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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

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






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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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