September 1

A Honeymoon Diary: Joyce & Alex’s Adventures

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff brides who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

What makes everything so worthwhile after all the intense planning leading up to your wedding day? I can sum it up in two fabulous, exciting, liberating words—the honeymoon!

My wedding was in July and the most exciting part of the wedding planning process was to decide where I was going to skip off to as the new Mr. and Mrs. Most honeymoon spots in different parts of the world endure a severe rainy season during July. We brainstormed over a couple of popular destinations, like the Maldives, Indonesia and Bora Bora, but realized that all of those places would be in hurricane, typhoon and monsoon season. We finally narrowed it down to Dubai and Seychelles—a couple of places in the world that we knew would be rain free during July! There was also something very exotic about going to the Middle East and part of Africa.

Although we didn’t have much time to plan the details of our honeymoon, we found that to be a perfect setup for a relaxing time. We stayed three nights in Dubai and nine days in the Seychelles. Dubai was ridiculously hot, but fun! We went sand bashing (short for riding an SUV in the dessert dunes) and swam along the Jumeirah Beach.

Seychelles was a slow paced island filled overwhelmingly with hospitable and charming people. We visited two of the many tiny islands, Mahe and La Digue. Our personal favorite was La Digue, a cute and quaint town whose main mode of transportation revolved around bikes! As such, we were able to navigate around town effortlessly, picking up our delicious dinner at nearby takeouts and the like. The waters were gorgeous and crystal clear, which made them perfect for snorkeling.

All in all, we had the most wonderful and breathtaking experience.  In fact, we are still reminiscing about it.

One piece of advice that I left with after running into a couple of issues is to prepare months in advance a list of contents to put in your emergency kit. In short, you MUST bring an emergency kit!

Here are a couple items that you can include, to start:

•    Band-aids, antiseptic ointment, gauze for any unexpected injuries
•    Allergy medication like Claritin, just in case…
•    Imodium or Pepto Bismol for stomach related issues
•    Pain killers for the occasional headache
•    Kleenex
•    Any prescription medications you typically rely on
•    Insect repellant

Get to Know Joyce and Alex

Joyce met Alex six years ago at a church event, and the pair have been laughing together ever since! She was enamored by his Australian accent and warm demeanor, and he fell in love with her sense of humor. They got engaged in May 2009 and were married on July 11, 2010 in Saratoga, California.


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About Katie

Katie M. is a Writer at Wedding Paper Divas. She has the privilege of viewing nearly every piece of stationery before it goes up on the website, giving her the ultimate inside scoop on upcoming trends in the stationery world. She loves classic designs with a surprising twist, and enjoys finding new ways to express her ever-evolving personal style—a blend of traditional glamour and bohemian whimsy that makes Wedding Paper Divas a perfect fit! In addition to her love for writing, Katie is obsessed with health and fitness, skincare, UC Santa Barbara, all things adorable, the beach, dancing, cooking, getting real mail, fresh flowers, discount shopping, and shoes (who isn’t?). Katie is a contributing editor to Diva Dialogue. Be sure to check out her recurring feature, “Rant or Rave.”

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