Ever heard of Santorini, Greece? It's a little island southeast of Athens surrounded by the Aegean sea. It's famous for it's sweeping ocean views, blue domed churches and white villas that line rocky cliffs. It is the definition of a dream vacation destination. For me, Santorini will always be a special place. I was lucky enough to visit on a Mediterranean cruise through the Greek Isles with my family and my boyfriend's family back in August 2015.
Our cruise left out of Rome, Italy and Santorini was our first stop! After tendering from our cruise ship to the shore, we boarded a bus en route to the village of Oia. To get to Oia, we had to drive up the mountain sides on winding roads with sharp turns. As we climbed to the top of the island, the views kept getting better and better.
Once we arrived in Oia, it was time to explore! We walked with our families down the narrow streets and alleyways to uncover gorgeous views overlooking the ocean. There were several little shops, restaurants, churches and villas decorated with vibrant and bright bougainvillea vines.
After spending 45 minutes with our families exploring the town, my boyfriend, Kyle, asked if we could explore on our own. I agreed and we began to walk in the opposite direction of our parents and siblings. We navigated down a quiet, narrow pathway to the picture-perfect Santorini postcard view.
While taking in the view and admiring the blue domed churches in the background, Kyle turned to me and said: “Do you want to get married next summer?” I nodded my head “yes” and continued to listen. Marriage was something that we talked about frequently, as we had been dating for over three and a half years. As we sat down and continued to talk, Kyle told me the reasons he wanted to marry me and why we were perfect for each other. I couldn't help but tear up since I knew what was coming next. He reached inside his backpack and pulled out a box. Opening it, he turned to me and asked: “Will you marry me?”, revealing a stunning, sparkling ring. I nodded my head and said “yes” as he placed the ring on my finger! Now, I wear it as a constant reminder of that day, our relationship, and our future together.
After the proposal, we were so excited that we had to capture some Instagram-worthy shots to share with our friends and family! Not only did we have to show off the ring, but we also had to show off the incredible location.
I couldn’t stop smiling and staring at the ring after Kyle put it on my finger.
We wrapped the day up overlooking the village of Oia from a Greek winery where we toasted in celebration of our upcoming wedding!
Kyle and I are married now, but I still wanted to share this special story.
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