Over the years, I've told my husband it would be fun to throw a big party and renew our vows. I've also mentioned eloping to Vegas and getting remarried in an Elvis chapel. He always scoffs, even though he tends to be a pretty romantic guy, he wasn't interested. I'd kind of forgotten about the idea, then while in Sarasota, we watched a wedding on the beach at sunset, as we finished up dinner on our patio.
I was inspired to bring up the idea again.
And this time, he said yes, and accepted my proposal.
It probably didn't hurt that the little girls were so excited, and that we only had about 10 minutes to pull it all together before the sun went down. I threw a couple of sundresses on the two little beauties, the condo neighbors gave me a bundle of flowers wrapped in foil, I slipped one of the girls headbands over my wet hair and then put Sugarwings in charge of the rest.
At first she drew a pathway in the sand with a heart to stand in, but it led towards the real wedding party, and we didn't want to bother them. So, we found some tracks left by a wagon and followed those. She put some leaves and rosemary (from the plant we bought to cook with while there) into a sieve that we'd bought to play in the sand with and she walked ahead, as our flower girl. I grabbed the rosemary pot to carry as well as my flowers.
I handed my camera to our Hippie Chick, and people started finding jobs to do. Dewdrop was our ring bearer, and had a couple of colorful hair ties with flowers on them to use as rings (provided by our talented wedding planner, Sugarwings).
Adam was best man, and Ry Guy walked us down the wagon trail path.
Avanhi has a sultry, sweet voice, and sang my husband's favorite song, Aloha by Nahko Bear and Medicine for the People.
We were right in time for the sun to go down, and the beach had an orange glow. No one really had a plan, there was a lot of laughter and it was all very free spirited.
So much so, that I never once considered the actual vows....
So, I whispered something racy in his ear.
Then he went and had a BEAUTIFUL speech. Very lovable and sweet.
As well as Adam. What had started out as a fun, little lark had become a moving, and tender moment.
When we planned the trip, the vow renewal hadn't occurred to me. Which makes it even more special, although if I'd planned it, I think I'd have worn some makeup.... and thought up some vows.
But I don't think that there is anyway on earth that months of planning could've created a better moment.
It's not what you spend, what you say, what the whole thing looks like.
It's the love that goes into it.
And we had that.
And of course, a fantastic wedding planner never hurts either.
A nice beach walker offered to take a photo of all of us together.
I'll leave you with a few more photos of our perfectly, imperfect ceremony. And here are the lyrics to the song we all love.