What a way to start the New Year! A 50th Anniversary Vow Renewal with this very special couple from Hamilton, Virginia. The surprise celebration was arranged by their three daughters to take place during their New Year's cruise when they were accompanied by 15 members of their family.
I used the same ceremony my mom and dad, Francine and Vernon Jackson composed for their own 50th anniversary vow renewal and everybody was in tears, including the Marriage Officer!
Sometimes in my work you come across people like this couple who are very special, and still in love after 50 years and it it a very touching and heart-warming experience.
The reading I chose for the ceremony was "Happiness in Marriage" which was read by one of their daughters. No doubt about it, this couple knows the secret of marital bliss, and it shows!
Here they are signing their renewal certificate. Note the photo on the table taken on their wedding day.
The happy couple show off their Renewal Certificate. In the background, Governor's Beach.
Love is in the air! Music provided by Michael Lemay on the steel pan.
Ceremony by Joy of Weddings, from a script written by Francine and Vernon Jackson of Cayman Weddings, arrangements and flowers by Trisha's Roses. Official photographer, Marie of Island Photos, video by Christie of APEX videos.
Here are some thank you's from this family in their own words.
"I can't say enough Thank-You's to You for being that special someone we hoped you were to attend to my parents day. You were the perfect match.
Doing this over the internet was very scary for us and we just couldn't have hoped and received a more wonderful person than yourself....
Thank-You for doing such a great job and Thank-You for allowing my parents to use your Parents vows.
I would write on your blog just to let other people know how special we all think you are but I cant figure that out so I'm sorry for that....
Thank-You Again and Again
Thank you so much for our beautiful wedding renewal. It was truly a wonderful surprise for us. We feel
blessed to have such great children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family is what life is
all about. Arlyn and I truly want to thank you for allowing us to use the vows written for your own
Mom and Dad. It was very special and emotional and said it all. Is it possible for you to E-mail
us a copy of them for our special memory album? Our E-mail address is (deleted)
Again, thank you so much and we hope to see you again sometime maybe in Atlantic City or
Las Vegas. Have a wonderful New Year.
God bless you and your family'
Arlyn and Pat"
Call me to celebrate your own wedding vow renewal in 2009 on one of the world-famous beaches in the Cayman Islands. Call Joy at (345)5256551 or email email@example.com