Happy New Year

Sophie & Bridesmaids in Doie Lounge Robes

{Photo: Keepsake Photography}

After Googling beautiful robes for days I came across someone claiming Doie Lounge robes were amazing. I checked out the website and sure enough, fell in love with these robes. Unfortunately, at the time shipping to Australia was a little tricky. Sara was extremely helpful and made sure we got our robes for our New Year’s Eve wedding.

I have not had a better experience in dealing with a company direct about their products, than this. The robes are so soft and comfy. We loved getting ready in these and lounging around relaxing on the day. A huge “thank you” to Sara who made it possible for us to have these in Australia for our wedding day.

~ Sophie B. married 12.31.14 in Australia

{ Wedding Toast Tips }

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There are those few blessed and talented individuals who, when called upon to stand in front of a large group of people, are able to creatively and seamlessly deliver a toast off the cuff. For most of us, however, this is a task that requires preparation, including some researching, writing, and yes, even editing. When I think about how to explain most effectively how to write a good toast, I am reminded of the advice I give to high school seniors when they write their college essays: have a clear topic, use supporting details, end with a strong conclusion. Of course you don’t want your toast to read like a five-paragraph essay, but you do want to stay focused and try to tie everything together. The most memorable wedding toasts have a few (or at least one of these) key qualities:

Wedding Toast 2

{Photo: Emily Blake }

  • They use a clear theme. Choose one quality about the bride or groom or couple and hone in on it: Are they adventurous? Creative? Philanthropic? Choose their best quality and then select around a few specific examples that support this theme. Did they travel cross-country or do the Peace Corps? Do they love to ski or sail together? Were the high school or college sweethearts? What makes them unique as a couple?

 

  • They stay on track. We’ve all been attendees at that rehearsal dinner when the possibly drunk cousin or uncle or former best friend stands up and starts to ramble on with no clear plan. Even if you don’t have it all written out verbatim, you should have at least a few things written in some kind of surreptitious way – to keep you on track.

 

  • They use a metaphor. These are my favorites. Think about what the couple loves to do: skiing, golfing, painting… and then select an image or action within that passion to represent who they are as a person. In trying to convey one of my closest friend’s love for sailing at her wedding, I told the story of the first time she took me sailing and how each strong independent action and choice she made on that sailing cruise represented her strength of character, her easy disposition. What was missing until then? A deep and heavy keel – a foundation, which they now provided for each other. And then I went on to explain how they tied the proverbial bowline (the strongest and most reliable knot in sailing. But you get the idea…

 

  • They use carefully chosen quotes or poems. Readings do no only need to be relegated to the ceremony, especially since most people select “Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians” which gets way too much air-time. Check out poets Billy Collins, Philip Levine, Mary Oliver, or Marge Piercy (just to name a few) –all contemporary poets who have written eloquently and prolifically on the subject of love.

 

  • Choose a single anecdote from the past that highlights who they are as a person today. At my husband’s oldest friend’s rehearsal dinner, he told the story about when they were in preschool together and whenever another little boy tried to play with his best friend, my husband would hit them or knock down their blocks. It got a laugh and showed – in a clever way – their friendship’s loyalty and how they’ll always have each other’s backs.

Wedding Toast 3

{Photo Via: Pop Sugar}

Regardless of how you choose to talk about your closest friends or family members on this important day, be intentional and deliberate with how you pull your thoughts together. Everyone appreciates thoughtful wedding toasts that have clearly been planned out in advance. And, try not to drink too much beforehand; though a little alcohol can calm the nerves, it can also make for a sloppy delivery. I advise volunteering to be one of the first ones to speak – you’ll get it out of the way and then be able to sit back, relax, and listen.

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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.

A Blessing To Remember

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{ Photo: Laura Ivanova }

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

{ Wedding Cocktails }

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Though much attention is paid to the menu for a wedding reception, let’s not kid ourselves: guests will spend most of the night either on the dance floor or lingering near the bar. For those who want to infuse their wedding with creativity – to make theirs stand out among the many others their guests attend during the season, pay attention to the cocktail menu.

Wedding Cocktails

{ Photo: Liz V }

Bartenders – also often known as mixologists – have invented many ways to spruce up the cocktail menu – from specialty drinks and barware to oversized ice cubes and unique garnishes. There are other incentives here: including a specialty wedding cocktail among a few beer and wine options could drastically reduce the bar bill (the often underestimated hefty one distributed at the end of the night). But you don’t have to find the fanciest mixologist in town to make a lasting impression; even if you’ve just hired your best friend’s cousin who is home from college to tend bar, here are few more things to keep in mind:

Summer Cocktail

{ Photo: Kelly Brown }

  • Create an original cocktail with a clever name: The Matrimonial Mix, The Wedded Elixir, The Nuptial Nip. Or, simply choose a crafty name for the newly betrothed’s favorite cocktail: The Spicy Smith or The Nelson Nightcap
  • Embellish the cocktail with a signature feature found elsewhere at the wedding: think flags, rock candy, fresh garnishes, whimsical straws, ice cubes with flower petals, or sugar cubes. When the bartenders and floral designers team up, garnish includes everything from thyme or sage to thinly stripped cucumber and candied grapefruit. The possibilities are truly endless.

Pink cocktail

{ Photo: Garnish }

  • Non-alcoholic drinks are another opportunity for color and flare. For those guests who do not imbibe in alcohol, a specialty mocktail is a way to keep the mood festive and fun.
  • Signature cocktails are another way to integrate the wedding colors in to the overall theme: for spring weddings filled with peonies, for example – pink cocktails may include greyhounds (grapefruit juice and vodka), Mimosas, Bellinis, and Margaritas can all be made to order pink as well!
  • Think about barware: Moscow mules look best in copper mugs. Mason jars always work well at a country or bohemian-styled wedding. Engraved silver flasks are always a great idea for wedding party gifts.

Moscow Mules

{ Photo: Via }

Planning the wedding cocktail menu is a great opportunity to include your family and friends’ opinions. Poll the people in your wedding party to see what they’ve sipped at other weddings that worked well. Be sure, though, to taste anything first before you serve it at your wedding. What looks delicious or beautiful on Pinterest might be too bitter or strong in real life.

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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.

{ Happy Earth Day }

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“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” ~ Native American quote

At Doie we always strive to do our best when it comes to protecting the environment. By using earth friendly Lenzing Modal, and manufacturing in Los Angeles, we try to keep our carbon footprint as light as possible.

{ Throwing a Rehearsal Dinner }

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As many frequent wedding attendees know, often the biggest night of the wedding weekend is not actually the night of the ceremony and reception. Instead, it’s the eve of the wedding that stands out most: what is known as the rehearsal dinner. These dinners take many forms. Though traditionally hosted by the groom’s side, in modern times it’s becoming increasingly more common for both sides to split the cost, or even for the bride and groom to cover the cost themselves. There are a few reasons this night ends up being one of the highlights of the wedding weekend: there’s not as much pressure, everyone has just arrived and is ready to start celebrating, and the toasts are often the most memorable part. Again, though it has become customary for more than just the best man to speak at the wedding, the rehearsal dinner is often the more intimate night in which members of the wedding party, family, and other special guests have the opportunity to toast the couple.

Dinner Toast

Make no mistake, this night does require some attention to set the tone for what’s to come.

  • It’s not a bad idea to put the vibe out there that you’re open to toasting and even roasting! I attended one wedding where the groom’s father asked that people please keep their toasts brief and to the point. Of course this mild request basically turned everyone off from toasting.

 

  • Attendants and family: use this night as an opportunity to be playful with the special couple. The best dinners I’ve attended included the shoe game in which bride and groom sit back to back and each hold one of the other’s shoe in their hands. As members of the wedding party as the couple questions, each must hold up whichever shoe represents the answer. Kind of a pre-newlywed game of sorts –but fun and lively and always a crowd-pleaser.

 

  • Another wedding I attended in Florida included favors for the wedding party from the mother of the bride: each bridesmaid received a copy of Anne Morrow Lindberg’s A Gift from the Sea. This was such a nice personal touch – a way to thank the wedding party in a private and thoughtful way before the rest of the guests descend on the weekend.

 

  • Be a planner! There will be plenty of out of town guests clamoring at the opportunity to begin celebrating. Choose a festive bar or restaurant for everyone to descend upon during or after the dinner. But watch yourself….you don’t want to fall victim to the “rehearsal dinner” night syndrome, in which you have a little too much fun or are what my dad likes to call “over-served” to enjoy the actual wedding and reception the next night. Pace yourself and maybe give yourself a curfew.

 

Whether you choose to keep this night simple, with just immediate family, or open it up to a much larger group – it is most often the beginning of it all: be present and enjoy every moment.

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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.

{ Hipster Wedding }

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It’s hard to define what a hipster wedding is, but I know one when I see one. These non-mainstream, counter culture, vintage-inspired fetes, with a bohemian flair tend to incorporate some traditional wedding elements but have a more casual feel. Airstreams, food trucks, mason jars, animal masks, beards… these are just some of the key elements that make up a hipster wedding.

Animal Dance Party{Photo: JBM Weddings}

If ever there was any confusion about whether or not you’re at a hipster wedding, just look for the vintage trailer.

Airstream{Photo: Braedon Flynn Photography}

Beards, bow ties, and suspenders are all key style elements, for men, in any hipster wedding. Man bun? That’s a bonus.

Groomsman style{Photo: Etsy}

Hair crown and a vintage style dress? Check and check!

Gold Crown{Photo: Leave it to me Photography}

Photo booth in a vintage VW Van? Doesn’t get much cooler than this.

Photobooth VW{Via: Happy Solez}

It’s all in the artsy details. Loving these mismatched chairs and Wes Anderson theme.

Wes Anderson 2

{Photo: Pat Furey}

Still unclear on what constitutes a hipster wedding, or if you’ve been to one? Check out Refinery29’s hilarious yet informative infographic here.

xx

Sara

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