Our honeymoon was over a month ago now, but better late than never on this post right?

We booked our honeymoon in November 2013, maybe not the wisest thing to do to drop so many dollar bills right before Christmas, but we were too excited not to book it. For Mark and I, we knew that we wanted a honeymoon that was warm and relaxing. We ended up choosing Jamaica fairly quickly as a destination, but I spent quite a few weeks reading reviews and narrowing down our destination to Secrets Wild Orchid Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The decision was pretty much sealed after I learned Nicki Minaj frequented the resort.

Our wedding was on Saturday, May 24 and we left for our honeymoon on Monday, May 26. I really liked that we had one day to unwind after the wedding, but that we got to leave for our honeymoon still on a high from our wedding. We had pre-packed our bags before the wedding, so the day after the wedding was spent eating leftover wedding cake, opening wedding gifts and talking about how awesome the wedding turned out (more on that in another blog post).

The long awaited honeymoon day finally came. We had arranged for a car service to take us to the airport since we had to leave at 6:00AM.  This is my face at 6:00AM. Excited, but clearly still not really awake and already thinking about when I can get a coffee!

Jacket – Forever 21 // Floral T-shirt – Smart Set // Wunder Under Crop Pant – Luluemon // Shoes – TOMS

My sneaky parents upgraded our car service to a limo, so this bad boy was waiting at the end of their driveway for us. Nothing like starting a honeymoon off in style!

My even sneakier father emailed the airline so the pilot made a special announcement during our flight congratulating us on our marriage.  By this time, we were on such a high, we couldn’t wait to land in Jamaica.

We had a driver from the resort pick us up and he gave us a little history of Montego Bay as he drove us to our resort. As we pulled up to the resort, I could not even contain my excitement. It was beautiful – modern and huge, with a friendly staff that treated us like royalty the second we got there. They greeted us by saying, “Welcome home” and now I understand why. We are already dreaming of when we can go back to this resort. Overall, it was the nicest resort I have ever been to. The service, food, entertainment and scenery made it the perfect honeymoon spot. We weren’t the only ones that thought this either. It seemed like the majority of the guests were on their honeymoon as well!

We were brought to our suite, which had a great view of the ocean. Staring out at the blue ocean and white sand beach, all at our fingertips, along with this huge suite with 24/7 room service was exactly what dreams are made of.

View from our suite

Every day can pretty much be summed up in this picture: Oh, and photo ops in gigantic bath tubs are always a must, right? I mean, any tub that can fit all 5’9 of me, is a tub that deserves a photo.

We decided on a ten day honeymoon, which was a blessing and a curse. It was a blessing because we got to relax on the beach, swim, drink and eat unlimited amounts of delicious food, but was a curse because we got so used to this lifestyle that assimilating back into normal culture and our day-to-day routine was painstakingly hard.

Lounging in the pool, sipping a Dirty Banana (basically a mixture of rum, Kahlua and a banana) and working on my tan.

The resort had some fantastic restaurants. Our favourite was the Japanese hibachi restaurant.  Along with the Japanese restaurant there was also a French, Italian, Mexican, Jamaican and Seafood restaurant. The food was unlimited and delicious and by the end of the trip barely any of my clothes fit.

Please note how excited the man in the green shirt looks. He can barely contain himself.

You may remember this picture, pre-vacation where I laid out all my bathing suits to determine which one to bring. I ended up bringing (and wearing) all of them.One my favourite things about tropical vacations is packing bathing suits and outfits. Can I sound any more girly right now?

In terms of outfits, here’s a few of my favourites from the trip:

Mark captured this picture of me before one of our evening dinners. This is 100% unedited. Seriously, the backdrops here made for the best pictures #nofilter

Mrs. Necklace – Kate Spade, Maxi Dress – c/o Belles & Whistles, Belt – c/o Sincerely Sweet Boutique

Causal outfit heading to breakfast. Sunglasses – Ardene, Crocheted Shirt – Joe Fresh, Shorts  -Smart Set, Flip Flops – Old Navy (circa 2011)

This trip I decided to give the crop top trend a try. I was surprised at how flattering it was, paired with the right skirt.
Earrings – Forever 21, Crop Top – Forever 21, Skirt – BCBGeneration, Sandals – BCBGeneration

Another crop top outfit. I was quite thankful for this skirt with its elastic waistband, as it allowed me to gorge myself at the Japanese restaurant

Earrings- Forever 21, Crop Top -Forever 21, Mrs. Necklace – Kate Spade, Skirt – Joe Fresh, Sandals – Spring Shoes
Earrings – Forever 21, Bandeau – Sirens, Romper – Old Navy

I love me a good romper. It’s easy to throw on, looks cute and can be dressed up or down. The only downside to this one is that it wrinkled really easily, something I didn’t realize until after I wore it for a few hours. However, I really loved the light fabric and colour.
The wedding planning had consumed our lives for the last year, so it was nice to have so much free time to relax and talk about our future as husband and wife. Jamaica is a country that has stolen my heart and I hope I get to travel back there again. The happiness of the locals is infectious and their carefree attitudes were contagious. Plus, listening to Bob Marley all day is my kind of vacation.Overall the honeymoon was fantastic. I am definitely a fan of taking a honeymoon right after the wedding is done. It allows you to spend some quality time as husband and wife, away from everyone else and the stresses of daily life.

For all those brides currently planning your honeymoon, earlier this year I shared some tips to make planning your honeymoon easy.

Married ladies – Did you take your honeymoon right after your wedding or did you wait?

Written by Tracey