I think we can all agree that my favorite expression is "it's all about the experience." Clearly everything for our wedding was an extension of this phrase and what an experience it was. I have planned hundreds of events with my parents for our family business. Which means I have seen hundreds of garters, whether I wanted to or not. (awkward smile)
As I began thinking about our wedding I originally thought I wanted a Florida Gator garter, but my Kentucky Wildcats husband wasn't going to agree to that one. My beautiful friend Marissa MacLeod, owner of Arlynn Couture, came to my mind like a palm to the forehead. She mentioned wanting to make my garter and I couldn't think of a person that I would rather have create such a special piece for our big day!
MarBear and I met back in May of 2009 while working together at Solutions Bridal Designer House in Gainesville, Florida. She has since continued her career in the event industry and is now a Senior Stylist and Brand Developer at Solutions Bridal in Orlando, Florida.
She also happens to be one of the craftiest people I know and has turned that amazing talent into a business. That business is called Arlynn Couture, specializing in couture bridal garters.
As Marissa puts it,
"I believe that a garter shouldn’t be just something that just gets tossed away as a party gimmick. I think it should be a beautiful accessory that adds to the entire bridal look, just as a gorgeous veil or piece of jewelry would be. Arlynn Garters are made of only the best bridal quality materials. This includes Chantilly and Alencon Lace, Silk Satin, Tulle, Glass Pearls and Swarovski Crystal, among other materials. Many garters also use recycled vintage jewelry pieces found at local antique stores, making them one of a kind."
Now, let's see the beautiful piece of artwork that I now have the honor of passing down as an heirloom to my daughter. Every aspect of this piece was perfectly handmade for me with love by one of my very best friends. Nothing can beat that.
With many thanks to my beautiful friend, Marissa MacLeod.