I have had a dream. A fairy tale dream.
A dream of fitting in my dress, renewing our vows and having new wedding pictures since we only have proofs of our actual wedding and we can’t get any prints of them now.
Jeremy suggested trying for our 10th Anniversary so the girls could be a part of it. So, we tentatively planned for this week.
Miracle of miracles, my dress did fit (8 days ago it did NOT fit), we had gorgeous weather and an afternoon with Jeremy’s aunt and uncle who married us 10 years ago.
We kept it very simple, with just our family, headed to a park near their house and had the most perfect vow renewal ceremony I could have ever imagined.
We laughed and cried, prayed and renewed our vows to each other.
I have to say that my husband wrote the most amazing, most beautiful, most thoughtful vows I have ever heard. That anniversary gift will stay with me the rest of my life. That moment is forever locked in my heart.
As I was getting ready for our trip and packing up our wedding clothes, I thought, “This is almost silly. Why are we doing this?” But, now looking back… I am so thankful, so blessed that we took the time to do it.
I kept telling myself, “Just do it. The girls will love it and you’ll have your pictures.”
Now, that thought has changed.
The girls honestly weren’t that interested! And, although the pictures are gorgeous and a precious gift, they don’t matter all that much either.
It was the moment of standing there together, renewing our promises to each other that has become priceless to me.
Let me share my God-given, fairy tale day with you…
Thanking our heavenly Father for a wonderful life and marriage and praising Him for the many years to come…
My vow renewal tips for your own fairy tale day:
1} Just do it. Plan it. Make it happen. You’ll be so glad you did!
2} Keep it simple or make it big. Depending on what you did for your actual wedding. Our wedding day was big and stressful and honestly, exhausting. I wanted our vow renewal to be simple, fun and stress-free.
3} Write our your own vows. They mean so much more the second time through.
4} Take the time for pictures. Even if you aren’t back in your wedding dress for the occasion. Make memories and take pictures. Have some fun. I was actually considering a “trash the dress” photo shoot but when Elayna saw me in my dress, she wanted to wear it one day. Now it is safely packed in a box by David’s Bridal for her wedding day. Whether she chooses to wear it then or not, it is ready for her.
5} Involve your kids. Even though they didn’t seem too interested that day, it will be something they remember.