Spencer's at the Waterfront || A wedding and a girl in her Polka Dot Dress

I am so thrilled when my brides send me loads of their beautiful photos. Photographers are definitely one of my favourite wedding vendors. They get to capture every breath taking moment when everything comes together and the couple's can finally just celebrate their love and all the hard work that goes into planning a wedding. It's really just like a big exhale after the "I will take yous". To see my brides feeling wonderful and looking exactly how they wanted to look is just the most wonderful thing. They can focus on all the love to be shared that day in a dress that was cut and sewn to perfectly fit them. It's really a phenomenal thing to get these captures, I'm always in awe.

This one bride was no exception, working with Natasha was such a pleasure. She is one of the sweetest and kindest people I have ever met. She knew exactly what she wanted from the start only sending me the front and back of a 1950s polkadot wedding dress she had found on Pinterest. I was ecstatic because I love doing different era pieces! Together with her fabulous mother, we sat down and agreed to get started. It is a huge goal of mine to find the best fabrics and create as close as I can to the vision the bride has. That being said I searched high and low, through every fabric store I knew just to find the right polkadot fabric. To no avail it was no where to be found, but you can't say I ever give up. I know no matter what I'm looking for, I find the exact one or better. I hit Etsy and there it was, the perfect polkadot fabric to fulfill her dress dreams. Natashas wedding was in 2018 but I know she still loves and adores the dress I created for her. If I were to message her now she would tell me the same.

Best day ever!

“My wedding dress was absolutely perfect. Amanda took the time to really understand what I was looking for and what I got was beyond my expectations! She is professional, communicates effectively and has the biggest heart -she truly created a beautiful wedding dress that I couldn't have imagined. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an amazing designer.”

The wedding looked gorgeous, from the photos she sent me by the very talented Mike Rees, you are in for a serious treat.

I hope this has inspired you to look into custom dresses, you can have everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

All you have to do is click here -> Let’s make your dress dreams come true!

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

www.amegdesigns.com

Finding the Perfect Wedding dress for your body type

What do you love to wear?

You may be thinking, okay what does what kind of dress that I love wearing normally have to do with my wedding dress? SO here’s the thing, if you know what fits your body, empire waist, drop waist, fitted, flowing, etc. Then you will have a rough idea of a style that will work for your wedding day. Also, knowing your specific body type goes hand in hand with the idea of your dream dress. Every BODY is so different, that you would see a model who has a completely different body then you and love a dress but once it is on you, you realize your shape makes it look different. There is nothing wrong with this, but with custom I have found over the years, that I can adjust a gown to better fit your body instead of a cookie cutter style of dress that will end up making you feel uncomfortable.

Now I am sure that you have started creating boards and saving pictures of what you would love to wear on your wedding day. That is fabulous! Knowing the fabrics that you’re loving and the style makes it so much easier to narrow down what will make your heart sing when you try dresses on. This will then allow you to find the silhouette that will accentuate your assets and leave your less-loved characteristics out. With my help, I cut and fit a dress exactly to your shape. This means that depending on fabrics and weight lose you may only need one fitting and a final pickup. Also your alterations are INCLUDED in the price so you don’t have to worry about additional costs once you get your dress. How fantastic is that!

Now let’s talk silhouette and body type;

Petite Frame


You don’t want to wear something that you seem to be swimming in, this is mainly for us shorties out there, but if it is too big it can be overwhelming for your body.

A sheath or more fitted trumpet gown would be perfect. If you are wanting to go with a ball gown, a drop waist princess cut would work well because It will lengthen your torso and give you a bit more curve.

A plunging V-Neck with a sustainable strap, elongates that neck and draws the eye upward, which is where we want everyone to be looking anyways right?!

An empire waist style is lovely to give the illusion of long legs and flows really beautifully outward.

Simple fabric, appliques and beading that aren’t too overwhelming can be exceptional design details for you.

Curvy Frame (Hourglass)

Illusions can be your best friend (if that is what you’re looking for) or do you want a style that celebrates all your curves. then you don’t want to miss out on this!

As is for the petite women, the empire waist will give a lengthening effect pairing with a chiffon sleeved skirt, acting as a whimsical and delicate cover up.

A lace illusion styled neckline can be very slimming when paired with a cummerbund-style waistline.

Having an lace off-shoulder neckline, if you’re more narrow, can provide a beautiful long neck and show off the collar bone perfectly. Pair that with a sweetheart underlay and you’re golden. (This is one I have created several times)

Sheath can totally be the way go, creating a long and lean look while accentuating your curves at the same time. High necklines and slight trains for the win!

Accessories like a darker colour sash draws the eye in, creating a slimmer waistline.

Scoop necklines help you to avoid a strapless bra for those who have voluptuous cup size.

The dropped waist silhouette or basque waistline enhances the hourglass figure.

Long & Lean Frame (Athletic)

Most gowns were created with you in mind, as many models have a straight body type. Here are some types to give you some curves and options that not every bride can pull off like you can!

Sheath with it’s different styled necklines.

Contouring seams at the hips can create a curve for the eyes.

Show off those legs girl, with a slit at whatever length you desire, the higher the better ;)

High necklines and a full A-line skirt can balance your height while showcasing it.

Illusion necklines with trickling lace, leaving a hint of bare skin shows off your long beautiful neck.

Crop tops and skirts, yep that’s right you can do it!

Ballgowns are just right because they won’t overwhelm your tall figure.

Top Heavy (Busty)

If you have girl problems, and I mean “the girls” then this one is for you! You can reveal or conceal!

Illusion necklines paired with a sweet heart can be every bit as supportive as it is delicate and elegant.

The sweet heart with straps and a full skirt will balance your frame and keep those “girls” in check.

If you want to go strapless, you can with a straight across neckline as this actually minimizes your assets.

The square neckline is perfect because it is not too revealing and is super supportive.

You can still do a plunging V if you want to, go as deep or as high as you would like. The best part about custom is you can really choose how low you can go.

A draped cowl neck sits seamlessly over your bust allowing you to have more options with a more figure-hugging gown.

At the end of the day, try dresses on! I recommend this unless you know 100% the vision you have will be perfect for your body. I have had clients love one thing and then I need to make adjustments once we get to the first fitting because it does something to their figure they hate. The good thing is, I can change it, YAY! So ladies whatever your body type their is a dress out there for you, all you have to know is what fits you well in life, what you want and you’ll be set!

Looking for suggestions let me know, I’d be happy to discuss options that would fit you seamlessly :)

I hope this inspires you!

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

www.amegdesigns.com

Wedding Bouquets

I have done a lot of wedding shoots creating stunning dresses to coincide with other talented wedding vendors. One thing you always notice in these shoots. are the beautiful floral arrangements and bouquets. I really have been wanting to share some gorgeous inspiration and options with you so you can find something you love and maybe even have a florist close to home that you had no idea existed.

Simple, elegant and green, is sometimes the best way to go. You can do a really light and airy look and have a really sweet colour like the pinks in these captures to create a soft and lovely wedding theme. (For more from this shoot)

Floral Designer - Flwr Club

Again very soft and light but with a whimsical type of theme, very flowing and care free. This bouquet is one that jumps out at you in the most beautiful way. I love the combinations used here and then the subtleties used for the cake and her hair are the perfect match up.

Floral Designer - Raindrops on Roses (she’s actually one of my faves and I have worked with Chi several times, she creates that most fantastic floral designs.)

This is so BOHO I love these flowers, again very carefree and simple with just the right amount of everything, the way it all just comes together perfectly for these shoots on the day of is amazing. It is literally like planning a wedding, minus the guests and giant bill haha, in only a few months.

Floral Designer - Rain Drops on Roses

This one gives a few different options and totally for spring/summer. When we did this shoot there was a snow storm the night before and it was absolutely freezing outside, these floral definitely had us dreaming of warmer weather. The floor arrangement was tall and perfect for your alter, a hanging bouquet for a more dramatic feel and one that was so bright and sunny I could feel the sun, while the last was soft and just the ultimate summer loving kind of bouquet.

Floral Designer - Hilary Adele Floral Design

Omgoodness this shoot smelt incredible let me tell you, all the fresh fruit and florals I was in heaven. I love the bright and gorgeous colours used for this one. I actually had a dress that had a pink skirt, so gorgeous. I can’t show you too much of this one because we are waiting to be featured, BUT I had to share these little snippets of a fabulous array of colours (heart eyes all day!)

Floral Designer - @mariakarimfloristry

Slowly inching through summer and transitioning into fall. This floral crown was perfect for this 1970’s shoot taking from the gorgeous bouquet that had orange Gerbera daisies that are just my dream flower, they’re so pretty and soft. These again can be paired with many different styles of weddings, outdoor and boho come to mind. I just think if you want a flower crown then wear one!

Floral Designer - Rain Drops on Roses (can you tell I love her!)

Okay here comes fall and such stunning rich colours, each designed beautifully by the amazing Rain drops on Roses. I just love working with her because I know her work is always going to be absolutely flawless. That floral crown was definitely a perfect piece for this elopement wedding shoot but would one hundred percent be a wonderful piece for a destination wedding. That’s a little how I see this shoot, like a destination wedding, with the skirt that is removable on that gown.

Another Bohemian Beauty, these deep delicious colours scream fall, the burgundies, oranges, greens and pops of blue are everything. I was not able to be at the shoot but the captures made that day have me swooning for fall and comfy clothes (I love everything fall - little known fact about me!) - See more here!

Floral Designer - Labelle Fleur Design

Last but not least on this epic floral journey, some that are made with fabric, fake flowers and paper! The stunning, handmade floral fabric bouquet is one of my favourites for sure. Marie is so talented at what she does, making hair bows and clips. I asked her if she could create this and she blew me away. I can’t find the girl that made the paper flowers for me but a bouquet with these created by someone who is really good, could do something really stunning for you. The fake flowers bouquet was made by yours truly for a shoot I did with the second wedding dress I ever made, yes it was pink! (Check the link to see more!)

Fabric Bouquet - Bow Appetit by Marie

So get creative girl, there are so many options out there, I’d love for this to help you to narrow down your search.

I hope this inspires you!

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

www.amegdesigns.com

Loved some of the pieces, Dress or accessories from these photos? Let’s chat and make all your wedding day dreams come true!

The Estates of Sunny Brook

McLean House

McLean House

From the moment I drove up the road and came upon this stunning old house I knew this shoot was going to be phenomenal. Fun fact about me, I'm in love with architecture. If it's different, old or at all artistic I'm beaming at the sight. The McLean House, one of the Estates of Sunny Brook, is honestly the perfect place for an elegant wedding.  With stunning grounds to enjoy and take your photos (engagement or wedding), then to venture inside where your met by various spaces to explore. Huge windows that take in all that glorious light and old wood floors that are to die for. Upstairs there is a Bridal dressing suite that is damaskly what your dreaming of (you see what I did there ;)), including a Vanity table with a mirror and a jaw dropping tub in the bathroom that you can sit down in!

Then enter into the sweetest area to marry the love of your life that can totally be decorated in any way you could dream up. From the winding staircase to a large room to have a reception while the pianist plays, this place is the ultimate dream. I 100% had to list this as one of my featured wedding venues on my website.

The captures you're about to see are breathtaking, by an immensely talented group of wedding vendors. All will be listed below you need to check them out!

(As seen on TodaysBride.ca)

Can you tell why this place had me swooning? Honestly you have to check it out for yourself as anything in life pictures just don’t do it justice not matter how stunning they may be. And these are exquisite <3.


I hope this inspires you!

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

www.amegdesigns,com


Vendors from this shoot;

Event Planning & Styling: Alannah @pinkandwhiteevents

Photography: Amanda @amandamorariphoto

Stationary: Chanel Sanci @chanelsanci

Florals: Arina @flwr.ca

Furniture & Table accessories: Alina @roselle_and_co

Men’s made-to-measure: Aaron @aaronlail

Bridal Gown/Veils & Garter: Amanda @yourdesigneramandagarrett

Make-up artist: Prerna @prerna.co

Hair: Jasmin @herhairbyj

Desserts: Claudia @totallycupcakes

Bride model: Karen Pastrana @karen_pastrana_

Extensions for models hair: Tesoro Hair @tesorohair

Crown: Blair Nadeau Bridal @blairnadeaubridal

Rings: Liane Vaz Designs @lianevazdesigns

Lantern/Terrarium rental: Vintage Bash @vintagebash



Wedding Guest Dresses

Wedding Guest

Dress Inspiration

Have you ever been invited to a wedding and immediately started thinking 'what am I going to wear?'.

Short, long, lace, floral, there are so many options as if you were the one getting married. It can be overwhelming but if you first start thinking of the silhouette that you love wearing and go from there is so much easier.

Make sure you know all the colours in the wedding and DO NOT wear those. In a mixture of floral or pattern is fine, but the Bride wants her lady's and colours to stand out, so let her have that for sure. Know if it's black tie or more semi-formal, that also can tell you how fancy to be when choosing a super say beaded dress opposed to a more say 'Sunday best' dress.

There are still loads of options and the pictures attached will show you dresses for the time of year, whether it be Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter. And of course you don’t have to wear a dress (I am biased because I make them lol :P) if you’re a total pants kinda girl, you have so many pieces to choose from as well. Like rompers (pants or shorts), gorgeous long wide leg pants with a beautiful sequined top and oh so much more!

The ideas are endless girl and I want you to have fun because you’re going to have a ton of it at that wedding so why not dress the part. Especially if you don’t get out very often. HA listen I totally understand and I, myself can’t wait to go to my brothers wedding on July 13th and dance the night away while celebrating our two families uniting. It’s going to be a total blast and guess what I did, I took the dress that I made for my baby shower altered it to fit me, while changing it up a little bit, now its absolutely perfect! I can’t wait to show you all, I will definitely be posting on all the socials for you to see :)

Check out some of these Spring/Summer looks accessorized by Stella & Dot. This line came out in 2017 and was perfectly floral in every way.

Now here are some Fall/Winter inspiration, created with fabulous fabrics of gold and navy, plus fun Holiday greens and beautiful embroidered laces! (Flower Hairpiece available SHOP NOW)

There you have it some beautiful pieces that would be perfect for any wedding Guest! Just follow the tips above, have fun and accessorize with a small subtle statement or a dramatically fabulous one. You can do no wrong here girl! (Tag @yourdesigneramandagarrett on Instagram in the outfits you choose, I would love to see!)

I hope this has inspired you!

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

www.amegdesigns.com

Love one of these options, Let’s chat about making your dress dreams come true!

Top 10 FAQS about custom dresses

Commonly Asked questions

about having your

dress designed

  1. Do you have sample dresses?

    • Yes, I do have sample dresses that you can come and see however they’re all from photo shoots, as brides keep their dresses.

  2. Can I try dresses on?

    • Not here, I absolutely recommend finding a style that you 100% love and fits your body type before meeting with me. This will help to ensure that the finished dress will be exactly what you wanted.

  3. What is included in the quote provided?

    • Everything included for this dress quote; fabric, travel, labour, minor alterations and two fittings. I try my best to work within your budget to create the dress of your dreams.

  4. How involved can I be in the process?

    • You can be as involved as you want, some brides want me to send updates and pictures as I find fabrics and get things done, others wait until there first fitting. Totally up to you, this is your investment so I will provide as much information as I can for you during the process. 

  5. What is the process?

  6. Is there a required deposit? Is it refundable?

    • Yes there are two deposits required; one is for booking the first meeting appointment which is $100 to hold your spot and will be taken off the final payment. The second is 50% of the final payment at the first meeting, this ensures completions and enables me to purchase fabrics for your custom dress. Neither of these deposits are refundable.

  7. Do you make dresses for the whole Bridal Party?

    • Yes, I make dresses for you, your ladies, the mother of the bride/groom and the flower girls. I can even create ties for the groomsmen.

  8. How many fittings will I have?

    • That is dependent on a few things; typically there are two fittings the first and the final pickup, however if weight is lost or something about the dress need to be drastically alter(does not happen often) then there may be 3-4. This is to ensure the perfect fit, when it is custom made it is truly made for you!

  9. What types of fabrics do you use?

    • I find quality fabrics within your budget that coincide with the month your wedding is in, ie; if your wedding is in the summer months I will find light weight satin’s, silks chiffon’s and laces that work well with the style of your dress but won’t make you swelter in the heat.

  10. How long does creating a dress take?

    • Currently I am booking meetings 1 year to 8 months out from your wedding date, depending on if they are bulk orders or single dress orders. Everything depends on when fabrics are found, purchased and then scheduling fittings.

I hope these have answered any questions you may be having about making a custom dress your dream dress. If there’s anything else you’d love to know, I’d be happy to help, contact me (Amanda Garrett).

Bridesmaid Proposal

Wedding Party Gifts

CHEERS, TO YOUR LADIES! Celebrating your ladies of awesomeness for everything they do to help you have the best day you deserve, is sooooo important! Dedicating time and energy that they have given to you because you're loved so much... So right now you can get some beautiful custom pieces that are the sweetest keepsakes. 

I helped my sister plan her wedding, I know everything that goes into it. Time, energy, money and love. Planning and executing every party, outing, up to the very last detail on the day. Sure you can have a planner but your ladies still do quite a bit. Remember to treat these wonderful women you chose with so much love and respect, they didn’t have to say yes they wanted to!

Here’s a beautiful photo shoot of a bride giving her Maid of Honor a box with some treasured keepsakes. You can see the love and happiness they have for one another and it is so wonderful. Her Maid of Honor then surprised her with a little custom made box of her own because the Bride also deserves to be celebrated. I think that is one of my favourite things about weddings, you end up honoring so many people in your life and showing so much love to them.

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Wedding Veil Styles

To wear a veil or not wear

a veil that is the question?

This is a question many of my brides think about when ordering their dress. Which is one thing to do, definitely find your dress first. This way it will match and it can also be an addition to your dress. For example a chapel or cathedral veil can be the train to your dress if you don’t want one that’s too long. Veils can also be the back and shoulder covering you are envisioning that may be only for the ceremony.

Do you know the origin of the veil? Or at least where they believe it was derived? The Greeks and Romans, wore colour dresses like red to fend off evil spirits and obscured by a veil. Most times the bride-to-be could not see, so the person “giving her away” was actually guiding her down the aisle so that she would not bump into or trip over anything. It has in many cases been used to shield the brides face so that her future husband did not see her until the ceremony, especially in arranged marriages. Some say that it could have been a yellow egg yolk colour, apparently yellow was the earliest colour to be highly esteemed and was granted as an exclusive privilege to women for their bridal veils. They then evolved into religious traditions seen as a symbol of respect for women to cover their heads. When white dresses were worn to symbolize chastity, the veil then followed suit.

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Veil Styles













 

Now veils are mainly to suit a brides style, and personality. From Birdcage to cathedral each pair with the brides dress and wedding perfectly. That’s where I come in! Like previously stated, find your dress first. Then try all your accessories, veils, head pieces, belts, what ever your heart desires.

Did you choose a ball gown? SO you decided to channel your inner princess with full skirt, classic. A fingertip veil will create a even more romantic look, and blend perfectly with any tulle skirt. Which will give the illusion of a longer veil and perfect if you have lovely detailing on the skirt you want to show off. However, if your gown does not have a tulle skirt a chapel veil may be the way to go if you’d like to add more of a dramatic flair to your look. Does the back of your dress - the bodice - have more embellishments or is more revealing? A shoulder veil may be the way to go so you can allow these details to shine as you desire.

The versatile A-line silhouette is perfect for many different veil styles. Really think about the details you want to show off here, considering the back view of your gown and what you’d like everyone to see. Does your dress have lovely beading, appliqués or intricate designs? An mantilla veil or elbow veil may be one for you to choose with a thin layer of tulle. Although, if you’d prefer to wow your guests, definitely go royal — you deserve it! — with the chapel veil, cathedral veil or even a regal veil.

What about a fit and flare? The trumpet dress is in between the A-line and mermaid when it comes to the flare of the skirt, which means it is fitted close to the body until mid-thigh and then jets out. Going with a fingertip veil would coordinate wonderfully with the skirt of the gown because it would fall right around where it flares out. On the other hand a flyaway veil or birdcage veil would show off your playful side adding a fun element to your attire.

As a kid I loved the little mermaid.. I mean I still do who are we kidding lol. The mermaid gown always makes me think of the magic of being a mermaid. How she became a girl to find love and how romantic it was for them… eventually they were wonderfully in love. I think the same magic can be added with a ballet veil or knee length veil, lets just say it would make your gown cohesive and your prince in awe. AND hey go regal or go home, this dress also allows for a longer veil like a thin chapel veil or cathedral veil.

What the sheath? With the bohemian theme that has made quite the impact in the wedding industry, these simple dresses make it easy to add any style of veil and it will look stunning. Just decide how much you’d like to show off and base your decision on this. A thicker or more heavily embellished veil will add the volume to your bridal look that you may be looking for as well.

Oh the tea length dress, I have received many orders for this one in a 1950’s theme and omg I love them! Perfectly paired with a birdcage veil which is so stylish and available with a variety of appliques and embellishments. Or your can go the Elizabeth Taylor way and have a two layered “high-low” option in the chapel veil, elbow veil or fingertip veil for your classic look!

You can also always just go with a beautiful wedding hair do, floral crown, hair comb or pins. No matter what you choose make it your own! You don’t need a veil especially these days and it’s your wedding day so make the decision that works best for you ;)

I hope this has inspired you to find exactly what you’re looking for, for your special day, don’t forget it is YOUR day!


Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

If you're looking for a great way to plan your wedding day, check out https://www.weddingwire.ca/my-wedding-planner it is such a helpful tool to making all your wedding day seams come true.

(All Accessories were created by A.M.E.G. Designs (Shop Now!), Floral crown created by Rain Drops on Roses Floral, Gold Crown by Blair Nadeau Bridal Adornments)

Summer Weddings

Summer Weddings

Okay, who else is excited for spring weather? Do you have a spring wedding coming up? With some many beautiful flowers and dresses starting to pop up every where, I thought it was the perfect time to share this awesome Spring Wedding Shoot.

I really love simple, yet elegant pieces. Those are the dresses I create, in the addition of accessories that give a little something extra. Styles can be so plain, but add a little lace and some creativity you’ve got yourself the perfect dress you’ve been searching for. Officially I have fallen in love with pick-ups in the skirts fabric and excited to show off this new dress! The headpieces are Grecian style with laurel leaves, pearl beads and swarovski stones (silver crown only). The gold belt is a simple criss cross with inset jewels attached to a satin off-white ribbon. Each of the wide ribbon belts are appliques, carefully attached which can be tied in a bow or sewn onto your wedding dress.

This shoot was shot at Studio by House in Mississauga. A perfect place with different set ups to capture all the fabulous concepts we each created for this day. I think it would also be a great if you wanted to get pictures of you and your man or you and your ladies done. There are some great shots you’re about to see, I hope you’re inspired!

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

Love the dress lets chat! Want the accessories? SHOP NOW :)

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Bohemian Styled Wedding

Bohemian is one those styles that has come back with a BIG BANG! It’s everywhere and it’s coming from so many different perspectives of brides and designers. Allowing you to experiment with a non traditional imagination, mainly off white laces, tied knots and jewelry for your, head, hands and feet. The gorgeous photos you’re about to see are a collaboration of all things bohemian created by some amazing designers and photographers. This style has really transformed what your dream wedding may look like. The images below are just a few of my favourites with so much beauty involved.

For more inspiration from this shoot, it was featured on Elegant Wedding Magazines Blog, Strictly Weddings Blog, Let’s Bee Together, and Lovely Day Journal.

Love this Bohemian style of a dress? Let’s Chat!

 

Featured Venue

Now the venue for this shoot was unlike most, the Oakview Terrace Reception Centre, a hidden gem in Richmond Hill. With so many diverse areas to take your wedding pictures, for the ceremony and your reception can be indoors or outdoors. Any season is perfect for this venue and the views from the reception hall are incredible. Inside is not a large space, so if you’re looking to have 200 people most likely won’t be happening here BUT if you’re having something smaller it is idyllic. I did a small wedding show there and the venue itself is so spectacular, the food was delicious and the owners are kind. OH there is even a chapel that has beautiful wood details and can be paired with so many different wedding styles. I would totally recommend this fabulous venue!

Check out -> Oakview Terrace

 

Hope this has inspired you!

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

Want a dress like the Bohemian Beauty? Let’s chat!

Dress Designer: A.M.E.G. Designs//Handmade Goods Designer: Tyinglooseends//Design and Decor: Vintage Rentals//Cake Designer: Sweetcaketown//Invitation Designer: AB Stationery//Floral Designer: La Belle Fleur Floral & Decor//Hair Stylist: Tammy Makeup & Hair//Makeup Artist: Cindy Makeup//Cinema and Video: Allbert Film Works//Reception Venue: Oakview Terrace Reception Centre//Shoes: Barefoot Designs By Crystal//Event Planner: Destiny Weddings//Photographer: The Right Moments Photography//

The Millcroft Inn and Spa

Having a birthday in January is typically freezing! My love and I went to The Millcroft Inn and Spa in January for some much needed R n' R. It was absolutely beautiful! We had a incredible couples massage with the nicest massage therapists and then did the waters, sauna, pool and steam room. Let me tell you my skin was so soft after! So there are four pools, one in which is freezing (great for your circulation), my guy went in it four times. Haha he crazy! I went in to my waist and then got the EFF out of there. All in all it was fantastic and we plan to make in a yearly if not twice a year thing.💗

Do they do weddings there you may be asking? Uhm, HECK YES! Even my main squeeze thought it would be an amazing place for a wedding. There are several areas to have a private intimate ceremony, a gorgeous gazebo or right beside a waterfall (yes PLEASE!) It was absolutely beautiful! If you don’t know about this little gem go ahead and take a gander at some of our pictures from the day but also at their website. I promise you won’t be disappointed and it’s only about 40 minutes from Mississauga.

Enjoy some time with your man or your ladies! It’s totally worth it!

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

www.amegdesigns.com

CHECK OUT -> The Millcroft Inn & Spa

A Pink Wedding Dress

This was the second wedding dress that I ever made and how much FUN! This two in one twirling ruffle and cocktail style was perfect for this bride. AS I tell a lot of my brides with custom you can do anything and this shows you that 100%! She wore this one for her at home wedding from city hall to love with family. It was such a pleasure to be apart of this because I’ve known Meghan for such a long time and for her to help support my beginning is amazing! You can see in these fantastic shots shes absolutely stunning.

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A truly special experience

“Amanda takes all the ideas you throw at her and brings it to life. The finished product was even better then the vision I had in my mind! I was so happy with this beautiful dress but even more happy with all the time spent with the designer. She's a one of a kind soul and those are the people you want creating for you!”

Looking for a custom dress or accessory? Let’s chat!

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

www.amegdesigns.com

Blue Lace Dress

This dress was so lovely to create, from finding the fabric to piecing it together. I loved every minute of it. The lace overlay is gorgeous and the sleeves give it an elegance you just can not deny. To be worn for two weddings, my client was so pleased with the outcome, she had to put it on again when she got home from picking it up. I am so happy to help her illuminate the room with her presence in this beautiful piece.

Dresses should be made to be versatile as often as possible. I believe that with this one you can dress it up or down and wear it all throughout the year.


Every time you wear a dress it should help you to feel radiant and free. Free to be exactly yourself and comfortable throughout your entire day or event. I know what it feels like to be uncomfortable in your own skin and it helps so much to wear a piece of clothing that helps dissolve those feelings. Enter Moi! I can make sure that your dream dress is the perfect fit for your frame and vision.

(Photos are from my Holiday Fashion Show check out more from that coming soon!)

Beautiful work by;

Photographer Michelle Liane Photography

Hair Piece Bow Appetit By Marie

Looking for a custom dress or accessory? Let’s chat!

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

www.amegdesigns.com



Elopement

At the end of last summer, I did an amazing collaboration with quite a few talented ladies. This Fall elopement shoot was incredible. We just got to the location just after a storm passed at 8am, it was a bit chilly that morning and very windy. But as we all arrived and got every thing set up, Models dressed and camera ready. It got warm, blue skies appeared and the sun created such great light peaking through the woods.

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Claireville Conservation in Brampton, Ontario is like a dream. Especially for a photo shoot, we had several landscapes to choose. From rolling Hills to a rocky road and even into the woods, no wonder we all had such a fabulous day! 

The couple were gorgeous and really so in love, which truly takes your breath away with such intimate moments. I was lucky to be apart of something so very special. If eloping were just like this, I think more couples would do it ;).

Creating this dress was really wonderful, from the first designs to the day of the shoot. It is romantic and flowing plus a little flirty underneath the beautiful veil like removable skirt. I love the way the wind carries and fills it up in some of the gorgeous pictures by Roxana Martinez Photography.

I hope this inspires you and fills you with so much joy!

Do you plan to have two dresses for your Wedding Day but it’s adding up to be too much for your Budget? A removable skirt may be the perfect option for you. Beautiful and elegant for down the isle and then a reveal for the reception and ready to dance the nice away. Check out the fun and flirty blog post of the amazing pink Wedding Dress that goes from twirly to cocktail hour. Contact ME Your Designer Amanda Garrett to get started on your dream two in one dress!|

Beautiful work by;

Published by: The Bride Link

Photography: Roxana Martinez Photography

Floral Design : Raindrops on Roses Floral Design

Design: Coordinate This Design & Decor Inc.

Cake : Cakelaine 

Dress : AMEG Designs

Beauty : Beauty by Sacha

Headpiece: Ilieana George - Couture Bridal Accessories

Credit to models:

Bride: Mariya Miloshevych 

www.mariyamiloshevych.com

Groom: Geoffrey Cameron

 


Thought of Eloping?

If you are interested in an elopement but still want some family and friends there, the best place to go is Coach House Weddings.

‘Elope– 1hr, up to 10 guests, weekdays only $950. Your legal ceremony, which lasts about 15 minutes, will have you married to the love of your life. Perfectly documented.  Our photographer will capture all your moments & details. Within 1 week, you’ll receive your fully downloadable gallery to print & share all your pics. Choice of either fresh flowers for you both, a wedding cake or champagne toast.’

I recommend this unique and wonderful experience!

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Boho Wedding

Boho Wedding

Last spring I created a simply elegant bohemian wedding dress for a Spring Photoshoot with Michelle Liane Photography. My favourite thing about these collaboration shoots, is that I am given a rough idea and can run with it. Being creative is one of the best things life can offer, the joy I feel when it all comes together is just the greatest thing! Working with so many other amazing creatives is so worth while. You will see that the beauty that comes from each of us illuminates through the moments that were captured in the shoot.

This couple was real, completely and totally in love and it shows. Little do you know the sweet nothings being whispered were pretty silly jokes which made her laugh so incredibly true. I know that my guy would be the same way, silly and trying to make me laugh, so people aren’t super lovey dovey and that’s okay! I think even on a wedding day being silly is one of the reasons she has chosen to be with him or vise versa. These captures are stunning and I am so happy that even though I was 7 months pregnant at the time I could totally be apart of it. You wouldn’t know that there were a million mosquitos and it rained basically the whole time, HA!

 

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Wedding Accessories

A few years ago now, I had the amazing opportunity to work with such a wonderful bride. Her dress needed some alterations and she wanted to add some accessories that made her feel so incredible on her wedding day. She had been nervous and had some doubts about the dress before the alterations. When your body changes during and after pregnancy, it can be hard not to worry about how clothes look on you now compared to what that used to be. Let me tell you though, my biggest goal is to help you look and FEEL absolutely beautiful inside and out. After altering and adding a fabulous sash to her dress, as well as, making a hair piece to complete the ensemble. She was absolutely stunning!

There are times where I end up doing alterations for other members of the bridal party and for this one I altered the sister of the grooms dress who was also a Bridesmaid. I love so much when I can be apart of making more than just the Bride happy. When every women I provide my services for can dance the night away at the wedding too! Take a look at how wonderful and happy both Bride and Groom were on the special day. You can also peek at the Bridesmaid dresses they were really stunning as well. Ahh, don’t you love reminiscing about the things that just turn out so well!

Photos captured by Picture Pro Studios

You can see more stunning photos of this wedding and more in their Galleries :)

Looking to have your dress altered perfectly, I am here for you Contact me!

Want something custom, I’ve got your back for that too, let’s get started!

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

www.amegdesigns.com

Summer Wedding in Caledon

I created a dress for a rustic stylized wedding shoot. A great collaboration of local businesses coming together thanks to Michelle Liane, an amazing photographer that brought her vision alive with through local businesses. The shoot was fantastic, set in Caledon, ON, she used the elements of the earth, and with the help of the wind shot some beautifully breath taking pictures. From the moment this dress was together, I fell in love! Every time I walked into my living room and saw it, this rush of excitement went through my veins. From start to finish this was a fun, whimsical piece to create. Thank you so much Michelle Liane Photography for including me in this fabulous experience.  I am so proud to have been apart of this and so excited that we were featured on The Bride Link blog. 

Beautiful work by;
Photography: Michelle Liane
Photography Assistant: Catherine Flanigan
Model: Rebecca Quinn
Dress Designer: AMEG Designs
Jewelry: Sanči
Hair Stylist: Lilian Wilson
Makeup Artist: Sarah Saccomanno - Makeup Artist
Florist: Raindrops on Roses Floral Design
Cake: Lipstick Baker Custom Cakes

If you're planning a farm/barn wedding, this dress would be the perfect style for the event! I find that elegant and simple is the way to go when it comes to these types of venues. SOME great venues in the GTA are; 

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Est. 2018

This Brand new Venue is a fabuslous desitination for your dream wedding. It has an abundance of beautiful settings for enchanting, rustic photographs. With it's high ceilings and clean canvas you can let your imagination run wild with this stuff 4300 sqft historic barn. Rainbow Valley Wedding Barn - Caledon, ON

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Fantastic Concept

Basically a one stop wedding shop, I love this! Providing all services under one roof or where ever you would like for that matter. However I love their little venue, super intimate and would be the perfect setting for a small wedding. It could even still be amazingly rustic if you wanted it to be. All you would need is a custom dress from A.M.E.G. Designs and the Coach House Weddings - Mississauga, ON

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The Dream

This one is beautiful for sure, you can choose from several areas to have your wedding and show case you in your perfect and elegant gown for your fabulous photos. Again making it as rustic as you wish. Fantasy Farm - Toronto, ON

Want to book for 2019 for a rustic style wedding dress or whatever you hearts desire? 

Contact Your Designer Amanda Garrett, it would be my pleasure to make all your dress dreams come true!

The Secret Garden - Rhododendron Garden in Port Credit

 

I love my collaboration shoots! It's great to be able to get a team of incredible creatives together and bring to life moments like these. THIS dress was so much fun to create. From finding this perfect lace, which challenged me because I had never worked with it before. It had quite a stretch to it and with the beautiful lines it has, patience and a good eye really needed to be used for this one. I wanted to do a 1970's piece because I think it is so wonderful to create from different eras, so be prepared to see some other staple pieces from specific times. The sleeves, neckline and hemline make this dress exactly what it is meant to be, timeless. Take a gander at what our amazing team did together and with only 15 minutes of light on the day of the shoot. 

The 1970's look for weddings is very on trend, from the dresses to the floral headpieces. It could be the simplistic look you've been searching for. There are several styles that would work for this look, the high neck and wide sleeves are just one of the many options. Mostly making one a kind and your very own, you could have an almost peasant style that is off shoulder and high lights your more playful side. Lace, lace and more lace, a long train of lace, with unlined lace sleeves, low v-back and high neckline would be on the more elegant side if that is the look you're going for.

 

Having a custom dress created from your vision and brought to reality can be the best possible decision you have ever made. The best part is it can be anything you want, from any era past or present and even a mixture to make it fun and modern.   

If you're considering having a custom dress and/or accessory for your special day, send an email my way. It would be my pleasure to make all your dress & accessory dreams come true!

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

 

Beautiful work by;

Photo Credit Brendan McFater 

Floral Design Raindrops on Roses 

Make & Hair Beauty by Sacha

Model Catherine Flanigan