Meet The Garter Girl

Hello! My name is Julianne Smith and I’m The Garter Girl. I’ve been designing and hand creating simple, stylish wedding garters since 2004. The Garter Girl is all about hand creating modern wedding heirlooms.

I live in Washington, D.C. with my husband and three children. (If you care to see my little garter babies, check here, herehere and some are here.) Before wedding garters and babies, I worked in politics. (I live in Washington DC, after all!) My speciality was in media relations and strategic communications. It was an amazing and historic time in Washington, DC and I traveled the world and learned even more than I could have ever imagined. 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, a stylish wedding garter design company, in 2004.

Even though I learned my sewing skills from my much more talented mother, I hand make each and every wedding garter that goes out of my shop. I design and hand create each stylish wedding garter to order from a special place in my heart. I hope that The Garter Girl brides wear their wedding garter with love and then tuck it away in a personal place to become a wedding heirloom for generations to come.

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, you’ll find United With Love full of helpful information and inspiring local ideas specific to the DC area.

The Garter Girl designs and hand makes stylish wedding garters that celebrate wedding traditions and bring those traditions 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!

Jennifer Domenick