A photo of Melanie, our fabulous former stylist!"Wow, are you brides lucky this week!Â You fortunate ladies not only have the opportunity to shop at one of my favorite bridal salons, but you get the chance to try on the brand new designs of Amy Kuschel!Â Amy has the unique ability to mix a vintage sensibility with a modern twist and throws in a fantastic fit to boot.Â When The White Dress by the Shore mentioned that they were having a trunk show next week I thought to myself âAmy Kuschelâs 2012 collection is PERFECT for a Connecticut bride!âÂ I had the pleasure of working at The White Dress by the Shore before moving to the Bay Area and working for the fabulous Amy Kuschel.Â Having worked both on the East Coast and West Coast I can confidently say that Amyâs designs translate famously on both coasts and beyond.Â Having had a chance to visit a plethora of Connecticutâs spectacular venues, I could not think of a more perfect pairing.Â I can already picture her gorgeous gowns outside on a vineyard, or at a fantastic barn.Â Â Take it from an East Coaster who has had the privilege of seeing Amyâs dresses come to life, you have to see these gowns in person! Here are three of Amy Kuschelâs gowns that are exactly what any Connecticut bride needs to complete their look! The first dress I would like to introduce you to is Rita.Â Rita is head to toe in âHeirloom English Roseâ lace with the most gorgeous deep V neckline. Amy has designed this dress to have elegant appliqued panels of lace that elongate the figure in such a flattering way.Â The juxtaposition of the cap sleeves and the slit up the skirt make the dress flirty and romantic. Â Â I also happen to be a sucker for an amazing back, which of course Rita has too! It would look so beautiful on a bride getting married at an industrial rustic Connecticut venue like The Lace Factory, but would also look equally spectacular on a vineyard.Â It is definitely a chameleon gown! Oh! My absolute favorite thing about wearing Rita as your wedding gown is that you get to show off those fabulous heels!Â Who could ask for anything more?! Margaret Ann is a complete stunner.Â If you are looking for sophisticated, vintage, 1940âs glamour than Margaret Ann is the ideal wedding gown you have been waiting for. Â One of my favorite things about this gown is the statement it makes.Â Â It is easy elegance at its finest.Â Between the soft cowl neckline, vintage French beadwork appliqued on the straps and waist, and the fantastic sheath silhouette this dress creates the look without the need for accessorizing.Â Of course, adding a glamorous headpiece or birdcage veil (The White Dress By The Shore has SO many fantastic additions) will only enhance on its flawlessness! Add a red lip, and a city venue (New Haven, Manhattan, Boston; you East Coasters have so many options!) and you should be âaisle readyâ in no time!Â I also adore the idea of a âmodern meets rusticâ venue like Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Amy Kuschelâs Sabrina gown excites me for so many reasons!Â Sabrina is offered in three different necklines.Â âHigh Classâ, âStraplessâ and my personal favorite âTake the Plungeâ.Â The âTake the Plungeâ will be available at TWD to be tried on in all her glory.Â Wait until you see this flattering V neck in person! The Sabrina bride will love the dramatic trumpet silhouette with a soft tulle flare, which gives a dramatic and romantic feel.Â The French Chantilly bow lace throughout the bodice is unique and playful.Â While the majority of laces incorporated in wedding gowns are usually done with a floral motif, this exclusive lace is delicate and geometric.Â It is so refreshing and distinctive to see such an innovative lace!!! As the âpiece de resistanceâ to Sabrina there are playful silk georgette bows that have been artfully hand placed strategically throughout.Â The luxurious candle color of this gown will compliment a Connecticut fall foliage backdrop perfectly! Sabrina âTake The Plungeâ would also be a fantastic gown to wear at a destination wedding on the beach.Â Such a fresh, new way to say âI do!â. As if you werenât already running to make an appointment at The White Dress by The Shore (really, go make an appointment now!) all of Amy Kuschelâs gowns are made by hand in San Francisco.Â So, not only do you get to support the local bridal boutique, but you can support an American made company as well!Â I feel so grateful to have been able to work for such trendsetting forces in the bridal world.Â And I am so glad that I can share my East Coast/West Coast knowledge with you! I canât wait to hear from the gorgeous TWD ladies about their appointments with you!"