Meet The Garter Girl

Hello! My name is Julianne Smith. I design and hand create simple, stylish wedding garters for modern brides. 

I live in Washington, D.C. with my husband and three children. Before wedding garters and babies, I worked in politics. (I live in DC, after all.) My speciality was in media relations and strategic communications. But, like many, I became burnt out and turned to what I love: being creative and designing things!

I’m a lucky girl. I have talented parents who passed on their creative genes to me. I am married to an incredibly supportive guy who I know doesn’t always get my “creativity,” but loves me anyway. And, my friends have always believed in me, even when I thought they were nuts. With all this support, I started The Garter Girl, stylish wedding garter design company, in 2004.

In my “spare time,” I’m also the owner and editor of the Washington DC area’s top wedding blog: United With Love. If you are planning a wedding anywhere from Baltimore, MD to Charlottesville, VA, I hope that you’ll find it full of helpful information and inspiring local ideas.

The Garter Girl is about designing wedding garters that bring the tradition back…with a little style!

The Story

Why stylish wedding garters? It is an odd niche, I agree. Here’s the story: In 2004, my friend, Brooke, wanted a garter for her wedding. She wanted something “furry.” (I’m not kidding!) As a bridesmaid, I was tasked with finding her the perfect wedding garter. (Of all the jobs that I could have been given!) I couldn’t find anything to fit Brooke’s style. I was only given one bridesmaid duty and I was determined to find her the perfect wedding garter. So, I made Brooke’s wedding garter myself! I’m crafty like that. It is so annoying, I know.

I’ve always been one of “those” people who just made it myself when I couldn’t find what I wanted. Yes, I’m that girl who bedazzled my jeans and sewed scrunchies to match every outfit. (The list of my questionable do-it-yourself fashion forays goes on and on…)

After Brooke’s wedding was over, I thought, “Am I the only person who has had a hard time finding a simple, stylish wedding garter?” And, alas my stylish wedding garter company came to be. I am humbly convinced, however, that if resources like Etsy were popular in 2004, my garter search would have been easier and my life’s course much different. But, lucky for me they were not!