Priceline's role in my status change, from Miss to Mrs.On my vacation, I said "I do."
Exactly one year ago, there was a Priceline glitch that went viral - people were booking round-the-world flights for just a few hundred dollars, as opposed to upwards of $5,000 for the same trip. Whether this was a marketing ploy to get more customers or an actual mistake on Priceline's part is still unknown.
Whatever it was, meant that my then-boyfriend, Dean, and I could afford a trip to Europe.
After a workday's worth of texting back and forth, we decided to book a two-week trip before the glitch was fixed - our tickets would take us to New York, Milan, Venice, Prague, Amsterdam and Paris. And, since we were on a bit of a high with this unbelievable deal, we decided to make it a little more interesting: this trip would also be our honeymoon.
Bypassing the proposal, we began planning our February wedding, which also contained a small twist. Long before deciding to get married, Dean and I had agreed that South Florida would be a perfect wedding location for its kitschy, rustic cottages and for the ease of travel.
So, after securing my three-week vacation at work, I began planning a destination wedding 2,700 kilometres away.
Over the course of nine months, I consulted numerous online sources: TripAdvisor helped me secure a venue in Key Largo, FlipKey got me a vacation house nearby, a promotion on Aeroplan.ca got me deals on our flights to Fort Lauderdale, and numerous wedding blogs gave me insight on where I would find affordable flowers and favours.
Pinterest provided inspiration for my décor, and Etsy was where we found my engagement ring and our wedding bands, which were shipped to us from Israel.
Although it seemed like a gamble to choose faraway vendors without seeing or meeting them in person, (especially the caterer, which was found on Thumbtack) the entire day went off without a hitch. And the food was a delectable.
My husband and I said "I do" in front of 80 friends and family members on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. We celebrated under a tiki hut, feasted on seafood and key lime mousse, and drank rum punch while dancing to the music of a one-man-band. It couldn't have been more perfect.
Two days after our wedding, Dean and I began our honeymoon. After waking up in Key Largo, we drove to Fort Lauderdale, flew to New York, then to Milan, hopped a train Venice and walked to our hotel in Piazza San Marco where we finally fell asleep.
The rest of the trip is for another blog post, but that's how a travel website turned me from a girlfriend in need of a holiday, to a wife on her honeymoon.
Photos by Kim Ing Photography
(First blog post for "Digital Communications")