Bangalow Bride

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My husband & I have been together for ten years and travelled the world and lived overseas together but we decided to get married in one of our favourite places, Bangalow. It is a tiny town just south of Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia. We got ready at two separate houses in Byron Bay and held our wedding at The Bangalow A&I Hall and Showgrounds. We had a relaxed DIY wedding with most of our vendors/suppliers being friends and family. My Bridesmaids were my older sister and one of my oldest friends. I also got one of your robes for my mum to wear while we got our hair and makeup done. Like most brides I searched for the perfect gift that they could keep and would actually want to have. I searched all the department stores and could never find the perfect ones. One day I saw the Style Me Pretty competition to win a robe and I could not believe it when I was chosen. The robe was so soft and luxurious that I just had to get three more for my bridesmaids and my mum! They were so excited when I presented them with their gorgeous robes they couldn’t get them on quick enough. The material is so soft and breathable it was perfect for a warm spring day in Australia. Some of my favourite memories of the day, besides the feeling of being married, were sitting around getting pampered and made up in our robes, sipping champagne, and reading my vows to my bridesmaids before the ceremony practising so I wouldn’t cry! Sara it was such a pleasure dealing with you, it was so easy and the robes arrived in plenty of time for our day. Thank you so much for your assistance.

~ Kimberley H. married 12.12.15, in Bangalow

Pretty & Posh

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My wedding was up in Hudson NY in a big barn this past summer. Like many other brides, I had been searching for the perfect gift and really liked the idea of a robe—but many of them were poorly made. I reached out to Sara at Doie Lounge and she was fantastic to work with—helping me pick styles and spoke with me about the fabrics used. When the robes arrived I packaged them in gold boxes and put them on the bed of each recipient at the bed and breakfast we were staying at. My bridesmaids, mom, and mother in law were all so excited to receive them and kept complimenting the soft fabric quality.

We all felt so pampered and posh in our robes and it was so much fun to get ready wearing them. Obviously, at the actual wedding, everyone loves to comment on the dress, but I am so incredibly lucky because some of my most special moments happened before I even had my wedding dress on, and instead happened in my Doie Lounge robe! Getting ready with my mom, bridesmaids and friends, exchanging notes with my soon-to-be-husband, and reading his words to me—were all moments that happened in my robe. We even had some (looking back on it) funny moments happen while wearing them—like when my fiancé announced that he had lost his tux—and everyone was frantically running around in our robes looking for his outfit! Then my mom started screaming she found it—and the photographer perfectly captured that moment—tux and robe—together.

I know as my friends and family members start to get married I will be highly recommending these robes as gift ideas—or just gift ideas in general! They were a great find and spectacular quality!

~Jillian M, married 8.8.15, in Hudson, NY

A Blessing to Remember

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It’s hard to just say what is one thing you’ll never forget. The entire day was perfect. My sister in law Kelsy was my Matron of Honor and three of my childhood girl friends, Katie, Britanie, and Farrah flew in from all over the country to be part of this wonderful day. I gave them the beautifully handmade robes that were so cozy and delicate. We felt so pampered with them on and made us feel so special. The dramatic weather and misty rain with the sun beaming through the dark clouds just as we were saying our vows was a moment I’ll never forget. Charles and I both wrote our own vows. When we held each others hands saying the wonderful words I’ll never forget, a feeling so intimate and powerful made our connection unbreakable. Everyone we loved was there to support us. Charles’ kids were standing up by his side, along with his dear friend Tom and my brother Butch. Moments after the ceremony our guests mentioned there even was a rainbow behind us. Then the sun was out for the rest of the evening under the picturesque dinner arbor that our caterer had decorated to a “t” of my sketch. It was a dream with the flowers hanging from the wooden beams and market lights intermixed over the romantic kings table with everyone we loved surrounding us. Things like that don’t happen everyday and it was truly a blessing to remember.

~ Stevi M, married 04.05.15, in Carmel Ca

Magical Day

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Kelly in Doie Lounge robes

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“Our wedding took place on April 17th, 2015 at the Palais Royale in Toronto, ON. As many brides do, I was trying to find a gift that my girls would not only have forever, but would remind them of the special day they were a part of. The robes are made beautifully, so soft and luxurious. Sara was an absolute pleasure, she responded to emails immediately and helped me customize the robes so my girls, my mom, and my mother-in-law all looked the same yet slightly different. This robe is not only a reminder of the most magical day of my life, but of the support and love I received from my girls on our special day! Thanks again Sara.”

~ Kelly H., married 4.17.15 in Toronto, ON

{Looking Back} Real Brides Q & A #5

Real Bride #5: Ellen Gardner

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Where did you get married and when?

We got married at Kiana Lodge on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington (a ferry boat ride away from downtown Seattle) on June 10, 2011 (we’re about to celebrate our one year anniversary!)

What was the best moment of the day?

Everyone knows weddings are expensive and it can certainly seem outrageous to spend tens of thousands of dollars on one day of your life. But having everyone you love in one place is incredible and I think that was truly what made the day so amazing. Other highlights were seeing friends/family getting to know one another, hearing the great speeches, the “first look” (where my husband and I got to see each other for the first time in our wedding day finest), and finally leaving the after party to go back to our hotel room where we ate wedding cupcakes and candy, drank champagne, and recapped the whole day.

What was the most memorable moment of the day (different than the best- maybe something funny, someone fainting, bad toast, etc)?

There were SO many! One funny one: My mother-in-law is a minister and has officiated tons of weddings, so she had a lot of great advice. One piece of advice she gave us was to NOT tie the REAL wedding rings to the ring bearer pillow, because so much can go wrong (the rings can get lost, they can be hard to untie from the pillow under pressure, etc.). So we had two fake, decorative “rings” on the ring bearer pillow, but the best man had the actual wedding rings. Well, apparently no one thought to tell the little ring bearer that because when the minister asked for the rings, the ring bearer (7 year old cousin) was ready for his big moment. Then he saw the best man hand over the real rings. The ring bearer looked at his pillow with the “rings” and then back up at the real rings, and was completely crushed! After the ceremony he asked his mom: “What was I even DOING up there? I was USELESS!”

If you could do it over again, what would you do differently (if anything)?

I would eat a s’more! During the reception, we had a bonfire with s’more stuff and I didn’t get to eat one!

What was the most stressful part of the planning?

We had a pretty long engagement (1 year, 4 months), and I think that’s just TOO much time to plan — you end up not making decisions because you have so much time! But I’d categorize the most stressful part of the planning as “people management” — trying to keep everyone in the loop and happy.

What were you thinking while you were walking down the aisle?

My 96 year old grandfather walked me down the aisle and he made several jokes (some of which the entire audience could hear), so I was laughing along with him. I also just kept looking around at all of the guests and it felt like a giant group hug from everyone I loved.

Did you do anything special to get in tip top shape?

I joined a morning “boot camp” and worked out every day. The goal of looking good for the wedding was a great motivator (and my arms looked RIPPED!)

What is your advice for choosing bridesmaids?

I’m not sure if this is advice, but I opted to pick bridesmaids from different “stages” of my life — even if we don’t talk every day now. So I had a childhood best friend, college friends, friend from when I lived in DC, friend from when I lived in LA, etc. A sort of “this is your life” of bridesmaids. Most importantly, the girls were all fun and helpful during the entire wedding weekend — love them!

What was your first dance song?

“You are the best thing” by Ray Lamontagne

What shoes did you wear and were they comfortable?

I think I was actually more in love with my shoes than my dress — and I definitely bought them first. They were hot pink Kate Spade “Clarice” peep toe heels — and were super comfortable. My feet didn’t bother me at all.

Were you able to enjoy the reception or did you feel that you needed to “work the room?”

I probably didn’t “work the room” enough! I was in the photo booth and dancing all night and probably neglected some long-lost cousins!

What is your best “day of wedding” advice?

Take as many pictures as possible ahead of time so that you can fully enjoy the cocktail hour/reception. And speaking of pictures, I think one of the best things we did was have our photographers take one, giant group picture after the ceremony. So we have a picture of us with EVERYONE who attended our wedding. Priceless!

Did your relationship feel different after the wedding?

Yes, which was actually surprising to me. We’d been dating almost 10 years before we got married (and lived together for 4), so I figured we had the commitment thing down, but the wedding made it all feel real and legitimate. Plus, there was the whole combining finances/changing my last name stuff that we chose to do that made us feel like a real team when we got married.

PS: You can get Ellen’s cute robe here (shameless plug).