Lace Wedding Gowns and Dresses
Edgardo Bonilla's strapless organza gown with a trumpet skirt features a Chantilly-lace overlay; the hem is bordered with Alencon lace. We added lace trim to the gloves by Carolina Amato.
Spring 2009, lazarobridal.com, 212-921-7058
Appliques of Alencon lace on a dress by Richard Glasgow are echoed in the lace-bordered tulle veil by Nelson D'Leon Designs.
Spring 2009, moniquelhuillier.com, 213-747-8811
The simple lines of this Christos gown with its satin-and-lace-paneled train accentuate the opulence of the beaded Alencon lace.
Spring 2009, romonakeveza.com, 212-273-1113
Antique-Lace Slip Dress
Reem Acra's tea-length, antique-lace slip dress is sensuously glamorous.
Spring 2009, amykuschel.com, 415-956-5657
This effervescent two-piece design by Monique Lhuillier is made for whirling around the dance floor at the reception. The Alencon lace of the blouse has been embellished with decorative stitching, a technique called re-embroidery. A pale coffee-colored grosgrain ribbon accents the skirt of laser-cut tulle triangles. Sandals by Manolo Blahnik.
Spring 2009, carolinaherrera.com, 212-940-2269
Chantilly Lace Veil
Chantilly lace on a veil by Suzanne Couture Millinery transforms a subtly detailed silk-satin gown by Priscilla of Boston into a romantic vision.
Vineyard by Priscilla of Boston
Spring 2009, priscillaofboston.com/vineyard.jsp, 617-242-2677
A cascade of ribbon-embroidered Chantilly lace falls from the midriff of this ivory dress with chapel train by Amsale.
For a sweet and lovely appearance, a bride might choose David Fielden London's mauve tea-length ballerina dress with its bodice of thick guipure lace and frothy tulle skirt. The raised floral motifs drift luxuriously down the top layer of tulle. Ring by Me and Ro.
Spring 2009, clairepettibone.com, 310-360-6271
In the past, a woman would have concealed the corset beneath her gown. Here it serves as the bodice of a bride's alluring ensemble. The corset of gold silk, lace, and ribbons is worn over a skirt of ivory re-embroidered lace; both are by Maggie Norris Couture. A shawl of gossamer handmade lace from Jana Starr Antiques and Bridal covers the bride's shoulders.
Spring 2009, juddwaddell.com, 212-768-0008
Covered in French re-embroidered lace, a gown by Peter Langner shimmers with crystals, sequins, and beads. A satin ribbon is tied at the hip.
Ribbon Lace Skirt
Monique Lhuillier creates a slender shape by pairing a gazar-eyelet shell and a ribbon-lace pencil skirt with beaded embroidery. Resin bangles from R. J. Graziano. Diamond ring by Tiffany and Co.
Stand-Up Lace Ruff
A sublime stand-up ruff of delicate antique lace frames the bride's face. Below are layers of silk, taffeta, and ribbon-edged tulle. An A-line skirt extends from a string of seed pearls sewn into the waist. The bouquet is composed of stock and garden roses.
Spring 2009, edgardobonilla.com
The elegant contours of this silk-organza A-line gown recall the paintings of Whistler and Sargent, who captured the great beauties of society in the early-twentieth century in all their majesty. Appliqued, re-embroidered lace bands encircle the skirt like spun sugar on a tiered wedding cake. Freeze-dried roses are tucked into the bride's flowing hair, which echoes the gentle sweep of her calla-lily bouquet.
Spring 2009, junkoyoshioka.com, 212-206-9302
The bodice of this charming Christos organza dress is appliqued in a floral Venise lace
A princess gown by Monique Lhuillier is silk satin with a pink Chantilly-lace overlay. The bouquet includes pink roses tied with a celadon ribbon.
Spring 2009, amsale.com, 800-765-0170
Alencon lace, with its substantial texture and body, makes an ideal choice for sculpting a bodice or bordering a hem. Here, a gown by Michelle Roth pairs a spaghetti-strap top of ivory Alencon lace with a multilayered tulle skirt that flutters gracefully with each step. Fresh and airy, it is a lovely selection for a warm-weather ceremony. A single silk camellia adds an elegant flourish. We used a lace ribbon as a choker.
This luxurious ensemble by Christian Lacroix will satisfy a taste for feminine details. The strapless gown is a patchwork of lace, satin, and organza in shades of ivory and cream; two lace-trimmed tulle veils, worn together as a shawl, envelop the bride in a golden-pink haze. Lace and mother-of-pearl fan from Jana Starr Antiques and Bridal; pearl ring by Cartier.