El_Pickerel: sorry to say, but I have never found "cat's eye" bokeh all that attractive and have never found any reason to produce it in a photo. it is a distortion, after all, of a bright spot which usually shows as a circle in "normal" bokeh. What is so wonderful about seeing a distortion of a circle? Zeiss calls it vignetting - when the normal circle is obstructed by the side of the lens barrel when the lens is wide open.
"At the edge of the photo iris images are also altered by vignetting if the light cones going to the edge of the photo at wide apertures are intersected by front or rear parts of the lens barrel or by the limited diameter of rear and front elements::"
I find smooth creamy bokeh with no real circles or "cat's eye" or "hot spots" to be the most pleasing of bokeh. It seems a hazy day with a distant background produces the best bokeh to my eye. Maybe that it a topic for a thread. What is the best bokeh and how do you produce it? You did a nice job with your photo and proved the worth of autofocus. If you had popped up your flash for fill flash would that have taken some of the yellowness out of the face?