Newport Nuptials: the Minimoon


The Starfish Honeymoon was perfect. Not perfect in the way you look at photos of a couple at a 5-star resort in some exotic locale and think that honeymoon looks absolutely perfect, but more perfect in the way that Robin Williams explains love to Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.

“You’re not perfect, sport. And let me save you the suspense. This girl you met, she isn’t perfect either. But the question is whether or not you’re perfect for each other.”


From the outside looking in, our honeymoon was filled with imperfections. We had to do something local due to a lack of vacation time, it rained almost the whole trip, we didn’t go somewhere new or exotic (we opted for our home away from home), and I ended up getting sick. It’s not what I would have ever considered my dream honeymoon, but despite these “imperfections,” it ended up being perfect for us.


We spent our mini-moon in total relax mode. We spent time at some of our favorite Newport spots like the cliffwalk and Salve. We were both super giddy and smiled every time we said “husband” or “wife.” It was crazy to think we had met there seven years ago and our lives were now completely changed because of it.


It was a big trip down memory lane. We went everywhere, from the place we met to the place Mr. S proposed.


We could have spent our time checking out the mansions and going on tours, but instead we did a lot of nothing… and it felt great. Typically I wouldn’t spend a vacation this way, but after the wedding I didn’t really care what we were doing. I was just happy to be together. Mr. Starfish and I had been working opposite schedules at the time and sometimes only saw each other for literally TWO minutes a day (as in, giving a kiss goodbye as we leave for work), so this was pure perfection.

There was a lot of reminiscing. I loved going back to favorite spots and restaurants filled with lots of memories. We got to go to our favorite dates spots like the Mooring and 22’s, where we spent quite a few anniversary and valentines dinners.



And we even tried some new things to make new memories. Rhode  Island has a few smaller vineyards, which we never went to in college, so we decided to venture out a bit.


Starfish Mom set up a private sail for us on Newport Harbor. That was the biggest surprise of the trip.



We came home from our honeymoon completely relaxed and reminded of so many great memories together. Was it perfect? No, but it was perfect for us.

How did your dream honeymoon compare to the reality? What made your honeymoon perfect for you?


Mrs. Starfish

Wedding Date:
October 2010
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    sunshine4 422 posts, Helper bee @ 4:00 pm

    I love it and Congratulations!

  2. turtle Bee
    turtle 776 posts, Busy bee @ 4:08 pm

    I love this post. You guys make such a “perfect” couple together, and this is a great reminder that just being newlyweds is enough to make any honeymoon the perfect honeymoon.

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    hisbahamamama 994 posts, Busy bee @ 5:07 pm

    This is what I’ve decided my perfect honeymoon will be… That’s all I want thanks to the happy glow on your faces. It looked perfect 🙂

  4. honey Bee
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:24 pm

    Sounds perfect to me!

  5. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:45 pm

    Aw, it sounds perfectly wonderful! You two look so incredibly happy and relaxed in all of these photos!

  6. Member
    TamJam 211 posts, Helper bee @ 8:17 pm

    I love the pic with your rings in the sand!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:25 pm

    That’s a great idea. Most of my vacations with the man have been road trips to move. I love that y’all have gone to the same place multiple times!

  8. elephant Bee
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:31 am

    This sounds like such a relaxing time! After our wedding we had no plans when we went out of town and it was great to just relax.

  9. husky Bee
    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:10 am

    LOVE that first photo. For real.

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