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One of our favorite weeks of the year is here! Bridal Fashion Week kicked off in New York City and we’re like kids in a candy store, so excited about all the newest gowns from our favorite designers. During this week, we attend runway shows and meet with designers to pick the wedding dresses we’ll carry in the Wedding Suite for the next season.

While we could talk for days about all the details, we also know a picture is worth a thousand words—so follow our fashion week journey through the photos below (with more to come this week!). You can also follow the action on Twitter @NordstromWed where our bridal director, Andrea Wasserman, is live tweeting throughout each day!

Mt. Rainier greets us along the way to the airport in Seattle.

At the hotel, laying out the week’s shoes. The flats will come in handy!

Central Park view from our hotel. We could get used to this!

First meeting with the lovely Kelly Faetanini, with a gorgeous lace back dress.

Next to the runway at Vera Wang. Seeing lots of black and white!

Buyer Sharon examines the Vera Wang gowns up close.

At Nicole Miller, checking out a favorite gown, now in lace!

Sharon and Lisa looking through options. Decisions, decisions!

Andrea and designer Heidi Elnora ending the night at dinner–in matching jean jackets.

Check back this week for more coverage of Bridal Fashion Week including our favorite new trends!

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On our 7th day of gowns, we bring you something Vera exciting–how could we publish this series without showcasing our Vera Wang selection? With tulle for days, these statement ballgowns melt our hearts, and for the brides out there who love a fit-and-flare silhouette, we bring you some jaw-dropping options. The details here are unbelievable.

Images via Vera Unveiled.

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Whether you’re actually getting married on Halloween (you might be surprised at how many couples do!), or just love romance with a dark side, we’ve got some inspiration for a wedding that’s glam, gorgeous and anything but ghoulish.

Vera Wang Halter Ballgown (lookbook) | Nordstrom ‘Dark Glamour’ Necklace | Alexis Bittar Bracelet | Tasha ‘Feather’ Hair Clip | BP. ‘Charmed’ Pump

ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Gown | Juicy Couture Collar Necklace | Eliza J Sheath Dress | Cara Accessories Hair Wrap

The Tie Bar Woven Silk Tie | Dolce&Gabbana Velvet Trimmed  Tuxedo | Ravi Ratan Skull Cuff Links | Gucci ‘Alexandre’ Loafer

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Our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman, shares her insider photos and a quick trend recap from Bridal Fashion Week.

I’m back from Bridal Week, where it was all about the back: interesting low-cut backlines, lace, and illusion. We’re still seeing illusion necklines and straps, and convertible details are also in (think removable peplum, lace toppers, cover-ups and convertible straps). We also saw tea-length and Jackie O.-inspired dresses—definitely a nod to classic glamour.

Matthew Christopher

Rosa Clara

Overall, there are a lot more diverse necklines, rather than just strapless.

Victoria Nicole

Of course, there are still the traditional, ultra-flattering styles like A-line, mermaid and sweetheart neck.

Nicole Miller

Vera Wang

Vera Wang

Anne Barge

See even more from Andrea over at her Bridal Favorites Pinterest board, or browse and shop all of our wedding dresses available online.

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Are you following Nordstrom on Pinterest? Don’t miss our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman, live pinning from the shows at Bridal Fashion Week. Here’s a peek at her snaps from the Vera Wang show. Get a front-row seat with Andrea and see all the gorgeous dresses coming down the Spring 2013 runway at our Bridal Fashion Week Pinterest board.

For styles you can get right now, check out our Vera Wang Lookbook.

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Andrea Wasserman, our National Bridal Director, shares her favorite trends (and behind-the-scenes snaps of buying appointments) coming this fall for bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses.

Tulle. We noted a trend of featherweight skirts during our October trip to market and were thrilled to see it persist in a bigger way over this trip weekend. We saw tulle on bodices, skirts, exaggerated veils and often layered with lace or sequins. Heidi Elnora’s use of English netting as a tulle alternative was incredible for its airy nature, and Vera Wang’s use of layers and layers of draped tulle wowed us in shades of red. [Pictured: Vera Wang, at select Wedding Suites now]

Lace. From alençon to Chantilly and full to borders to appliqué, lace was the #1 trend in gowns, veils, jackets and reception dresses. Lace was an important part of every designer’s assortment, and we loved what Reem Acra and Amsale did with it. [Pictured: Theia, coming this fall]

Bows. We saw a feminine bow detail trending upward and will look for more of it next season. We’ve always loved the way Amsale adds excitement to the back of her gowns in this way and also took note of some sweet tiny bows at Reem Acra and Rosa Clara. [Pictured: NOUVELLE Amsale sketch, coming to all Wedding Suites in September]

Illusion. More than ever before, we noticed sheer necklines, sleeves and low cut backs that featured lace or appliqué. Lela Rose added to the drama with her exquisite hand beading in organic shapes that were inspired by the landscape of NYC parks. [Pictured: Sue Wong Illusion Bodice Lace Sheath Dress, available online this fall]

Peplum. We know this isn’t for every bride, but in a nod to the couture and ready-to-wear shapes of the season, we saw designers interpreting peplum in ways that were wearable and timeless. Length, shape, structure and fabrication varied, but everyone registered the importance of this ladylike look. [Pictured: Jill Stuart bridesmaid dress, coming this fall]

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Our Weddings team just returned from the spring 2013 Bridal Market (think Fashion Week for weddings), and while they saw plenty of beautiful white gowns that would captivate any bride-to-be, one of their favorite things coming down the runways was all color: red.


A traditional color for Hindu brides representing good luck, red was especially popular at the Vera Wang show, with hues—from carmine to cabernet—that would make any wedding a true red-letter day.

Our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman, was particularly taken with the above one-shouldered, ‘Dahlia’ mermaid gown, which will be available at Nordstrom in time for next spring. If you can’t wait that long, check out our Vera Wang Bridal lookbook, with gorgeous gowns available now at selected Wedding Suite locations.

And just for a little more eye candy, here are a few of the other Wang gowns that caught our eye on the bridal runway. Stunning.

Images: Dan Lecca via Vera Wang

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