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We’re at Bridal Fashion Week! And we’re chatting with just some of our favorite designers as they unveil their gorgeous spring 2017 collections. From new trends to tips on finding the perfect wedding dress, we’ll give you the latest from a handful of the world’s most talented and sought-after bridal designers.

Here, our talk with Monique Lhuillier:

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Monique Lhuillier’s spring 2017 bridal collection

SEE MORE FROM MONIQUE LHUILLIER AT BRIDAL FASHION WEEK

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Brittany (one of our very own Nordstrom employees) tells us all about her and Nick’s vintage-inspired masquerade ball wedding weekend.

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GRAB A MASK AND JOIN THE BALL

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Matthew Christopher pretty much embodies the American Dream. After growing up in rural Iowa on a pig farm, Matthew swapped swine for sewing and moved to the Windy City to pursue his passion for design at school, subsequently making a splash on the NYC bridal scene. Now, with over a decade of owning and designing his eponymous couture label under his belt, Matthew Christopher has designed countless collections of gorgeous wedding gowns for brides around the globe—and he’s still going strong. We caught up with Christopher to get a peek inside his world.

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SEE OUR SNEAK PEEK INTO MATTHEW CHRISTOPHER’S WORLD

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Lauren describes her New Year’s Eve wedding celebration in downtown Seattle.

The Scene: December 31, 2013, SODO Park in Seattle, WA

We knew a winter wedding was in our future, and with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season what better way to bring 2013 to an end than a New Year’s Eve wedding surrounded by all our family and friends. The warmth of SODO Park was perfect for this event. We wanted all 300 guests in one giant room so they could celebrate every moment with us.

We also wanted the overall feel of the night to be elegant and classic—from twinkly lights and wine bottles placed on tables to the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong during cocktail hour. We also wanted the night to have the liveliness of a NYE party. Yes, dresses with sequins and sparkles were encouraged! Party hats were passed out, the music never slowed down and neither did the dancing.

Our Invitations: We took up the challenge of making our own invitations because we wanted something personal and one of a kind. The design was inspired by our love for champagne and, of course, the city that we love. We spent countless hours at our good friends’ house printing, cutting, gluing and folding each invitation piece by piece. One might think this was a little over the top, but to us they meant so much more in the end.

The Ceremony: We had Alex’s good friend Robert marry us. Neither one of us wanted a stranger to stand beside us and perform one of the most intimate ceremonies we would ever take part in. It was short, sweet and incredibly special.

My Dress: ‘Allie’ by Olia Zavozina

I went to only two boutiques to find my wedding gown. At the first one I was overwhelmed. I’m a very simple person: I don’t like to dig through racks, I don’t like to be overwhelmed and I’m very indecisive. My second stop was the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in Seattle. I immediately found the dress I had to have. I pulled a few others to try on, but my eye was on the Olia Zavozina ‘Allie’ Duchess Silk Trumpet Gown. It was everything I wanted: clean, sexy and classic. I felt comfortable and that mattered most.

My Wedding Stylist: Kerrene Buford, Nordstrom Downtown Seattle

My stylist, Kerrene, made everything incredibly easy for me. Having found my dress early on in the planning process, I was welcomed back many times to play dress-up and accessorize for the big day. Nordstrom is a one-stop shop for me and that’s what I love about it. From picking out my Vera Wang veil and Givenchy jewelry to finding the perfect sparkly gold kate spade flats, I always had someone there to help make my bridal dreams come true.

Photos by Kate Price Photography

Did you find your wedding gown at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! E-mail Nordstrom Wedding Stories for details on 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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As part of our exclusive launch of Roses by Reem Acra wedding gowns (now on their way to our Suites), we couldn’t think of anyone better to help introduce such a gorgeous collection than Abby Larson—founder and editor of the ultimate wedding blog, Style Me Pretty. Here’s a sneak peek from our soon-to-be-released photos from the shoot, with Abby looking like quite the blushing bride.

In late July, we’ll be officially sharing more Wedding Suite adventures featuring Abby as our Reem Acra model, with photos from a partnership with photographer Sal Cincotta and Snapknot (one of the best wedding photographer sites out there). Meanwhile, put the champagne on ice, because you’ll definitely want to toast this swoon-worthy celebration with us!

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Our National Bridal Director, Andrea Wasserman stopped by our Nordstrom Merrick Park Wedding Suite in Florida to share some of her bride and bridal party favorites with NBC Miami.

Browse all our wedding gowns and bridal lookbooks, and check out Andrea’s second segment on honeymoon attire essentials.

Last but not least, wedding beauty products and tips (including details about our exclusive partnership with Laura Mercier) from our Regional Beauty Director, Karen Delauro.

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We’re so excited to announce the upcoming addition of a little southern sparkle to select Nordstrom Wedding Suites across the country—heidi elnora bridal gowns, arriving March 26. The sweet and charming Alabama native spent a few minutes chatting with us, sharing everything from her tips for finding THE dress to her advice for planning the perfect day.

Tell us about the woman you design for.
A heidi elnora bride is a romantic at heart. She loves clean lines and attention to detail. She isn’t afraid to step out of the box while maintaining a classic and timeless day.

Why did you go into the wedding industry?
That’s a long story. Just know that it has to do with falling in LOVE!

What is your design philosophy and what sets your gowns apart?
My design philosophy is “simple sophistication with a touch of whimsical flair that creates a vintage vibe”—that’s a whole lot of something, but it pretty much says it all.

A heidi elnora gown is different because it isn’t screaming, “I’m a bride.” Yet, you feel and look like one.

What is the biggest trend you’re seeing right now for weddings?
Trends come and go, but currently a big trend for bridal is simple dresses with some type of WOW—for instance a peplum, capelet or neck/sleeve adornment.

What are your tips for finding the perfect dress?
After working with hundreds of brides, I would suggest you get on Pinterest and start tagging things you like. This will help you to see what you are leaning toward. This is also an easy way to share your ideas with your friends and family. I love my Pinterest page. I often use it for inspiration for the upcoming collection.

You recently visited our San Francisco Wedding Suite. What did you think?
Brides in California are so lucky to have such talented and knowledgeable stylists at their Wedding Suite. These ladies really take their time to learn about their bride. It reminds me of being back in Alabama; it’s just comfortable.

What advice would you offer to our Nordstrom brides?
For all of the brides planning your big day, I would advise you to do your research and not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Remember that too many opinions can make you crazy, so only bring one or two super-supportive and positive people. It will make the experience that much more enjoyable.

Find heidi elnora wedding gowns at select Nordstrom Wedding Suites.* Visit our Wedding Suite online for more gowns, inspiration and information about creating your perfect wedding.

*Available at Brea Mall, California; Garden State Plaza, New Jersey; Houston Galleria, Texas; Michigan Avenue, Illinois; NorthPark Center, Texas; San Francisco Centre, California.

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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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