June 30, 2017
La Gartier bride Kelly Lane Mangum had a stunning wedding in Atlanta, Georgia at the beginning of June. How do I know for sure? Because I was there!! I met Kelly through the Atlanta wedding industry years ago as she is a highly sought after event/wedding photographer in ATL......and on June 3rd, I had the pleasure of attending her insanely chic nuptials. Just imagine a helipad, a 365 degree view of the Atlanta skyline, gorgeous black and white decor, plus one of the prettiest Hayley Paige gown in the world. (Full disclosure: I say that about every Hayley Paige gown!) In short, Kelly's wedding was the epitome of what you think of when you think of a urban-chic wedding. However, as a guest, I was privy to more than just how things looked from the outside. That is, I was witness to a wedding that was not only pretty on the outside but also warm, romantic and full of love on the inside. Seriously, I couldn't stop crying during the ceremony. And I'm not talking about light, pat-at-your-eyes-with-a-napkin crying. I'm talking about downright Kim K. ugly crying. No joke, I don't even know how I became that emotional in public. Perhaps I have grown closer to Kelly than I realized. I did, after all, create her gorgeous wedding garter for her. (see photos below)For Kelly's garter, I created a custom version of our Florentine garter, complete with "something blue" embroidery on the inside, commemorating the date of Kelly's wedding on the inner part of her garter. Then, to make it even more special, I created an all black satin toss garter for her, with a very special silver and gold cross pendant at the center. Why might you ask? Because Kelly and Michael met in youth group over eight years ago!!! And perhaps more importantly, because faith is an absolutely paramount ingredient within their relationship.Dear Kelly, thank you from the bottom of my heart for inviting me to your wedding!!! (#loveyou #meanit)Creating your custom "Florentine Faith" garter set was an absolute blast!Side note: If you love these photos as much as we do and would like to speak with someone about having a custom garter made for yourself or someone whom you love, then please feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org OR you can use the contact form by clicking here. Happy La Gartier everyone!La Gartier bride Kelly Lane Mangum's wedding garters photographed by Milanes PhotographyKelly's toss garter had a gold and silver cross at the center to represent the one thing that matters most in her relationship: faithMy favorite part? The backside of the cross was engraved with the words "faith, hope, and love"
June 20, 2017
This morning, I woke up to the loveliest email from La Gartier bride Sujan Pang. Sujan was married just two short weeks ago and was kind enough to send us photos of her custom military name tag garter from her wedding day. I am going to be completely honest-- not all of the photos that our brides send to us are knock outs. With garters being as sexy as they are, the photos that we get back can be borderline pornographic, so I relish photos like the ones below that exude class, meaning and most of all-- HEART. Dear Sujan, thank you from the bottom of our company's heart for taking the time to send us these beautiful images!!!! (#loveyou #meanit)Creating your custom military name tag garter for you was an absolute blast!If you love these photos as much as we do and would like to speak with someone about having a custom military name tag garter made for yourself or someone whom you love, then please feel free to contact us via email at email@example.com OR you can use the contact form by clicking here. Happy La Gartier everyone!La Gartier bride Sujan Pang's custom military name tag garter paired with her sparkly Badgley Mischka heels and a blue velvet ring box from The Mrs. Box. Swoon."details shots" sent from heavenLa Gartier bride Sujan Pang wearing her custom "Vienna" garter customized with her soon-to-be hubby's tag from his uniform. #heartpunchMilitary Legs For DaysI can't tell which I like more-- Sujan's robe, her garter or her shoes!! Talk about a dream combo!
April 11, 2017
It's not everyday that you get a chance to cut up a real NFL jersey. Which is why I simply adored working with La Gartier bride Stephanie Ming last month! Stephanie married Levine Toilolo, who...if you love the Atlanta Falcons, is a name you are familiar with already.
Stephanie married Levine just two short weeks ago in sunny California and I am so happy to announce that she wore an incredible custom La Gartier garter on her wedding day. The back story: Stephanie gave me one of Levine's real jerseys to cut into and use within her custom garter design. Both her sparkling keepsake and toss garter are made using the jersey fabric as well as its remarkable NFL logo details. Then, to make the set even more personalized, we hung a single music symbol charm from the center of the toss garter to represent Stephanie's love of music. (Gotta love a music-worshipping Pisces!) The final product has turned out so special that I am already talking with a few potential clients about creating a similar jersey-inspired designs for them using other team jerseys! Dear Stephanie- making this for you was nothing short of amazing. As a woman with a TON of Atlanta-pride, I found making this for you heart-warming and downright ATL-patriotic. I am SO happy we pulled this off in time! I feel honored to create something that you will have for decades to come. I'm not going to lie-- I really hope you will someday have a little girl in who will inherit this NFL heirloom love magic!!! ✨❤️️🏈
April 11, 2017
Last month, I had the extreme pleasure of working with a bride named Madison McCoy, who is basically an angel wrapped in cute athletic apparel.
Madison emailed me last August with the hope that I could remake her fiance's great grandmother's wedding garter. That's right-- great grandmother. Her request was so extraordinary that I feel compelled to show you just what Madison wrote to me that late summer day 8 months ago. Here is what she wrote:"My fiancé's grandmother just passed away about a month ago. They were really close, and she was so special to both of us. Over the weekend, my fiancé's mother gave me something so special: the garter his grandmother wore on her wedding day, which was also the garter his grandfather's (who passed years ago) mother wore on her day. This thing is ancient, but the elasticity is still perfectly intact, which is amazing.
So, as you can probably guess, I am torn between what to do. My fiancé and I brainstormed, and he suggested I ask if there was any way you could recreate the garter for me and bring it to life with a La Gartier twist of sparkle and magic."When I read Madison's email, my heart skipped a beat. I immediately asked her to send me photos of the original garter so that I could get an idea of what it looked like. Below are the photos for you to see:This garter was ancient, and beautiful for just that reason. At first, I thought that Madison was asking me to take the heirloom garter and add new elements to it. But what she was asking was for me to create a new garter inspired by the heirloom garter, with a modern and sparkly twist. Seriously, I wouldn't have turned down this request for the world. The floral embellishments on the front of her fiance's great grandmother's garter were what really got me. I set to work shopping like the little fabric and embellishment junkie that I am and just 5 short months later, the new baby was born. Below are photos of Madison's revamped heirloom garter. Creating this beauty was an absolute dream!!! Talk about a meaningful "something blue"! Madison, if you are reading this, I want to take a moment to personally thank you for trusting me with such a meaningful project. I feel honored to have been asked to take on a task significant to your new family's lineage! 10,000 hugs to you!
March 07, 2017
Just finished: La Gartier bride Jamie Boekhoff's gorgeous custom army name tag wedding garter set!! The story: Jamie's fiance was in the army special forces, so she wanted a design that had a meaningful army touch but that retained a classic, feminine look. So, we chose the Athena garter as her keepsake garter but opted to personalize it by incorporating her fiance's army name tag (taken straight from his uniform!) into the back band. 💗 To add to the heirloom integrity of this garter set, Jamie sent me lace from her mother's wedding gown to use on both her keepsake and her toss (which she will never actually toss) and a "St. Lucia" blue turquoise ribbon for the center bow on her toss garter. The turquoise blue ribbon serves as not only her something blue but also a nod to the color of her bridesmaids gowns AND the location of her wedding -- ST.LUCIA!! 🐠🌴🌊🐚 🐟🐬 The best part? The skeleton key hanging from the center of her toss garter symbolizes her love for her recently departed grandfather, who was a huge lover of skeleton keys and who gave Jamie a small collection when he passed. Jamie, creating this set with you has been touching, rewarding and just plain fun! I can't believe we started with the name tag concept alone and then somehow managed to create a piece with multiple layers of meaning!! And so naturally!! If there was ever a wedding accessory to be kept, it's this one. We did good!!!