Monday, June 6, 2011

Honeymoon Recap!: Part I

I mentioned a while back that Nate and I would be taking a "minimoon" of sorts following the wedding. The problem was, we had no idea where to go!
We initially thought about staying at one of the beaches just outside of Charleston for an extra few days, which would be quick to get to after the reception and eliminate the need for extra driving. But yikes! The swanky beach side hotels also came with swanky expensive rates. After all the money that was dished out for the wedding (totally worth it!) Option 1 was a no go.

{Dear Swanky hotel, Be less expensive, Sincerely, poor bride}

Option number 2 was to head west to the mountains of North Carolina for a lovely few days in a cozy cabin. As we are both mountain people, this seemed like an appealing option.

 Until we started looking into the closest "mountain destination" from Charleston that would have fun things for us to do.

Right. . .that would be Asheville, the same Asheville that Nate grew up in and is quite familiar with, the same Asheville where we would be within 15 minutes of his parents. I mean, my new-in laws are great, but hanging with them on our honeymoon? No thank you!

There we were, a month before the wedding, with no hopes or plans for a honeymoon, and had all but resigned ourselves to driving back home and spending our days free from work vegging on the couch.

Suddenly, the honeymoon clouds parted, the sun shone down, and we got a bit of luck passed our way. Turns out that one of my step-dad's clients, a nice middle-aged lady who is sweet as pie, (let's call her J shall we?) owned a condo that she used as a vacation rental when she wasn't staying there herself, and offered to let us use it for practically nothing.

And where was said condo located?

{Live Oaks}

{Boats in the harbour}

{Sunset along the beach}

For the price that we could be staying at a Motel 6, Nate and I suddenly found ourselves the proud dwellers of a 6 bedroom condo on beautiful St. Simon's Island, GA. Aside from the fact that I had no idea what we were going to do with 6 bedrooms (sleep in a different room every night? I dunno). The arrangement was perfect for us, and with that, the honeymoon plans were made!

Having spent my childhood less than 30 minutes away from St. Simons, I was thrilled that we would be spending 5 nights on this beautiful island that is truly Georgia's best kept secret.

Up next: What we did on our honeymoon. . .besides recovering from the wedding!


  1. Awesome that something worked out so well! I can't believe I've lived in GA as long as I have, and I've never been to St. Simons. One day!

  2. Beautiful! I'm right there with you, Layla...girls' trip? :)

  3. Layla & Julia - you guys NEED to put it on your bucket list. It's a great relaxing place, away from tourist traps! And so much history!

  4. so beautiful!! I am adding this to my must visit list.