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The festivities were over. The months and months of planning had culminated into a celebration and party that was exactly what Paul and I had hoped and dreamed it would be. We woke up the day after our wedding in a beautiful room at The Edgewater hotel, ate our (delicious) complimentary breakfast and just soaked it all in.
Our flight to Jamaica wasn't leaving until around 10pm that night so we lazily got ourselves packed up and checked out of the hotel. We drove back to the house that Paul had been living in and I would soon be moving into and finished packing four our weeklong trip out of the country.
My parents took us to dinner and to the airport and the excitement was palpable. We were taking the red eye flight to Charlotte, NC and then on to Jamaica from there. We did manage to sleep a bit on the plane and then a little more in the Charlotte airport before our final flight. My favorite memory from that day is seeing all the other freshly married couples, complete with perfect hair and makeup and giant diamond rings on their perfectly manicured hands at the airport. I couldn't help but think that most of these people probably shared our same wedding date and had all just been through exactly what we had gone through. It was funny and surreal all at the same time.
Paul and I had booked a week long trip at an all inclusive resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I did extensive research on all-inclusives since neither Paul nor I had ever stayed at one before. I am so happy this was the place we landed on. It was adults only (which we determined later was a GREAT choice for a honeymoon) and it was so nice to not have to worry about every single thing you eat or drink. You just get what you want, whenever you want and you can just enjoy your time there rather than worrying about whether or not you are spending too much money.
We also booked a few excursions during our time there as well. We went to Negril and also went zip lining and climbing the Dunns River Falls near Ocho Rios. Other days we literally sat around or in the pool or beach for almost the entire day. It was so relaxing and so nice to just be there in a beautiful place with amazing scenery and to just enjoy each other and our first week as husband as wife. No more stress from wedding planning. No more worrying about this or that detail...just sun, sand and smiles.
These two photos below are two of my favorite photos from our whole trip. They are so "us". They may not be perfectly styled or exposed properly or in any way shape or form "technically" correct...but they capture our trip so perfectly and I will cherish them forever. I have the BOTH printed and in my house because I need to see them around me and NOT stashed away inside my computer!
I am so thankful and blessed that Paul and I were able to go on this trip to Jamaica right after our wedding. I know that not every couple gets to experience something like that although I wish everyone could! To be able to just be together in such an amazing place for the first time as husband and wife was an experience we honestly will NEVER forget and we hope to recreate as future anniversaries arrive. We love traveling and adventuring together and we want to make that a priority in our lives going forward.
Those drinks were our favorites...Bob Marleys!! Once we discovered them, I don't think we had anything else the whole trip. Ha! They were all 'rite Mon! Everyting copacetic! =)
And with that, we have come to the end of the beginning of our story. I hope you have enjoyed these posts and getting to know Paul and I and the start of our covenant a little bit better. My marriage is the exact reason why I am so passionate about others marriages. This union is meant for such a higher purpose and that deserves celebrating!
Did you go on a honeymoon? Where did you go?! Tell me about it!!