Destination I Do
Friday, June 10, 2011

This Destination Wedding Couple said "I Do" on Catalina Island

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Frame 36 Photography

Katie always knew she would have a destination wedding and even had a pretty good idea of what it would be like. There’s been a long standing tradition in her family of getting married in St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church on Catalina Island. Her mom, sister, aunt, grandma and even great-grandma all exchanged vows with their husbands in the same church. Luckily for Katie, her future husband Louis was more than willing to go along with her plans.

Needless to say her family wasn’t surprised when Katie and Louis decided to tie the knot on Catalina Island. However, because of the need for boat transportation and hotel expenses, some were a little worried. The couple did all they could to accommodate their guests. “Our ceremony was in the morning at 11:30. Out reception was from 1 to 6 at night, so our guests could either stay the weekend in Catalina or head toward home on the last boat that night,” the couple says.

After 2 years of planning, Katie and Louis were joined by 80 family members on the island off the coast of California. While the planning process was lengthy, Katie says it went relatively smoothly. “As long as you know what you want and you are clear about that, then you should be just fine,” she says. The bride, along with a bevy of female relatives, all worked to make sure her W-day was exactly what she always envisioned. In the end, the ceremony was beautiful and Katie looked gorgeous in her Maggie Sottero gown.

The couple’s reception took place at Catalina Country Club and the décor was kept relatively neutral except for the purple floral arrangements. The couple had an open bar as a “thank you” to their guests for making the trip. The couple’s goal of their guests having an amazing time was definitely reached.

“We wanted our guests to always remember our wedding and thinking of it as not just going to a wedding, but also going on a mini vacation to a place where many of them had never been,” says the couple. “Many guests stayed the weekend and had a blast touring the island.”

The bride had some final words of advice for other couples planning a destination wedding. “Make sure to communicate everything to your groom. It is his day too and what you both want matters! Oh, and remember to dance as much as you possibly can. It’s your party and you should be having a blast on the dance floor! We danced non-stop for the entire 6 hours. It was amazing and we highly recommend it!”

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