I recently went to Kempton Antiques Market, where I came across a stall full of old antique lace. There were piles of it folded up, all different shades of white, cream, oyster and champagne. There is something so beautiful about antique lace, it is often softer in both colour and texture than the more modern variety, which I find can sometimes be stiff and overly white. What I loved about the lace that I saw at Kempton, was that each piece had its own history. There were baskets full of lace trimming that had been saved from old dresses, blouses, tablecloths and hankies, obviously too precious to throw away.
Lace is frequently chosen by brides as it is both delicate and intricately detailed. Antique lace is so lovely as it is usually handmade, and I believe more beautiful and interesting because of its history. It can also be really exciting hunting for the perfect piece, whether it is a vintage gown or veil, or smaller bits used for details such as bunting or invitations.
Top: Arabesque dress, BHLDN, lace bunting by Brighton Photo via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, bride with lace veil via 100 Layer Cake
Bottom: Gypsophila bouquet by via Ruffled Blog, lace shouldered dress via Junkaholique, guipure lace on spool via Ironstone and Pine