Our Honeymoon, Part II


Tapas-style starter: smoked salmon wrapped around a creamy, fluffy ranch filling, pressurized Parmesan cheese disk coated in a crusty crumb mixture and texturized tomato and watermelon infused mousse served cold. Welcome to Krystal, the Riu Palace's fusion gourmet restaurant and the hubs and I's first restaurant we ate at on our honeymoon. The dinnerware was phenomenal and showcased some of the most unique pieces I have ever seen.


I have a confession too. I adore fancy dinners. There is something about a little champagne bucket beside your table, fancy dinnerware and impeccable presentation that makes my heart skip a beat or two. Throw in a cute outfit and the best company around and you're guaranteed a perfect night. Our hotel had a funny policy of requiring dinner reservations to eat in their four speciality restaurants. The kicker was you had to make these reservations between 7:00 and 8:00 am every morning. Luckily my sweet Apb scored us a table for two at this amazing place above where we ate some pretty incredible food (he had a passion fruit jelly and I had the best coco lava cake eva for dessert. Nom nom nom.)


The next morning we spent the entire day laying on the sunshine-drenched beach. Well Apb did. This girl was found like noted above. Frolicking in the incredibly warm ocean. My sweet Nan and Grandpa use to travel to Cuba every year on vacation for as far back as I can remember. Nan loved going in the ocean so the salt water could soften her skin and the waves could lightly toss her back and forth. Oddly enough it was soothing for me to be in the water drifting back and forth, thinking of her doing the same thing. Huge schools of fish would sometimes come and swim around me when I was only metres from the shore. The hubs bought me a very leaky face mask too, which I actually managed to use and find some gorgeous shells with.


Similar to the beach vendors in Mexico, The Bahamas had a ton of people scrounging the beach looking for people interested in jet ski and parasail rides, and women who were selling wraps and jewelry to all the 'pretty ladies'. However, this one guy came around every so often and balanced on his head was this box filled to the brim with fresh coconuts, tropical mixed drinks and brightly-hued straws. I chatted with him about his 'business' and he filled me in on the daily palm tree climbs he makes to get the best coconuts along with how some days on the beach are slower than others. For five bucks he sliced open the top of my coconut, popped in a lime green straw and handed me my sweet treat. The sweet coconut water was divine. But pouring in a frothy pina colada drink and adding a scoop of ice was a recipe for pure yumminess. 


After finishing my coconut drink and heading upstairs to get all the sand out of our suits, I washed off all of the shells I had found in the ocean. As cliche as it sounds to find shells on a tropical vacation, I actually am very proud of myself for finding the shells I did and think they are a beautiful memory of the hubs and I's time in The Bahamas. Currently, they are sitting snug in a metal clasp jar in my washroom and ironically will match perfectly the the plush soft pale blue towels we received as wedding gifts. Oh and those are our rings too. I thought I'd try my hand at my own kind of ring shot :)


Once we were ready to go, we walked over to Atlantis to check out the Casino, shops and aquarium and kill some time before  our dinner reservation. We took a customary 'before the night starts photo' and I love how happy we both look. I never truly understood the happiness that comes along with being a newlywed but to me this picture represents an emotion between Andrew and I that is simply indescribable. And absolutely everything happy.


Chocolate Madness for Andrew and Peanut Butter Brittle Cream for myself. B & J's, you make my taste buds dance. Over at Atlantis they have a cute little shop area right next to the Marina. It's an outdoor  shopping space complete with ice cream shops, Starbucks, Bahamian boutiques, restaurants and live entertainment. Besides the ice cream which was hands down delicious, our favourite shop was the Tortuga Rum Cake shop.  No bigger than a tiny office cubicle the shop sells Bahamian rum, rum-infused fudge and the cutest little rum bundt cakes we have ever seen. Each day they would place samples out front of their shop and we went three days in a row before committing to buy a six pack of the cakes.  


Here is the packaging for the cakes. They make six flavours, Key Lime, Banana, Coconut, Golden Original, Chocolate, and Pineapple. The chocolate was so very tasty but the Golden Original and Coconut were fantastic. We brought some cakes home for our families and we split a chocolate flavoured rum cake between the four of us as we shared our honeymoon stories. One of the best souvenirs we have ever invested in.


Here I am outside of the casino sporting a tropical flower in my hair. Behind me in the marina is where Andrew's dream boat sits. And behind those boats and yachts is the shopping area I mentioned above. We actually walked through the casino that same day, fascinated by the bright lights and overstimulated noises coming from all of the machines. Apb slipped me a dollar bill and said to pick a slot machine. I picked my machine, a glowing pink and purple hued unit. Must be good luck to be so happy and in love. 


Here is Part I and Part III of our Honeymoon Adventures. Happy Monday blogettes! Any special plans for the week? I can't believe how quickly the weather turned cool. Stay warm and cozy and lots of love, hugs and sunshine xoxo

36 Lovely Comments:

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

aaaaaw love it, so perfect!

Lisa said...

Ohhhhh my gosh, how amazing! What a dream! You and your *husband* look beautiful, happy and so in love! I am so filled with happiness for you. And thank you for visiting my blog when I'm sure you have tens of thousands of things going on in your life, you sweet friend! PS love the picture of hubby's ring; when we were first married I was so touched by the sight of my husband's ring on his finger. Blessings to you both.

Caroline said...

You guys are so cute!!!! You are one pretty pretty lady! XO

Kristin said...

Look at you hot mama. Looks like an amazing trip!

theUngourmet said...

Such lovely photos! I love the rings with the shells. Glad you had such a wonderful and memorable time. :)

LouBoo said...

Loving these posts - bit by bit. You look both of you so happy! And that bikini show - WOW - those gymnastics paid off! Lou x

DiamondsandTulle said...

Awww.. I can feel the love exuding through the pictures! LOVE the RING SHOT you took! And you look so incredibly happy and in love ~ I'm so happy for you both! It looks like an amazing time of your life!

xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

rhiannon, LOVE your nails! what color is your polish?

Jacklyn said...

AGH! I am away for two months and you go off and get married and have a perfect honeymoon. I've missed so much :) I'm so so happy for you and can't wait to go back and read all about it! CONGRATS! You look gorgeous and both look so happy. What a great way to start a monday. So happy for you and can't wait to catch up!

Pammy Ponders @ Reflectorville said...

aww.. lovely! makes me want to go back to mine, we went to the Maldives. We didnt really get into photography until we came back though, so I'm very jealous of yout shots too. Looks like you had an amazing time, congrats! x

keely @ luxe + lillies said...

You guys are too cute and are both so glowing! It seems like you had such a beautiful trip and are loving the married life! Many warm wishes for your life together!

Jesse said...

What a gorgeous setting and all of the yummy food! I bet you didn't want to come home! So happy for you two!
xx

Simone said...

Oh Rhi, you look so gorgeous, WOW!!!! Love everything you are wearing - you are beautiful :)

Loving reading about your amazing honeymoon :) xx

Shelley Ann said...

that looks like an amazing honeymoon! and the picture with the shells and the rings is so pretty!

Wild and Precious said...

you are BEAUTIFUL! and i'm so jeal of you and your hubby's adventure!

thanks for your sweet comments today.

glad you are back & can't wait to share your love story.

Rachel said...

Your pictures are BEAUTIFUL, as are you! Look at that fabulous water? I know y'all had the most amazing time. So excited for you and all that you have to look forward to...your happiness just radiates, and I LOVE IT. Happy Monday, honey!

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

OMG! I'm so jealous. That is the perfect Honeymoon. I love all the pictures You guys are adorable. Cheers to forever and much much more.

Barry said...

These photos are beautiful Rhi, you two make such a great couple. And I love that gorgeous smile!

jessica lynn said...

1. loved the story of your nan.
2. i am so jealous there were no coconut vendors in st. lucia where we went!
3. love your ring shot! beautiful!
4. i always try to get my husband to pose for a picture like yours did with the ice cream cone. he never wants to and it never turns out right!!!
5. glad you had so much fun on your honeymoon!!

Anonymous said...

Um I am pretty sure you should have posted a pic of you and your scuba geat since you were sporting it every day to find all those shells! Had a great time babe and I can't wait for our next vacation! ILY and keep up the great work.

APB

christine, just bella said...

What an amazing honeymoon!! These photos are so flippin' gorgeous, I can almost smell the salty air!!

Congrats to you and your hubby, you look so happy and in love :)

Miss Dot said...

I love your ring shot! I also love how one of those shells looks like a piece of candy corn. Beautiful photo journaling! You guys look so happy! :D

Scientific Housewife said...

What gorgeous pictures and looks so fun!

FeeAMore said...

I'm all smiles catching up on all these love bug. You both are just gorgeous. ;) Love those shells! All beautiful memories stored!

Talk to you soon bug! Sending good vibes and xo over!

JenRem said...

You two are so stinkin' cute! I love all these photos. Those coconut drinks look amazing! And that ring photo with the shells is pretty good if I do say so myself.
And that black shirt you're wearing in the last photo is so adorable. Great style, adorable husband and totall creative... you're awesome!

I BLEED PINK said...

I am so jealous!!! It looks like you guys had a beatiful time!! I am so happy for you guys and I can't wait to follow the rest of your journey as a now married woman!!

I love the pic with the flower in your hair!

ag. said...

This looks like the most magical holiday! Congrats on getting married! Beautiful photos...every single one of them!!

PS just stumbled onto your blog and it is LOVELY!

Koru Kate said...

I love your ring shot! & everything else about your honeymoon post . . . it looks & sounds like you made some incredible memories!!

Jennifer Rose said...

you both look so happy! :D

clearlytangled said...

thanks for sharing, rhi! can't wait to see part iii. i'm happy you had such a wonderful honeymoon.

Ashley said...

looks so wonderful! so deliciously paradisey. i wish i could go!

cant wait to hear how post honeymoon is like too and what your plans are!

Brenda said...

Wonderful pictures. You two look beautiful together. Congratulations!

Liesl @ FabulousFashions4SensibleStyle said...

What lovely pictures, yet again! You in the ocean is such a clear beautiful shot...love the blue water!

Also, your engagement ring and bad look exactly like my dream ring and band that I pulled from Tiffany's years ago...so pretty and it looks lovely on your hand!

Glad you had such a wonderful time and I too love fancy dinners and drinking out of coconuts! :)

Liesl :)

Oh, My Darling said...

Aw, what beautiful honeymoon pictures! Looks like a magical time!

Punctuation Mark said...

first of all the both of you look soooo cute and sooo happy is contagious!!! have fun and enjoy that beautiful water!

Design Apprentice said...

You both look amazing and it looks like a picture perfect honeymoon. Your photographs look professional too!