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The Dowry Real Registries

Amanda Gast, a brand-building account manager, and John O’Reilly, a senior account executive for a health benefits company, initially met in 2013 while both were living in Boston, MA. After being set up on a blind date by mutual friends, the pair instantly hit it off.
The Real Wedding of Amanda Gast + John O'Reilly


After showing Amanda around Boston, with a few great dinners and dates under their belt, Amanda and John ended up losing touch and moving in different directions both personally and professionally. Trusting their gut, they knew "it would be", if it was really meant to be.

“We are so lucky that sometimes life has a funny way of sending you down different paths only to end up at the same destination.”


A casual coffee date led to dinners and drinks, all over Austin’s trendy landscape, and a deepening relationship eventually led to their engagement.

With a recent move to Texas and a little liquid courage, John reached out to Amanda some five years later when he serendipitously discovered they were both living and working in Austin. 

A casual "catch up" coffee date turned into dinner and drinks and the rest is now history.

With a mutual passion for spicy margs, smooth sounds and the wild west, it wasn't long before John dropped down on one knee at one of the pair's favorite places, Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, Texas. Amanda and John plan to be married on November 20th in Dripping Springs, TX with their friends and family (finally) by their side!

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Amanda and John selected handcrafted home goods at The Dowry that complemented their registry items from Amazon and Crate & Barrel and helped define their unique style as a couple. They were drawn to the artisanal, one-of-a-kind tableware, serveware and kitchen essentials created by The Dowry artists.

REGISTRY PRO TIP: Create or pin Pinterest collages, like the one we did above, to assure the items from your different registries complete the look you want.


Like most couples, Amanda and John have created three different wedding registries that their guests can easily access from their wedding website. Amanda’s love of western landscapes show in the boho-chic, desert-inspired color scheme created by combining The Dowry with Crate & Barrel and Amazon products.

By following 3-5 short steps, they were able to link The Dowry, Crate & Barrel and Amazon registries to their Minted wedding website creating a wonderfully unique and beautifully complementary collection of household items. Here are the steps to connect your registries, if you use The Knot or Zola.

They also used a wedding registry checklist to simplify the registering process and keep them on track as they selected items from the different retailers.

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The Dowry (TD): How many wedding registries do you have in total?

Amanda Gast (AG): We have three.


TD: Why did you decide to create a registry at The Dowry?

AG: We absolutely loved the artisan items, curated and one-of-a-kind unique goods to furnish our home and cherish for years to come!


Item most excited to receive from The Dowry registry

TD: What’s the one things you’re most excited about on your registry at The Dowry:

AG: I'm really excited for the tangerine carafe and cup by DH McNabb. It is the perfect vibrant pop to our registry and style. Plus, I can't wait to raise a glass after the wedding.


TD: Anything else you want to tell us?

AG: Registering at The Dowry has been a great experience so far. We will save the site and shop here after the wedding.


If you’re looking for beautifully handcrafted details to add to your registry, click "Get Started" to see the perks of registering at The Dowry and how to get started!

Get Started with your wedding registry on The Dowry today!
The Dowry is honored to be one of Amanda and John’s choices for a wedding registry. We have an ever-growing artist community whose beautiful designs exist outside big box retailers but belong on your tables, shelves and rooms. We work hard to offer exquisite, artisan-made goods that complement other registries to create a flawless and personal design you can be proud of!


Congratulations to Amanda and John! We wish you the most beautiful wedding and life together.
xoxo, The Dowry

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