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9 Ways to Keep the Honeymoon Phase Going

The wedding may be over, but the fun doesn’t have to be. If you’re feeling those post-wedding blues, don’t fret: this next year (and the rest of your life, for that matter!) is going to be the best yet. As you settle into your newlywed bliss and throw your to-do lists out the window, you and your significant other can relax and enjoy the life you are creating together. Whether you have wanderlust, babies on the radar or simply look forward to a night in with no discussions of cocktail napkins, these tips will keep you feeling blissful all year long.

KEEP PLANNING

Whether you plan a monthly date night or start dreaming up your anniversary trip, having something else to look forward to post-wedding will keep the blues at bay. For me, this was as simple as planning quick day trips from our house every few weekends. Having those little journeys to look forward to helped me move past the slump that I got into right after the wedding (and the planning) ended.

MAKE COMMUNICATING A PRIORITY

Admit it: during wedding planning, your conversations always ended up circling back to color palettes and entrée options. Now that those things are behind you, it’s important to keep talking. We’re not saying it has to be all day, every day, but asking each other about your lives, having discussions about your interests and keeping your spouse informed on what’s going on in your world are all it takes to keep your communication game stronger than ever.

 

FIND THINGS TO DO TOGETHER AND APART

My husband loves playing Ultimate Frisbee. Me, not so much. So every Saturday, he spends the morning playing, while I spend it with friends, doing yoga and having “me” time. Even though the time is short, having moments apart keeps us balanced and helps us enjoy the time we do spend together just a little bit more, like trying new restaurants, binging a new show or exploring our city.

HAVE THE MONEY TALK (A LOT)

It may not be the prettiest piece of advice, but it is probably the most important. If you’re joining your bank accounts, it’s good to do this right away, if not, you still need to talk about how you’ll handle joint expenses. Cook a nice dinner, open a bottle of wine and get talking: being up-to-date on each others financial goals makes life go much smoother, no matter what kind of bumps in the road you may encounter.

 

EXPAND YOUR CIRCLE, BUT DON’T LOSE TOUCH WITH YOUR OLD FRIENDS

You may have taken a 2-week honeymoon immediately after the wedding or are just basking in your married life and spending time alone, but either way, newlyweds often experience a brief reprieve from their social lives post-wedding. Once you get that out of your system, it’s important to reconnect with your friends. Spend time with them one-on-one and make sure none of your besties feel isolated now that you have a new title. And bonus: married life can bring about new married friends. Find ways to expand your inner circle by joining clubs, talking to the new girl at work or getting involved with a charity. New friends always keeps things fun and interesting!

DON’T GIVE INTO SOCIETAL PRESSURES

You may already be internally rolling your eyes every time someone asks you about a baby. Whether you’ve already started trying or don’t feel that babies are in the cards, make sure you’re doing what feels right for you and your significant other. Pressure will come from family and friends (and even complete strangers!), but if you stay true to yourselves, you’ll make the right decisions in all matters of your life.

RELIVE THE DAY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN

You put a lot into the wedding and made it the best day ever! It’s important to remember all those amazing feelings you felt. The best way to do this? Keep looking through those photos, watch your video, and reminisce on that funny thing the best man did during his speech. For me, creating little wedding albums for my family with their favorite images was a fun, and productive, way to dive into all those beautiful photos over and over again. Put your favorite photo as the background of your phone or framed in your house, text your Maid of Honor to remind her how grateful you still are for her help, or just browse through your album during quiet moments on the couch—all are great ways to keep the day fresh in your thoughts.

CELEBRATE THE LITTLE THINGS

Did you get a promotion at work? Finally, finish binge-watching Prison Break on Netflix? Have a great conversation with your Mother-in-law? Treat yourselves to a night out, a new accessory for your home or a glass of champagne. Toasting to all the good in life, and doing it often (no matter how small!), will keep you feeling happy, even when things aren’t as lovely.

NEVER STOP SAYING “I LOVE YOU”

This one may seem easy, but with real life comes real problems and there may be times when it’s not so easy. No matter how angry or upset you may be, never stop saying those three little words. Sometimes all we need is a simple reminder to make everything okay.

Jessica Tzikas is a freelance writer and editor from South Florida, who recently moved back to the sunshine state after living in Philadelphia for the past few years. When she isn’t writing and obsessing over all things wedding, you can find her reading by the beach, practicing yoga, or taking long road trips with her new husband. 

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A Stunning Beach Engagement with a Mastermind Behind the Lens

Engagement sessions are the perfect way to dip your toes in the photoshoot world before the big day. Plus, any excuse to frolic on the beach in a stunning dress is an added bonus. And when the photographer behind the lens is none other than Jose Villa, consider that session a work of genius. Sneak a peak at stunning water views, the cutest ever couple and more of that blue number right here.

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Photographer : Jose Villa Photography

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The perfect way to kick off spring? With these destination beauties.

Now that spring has officially sprung, we’re ready to say goodbye to this endless winter and soak in day after day of sunshine. We see you snow, but we’re determined to kick off the celebrations a little early with two breathtaking weddings from Dreams Resorts & Spas. Think a little slice of heaven with gorgeous ocean backdrops and sandy beaches galore. Scroll for two of our faves below.

Weddings aren’t just for saying “I do”… they’re for having the time of your life, too. And that’s where Dreams Resorts & Spas comes in to play. With beautiful locales located across paradise, their all-inclusive resorts are everything (and I mean everything) you’ll ever need to celebrate your Big Day. From their luxurious accommodations to their gourmet restaurants to their fab spas + pools, you’ll be relaxing in paradise with your guests in no time at all… and all with an Unlimited Luxury® experience that includes everything from top-shelf liquor to 24-hour room + concierge service to daily maid service. I mean, that’s a wedding/vaca we can get on board with, you know?

Whether you dream of laying on the sandy beaches of Tulum, rushing off to Los Cabos with all of your friends + family or want to check out one of Dreams Resorts & Spas’ other amazing locales, their talented team will guarantee a wedding celebration of a lifetime. Contact one of their fabulous personal wedding coordinators today to begin planning and don’t forget to check out more of these dreamy days here and here.

Photography (Top to Bottom): J.M. Hunter Photography + GVphotographer

Into the Woods for A Homegrown Celebration Full of Elegance

Oh to have a backyard this gorgeous. I’m convinced this particular spot was made just for hosting weddings. Set against an oak-filled estate, with the most elegant, romantic details and florals crafted by Florabella, this day is a sea of beauty. And with Sylvie Gil’s images in tow, the proof is in the pudding. Carve out some time for this pretty gallery. You won’t regret it.

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Spring
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Classic

From the photographer… Hosted at the bride’s grandparent’s private estate in Woodside, California, Jessica and Michael’s wedding was an elegant outdoor affair. Jessica wore a modern Vera Wang gown with a classic veil, and her bridesmaids each selected a floor-length champagne gown of their choosing to make for a cohesive but unique look. The couple exchanged handwritten vows under the oak trees in the garden where the bride spent time during her childhood, and notes of Spanish guitar accompanied the affair. After cocktail hour on the lawn, complete with signature His & Her cocktails, dinner was served in a clear top tent, allowing guests a view of the towering redwoods overhead and the starry night sky beyond. We used a lovely sea glass palette of pale blues and greens with slate grey accents to create an elegant but understated ambiance as guests dined on lamb and salmon and drank a selection of wines from the bride’s family’s winery. A custom floral chandelier acted as the focal point of the decor atop the dance floor, where guests danced late into the evening. Finally, to conclude the festivities, guests bid the newlyweds farewell with festive sparkler departure as they were whisked away to start their new life as husband and wife.

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Videographer: Patrick Ang | Wedding Planner: Florabella | Floral Design: Florabella | Cake: Studio Cake | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: McCalls Catering & Events | Lighting: Everything Audio Visual | Band: Hip Service | Ceremony Music: Wine Country Entertainment | Transportation: Corinthian Transportation | Bride's Gown: Vera Wang | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper Goods: Florabella | Photobooth: Snap Fiesta | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: Hensley Event Resources | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Blueprint Studios

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