• Kristen Rocco

Was Our Honeymoon Ruined?

Today, we have a guest post by former bride, Wendy Dessler, about her unique honeymoon experience!

We had longed for a Hawaiian honeymoon for as long as we had been engaged. Even though we were both just beginning our careers and had all the expenses of life, without the big paychecks, we decided to wait until we could afford the honeymoon we wanted.

We worked long hours and we saved all of our extra money for our modest wedding and our dream trip to the islands. When we were within six months of our goals, we announced our wedding. Our parents and some friends were less than impressed with our plans of a small wedding at a local church.

But we explained to them that we were taking a wonderful trip and that was our priority. We set up a Crowdfunding account to allow guests to contribute to our honeymoon instead of buying traditional gifts.

We chose Plumfund.com because it is free and easy to use for our family and friends. Soon the family was on board and the funds grew and with our savings, we could afford a week in the Hawaiian Islands.

As we stepped off the plane, we were giddy with excitement. I was so excited that I did not notice a slight step-down into the airport tunnel. As I stepped, my ankle twisted and I felt a horrible pain and fell to the floor.

We spent our first evening on our honeymoon at a hospital, where we were told my ankle was not broken, but badly sprained and I would need to stay off of it for a week. That was exactly how long our honeymoon was to last. I was heartbroken.

Change of plans

I took the medication the doctor gave me and drifted off to sleep with a tear stained pillow in our hotel suite. But my husband was having none of this. He stayed up most of the night reading about all the different activities we had chosen to do and all the activities we had not. He carefully began rewriting our itinerary.

I awoke the next morning to breakfast in bed delivered by room service along with some magazines and flowers. To my frustration, I was also given a note that read, “rest your foot, will be back soon”. To say I was upset was an understatement, as I had images in my mind of my husband enjoying our honeymoon plans without me.

He returned to the hotel a couple of hours later. He brought with him a rented motorized wheelchair, a big summer hat to protect me from the sun, and a lot of surprises.

We spent the day shopping and found places that we could have drinks or meals that overlooked the sea without the need to venture onto the beach. When we returned to the hotel, we changed into swimsuits and went to the hotel pool.

My husband picked me up and carried me to the pool where I relaxed on floats, and played in the water, without pain. We spent some time in the hot tub which felt so good on my ankle. Then we retreated to our hotel and had dinner on the balcony. After dinner, my husband held me close and we shared a “chair” dance to our favorite music.

Throughout the week we did nothing we had planned, but my husband made it a trip of a lifetime. His love for me was stronger than any circumstances we faced. We plan on taking another Hawaiian trip for a future anniversary where we will visit the black-sand beaches, swim with the dolphins, and tour volcanos. But I would not trade my honeymoon trip for any of those things. It was the most in love we have ever been.

Wendy Dessler is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Towering who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.