Vow Renewals
Syirin & Lee Renew

May 16, 2014
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We asked:

What have you learned over your years of marriage?

We learned to rise above all the negatives and focus on positives especially when we hit rock bottom.  Also one of the key thing in a relationship is making each other laugh, all the time!

What do you love most about each other?

Hmmm I love how Lee is good with our kids and he loves (apparently) my kindness & love for others.

What advice do you have for others who are planning their vow renewal?

Just don’t go crazy on spending so much money on the day. It’s a day to renew your vow, to mark the importance of your marriage/relationship so make sure the focus is exactly on that. i’m proud of how our day went, it was simple and we didn’t spend a lot of money for it.

What was your most memorable moment from your vow renewal?

When we were told that we can’t register our marriage as we were already officially married so can have a vow renewal instead and that our guests had to wait for over an hour not knowing what was happening haha! THAT was memorable, for me at least!

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Toni & Mario

May 7, 2014
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We asked:

What have you learned over your years of marriage?

The trick is learning how to love an imperfect person perfectly. We’ve learned that communication, patience, and laughter are key! We always try to keep a good sense of humor about things.

What do you love most about each other?

He said - “Her sweet & caring nature”

She said - “Mario is my biggest fan. I love how encourages me, challenges me, and always supports me.”

What advice do you have for others who are planning their vow renewal?

A vow renewal is unique to each couple. Some may see it as an opportunity to have the wedding they never had, others may want to recommit after overcoming obstacles, and others may want to celebrate a milestone anniversary.  Advice: Keep it simple, and don’t forget what its all about… the two of you. We chose to renew our vows on our 1yr anniversary because our wedding day flew by so fast.  There were so many nerves and so many eyes watching us. It was a “repeat after me” kind of ceremony. We wanted to renew our wedding vows in private where we could enjoy the intimacy and really savor each moment and every word. We re-wrote them and spoke from our hearts.

What was your most memorable moment about your vow renewal?

She said - “When I looked at Mario as I read him my vows, I could see how much he truly cherished each and every word.”

He said - “The smile on Toni’s face once we finished our vows.”

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Carissa & Ernest Renew • 10 Years

Apr 28, 2014
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Mahalo! Today we bring you this gorgeous anw sweet 10 Year Vow renewal from Photography by Mariah Milan. Absolutely stunning and we loved what this couple had to say. 

What have you learned after 10 years of marriage?

After ten years of marriage and some pretty difficult times we feel like we have learned a lot of lessons so narrowing it down to just one is hard! Probably the most important one has been learning how to communicate effectively in times of stress. When we, (meaning all people), are feeling vulnerable we have defense mechanisms that we go to and often instead of communicating what’s really going on we communicate in defense. It’s so important to learn what your defense mechanism is and what triggers it for you so you can recognize when you are doing it and instead try to communicate more clearly with your partner. It’s also important to recognize their defense mechanism and what triggers it so that when they communicate with you, let’s say with anger, you can remind yourself that it’s likely not really about the anger and you can understand what’s making them feel vulnerable and respond appropriately instead of feeling attacked and therefore going to your defense mechanism as well. It takes a lot of self-awareness and hard work to do that but we have found that to make a world of difference in how clearly we communicate with each other. 

What do you think is the secret to a long lasting marriage?

Honestly I think we’d say “see above”! And find a good therapist! Actually I say that half in jest but also in all seriousness. Learning how to communicate effectively when you feel vulnerable can be extremely difficult. A good therapist helps you figure out what your patterns of communication are and what’s behind them so that you can move forward more effectively. Sometimes there is stigma behind seeing a therapist because we think only people who have “major issues” see a therapist. But think of it this way, you invest thousands of dollars into your education, and spend a minimum or twelve years and often up to 20 years in school to prepare you for your vocational life. You go to conferences and workshops all the time to further develop in your career. Why wouldn’t you spend at least a small amount on developing your relationship? If you want to be in it for the long haul and continue to grow it just makes good sense to actually invest time and effort into it! 

What do you love most about each other?

Carissa: I love Ernest’s stability. He balances me by being rooted and steady in the times when I am the opposite. He has stood besides me in extremely difficult circumstances and been my rock in those times. 

Ernest: The thing I love most about Carissa is that she has opinions, ideas, beliefs and she is not afraid to stick to them, or engage in meaningful discussion about them! I find her refreshing and enlightening. 

What was the most memorable thing about your Vow Renewal?

Our entire vow renewal was so beautiful and meant so much to us that it’s hard to pick just one most memorable moment! Mariah did such a phenomenal job of finding us the PERFECT locations and being so relaxed that we just loved every minute of the day. I think our favourite two moments were when we were walking down the beach with our kids and the rogue wave practically swallowed us because although it caught us off guard we all had a good laugh about it later! And then the whole experience of being down by the heart. The waves were so powerful and the scenery was so breathtakingly beautiful and then the symbolism of standing there in front of that heart on Valentine’s day after 10 years together was just unbelievable. We will treasure that memory forever!

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Lori & Keith Renew • 17 Years

Apr 11, 2014
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What have you learned over your years of marriage? 

Patience, Respect, and Compromise

What do you love most about each other?

We are best friends and each love the spontaneous nature of our relationship.  We both love our daughters and love to travel!

What advice do you have for others who are planning their vow renewal?

It doesn’t have to be perfect so don’t put it off due to logistics.  Just get together to convey and celebrate your continued commitment!

What was your most memorable moment about your vow renewal?

Looking into her eyes as I recited my vows….

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Cassie & Kyle • 10 Year Surprise Vow Renewal

Mar 18, 2014
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From the photographer:

Cassie wanted to surprise Kyle for their 10 year wedding anniversary by surprising him with a vow renewal. She styled everything and ordered a cake, decorations, table and chairs, etc. She recited her vows and washed his feet afterwards to show her commitment to him. They danced to their wedding song and cut the cake and we were able to grab some portraits of them by the water. At the end of the shoot, their 5 kids came and surprised them and I was able to grab some family shots as well. It was too beautiful for words! 

What have you learned over your years of marriage?

Cassie: Ten years of marriage has taught me the importance of purposeful tending to my relationship with my spouse. Marriage will not grow happenstance. It takes priority, time, patience, grace, work, pain, trust, commitment, and a depth of love that is unwavering.

Kyle: That marriage is one of the greatest adventure one can every partake in. I have learned the depth of love, the vastness of grace, and the everlasting meaning of devotion.

What do you love most about each  other?

Cassie: My husband gives his entire self to his family. He affirms his love for me both with his words and actions. He serves me and leads me at the same time. I feel safe, protected, and valued by him.

Kyle: I love how Cassie loves our family and people. I have never met a more selfless person in my entire life. I love how she makes me laugh and sharing peculiar moments with one another. I love how she inspires me to move mountains and take on my greatest challenges with confidence that can only come from someone who has known love.

What advice do you have for others who are planning their vow renewal?

Cassie: My advice is to celebrate the past and dream for the future. Our wedding vows were spoken with faith but now we are able to renew those vows ten years later, spoken now with a time tested faith. Celebrate the journey that tested the faith. Dream about the coming years and what they have in hold. Speak your heart… those sweet truths you feel in your heart but the daily routine muffles them.

Kyle: Since I had no idea it was coming and it was complete shock to me, all I can say is to soak it up and be you. Cassie captured the essence of who we are as a couple and it felt natural and familiar; bringing back fond memories of years gone by and painting a beautiful picture of the years that are ahead.

What was your most memorable moment about your vow renewal?

Cassie: The moment I remember most is the words of my vows. With tears streaming down my face I laid bare my heart. Words that I have always felt but have rarely spoken aloud. It was a moment that I will always be grateful for.

Kyle: The moment I saw her standing under a tree looking more beautiful than even the day we first were married. When I saw her from afar I saw the one whom holds my entire heart and has taken such good care of it for all of these years.