Picking where to honeymoon was really tough. We were paying for it ourselves, so we wanted a beautiful tropical location on a budget. We considered French Polynesia but we couldn’t afford the amazing over-the-water bungalows. We would have to stay on the mainland rooms, which only look at the bungalows, not the ocean. We really wanted a beautiful view of the ocean while sitting on our patio. So, we decided on Fiji. We couldn’t afford the expensive private islands, but stayed at the Shangri-La Fijian on the main island of Viti Levu. Our resort had amazing views and great coral reefs for snorkeling right off the beach. This was a larger resort and very family friendly. We knew that going into it and didn’t mind. There was an adults-only pool but we actually found it rather boring. We aren’t a couple who likes to be away from the action, so it was nice that there was a lot going on at the resort.
One of the best things about Fiji is the numerous islands scattered throughout the waters, 300 + islands! The water in Fiji is crystal clear and you can swim pretty far out and still see everything around you. When we took boating excursions out to the islands, we kept passing island after island after island. It was an awesome site! Once you land on one of the little plots of land surrounded by water, you can literally walk the circumference in 5-10 minutes. We had never been on an island that small and loved every minute.
Your wedding is supposed to be a magical day that you will never forget. I think mine was so magical and filled with joy that I can barely remember it. We got married at Soka University of America in a beautiful Italian looking courtyard.
We wrote our wedding vows together that expressed the commitment we were making to each other. These were mine (Brandon’s were the exact same with obvious changes):
“Brandon, from this day forth I vow to love you as my best friend and my husband. I will continue to pursue my passions in life, challenge my personal human revolution all the while sharing in your hopes and dreams. I will encourage you in times of suffering. Celebrate with you in times of joy. Nurture you when you are sick and dialogue when we are struggling. I will be a source of inspiration and hope for your life and love you every day with my whole heart. I devote myself to our union and promise to always support you, our family, and our friends as your wife and the mother of our children. Together we will share all that life has to offer and overcome any obstacles that we encounter and create a supremely happy life together for the sake of others. Take this ring as a symbol of the vows we have made today.”
From there, we took the party to the Hyatt in Irvine for an amazing reception. We entered the reception hall to “When It’s Love” by Van Halen. Our first dance was to “We Belong” by Pat Benatar, which was the first song Brandon dedicated to me. We tried to get all the officail stuff out of the way so we could just dance all night. And we did!