Three years ago, Tone It Up co-founder Karena Dawn shared a sentimental moment on the beach with her then-boyfriend, Bobby Gold. The couple, on a romantic vacation in Kauai, Hawaii, sat together in that secluded spot overlooking a picturesque Pacific cove, and they decided it would be the place where they would someday get married — if all worked out. And it did.
In an exclusive, new interview with The Knot, the fitness star looks back on her beautiful wedding day with the entrepreneur. “We were dating for just four months, and we sat on the beach daydreaming,” Dawn recalls of that promise. “And we said, ‘If this all works out, we should get married here.’ So… three years later, that’s what we did. In the same cove where we first expressed our love!”
In September 2015, Gold proposed to Dawn before hundreds of devoted fitness followers during a Tone It Up retreat in Laguna Beach. Following the adorable engagement, the future bride says she took a “relaxed yet thoughtful” approach to mapping out their island nuptials. The pair visited Kauai last Christmas to kick off the on-site planning process, which included cake tastings and menu options at the St. Regis Princeville Resort.
“We chose a destination wedding, because we wanted it to be the most incredible vacation and celebration with our loved ones,” she tells The Knot. “It was important for us to keep the planning simple and low-key so that we could enjoy every moment.”
The couple — both triathletes — opted for a breezy-blue color scheme, sprinkling in personal touches to the stationery. “One our favorite decor accents was the place cards and menu,” the bride reveals. “We used one of my paintings.”
When it came to her pre-wedding workout, the fitness trainer developed a plan with one goal in mind. “The one thing you will always remember is how you felt on your big day, so it was important to take care of myself,” says Dawn. “I made sure to not miss my workouts and stayed on track with the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan guidelines. Katrina and I created a Wedding Program with tips for brides, bridesmaids, and mothers of the bride.” (Tone It Up’s other co-founder, Katrina Scott, was the matron of honor.)
The bride found a gown by Galia Lahav that she felt equally confident wearing. The design — a form-fitting halter neck gown with allover lace and accents of beaded lace to add an element of romance — featured a luxurious train.
“I fell in love with her designs before I was even engaged,” she says. “I love the stunning lace and extravagant vintage-inspired designs. I wasn’t planning on having long train or a veil, but once I put it on, I knew it was the one!”
Just like her husband. “I love him for all the same reasons before we were married,” Dawn tells The Knot. “His unconditional love and support, the way he understands me and makes me laugh… a lot. Being a wife feels great and the wedding was a beautiful time to reflect, honor and celebrate our relationship with our family and friends … He supports me in all things, yet isn’t afraid to challenge me, which is awesome. Oh, and he also cleans the kitty litter.”
The couple, now a few months into their marriage, are already seeing the benefits of calling each other husband and wife. “I feel like there’s more of a comfort in knowing that you do work as a team,” she concludes. “When you have challenges to deal with, you have your support system in place.”