According to Life Coach Nina Grunfield:
If you choose to renew your wedding vows, rather than have a celebratory anniversary party, it's probably because you want to get serious for a moment. Maybe your marriage has been through a crisis (illness, affair, mid-life crisis etc.) or maybe you're about to approach a potential crisis (empty nest, retirement) and so want to solidify what you have.
Renewing your wedding vows can be an assessment of where you've got to in your relationship, a reminder of what you committed to and a spur to thinking about what you want for your future together. read more from The Huffington Post
Your future together from this point on can be and should be expressed in your written vows, just as my friends did at their ceremony. It can be an affirmation of who you were when you fell in love, who you are now and who you both want to become, as you grow older together. For tips on how to renew your vows, as well as writing your vows, read more at The Knot.
Now onto the vows of the present... again another privilege I had was to be a guest at our niece's wedding. Hard to believe that this same niece was a flower girl at my wedding almost 25 years ago. She was radiantly beautiful and her ceremony of commitment to her husband at the start of their journey together was even more meaningful to me as I ponder the two ceremonies together. One is a celebration of a new life beginning together and the other is a focus is on the marriage commitment itself and setting goals ahead for the future. Both are special in their own right.
Why so much focus on weddings and vows? I'm adding wedding photography back into my list of services! Long, long ago (I'm not saying how long), I did weddings, but when babies arrived it was obvious I was needed to be at home on the weekends. Now that our youngest is in middle school, I see my weekend time freeing up. For more info about my wedding pricing click here
Here is a mixture of the old and new in pictures
The "Surprise" proposal