Written by the Bride: We chose to keep our vow renewal personal because we had a big wedding five years ago. We felt that we spent too much time worrying about making everything perfect and pleasing the guests. An intimate ceremony gave us the opportunity to focus on our renewed commitment between the two of us and God.
We renewed our vows on August 8th 2013, exactly five years after our wedding on August 8th 2008. We got married at 8:08 pm for both ceremonies. We loved the 8 theme and wanted to keep our vow renewal on the same date as our wedding.
What have you learned over your years of marriage?
Over the past 5 years of marriage we have learned many important lessons. Firstly, love and accept your spouse for the person that they are and never try to change them into something they are not. We have learned that love is not easy. Love takes hard-work, dedication, and communication from both spouses. When two people are truly in love they can take on life’s toughest challenges side-by-side and will build a stronger marriage along the way. Most importantly, always say I love you.
What do you love most about eachother?
Emily- I love Dean because he is laid-back, funny, caring, kind, and committed. I admire him for always working hard at becoming a better man and a better husband. He has always loved me, regardless of my imperfections. I feel the most like myself when I am with him. Most of all, I love that he never fails to put a smile on my face with his silliness. What is love without someone that can make you happy right?
Dean-There are many reasons why I love Emily and it’s a tough list to narrow down, but I’ll try my best. I love Emily because she brings out the best in people, even me. When I am upset about work she always tells me to look at it from a different perspective, which in turn changes my perspective on the situation. She loves her family, her friends, and me unconditionally. She is willing to help no matter what she has going on in her life. She always wears a beautiful smile on her face. She makes me want to be a better husband and a better person in all aspects of my life and I look up to her for her maturity and honesty. She is a great person to share life with. I am honored that she chose me to be her husband, TWICE.
Location: Forrest Hills Christian Church prayer garden.
Bouquet: Handmade by bride.
Makeup: MAC Cosmetics Artist: Megan
Hair: N’Style Salon Stylist: Ashleigh Schira
Wedding Dress: Lace Ball Gown with Intricate Embroidered details
From Davids Bridal, Designer: Galina