Happy throw back Thursday, dolls! This week, we are lucky enough to chat with the fabulous and talented Emily Stroud, proprietor of the Hayden Reis collection, about her wedding in 2002. I'm sure you are familiar with Hayden Reis - what local beach loving SRQ girl isn't?! - but just in case be sure to check out their awesome and fashionable line of totes, wristlets and beach pouches. They make the PERFECT bridesmaids gift too! [caption id="attachment_547" align="aligncenter" width="560"]HaydenReis Hayden Reis totes are lightweight, durable and made of sailcloth - perfect for the beach or running errands around town![/caption] Tell us a little bit about yourself! "My name is Emily Stroud. I grew up in Sarasota and now raising my two children here as well.  I have a son, Hayden who is 8 and a daughter Reese who is 6. They both attend Southside Elementary school, the same school I attended as a child.  I have been married for 11 years to my husband Robert who I met at the University of Florida. I started a my company, Hayden Reis 3 years ago because as a mom with two young kids and a busy life I struggled to find a carry all tote that was fashionable enough to use every day but durable enough I could take it to the gym, beach or travel with it as well.  Hayden Reis bags are made out of new brightly colored sailcloth and are washable, wipeable and lightweight enough you can tote just about anything!" [caption id="attachment_545" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Emily wore Blush Bridal Designer, Reem Acra, to her wedding. Emily wore Blush Bridal Designer, Reem Acra, to her wedding.[/caption]
What designer did you wear for your wedding?
"I wore Reem Acra to my wedding."
[caption id="attachment_542" align="aligncenter" width="640"]ES2 Emily accessorized her Reem Acra drop waist gown with a beautiful crystal tiara and tulle veil.[/caption]
Where and when did you get married?
"We got married at Selby Gardens in 2002."
[caption id="attachment_544" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, 2002. Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, 2002.[/caption]
What was your favorite feature/design element of your wedding? "I loved my floral arrangements that Tiger Lily did for me.  They had tons of cherry blossom branches and were gorgeous!" [caption id="attachment_541" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Emily made a beautiful bride! Emily made a beautiful bride![/caption]
How many gowns did you try on before finding "the one”?
"I saw my wedding dress for the first time on the Today Show when they did their segment, TODAY throws a wedding. It was the winning dress and I just loved it and knew I wanted it.  It was the first dress I tried on.  I did try a few more dresses on just to be sure but ended up with the Reem Acra dress I knew I wanted."
[caption id="attachment_546" align="aligncenter" width="575"]A sweet moment of Emily and her husband on the dance floor. A sweet moment of Emily and her husband on the dance floor.[/caption]
How did you preserve your gown?
"Yes, I did preserve my dress. I had it cleaned and it now rests in a preservation box."
[caption id="attachment_543" align="aligncenter" width="640"]A photo of Emily and her husband after they said, "I DO!" A photo of Emily and her husband after they said, "I DO!"[/caption] Thank you so much, Emily! You were an absolutely STUNNING bride. Blush would love to share you TBT wedding stories and photos, too! If you would like to be featured, please send us an email at brides@blushsarasota.com. xoxo Nicole & Fondren