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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 info@lagartier.com 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!)
  • Semi-Custom Garter Spotlight: Jacqueline LaBeau's Quartz and Something Blue Garter Set

     Brides who love quartz are some of my favorite brides in the entire world. There is always something so loving, bohemian and fantasy-like about them. It is almost as if a Disney princess collided with a mother-earth-loving, music-festival going hippie girl...and to be honest--- I can never get enough of it! That is exactly what happened when I met La Gartier bride Jacqueline LaBeau who wanted something personalized for her wedding, but didn't want to lose sight of her wedding budget. For this reason, Jacqueline booked a semi-custom spot with us last February!!
    She thought about her options carefully before choosing the semi-custom as the definite route for her wedding spending plan. However, after viewing all of her choices (especially the charm choices!) she told us that she felt she could express her personal style and achieve an heirloom-worthy-look within the semi-custom design choices.
    Um, but do you know what I love? I don't think that Jacqueline knew just how much she was going to LOVE her final wedding garter set until she saw photos. (See images below!)
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    Jacqueline chose the Hayley garter due to the fact that she was wearing a Hayley Paige gown on her wedding day. (side note: she also fangirls HARD over HP, so wearing any other designer was out of the question.)
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    For her statement charm, Jacqueline picked out the clear Aura quartz pendant. Why might you ask? Jackie loves all things mystical like astrology, stones that heal, energy readings and-- most importantly-- her yoga-master boyfriend Aaron Spagling. (look him up on instagram immediately! He is incredible!)
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    For this reason, Jacqueline felt that the clear Aura quartz pendant expressed not only her personal style but also her relationship beautifully.

    The final product came out so unbelievably gorgeous. To make her set even more personalized, Jacqueline picked the baby blue embroidery thread from our collection so as to cross off her "something blue" by way of her initials and Aaron's initials. (not to mention their wedding date!) 

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     Interested in having a semi-custom garter set made for yourself or someone that you love? Then we have you covered! Currently, we are booked until June of 2019 for custom designs but as long as your wedding falls on or after July 1st of 2019, then we would LOVE to work with you! Please email us at info@lagartier.com! 

    sarah dobson

  • Semi-Custom Spotlight: La Gartier Bride Kristina Baldwin's Blush Pink Unicorn Wedding Garter Set

    Whenever I meet a bride-to-be who likes the color pink as well as unicorns, I know immediately that we are going to have a BALL designing her wedding garter set. This was exactly the case when I "e-met" La Gartier bride Kristina Baldwin, who told me that she wanted to book a semi-custom garter that included blush pink as well as some sort of unicorn motif. (See photos below!)

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    Kristina had chosen a stunning Hayley Paige gown for her wedding day on March 1st, 2019 and she wanted a unicorn symbol to represent not only the magical-atmosphere of her wedding day but also the iconic Hayley Paige brand. It was a PERFECT match as we have a silver unicorn charm within our semi-custom charm collection. Doesn't it look stunning underneath the bow on her french lace toss garter?!

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    Then, because Kristina chose blush pink as one of the primary colors of her wedding day, we picked out a pink embroidery thread for her initials and wedding date. See the inner embroidery below? This was such a personal, heirloom-appropriate detail to include within her wedding garter set!!

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    Lastly, because Kristina's gown included opals (she was wearing Hayley Paige's Reagan gown which is to-die-for. Seriously. Google it.) she picked the Athena garter as her main keepsake design. All in all, this semi-custom wedding garter set screams Christina, her personality, her love of all things girly and the utter magical-allure of her wedding day. 

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    Interested in having a semi-custom garter set made for yourself or someone that you love? Then we have you covered! Currently, we are booked until June of 2019 for custom designs but as long as your wedding falls on or after July 1st of 2019, then we would LOVE to work with you! Please email us at info@lagartier.com! 

    sarah dobson

  • Semi Custom Spotlight: La Gartier bride Harrison Chantelle's Luna Something Blue Garter Set

    Last week, we had the pleasure of designing a semi-custom garter for La Gartier bride Harrison Chantelle that was absolutely beautiful. Her soon-to-be-hubby proposed to her underneath the night sky, so the sparkling moon pendant from our charm collection was a perfect symbol for her design. (see photos below!)
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    The best part? Chantelle choose dusty blue as her embroidery thread color as she wanted her something blue to be somehow incorporated into her garter design, which means that her touch of blue is her wedding date and her initials on the inside of her garter. 
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    Harrison loved the Vienna from the first moment she saw it, so when it came to picking our which garter to customize as her keepsake, it was an easy decision. For her toss, she choose to keep it simple and classy with our ivory on ivory french lace toss garter. However, in order to infuse her set with even more of her own personal relationship story, she chose the Luna pendant as a nod to the night her fiance proposed to her. We absolutely adore how the two look together and cannot wait to see photos from Harrison's big day! 
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    Interested in having a semi-custom garter set made for yourself or someone that you love? Then we have you covered! Currently, we are booked until June of 2019 for custom designs but as long as your wedding falls on or after July 1st of 2019, then we would LOVE to work with you! Please email us at info@lagartier.com! 
  • Published! La Gartier Bride Lauren Burnham's Wedding Garter Set + all things HEIRLOOM

    Some days start with coffee. Some days start with coffee and national press coverage. 

    We are so proud to announce that we created not one but two beautiful garters for Lauren Burnham on her wedding day. Today, US Weekly was kind enough to post a photo with Lauren wearing her beautiful custom garter set and looking FABULOUS. (click here to read the full Us Weekly article.) 

    Interested to learn more about what Lauren's garters looked like? We don't even know where to start in revealing all of the details! Not only did we create Lauren's garters for her, but we also created a pocket square for Arie, a custom handkerchief for Arie's mother, a custom handkerchief for Lauren's mother, handkerchiefs for all of the bridesmaids that read "Happy Tears" and a very very special hankie for Lauren that she can pass down to her daughter in the future. The best part? Almost every single one of these beautiful items was made using fabric and patches from Arie's race suite. Below is a lengthy photo montage for your viewing pleasure!! I think it's safe to say that I got a little carried away with this project. But what's more fun than getting carried away? Nothing really. xoxo, Sarah 

     

     

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    Lauren wore a custom version of our Ever After garter with a piece of Arie's race suit cut into a heart and sewn into the back band of her garter. 

    For her toss, Lauren paired her unbelievably beautiful Ever After garter with our brand new Venus Pearl toss garter. (see picture above!)

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    Can you catch a little glimpse of Lauren's Venus pearl toss garter here? (and yes-- that's Hayley Paige!)

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    The front side of Lauren's wedding handkerchief. We made sure to choose a phrase that worked for her on her wedding day but that will also work for her daughter on the day that she gets married. #DoubleMeaning

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    The back side of Lauren's handkerchief -- this was a patch taken from the breast pocket of Arie Luyendyk's race suite. (swarovski crystals were added for extra sparkle.)

    hankies for all seven of Lauren's glamorous bridesmaids

    Another photos of the custom hankies for Lauren's bridesmaids- each one was embroidered with her wedding date and the phrase "Happy Tears"

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    This was, by far, my favorite hankie made out of the entire set of heirloom handkerchiefs. This hankie was made for Arie's mother and includes a patch found on the innermost part of his race suite that included his name and race number, written by himself, in a plain ole' ink pen. Since taking on this project, I have learned that each competitor in the world of indie car racing is asked to mark his suite on a special tag that goes on the inside of his/her suite, just near the bottom part of the zipper. Opening up this particular suite of Arie's and finding his name and race number written by the MAN himself with a ballpoint pen was like finding treasure. I knew that his mother would appreciate the tag the most...or so I felt in my heart. So, I snip snipped it off and sewed it by hand to the middle of the prettiest vintage hankie that we had on hand. To this day, I have no idea whether or not Mrs. Luyendyke liked the hankie or not but I truly hope so. It is, after all, her little boy's handwriting. Ok, rant over.

    A detailed, up-close photo of Mrs. Luyendyke's custom handkerchief. Can you see the hand-writing? Why is this so PRECIOUS?! WHY do I feel like crying I don't even really know these people. 

    The hankie created for Lauren's mother-- very simple, very vintage, full of heirloom integrity. 

    This tie was created using my absolute favorite patch from Arie's race suit. As of right now, I am not entirely sure if Lauren gave it to Arie or if she gave it to one of his sponsors (the skull is the logo of his sponsor and they definitely attended the wedding). However, to be completely honest-- I don't mind WHO ended up wearing this fierce little beat of a neck tie. It is just SO.DARN.UNIQUE. Don't you think?! 

    A close up view of the custom neck tie. Dear neck tie: where are you now?

    Another photo of Lauren looking fabulous in her custom Hayley Paige gown. I would like to take this moment to cyber-thank Hayley for being the reason I met Hayley at all. I would have never met Lauren had you not extended me an invite to your press how last October and I honestly would have never known that the beautiful, cheerful blonde that I met was on The Bachelor had it not been for my good friend Cara Buese. They say timing is everything but I am starting to believe it is a combo of timing + good friends. 

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    It has definitely occured to me that you all might not want to see behind-the-scenes photos but these polaroids were taken by my mom over christmas and are V special to me so deal.

    a little sneak peak insta story that we posted before the suit was transformed.

    Arie's pocket square- custom made using one of my favorite tags from his race suit. 

    P.S. Why are holograms so cool?!?

     

     

    Lauren's hankie mid-ideation. 

    thanks mom.

     

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