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  • Personalized Wedding Garter Spotlight: A Custom Wedding Garter Made Using La Gartier Bride Allie Mallon's Mother's Dress Fabric

    Don't tell anyone, but we haven't blogged about our custom garter designs in almost a year. I am so embarrassed. 2021 was such a busy year for us, that we hardly had any time to sit down and write about our favorite custom designs that we produced between the months of January to December. However, today is a gorgeous (albeit cold) January day in 2022, and I figure it's better late than never. 
    Last January, we had the pleasure of meeting a bride named Allie Mallon, who asked us to create a garter for her using her mother's dress material. (Fun fact: her mother actually wanted her to wear her vintage dress on her
    wedding day, but Allie wasn't so hot on that idea. Instead, she compromised with her mother and told her that she would incorporate the lace from her gown into her wedding garter...and hire us to do it.)
    Interested to see what her mom's gown looked like? See the photo below to see Allie and her mother together. On the left is Allie wearing her mom's 1980s wedding gown. 
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    After an initial phone consultation, Allie was fast to ship us an entire box of fabric from her mother's wedding gown, which she expertly extracted herself! We then set to work transforming the lace from her mom's gown (as well as a little baggie of pearl embellishments) into a wedding garter set. Interested to see how beautifully it came out? Keep scrolling down!
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    Do you see all of those tiny ivory pearls scattered across her toss garter? These pearls were taken from her mom's dress and carefully hand-sewn onto her toss garter. The sunset charm at the center was included to symbolize Allie's favorite relationship past time: watching the sunset with her fiance. 
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    A side view of Allie's custom wedding garters. Here, you can see the vintage heirloom lace from her mother's gown that we used to create the back band for her keepsake garter. There is just something about high-end lace, isn't there? It lends the whole design an element of expensiveness that you just can't get with lower-end laces. 
    Interested to see more photos of her incredible heirloom custom garter set? Keep scrolling down!
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    Allie's custom wedding garters inside of our signature La Gartier box. 
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    I adore how you can see the lace taken from her mother's gown peaking out just so in this photo!custom wedding garter made using mother's dress fabric
    A close up view of Allie's sunset charm, added to symbolize the number one activity that she and her soon-to-be-hubby love to do together: watch sunsets. Also, how darling are those little tiny ivory pearls taken from her mom's dress??

    This wedding garter set was so fun to make for Allie. Sometimes, it blows my mind to be trusted with such love-filled, precious materials like her mom's dress. Dear Allie, from me to you: thank you for trusting us with such a monumental project. I will literally never forget the romance of this project. 

    Are you someone who is interested in having a custom garter made for yourself or someone you love? Then we would love to hear from you! Click here to view our current customization availability (we schedule them out on a monthly basis) and send us a message! 

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  • Custom Garter Spotlight: La Gartier Bride Moriah Stickley's Brothers' T Shirt and Neck Tie Wedding Garter Set

    As our company grows, so does the complexity and depth of our custom wedding garters. You might want to grab a box of tissues for this one. 
    When I first spoke with La Gartier bride Moriah Stickley on the phone, I instantly felt a connection to not only her as a person but also her story. I could tell that Moriah had a great sense of humor, and a certain grounded, all-American nature that one finds commonly among people brought up in the MidWest. I seriously couldn't detect one ounce of mal-intent or subterfuge in Moriah's personality. I could tell that she was fun, honest, but had been hurt. As I listened to her talk during our very first phone consultation, I was surprised to learn that Moriah had been born with a twin brother named Elijah. Much to my heart's dismay, I soon learned that Elijah had died in a car accident not even two years ago as he was driving to Moriah's surprise engagement to her boyfriend of seven years. (Elijah was the reason Moriah met her fiance so many years ago as both of them had been serious wrestlers.) When Moriah told me her story about her brother, her story about her amazing soon-to-be-husband and the life she lived, I sensed that her garters were going to be amazing-- and they were.  By the time we had finished her phone consultation, I felt more determined than ever to create a wedding garter set for her that reflected not only her beautiful heart but also her love for her brother...and dare I say-- a way for her to keep her brother close to her as she walked down the aisle. Why? Well, I can write it down here in words exactly. I am not sure why. Some things are ineffable. But I do know that when she asked me to be apart of this project, I knew that I had to give it my all. It's almost as if I felt that the weight of the situation..and the love of the situation...deserved the very best that La Gartier had to offer. Maybe I felt that I could help heal a part of Moriah's loss through this creation. I don't feel that I will ever truly be able to convey the beauty of Moriah's custom wedding garter set, but I do know this: when she asked me how to incorporate her brother into her garter, I asked her if she still had any of his clothes. She told me that she did! She had a neck tie and a t-shirt in his favorite color: blue. I asked her to ship me those two things as well as anything else that she wanted to incorporate. You can't imagine how thrilled I was when I received a package that included a necktie and t-shirt that used to belong to Eli along with pieces of Moriah's mothers' wedding gown! Talk about heirloom integrity!
    The elements of Moriah's design were so multi-layered and UNIQUE that I can't think of anything else to do but bullet-point them! Scroll through the photos below to learn more about deeply meaningful custom wedding garter set. (oh-- and did we mention that we made her set of hankies too?! Don't stop scrolling now!)
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    The pearls that were sewn into the middle of Moriah's "Galia" custom garter were taken from her mother's wedding gown. The bow that you see above was a bow that was once apart of her mom's wedding gown also! 
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    The back band of Moriah's "Galia" garter was made using her brother Elijah's necktie. The sides of her toss garter were embroidered (in blue) with her and her fiance's initials.
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    The "Calvin Klein" tag that is on the inside of her toss garter was taken from her brother's neck tie. R.I.P. Elijah you looked like a super cool guy.
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    All three of Moriah's custom wedding garters: one to keep, one to toss and one to call a toss but really keep.
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    Truth be told: Moriah's hankies were my favorite to make. All of them were made using her brother's favorite t-shirt. Not only is the color ah-mazing but the appliques that I hand-sewed to the front are from her mother's gown. Also, white embroidery is so pretty, don't you think?!?!
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    Moriah kept one for herself but gifted the others to her mother, her fiance.
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    Moriah's hankie with her custom garter set. Did I mention that the applique on the hankie was taken from her mom's gown? #AllCustomEverything
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    Yes, I am still posting pictures of these. 
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    Interested in having a custom garter made for yourself? Please email us at to book your custom spot. Right now, we are completely booked until July of 2019 but as long as you are not getting married until after August 1st of 2019, then there is still time!! (big shout out to Moriah Stickley for trusting me with this project!)
  • Custom Garter Spotlight: Kayla Shudy's Vintage Blue Butterfly Heirloom Wedding Garter Set

    When I first spoke with La Gartier bride Kayla Shudy on the phone, I instantly felt a connection to not only her as a person but also her story. I could tell that Kayla was sweet, honest, and lived her life with a full and open heart. As I listened to her talk, I sensed that her garters were going to be amazing-- and they were. By the time we had finished her phone consultation, I felt more determined than ever to create a wedding garter set for her that reflected not only her beautiful heart but also her story. Why? Well, I can write it down here in words but I don't feel that I will ever truly be able to convey the beauty of Kayla's custom wedding garter set. The back story: Kayla's mother passed away in 2011, shortly after meeting Kayla's soon-to-by hubby. When Kayla got engaged, she knew that she wanted to be able to have her mother with her in some way on her wedding day, but wasn't sure how. When she heard about our custom designs, she reached out and asked us if she could send us a sleeve from her mother's wedding dress so that we could use the fabric within her wedding garter design. (We call these designs "repurposed" wedding garter designs and I adore them with all of my creative being.)
    So, Kayla shipped us the sleeve to our Atlanta studio and we got to work right away. Little did I know that the garter set that would be born of our meeting would end up being one of the prettiest custom garters this side of the Mississippi. 
    The elements of Kayla's design were so multi-layered and UNIQUE that I can't think of anything else to do but bullet-point them! Scroll through the photos below to learn more about deeply meaningful custom wedding garter set. 
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    The butterfly that you see at the center of Kayla's toss was special due to the fact that it was Kayla's mothers' favorite symbol. Not only that, but it also served as Kayla's "something blue." 
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    The best part? This locket was a vintage find, so it also serves as Kayla's "something old".  I am literally dying to know what Kayla is going to decide to put inside the locket on her wedding day. 
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    The back band of Kayla's keepsake garter was embellished with dozens of tiny sequins and pearls that were taken from the sleeve of her mother's vintage wedding gown. *grabs tissues*
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    I knew that Kayla was not going to want to toss her vintage butterfly locket garter, so I created a third REAL toss garter for her that featured a silver "O" charm at the center (which, as you can guess, is the first letter of her new last name.)
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    La Gartier bride Kayla Shudy's wedding garters inside of our signature box. I have no words to describe how honored I feel to be a small part of such a significant day in Kayla's life. I can only hope that we made her mother proud. 
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  • Custom Garter Spotlight: La Gartier Bride Kelley Romero's Romantic Southern Bayou Inspired Wedding Garter Set

    Just finished: La Gartier bride Kelley Romero's Romantic Southern Bayou wedding garter set!! This special design was created using pieces of Kelley's mothers' wedding veil and gown. (If you watch our videos on instagram, then you will probably remember the beautiful vintage veil we had sitting on top of our studio lamp for 2 weeks. Her veil made our entire room feel more alive and beauty-infused, similar to how one single vase of roses can bring a room to life.)
    Originally, Kelley had requested a garter that would be romantic, whimsical, girly sparkly and unique to match her Hayley Paige gown but after we spoke via telephone, she and I decided to also add elements from her mother's wedding day ensemble. This took the significance of her garter set from a 5 to a 10 in my opinion!!! The best part?? All of the embellishments that we pulled from the vintage veil were IRIDESCENT, which couldn't have worked more perfectly with Kelley's love of Hayley Paige!!!
    Below are detailed photos of Kelley's unbelievably special wedding garter set! If you love this set as much as we do, then read the captions below each photo to learn more about the details that make this design so meaningful!! Interested in a custom garter set of your own?? You can contact us by clicking here.
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    All of the tiny flowers that you see came from the crown of her mother's veil. This took hours upon hours of hand-sewing and cutting pieces off of Kelley's mothers' original veil, but to be completely honest, it was a blast!!  
    The color of the light champagne pink fabric under the flowers was created to match the layered skirt on her gown as well as the pink ombré Sara Gabriel veil that Kelley will be wearing. (i die) 
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    The two bridal buttons on either side of her "Hayley" toss garter were taken from her mother's gown.
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    The swarovski crystals that we placed inside the flowers and in little "cluster" arrangements on the back band of her garter were done in a mixture of clear and opal stones to match Kelley's other wedding accessories. 
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    My favorite part? Kelley sent me the original tag from the inside of her mother's gown to be incorporated into her garter. Talk about a meaningful "something blue"! (or should I say "something navy blue"?)
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    Because Kelley ended up adoring her Hayley toss garter, I decided to make her a third, simple pink velvet toss for the garter removal part of her reception. The flower at the center and the little iridescent sequin leaf in the middle were both taken from the crown on her mother's veil. 
    Kelley, I could go on forever about how incredible these garters turned out, but what I can't communicate in words is the feeling that came over me when I had your wedding music playing while slowly hand-sewing the details on the back band. Something truly magical happened in those moments, like weaving your love of Mark together with your love of your Mom and...maybe, just maybe, the love you will have for your future daughter.
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  • Client Blogs > Client Reviews

    Last week, one of our past clients Madison McCoy wrote the sweetest blog about her experience with La Gartier. I would be lying if I said that her words didn't bring tears to my eyes. Right now, it's pretty much the height of wedding season and any bridal industry professional will tell you that we are entering some of the most challenging summer months in terms of volume and inquiries. Sometimes, it is little things like the blog below that keep you going...and remind you why you do the job you do: because you LOVE IT. Without further adieu, here is exactly what Madison published last week: 

    "There is a theory that the wedding garter was regarded as a token of love with "magical powers," which is freaking cool. Although garters are a small part of your wedding day, they are one of the few pieces of wedding day attire that you can store in a small place and look at on a regular basis. They're also another way to incorporate your own personal style, and they're the perfect heirloom to pass down to your daughter or future daughter-in-law.

    If you read my “Unconventional Pops of Color for the Bride” post, you’ll remember all of the gorgeous La Gartier garters that I featured. I think the best part about planning a wedding is working with so many vendors who are passionate about all of the little details that go into your big day, and that’s what drew me to La Gartier.

    Not only are their garters handmade, but they also make custom garters as well.  La Gartier has made garters for Jamie Lynn Spears, Katherine Webb, Hayley Paige, Nikki Ferrell, and more. If you check out her insta, you’ll see all of the gorgeous brides they have made garters for and a ton more behind the scenes footage of the creative process. Seriously, this account is probably one of my favorites because I’m always wondering what she, Sarah AKA the glitter and sparkle queen, will come up with next.

    My personal experience with La Gartier was nothing short of amazing and stress free. Sarah truly takes pride in everything she does, and she works day and night to make sure that the bride is 10000% happy with her garter(s). She sent me regular updates throughout the entire process and always checked in with me before making decisions, even though we were always on the same page.

    You can read the story of my garter on La Gartier’s blog! It’s definitely one of my most special accessories for my wedding day, and you’ll see why.

    I put my name on the list for my custom garter in late fall of 2016, and I received it early February. Sarah took that time between fall and February to find the perfect lace, flowers, and velvet for my surprise toss garter, that perfectly matched my vision. To this day, it blows my mind she put so much time and effort into my garter!

    If you go the custom route, she includes a beautiful toss garter made from Swarovski crystals, but because she had some extra fabric, she surprised me with a complementary third garter. *mind blown*

    When I opened the bright pink, bubble wrapped package, I literally gasped. Sarah had wax sealed the sweetest hand written note and added a few extra flowers from my garter for that little special touch. I was literally screaming, and I hadn't even opened the box with my garters yet. When I finally composed myself enough to look inside, I immediately noticed that the fabric and materials she had used were not the kind you'd find in any store. They are so high quality, and she even went as far as to include a sweet La Gartier charm inside the garter. I die.

    I truly couldn’t have asked for a more pleasant experience with Sarah and La Gartier, and I would recommend her to any and every one in search for the most perfect garter."



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