Thanks everyone!! I knew this was the place to get some great recommendations! I love everything that has been suggested... this is helping me satisfy the addiction I have to buy another piece of beautiful tack. (not kidding about the addiction... I'm sure you all understand) I haven't made up my mind yet, so any other suggestions will be welcomed...
I commented earlier but forgot one of the nicest halters out there. The Americana line by Harmohn Kraft makes a gorgeous halter
I believe it's this one: http://www.equusnow.com/prodview.asp?idproduct=2511
Padding comes in a few different colours, I've seen dark brown, light brown and a medium green in person and all are nice. The leather on it is amazing from the start, and my experience with bridles from the same line has always been very good.
Can't believe I almost forgot this one! I've been ogling it for weeks at work!