Amanda Grant and Tyler Davis - First Year of Marriage




I should start off by saying my husband was not completely sold on the idea of going to Hawaii for our honeymoon (Crazy, right?!?). He gets some anxiety flying, and Cincinnati to Hawaii is a LONG plane ride. Also, he is not a beach vacation person. All that being said, we both had the best vacation ever and keep saying to each other, “Let’s go back to Hawaii.” We have only been married for three months.

For the honeymoon, we went for the easiest choice of Honolulu, Oahu because we planned our wedding in less than a year. We stayed in Waikiki and were able to walk to restaurants, shopping, and the beach. We love to eat and try new restaurants, and Honolulu had an abundance of choices.  Some of our favorites were Duke’s, Roy’s, Marukame Udon, and Matsumoto Shave Ice. I could go on and on about how good the restaurants were. We enjoyed the freshest fish, pineapple, and macadamia nuts we have ever had. 

There is so much to do in Oahu that you will want to spend as many days as possible there. We rented a car for a few days and drove up to the North Shore. This was by far the favorite part of our trip, and the North Shore is where I would stay if I ever get to Hawaii again. The beaches are more secluded and picturesque. My favorite part of the trip was snorkeling in Shark’s Cove, and swimming with a sting ray and enormous amounts of colorful fish. The sting ray was scary, but it was really cool to see. You can also see sea turtles, but we were not so lucky. Driving around the north shore, we pulled off at a beach and swam out to a trampoline in the ocean that was built from an old dock. My husband was hesitant to do this at first, but once he got out there he was jumping around like a giant kid. We still laugh about our swim to the trampoline and how funny it was jumping around in the middle of the ocean. I would also recommend hiking. It is very muddy but worth the mess because you get to see giant waterfalls that you can swim and/or stand under. There is no shortage of adventure, and we made so many lasting memories! 

I should start off by saying my husband was not completely sold on the idea of going to Hawaii for our honeymoon (Crazy, right?!?). He gets some anxiety flying, and Cincinnati to Hawaii is a LONG plane ride. Also, he is not a beachy vacation person. All that being said, we both had the best vacation ever and keep saying to each other, “Let’s go back to Hawaii.” We have only been married for three months.

For the honeymoon, we went for the easiest choice of Honolulu, Oahu because we planned our wedding in less than a year. We stayed in Waikiki and were able to walk to restaurants, shopping, and the beach. We love to eat and try new restaurants, and Honolulu had an abundance of choices.  Some of our favorites were Duke’s, Roy’s, Marukame Udon, and Matsumoto Shave Ice. I could go on and on about how good the restaurants were. We enjoyed the freshest fish, pineapple, and macadamia nuts we have ever had. 

There is so much to do in Oahu that you will want to spend as many days as possible there. We rented a car for a few days and drove up to the North Shore. This was by far the favorite part of our trip, and the North Shore is where I would stay if I ever get to Hawaii again. The beaches are more secluded and picturesque. My favorite part of the trip was snorkeling in Shark’s Cove, and swimming with a sting ray and enormous amounts of colorful fish. The sting ray was scary, but it was really cool to see. You can also see sea turtles, but we were not so lucky. Driving around the north shore, we pulled off at a beach and swam out to a trampoline in the ocean that was built from an old dock. My husband was hesitant to do this at first, but once he got out there he was jumping around like a giant kid. We still laugh about our swim to the trampoline and how funny it was jumping around in the middle of the ocean. I would also recommend hiking. It is very muddy but worth the mess because you get to see giant waterfalls that you can swim and/or stand under. There is no shortage of adventure, and we made so many lasting memories! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vendors:

Bridal Registry: Macy’s & Amazon

Catering: Elegant Fare

Confections: Maribelle’s Cakery

Decor/Gifts: Décor-Craigslist, Homemade & Gifts-Etsy

Dress: Wendy’s Bridal-Mori Lee Voyage

Florist: Kelsey Nihiser

Formal Wear: Macy’s

Invitations: Designed by Purple Finch Creations (Melissa Davis) & Printed by Shutterfly

Jewelers: Williams Jewelers in Wyoming & James Allen

Photography/Videography: Cappa Photography

Salon: Mitchell’s

Venue: Krippendorf Lodge at the Cincinnati Nature Center