And, we’re back from our 8 day honeymoon in Kona, HI.  I know, I’m like in Hawaii all the time (my high school girl gang getaway + my 30th birthday all in a year).  I love it – it’s the closest paradise that is in the US which makes everything so easy!  Mr. Wonderful and I enjoyed staying at the Hilton Waikoloa Village which is pretty much amazing.


  • First class to and from our honeymoon – thanks for saving all those hotel, airline and rental car points over the past 7 years of  for your future wife, honey!
  • Iced coconut mochas every single morning.  Koka Mochas!
  • Seeing the dolphins, sea turtles, and tropical fish just hanging out by our feet or swimming with us in the lagoon like it was no big deal.
  • Kayaking, paddle boarding, and paddle boating (ok, most I just sat as a passenger) in the fresh salt water lagoon at the hotel.
  • ABC Stores are just so much fun to go to!
  • Flumin the sugar cane ditch!
  • Attending Sunday service at a little church on the hotel – the pastor played his ukelele and his wife did a hula dance to worship music. It gave me goosebumps!
  • Spending time with one of my high school best friends Carrie and her husband and shooting her maternity session on Kukio Beach. Can’t wait to share that session with you.

I love the way my skin feels and looks in Hawaii.  It just feels so fresh and wonderful.

We delayed our honeymoon trip with so much going on after we wed.  Hands down, we both agree it was one of the best decisions ever made.  It seems like the trendy thing to do as couples take a few days off to catch up on sleep, open wedding gifts, then pack for their honeymoon and then depart.  We waited three months and I wouldn’t necessarily say you need to wait that long, but it worked for us.  Benjamin had a case in the OR on the Monday following our wedding so work never really stopped and I needed time before my spring wedding season started up along with a lot of moving our belongings to merge together.

On a side note, I’d like to go back to my reporting days and be sponsored to travel and document and blog about my experience.  Any hotel takers?  I have a less than 1% bounce rate and page views in the tens of thousands…How do I sign up for that job – perhaps I should work for a travel website.  *wink*

My traveling lesson – bring the camera remote! Silly me had 10 seconds for a countdown to snap any photos of us, why oh why did I forget that?  Oh well!

For now, I will leave you with an adorable sleeping sea turtle that we came across while walking around our hotel, a regular site around our hotel.

Diana Elizabeth does heavily accessorize even while going to the beach and while on vacation.  It’s something she picked up when she was a stylist for a magazine and she says, you can never over do it!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.


  • Renee

    I literally just DIED at the sleeping sea turtle!!!! My sister and I loveeee turtles. You lucky girl!

  • krystal

    ABC! Oh yes! Haha! And I agree…going on a delayed honeymoon is the BEST way to go! So much less stress! We went to Hawaii a month and a half after our wedding – best thing ever. Before our honeymoon, I was able to move in all the way with Brad and set up our house, go through all our gifts, get all our thank-you’s out. By the time our honeymoon came, we were all settled in with nothing to rush back for or feel anxious about. It was so relaxing! Best way to do it! And it was a welcomed thing to come back home after 10 days…to our already set-up little first home with nothing that needed to be done!

  • Mailinh Nguyen

    I have to agree that those ABC stores are fun! Glad you had a wonderful honeymoon! :)))


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