Deciding to have a small destination wedding was hands down the best wedding planning decision we made. Since we were already in paradise, we decided to just stick around Panama City Beach for our honeymoon. After our fabulous wedding weekend ended on the Monday after our wedding, we said goodbye to all the remaining guests and our amazing beach house, and headed off to our honeymoon condo at the Shores.
Our unit was amazing. It was spacious and the decor was beautiful.
It felt like we were living in a Pottery Barn house! Plus, the view from our balcony was amazing.
I had stayed at the Shores before, and I couldn’t get enough of this swimming pool. Plus, you can also walk right down to the beach. So I knew it would be a great place to spend the week of our honeymoon just lounging around. And that’s basically all we did. We had planned on doing all this fun stuff like paddle boarding, parasailing, etc. but we were so tired from all the wedding stuff (and I think just decompressing from the stress of planning, for me anyway) that we took a nap pretty much every day and otherwise just laid on the beach and drank fruity drinks!
One night we headed down to Pier Park for dinner at Hook’d (my favorite place near the Pier) and went fishing off the pier. It was fun, but we only caught a few tiny fish. It wasn’t quite as exciting as our deep sea fishing adventure after the wedding, and there was no shark fishing that night, so we only lasted a couple hours before we turned our rod back in.
We bought this turtle inflatable at one of the beach shops and we ended up using him a lot. It was nice to be able to just float around in the ocean (mostly Patrick) and in the pool (mostly me). Plus we brought him home with us as a souvenir!
I loved being able to bring our beautiful centerpiece flowers to our condo to enjoy as long as possible and all our leftover food. We ate raspberry brie, crab claws and cake pops all week. It was amazing.
Of course, we had to spend some time in Seaside. We had our engagement photos done in Seaside so we had fun just walking around and visiting the shops and food trucks.
I can’t turn down a snowcone, and Frost Bites is a local favorite. They have a huge selection of flavors and I love that their ice is really thin (not the weird chipped ice carnival kind).
Snowcone in hand, we walked around on the beach which was pretty empty and beautiful.
Some of my family was still in town, so we met them for dinner before they headed home. We went to J Michaels, which is one of my favorite PCB places. You can bring your own fish and they’ll cook it up for you. We brought like 7 pounds of leftover fish from our deep sea fishing trip and we had WAY more than we could eat.
Sadly, our honeymoon weekend had to come to an end because the fall semester was getting ready to start for me. We drove back from PCB because we had all our wedding stuff to bring home. It was a fun drive back, we spent the night in Memphis and visited Gus’s famous fried chicken and stopped at a few other places like Elvis’s childhood home, and Tupelo for some honey!