Wedding gowns

It’s no surprise that designing intricate clothing fit for royalty (sometimes literally!) comes naturally to Naeem Khan: The Indian-born designer developed his talents for textiles and beautiful lines alongside his grandfather and father, both well known in India for their designs. His childhood fascination with their handiwork carried him to his first apprenticeship and beyond; he has since refined the art of clean, elegant silhouettes with modern restraint, all while growing in his own signature aesthetic and style. His runway shows are among the most anticipated during New York Fashion Week, and his gowns are seen on stunning world figures such as First Lady Michelle Obama and Queen Noor of Jordan, as well as red-carpet royalty Beyoncé, Sarah Jessica Parker, Penélope Cruz, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, to name just a few.

Khan’s foray into bridal gowns does not disappoint: his signature figure-tracing lines, swirling patterns and subtle, delicate touches translate into gowns with gorgeous, unique personalities and big movements that never overwhelm. If you’re going for detailed and unforgettable, Naeem Khan’s styles are worth trying on.

Speaking of trying on, stop in at selected Wedding Suites to do just that*, after swooning over these looks.

Vienna (Style FB012): In this new vision of the ballgown, a modern, beautifully beaded strapless bustier tops subtle pleats that define without overwhelming. We see this gown making a statement at big venues. $6,495.

Santorini (Style FB047): The Greek gods never had it this good. Draping creates beautiful, airy lines on a gown defined by a wide, crystal-beaded waistband. Perfect for outdoor and destination weddings—maybe to the islands? $5,750.

Paris (Style FB050): Sometimes simple is the most beautiful. Flattering bandage-style wrapping and a floating skirt (with pockets!) highlight the intricately detailed traditional veil. $5,495.

Agra (Style FB033): Delicately embroidered with florals and swirling curves, this romantic gown drapes down to a silky chapel train—a truly sophisticated bridal look. $8,395.

Naples (Style FB014): Modern caviar beading gives gorgeous, subtle detail, with a flattering deep V-neckline and high seams. $5,995.

*Naeem Khan is available in selected in-store Wedding Suites. Make a complimentary appointment with one of our Wedding Stylists to see these beautiful styles in person.

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We can’t get enough of these new Hayley Paige gowns. We adore her unique aesthetic, which encompasses everything from traditional ball gowns with whimsical layers of tulle to subtly glamorous stripes and opulent crystals. Hayley’s 2014 gowns just hit our Wedding Suites; check your local Nordstrom store to see which beautiful styles are available for you!

Leighton (6302): Silk stretch-satin fit-and-flare gown with ruched bodice and strapless sweetheart neckline. Silk organza manipulated skirt and open back with tulle detailing connected by crystal cluster and chapel train. Detachable crystal embellished bolero, sold separately. $3,355.

Guindon (6315): Striped organza natural-waist ballgown with sweetheart ruched neckline, full flounced skirt, taupe raw-silk ribbon at natural waist and chapel train. $3,160.

Emeryn (6411): English net fit-and-flare gown with ruched detailing on bodice, double horsehair trim flounced skirt, alabaster and crystal encrusted keyhole back with chapel train. $3,850.

Star (6412): Alabaster tulle A-line gown with crystal-encrusted bodice and skirt, sweetheart neckline and chapel train. $3,585.

Kadence (6410): Alençon lace fit-and-flare gown with strapless jewel-encrusted neckline. Ruched detailing along sides of bodice and center back, crystal and alabaster detachable bolero and chapel train. $4,400.

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Locklyn (6407): Sweetheart neckline, jewel-encrusted waist, fit-and-glare gown with ruching at waist and full, tulle skirt. $2,860.

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Hers is a name you should definitely know, because her gorgeous wedding dresses will sweep you off your feet! We are so excited to officially introduce Kelly Faetanini as a new designer in our Wedding Suites across the country. This month, we have four of her gowns debuting: Georgina, Reid, Becky and Felicity. (How cute are those names?!) Browse them all online in our new lookbook, and get a closer look (and try them on) in store.

Because we adore Kelly herself as much as her designs, we thought you should have a chance to get to know her too. Here’s our Q&A with the New York-based designer—and newlywed—on all things bridal!

The Wedding Suite: You were married in May last year. Tell us how you stayed cool under all the pressures of your big day.

Kelly: We were married on May 5th, 2012, and the launch of my collection was two weeks prior—needless to say, there was lots of pressure from both ends! The first thing I did to stay calm and collected on the big day was to delegate as many tasks as possible to my wedding coordinator and my bridesmaids. It was wonderful, because not once did I have anyone running to me with emergencies on my wedding day!

My second-best piece of advice is to let go of everything and savor the moments. When you allow yourself to melt into the moment, you can focus on the wonderful things surrounding your day, rather than focusing on how hectic it is. Of course, there were little things that went awry throughout the day, but I made sure to let go of anxiety so I could enjoy all the amazing memories!

How much time did you spend designing your wedding gown? What did you discover about yourself and your design signature during this process?

Kelly: Creating my wedding gown was the hardest design I’ve ever had to do. I typically design collections about a year ahead of their launch dates, so my mind is always swarming with new ideas. It took me about two weeks to design my gown, and once I did, I decided it had to be final. I didn’t want to drive myself crazy by changing the design over and over, so I stuck to my instinct, and the gown came out beautifully.

During this process, I discovered the true mentality of a bride. I wanted a style that would be unique yet classic, sophisticated but romantic. I’ve always heard brides use these terms, but I learned their true meaning when I was designing my gown. This really shaped the way I design now. I try to ensure that every gown has a timeless feel with a modern touch.

You’ve said that your mission is to create a magnificent luxury experience for each bride. How do you go about doing this?

Kelly: Finding your dream gown is an emotional experience. I’ve witnessed brides struggling to find the perfect dress, and I believe that every bride should have exactly what she wants in her wedding gown. My brides can customize their gowns to make them uniquely their own, which I believe embodies the luxury couture experience. Brides can choose different fabrics, opt for beading or no beading, and experiment with removable necklines and embellishments. All of these little details make the experience of finding the perfect dress a luxurious one.


When it comes to gown selection, which one thing do you see brides struggling with the most? How can they overcome it?

Kelly: One thing that I see so often is brides struggling to choose a gown that their friends and family like. Everyone has their own taste—and sometimes what friends and family want to see is different from what the bride envisions for herself. Ultimately, brides should remember that they need to follow their hearts and choose gowns that they truly love themselves. At the end of the day, a bride’s family and friends will think she looks beautiful no matter which gown she chooses.



Which unique elements set your spring/summer 2013 collection apart from others?

Kelly: We strive to have a fresh perspective on designs each season. There are many beautiful gowns available by other designers, but we always offer something that’s unique. One element that’s become my signature is detachable components: each season, we offer gowns with detachable necklines and skirts. This is such a fun feature, and it allows a bride to have two or more looks for her wedding day.

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Last week, our bridal buyer, Sharon Wikstrom, traveled abroad to meet with Spanish wedding gown designer Rosa Clará. A new designer to the Wedding Suites, Rosa Clará is known for creating elegant gowns with ’50s-style structure and silhouettes, voluminous silk satin skirts and soft sleeves in lace and tulle. Sharon has said she could see herself in a Rosa Clará gown if she were getting married today!

Sharon’s trip included a visit to the showroom to look at gown collections and meet with the Rosa Clará team, plus some time spent playing tourist and taking in the sights of beautiful Barcelona! Here she shares photos and notes from her trip.


A little jealous of Sharon’s trip? We are, too. But you can get a little taste of Spain by seeing these beauties in our Wedding Suites now! Dresses and cover-ups from the Rosa Clará Bridal and Two by Rosa Clará collections are brand-new in Nordstrom Wedding Suites, so make your appointment to check them out! Adiós!

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Flowing fabrics, watery colors and pearly shine make up a trend we’re calling Seascape—and we’re getting swept away! Seascape is all about bringing the beauty of water into wedding attire and décor, on land or sea! This trend is fresh, sweet and easy to incorporate, for the beach wedding and beyond.

In Seascape, we’re seeing colors like mint and gray being updated to seaglass, aqua and pale blue. These colors work especially well for bridesmaid dresses, in short or long chiffon and organza fabrics. For gowns, we love the mermaid silhouette, which is flattering on many different body types! We are also seeing gowns encrusted with just a bit of jeweled texture, like the top of the ‘Zinnia’ gown from Roses by Reem Acra.

For accessories, look for pearls in jewelry, hair pieces or embellishment on wedding dresses (like Olia Zavozina loves to do!). Iridescent jewelry, such as bracelets or earrings by Alexis Bittar, complement pearls AND work on their own. Light-colored metallics, especially in wedding shoes, can add some extra punch to the softness.

Giuseppe Zanotti Peep Toe Pump | Jenny Yoo ‘Vivienne’ Gown available at in-store Wedding Suites | Matthew Christopher ‘Moet’ Gown | Lela Rose ‘The Farm’ Gown | Alexis Bittar ‘Dust’ Bracelet | Alexis Bittar ‘Miss Havisham’ Earrings | Donna Morgan ‘Morgan’ Dress | Charles David ‘Icon’ Sandal | Cara Faux Pearl Sash

Are you inspired by the Seascape trend? How would you use it for your wedding?

All beach scene and décor photos taken by SnapKnot photographers: Josh Fisher Photography, Leah Valentine Photography, Vanessa Joy Photography

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For our 9th day of gowns, we bring you the very talented Matthew Christopher. His mermaid and trumpet strapless silhouettes are awe-inspiring, and get us giddy just looking at the photos. The details are beyond inspiring and so unique–you simply have to see these in person. Our favorite right now is the Sofia. Uh-mazing!

‘Poppy’

‘Sabrina’

‘Coco’ | ‘Veronique’ | ‘Sofia’

Loving these gowns as much as we are? Check out all the dresses available right now in our Matthew Christopher lookbook.

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It’s day 5 of Gowns, and we’re bringing you the incredible Caroline DeVillo. Check out a few behind-the-scenes snaps to give you a bit of a lo-fi taste of what’s to come at the Wedding Suites. We promise to show off these beauties (including the stunning backs) in full, gorgeous detail ASAP.

Meanwhile, let’s talk about the best part about Caroline DeVillo gowns: each and every dress can be mixed and matched. See a top you like, but prefer the bottom of another? She’ll customize it just for you! Incredible, right? Its like having a custom-made dress. No, wait, it is a custom made dress…and it’ll be waiting just for you so very soon in our Wedding Suites.

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Some people call it their 12 days of giving. Oprah called it her 12-Day Holiday Give-O-Way. We like to call it 12 days of gowns! Leading up to 2013, we’re going to share new, hot-off-the-runway (or off the sketch pad, for our exclusive pieces) wedding gowns. These dresses are so new, they haven’t even arrived in our suites yet. So please forgive some raw footage, but we couldn’t wait to divulge all the loveliness hitting our suites in January.

For our first installment, we bring you a new vendor to the Nordstrom Wedding Suite: Kelly Faetanini. We have 4 amazing styles that make us swoon with their intricate detail and gorgeous silhouettes.

‘Felicity’

‘Becky’

‘Georgina’

‘Reid’

Incredible. Craving more? Check out some of the current bridal collections we have in our suites, and check back here for the remaining 11 days of gowns!

P.S. If you’re as obsessed with the Georgina as we are, do note that it will be opaque in full length.

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Check out the sweet navy-and-sorbet color combos happening over at REVEL–featuring the delicious ‘Tyler’ silk taffeta gown from La Fleur by Anne Barge (available for special order in our Wedding Suites).

Head to REVEL to find out where to get all the other tempting treats pictured, and browse our Fall 2012 Bridal Lookbook for more of our favorite bridal gowns.

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On the heels of announcing our newest collection of Nordstrom-exclusive wedding gowns—Roses by Reem Acra—we couldn’t think of anyone better to answer your bridal styling questions than the genius designer herself. Fans over at our Nordstrom Weddings Facebook page asked the questions, and Reem Acra has the answers!

What is the best fabric for a dress when it’s a beach wedding in tropical weather?
You have many options for a beach wedding or tropical weather: silk, chiffon and tulle are very good choices.

I feel like my gown’s bustier sits too high up (underarm level); how can I tell if the height is correct?
You will know if the gown is too high in the arm if it rubs on your arm when you move it. You should always feel comfortable.

Is a full-laced gown and a lace-lined veil too much?
It always depends on how it is worn and your own personality. If you can carry it off, you can look amazing. If you feel overwhelmed, it will show. Stick with what you feel is best for you.

Are veils even in style anymore?
Although veils seem to be traditional, you can have fun with your veil by being creative with how you style yourself. You can look at some of my veils—some cascade from the waist or the shoulder rather than the head.

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