How it all began….
Brenden and I met back in 2001 in Chicago. I had moved there after college to experience life in the big city. Brenden had moved there to start his post graduate studies at Northwestern University. We were at a house party in Chicago when a mutual friend introduced us. The friend that introduced us recalls that once I heard Brenden’s unique South African accent, I blurted out to Brenden, “Tell me every story you know, and never stop talking.” Brenden and I immediately bonded over our love for travel. Although there was definite attraction between us, it would be nearly six years before we started our relationship. Over those six years, we remained friends and would occasionally see each other out at parties, nights out with friends, or the occasional Cubs game.
Fast forward to 2006. Brenden was in Thailand staying with his parents while waiting for his US work visa to come through. He had sent an email to a group of friends, including me, inviting anyone to come over to Thailand for a visit. I was in need of a vacation, so I quickly replied back saying that I had found a ticket, and if it worked for him, would be arriving in Bangkok roughly two weeks later. That was the best decision of my life. Though the trip was a short five days, the friendship Brenden and I had grown over the previous six years blossomed into something stronger. I left Thailand on Cloud 9 and falling in love.
Unfortunately, it would be another year before Brenden’s US work Visa came through. In the meantime, he moved from Thailand to Ghana with his parents (his father was a corporate expat for a global food company). Over this time, Brenden and I would email and text message daily, and Skype roughly every ten days or so. It was during this time of separation that the first of the two meanings of our Blog came about.
The rest is history…
Brenden and I were married 10/10/10 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Due to the fact we had such an international guest list (South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, and the US were represented), we knew that our friends and family had committed a lot of time to be there, so we wanted to spend as much time with our guests as possible.
For that reason, we decided to forgo a traditional honeymoon and instead we stayed in Mexico with our families and friends for twelve nights. Our immediate families stayed the entire twelve nights with us, while friends stayed anywhere between four and ten nights around our wedding date. It was the most magical two weeks with our favorite people in the world.
This round-the-world Honeymoon is what we always wanted our Honeymoon to be. We had hoped to take this trip soon after our wedding, but because of career and life distractions, we continually had to postpone our departure date. As with so many things in life, there is no perfect time to take a leap of faith, so last Fall we finally said to one another, “it’s now or never.” We chose now.
Why Moons Around the World?
We chose to name our blog ‘Moons Around the World’ for a couple of reasons. The first is our desire to bring you Honeymoon ideas from around the world. The second reason is our affinity with the moon. You see, Brenden and I spent the early part of our relationship on different sides of the world. Regularly we’d each look up at the moon from where we stood separately, knowing that the other would have admired that same moon, and feeling closer to a love that was so far way. Together now for seven+ years, still today, whenever we find ourselves under the light of a full moon, we embrace and cheers this natural symbol of our love.
Aside from telling the story of luxury honeymoon hotels and destinations, we also hope we can inspire other couples to travel, keep their romance alive and be a remember to celebrate their relationship as though they were still newlyweds. In fact, we’ve coined the hashtag #alwaysbehoneymooning to promote this idea.
We hope you’ll continue to follow us as we discover luxury Honeymoon destinations from around the world. Thanks for joining us! We hope you enjoy the ride!
Meet Brenden. Brenden has never met a stranger. He can strike up a conversation and identify with nearly anyone. He’s full of life and has a unique knack for living in the moment and appreciating all the little things that make life wonderful. He has more energy than anyone his age and he can’t say no to a party. His zest for life is contagious and you’ll never meet a truer friend.
Brenden is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa. He was born and raised in Johannesburg until the age of thirteen when his family moved to Vevey, Switzerland. Brenden finished high school in Switzerland at Brillantmont International School before moving to the United States to attend Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. He graduated with a B.A. in Sports Science and Psychology from OWU before moving to Chicago to study for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Brenden is proud to have become a US citizen shortly before we left on this trip!
Meet Julie. Julie has an infectious fun, loving, gregarious, and witty personality. She lives and loves life to the fullest and definitely enjoys the finer things life has to offer. She is outgoing and not afraid to try new and different adventures. She is an amazing partner/wife, and has a great entrepreneurial spirit for everything. She is my closest friend and there is never a moment of dullness when she’s around.
Julie was born and raised in Ohio. She attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. During her studies at OU, Julie completed a semester abroad at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle, Australia. After graduating with a B.S. in Communication, Julie moved to Chicago, Illinois to pursue a career in Real Estate Auctions. Julie earned her Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate (AARE) designation and was named by the National Association of Realtor(r) Magazine as a ’30 Under 30′ Class of 2008 recipient. After nearly ten years in the real estate auction industry, Julie moved on to pursue careers in Business Development and Digital Marketing.
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