This morning I performed a vow renewal ceremony for a couple, Jessica and Marcus. I was struck by the elements they chose to focus on and the things they chose to not sweat. It was a perfect combination of creative and casual. Each year, exactly one year and one day from the last year's celebration, these two renew their vows. Every time, they promise to be together for another year and a day, or, as written in the ceremony, "as Herman Bennett puts it, 'as many tomorrows with this person as I can wring out of the Universe". Today, we celebrated their first three years together as a married couple.
Jessica and I had just corresponded via email, so when I arrived at their house for their Friday morning brunch celebration, I loved that she greeted me warmly and offered me a drink upon arrival! There were Mimosas and Bloody Marys, and Mint Juleps for those who wanted something with a little more kick. In the mix were various friends, Jessica's mother, and a bevy of dogs. Booze and dogs = good in my book. (Although, sadly, I didn't partake. I don't drink prior to ceremonies and I had to run to teach yoga immediately after. However, it set a great tone for the guests!)
Jessica showed me to the backyard, where they had decorated their pergola with some fabric from their original wedding. Benches were strewn with comfy rag rugs creating a colorful, boho vibe. It was a fresh and fun space.
On a patio nearby, they sidewalk chalked their initials. Super cute.
I noticed this record player off to the side, and was delighted when the couple chose to walk down the aisle to Foreigner's "Feels Like the First Time" (a *perfect* song for a vow renewal, if you ask me!). Marcus later surprised Jessica with a rousing version of "That's What Friends are For" during his vows to her.
The couple was just generally adorable and very much in love...
The ceremony was capped off by a Cambodian Red Knot Tying ceremony. Here's a little info about that:
There is a revered Cambodian myth that states that couples who are fated to be together are joined by an invisible red cord. As time goes by, and the two get older, the invisible red cord shrinks in length until the two are standing face to face. To honor the bond of the fated pair, Cambodian families tie pieces of red thread around the wrists of the couple on their wedding day. As the knots are tied, guests impart their blessings and well wishes. The couple continues to wear the threads as a tangible reminder of their love and their loved ones' blessings.
It was a great day! And, I'd love to see them again next year. And a day. Cheers!
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