May 20, 2023
The Beach Wedding
Saturday, May 20, 2023
We are delighted to invite you to the celebration of our marriage
Ceremony & Reception
Saturday, May 20,
4 p.m. Courtyard or Beachfront
Bohol Beach Club
Bohol Island, Philippines
Ekaterina Ivanova, but everyone calls her Katya.
Literally translated, it sounds like Kate Johnson, which Micah a finds endlessly amusing.
Hometown Kemerovo, Russia. She practices ballet and modern dance.
After university, she traveled around China with a ballet troupe. These were short stays in Asia. During these tours, she made working contacts and eventually began to work in the field of choreography in China, which led to a more permanent presence in Guangzhou city.
Micah is a retired rodeo clown who after one too many encounters with a horny bull, decided to
shave his handlebar mustache and do something with his life.
He wowed his current employer with statements like
‘Sometimes I take all day to do nothing at all’,
‘I make a mean roast beef sandwich’ and
‘I got real far in Minnesota by not eating yellow snow’.
So, they hired him and sent him to
Guangzhou where he met Katya.
He fell in love when she said, ‘we’ll make it look like an accident’.
We met in Guangzhou at a bar.
This evening of acquaintance was so unexpected and interesting that we talked until the sun rose.
How did we meet, you might ask?
In a bar of all places. As you may remember,
I like beer! I went out for drinks with my buddy one night to see a live band.
Katya’s runs in performers’ circles, so she was friends with the singer who sang there that evening. My talkative buddy knew the lead singer of the band, so it was a natural connection to the other folks there that night. So, he asked why Katya and her friend don’t share our booth so we can get acquainted? Then we got to talking. It was stressful since I hadn’t spoken much in Russian for a while (we still have a Russian-speaking house). But, it went ok and so I invited Katya and her friend to a party later that week.
As luck would have it, there was another choreographer there and it led to a dance-off. We all had a great time.
Later, we had a first-date that effectively had a chaperone. I invited her go kart racing and dinner afterwards but asked my buddy to join too (a native Russian speaker) because I had low confidence communicating.
Things took off from there and the Russian skills have come back, making things a lot easier.
If you're coming from Luzon, you can fly directly from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila to the Bohol-Panglao International Airport.
It will take you approximately an hour and a half.
Once You're There
Experience the sites, shops and restaurants in the area
Where to Stay
Hotels and B&Bs to check out