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Balboa Park Wedding: Katie and David Get Married
Katie and David are a couple after my own heart—a pair that placed a lot of emphasis on their honeymoon when it came to the planning of their wedding.
But we’ll get to that!
These two met through friends about 5 years ago, and found themselves pretty much inseparable from the start. When David finally dropped down on one knee, it was during a visit to Northern California to see Katie’s family a year and a half ago. She had no idea it was coming, and in fact had been digging through his suitcase for a t-shirt just the night before he proposed—she simply assumed he was being grumpy when he jumped from the bed and threw her the shirt off his own back to get her out of his luggage!
Katie’s ring is really something special. It was her mother’s, with the center stone being her great aunt’s diamond. Together, Katie and David took the original to be redesigned in order to fit her tastes—along with her grandmother’s tennis bracelet, which was also redesigned to serve as her wedding band. She loves the sentimental meaning behind both rings, knowing the history of where they came from, while still being able to feel like they are now her own.
These two said “I Do” in Balboa Park, a place both had long loved—in fact, David refused to look at any other wedding venues! They were aiming for an event that was classic, traditional, and elegant in tone, which is why they decided to make their wedding a black tie affair. Roses were a must, as they had always been Katie’s grandmother’s favorite. Beyond that, they just wanted friends, family, good food, a great band, and plenty of drinks.
Lucky for them, all their wedding dreams came true!
Now, about that honeymoon…
Katie and David jetted off on quite the adventure, starting first in Istanbul. There they stayed at the Four Seasons in Sultanahmet, a beautiful hotel that has been converted from an old prison. They went to a traditional Turkish Bath House and were the first people in the Hagia Sophia. David was especially fond of the Basilica Cistern-Constantinople’s water source container.
From there, they were off to Athens, hitting all the obvious spots. They even went out of their way to get to Acropolis extra early, ensuring they had about half an hour there to themselves.
They then spent 10 days in Mykonos and Santorini. In Mykonos, they stayed at the Bill and Coo Suites, which Katie could not stop raving about. They rented a dune buggy one day and drove from beach to beach, enjoying the sights and the amazing food.
In Santorini, they stayed in a boutique hotel called the Astra Suites in the village of Imerovigli on the Caldera. Katie told me it was one of the most beautiful locales she had ever been to. They chartered a catamaran while there and spent a day sailing—a day they both recount as being the best of their honeymoon. They even got to jump in the sea and swim to the hot springs by the volcano!
From there, it was off to Amsterdam, where they fell in love with the Rijksmuseum. Then it was Belgium, where they spent a night in Gent and one in Brugge. And finally, they ended their epic world tour of a honeymoon in Paris, where they drove through the countryside, enjoyed Champagne tastings, and stayed right across from the Louvre. One of the highlights there was dinner at Maxim’s, which was a gift from Katie’s grandparents, as they had dined there many years ago.
All in all, their honeymoon was pretty darn magical—the perfect end cap to an equally magical wedding day, and the perfect start to a life of travel and love!