Lace Love

Delicate-looking yet strong, and rich with history, lace is sort of like the bride herself. It covers while revealing, and can add a touch of centuries-gone-by grace to your wedding ensemble. A bride who wears lace pays tribute to a time-honored tradition.
Developed from embroidery traditions dating back to the 15th century, lace-making involves looping, braiding, and interlacing cotton, silk, nylon, and other types of thread to form a pattern. By the Victorian era, few brides would marry without a touch of frilly threadwork somewhere on their gowns; today, lace is widely used in wedding gowns. Heralded for its inherent romance, intricacy, and graphic detail, lace comes in hundreds of weaves and shades, from the bold decoration of Alencon, Guipure, and Ribbon, to the delicate finery of Schiffli and Chantilly.  –The Knot

Both Images via Style Me Pretty Magazine
Gorgeous lace luminaries via Martha Stewart Weddings, Sweet Invitations by Oh so Sweet Prints via Etsy
Love the lace necklace by White Owl via Etsy, amazing Cake Art by Cake Coquette
Fall 2011 Gown by Monique Lhuillier and Shoes by Valentino via Saks Fifth Avenue

All images via Absolutely Charmed