Looking at wedding dresses can be such a magical thing; thinking about your childhood expectations, how you would envision yourself, and of course the wow factor of putting on a white wedding dress for the first time can be quite an emotional experience. For me, a future bride-to-be, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect to check out the Amsale, Kenneth Pool, and Christos lines designed by Amsale Aberra, who takes a modern approach to elegance when it comes to the wedding dress. Amsale doled out spot-on advice to me: how to think of the wedding as a whole (“consider it a party, not a reception,” she told me), as well as on the sophistication of rich winter white shades, opposed to pure white, for a dress. Upon examining and gingerly touching the gowns, it was hard to have a bias toward a particular cut or style — they were all so beautiful! Stay tuned as my search for the dress (and the shoes, and the veil, and the jewelry, etc) continues, and if you are a future bride, you can check out Amsale’s gorgeous dresses at her 625 Madison Avenue Boutique, as well as at fine and specialty wedding retailers nationwide (search here), including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.