NYC Bridal Market {how we buy wedding dresses} - Part 2

Ahhh... after a whirlwind first day, we're off for the next part which involves a lot more running around the city as we visit the individual designer showrooms. Thankfully most are located near the Fashion District, which at least helps but it's still a day for flat boots. 

First up, scouting new lines. We are constantly working to make sure that our collection is fresh and that means checking out new lines and new designers. We work to strike a fine balance between having enough of a selection without being overwhelming. And this market we came back with not one, but two new designers: Anna Maier and Amy Kuschel. Try as we might to limit ourselves to just one new line, we couldn't help it - but lines were stunning and are run by fastidious,creative, and and an uberly-talented team that we are delighted to partner with! Plus, both are designed and fully produced right here in the States using gorgeous fabrics so we feel good about supporting these companies. 

And while new is always fun, we were wowed by the collection at Alvina Valenta and Modern Trousseau. There were so many great choices that you can see a small debate starting in the Alvina showroom between Breanna and myself (pretty sure we both won and we just ended up bringing back more dresses!). And then at Modern Trousseau how cute is Callie! Such a treat to chat with her and hear all about the new fabrics that they have sourced.  

Anna Maier:

Anna admiring an Anna Maier gown at NYC Bridal Market - Photography by Laura Dombrowski of COUTUREcolorado

Anna admiring an Anna Maier gown at NYC Bridal Market - Photography by Laura Dombrowski of COUTUREcolorado

Charles, the designer/owner of Anna Maier, shows anna bé a detail on a gown - Photography by Laura Dombrowski of COUTUREcolorado

Charles, the designer/owner of Anna Maier, shows anna bé a detail on a gown - Photography by Laura Dombrowski of COUTUREcolorado

The Anna Maier showroom in NYC - Photography by Laura Dombrowski of COUTUREcolorado

The Anna Maier showroom in NYC - Photography by Laura Dombrowski of COUTUREcolorado

 

Amy Kuschel:

Amy Kuschel herself shows the anna bé team a dress from her newest collection

Amy Kuschel herself shows the anna bé team a dress from her newest collection

Amy Kuschel Rosemary Gown

Amy Kuschel Rosemary Gown

Amy Kuschel Clover Gown at NYC Bridal Market in NYC October 2012

Amy Kuschel Clover Gown at NYC Bridal Market in NYC October 2012

Anna, Chelsea, and Melissa discuss an Amy Kuschel gown at The London hotel

Anna, Chelsea, and Melissa discuss an Amy Kuschel gown at The London hotel

Anna, Chelsea, and Melissa wait for our Amy Kuschel appointment to begin in The London hotel

Anna, Chelsea, and Melissa wait for our Amy Kuschel appointment to begin in The London hotel

The gorgeous view from our Amy Kuschel appointment at The London hotel 

The gorgeous view from our Amy Kuschel appointment at The London hotel 

 

Alvina Valenta:

Moving on to the Alvina Valenta showroom in the fashion district of NYC - Photography by Laura Dombrowski of COUTUREcolorado

Moving on to the Alvina Valenta showroom in the fashion district of NYC - Photography by Laura Dombrowski of COUTUREcolorado

Breanna and Anna discuss an Alvina Valenta gown - Photography by Laura Dombrowski of COUTUREcolorado

Breanna and Anna discuss an Alvina Valenta gown - Photography by Laura Dombrowski of COUTUREcolorado

 

Modern Trousseau:

Next, we visited Modern Trousseau's showroom that is also in the fashion district in NYC. Cassie, the designer for Modern Trousseau, shows us a gown and veil design from her newest collection. 

Next, we visited Modern Trousseau's showroom that is also in the fashion district in NYC. Cassie, the designer for Modern Trousseau, shows us a gown and veil design from her newest collection. 

At the Modern Trousseau showroom we lined up all the gowns we liked  - so many!

At the Modern Trousseau showroom we lined up all the gowns we liked  - so many!