BRIDAL WEEK: Sophie Hallette Lace
The Queen of laces. The Sophie Hallette House of Toole and Lace was founded in 1887 by Eugene Hallette with 6 weavers in Caudry, France. At that time, lace from Caudry and Calais adorned the most beautiful and powerful women in the world. After his death in the 1890s, his widow succeeded him as head of the house. From their, the house acquired multiple other producers in France and has become synonymous with haute couture lace.
Most people have heard of this lace after is adorned The Duchess of Cambridge on her Alexander McQueen Wedding Dress. Since her iconic wedding (and that gorgeous dress), lace sleeves have become increasingly popular as well as lace wedding dresses. In 2014, Amal Alamuddin wore an Oscar de la Renta wedding dress with Sophie Hallette Lace for her Venice Wedding. If it works for both of these stunning women, it certainly must be the best.
When searching for your wedding dress, lace is one of the most common choices. If you are trying to be more delicate or romantic, it is the perfect material to give you an ethereal feel. For my wedding (Lisa does not like lace), I wanted to wear lace sleeves because we were married in a Basilica in November. I needed to be both conservative and warm. I knew that I wanted lace sleeves, not solely because of The Royal Wedding, but because I wanted to wear a dress similar to my grandmothers. I had always loved the beauty of her wedding dress and after 60 years since their wedding, it still looks incredibly. However, I am 4 inches taller than her so I was going to need to find a regal dress of my own.
When I went wedding dress shopping with my mother, I had a clear vision of what I wanted. I also had thoroughly researched Sophie Hallette lace and what designers used their materials. When I found my wedding dress, as seen earlier this week on our Wedding Dress post here, I fell in love with the lace. I loved the delicate floral motif and how it carried along the neckline. I also had extra lace reserved because I wanted to add buttons to the back of my dress (I had a lot of it customized to fit the church we were married in). The lace is incredibly delicate and needs to be treated with the utmost care but it is absolutely gorgeous. The lace extended down the sleeves and over the entire bodice of my gown. It added just enough dramatic flare to my dress to fit the interior of the church we were in and not to mention, was classic and timeless so I know that in the future, when I look back at my dress or my photos, it will always look wonderful.
If you are looking for a more trendy approach, lace is still one of the best decisions for a wedding. It will always look romantic and delicate but it can be cut and sewn to look perfectly modern. The dress that I wore normally has an incredibly low cut (to the waist), and the back is also low to the waist. It's classic yet modern.
No matter what style you choose for your dress, Sophie Hallette lace is still the right decision if you have lace. It is made with the highest level of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Much of it is made my hand and they have beautiful motifs to choose from.