Tips

rei outdoor honeymoon

If your honeymoon plan includes camping, hiking, biking or other outdoor activities, here is what you need to know about planning an outdoor honeymoon.

Gear

Gear could make or break your experience. You want to make sure you have all the gear you need. Create a list of the activities you plan on doing, and what the weather will be like during your adventures, to figure out exactly what you will need. Try not to skimp when it comes to gear. You don’t want to chance something breaking or not working correctly.

Thankfully our partners at REI have all the gear you will need for any and all outdoor activities. We highly recommend their top-rated gear, which you can register for on their new registry option. Plus, you can link your REI registry to your honeyfund so guests can help with the costs associated with the gear.

Here’s a list of the Top 10 Items couples register for when it comes to gear and some great packing lists if you’re not sure what you’ll need.

Location

When it comes to doing outdoor activities, you want to pick the right location and the best season for your activities. Research where you plan to go and double check that what you have in mind is possible in that location as you may be limited for different activities (mountains to hike, trails to cycle on, campgrounds, etc). Being outdoors exposes you to the elements so it may not be the best idea to camp in Colorado during the winter. Make sure that the weather of the location for the time you are expecting to go matches with what you have planned.

Checking your experience level is also extremely important. You don’t want to end up realizing halfway through your hike that the terrain is getting harder and you’re not prepared or have the experience to get to the top. Stay within your comfort zone when it comes to your honeymoon.

Itinerary

If you’re looking to partake in a few different activities during your stay, you’ll want to write it all out prior to your bookings. This will help you identify which activities you can fit in during your stay and which ones you can do without. Plus, knowing what accommodations are available is key to planning an outdoor honeymoon.

 

Our partners at REI can help you with location, timing, itinerary and staying within your experience level with their REI Adventures. With trips for all experience levels, a wide variety of activities and many locations, you’re bound to find something that sparks your interest. It takes the hassle out of planning and we highly recommend it!

 

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Taking great honeymoon photos

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

Should Taking Photographs Be An Important Part Of Your Honeymoon?

You have just celebrated your beautiful wedding day! The music has stopped and you have said goodbye to all of your guests and all of those photographs!!!! I guess that is enough to make anyone exhausted and totally ready for a honeymoon! Do you really want to be taking more photos? I say absolutely! There is something so special about honeymoon photos so let’s talk about some reasons why and how to capture the best images!

Tips For Taking Honeymoon Photos

Capture the beauty of your honeymoon locale

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What Is The Benefits Of Bringing The Camera Along With You?

I am sure after 10 hours of being photographed on your wedding day, you may feel like you need a break from photographs. You probably have chosen one of your most favorite places in the world to celebrate, rest, relax and just spend every waking hour for a week or however long you can escape totally together!! It is usual paradise for sure! Whether your trip promises sun and surf, snowy mountaintops, or breathtaking cities, you will want to pack your camera for sure! Capturing these beautiful memories will truly be something that you will be able to look back on for years to come.

If there are children in your future, they will absolutely enjoy looking back on their parents and laughing at the hairstyles that you chose, your clothing, your sweet kisses for sure, and everything else about your honeymoon that you were able to capture.

Factor the landscape into photos

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What Type Of Backgrounds Should One Look For In Taking Great Photos?

Landscape images are always gorgeous, but there are times during the day that you will truly get a better picture than other times. Morning sunrises are always one of my favorite images. Check on when the sunrise is and then choose a place where the sun is framed along a pretty area. i.e. over an ocean, maybe a pretty mountain range, or whatever is attractive to your eye. Show up about 15 minutes beforehand and then start shooting. Sunsets are magnificent, so be sure to find out from the concierge at your hotel where to capture the best sunsets! I would arrive about 30 minutes before the actual time it sets in order to really enjoy each stage of it. And do lots of shooting!

Taking flattering shots with people

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How To Best Capture Attractive Photographs Of Each Other Or Groups Of People

This is a subject that can be pretty tricky. When going out in the middle of the day be aware that the sun will be very high overhead, so it is not the most ideal time to take photographs. (Keep in mind here that it is different when shooting landscape, anytime is fine for that!!!)

Most of the time you will see raccoon shadows under the eyes of your subject! Whenever possible try to save the portrait time together until about an hour and a half before sunset.
This is called the “golden hour” which is a photographer’s dream hour! It is when the sun is much lower in the sky and the sun starts to cast that dreamy golden light! That is the perfect opportunity to grab some amazing photographs.

I know people always think that positioning your subject to face into the sun is correct, but honestly it is not the ideal position. They will have trouble opening their eyes and it will cause lots of squinting. So my suggestion is to backlight your subject. Just turn them so the sun is behind them and try and catch that pretty sunglow as it frames their hair.

I also recommend incorporating many people into your photo gallery such as your concierge, maybe your waiters at different restaurants, and new friends that you happen to meet! And please do not forget all the pretty details to photograph! Look around, you will find so much PRETTY!! Capture it all! (Beach chairs, umbrellas, drinks, sand and surf, fishermen and the list goes on!!)

Incorporate local color into your photos

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What To Wear For Some Pretty Photographs

If you all have been through an engagement session you probably already know how this works! My advice for my couples is to wear soft and neutral colors. It will create soft and dreamy pictures – I promise! Especially if you are on a tropical island and are doing beach photos, this is perfect! No matter where you are, just keep in mind not to wear any clashing patterns with each other.

Should You Hire A Professional Photographer On Your Honeymoon?

I think that is a totally individual decision. It’s a really cool idea, but I don’t really think it is necessary. There are always people around that are more than willing to grab hold of your camera and snap a few pictures for you.

I truly hope that you will incorporate beautiful fun memories as an important part of your special honeymoon! Enjoy every moment!!

Don’t forget to set up a Honeyfund honeymoon registry.

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