When this North Carolina husband began talking to me several months ago, he stressed everything had to be a surprise for his wife of 16 years. Everything also had to be customised, to make the event truly special. The only one who was in on the secret was his daughter, even her brothers weren't told until the last minute in case they spilled the beans accidentally.
Special order flowers of Stargazer lilies were selected for her vow renewal flowers, since they are her favourite.
The couple's three children all read selected passages and poems as part of the ceremony
Meanwhile after the ceremony, toasts and cake cutting this happy and surprised bride had dinner catered by local restaurant Eduardo's (also one of my favourites!) waiting for her family and guests back at their Meridian condo.