Boho Luxe Meets Lavender

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This gorgeous boho luxe styled shoot came across my inbox last month, from Adorn Invitations, and I felt that I just had to share it. This beautifully styled inspiration shoot is set amongst alluring lavender fields, featuring magical wedding gowns by Maggie Sottero and Nicole Spose.

At Doie Lounge, we are always inspired by shoots with a whimsical feel, and these photos definitely hit the mark on that. This dreamy styled shoot did not turn out as originally planned, in fact, it turned out better. The mood board was originally filled with dark and brooding influences, showing rich shades of oxblood and cherry. The end result turned out to be a feminine and romantic wonderland of lavender, blush and luxe metallics.

The lesson in this is to let your ideas run wild and flow during your wedding planning. Things may not turn out exactly the way you envisioned, but that doesn’t mean it won’t turn out magically. Be open to the ever-changing direction your big day will take, as it will most likely change several times.

The styled shoot is enchanting and truly captivates with its luxe bohemian appeal that has been married with a strong lavender palette – an uncommon, yet perfect match. The Adorn team was dedicated to giving Lavender a modern, chic and elegant appeal which they pulled off flawlessly.

The touches of Ivory and metallics against the pastel lavender shade create a harmonious balance. As a bride, Adorn advises you to “not be afraid to go for a look that is unconventional or untraditional, as long as it’s in sync with you and your partner and rightly reflects the two of you as a couple, there’s no going wrong!”

 

THE TEAM

Styling: Adorn Invitations | https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/ | @adorninvitations

Photography: Sephory Photography | http://sephoryphotography.com.au/ | @sephoryphotography

Food: Mary Eats Cake | https://www.maryeatscake.com.au/ | @maryeatscake

Invitation Design: http://www.bweddinginvitations.com/ | @bweddinginvitation

Headpiece and Jewelry | http://www.loveonjewellery.com.au/ @loveonjewellery

Dresses: Raffaele Ciuca | http://www.raffaeleciuca.com.au/ | @raffaeleciucabridal

Flowers: Babylon Flowers | https://www.babylonflowers.com.au/ | @babylon flowers

 

Flamingo Party

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Flamingos are hot right now! From bachelorettes to birthdays, these elegant and whimsical birds are showing up everywhere, on everything. Flamingo parties are all the rage right now and the internet is filled with ways to incorporate this trend into your next soiree. Below are some of the best ideas to help you get your flamingo party started!

Photo: Plum + Oak Robe: Doie Lounge Flamingo Balloon: Oh Happy Day

Cocktail napkins are an easy way to incorporate some flamingo details into your party. While being essential for snacks and drinks, they also give a pop of pink wherever they may land.

Napkins via Swooned

What’s a party without a cake? This is especially true for weddings, where the cake is often used as an art piece that’s displayed for everyone to admire. There are endless options when it comes to flamingo cakes. Any quick search on Pinterest will yield some creative inspiration.

Erica Obrien via the Cake Blog

Speaking of weddings, flamingo robes for your bridesmaids will not only result in the cutest bridal party photos ever, but your besties will also have something to wear again, that will always remind them of your fun fiesta. This is also a way to incorporate the flamingo theme before the party has even officially started.

Photo: Plum + Oak Robe: Doie Lounge Hair + Make-up: Huxley Salon Caligraphy: Dixie on Dallas

Flamingo trucker hats are an unexpected party favor that have a unisex appeal. Everyone can get into the flamingo party theme by popping these on. They also work as decor when worked into the overall design of the party.

Hat via Kara’s Party Ideas

A floating flamingo drink holder is perfect for a pool party! Keep your drink afloat with these small fanciful floating birds. Having a glass with a personal touch, like this calligraphy here, makes it just that much sweeter.

Photo: Plum + Oak Caligraphy: Dixie on Dallas Planning: Details Darling

Downloadable, printable, flamingo ice cream wrappers? Yes, please!! For all of you “DIYers” out there, this one is for you. Just print, cut, and stick your way to these creative cones.

Photo and Printable Wrappers via Sarah Hearts

Not feeling so crafty? These “Flamingle” popcorn holders come in a set of 12 and can be filled with the snack of your choice. Wrapped with cellophane, and a tied with a bow, these can double as take-away part favors too.

Via Amazon

Forget sealing it with a kiss when you can seal it with a flamingo! These wax stamps give a hint of what’s to come, and they go that extra step in these times of Evites and virtual invitations.

Photo via Buzzed

These are just a few ideas to get you started, but the options are pretty much endless. And just remember, when all else fails, (in the words of Portlandia), “put a bird on it.”

Wedding Vendor Booking

You’re engaged, congrats! Being engaged is one of the most exciting and special times in one’s life, but it can also be stressful if you don’t know where to start with the planning. Not only can you create a wedding checklist but also, this handy guide below, from Wedding Wire, walks you through who you should book and when.

Our engagement was quick, we were ready to say “I do,” and we didn’t want to wait a whole year. With six months to plan, we had to find a way to condense a year’s worth of planning into half the time. Finding a venue that has catering and bartending built in, is a great way to save some time and get a few major vendors checked off all at once.

No matter how long you have to plan, locking down a wedding planner (if you plan to hire one) is the most essential first step. Your planner will help you find vendors and customize your timeline to fit your timing. Websites such as Wedding Wire are a great resource for finding vendors specific to where you are tying the knot. Wedding blogs such as Style Me Pretty also show weddings and vendors by state and area, and of course there is always Instagram– hash tagging where you want to get married (ex: #healdsburgweddings) will give you a quick look at other weddings (and vendors) in your desired area.

With the right help and resources, wedding planning should be fun and relatively low-stress. The seating chart however…can’t help you there. Good luck and happy planning!

 

 

 

Hacks For a Stress-Free Wedding

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We’ve all heard about how stressful weddings can be. For many people, it’s the first (and possibly only) time they’ll plan an event on this large of a scale. And to top it off, it concerns one of the most important days of their lives. So, the pressure really is on. Unless you choose to elope or get married at the courthouse, it’s almost impossible to avoid the stress that accompanies wedding planning. We’ve all seen this unfold in our own lives – your most laid-back sister, brother, or friend shows you a side you didn’t know existed. So how do we avoid it? Well, you don’t really, but we do have a few ways to take the pressure down a notch:

{ Photo: Charity Swords, Robes: Doie Lounge }

  • Have you ever heard the saying “Luck favors the prepared”? I can’t think of a better example of this maxim than with planning a wedding. Think of everything that could wrong – weather, absent or extra guests, an uncooperative band, slow service, and be prepared for at least one. You will not be as caught off guard if you prepare as much as possible as soon as possible. Try not to leave anything to the last minute – that is the number one cause of stress, truly. You’re probably going to be engaged for at least a few months, so get it done, don’t wait.

 

  • Find a venue that has catering and bartenders included. Sara and Chad’s venue, Barndiva in Healdsburg, provided the food and drinks as part of the package. Many venues will not allow outside food or drink (fortunately the food was delicious), and this option takes a lot of stress out of finding a caterer.

 

  • Think about what you can live without. I remember when my sister-in-law got married in San Francisco a few years ago, she opted to forego the gift bags, a wedding party, and the morning brunch. Maybe you opt to not do programs for the ceremony, or table assignments, which are both way more time-consuming than you may realize. But guess what? When people look back on your wedding, they’re going to remember the magical moments, not what was missing.

 

  • On the subject of wedding parties, if you know that you are going to have a difficult bridesmaid in the mix, appoint a friend or family member to keep an eye on her, so you don’t have to worry. Let’s be honest, we all have that friend or family member who drives us crazy, but whom we could never get away with not including – in fact, they would make our lives worse if we didn’t, so stay ahead of this one, and let a few people know that you’d rather not have to be responsible for her on your big day.

 

  • Rain plan!! Not having one is so stressful. I’d add extreme heat plan too. As I’ve shared here before, I was so afraid of rain at my June wedding in Vermont, that I never considered heat. Instead of thinking about indoor ceremony venue and umbrellas, I should have looked at the weather and provided fans and extra water.

 

I’m sure some of you have had some more experiences that we haven’t mentioned here. Ultimately, you really can’t control your guests’ experience, so give yourself a break. When the day comes, enjoy yourself no matter what. The weddings with bad weather or a silly band or an awkward toast end up being the ones that stand out among the rest. A little yoga and meditation leading up to the wedding isn’t a bad idea either, to remind you to stay present regardless of what happens.

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Liz Mathews is a Connecticut based mother, teacher, and freelance writer who blogs on children’s books and related topics at La La La. Her work has appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction, Town and Country magazine, and Literary Mama.

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

If you’ve never given birth before, and you plan to do so in a hospital, it can be overwhelming wondering what you might need for your delivery. Have no fear, lifestyle blogger and mother of three, Chandra Fredrick (of Oh Lovely Day) spells out exactly what you need to take with you, as well as some of her favorite brands (Doie Lounge included!).

{ Photo: Chandra Fredrick }

Chandra spills it all to the Land of Nod blog, and you can read it right here.

xx

Sara

Planning For Your Honeymoon

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So the wedding is planned and you’re ready to relax, but guess what? The honeymoon will most likely follow shortly afterwards, so let’s get you ready. As our dear founder (and avid traveler), Sara Kirsner Stith, knows, you can never be too prepared. Tip number one: there’s way more to travel prep than just packing, especially if you’re traveling abroad. Here are few more of Sara’s tips for planning your honeymoon:

{ Photo: Anatara Dhigu Maldives }

  • Talk to friends or family who have already traveled to your destination. Sara shared that she never wore heels in Thailand or Cambodia – even at her fancy hotel. Knowing this, she advises friends heading to Southeast Asia to pack wedges and flats instead. While books and websites are extremely useful, you can save a lot of time with a quick email or post asking friends to recommend their top three things to see or do at your destination. If you don’t have a friend who has been to where you plan to go, check out The Hitch List to get real reviews from honeymooners.

 

  • If the locals don’t speak English where you’re headed, learn a little of their language. There are plenty of apps available. Study ahead of time while you’re at the gym or folding the laundry. Even knowing just a few basic words will make your life easier when you’re traveling, and the locals always appreciate the effort.

 

  • Pack the right prescriptions and be sure to get the correct vaccinations. Check out the Center for Disease Control website, which has a handy list of shots required for each country. Don’t take for granted that things like Advil, tampons, or Band-Aids will be easy to come by. If you really want to be covered, you can also purchase insurance from DAN, which is an inexpensive way to be assisted in a medical emergency, anywhere in the world, (even if you are not a diver).

 

  • Remember to think about comfort for the long plane rides: a sleep mask is a must, and travel neck pillows will make the hours pass in comfort. Make a travel play-list and wear pants or leggings that are comfortable at the waist. And don’t forget to bring snacks!

 

  • If you’re one of the lucky one who will be traveling to multiple destinations, keep in mind that you should pack light and plan on repurposing many of your clothes. You don’t want to be burdened by heavy luggage, so think about layers and clothes that don’t require ironing. Also, be sure to bring some basics that can be mixed and matched to create a few different looks, with limited pieces. Jewelry, and a cardigan, are always key in taking a look from day to night, and they don’t take up much room in your bag.

 

  • Do a little research: remember one of the best parts of traveling is that you’ll be exposed to different cultures and customs. A polite gesture in one country could be offensive in another. There are loads of books and web sites that deal with specific cultures; Kwintessential and Cutlure Trip both cover a lot of ground.

 

  • Last, but definitely not least, make sure that your passport is up to date! Also, most countries require that your passport should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

 

Remember what they say about “the best-laid plans” – even the most prepared traveler will still most likely have an experience that she has not arranged for. The most important thing you can pack is a good attitude – especially since you’ll be traveling with your new spouse. Enjoy it, and laugh it off with things don’t go as planned. These will be the stories you share when you come home.

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Liz Mathews is a Connecticut based mother, teacher, and freelance writer who blogs on children’s books and related topics at La La La. Her work has appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction, Town and Country magazine, and Literary Mama.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Love is in the air, can you feel it? It’s time for our Valentine’s Day gift guide! Short and sweet– from self-love, to pet-love, and everything in between.

Photo: Shop BoxFox

New Love

Congratulations, you’re in love! Maybe you’ve told him/her, maybe you haven’t, but you’re sure you want to kick it up a notch, take it to the next level. These “My Place” and “Your Place” keychains, from Box Fox are the perfect way to say “let’s do this,” without going over the top. Chocolates and jewelry are predictable– this gift says so much more. Nothing says “love,” like trusting someone in your place when you aren’t home.

Photo: Jesse Goff for Doie Lounge

Friend Love

Have a friend who might need a little pick-me-up, or a friend who you just want to thank for her love and friendship? You can’t go wrong with a girly, super-luxe, robe (in pink!).  These robes are unbelievably soft and made in Los Angeles with the highest quality fabrics. This glamorous gift fits most bodies, comes in sizes XS-XL, and looks stunning on both short and tall frames.

 

Photo: Via

Self Love

Treat yourself! Give yourself the ultimate gift of love, balance, and well being with a Reiki session. Replenish your energy and restore balance with the healing energy of love. If you are unfamiliar with Reiki, you can learn more about it here. Ready to spoil yourself? Make an appointment with Nicole Montano here.

 

Photo: Barkbox

Pet Love

I’ll admit it. Sometimes I stop by my sister’s house under the guise that I want to say a “quick hello” to her, but I really just want a little snuggle with her dog! Don’t get me wrong, I do want to see my sister and her family, but I’m just obsessed with that happy little fluff ball that meets me at the door. Do you have a pet that you love? Surprise your furry friend with Barkbox, a themed monthly subscription box filled with toys and treats.

Photo: Google Images

Romantic Love

I’m of the mindset that “experience” gifts are often the most valuable gifts of all. A couples massage is not only romantic, it’s relaxing and will take you both to a “blissed out” happy place that will carry on throughout the night. This is also a great last-minute gift, as gift certificates are often available if you will be doing the massage at a later date.

 

Love to all and Happy Valentine’s Day!

xx

Sara

Shibori Themed Weddings

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Shibori, a Japanese dying technique that often resembles tie-dye, has been used in Japan since the 8th century, but has just recently become trendy in the United States. Sometimes referred to as Indigo-dyed, Shibori, has been an emerging theme on the wedding scene lately and can be used as an accent, or as the cornerstone, on which to build the entire wedding design around.

{ Photo: Dima Dychek }

{ Photo: Ulmer Studios }

A common thread in Shibori themed weddings is the deep indigo color contrasted with white. There are several variations and interpretations of this trend seen in paper goods, linens, and even incorporated into fashion like the below wedding dress and bridal robe.

{ Photo: Via }

{ Bridal Robe from Doie Lounge }

Cakes make a great canvas on which to showcase this trend. The options are seemingly endless as both patterns, and abstract designs, work well. This is also an opportunity to add some accent colors with flowers or a metallic frosting. As the wedding cake is almost always on display, this is a great way to keep the Shibori theme throughout, but in a subtle way.

{ Photo: Katie Pritchard }

{Photo: Via }

The most obvious and easiest way to incorporate the Shibori theme into a wedding is to use napkins and other fabric goods, such as table runners, in the tablescape. These are easily found on places like Etsy or there are several DYI online tutorials. I love this one by Honestly WTF. If you have a wedding planner, he or she might also know where you can rent Indigo dyed linens.

{ Another great DYI by Alice and Lois }

{ Photo: Pinterest }

From flowers to favors, there is so much more than can be done to incorporate Shibori elements into your special day. Exploring Pinterest is always a good place to start. Whether adding a few indigo dyed pieces into the mix, or taking this theme as far as it can go, Shibori themed weddings take “something blue” to a whole new level. Happy Planning!

xx

Sara

Destination Weddings

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Originally, destination weddings were more synonymous with eloping or an alternative to big, over-the-top weddings: you’d grab a few close friends and family and head down south for a quick get-away. But over the past fifteen years or so, destination weddings have become increasingly popular and include everywhere from Sonoma to Aspen, to Maine and Florida – with many adventurous couples even planning weddings abroad. And why not? Most often, destination weddings are less formal, more cost effective, and involve less drama than hometown weddings.

Photo Via WedFest

The true impetus for many is the desire to have something original, a wedding weekend that stands out among the more cookie-cutter ones. With the advent of destination weddings, brides and grooms have more ownership over decisions as neither set of parents can lay claim on the venue. With the help of Pinterest and wedding web sites, couples can tailor their weddings to the location. Weddings in the mountains may feature barns or cabins, wildflowers, haystacks – possibly even horses or livestock. Coastal weddings may include ceremonies on the beach, fruity cocktails, steel drum or calypso bands.

Song Saa Wedding, Photo by Mott Visual Weddings

Another added bonus? The guests who are able to make the trip will have many more activities available to them. At a certain close friend’s recent wedding in Healdsburg, we spent one afternoon wine tasting around Sonoma and the next day touring breweries. My husband’s most memorable destination wedding activity was a trip to the Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum in Jupiter Florida. No kidding – he still has the hat he bought at the gift shop. Point being – we all love to travel to new places, have novel experiences, and being a guest at a destination wedding is often a mini-vacation.

Photo: Erica Chan

A few final things to keep in mind:

  • If kids are involved, you’ll keep everyone happy if you schedule a destination wedding during the summer break.
  • Even at the height of wedding season, there will be conflicts. Don’t take it personally if not every single person you invite can make it; for many, the cost of plane tickets and lodging will prevent them from attending.
  • For those who do make the trek, put together an extra special welcome bag. It’s a nice gesture to great your guests with something to eat and drink upon their arrival. For your bridesmaids, who have most likely put in even more effort, make them feel appreciated with special tokens for the weekend – matching robes that you can all wear as you’re getting dressed or a gift that ties into the location – wraps for cold weather, sandals or flip flops for the tropics. You get the idea…

Destination Weddings Bridesmaid Gift via Doie Lounge

And remember, a destination wedding does not exempt you from the regular potential pitfalls of a wedding: there could be rain, snow or excessive heat, and at least a few guests will most likely be over-served. But as they say, a rainy wedding day predicts a happy marriage.

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Liz Mathews is a Connecticut based mother, teacher, and freelance writer who blogs on children’s books and related topics at La La La. Her work has appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction, Town and Country magazine, and Literary Mama.

Free Shipping, Always

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We love our customers and want to show them, so… standard shipping is now on us! No cost changes, no hidden fees, no minimums, just our new way of doing business.

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