Studio tour: Garter Girl

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Name: Julianne Smith
Location: Washington, D.C.
Company: Julianne Smith Wedding Garters

What is your aesthetic? Bedroom chic! Ha! My real answer would be…purely functional.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? My work area is super functional, as you can see by the bins, but it also has little touches of me and my personality everywhere, like with the wall color and the pictures. Everyone who comes to my home always comments on how organized everything is, which is kind of funny because I’m not an organized person by nature. I’m quite a mess truthfully. (Here’s a tip, get bins for everything…just having them is organization itself, you don’t have to actually be organized within the bin!) I’m a hand crafter by hobby and profession. I love to be creative, but I live in 1,000 square feet of space in a major city, so there is no wasted space in my home. I’m constantly editing and clearing out my craft and work supplies. I don’t keep anything around unless I seriously intend to use it. This is a great philosophy for me because it motivates me to not have unfinished projects lying around. Everything in my house and on my sewing desk has its place and function. I’m not a nick-nack type of person in general, but any personal items that I do have are on the shelves of my sewing table. I like being able to look up at fun pictures and great memories as I’m working.

Favorite part of your studio? I love that I can run my business from my home so that I can stay here with my daughter full time and I can work while she naps.

Where do you go for inspiration? I go everywhere for inspiration! I just had a great idea for a new photo shoot concept come to me on my run this morning…inspiration is all around, we just have to be open and ready for it!

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? This is hard because there are so many little things that I use to put on little wedding garter together, but if I had to pick one, I say sewing machine. I just love it! It was a gift from my parents. It is the lifeline of my company and how I’m able to make what I make.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to?
A studio space, preferable shared with others. I’m dreaming of a super bright, open space that is very clean and fresh with little work areas around the edges for all of my friends. And, then in the middle would be a common area where we can chit chat and hang out….who is with me??

Anything else we should know? I love what I do! Running this stylish wedding garter company has been one learning experience after another and I can’t get enough of it!

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[images from Julianne Smith]

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Real wedding: Jess + Chris


Jenny always sends me the best weddings!  This one took place in Red Hook, which I think might be a first for me, so I was excited to see how cool everything turned out!  Jess gives all the juicy details below…

Chris and I were married on September 12, which, as near either of us can guess, just about marked our twelfth year together. We met in college in Indiana, where I’m from. Since then, we followed each other to Texas and then to New York, and have grown together and supported each other through various crazy plans, impoverished states, graduate degrees, and a couple of different careers. Now I am a lawyer in the city, and this year, Chris completed his PhD and got an assistant professor position here. It’s been a big year, and a good year to get married!

We have lived in Brooklyn since 2001 and most of the people we wanted to celebrate with us live here, so we never considered getting married anywhere else. Brooklyn is home! We got engaged on October 2008, but didn’t really start planning until mid-to-late Spring. We wanted to have our favorite people there, and to plan a ceremony and party that fit us – warm, low-key, and classy. We *think* our wedding was those things – but we *know* that almost everybody (including us) cried at the ceremony, that the dance floor was packed at the party, and that it was the happiest day of our lives (so far).

Ceremony:  Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Pier in Red Hook. We chose it because it is an intimate, secular spot and a “real place” that we can visit on our anniversaries (or anytime).

Reception: Botanica. Gorgeous, close to the pier, with amazing crafted cocktails and the perfect size for our 80 guests.

Officiant: Lisel Burns, Clergy Leader Emerita from the Brooklyn Ethical Culture Society.

Wedding Party:  We asked friends and family to be involved in and help with our ceremony, and had planning help from several good friends whom I also invited to hang out with me as I got ready for the wedding, but no matching dresses or having to stand in a row in front of everybody at the ceremony.  Chris’ two brothers were his de facto groomsmen.

Photographer:Jenny Jimenez.  Jenny’s photography is beautiful without being overprocessed, photojournalistic but also creative.  And her subjects all look so comfortable, her warmth just comes right through her lens. She is Seattle-based, but as it turned out she was open to coming to New York for a visit in early September since she has family nearby. Jenny captured beautifully every important moment, made us and our guests look fabulous, and took a lot of care in scouting some amazing locations and shots ahead of time.  And she’s a great dancer!
As far as we were concerned, those were the big things. Here are the rest:

Dress: Nicole Miller. (Okay, now that I visit your archives, I see that my dress was uberpopular this year, hahaha. One thing I love about it though is that it sort of looks different on everybody!)

Shoes: Oscar de la Renta

Chris’ suit: Custom, from L&S Men’s Clothing in Midtown.

Hair/makeup:. Erica Gray

Flowers / decorations: Nicolette Camille Floral Design

Alterations: Susan Ruddie / The Wedding Dresser.  Not only was her work incredible (I’m only 5’1” and my dress was not, it required some major surgery!), but she makes house calls, at least in Brooklyn. I am a terrible klutz, so the idea of traveling with my dress was terrifying. Susan even delivered it to the hotel so that I would not have to schlep it anywhere.

Cake and desserts: Trois Pommes Patisserie / Emily Isaac. Our friend Carrie made our cake topper.

Rings: Mine are both by Ayesha Mayadas from Clay Pot. Chris’ is by Blanca Monrós Gómez.

Music: Our friend Mike played acoustic guitar before and after the ceremony. Our other friend Mike was our DJ.

Coordination: We did not officially hire a coordinator, but Christine Viola of Exquisite Affairs Productions had worked and befriended a dear friend of mine, and she offered herself to answer a lot of our dumb questions (“Where should we stand during the ceremony?” “Are balloons a stupid decoration?” “Do we have enough tables and chairs?”) and held our hands through some last-minute issues that came up. She gave great guidance and was always positive and patient. If she had not already been booked on our wedding day, we would have hired her in a flash.

Other personal touches: As a small surprise, I had Chris’ grandfather’s watch restored and gave it to him before the ceremony. I had also found on Etsy some vintage linen hankies embroidered with our initials, knowing we’re both huge saps and would need them.

I have too many hobbies and a blog to document some of them, the major one being knitting, but I viewed our wedding as a little bit of an opportunity to try a new one – Gocco. Each Gocco project is documented, including lessons learned and resources, at Fig and Plum:


Coasters & CD Covers:

Tote bags:

And um, I also knitted a shrug:

I asked Chris whether he had anything to add, and he said that the parts he remembers the most from our day are the elements we knew we wanted from the very beginning (those “big things” above), even though we obviously had a lot of other things to think about later. I feel the same way.








Balloon garland…why didn’t I think of that??






[images from Jenny Jiménez Photography]

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Real wedding: Kayte + David


How beautiful is this wedding?  There’s such great little details (like the paint tubes as escort cards) that are just absolutely perfect!

The most important part of our wedding was to gather our family from across the country and show them a good time. The key to that is great food, plenty to drink and a killer band! We chose The King Plow Art Center because of it’s industrial vibe and the inspiring selection of art in the gallery room. We choose W Scott Chester Photography because we knew they could creatively capture the energy of the party and the personalities of our friends and family. With the help of our coordinator Suzanne Reinhardt from Magnolia Events and Bold American Catering and Decor, we designed our wedding in classic black and white with splashes of bold colors to play off the amazing artwork. We kept the centerpieces low to the tables, and used canvas’ on mini easels as table numbers and oil paint tubes as seating cards. The bridesmaids and myself each had custom hair accessories made by House of Telsa, a boutique found on The groomsmen wore suites, each with a different purple tie given to them by David and he wore a pink tie (the first gift I gave to him years ago). Using the same fabric as my birdcage veil by House of Telsa, I had a custom belt made for the ceremony, I also had custom pockets and a sweetheart neckline added to my Melissa Sweet dress. The reception started with a Georgia Peach Sweet Tea Cocktail Hour with music by DJ Fluff and light hors d’oeuvres in the gallery. For the rest of the night Hitman, a blues band from Savannah, rocked out and themed food stations consisting of fall flavors, southern classics and a stir fry noodle bar were set up around the gallery. The wedding cake by Matty Cakes was decorated with crystal dress trim and was tiered in pumpkin cake and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. The amazing night ended with a sparkler exit!




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