If I’ve been bad about blogging recently, it’s because I’ve had the most wonderful (and busiest) past several months. It began this past summer, when my father called me up and asked if my boyfriend, Herman, and I would like to take a trip around Turkey in November. As an undergrad I lived in Turkey for 6 months, but at the time my parents couldn’t coordinate a trip. I’d wanted to show them around the country one day ever since, so of course we took my dad up on his suggestion and booked the trip.
Fast forward a couple months, to mid-August. Herman and I went out for dinner and drinks on a summer evening outside Prasino with our pooches. Conversation turned to the future and somehow, without either of us really planning it, we were engaged by the end of the night!
We both wanted a wedding that felt like us – a little out of the box – and something stress-free, so we could just enjoy the experience of getting married. “Why not elope while we’re in Istanbul?,” we thought.
I am so glad that we did. November 19th turned out to be a beautiful, warm fall day in Istanbul. My mom and I ran out to the flower market the night before, and she made my bouquet that morning. Herman and I had just enough time to get some fun wedding clothes fitted before the trip, and I must say we felt pretty glamorous! We had Benj Haisch, one of my favorite photographers, fly in to photograph the day, and that afternoon before the ceremony was spent taking pictures all over the city. We returned to our boutique hotel, 4Floors Istanbul, for the ceremony in a little glass rooftop room at sunset. As you can see, I might have gotten a little teary during our vows and my parents’ toasts…
Thanks to Benj, 4Floors, and of course my parents for helping Herman and I make this day so special! Enjoy the photos (and you can see Benj’s blog post here).
*Whoops… looks like this post got pretty long. I admit it: I’m still really really really excited that we got married!