APRIL 22, 2016: THE DAY I MARRIED MY FOREVER LOVE.
"Our Wedding" ❤ A Five-Part Blog Series
- Part I – The Preparation (Click HERE to view)
- Part II – Our Ceremony (Click HERE to view)
- Part III – Our Reception (Click HERE to view)
- Part IV – Our Honeymoon
- Part V – Video (+ Photo) Highlights
Thanks for checking out my wedding blog series! We are on the brink of one year and five months into our marriage, and looking back on our wedding/honeymoon never gets old! Did you miss "Part III – Our Reception"? Click HERE to get the scoop on all of the details to our reception! ❤
PART IV: OUR HONEYMOON
– TEN "MAUI-WOWWY" THINGS TO DO –
✔️ 1 – Stay (majority of your time) in Lahaina
We stayed in two different locations on the island, and I'm so glad we spent majority of our time based in Lahaina. It's a beautiful part of the island, close to a lot of beaches, and a great "home-base" when exploring elsewhere. We also saved by staying at a condo vs. hotel the whole time.
✔️ 2 – Rent a Convertible and EXPLORE!
My favorite part about Bryan are the times he's able to legitimately surprise me (FE: Our proposal). This is another fine example. He surprised me by renting a red convertible for the week! The coolest part was how much of a God-thing the rental was...we ended up at the wrong rental car place, and when Bryan asked them about if they had a red Camero, they initially said how their location rarely ever gets the sports cars. But, low and behold...they had ONE left! 👌🏻
No matter the vehicle, explore the island! From the beaches to the back roads...plan some time to simply explore the island.
✔️ 3 – Eat Good Food
Here are my top five places to eat in Maui...
✔️ 4 – If You Take the Road to Hana, Take the Road with Dramamine...
Another term for this is the "Road to He...." nevermind :-) Let's just say, it's best to take a Dramamine if you get sick on wind-ey roads. Not sure if this contributed to my whoozy-stomach, but I will say that there is a place to eat half way, but I didn't think it was that good...so I advise bringing snacks!
UNLESS you want to see all of Hawaii's flowers in one place (kind of neat)...avoid overpriced "Phhokamoa Falls" .... Can't even get close to the falls, and the price was pretty ridiculous. Still, I got some great photos out of the visit!
Finally, this is a great drive for lots of waterfalls, jungle-feel and TIGHT road corners...so drive safe! It took us a full day to do the trip FYI, and we didn't even see everything. So, if you really want to see something particular, plan ahead.
✔️ 5 – Molokini Crater is Your Place for Snorkeling
Real moment: I strongly dislike fish: eating, swimming with...seriously. BUT...I will say that this was a neat adventure to go out to this world famous area for snorkeling! Bryan was super patient with me and helping me conquer some (for me, uncomfortable) fishy moments. A great bonding activity! :-D The snorkeling deal we got also included a boat tour on the way back to shore.
✔️ 6 – Go to a Farmer's Market and Buy "Apple Bananas"
Go to at least one farmer's market while you're in Maui (but remember that you can't bring food back to the states) A must-have fruit is an apple banana!!! They are so good, and the next time we go to Hawaii, I am getting a bundle of 'em!
✔️ 7 – Take a Stroll Down Front Street. Multiple times.
This is just a neat beach town with lots of shopping! ALSO...savings alert!! I forget the name, but there is a little hole in the wall right there on the street that advertises CHEAP activities: all you have to do is spend about 2 hrs of I remember right at a "timeshare" event in a hotel. We were able to go snorkeling and attend a luau for 70% off original price!!
✔️ 8 – Attend a Luah
Go to one! It may seem super touristy, but it's an all-you-can-eat event and a culturally neat ️experience. Also, I must say it was extra special to us, as we met fellow newlyweds sitting across from us. It's crazy how God brings people together at just the right time, and that couple certainly fit the mold of a new lifetime relationship!
✔️ 9 – Watch a Sunset. Or Two. Or Three...
Of course, it didn't hurt to see a few of these moments while we were out there...
✔️ 10 – Have a Professional Photoshoot on the Beach
Finally, I wanted us to have captured moments from a professional towards the end of our trip. So, we had Stu! If you want a good photographer for a beach shoot in Maui...USE STU! I am more than happy to send his number to anyone in need of this during their Maui trip. These are only a small collection I've posted here, and love them so much!
❤ I hope you enjoyed these "Maui-Wowwy Moments" from our Honeymoon in Hawaii! ❤