we love artfully cut wedding dresses

Have you noticed that wedding dresses are showing a little more skin this season? I'm loving it! It reminds me of the concept of negative space in sculpture: The absence of something expected can make a big design impact.

Now, showing a little more skin doesn't mean designers are turning out skimpily cut dresses. Rather, they seem to be taking a very thoughtful approach to the use -- and lack! -- of fabric, creating some stunning new bridal couture in the process.

Here are just a few of my favorite wedding dresses that are following this trend, along with where in the DC area you can find each designer's line. I particularly like that each of these dresses is as interesting from the back as it is from the front. Which one is your favorite?

Madrid by Ines di Santo

Ines di Santo dresses are available locally at Hannelore's Bridal Boutique in Alexandria, Virginia.


Casie Darling by Heidi Elnora

Heidi Elnora dresses are available locally at Soliloquy Bridal Couture, Herndon, Virginia.


Sydney by Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan dresses are available locally at Saks Jandel, Chevy Chase, Maryland.


Leonie by Sassi Holford

Sassi Holford dresses are available locally at Hannelore's Bridal Boutique, Alexandria, Virginia.


Demi by Amsale

Amsale dresses are available locally at Bella Rosa Bridal, Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia; Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection, Baltimore, Maryland; Carine's Bridal Atelier, Washington, D.C.; Garnish Boutique, Baltimore, Maryland; Hannelore's Bridal Boutique, Alexandria, Virginia; Hitched Bridal Couture, Washington, D.C.; Jeanette's Bride 'N' Tux Boutique, Manassas, Virginia; and Nordstrom Wedding Suite, McLean, Virginia.


Silver chain mesh long sleeve gown by Tadashi Shoji

Tadashi Shoji dresses are available locally at BHLDN, Washington, D.C.; and at Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Nieman Marcus, and Nordstrom locations throughout the area.