I know, so many honeymoon photos! Bear with me, we're almost done...
On our third day, Kristie and I took the hotel shuttle to downtown Willemstad, the main city on the island. Curacao is a Dutch Caribbean island, and the European influence was clear in Willemstad's architecture.
The Queen Emma bridge (known locally as the "swinging old lady") connects the two neighborhoods of Willemstad: Punda and Otrobanda. The bridge is on pontoons, and swings open like a door to allow huge cargo and cruise ships to pass through the canal, like the one below.
Kristie and I were lucky enough to win a contest sponsored by GayDestinationWeddings.com and the Avila Hotel (where we stayed), the prize of which included our hotel stay and a commitment ceremony! We had our "second wedding" on top of a tower overlooking the hotel and beach.
This was one of the most special things we did. If you did plan/are planning your wedding, you know how stressful that is. And our big day was perfect -- but we didn't get to spend much time just the two of us, and it wasn't exactly restful.
Getting a do-over in what was basically paradise was such a great opportunity. Our ceremony, officiated by American ex-pat Michael who's been living at the hotel for 13 years, was short and sweet and involved cocktails. Michael reminded us to talk to each other -- "even a Post-It on the fridge" is better than texting, he said. Giancarlo took a few photos of us, and the hotel provided a beautiful (gluten-free!) cake. We were relaxed, happy, and barefoot.