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Karena of ‘Tone It Up’ Reveals Her Hawaii Wedding Photos!

When we first learned that Karena Dawn of Tone It Up was engaged we waited with baited breath for for her wedding day. Oh boy oh boy did it live up to our expectations. Captured by Jana Williams Photography, it’s Hawaii like you’ve never seen it before and we’ve got it all in The Vault!

How we met

I met Bobby years ago (he went to college with Brian , Katrina’s husband, in Boston), but we didn’t start dating until he moved into the apartment below me four years ago. We instantly grew closer and he showed me how powerful a deep love is. Life is about love and the relationships and memories we make… this is what gets us through the unknown. It frees us. We were talking about getting engaged for a year, but Bobby really wanted to surprise me. And believe me, I’m a hard one to surprise! Once he realized both of our families would also be at the Tone It Up Retreat last September (2015) , he knew it was the perfect setting at Reef Point, Laguna Beach. It’s one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever been and to be able to share it with our families and community was perfect and beautiful.

Why we chose Hawaii

The Hawaiian islands have always held a special place in my heart. It was years ago that I would come visit to explore the beauty, learn to surf, and hike through a rain forest for the first time. There were a few occasions when I visited the Big Island (home of Ironman Triathlon!!) to shoot for Zoot Sports and the Triathlete Magazine Swimsuit Issue. Later, Kat and I would shoot our first two Beach Babe Workouts on the islands too! So many memories have been made there! I wanted to share the magic of the Hawaiian Islands with Bobby, so we took our first vacation together on Kauai. It was just a few months in, when I was still just dating ‘the neighbor,’ but it felt really special. It was the place where we first said ‘I love you.’ We were daydreaming at the time and told each other that if it works out and we ever get married, we’d do it here!

The Vision

We wanted our wedding to highlight the beauty of Kauai and Hanalei Bay. The colors of the wedding complemented the surroundings with blues, greens and earth tones. Decor was clean, simple and modern. We used green succulents and white linens. To add a personal touch I used one of my abstract ocean paintings as the print for the menus and place cards. Overall, the most important aspect was having an unforgettable vacation with our closest family and friends….which we did!


Without a doubt, the highlight of the day was saying our vows (and the 6 rainbows that Hawaii blessed us with!) We chose to write our own vows, which is a big responsibility on your wedding day! Ultimately it was the best decision we could have made, and we were able to express our feelings from the heart, with a few tears. It also meant a lot that my dad played guitar and sang our first dance, and our friend Jordan T performed at the reception for our wild and fun dance party! I could go on… There were so many perfect moments!

Thoughts on planning

Since one of the goals of our destination wedding was to make it a vacation, I wanted to keep the planning as simple as possible. After all – work keeps me super busy, and it was important for me to save the time off for our honeymoon. The St. Regis made planning incredibly enjoyable, simplified and exciting. Bobby and I knew exactly what we wanted and they made it happen! From the decor to the cake, it was perfection for us!

Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Event Planner: St. Regis Princeville | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Venue: St. Regis Princeville | Bride: Tone It Up | Engagement Ring + Wedding Band: Trumpet & Horn

Bobby + Karena’s proposal + engagement session below!

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A Winding Table in the Woods = Total Reception Goals

A winding wedding table in the woods sounds pretty darn magical, no? How about if I told you that said woodland celebration just so happened to be this pretty lil’ wedding from Peter & Veronika. And the best part? It’s all waiting for you in The Vault!

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From Peter and VeronikaThis Slovak-Korean wedding of Hana and Jozef was a perfect reflection of their personalities. On one hand sophisticated, delicate and romantic like Hana, on the other hand vivid, lively and bountiful just like Jozef with his Slovak temperament. Their wedding was a beautiful merge of two cultures and their traditions. The reception was held under Slovak apple trees and the guests were cooling themselves with Korean fans! Here, under the blue skies at Wiegerova Villa a new big family has emerged and we couldn’t have been happier to witness that.

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Photography: Peter & Veronika | Event Design: Ponk Rentals | Floral Design: Ponk Rentals | Wedding Dress: Raimon Bundó | Venue: Wiegerova Vila

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Classic Spring Wedding With a Minimalist Approach

Jean Luc and Lana knew exactly what they wanted when it came to their spring wedding in Napa. Think crisp, clean, minimalist design with hints of soft blue amongst a sea of neutrals. Cole Drake Events took that vision and ran with it and Jose Villa, per usual, totally delivered behind the camera. More right this way…


From Cole Drake EventsFrom the moment we met Jean Luc and Lana, it was clear how much this couple was in love. They were so excited to celebrate their love with one another with their closest friends and family members. Lana and Jean Luc wanted a clean design, a minimalist approach to their overall décor, and with the help of Kathleen Deery and Cole Drake Events, it was a complete success.

For the ceremony, the couple exchanged their vows under a newly designed arbor just after a fresh “good luck” afternoon sprinkle subsided. After the ceremony, their guests were greeted with tray passed beverages while they noshed on delicious canapes from the Carneros Inn. Organic linens and white florals embellished their table top while Amber Moon Designs popped hints of blue with their place cards (which also were their menus).

As a nod to Jean Luc’s heritage, guests dined on Coq au Vin, as one of their entrée choices, in a warmly lit room. Once dancing commenced, our room transformed with a color change to a dance club and guests danced well into the late evening. Jean Luc and Lana had a very specific idea of what they wanted for their wedding day and Lana’s reaction was absolutely perfect when she saw her vision finally come to fruition.

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Event Planning: Cole Drake Events | Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design | Cake: Elegant Cheese Cakes LLC | Invitations: Amber Moon Design | Catering: Carneros Inn | Hair + Makeup: Sherrie Long Makeup Hair & Effects | Lighting: Lux Production | DJ: Boutique DJs | Transportation: Wine Country Classic Limousine | Venue: Carneros Inn | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Signage: Napa Valley Wedding Signs

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Break out the bubbly! We’re celebrating your dream gown with Lela Rose.

You know how we celebrate 10 years of insanely gorgeous gowns from Lela Rose Bridal? By pouring ourselves a nice glass of bubbly and sifting through the latest and greatest from her iconic 2017 Collection. Because if anything deserves our full attention, it’s these awe-inspiring beauties featuring intricate pearl details and delicate trims + accessories. Join the festivities below.

An ode to Lela Rose’s heritage + unique craftsmanship, the newest 2017 Bridal Collection takes the iconic pearl detailing so well-known to the brand and weaves it throughout each stunning gown in the collection. Think jaw-dropping embroideries, amazing accessories and a modern meets classic aesthetic that will WOW each and every one of your guests.  From silky smooth fabrics to silhouettes that will flatter, the Lela Rose 2017 Bridal Collection pays tribute to YOU and YOUR story. We love that.

Whether you’re planning a grand ballroom affair or a simple garden party, the Lela Rose 2017 Bridal Collection is perfect for you and your Big Day. Visit them today to begin your dress journey… and be sure to “Cheers!” Lela on 10 amazing years.