Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Brides Who've Been There: 8 Honeymoon Stories, Hilarious & Holy Edition

I'm taking a blogging break to soak up our sweet Lily Grace (and, let's be honest, to keep my head above water through this beautiful newborn chaos), so I asked some of my married friends to contribute in my absence.  Over the next few weeks, they'll be taking over to chat about wedding planning, bridal beauty and style, and sharing stories about their newlywed days.  

For today, I've asked them to share a funny or memorable story from their honeymoons!

My husband is from the Great Lakes region, so on our Colorado mountain honeymoon the only activity he really wanted to do was fish.  Each and every time (I lost track of how many times we tried) was a huge failure.  Broken fishing poles, lines that snapped with the light breeze, and no fish to be found.  He'd tell you that it isn't funny, but looking back now I can laugh at how annoyed he got at each failed attempt!  - Amanda 

We got to meet Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.  For reals.  The whole story: my husband Matt set the alarm for 6 a.m., and I was so angry when it woke me, but he got me out of bed and was clearly very excited about today's trip to St. Peter's Square.  We had tickets to sit in the Sposi Novelli (new spouses) section, and it was first come, first served.  He suited up, and I put back on the beautiful lace dress, designed by me and sewn by my grandmother, and veil I had made the night before.  After a train ride and some walking--and running--we joined a crowd going through security.  Three couples were already seated in the front row, and a guard had the last two chairs up, I.e. not for sitting.  We'd been so close to making it up front, but we decided to just sit on the end of the second row.  A few seconds before everything began, the guard put the chairs down and motioned for us to sit there.  We just looked at each other in shock and scrambled to our seats.  FRONT ROW!

When the Pope came down the line, we were just in awe at his quiet humility.  He was like a little grandpa that we wanted to squeeze, but the guards would've frowned upon that!  Finally, it was our turn to meet him face-to-face.  When he saw us, the first thing he said was, "You are Americans, no?"  Matt said something, we kissed his ring, and he gave us a special blessing.  It was just incredible!  The other crazy moment of that day came a few hours later when we went to the Vatican Museum.  Upon entering the Sistine Chapel, one of the guards asked if we were newly married, then let us sit in a roped-off section.  We sat and stared at the ceiling, and I never wanted to leave.  - Andi

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Andi, Matt, and Papa!
We went to the beach, just the two of us (obviously).  When my husband realized my idea of a fun time at the beach was to sit in a chair and read, he bemoaned the fact that my brother wasn't there to toss a football with him.  On our honeymoon.  - Sylvia

We were in the Moody Gardens in Galvestion, Texas, and an exotic bird pooped on my head in the tropical rainforest exhibit.  - Rachel

We went to Ireland on our honeymoon.  Most of our trip was devoted to lovely, touristy locales around Dublin and then County Clare.  But for a couple days, we visited the most remote, far-out part of County Mayo, where my husband's grandfather had come from some 85 years earlier.  We knew he had family still in the area, but as we didn't have contact information for them, we thought we'd just tour around a bit.  But then.

One day we were in a liquor store buying my husband a bottle of Irish whiskey when he asked the clerk where she was from.  One thing led to another, and soon we found ourselves in the adjoining bar, meeting one of my husband's cousins!  He provided directions to the old family home, and within 24 hours we'd met another half-dozen cousins and given a thorough tour of the area.  We got to see hold family photos, hear stories, and visit the graves of my husband's great-grandparents.  It was such an amazing experience!  - Julie

It literally rained the entire week we were there.  After two days of gray skies, we decided to sit in the pool area all day, even if it was pouring!  - Emily

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Emily and her husband, Jim, on a drier occasion
We were extremely poor college students when we married.  I had just graduated, but my husband had one year left.  We had this junky, baby blue, Buick Century grandma car.  At our reception, my bridesmaids put shaving cream all over it, tied streamers to everything, and tied cans to the back bumper.  It looked so trashy!  For our honeymoon, we stayed at this very ritzy hotel in Kansas City.  We rolled up to the veldt parking lot in our junky car with cans hanging off the back.  It looked so ridiculous next to all the fancy sports cars and luxury vehicles!  We laughed and laughed about what everyone must've thought about us looking so out of place!  - Amy

Well, we saved up for this incredible honeymoon to Italy, and it was truly awesome, but we forgot a clock.  We didn't bring our cell phones because international rates were ridiculous and so there we were, with zero clue as to what time of day it was…ever.  Our villa didn't have a clock, and the only to find out what time it was was to go to the computer lab on the premises, which was only open for a few hours a day.  On one hand, it was really tough because there were plans we had made in which we had to get up early so we didn't ever start until later.  Plus, the jet lag had us up and wide awake when the sun was still down--we didn't know if it was midnight or 5 a.m!  But on the other hand, it was glorious not to have to abide by Mr. Time and just be carefree.  WE ate when we were hungry and were really spontaneous.  - Sheena

What about you?  If you're married, I'd love to hear a story from your honeymoon!  And if you're engaged, share where you're headed for yours!

1 comment:

  1. Sheena's story cracks me up (I think it would drive me crazy to be in that situation.)! And Andi's...wow, that's just plain incredible!



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