Sully and I had a wonderful honeymoon at his family’s favorite Florida vacation spots – Vero Beach for a few nights and Saratoga Springs for a couple more. We had such a fun time enjoying the beach, playing mini golf, eating good food, and exploring Disney Springs. I took so many pictures of the beach when we went to see an ocean sunrise that I’ll have to make a separate post for those. Meanwhile, here are a few of the pictures I took of pretty Florida scenery and some of our vacation adventures. Enjoy!
Our wedding party decorated Sully’s car before we left the wedding – balloons, streamers, an empty pinata (??), and a LOT of marker-writing on the outside. We kept it on for most of the long drive to Florida, but then Sully washed it off at a gas station because it was starting to get annoying. They had written “honk 4 a kiss” over the windows and some people actually did honk at us, haha!
Since Florida was about a 13 hour drive from our house, we stopped at just a normal hotel not too far away the night after the wedding. We drove the rest of the way on Monday and finally reached Vero Beach. Isn’t this so beautiful?
Sully’s family has vacationed here before and loved it, so he was excited to show me around. I was very awed because I’d never been to a resort before and everything was so fancy, help. The hotel we stayed at had a big pool out back with this big water slide, which we sadly didn’t end up trying.
We did play some mini golf beside the pool though! I had forgotten how fun mini golf was. But Sully beat me. *sigh*
Other than going to the ocean and finding places to eat out occasionally, we also hung out at the resort, enjoying the cafes and hammocks and exploring the place.
I was skeptical about Disney Resorts; they sounded annoyingly cartoon-filled. But actually they were mostly pretty subtle with the branding – for instance, these small Mickey Mouses on the fences. I approved of their tastefulness.
Some pictures of Sully being cute. 🙂 I got SUPER sunburned at the beach (but of course -_-), so Sully offered to carry my purse and camera around for me because he’s a sweetheart. The second picture is him being very happy as we were waiting for our meal to come.
Speaking of meals, we got to try some delicious dishes on the honeymoon. This was one of our favorites, partly because of how aesthetic it looked. Yum, seafood.
After three days in Vero Beach, we drove to another similar resort at Saratoga Springs for about two days. On Friday we explored Disney Springs, which I’d also never been to. We walked from our resort to a ferry that took us over the water. The top picture is a pretty buildings I saw on the way.
Sully’s favorite store. 😉 We didn’t go in because the line was ridiculously long, but we enjoyed the impressive Lego statues scattered around outside.
I’m not really a Lego person, but these were really neat! It must have taken forever to build them.
There was also a giant statue made out of Tinkertoys – which I did play with as a kid. Another store Sully wanted to show me was a soap and bath bomb store. He’d visited here with his family when we were still dating and brought home some pretty bath bombs as a souveneir for me 🙂
We stopped for lunch at a nice burger place with this beautiful little river outside it.
Sully got very into styling the food for pictures whenever it was photograph-worthy. It made me happy. The second picture is from Starbucks where we went to cool down because it was incredibly hot outside.
After we were finished looking around Disney Springs, Sully set out on a mission to show me all the free forms of transportation around Disney Springs/Disney World/Disney Resorts. It took a lot of strategy and planning to align all the stops, let me tell you! We started by taking a ferry through the Old Key West resort. So pretty with the pastel pinks and blues.
Being an artist, one of my favorite parts of the day was finding so many delicious and unexpected color combinations all around. The buildings were beautifully colorful and beachy on the outside. I was so happy.
Sully also showed me the Swan and Dolphin hotels which were… jaw-dropping. (Can you tell my family usually goes on road trips and nature-y vacations instead of places like these??)
Look at this beautiful courtyard in the Swan Hotel! And again with the colors. Why paint something gray or beige when you can do teal and rusty orange?
More honeymoon food! The pizza was from Giordano’s, which is not in Disney Springs but was quite tasty. Sully and I shared pretty much every meal we got on the honeymoon. Despite that, we had so many leftovers from the pizza, good grief. Not with the strawberry ice cream cone we got on Boardwalk though! Beaches & Cream ice cream is delicious. *nods*
Oh yes, back to the transportation. I think the gondolas/sky lifts were the most fun because (surprise surprise) I’d never been on one before. It was like a mini airplane ride! Happiness. 🙂
I loved seeing the various resorts from the gondolas. This Jamaican resort was one of the prettiest in my opinion. I was fascinated by how thoroughly unique and themed each resort was.
We’ll end the post with a cute selfie featuring a power-washer guy photobombing in the background. It made us laugh so hard, but then I blurred the background so he wasn’t as distracting. :’D Anyway, can you tell we were having a good time? So many smiles. ❤
Ah, lots of good memories and fun adventures. I hope you guys enjoyed this travel post of sorts! I can’t wait to post beautiful ocean pictures from the sunrise on the beach, but you’ll have to come back next week for that. 😉
Which pictures were your favorite? Have you ever been to the Disney Springs area?
Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Click the links below to see more posts in my wedding series.