff, and our wedding coordinator, Reina, at the hotel. They made it such an amazing day for us as well as all of our guests!

Photography by: Visions of Romance 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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Wedding designer Amsale is always a favorite to see during Bridal Fashion Week, and this year was no different. Our buyers took in the show from the front row and captured Amsale’s fresh silhouettes coming down the runway. A clear trend emerged: sophisticated, tailored, structural dresses—a perfect mix of modern and feminine.

We love: the nod to a retro sheath dress, and stunning flared skirt.

We love: the gorgeous silk faille texture and bateau neckline.

We love: the drop waist lace appliqué and amazing shape of the full skirt.

We love: the fitted top and flowy skirt connected by a sweet bow.

We love: the perfectly cut V-back and modern, tiered skirt.

To check out our current collection from Amsale, browse the lookbook of our exclusive line, Nouvelle Amsale. To make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist, call 1.888.300.1295 or book an appointment online!

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We’re excited to share the summer wedding of Erika and Jason, taking place in our own hometown of Seattle!

How it all began: Twenty-two years ago, we lived just a few miles apart and never knew each other. Ten years ago, we lived just blocks from each other near the University of Washington and never knew. Four years ago, we met and, over the course of a couple of years, knew that we were supposed to be together forever. And now we’ve made it official with our wedding! Funny how those things work!

Through the years of dating, we’ve learned many things about each other. Some are profound, some pretty silly, but the most important thing we learned is that we belong together—as our personalities, our individual wills and our goals and aspirations in life are the ultimate complement to one another.


The scene: August 18, 2012, Pan Pacific Hotel, Seattle, WA

I chose the somewhat mixed theme of modern/vintage/whimsical/elegant because I love mid-century design, which I feel is evoked by the warm wooden walls of the Pan Pacific Hotel, but I also love eclectic and clean design elements, which we incorporated to make the venue feel fresh. I wanted the floral design to be seasonal and rich, so we used lemons for organic accents and a summery color palette of coral, gray, raspberry, light blue and butter yellow.

Instead of a guest book, we had vintage post cards from around the world, which we’ll now frame into a collage. Some of our other details included succulent favors in egg cups, lemon accents on the tables and trees at the altar, and Glassybaby candle holders. Wands with bells and ribbons were used to celebrate our exit!

Additionally, after having a very difficult year what with the passing of my father, we wanted to bring the summer to a close with a wonderful celebration that he so badly wanted to attend, with elements incorporated throughout the ceremony and reception that celebrated his memory, whether the guests were aware or not.


My look: I wore a strapless taffeta trumpet gown by Nouvelle Amsale. It had a gorgeous sweetheart neckline and an asymmetrical bodice with a full skirt. I absolutely LOVED my dress! One of my favorite moments of the process was trying on the dress and immediately being able to perfectly envision it in the aesthetic we wanted to convey.

I wore special jewelry around my wrist to celebrate family members who have passed away: a cross made of the diamonds that were in my grandmother’s wedding ring on a white gold chain and a locket with a tiny gold heart inside that my father gave me before he passed away in the spring of 2012.


My Wedding Stylist: Ari from the Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite

Ari was amazing. I felt like I had a girlfriend with me, helping me along the way, giving me honest feedback and support. She was extremely knowledgeable and made both my mother and me feel incredibly comfortable with the experience. Ari understood the feel and ambiance I was looking to achieve for the wedding, and she provided me with options that fit my vision with 100% accuracy.

I booked a Laura Mercier make-up artist through Nordstrom, and the day of the wedding, she did make-up for me, my mom and my bridesmaids. She was fantastic and provided make-up for each of us that was consistent with the fresh-faced look I was going for, but she tailored the look for each bridesmaid. I gave my bridesmaids Dogeared necklaces as gifts, each one with a different charm based on our friendship.

My mom loved her look, too. She wore a dress by Rachel Roy, Majorica pearl earrings, and a Judith Jack bangle. It was important for us that we work with local Seattle businesses for our wedding, and Nordstrom was one of those—it was one of the best decisions we made for our special day!

A favorite moment: Our wedding party was tasked with creating movie soundtrack-themed entrances for the reception: songs from Footloose, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Top Gun. Jason and I entered last with the Star Wars theme and our dogs dressed as Darth Vader and Princess Leia—a bit of cheesy fun that my husband was in charge of! We loved having our dogs be a part of the wedding processional, ceremony and reception!

Photography by JKoe Photography

Did you find your wedding gown at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! Email 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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Today it’s all about exclusives, and we’ll be stocking up with gowns you won’t be able to find anywhere else! Nouvelle Amsale (check out the current lookbook) has brought us a collection that is exclusive to Nordstrom–and it’s pretty dreamy. All the dresses are silk chiffon–a perfect ethereal complement for your big day. Oh, and if you’re into peplums, those are coming too! Here’s a stealthy snap of the designer Amsale in her studio, and a peek at some of our favorite dress details.

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