Getting to the Dominican Republic

In honor of our three monthiversary today, I wanted to start to share our honeymoon. :) More to come!

On our wedding night, we had booked a hotel close to the airport so we could take the shuttle in the morning for our 6:00AM flight to Miami, and then from Miami to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. My brother had taken us to my parent’s house first so I could change out of my dress and Andrew out of the suit he rented. My dad would take it back in the morning when he returned his. As I’m gathering all of our suitcases, my phone starts to ring, which I think is bizarre because who would be calling me on my wedding night? I answer the phone and get an automated message informing me that our 6:00AM flight was delayed, so we would miss our connection in Miami. They had booked us on a flight to leave Monday morning, have a 23 hour layover, and fly out Tuesday. Today was Saturday.

Uhm what?

I’m beyond peeved, at the moment. I explain everything to Andrew, and he takes the phone and calls the airline back. The lady on the phone that he gets is not very helpful, nor does she seem to care that it’s our wedding night. She reschedules our connection to leave on Monday from Miami, but says that there are no other flights earlier than that. Andrew wants some form of refund because our resort is already paid for, and we are losing two days of our honeymoon. She offers a voucher for a discount on a flight that expires in a year. He informs her that we aren’t traveling anywhere in the next year and she replies, “That’s the offer on the table. Take it or leave it.”

Andrew is pissed, but he accepts the vouchers because they’re better than nothing. My parents are home by now and my mom just encourages us to go to our hotel and relax and sleep in the next morning. I’m really bummed about losing two days of our honeymoon, but there’s not much we can do so we get our suitcases and check in to the hotel.

The next morning, we sleep in until about 9:30 and then we’re not really sure what to do with our extra day at home.  My out-of-town family are still here for the day, so we go on a free brewery tour at Anheiser Busch and spend some time with them. I felt bad for Andrew that we were spending out first day of our “honeymoon” hanging out with my family, but I think he had a good time.  We got free beer samples, but neither of us really like beer so we gave them to my uncle. ;P

For lunch we ate some of the leftover sandwiches my mom made for me and the bridesmaids the day before. We also had so many cupcakes leftover! Andrew was happy there was still some batman cake for him to eat. After we finished eating, we had to figure out where we were staying for the night. Andrew and my family believed the airport should at least compensate us for our hotel and we never received a new itinerary, so we didn’t have any of our flight information. Since we didn’t have much luck before with calling, we just drove to the airport to speak with someone in person.

The lady who helped us was so nice and – surprise! –actually helpful, but she was confused as to why we were just now coming up to the airport. Andrew and I looked at each other questioningly and told her we weren’t told that we had to come to the airport. She apologized and gave us our boarding passes, seat assignments, and then vouchers for food and hotel for the night. With all of our travel plans in order now – thank you Lord! – we joined our family for dinner at a local Mexican place. After we finished eating, we hugged everyone goodbye – for real this time! – and checked into our hotel room.

It was raining, and as we were unpacking some of our things, I heard a drip, drip, drip. I sighed and followed the noise to the window, which was leaking profusely. Andrew called the front desk and they moved us to the room next door. That window was leaking, too… so they moved us to a room inside the atrium which just had windows to the pool below, and we were good.

3:30AM the next morning came way too early. We groggily threw some clothes on and headed down to the lobby to wait for the shuttle. Andrew did not feel good, and kept near a trash can. He dry heaved a few times and, as his new wife, I kept thinking along the lines of, “I am your wife! I need to fix you! Make you feel better!”

Honeymoon!
Waiting for our next flight in Miami

We went through the airport on autopilot, checked in our baggage, made it through security, and boarded the plane. I was nervous about making our connection in Miami, but we made it with plenty of time. Just as we were about to take off, Andrew starts checking his pockets and frantically looking around him, and then utters an expletive, which is weird because he normally doesn’t curse.

“What’s wrong?” I ask.

He looks up at me sheepishly and then says in a really quiet voice. “I lost my wedding ring.”

The laughter that bubbles out of me surprises both of us, but once it starts, I cannot stop laughing. He gives me an exasperated look and then sits back in his seat. “You lasted,” I say between giggles, “a day and a half with your wedding ring.” That may be a new record! He thinks that he lost it in the bathroom at the Atlanta airport when he was washing his hands. Well, at least he washed his hands!

He apologizes over and over but I just shake my head. What can you do? He was really disappointed about it and really mad at himself, but it really didn’t bother me too much. I tease him and I still giggle now about it – thankfully we picked a fairly frugal ring to begin with so it wasn’t a huge hit in the gut financially. Jokingly I say, “Now you just sit and think about what you’ve done for the next three hours.”

I am just so relieved that after everything we had to get through to sit on this plane that I am just doing that, sitting on this plane with my best friend going someplace new. And after three hours, we are finally in the Dominican!

8 thoughts on “Getting to the Dominican Republic”

  1. Oh man, what an ordeal you guys had to go through. At least, you guys are on your honeymoon or was on it. I hope you guys had an exciting honeymoon. At least Andrew was honest about the ring and didn’t try to hide it like some males would have. Glad to hear everything worked out in the end.

  2. That’s quite an ordeal that you had to go through for your honeymoon. At least you were able to go on your honeymoon! Eventually, you know? It’s okay. I lost my original wedding ring as it was just a band, but regardless, I got a replacement for it.

    At least you laughed about it in the end. I’m glad things worked out in the end!

  3. AIGOO! Sound like a headache! I’m sorry the beginning sucked with the airline lady being so unhelpful! I’m glad the second attempt went better for you both! It’s good they gave you vouchers!

    That sort of sucks about Andrew losing his wedding ring, but at least that doesn’t mean the world will end! Your reaction was so funny and cute!

    Can’t wait to see the post about your time in the Dominican Republic! ^^

  4. I’m so sorry you had to go through that! It sounds like such a pain, but at least you got through it and now youre here writing about it and sharing a story about it ;) I’m so glad it worked out in the end for you! Hahaha, sit there and reflect on what you’ve done!! xD

  5. A marriage is not without it’s initial trials I suppose! xD

    I can’t believe that they didn’t give you a full refund! Or at least tried working with you in a better manner. I’ve never had to go on an airplane but you would think with how expensive they are they would have some kind of policy regarding that!

    I have almost dropped my ring down the sink a few times myself c.c Funny story, on our wedding day I accidentally left our rings in my best friends car (she was supposed to bring me there! My sister ended up bringing me and I was too nervous to remember!) and we had to do the ring ceremony AFTER we were wedded xD
    I’m glad you guys took it in stride, it goes to show that love is more important. It’s rare to see that nowadays! Poor guy, at least he has an understanding wife! xD

    I hope you otherwise had a great honeymoon! Ours was only a day because I got accepted into my university a month before our wedding and I started school on August 31st…..and we got married the 29th! xD It was still a great time at least!

  6. Wow that must have been so annoying and upsetting! They should have, right from the get-go, compensated you. It was their fault so they should show that they are responsible and sorry.

    It is really a shame that you couldn’t start your honeymoon straight away. But glad you still had something to do in the meantime. I have been to wineries and things and still participated even though I don’t really like wine hehe.

    Hopefully you get a replacement for Andrew’s ring. Oh how silly of him! I’m surprised you were not that upset… WIFE MATERIAL! <3 Have a beautiful time Becca. Looking forward to reading more about it and seeing photos. Sending love to you both.

  7. You can’t really expect any better deal from someone over the phone. Good thing you went to the airport personally. This might prove helpful to us who might encounter the same problem in the future.

    But really, congratulations with your wedding. Hope to hear more about your honeymoon. :)

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