"We'll spend the week lying on the beach," the newlyweds tell PEOPLE

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How do you top a live wedding ceremony watched by millions of people? With a weeklong honeymoon in exotic French Polynesia of course!

The day after their Sunday Santa Barbara nuptials, the brand-new Mr. and Mrs. Lowe hopped on a plane bound for Tahiti.

“Beach, sun and fresh drinks,” Catherine, 27, told PEOPLE of the couple’s vacation plans the day before their departure.

Added her happy husband: “We’re going to enjoy it. We’ll spend the week [lying] on the beach, enjoying life as a newlywed couple.”

“Then, it’s back home to Dallas,” added Sean, 30, where Catherine will move into his self-proclaimed “bachelor pad.” “We’ll continue somewhat of a normal life!”

But so far, the couple’s time together has been anything but typical. The wedding was a lavish ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara following Sean’s proposal in Thailand on The Bachelor.