The Love Story:
Lindsay and I met in 2013 on a dating website. She was living in a small town in Pennsylvania and I was living in New York City. About 8 months into our relationship I took a job in South Korea and moved around the world to start working. While I was there I started my travel blog, Dopes on the Road, to document my adventures. After three months of being in Korea, Lindsay came to stay with me. We worked and traveled around Asia and started to realize that traveling was going to be a major part of our relationship. In 2014 my blog took off and I moved back to the US to be with Lindsay and blog full time. In 2015 we moved to Washington, DC and decided to get married.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We knew that we wanted the focus of our day to be on the commitment we were making and not on keeping up with the traditional expectations of what a wedding should be. We wanted to spend the day enjoying ourselves and not stressing over details of planning something extravagant. We took the budget we would have used for the traditional stuff and spent it on rappelling waterfalls, trekking in the Amazon, and an excellent photographer.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
It was just like planning any other trip for us. The hardest part was finding a dress that would fit in a carry-on bag. I tried on dozens of white dresses before I decided that a giant white dress just wasn’t practical. I opted for a green gown because it’s my favorite color and a style that I liked.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
I’d remind couples that to keep in mind that every wedding is unique and you are not obligated to do anything you don’t want to do. We didn’t want to spend $100 a person for tough chicken entrees for relatives we didn’t like - so we didn’t. I didn’t want to wear a white dress - so I didn’t. We forged our own path and created an adventure that suited us.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
The best part of the wedding day was when all the ceremony stuff was over and we were able to sneak away and enjoy the hot tub while enjoying the views of the volcanos. In 40 years I might not remember the tiny details, but I’ll always remember that view.