Who we are and how we got here!
Ours is a true love story I'd like to share with you . . . after 10
years of marriage, I was 6 months separated and swore I would never
remarry! I had a great job as an office manager at a prestigious
firm in Tysons Corner - northern Virginia and two young children.
But I had to get away for a while, so I joined my brother in the
Caribbean islands, where he was traveling for a scuba dive.
My children were with their father for the holidays, and this would be my
first time without them!
I met my future husband Bruce in Bonaire on
Christmas Day, he was there on work and my brother invited him to
Christmas dinner at the Hotel Bonaire, where we were all staying. After sharing a special Christmastime meal, 2
days later we had fallen in love, knew we were soul mates, and must have
been best friends in a past life ... within 4 months I quit my job,
packed up my house
and children, and moved tor New Orleans and never looked back. We were
married in 1982! It was hard on the EX, but the kids got to see
them, and eventually we "all" grew up! In 1978, with my mother's
passing, I inherited her beautiful white Spanish shawl from one of her
travels. Her love for beautiful shawls seemed to stick with me
somehow, and in 2000 she would show me why!
Bruce and I were planning
our first trip to Jamaica during a cold mid January in 2000. I
knew I would need a swimsuit cover-up, but even in our beach town, I
couldn't find much of anything, so I settled for a black sarong I found
at a department store - figuring it would go with anything I packed.
When we returned, we
figured if I couldn't find anything in Virginia Beach to take with me on
a vacation, then what about the ladies who lived elsewhere - so it
became an easy decision
to start a company that sold swimsuit cover-ups, and we also carried
shawls, stoles and Pashminas. So one month later in February of 2000, we formed Caribbean Wraps
Somehow through our
journey together, during another travel to the Caribbean, we found
brides carrying huge garment bags with their wedding gowns inside.
They were trying to stuff the bags in the overhead compartments, and
were so frustrated. We had just left St. Martin on this one
particular trip and it was 94 degrees, and all I wanted to wear was
cotton or a sarong to keep cool. Here these brides were going to
be wearing a big heavy gown, and their guy would be all covered up in a
tux and shoes for their destination beach wedding! How crazy is
that! So when I returned, I started designing beach wedding
sarongs - seemed practical to us!
Here we are as 2009
starts a new year, and not only do we sell
my designs and custom made accessories world-wide, but we also create dream
beach wedding ceremony sites, offer wedding planning,
creative wedding photography, as well as videography! We are blessed to now own a
wedding chapel with seating for 60! As each door has opened when a
Bride and Groom believed in us and valued our services and talents, we gladly
stepped through that door to be part of their special day! Our North American
Home Office base of operations is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia,
where all worldwide internet orders are processed.
awesome family support of our grown children Brian, Sarah and Madeleine, we utilize a unique age
group for our design team ideas, including friends and past customers,
tapping into opinions of real world problems women face when trying to
find clothes to fit. Thus, the sarong wrap concept just makes the
most sense to accommodate all body types.
LICENSING We are
Licensed to do business in Virginia Beach and the Commonwealth of
Virginia. Registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Dunn &
Bradstreet, and the Federal Trade Commission. We contract with
suppliers throughout the world to bring you my unique "free spirit" designs
OR we we sew them here at the Beach.
Click here to See a photo of
our Tiki Hut Booth at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront World
Fest 2002 when we first started!
Colors represented are digitally
reproduced images and may not represent the exact true color
of the item displayed depending on your monitor, screen
resolution and printer settings. But we have made
every effort to represent them in their best manner. No
paper catalog is available.
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NOTE: WE WILL NOT
SELL OR PROVIDE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO ANYONE OR ANY
COMPANY FOR MAILING LIST PURPOSES.
Thank you for visiting our website and considering my
designs for your special day!