Fun in the Sun in Santorini

Santorini was a bittersweet place to visit. That's probably not what you think someone would or should say, especially if you have seen pictures of the town of Oia (pronounced eee-ya). Yeah, you know the pictures...The iconic white buildings and stark blue domes -- the bluest blue, almost mimicking the sky.

But, for K and I, Santorini marked the end of our honeymoon and the end of our three month vacation. Santorini is a place I had been DYING to visit for the past…well, really, since as long as I can remember (which, probably -- and realistically -- started with seeing Mamma Mia in the movie theaters). In addition to a beautiful coast line, it doesn't hurt that the sunsets feature colors that mirror our wedding invitation (see here) and the food is delectable.

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Honeymoon Adventures: Exploring Istanbul

There is something very romantic about Istanbul. As someone who has never been to a Muslim country, I found the call to prayer, which happens five times a day, very soothing. The city is straddled between Europe and Asia (locals differentiate parts of the city by the “Asian side” and the “European side”) and has a very rich history. Istanbul was enchanting – delectable food, terrible traffic, overwhelming heat, crowds that would make Times Square jealous, smells of spice and sweets, and the very hospitable locals. Overall, if Istanbul is not on your list of must see places, it should be. This was the cultural part of our honeymoon, so we tried to see as many sites as possible. For the first two days, we hired a tour guide who brought us around the city and helped us cut some of the long lines that queue up at the famous landmarks. Overall, I highly suggest it, as it helped us learn to navigate the city quite well for our remaining three days.

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Turkish Delights, Santorini Sunsets and Honeymoon Bliss

The Thursday after our wedding we embarked on our honeymoon. While I was excited to go to travel to different and new parts of the world, I have to admit that I was exhausted. Those who know me know I am a bit of a homebody -- despite my profession, which has me traveling no fewer than 16 days each month. [Note to reader: This could have something to do with a scruffy little furball.] Not surprisingly, honeymoon bliss won out and Kyle, Turkey and Greece stole my heart (and a lot of my camera memory).

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Vendor Style & Wedding Budgets

In a previous post, I mentioned our awesome wedding vendors (find that post here). There are a number of factors to consider when selecting wedding vendors. Some of the big ones are reputation, location, price, availability (duh!), and style (e.g. does it fit with the theme / vibe of your event). We had a destination wedding, so for us, location of the vendor didn’t matter as much. I was most focused on reputation and style; I wanted to make sure every detail was perfect and that we didn’t “outdo” our venue, which has a stunning landscape and serves as almost an extra guest.

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