October 25, 2021
When it comes to wedding traditions you can pick and choose those that mean the most to you – many couples no longer want to wait for the ceremony to see their beloved so choose to have a ‘first look’, nor does every bride wish to toss her beautiful bouquet. And the same with the classic garter! Some see it as an antiquated tradition with no place in modern weddings, whilst others see it as an accessory that can be saved, cherished, and passed down through generations. (While also getting a few ultra-gorgeous photos on their wedding day!)If you’re not so sure whether to garter or not to garter, read on to learn the history behind the tradition and to see 5 gorgeous garters from our collection that may just help you decide!I am not even going to lie to you all. I am not a huge fan of the garter toss myself. However, I am a huge fan of wearing gorgeous accessories who express who I am as a person.....And when it comes to your wedding day, you deserve nothing but the BEST. The garter that you see above is called The Galia...and it is a design that would be perfect if you are looking to pass an heirloom bridal item down to your daughter one day. Beyond just that, it makes for unbelievably gorgeous getting ready photos (think you. your bridal robe. your garter. BOOM.)Click the photo above to see more of this incredible wedding garter full of what I like to call heirloom integrity.Slim and floral-centered, our Daphne garter is a radical departure from what you usually think of when you think of a wedding garter. The best part? There are tiny swarovski crystals nestled in between the tiny white flowers on this garter, making for just the right touch of sparkle. Click on the photo above to see more of our brand new Daphne garter!To me, the garter toss tradition pales in comparison to getting photos like these. And do you know what is SO WONDERFUL? You have the opportunity to use your garter for photographs on so many different occasions! Here are just a few, simply because I love proving a good point:~your pre-wedding boudoir shoot~your getting ready pictures on the day-of~your bachelorette party night~your rehearsal dinner outfit (if you wear a dress with a slit!)~your wedding night (but promise us that you will wear all white/ivory lingerie. Make is sexy. But make it bridal.)~Your first anniversary (preferably at night, once you get home.)~Valentine's DayOne of my favorite features of the wedding garter is that it is the only accessory that you will wear on your wedding day that goes underneath your gown. This means that you can really have fun with it. It is THE accessory that can personify WHO you are as a person, without worrying about whether or not it perfectly compliments everything else within your wedding day look (from the outside!)Above is a perfect example of a garter that has a TON of personality. It is called the Oh-So-L.A. garter and it is truly unlike anything on the planet. The only thing we ask is that you keep it and pass it on to your daughter one day.
May 22, 2017
Last week I had the pleasure of working with luxury wedding photographer Brandi Schaffran-Webb of Alexis June Weddings. As of this very moment, shooting with Brandi last week was hands down the best day I have had so far in May. And while we may still have nine days left before the month is offiicially over, I doubt that there is any other day that will beat this magical dream shoot day.It started at the beginning with the drive itself. It took over an hour to drive to her studio, through lush Georgia farms and expansive forest-lined highways, which was actually wonderfully calming and grounding. (Seriously, I had no idea how much I needed it.)Then, once I arrived at her beautiful, naturally-lit studio, we set to work placing all of the details in the right place, blasting music and working together seamlessly. It was then that the real beauty started.Need proof? Check out the photos plus their captions underneath!! ------>Floral booties from Bella Belle Shoes + the Vienna garter make for a gorgeous and classy bridal combo, don't you think?Our Hayley garter and our Vienna garter paired with two pairs of shoes from Belle Belle Shoes. (oh, and greenery) (oh, and orchids) (oh, and total beauty x 10,000!!!!)Gotta love this gem block "I Do" vow book from Wedding Story Writer. I can't tell which is prettier-- our Vienna garter, the vintage wedding ring or the vow book.If every bride could have a La Gartier garter, flats to dance in from Bella Belle Shoes and a vow book from Wedding Story Writer, then I'm pretty sure it wouldn't matter who your photographer was. Your wedding details photos would be pure fire.Floral Booties and Sparkly Wedding Garters go together like peas and carrots. Or, better yet, margaritas and a sunny patio. Or Gigi and Bella. Or Audrey Hepburn and the color black. Or tissues and The Notebook. Or Britney Spears and trucker hats. Ok, you get the point.
May 21, 2017
Custom Garter Spotlight: La Gartier bride Alicia Relvas's Purple and Black Crystalline Wedding Garter Set
Just finished: La Gartier bride Alicia Relvas's custom electric violet & black crystalline wedding garter set. Alicia's original request was to have a garter that incorporated the color black while remaining classic but edgy. When Alicia told me that her style icons were Gwen Stefani and Audrey Hepburn, my heart broke into a million little inspired pieces and I just knew that her garter needed to come to life. Because her colors were lavender and grey, we created an electric violet velvet toss garter reminiscent of Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. line. Then, because her fiancé proposed to her at the base of the Eifel Tower, we decided to include one single "Paris" Eifel Tower pendant underneath the bow as her statement pendant. My favorite part?? When Alicia asked me to bring the color black into her garter, we decided to do it by way of tiny black sparkling beads along the midline of her garter, which lent a dramatic, edgy look to her design....and that matched her personality oh-so perfectly!!Alicia, creating this set with you was such so much fun!! It's not everyday that I get to work with a bride who loves black (or electric violet for that matter) so working on this set with you was so refreshing!!!! If Gwen Stefani and Audrey Hepburn had a baby, and if that baby was a girl, and if she decided to wear a garter when she got married, then I'm pretty sure that the garter we created would be it. Wait, hang on, is that you???The Eifel Tower pendant at the center of Alicia's toss garter was a gem that symblizes where her fiance proposed to her : at the base of the Eifel tower!!! Isn't this charm dreamy?! We found it in a shop on Etsy called Rudiana that I adore!Another gorgeous photo of Alicia's "Paris" pendant in rose gold.We even created a third toss garter for her so that she did not have to throw her beautiful Paris-charmed garter.At the center of the bow, Alicia and I decided to place one single greenish-blue heart embellishment for a fun and playful "something blue"
May 15, 2017
There is nothing like starting a new work week with a brand new feature on one of the most popular wedding blogs in America. Seriously, if I had to pick between a brand new pair of Louboutins and a press feature as lovely as this, I would pick the press every single time. Suffice to say, I knew that this week was off to a great start when the uber-well-known wedding blog Elizabeth Anne Designs published a styled shoot that we participated in last month at Foxhall Resort.
The inspiration for the day was Classic Southern Romance...and I am not lying when I tell you that every detail that day was dripping with classic Southern charm!! Below are photos from the shoot, including my two favorites: the photos that show off our opal Hayley garter alongside Jimmy Choo's "Luna" heels. (gotta love a pair of sparkle heels that are inspired by the night sky!)
Below are photos from this peachy, over-the-top romantic styled shoot that just made our Monday feel like Christmas as well as a little bit about the shoot itself! Happy La Gartier everyone!
"Nestled approximately 30 minutes, but a world away, from downtown Atlanta is Foxhall Resort, and the tranquil setting provided a perfect backdrop for this classic and romantic inspiration shoot designed by Evermore Weddings & Events. A palette of slate blue, blush, peach, and green created a soft but elegant ambiance, and a blush Hayley Paige gown stole the show! Hacman Floral created a showstopping pastel bouquet to accompany the bridal look, which featured soft, modern hair and makeup from Elizabeth Sloan Beauty. The result is an absolute fairy tale! Beautiful details such as a rounded ceremony altar, elevated greenery centerpiece, and a custom peach cocktail by Lyght House Cocktails complete the scene. We are completely spellbound, as always, by the images from the incredibly talented Brandi of Alexis June Weddings!"
May 11, 2017
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."