Our honeymoon was the best trip we have ever been on. Getting the chance to go to Santorini, Greece for 10 days after the most amazing day of our lives was truly the biggest blessing ever. Being in the most beautiful place I have ever seen with my new husband was a dream and I don’t think I have ever felt quite that content. It was exactly where I was supposed to be at that moment, I had nothing else on my mind which doesn’t happen often. The relaxation I experienced was like none other and I am so grateful for that.
But let me back up a bit…
I took on the feat of planning our wedding at my parents home on the eastern shore, it definitely was not the easiest route to go but I couldn’t think of any other place to marry the love of my life. Every little detail had to be taken care of by me, my mom and my wedding planner down to the forks on the table and the bars at the cocktail hour. Not that I am complaining AT ALL, I had a blast doing it and I feel so lucky to have a built-in venue with a front row view of the Chesapeake Bay at our reception. My heart lives on that little island because my grandparents live right down the street so it was a family affair, sadly they both passed in March but having them be a part of our wedding is something I will always hold close to my heart. Just to give you guys a peek inside of our wedding here are some pictures, sorry to bombard you but once I started going through the pictures I couldn’t pick just a few (I’m sure all you ladies who have gotten married understand!).
I am in full on tears from all the amazing memories, reliving that day through these photos is seriously the best thing ever! Anyway…I digressed, after this perfect day we had a day at the shore house then we were off to Santorini, Greece. I couldn’t even imagine how I could be any happier than I was that day but once we got to Greece my heart exploded 10x. It is pretty insane how this one concentrated amount of time is filled with so much joy, happiness, love, and all the feels!
Since I took on the wedding, my sweet husband took over all the honeymoon planning. It was the best thing ever because I couldn’t imagine taking on another task during the process, he made it so easy for me and really took a lot off my plate. A lot of my friends said that they could never have let that happen because they are so controlling and wanted to make sure it was perfect but I felt the complete opposite. I was going to be in the most beautiful place ever, with my new husband so I couldn’t really imagine how it could have gone bad. We could have just sat on a beach all day every day and I would have been totally fine with it but he worked with our travel agent and planned the most amazing excursions for us. From wine tasting to a sunset catamaran cruise and everything in-between it was magical to sit back and get excited for the next thing he had planned. It was so cool because he got to just enjoy the wedding and I got to just enjoy the honeymoon! Here are a few pictures from the best trip of our lives, it is only a few so I don’t bombard you again!
Ever since these glorious 2 weeks in June of 2017, we have been reminiscing about the wedding and mostly our honeymoon quite honestly. Every time something reminds us of it we talk about our favorite parts and always talk about the amazing people we met (who we are Facebook friends with and still keep in touch with), the beautiful places we saw and the new culture we experienced. If you search ‘honeymoon’ on my blog you can read about our experience!
I am always on the hunt for super meaningful gifts to give to my husband, he is hard to shop for because he doesn’t ever really want anything so when Mapiful reached out to me it was like the stars aligned! This is seriously the most amazing gift ever and I cannot wait to give it to him! I had my mom come over and take these pictures with me so I could hide it again before he got home! I told him he isn’t allowed to read this blog post so the surprised doesn’t get ruined!
How amazing is this idea?! All you do is go on their website and type in a place that means a lot to you, it could be anywhere, and this map comes up! You customize what the map looks like, there are a few different beautiful options and you are done! It is so easy and such a beautiful memory to have! I ordered this frame which I think is so unique and beautiful, it is only $22 and so easy to put together! Each of the wood pieces is magnetic so you just clamp the wood on either side of the photo on the top and bottom and you are done! It takes two seconds and really adds a cool element to the photo!
This map holds such a special place in our hearts and having it hang on our wall every day makes me beyond happy. It is a piece of our love story and something we are going to cherish forever. I know Steve is going to absolutely love it!! I am so excited that Mapiful gave me a discount code for you all! CLICK HERE to check out their site and use code: HOLLYBMURPHY10 at checkout, that code is good thru the end of December! I would order it ASAP so you get it before Christmas, it comes in this tube which is really great to throw a bow on it and put it under the tree. I would looove to know where your map would be and why that place is special to you! Comment below and let me know, I am SO excited to hear!!
Christmas Bar Cart Details and Decor:
Gift Guides for the In-Laws with SMU