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Sunset on our Florida Keys Honeymoon

Katie here, back from our grand Florida Keys adventure!

While there are a lot of pros and cons either way, I am *so* glad that we decided to take our honeymoon right after the wedding. We had a day to say goodbye to friends and family, and then jetted off on Monday morning. I highly recommend that gap day, if your travel plans allow for it. We also came back on Saturday, so we had that Sunday as a gap day as well.

We flew into Ft. Lauderdale and picked up our car for the week — a fancy Camaro convertible! We would later find out that this marked us very clearly as tourists, but we didn’t care. The car was too cool!  A Camaro to Cruise Around the Florida Keys
The week was full of snorkeling and sunshine, and all the amazing animals of the Keys.

Andy Snorkeling in the Florida Keys

A Florida Keys Snorkeling Discovery
We saw these right off our very own dock!  A Florida Keys Snorkeling Discovery
A Florida Keys Snorkeling Discovery

A Florida Keys Snorkeling Discovery
Our adventure in paradise was lovely, but we apparently couldn’t go home without a story to tell.   Every Good Honeymoon Deserves a Good Story
Yep. He’s not lying. We shut the boat we borrowed from my husband’s uncle off to float along with some dolphins. One got within 10 feet of the boat! It was amazing, and I was near tears.

Shortly thereafter, disaster struck. The boat stopped running and we couldn’t get it to start back up! Andrew knew he had to stay calm so I wouldn’t panic, and he did a really good job. We were without phones (dumb) or radio (dumber, but we didn’t realize that the antenna had been cut off the one in the boat. We just assumed it worked!), but fortunately we were able to flag the coast guard down, and they towed us to shore.

Theater of the Sea Honeymoon Adventure

We ended our trip with a leisurely drive back out to Ft. Lauderdale, and flew home the next day. Now, we’re working on getting back into the rhythm of life with no wedding to plan.

Back to RealityWe love vacation, and we loved our wedding, but it feels good to be home and back to normal!

Did you have any memorable adventures on your honeymoon? Where did you go? Share in the comments below!

  • 10/23

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    Let’s take a little escape, shall we? Take a break from the daily humdrum and take a journey with me. Think of the sounds of the ocean waters. Feel the warm sand beneath you as the high sun above you browns your skin. You look out upon a horizon of the bluest water you’ve ever seen. Sound better than the landscape of files and paperwork in front of you now? Replace it with the ocean views of Costa Rica.

    One of the great things about Costa Rica is that, though it does have a distinctive rainy season, the climate remains fairly temperate, so planning a honeymoon here is a great
    option — especially from October to April. With that said, let’s talk about some packing options.

    Bonobos Lightweight Oxford || What to Pack for a Costa Rica Honeymoon

    Lightweight Cotton Oxford, Bonobos, $78

    Old Navy Broken in Khaki Shorts Broken-In Khaki Shorts, Old Navy, $22.94

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    Panama Hat, J. Crew, $65

    TOMS Faux Leather Flip Flops, Nordstrom, $38.95

    Linen/Wool Sportcoat, Jos. A. Bank, $99

    Of course, I’m sure you’ll pack MUCH more than just this, but here’s where you should start. And now’s a great time to pick up warm-weather items since most places have already transitioned into fall and they’ll be on sale—more money for margaritas.

    Do you have a favorite beach destination? Let us know in the comments!

  • 9/3

    Since my last post was about things I'm glad I did before the wedding, today's will be about what I did after that I'm pretty happy about: Going on my awesome honeymoon immediately following the wedding. Honeymooners are divided into two firm camps, it seems. Many couples I know decided to take a few more weeks or months to rebuild their savings before heading off on a…

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    Credit: Rome4U Since the beginning of the current honeymoon tradition (FYI, it started around the turn of the century), this delicious city has been a popular choice among couples. And it’s no surprise, seeing Rome is chalk full of romance, beauty, and memorable spots. If you want to make the most of your trip and be a true, romantic, Casanova type, here are a few…

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    There is an enemy lurking, waiting to put a damper on your wedding plans. His name is X, as in, "Oh, great, there's a big ol' X on this vendor's calendar where our wedding date is supposed to be." It happens. You have money in hand, ready to book that rental or service, only to find out that vendor you Yelped or WeddingWired or knew…

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    While the pressure is certainly on in terms of that middle countdown, I've been choosing to focus on that last one this week. The honeymoon has been the topic of much spirited discussion in my household. We've discussed the possibility of doing a mini-moon somewhere close by, and then going on a longer vacation in January. This was my fiance's plan, and I was doing…

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    Hey-o! Today we've got Michael from The Honeymoon Guy here to talk about how you, yes you Broke-Asses, can (wisely) use those rewards credit cards to rack up some serious mileage to get you a luxurious but low-cost honeymoon. Now, we never EVER advocate going into debt for your wedding day (work with the dollaz you've got, yo!) but if you're smart with your credit…

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    Budget Savvy Bride strikes again with her amazing budget wedding tips. This time? Edible favors, because #duh. Love Inc. has a super cute tutorial for a dreamcatcher cake topper. This super sweet love shoot on Hey Wedding Lady is full of romantic feels and simple DIY details. Considering a destination wedding in the Bahamas? Head to Brenda's Wedding Blog for tips on how to pull…

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    The honeymoon has been The One thing my fiancé and I have both been looking forward to, and the most stressful thing to figure out, #AtTheSameDamnTime. I may get excited over finding cute designs for our invitations, but he doesn’t give a damn. What he does give a damn about is our honeymoon, and making sure it is epic.  Throughout wedding planning we’ve been very decisive,…

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