The Creative Genius of Joy Thigpen.
By: Sarah Dobson | Tuesday 16th of October 2012 10:15:16 PM
That is an interesting name, isn't it? Joy Thigpen. I have come across it here and there on wedding publications over the past year or so, but it has only been within the past month that I have become very interested in this name. I found Joy through the popular wedding blog Once Wed, which is based here in Atlanta. Joy is the creative director for the entire blog. I always thought Once Wed was the sole brainchild of Emily Newman, but I learned last month that while Emily Newman is the writer and the founder, the creative genius behind the blog is actually Joy Thigpen. As I have recently learned, Joy Thigpen is the creative director for more things than just OnceWed. Joy is also a fabulous florist, event stylist, photographer and writer. I was on her website about an hour ago and noticed quite a few things about this woman that I like:
1. She is a good writer. When describing herself and some of the services she offers, she does a good job of coming across honestly. She also does a great job of explaining what she does clearly and without seeming boastful or full of herself. (something I am not fond of)
2. From the images she posts and the photoshoots she has styled, I can tell that this woman has a true eye for beauty and elegance. I was temporarily transfixed by a few of the images that are in her porfolio on multiple occassions. (See images below).
3. She is deeply creative and enjoys using natural elements in pretty much everything she creates.....which takes anything from an eight to a ten if you ask me.
4 Her creativity is smart in some way. I am not even able to explain what that means exactly, but I would defend it if questioned.
So, now that I have talked her up so much, you are probably interested to see some of her work, right? Below is shoot that she did along the infamous Jose Villa, and at the very bottom is a picture of Joy Thigpen herself. I am also going to post some of the images from her blog in the next blog posting. If you are looking for a florist, a planner, a stylist, a creative director or perhaps just someone to tell you if your outfit looks good, you should look up Joy Thigpen. Here is a link to her website: http://www.joythigpen.com/. Happy La Gartier everyone!!
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La Gartier is Now Available at Pure English Couture Bridal!!!
By: Sarah Dobson | Tuesday 16th of October 2012 09:49:23 PM
La Gartier is delighted to announce its newest retail location: Pure English Couture Bridal. Pure English is the place to go for the modern, fashion-savvy bride who demands the best selection and deserves the ultimate in service and honest, down to earth, customer care. For ten years, pure english couture has offered brides a true boutique experience unique in the Virginia Beach, Virginia. Their philosophy is simple: to provide fresh, independent designer styles, in an intimate and completely private boutique setting. Pure English Couture hand selects gowns from the best English, American and International bridal and accessories designers. La Gartier is extremely proud to now be among one of Pure English's prestigious, hand-selected accessory designers. Below are a few pictures from Pure English. To learn more about this fabuloius boutique, you can visit their website by clicking here. Happy La Gartier everyone!!!
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Blue Wedding Garters
By: Sarah Dobson | Tuesday 16th of October 2012 09:37:19 PM
Are you prepared to see the prettiest, most elegant blue wedding garters ever created? Welcome to La Gartier Custom Garters: the modern bride's favorite online boutique for stylish, modern, impossibly cute wedding garters. And when it comes to checking off the "something blue" off your check list, La Garter is here to help you do it with a smile on your face. You see, here at La Gartier, we have some of the most breath taking blue wedding garters that have ever been created. You can choose from the Estella (first picture below) with a beautiful crystal rhinestone brooch or the Annabelle (see second picture below) with a cute, small blue center bow. Listed below are some of my favorite blue wedding garters, but please feel free to see all of the garters La Gartier has to offer by clicking here.
If you are looking to purchase a blue wedding garter for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to contact us by using the contact form here or by emailing me, the designer, directly at email@example.com.
The Estella Garter: Blue Dupioni Silk with Ivory Organza Trim and Center Rhinestone Brooch
The Annabelle Garter: Tea Stained Square Taft Ribbon, Center Blue Floral Embroidered Bow, Single Pearl Detail.
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Sports Wedding Garters
By: Sarah Dobson | Tuesday 16th of October 2012 09:08:50 PM
Over the past year or so, I have designed so many sports-themed wedding garters I can barely keep track of them. I will be completely honest: I am not a huge fan of the whole college football type wedding garter, but I have gotten so many requests for them over the past few years that I finally decided this: If I am going to make a sports-themed wedding garter, I am going to make it the prettiest, most elegant wedding garter design that anybody has ever seen. Below are pictures of just a few of the sports-themed wedding garters that La Gartier has to offer. I also do professional sports teams like the NY Yankees and the Denver Broncos. If you are looking to purchase a sports wedding garter for yourself or someone that you adore, look no further. I can make a garter for any team you send my way. To order, you can either contact us by using the contact form here or by emailing me, the designer, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alabama Classic Wedding Garter
The Georgia Bulldogs Wedding Garter
The North Carolina Wedding Garter
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Unique Wedding Garters
By: Sarah Dobson | Tuesday 16th of October 2012 08:05:50 PM
Are you looking for a bridal garter that is beautiful, modern, elegant and unique? But no matter how long or hard you search, you just can't seem to find a wedding garter that isn't old, cheap or stuffy looking? Well, this is exactly why I started La Gartier. About two years ago, I began to notice that the wedding garter, as a basic wedding accessory, was in serious need of a re-design. It seemed as if every garter I came across hadn't been given a face lift since 1977. So I set to work creating a wedding garter that was fresh, modern and totally unique. If you are looking for a gorgeous, modern, fresh take on the wedding garter as you know it, look no further than La Gartier Custom Garters. Below are some of my favorite unique wedding garter designs. Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions regarding how to purchase or use the contact form by clicking here.
The Elizabeth Garter: Blue Dupioni Silk, Ivory Organza Trim, Center Rhinestone Brooch
The Annabelle Garter: Tea Stained Ivory Fine Square Taft Ribbon. Center Blue Foral Embroidered Bow and Single Pearl Embellishment.
The Anais Garter: Blue Dupioni Silk, White Vera Wang Embroidered Netting, Whiter Pearl Flower Embellishments.
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Newest Design Crush: Julia's Poppies Design
By: Sarah Dobson | Monday 1st of October 2012 09:09:17 PM
So I have met another really amazing Atlanta-based designer. AND she is in the wedding industry. AND she is a she. AND she is around my age. I have to be completely honest: I really didn't know that there were so many awesome, young, fun, intelligent female entrepreneurs right here in Atlanta. Had I known, I would probably have gone out a TON more over the past few years. Ok, that's off subject. Anyway..........about three weeks ago I woke up fairly early one morning to attend a mandatory StudioWed meeting at The Foundry at Puritan Mill.(a must see if you live here in ATL) With my coffee in hand, I walked into this gorgeous sunlit room and met about a handful of other StudioWed ATL vendors. Among them was Jamie Wyckoff, the owner of a high-end wedding stationary company called Julia's Poppies Design. I instantly recognized a fellow creative. I don't know if it was the way she dressed or the way she carried herself, but I could tell that we probably would have hung out if we were in middle school or high school or something. (In fact, Jamie, if you are reading this, did you ever listen to Tori Amos? I bet you did.)
This girl's stationary is no joke. On her website, she describes her company as "a small studio specializing in wedding stationery". I think this is a total understatement. Her description should read "the most original and beautifully crafted wedding stationary ever created. If you continue your search for other websites, you will only be disappointed". Her designs are gorgeous and very very detailed. (See examples of her work below). To learn more about Jaime and Julia's Poppies Design, you can visit her website by clicking here. I don't know what else to say. If you don't hire her as your invitations designer you are making a huge mistake???????
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Matching Toss Garters
By: Sarah Dobson | Monday 1st of October 2012 08:27:17 PM
Last night, I wrote a blog posting about how La Gartier is going to begin to offer two different types of toss garters: plain and.....well....not. You see, I have recently begun receiving tons of requests for toss garters that somehow match the brides' keepsake garter. So, within the next few months I am going to add a few listings to the website for those who want to order a garter that has a little something special. (I am loving the idea of a completely sparkly, girly, rhinestoned encrusted toss garter so I am hoping to add something like this....along with a pearl inspired option too)
Tonight I have decided to dedicate the next full thirty minutes of my life to blogging about some of the prettiest toss garters I have recently made. So, sit back, enjoy and take in the following five gorgeous matching toss garter/keepsake garter sets created for five different very unique, special La Gartier Brides.
Above: This is La Gartier Bride Ashley Hansen's oh-so-beautiful garter set. For her toss, we decided to put one single, large rhinestone at the center to help it match her keepsake. I really loved creating this garter for Ashley. We actually ended up texting back and forth for days to get her garter design absolutely perfect and became friends along the way.
Above: This garter set was created for La Gartier Bride Darla Hoy. Darla wanted a toss garter made out of smocked organza simply because she liked it. We decided to use pink velvet elastic underneath the smocked organza to bring in the pink roses that were being sprinkled throughout her wedding. This garter set screams glamour to me.
Above: This garter set belongs to La Gartier Bride Linda Matthews. For her toss, we wanted to bring in the plum and ivory pearls that were used to embellish her keepsake.......but we didn't want to use too many of them. So, we decided to do use about twenty plum and ivory pearls but alternate them along with ten very sparkly, discreet rhinestones.
Above: This garter set was created for La Gartier Bride Katie Beilin who wanted a tiny letter "H" initial to hang from her toss garter. This was the letter of what would soon become the first letter of her new last name. Precous idea, don't you think? (It was all Katie's....I take absolutely no credit here)
Above: This garter set was created for La Gartier Bride Lindsay Hasselbring. Lindsay had purple orchids all throughout her wedding and wanted to incorporate their beauty into her garter design somehow. After doing a ton of searching, I finally found two very very precious orchid inspired pendants in Egypt. Both she and I had to wait over a month for the orchid pendants to arrive, but once they did we knew that putting one on her keepsake and one on her toss would be the best way to make the two match. Isn't this garter set stunning??
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Toss Garter Options: Plain or Particularly Pretty
By: Sarah Dobson | Monday 1st of October 2012 08:10:47 PM
Here at La Gartier, we offer two types of toss garters. That is, if you are looking for a simple throw away garter, we sell plain ivory or white satin toss garters for ten dollars each on The Garters page. (See pictures below to get a better idea of what the ten dollar toss away garters look like). Brides can add them to their cart along with a keepsake garter of their choosing. However, lately I have had a TON of brides request toss garters that are a bit above average. For example, I had a bride just yesterday ask me to put rhinestones around the entire body of her toss to match the rhinestone beading on her keepsake garter. Just a week prior, I had two brides ask me to put pink satin bows at the center of their toss garters to, as they said, "dress them up" a bit.
Why am I writing this post? And telling you all about toss garters? Well, I have decided to start offering really beautiful toss garter options to all of my brides. I figure that if I am getting a steady number of requests for them, I might as well go ahead and create a few different styles of super gorgeous, above-average toss garter styles. Look for a listing entitled "Rhinestone Toss Away Garter" and "Pearl Toss Away Garter" in the coming months. Until then, if you are interested in having a super special, custom toss away garter made to match your keepsake garter, please feel free to contact us at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can always use the contact form by clicking here.
Ivory Toss Away Garter
White Toss Away Garter
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Newest Obsession: Claudia McDade Photography
By: Sarah Dobson | Monday 24th of September 2012 08:36:38 PM
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting photographer Claudia McDade at the Inspired Bride Event. Claudia and I were both participating in the event as industry professionals and had a wonderful time meeting and chatting with dozens of giddy brides throughout the day. As the day went on, I got a chance to talk with Claudia and learn a learn a bit about her and her work. And now I must brag about her: Claudia McDade's photography is stunning. She is not only a fabulous wedding photographer,
but she also is an incredible fashion photographer. in fact, Vogue Italy just recently asked Claudia to shoot an editorial styled shoot for them. I don't know if there is a photo that this woman cannot take!! Recently, Claudia has begun shooting bridal boudior photography sessions which are trending big time. While I see a ton of photographers offering boudior services, not all of them are shooting as tastefully and as artfully as Claudia. If you are interested in hiring a photographer for your wedding or for a boudior shoot.......or, well, just about anything......you MUST look up Claudia McDade photography. Here is a link to her website: http://cmcdadephotography.com. Below are a few examples of Claudia's work for you to swoon over. Happy La Gartier everyone!!
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Angry Birds Inspired Garter + Live View Studios
By: Sarah Dobson | Monday 24th of September 2012 08:14:24 PM
A few months ago I had the pleasure of collaborating with Brent and Anna Deitrich of Live View Studios for an Angry Birds inspired photo shoot. Angry Birds you say? Yes. At first, I was skepitical about how well Angry Birds would translate into a wedding theme, but after seeing the photos that Brent and Anna just sent me, I am floored by how gorgeous this shoot turned out. For the shoot, I designed two different feather-based wedding garters. One was a red quail feather garter with an ivory velvet elastic band. The second was a black feather wedding garter with a center rhinestone brooch that was to-die-for. Below are photos of both of the garters along with some of my favorites images from the shoot. Thank you so much for inviting me to be apart of such an originial and creative styled shoot Brent and Anna!!! If you or someone you know is interested in having a wedding garter made based on an original them or idea, please feel free to contact me using the contact form here or by emailing me directly at email@example.com.
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