Vow renewal - Just the 4 of us
We recently renewed our vows and we included our daughters in the ceremony.
Our 15th anniversary! We actually did this before- we did it in Vegas because I wanted Elvis to walk me down the aisle and sing ☺️ We also did it another time on the beach before we had children. But we wanted to have the girls involved this time.
Being someone who has written ceremonies for others, it was fun to do this for my own family. However, I did want to do some research and check out other ceremonies since I never did one for a couple that included the children.
What I found was surprising. The only family ceremonies- and there were many- were the blended family ones. The ones blending 2 families together. It's a beautiful idea to do this as 2 families become one. I couldn't believe, though, that I could not find one that included the couple and their own children. We can't be the first family to do this! So I decided to write my own. The first part Danny spoke what he wrote to me and then the girls. The second part I spoke mine to Danny, then the girls. We asked the girls ahead of time if they wanted to say anything and they didn't. They were just excited to be flower girls!
I did want to exchange something special that all 4 of us would have from this day- bracelets from my favorite Zen Jewelz here in NJ. I love working with Zen Jen - she has made many beautiful bracelets for myself and for gifts- all with special energy flows and meaning. One was a fertility bracelet that I believe helped us (that's another story/blog though :).
All four bracelets have one turquoise stone in common, bonding us together. The girls and I have the pink coral stone (symbolizing the beach ceremony) and a Love tag. For Danny, I had a custom bracelet made with wood opalite since he loves working with wood.
I'll attach photo below.
The ceremony was just the 4 of us (and a photographer) and it was beautiful. There was one thing I would change and that is something I couldn't control in the first place- the weather. It was probably the windiest day ever on the beach! I prayed for no rain- but I forgot to pray for no wind 😄😄 oh well. As my husband said, it's another lesson on control- we can't control everything. But I wish I knew- then I would have paid for my hair to be up and away- instead of down and blowing away😄 . Danny looked handsome as he always does. The girls had their hair done too (fun!) and looked so beautiful in their custom dresses.
They always look so beautiful.
We had such a fun week at the jersey shore! The weather was wonderful (except for that one windy day😉) and the girls loved the boardwalk! It was a blast. Especially hearing the girls sing with us on all the car rides and when they repeated "watch the tram car please"!
I felt so grateful- still do- what a beautiful family I was blessed with❤️❤️