"Spending my first night with my new husband and waking up next to him wasn't strange or awkward at all," writes the newlywed
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After her last relationship left her with a broken heart, Lillian Vilchez focused on her career, but the real estate agent is now ready to find lasting love with Tom Wilson, a yacht interior specialist, on Married at First Sight (a social experiment show where couples meet for the first time on their wedding day). The newlyweds are alternating each week blogging exclusively about the ups and downs of marriage for PEOPLE. Check back after every episode and follow them on Twitter: @Lillian_MAFS and @Tom_MAFS!

Tom and I had an amazing unforgettable wedding that I will never forget! We went with the flow and we were so lucky that it all came naturally. After the reception, we walked to the room and he carried me over the threshold, which I thought was super cute, and you got to see us as we walked into this rose petal-decorated room filled with champagne and sweets! But what you didn’t get to see was how long it took Tom to undo all the buttons on the back of my dress (lol)!

It felt like there were more than 1,000, and by the time he was done, all I wanted to do was take a shower and go to bed. I was exhausted from carrying around a dress and shoes that were drenched in the rain. It felt like the water added 40 lbs. to my body! (Okay, I might be exaggerating, but it really was several pounds). What we did do, however, was cuddle. And we managed to talk a little bit more before we passed out. And I have to say that spending my first night with my new husband and waking up next to him the next day wasn’t strange or awkward at all – it just felt right.

Even though we didn’t consummate our marriage on our wedding night (for all of y’all that wanted to know), I’m sure it will happen because the chemistry between us is undeniable. I feel it and I sure as heck know my husband feels it, too!

Once we woke up, we found out where we were going for our honeymoon: Montego Bay, Jamaica!!! We were so excited! I remember Tom telling me that he always wanted to go there but never did because he considered it more of a “couple’s place,” so it was awesome to find out that we were going somewhere that neither of us had ever been! And as soon as they told us, we started to imagine all the fun we could have together in such a beautiful country!

As our first 24 hours as Mr. and Mrs. Wilson continued, I realized I could see myself getting closer to Tom and possibly spending the rest of my life with him. I was literally in La La Land and everything was perfect. I was so amazed at how well our families bonded. Tom and his family never felt like strangers to me or to my family – not at the wedding or during brunch the next day.

My sister Rose, her husband and my niece Emma couldn’t make it to brunch because Emma had woken up sick from the wedding (Flower girl + Rain = Sick Baby). But the fact that all of Tom’s family were worried and bummed that they couldn’t make it showed me how much of a loving, caring family they all are and it made me happy to know that they were now a part of my family.

At brunch, everyone had words of encouragement for us and that gave me “the feels!” It made me feel excited to continue this new journey with Tom and to try to see all the different reasons why we were matched. So far, I felt the experts did a great job, but I also knew this was the easiest part. The hard part would start after we came back from the honeymoon. But for now, we were determined to enjoy all that it had to offer.

Leading up to our trip, I started calling Tom “husband.” I guess that was my way of telling myself, “This is real, I am now married!” Also, I was kind of afraid of forgetting his name, but, Shhh! Don’t tell him I said that. LOL! I took every chance I could to try to get to know my husband better – but remember we hadn’t even been married 24 hours, and it takes forever to get to know a person.

During our limo ride to the airport, Tom started asking me questions: “Could you live on a boat?” “Are you good with small spaces?” And I have to admit, I was a tad confused because I didn’t understand where he was going with the questions. But it didn’t seem important so I didn’t pay much attention. Little did I know, he was hiding a huge secret! But more on that later.

Once we got on the plane and made it to our first-class seats to Jamaica, we ordered some champagne and toasted to the official start of our honeymoon. Hours later, we arrived in Jamaica and it was such an incredibly gorgeous destination, I could hardly believe it. We had a gorgeous suite with a hot tub on the balcony, a sweet minibar and a badass ocean view. It definitely felt like a honeymoon was supposed to feel, and I knew instantly that we were going to have so much fun together.

First on the itinerary, though, was enjoying the process of getting to know my husband better and to see if we had the same interests and hobbies. Then we were going to try some fun, new activities. Everything felt positive and on the right track. I was full of joy. But in the back of my mind, I couldn’t help but to keep thinking about the long path we had ahead of us ….


Married at First Sight airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on FYI.