For several years, J and I jokingly have said we wanted to celebrate our ten year anniversary with a vow renewal. As we got closer to ten years of marriage, we realized how much we wanted to celebrate all the crazy adventures we have been through in this thing we call life. We wanted images that told a story and captured who we are, that were a celebration of the blessings God had poured out on us after a really rough year. To me photographs can often act as an Ebenezer, raised and hung on our wall as a reminder of His ever present help and faithfulness. The image shown above is the perfect reminder of our journey walking through that valley to a place we are at now. We also wanted our children to participate in this vow renewal and to have an active memory of the value we place on our marriage and the vows we repeated for a second time. We are so grateful to have had Katelyn and Michael to capture these images for us that we will truly treasure for years to come.
Our vow renewal couldn’t have been more perfect. The ceremony itself was filled with joy and if you know anything about me, tears. We wanted our vow renewal to be something we could savor and enjoy without feeling rushed to leave at a certain time. Seven Springs Farm was just perfect for that, because after dinner we changed into comfy sweaters and lit a fire in the fire pit and just chatted late into the evening. We slept in the next day and got up and cooked homemade biscuits for all our friends and family that stayed the night. Before leaving, we walked down and watched the sheep coming running up over the hill. For us that was the exact experience and memory making we had desired for us and our kids.
As a wedding photographer and someone who already had a wedding, I thought there was no way I would be stressed and that everything would be planned months ahead of time. That was totally not the case! Here are a few things I learned or that was just simply a reaffirmation:
I can’t say thank you enough to all the sweet friends, family, and wedding vendors that made our vow renewal so precious. Our kids are still talking about it almost a month later and we will forever hold those memories and images in our hearts and on our walls.
Photography: Katelyn James Photography
Venue: Seven Springs Farm
Floral Design: Aleen Floral Design
Wedding Planner: Two River Events
Hair and Makeup: Transformation Artistry
Personal Chef: The Green Kitchen
Cake: Bella Cakes
Invitations: S Squared Designs