Dr. Heidi Hofelich and Dr. Andrew Keating were married on Feb. 22, 2020. The bride and groom are both doctors of traditional Chinese medicine and work at “The Center for Health and Wellbeing,” and Heidi owns and operates “Gem & Tonic,” a five room acupuncture clinic and herbal apothecary.
Heidi is a 2006 graduate of Coronado High School and fifth generation Coronado resident, daughter of retired Navy SEAL Commander Howard Hofelich and Ann Marie Volkman, and granddaughter to Henrik and Grace Volkman. Andrew is a San Diego Native and is the son of John and Peggy Keating of Imperial Beach and grandson to Sally and Jim Keating.
Heidi and Andrew met in 2015 while studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and were both invited by their friend Jonathan on a group camping trip to watch the meteor shower. They remained friends for years, then fell in love in 2019 while together as doctors and adopting a 12 year old Great Pyrenees in need.
Months later, their engagement took place during a family trip to Hawaii to introduce both families to each other. Heidi and Andrew were were snorkeling the coral reefs. Heidi was swimming in her mermaid tail and Andrew decided to capture the magic of the moment. Andrew popped the question on the back of the boat with a giant blow-up floating engagement ring, getting down on one knee to propose with the engagement ring. They planned a five month engagement for their dream date Feb. 22, 2020, hoping to bring the spirit of Aloha to their wedding day.
The rehearsal dinner sail took place on Aolani Catamaran, and the couple stayed at the Hotel Del Coronado for “first look” wedding photos. Their wedding took place in the afternoon at The Bali Hai restaurant, where their 115 of their closest friends and family joined for a special “vintage tiki” Hawaiian style celebration with live ukulele music, fresh orchid leis, tropical drinks, and surf and turf lunch.
Their wedding had many friend and family contributions. Jonathan, the friend that introduced them, (known as “the Acu Shaman”), officiated their spiritual marriage ceremony. Heidi’s 13 year old cousin Ava Kohl of @sparkleflourcakes made their wedding cake, a large chocolate volcano with a dry ice finale for the cake cutting ceremony. The “flower ladies” gave lei greetings to all the guests in attendance and walked down the aisle with Vanna White, the couple’s adopted Great Pyrenees ring bear.
Instead of a bouquet and garter toss, they hosted a “win -the-bouquets” dance off of the five longest married wedding couples, and the three newly engaged couples in attendance. They ended the big night with fire dancing entertainment from their friend Alyssa Glitters.
Their wedding was filled with fun, beautiful memories of tradition and new inspiration, surrounded by love and community.
They postponed their honeymoon in Asia and are working and volunteering in healthcare to meet the demands for San Diego. They reside near Mt. Cowles, San Diego.