Doug and Steve - A wedding at The Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego
Doug Reimers (40 and a stay-at-home dad) and Steve Gin (40 and a software products manager) met in an unlikely place — Idaho. Steve reluctantly traveled on a work assignment to Iowa, where Doug happened to lived at the time. The pair met one night at a local hangout and Doug offered to take Steve on a tour of the city, which was followed by lunch and dinner. When Steve's work assignment in Iowa was over and it was time to head back home to San Diego, he asked Doug to go with him. The couple had been together for over 10 years when the Supreme Court invalidated Prop 8 in 2013 and a wedding became a reality. They both looked at each other and said “Yes,” without either officially asking the other. "In the following weeks, we kept joking with each other by randomly getting down on one knee at different times of the day and ‘popping’ the question," says the pair.To celebrate their union, the couple planned an over-the-top wedding at The Prado at Balboa Park. "We chose Balboa Park as the venue because it’s a huge, gorgeous, historical site where we spend a lot of time together as a family. It’s home to the famous San Diego Zoo, it’s where the San Diego Gay Pride Festival is held each year, and our family has participated in a lot of charity walk/runs there. Our kids love going and playing there as well," explains the couple. They made full use of the stunning setting, having their ceremony outdoors on The Prado's Terrace, followed by a cocktail hour in the Fountain Garden and an inspired reception in the Grand Ball Room. For the decor, they mixed traditional Chinese and Western themes to represent both of their heritages and cultures - and to show honor and respect for parents and family. They chose a color palette of apple red, black and white, incorporating thematic touches like the Chinese "Double Happiness," cherry blossoms, orchids and Chinese lanterns into the decor.