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A Renewal of Vows Ceremony By The Sea

  • Posted on August 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Yesterday, I officiated a beautiful ‘Renewal of Vows’ ceremony with a couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. Participating in their ceremony was their adult son and daughter-in-law – speaking heart-felt thanks and gratitude. Looking on was their enthusiastic 5 year old grandson. The bride was eager to acknowledge the importance of her family and their journey together over the years. Through her actions, she and her husband were the perfect role models for their son, daughter and grandson.

In writing their vows, the couple chose to blend both the personal with the traditional. Here are the vows the groom tearfully offered to his loving bride of 25 years:

I am so glad to share my life with you.  

You are my best friend and wife.

 I love you more each day.  

Every year is better than the last.  

I have found the happiness and love

that I never thought possible.

As we celebrate this 25th anniversary

in the presence of our family,

I hereby affirm my vows

to love you, comfort you,

honor and cherish you,

in sickness and in health,

in sorrow and in joy,

and to be faithful to you

as long as we both shall live.


~ Your Vancouver Wedding Officiant ~ Roxanne Thornton ~ MarryUs 

Is A Renewal of Vows Ceremony For You?

  • Posted on August 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm

It is important in life to take pause, reflect and reaffirm.

A renewal of vows ceremony is a meaningful, touching and revivifying ceremony for yourselves, your children, your families and friends. Can you imagine a more beautiful scene than children watching their parents joining hands and hearts as they affirm the magnitude and strength of their enduring love? What greater life/love lesson?

Significant anniversaries are an especially appropriate time for renewing your commitment and love for one another.

Some couples will choose to hold a Renewal of Vows Ceremony because they have been married elsewhere, and now wish to share a ceremony with their family and friends. And there will be others who may not have been married yet still wish to celebrate a significant anniversary of meeting or of an earlier commitment ceremony.

This ceremony is a time of thanksgiving for the couple’s many years together. It is also a strengthening of their marriage commitment. After a marriage of many years, a couple have successfully survived numerous challenges in their lives through their deep love for each other.

Wedding vow renewal ceremonies can be as creative and personal as you want them to be. Walk down the aisle to classical music and walk out to ‘your song’. Let the cover of your invitation feature your grandchild’s favorite drawing of Grandma and Grandpop, or even your first wedding portrait. Play your original wedding video at the reception. Buy new wedding bands for the occasion and have them specially engraved. Your ceremony should be less formal than a wedding – more casual and fun. It can completely reflect the two of you.

~ Your Vancouver Wedding Officiant ~ Roxanne Thornton ~ MarryUs 

An Excerpt From A Renewal of Vows Ceremony

  • Posted on July 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

A Renewal of Vows Ceremony is a meaningful, touching and revivifying ceremony for yourselves, your children, your families and friends.

Your Vow Renewal Ceremony can be as creative and personal as you wish it to be. Here’s an excerpt from a ceremony I wrote for one happy couple named Mat and Amy. Notice how their son Don is mentioned throughout….


The day that Mat and Amy met, Amy was dazzled by Mat’s confidence and joie de vivre. And when Mat first laid eyes on Amy, it was love at first sight! Knowing Mat’s intensity the way we do, we can well understand how his obvious interest in her made Amy’s cheeks burn!

Within a very short time, Mat and Amy fell hard in love. Mat found Amy to be a beautiful, fun, smart,  and adventurous woman. And with the birth of their precious son, Don, Mat was captivated by what a loyal, wonderful mother Amy was.

When asked what Amy appreciates and loves about you, Mat, she wrote this:

‘Mat is strong and does not care what other people think. He is his own man. He is a great provider. He loves adventures. He is loyal and loving. He is faithful. He is fun. He is intense. He is an amazing father. And he tries to understand me…….’ Amy values your life together to the depths of her soul, Mat. You are her best friend – her everything.

Twelve years ago, your wedding day was an exciting rush of a day, with lots of love in the air. Mat took Don with him to get the marriage license, and propped Don on the counter top at city hall to purchase it. Don was so excited about the ceremony; he was only two and sooooo cute!

Life together has been wonderfully vibrant and vital. The top highlight of course has been life with Don – from his birth all the way to this day, when he stands at the cusp of manhood. Over the years you’ve enjoyed reading to – and then with Don – as well as laughter and fun while skiing, boating, and travelling the world. Life has been a whirlwind and continuous evolution of growth – as Amy has established a new career as a singer – and you each achieved your pilot’s license, and moved to a second home in Hawaii.

When asked how they have resolved the difficult times, Mat had the perfect reply: ‘I can’t remember any difficult times!’ Amy summed it up by saying: ‘Never leaving…….talking…..wanting to get to happy….over being right. What a really wonderful example, you have given to Don!

~ Your Vancouver Wedding Officiant ~ Roxanne Thornton ~ MarryUs