OUR WEDDING VOW RENEWAL ~ and 30 years of wedded bliss

Just recently I wrote a post about being married for thirty years and some advice about what I think has helped us survive thirty years.

I also shared a project that I did specifically for our trip for our summer vacation where we renewed our wedding vows.

We just came back from a trip to the NC beach of Corolla where we laid on the beach, played in the pool, sat in the hot tub, ate a lot, and had a sweet little “ceremony” where we renewed our vows.

I had been planning the “ceremony” for quite a while, getting lots of inspiration from the internet.

I brought a box full of memorabilia from our wedding day ~ framed pictures, a shadow box full of memories, photo albums, a napkin from the reception, silk flowers that used to be filled with bird seed, and the Precious Moments bride and groom which sat atop our wedding cake.

I also bought some new items to decorate the beach house ~ Mr. and Mrs. sign, white candles which were everywhere all lit up, a “We Still Do” sign with our wedding date and vow renewal date, of course new dresses for me and my girls.

I set up a memoriam table for the people I’ve lost since our wedding~my brother who gave me away whom I lost 20 years ago and my mother whom I lost 12 years ago. I miss both of them so much!

I wanted to decorate the house with red roses, my favorite flower. We had to drive 30 minutes to find anyone who sold flowers!! I bought two dozen red roses. My girls and I both carried a single rose down the stairs for the processional.

Before the ceremony, Daughter #1 did my hair. She practice for months before and she did a great job. She had a little bit of help from Son #1 and the LOML to hide all the bobby pins.

Sons #1 & #2 played Canon in D on the keyboards for the processional which was played at our wedding.

Son #4 played the keyboards and sang Ed Sheeran’s “Hearts Don’t Break Around Here.” Son #3 harmonized.

Daughter #1 recited I Corinthians 13 (The Love Chapter) which was also on a pillow I bought for our master bedroom redo that I brought along on our trip.

Son #1 prayed over us as we all stood in a circle and held hands. Most of us cried!!

The LOML and I exchanged our vows. I was a blubbering idiot!! It amazes me that he’s stuck around for thirty years I guess!

The LOML surprised me by singing a song that he wanted to sing to me at our wedding but chickened out. We danced to it as he sang “Always” by Atlantic Starr.

  

We exchanged rings ~ I got a mother’s ring with each of  my kids’ birthstones and the LOML’s ring was engraved with our wedding date and “Love You More” on the inside.

Daughter #2 played Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” on her violin while her brother, Son #3, played the guitar and sang.

Son #1 took all of the pictures and we also videoed the whole ceremony.

The ceremony was a real family affair. Everyone did such a fantastic job (even the puppies!) and made Mom and Dad very proud!

Afterwards, we went out for a celebratory dinner at Mike Dianna’s, a very nice restaurant in Corolla. The food was great and the atmosphere and service were very nice.

Thanks for letting me share our special day with y’all!

Love y’all,

Linda

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