The Wedding Suite

Ali shares how she and Isaiah filled their big day with plenty of sparkle and shine.

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Location: Chambers Bay Golf Course. University Place, Washington. After the first time I visited Chambers Bay in 2007, I knew this was the location I would get married at some day. I was awestruck by its beauty; the captivating scenery overlooking the Puget Sound is simply breathtaking.

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IMG_2793Our Theme: The theme of our wedding  was “sparkle and shine.” Many DIY details were executed by my talented mother who spent hours glittering/spray painting candlesticks, vases and “love” signs. She also created a one-of-a-kind bridal bouquet from vintage brooches and charms that have been passed down for generations. My sister-in-law also spent hours glittering homemade cake pops and candies for the dessert table.

We really wanted our day to be a celebration of our love and it was just that!

SHINE ON: SEE ALL OF ALI & ISAIAH’S WEDDING

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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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Our girl crush and bride-to-be Summer (a.k.a Lady Grey) of the amazing wedding site Grey Likes Weddings shares her tips on shopping for the perfect dress and her experience at our Wedding Suite in Brea, California!

Dress shopping was one of the first things that my mom, sisters, and I did as soon as I was engaged. It’s the kick off to wedding planning, right? While I knew I wouldn’t be able to make a decision until we had nailed down our venue, I knew I wanted to actually try on gowns and get an idea for what I liked on me. It’s pretty normal for brides to see dresses they love in a magazine, come in to try it on, and realize they totally hate how it looks on them!

I spent TONS of time dress shopping–I think I’m pretty particular. But I wanted to share with you a few tips for a successful experience and share with you images of our experience at Nordstrom Wedding Suite, which I highly recommend. (Yay for fun images by my sister, Hayley of T&H Photography!)

So here are my dress shopping tips:

1. Dress up. Go in with your hair and makeup looking fabulous, and with all the right undergarments. This makes a huge difference in how you feel and look in the dress!

2. Take just a few people you trust. I brought my sisters, mom and two girlfriends. That sounds like a lot, but it was nice to have the girlfriend perspective, mixed with the sisters and the mom. Either way, narrow it down and remember that YOUR opinion matters most.

3. Narrow down your silhouette favorites. If you walk in to a store and try on every single dress, you’ll feel exhausted and overwhelmed at the end of the experience. Trust me! I was able to figure out pretty quickly what I’d love and what I’d hate, so I was picky. That meant I tried on less dresses, but it was easier to save myself time and heartache trying on a dress that would look awful. (Like that belt above??? Click here!)

4. Be patient. Sometimes I’m surprised how quickly girls pull the trigger. If you are pinning tons of dresses with flowy tulle, make sure you track down that dress style and try it on! Don’t get distracted by dresses that look great on you and forget to go for what you’ve been obsessing over.

5. Take advantage of trunk shows! I didn’t realize this until I worked for a bridal atelier, but trunk shows are an opportunity for you to have access to a designer’s full line of gowns. Often times, designers make only one gown of each design, so the gown takes turns at each store. In order to have a chance to try on ALL of a collection, look for trunk shows in your area. Plus, you have the chance to possibly meet the designer, and/or get bonuses like discounts on things like alterations, accessories or your veil. (Obsessing over that necklace like I am??? Get it here!)

6. Try out Nordstrom Wedding Suite! Honestly, I ended up finding two dresses I loved–one for my shower and one for my get away! But both of them were not available in my size at the store. Our consultant got on the phone immediately and by the end of our appointment had located my sizes–one of which had to be found at a Nordstrom Rack–yes, they’ll do that for you! So I got this dress on a crazy sale and OF COURSE it was sent to me with no shipping charge. You can’t beat that. I mean it. Crazy crazy good customer service.

The other thing that is great is that they’ve got soooooo many dresses for bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride. ALL of us ended up trying on dresses, so it made for a really fun appointment! They also have every accessory you’d need for the big day–from a get away dress, fur caplets, jewelry, shoes–the list goes on. So you can get it all done in one place. (Love that sandal above on the right? So do I!!! Find it here!)

7. Lastly, if all else fails, bring your flower girl for comic relief. This is my niece Norah Mae–just shopping with the girls and having a grand time. She stole the show. She even tried on a few dresses and accessories. She’s as excited as I am about the wedding. It’ll be her big debut.

 

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Aloha! Anyone who’s thinking about a destination wedding will definitely be inspired by the dream getaway of Kim and Rob Iula. The happy couple recently tied the knot in Hawaii amidst spectacular views and sandy white beaches; they spoke to us about the details of their fantasy wedding.

The Big Day: October 11, 2012
The Scene: Fairmont Orchid, Kohala Coast, HI

Our Story: Rob and I liked the idea of a small and intimate wedding, and the Big Island of Hawaii has always been a special place for me. While visiting Kona in 2011, before we were even engaged, we decided to look at a few venues to get ideas for wedding locations. We walked into the Fairmont and immediately fell in love with it. We knew right away we needed to make this happen.

The setting was absolutely perfect, and it inspired me with a direction to go in. The venue provided the most beautiful and peaceful beach setting, with the ceremony and the reception both taking place in the sand.

I chose a destination wedding so everyone could relax, enjoy a vacation and discover the beauty of the island. One of my favorite parts of the week was spending time with friends and family from all over the country.

Another highlight was getting Rob to take dance lessons and dance at our wedding. Even Rob’s sister commented that she has never seen Rob dance before, ever!

My Wedding Stylists: Julieta Perez and Nicholle Brang at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite at the Brea Mall in Brea, CA

Working with Nordstrom was the best decision I made. From the initial interview, Julieta got all of my size information as well as preferences. My mom flew in from Colorado for the week to help me find a dress. We showed up for our appointment, and our private dressing room was filled with dozens of gowns, shoes and other accessories. All in my size! It could not have been simpler.

All of the alterations were handled in the store, which was very convenient. If I needed anything, it was great to know that Julieta and Nicholle would be able to help me find it. Nordstrom provided spectacular customer service, and this meant I didn’t have to worry about anything not working out.

My Dress, His Suit: I wore a Tadashi Shoji gown and a Nina veil. I knew it was the perfect dress right away, and were able to buy it right off the rack! Rob wore a John Varvatos blazer with BOSS pants, shirt and shoes.

My Wedding Party: My bridesmaids all wore Amsale gowns. All of the color options were so beautiful, I couldn’t just pick just one color, and so I decided to go with varying shades for an ombre effect. The shades I chose were Sky, Pacific, Ocean, Grass and Kiwi.

Our Special Moments: It was really eye-opening to see and feel that love and support of people who had traveled so far. I loved watching some of my best friends meet some of Rob’s best friends for the first time and really get along well.

Photography by Toby Hoogs

You can see more photos of Rob and Kim’s wedding here!

Did you find your wedding dress at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding day story! E-mail Nordstrom Wedding Stories for details about getting your big day 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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Have a wedding in the works? Don’t get bogged down by the details! The Nordstrom Wedding Stylists are here to help you tackle the infamous wedding to-do list. Think of your Nordstrom stylist as your wedding coordinator—they’ll do everything short of walking you down the aisle…unless you really want them to do that too!

We’ve put together 12 countdown-to-the-aisle fashion checkpoints you should plan for, to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch.

  • Bridesmaid Dresses: The dresses of your BFF’s should complement and accent your own gown, so think about customizing their looks and ordering them in our Wedding Suite.
  • Mother of the Bride: She’ll probably be the one crying the most, so spoil her with a pretty frock.
  • Flower Girl/Ring Bearer: It’s the little ones who play the biggest part in maintaining the youthful joy of your wedding party. Outfit your flower girl and ring bearer in something playful and smart.
  • Rehearsal Dinner Outfit: Give your wedding party a sneak peek into your big-day style by donning a little white dress – a LWD, if you will.
  • Bridesmaids’ Gifts: Think jewelry, a pashmina or even a new Clarisonic: all thoughtful gifts to show your appreciation of their friendship and support.
  • Wedding Day Make-up: If you need a glam squad, our Laura Mercier artists can be there on the big day itself, to help you get glowing and photo-fab.

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Linda gives us the scoop on tying the knot—and finding bliss—in the city that never sleeps.

The Scene: September 2012: New York City.
Ceremony – Battery Park, Reception – Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe.

More than anything else, we wanted our wedding to represent us—our aesthetic, our values and our experiences. We didn’t want to do things a certain way just because it was expected, and we wanted to include people who were important to us in unique ways. It meant incorporating our own vows, and most importantly it meant a setting that was meaningful to both of us: Battery Park. Tim and I met 16 years ago at Stuyvesant High School, located just adjacent to Battery Park, and though we didn’t date until some years later, it was there that our paths first crossed.

For the dinner reception, two things were most important to us: food and music. By having the reception at Housing Works, we knew that in addition to a quintessential New York vibe, we would also be supporting a great cause. Keeping social and environmental impact in mind, we used a local, woman-owned chocolate artisan for our wedding favors, we chose flowers that were in season, directly from the flower district, and we kept disposable items to a minimum (no menus, escort cards, etc.). None of this would have been possible without our dream team of vendors and helpers!

Special Moments: It’s hard to choose just one special detail of the day—all of it was more than we could have asked for. After 10+ years together, our wedding sent us right back to the honeymoon phase. Only we got to kick it off with everyone we love.

My Wedding Stylist: Heather Bowser, Nordstrom San Francisco Shopping Centre

I pretty much stumbled upon the Wedding Suite, and I’m SO glad I did. The place looks deceptively small, and every time a dress came out it seemed like they were being pulled out of thin air—quite magical. The selection is more like a boutique, with unique dresses and an intimate feeling. They also understood my style right away and respected my budget, which I appreciated tremendously. Every time I visited, the dressing room was ready with the dress and everything else I would need to complete the outfit. Heather was always so willing to run up- or downstairs to get me whatever I needed. I also love that alterations were offered right there, and the seamstress and I bonded right away so I trusted her. For the parts they couldn’t help with—like the sleeves I wanted to add—they even referred me to a local fabric store.

My husband also ended up getting the John Varvatos Trim Fit grey suit at Nordstrom. Heather introduced us to someone in the men’s department, and we walked away with the perfect look.

My Dress & Accessories:
Theia petal gown, with custom-made sleeves
Nadri Pear Drop Earrings in Sapphire & ‘Bezel Station’ Collar Necklace

My Wedding Party: My bridesmaids wore the Donna Morgan Belted Chiffon Dress in midnight and powder blue.

Photography by Peter Zhao

Did you find your wedding dress at Nordstrom? Share your aisle style with us! 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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More behind-the-scenes snaps from our NYC photo shoot for The Wedding Suite! So many beautiful flowers and accessories…how’s a girl to choose?

A collection of fabulous fascinators and headbands waiting to top off each dress.

Bridal accessories, including items from Nina.

A clutch for every style. What’s yours? Streamlined pleated satin, a little glitzy glamour, or voluminous ruffles full of texture?

Sparkly handbags from Natasha Couture, Whiting & Davis, Sondra Roberts and Tasha.

White peonies…

…or pink with roses?

Loving all the classic white options happening here…so timeless and romantic.

The lovely smell of roses really set the mood at the shoot!

A collection of bouquets ready to walk down the aisle.

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A few weeks ago, we got together with our team in NYC for a big photo shoot for The Wedding Suite. It’s one of our favorite times of the year—we get to snap all of our new gowns and bridesmaid dresses on gorgeous models with our amazing crew. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek!

View from Milk Studios, looking out at the Meatpacking District and downtown. Check out Diane von Furstenberg’s house (with the grass roof!), High Line Park, and The Standard Hotel.

A lineup of gorgeous gowns from the Roses by Reem Acra collection, available in-store exclusively at Nordstrom Wedding Suites. Look for layers of tulle in next season’s gowns.

Loving the embellishments—pretty flowers and a dose of sparkling shine.

The makeup artist’s enviable collection of beauty tools, including his special bronzing lotion. Wish we knew the secret recipe!

A rainbow of bridesmaid dresses. We love all the colors.

What bride wouldn’t want three pairs of such stunning shoes? We’d have trouble picking just one of these Badgley Mischka pumps.

When we have a shoot for The Wedding Suite, it’s almost like throwing a real wedding—all we’re missing is a minister!

That’s a wrap! Celebrating with a sweet, satisfying slice.

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