In the months ahead, I’m really looking forward to blogging about some of the great bridal fashion finds in the Twin Cities. Local brides just getting into the search for great couture are often surprised by all of the unbelievable options right at their doorstep. Forget New York. We’ve got enough high-style options to appeal to any bride.
A friend of mine who was married this past fall at The St. Paul Hotel found that out firsthand. She wore the most amazing, mermaid-style gown with a scoop neck top and tiny buttons all the way down her back. The dress, by Peter Langner, was from L'atelier Couture, which made me fall in love with it even more. Amanda Kautt, owner of L'atelier Couture, has one of the most impeccable eyes for bridal that I have come across—anywhere.
She just "gets" different brides and their different styles. She has body-skimming, all-over Valenciennes lace gowns by Elizabeth Fillmore and romantic Chantilly lace gowns by Claire Pettibone that are perfect for the more bohemian bride; she has looks by Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang that are calling out for a spin around the dance floor of a country club; and she has styles by Peter Langner, Jesus del Pozo, and Angel Sanchez that seem to inject just the right amount of sensuality into virginal white and ivory.
Her collection of gowns is so strong, in fact, that almost two-thirds of Kautt’s brides are from out-of-state—as far away as Singapore. As unbelievable as it sounds, it’s true. And if women are flying in for her amazing selection and superb customer service all the way from Singapore and Australia, my dears, we can all make the drive to St. Paul. And when you visit, be sure to check out the newly expanded area devoted to delicate lacy bits—lingerie that is to-die-for no matter what your marital status.
Below are a few of my favorites by Peter Langner and Amy Kuschel. Want to see the stunning photos of my friend Katie in her Peter Langner gown? You will have to pick up the next issue of Mpls.St.Paul Weddings, coming out in July.
New York by Peter Langner
Sahri by Peter Langner
Tamara by Peter Langner
Toujours by Peter Langner
Candy by Amy Kuschel
Gracia by Amy Kuschel
Frida by Amy Kuschel
Butterfly by Amy Kuschel