Lace Wedding Dresses

Working with lace is one of my favourite aspects of wedding dress making. There are so many different types of lace, with evocative names; delicate ‘Chantilly’, bold ‘Guipure’, traditional ‘corded’ or modern ’embroidered’, to name but a few. I have more than 400 samples in my books from lace making regions all over the world. Choose from French or Italian lace, lace from the Far East or closer to home, the traditional lace making town of Nottingham! Lace can be used as flat fabric with the beautiful scalloped edging trimming hems and necklines, or the motifs can be carefully cut and hand appliquéd onto plain fabric to magnificent effect.

A selection of real brides and photoshoot dresses featuring lace fabric or detailing.

Classic corded lace bodice and silk skirt wedding dressBespoke ivory lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott

Wedding Dress and Veil for Issie: Issie’s dress was made with a boned satin bodice with pretty lace overlay. Long sleeves and a boat neckline were trimmed with a pretty scalloped edging.

Ivory silk and lace illusion bodice wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: fastening the buttons

Ivory silk and lace illusion bodice wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: finished dress on the stand, detail

Wedding Dress for Vanessa: Ivory silk dupion and lace dress with illusion bodice. Button back fastening and organza train the scalloped lace edging.

Official wedding pictures by Vincent Opoku of www.vopoku.com

exchange of rings strapless ivory matt satin and lace applique wedding dresspetal train royal wedding lace scalloped edge trim hem

Wedding Dress and Veil for Lauren Lauren’s wedding dress was made from matt satin and hand embellished with delicate lace patterns in hand applique. At the back the train was made from over lapping ‘petal’ panels inspired by Lauren’s love of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. This was also the inspiration for the lavish quantities of hand lace embellishment all over the bodice, cascading over the train and edging the skirt all round.

Wedding pictures by Bumble and Brown

guipure lace detail bespoke bridal gownbutterfly applique embroidery detail on wedding dress hand made to order

Traditional wedding dress with guipure Lace and butterflies for Izzy: Izzy’s dress was created to be simple and flattering with pretty lace and butterfly detail. The square neckline and cap sleeves were modest and feminine. Lace applique highlighted Izzy’s waist and the lace up back gave a detail focus from the back.

Wedding pictures by Sebastian Lomas

ivory corded lace motif applique detail on bespoke wedding dress

Waterfall skirt with applique lace detail for Hannah: This was a ‘restyle’ rather than made from scratch. She found the almost perfect dress in a bridal boutique but brought it to me to have the skirt changed to the organza waterfall loveliness she craved.

Official photography by Adebayo Deru

Floating lace detail on made to order wedding dress with lace shoulder detail

Illusion back lace wedding dress for Helen: The bodice was a traditional sweetheart shape, lightly boned but totally cut away at the back. A simple straight skirt and train balanced the drama of the sheer tulle and lace applique back and sleeves.

Official photography by Monty Steedman Photography

Ivory lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott with long sleeves and full tulle skirt:

Ivory lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott with long sleeves and full tulle skirt:

Wedding Dress and Veil for Sofia: Classic boned bodice with sweetheart neckline and bold lace over-lay extending up to a higher boat neck.

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott with guipure lace bodice on shear tulle with fishtail satin skirt:

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott with guipure lace bodice on shear tulle with fishtail satin skirt: front neckline detail

Wedding Dress for Ayesha: Stunning dress in winter white duchess satin and bold guipure lace on an illusion bodice

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: Ruched ivory silk Georgette with lace over bodice: detail of scalloped edge lace to neckline and sleeve

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: Ruched ivory silk Georgette with lace over bodice:

Wedding Dress for Sarah-Louise: I made Sarah-Louise’s dress in Ruched silk georgette with a gentle fishtail flare. The removable lace over-bodice had scalloped edging and a button back.

Official photographs by Sebastian Lomas

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott in buttermilk silk satin with shear lace back, bloused bodice, bias cut skirt and tulle bustle: detail of the over size bow on the back

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott in buttermilk silk satin with shear lace back, bloused bodice, bias cut skirt and tulle bustle:

Wedding Dress and Tie for Katherine: A contemporary fusion of 1930’s and Victorian fantasy elements went into the design of Katherine’s wedding dress. The main dress was made of buttermilk coloured silk satin and ivory lace with subtle gold thread running through it. The bustle was made of silk chiffon in five subtle dusty-pastel colours and ivory tulle with more of the lace a beaded trim.

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott in buttermilk silk satin with shear lace back, bloused bodice, bias cut skirt and tulle bustle: detail of the metallic lace applique

Ivory silk and lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: cut away back with button detail and sand coloured sashIvory silk and lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: button back detail

Wedding Dress for Emily:  This dress was made from layers of silk satin, chiffon and delicate beaded lace. Made with a fitted and boned bodice with beaded Parisian lace. The sweetheart neckline and straps are trimmed with scalloped edging. The lace extends over the full skirt in handkerchief points below a silk satin sash.

Official photography by www.jeaphotography.co.uk

The skirt is made of floaty silk chiffon divided at the front to reveal the shine of the satin below.

metallic lace flutter sleeve train wedding dress

Photoshoot: Frost on the Leaves: Silver lace dress with silk chiffon flares skirt and optional lining.

Photography: Jessica Jill Partridge,

bespoke gold jewellery

Photoshoot: Frost on the Leaves: Detail of lace edging to bodice on dip-dye wedding dress.

Photography: Jessica Jill Partridge,

faye 7 sweet heart strapless corset bodice alternative wedding dress bespokefaye 20 hand sewn beaded lace and tulle trim to sweetheart neckline and boning channels

Wedding Dress and Birdcage Veil for Faye: Faye’s dress has a fitted and heavily boned bodice with a sweetheart neckline edged with pleated black tulle and beaded lace to soften the line.

Official Wedding pictures by http://www.allanbreezephotographer.co.uk

charlie 12 low back lace dress with bustled up train on buttoncharlie 24 finished dress steamed and ready to do with beaded lace yoke

Wedding Dress for Charlie: Charlotte commissioned a dress in layered silk satin and Georgette with a dramatic low back filled with beaded lace.

Official Wedding Pictures by Sarah McDonnell

angela 17 vintage 1950's 1960's wedding dress made to measureangela 1 making final fitting picture shift dress bespoke dressmaker wedding duchess satin

Wedding Dress and Jacket for Angela: in oyster silk duchess satin and chantilly lace.

Photography bywww.christellephoto.com

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back: bodice detail

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back

Wedding Dress for Vicki: Vicki commissioned a dress in ivory soft satin and Georgette with a cowl back and hand appliquéd lace.

Official photographs by Vivien Woods

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Wedding Dress for Reeta: Reeta commissioned a plunge back dress in buttermilk silk satin and ivory corded lace.

Official photographs by www.photofactorysite.com

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott, vintage styling, satin and lace with beaded edging and silk sash

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott, vintage styling, satin and lace with beaded edging and silk sash detail of the back fastening

Wedding Dress for Karen: Karen commissioned a beautiful dress in layers of ivory lace and satin with beaded neckline detail.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott: French lace and silk organza with ribbon sashWedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott: French lace and silk organza with ribbon sash, lace tipped veil

Wedding Dress and Veil for Harriet: delicate French ‘chantilly’ lace on the bodice with silk organza skirt.

Photography by http://www.barryholder.co.uk

Silk wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: caffe coloured silk and black lace applique

Silk wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: caffe coloured silk and black lace applique, beaded motifs on the train

Wedding Dress for Issey: Caffe-latte coloured silk and black lace wedding dress. Very tight laced corset beneath ruched fishtail dress, button back and hand appliqué lace work.

Photography by http://www.robbinsphotographic.com

Embroidered wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: on my way to the church with my daddy and cutting the cakeEmbroidered wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: views of the back with peplum and contrast waterfall

Wedding Dress for Felicity (my own): My dress was made with a boned bodice in green silk with a gold lace overlay. The bodice has a pointed waistline, sweetheart neckline, shaped straps and a peplum at the back. The bodice fastened at the back with with two rows of cover buttons and loops. The full skirt was made in gold silk with contrast green silk waterfall at the back and worn over a hoop and netting. I also had a gold lace bolero.

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott, Empire line wedding dress in pale gold silk satin and beaded lace:

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott, Empire line wedding dress in pale gold silk satin and beaded lace: the train trailing up some steps

Wedding Dress for Amanda: Simple dress made in pale gold silk satin with an ivory/gold beaded lace top layer.

Photographs with kind permission from Paul Johnson http://www.pjphoto.co.uk

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott, bias cut silk crepe with cowl neckline, low back and wing train

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott, bias cut silk crepe with cowl neckline, low back and wing train

Wedding Dress for Kate: Kate commissioned a soft floaty gown in ivory silk satin and silk georgette with touches of Nottingham lace

candler 14 fitted bodice bridal gown 1950's style cross over buttons sashcandler 4 autumn fall wedding ornage silk dupion short full skirt dress petticoat

Wedding Dress and Ties for Rebecca: A beautiful 1950’s style wedding dress with delicate cream lace over Autumnal golden-orange silk.

Photography by Gregg Brown, http://www.greggbrownweddings.com 

Wedding Dress for Madeleine: Madeleine commissioned a slim fitting wedding dress in ivory lace over duchess satin.

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott, Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Finished at the final fitting

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott, Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: A kiss for the bride

Wedding Dress and Coat for Catherine: The boned bodice was duchess satin with a guipure lace over-lay.

Cadbury Purple 1950's style bridesmaids dress by Felicity Westmacott: with her sister the bride

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk wedding dress with embroidered butterflies : Silver and palest pink scalloped lace detail on the neckline

Embroidered Wedding Dress for Karen: Simple modern wedding dress in ivory silk dupion with contrast purple silk detail. Hand embroidered butterflies in silk thread and lace appliqué complete the picture.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Angie's wedding day, before the ceremony

Wedding Dress and Veil for Angie: Angie wanted something really different for her wedding: as an older bride she wanted to feel extravagant special without wearing a long white dress. Together we created a design all in torn layers with a mix of all the fabrics from my sample books that Angie liked. Angie wanted it to look like a fairytale-attic’ dress, cobwebbed and tatty edged but with delicate lace and a bit of sparkle.

Design by Felicity Westmacott, Photography by Jessica Partridge, Burlesque inspired wedding dress in ivory satin with peplum, lace and teal net petticoat: sweetheart neckline to strapless bodice, Brick Lane

Design by Felicity Westmacott, Photography by Jessica Partridge, Burlesque inspired wedding dress in ivory satin with peplum, lace and teal net petticoat: detail of lace and crystal embellishment, Brick Lane

Photoshoot: City Burlesque Wedding Ivory duchess satin dress with lace applique detail.

This dress is for sale here

Photography by jessicajillphotography.zenfolio.com

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott, Modest ivory lace and satin wedding dress

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott, Modest ivory lace and satin wedding dress: at the altar, veil spread out

Wedding Dress for Elsa: The finished dress had a fitted and boned bodice with modest round neckline and short sleeves. The dress was fitted to the upper hip and then flared gently to the floor. The whole dress was covered with ivory corded lace and heavily embellished with sequins and pearls.

Official Wedding pictures by http://www.chrislegg.net

Wedding dress in teal silk with off the shoulder neckline, skirt ruffles and lace appliqueby Felicity Westmacott: finished dress on the stand

Wedding dress in teal silk with off the shoulder neckline, skirt ruffles and lace applique by Felicity Westmacott:

Wedding dress in teal silk with off the shoulder neckline, skirt ruffles and lace applique by Felicity Westmacott:

Wedding Dress for Liz: Made in teal shot silk Liz’s dress has a boned bodice with ruching to the hip and a wide off the shoulder neckline. The skirt falls in graduated tiers of waterfall frills. Hand appliqué of teal lace adds sparkle and texture to the neckline and skirt.

1950's style wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott in white taffeta with Swarovski embellishment: by the sea

1950's style wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott in white taffeta with Swarovski embellishment: deatil of the lace applqiue and hand beading

Wedding Dress for Aine: Aine commissioned a 1950s style wedding dress made up in white taffeta.

The dress has a fitted and boned bodice with shaped neckline and invisible zip back closure. The flared, knee length skirt has soft white tulle peeking out below. Both the waistline and neckline are decorated with white and silver lace and hand beading.

Edwardian inspired wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott for a mature bride in ivory duchess satin and lace ruffles: wrist loop to hold up the train

Edwardian inspired wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott for a mature bride in ivory duchess satin and lace ruffles: detail of the lace cuffs

Wedding Dress for Barbara: Edwardian inspired dress made from duchess satin and beaded Guipure lace. The dress is trimmed with gathered lace flounces and groups of pink flowers. Made in three pieces the lace over bodice has long sleeves and a high collar. The train attached with poppas and was trimmed with matching lace flounces

Photography by http://www.michellebeanphotography.co.uk

Buttermilk silk wedding dress with draped skirt and ivory lace bodice: v-neckline and centre draped skirt by Felicity Westmacott

Wedding Dress for Nicola: Simple v-neck bodice, lightly boned with beaded lace over-lay. Draped crepe silk satin skirt with lace panel train to echo the bodice.

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: Pale pink satin and ivory tulle with shear back and lace applique and beading

Wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: Pale pink satin and ivory tulle with shear back and lace applique and beading

Wedding Dress and Veil for Alexandra: Palest blush satin with ivory organza and tulle layered on top with lace applique.

 

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