Today I am excited to share this beautiful emotional 25th Anniversary vow renewal filled with colour, energy, passion and love.
The gorgeous Bride is Paola, and her lovely partner Robert who celebrated their quarter century together with family and friends.
Every wedding I have the privilege to share is special but I’ve known Paola for several years through her Wedding Photography Business, Paola de Paola Photography and its so lovely to share her amazing vow renewal celebration.
Images were captured by Lex of Fleming Photo.
Lex Flemng is an Alternative & Creative Wedding and Portrait Photography from Leigh-on-Sea in Essex with a passion for fun!
Paola says of the couples beautiful vow renewal…
REALLY, its ‘I do… take three’ not the 2nd time because technically, Robert and I, were married three times.
The first time was the legal ceremony in Merton register office on July 7 in 1994.
The second occasion was the memorable wedding in Martina Franca in Italy, on September 14, 1994.
The third, was on Sunday June 9, 2019, when we decided to renew our wedding vows to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.
Renewing Our Vows
We decided to renew our wedding vows in Merton register office, Morden Park House, the same venue where 25 years earlier we legally became Mr & Mrs.
On this occasion, all our five children were present and played a very important role in the making of the day.
From doing the reading to making the cakes, taking the informal pictures, welcoming the guests, managing the music, helping with organising the event, to designing the invite.
We worked as a team to make sure that the day was going to be beautiful get-together with loved ones.
The budget wasn’t huge but everybody’s effort made the occasion even more memorable.
Having Mariann and Federica, the ‘cocktail queens’, definitely was one of the highlights of the party!
Tracey & Andy, Lex’s parents, our photographer were amongst the guests. I met them a few years ago at a Christmas party and I noticed how strong the family bond was between them.
They now run a wedding business together and it makes me happy to see how a family can live and work together. My ultimate dream is to run a business with my family.
The Wedding Ceremony
The Sherington room is a bright room but only accommodates 30 people, so we had to limit the number of guests we could invite.
We had our immediate family, the original witnesses from 25 years ago, the lovely couple Clara and Ernesto.
Also present was Olimpia, who travelled from Italy to attend the day. We hadn’t seen for nearly 20 years.
Another close friend, Anneke who we hadn’t seen for more than 10 years, flew in from Holland.
I was very happy because my brother-in-law Ric and his girlfriend Michelle came all the way from Australia to be with us.
This is the poem that Asia read during the ceremony…
I choose you
again and again
at the start and finish
of every single day
no matter the season
no matter the year
I choose you
to struggle and succeed with
to fight and make up with
to love and grow old with
I choose you
knowing there are still trials
we must travel
knowing there are mountains
left to climb
I choose you
To always be by my side
– Tyler Kent White
This event not only gave us the chance to reflect on us as a couple but also our promises, and us as a family.
Ultimately it was a chance to celebrate togetherness and friendship.
Looking at the beautiful pictures that the lovely and talented Lex has taken, makes us smile and infinitely happy.
There are beautiful moments in life, like this one that deserves to be shared and celebrated.
What Renewing Our Vows Meant To Us
To renew the vows can mean many things. It can be that calm moment, that allowed us to say ‘thank you’ for what we have, and to look at how far we have come, appreciate life and the family.
And no, there are no secrets, being together as a couple can be complicated, hard, challenging, they can be happy moments and tears too.,
I feel stronger than ever about our relationship, but having teenager children can really test your patience and your relationship.
Robert and I as a couple are very connected, we share common values, we can count on each other and we are best friends so with this firm foundation we can withstand anything.
We felt that an occasion like our vow renewal needed to be marked with something totally bespoke and unique, this is why we asked Amanda to create our new rings.
Wearing the ring makes me feel very special as I never had something completely bespoke made before.
We decided to have the rings engraved with the number 25 in Roman numbers.
The theme chosen for the garden party was Mexican because we had our honeymoon in this beautiful country.
We had around 60 guests and requested no ‘gifts’ but instead to bring something to share.
The day was filled with colour, happy energy, many friends, delicious food, wonderful cocktails and a touch of rain, which didn’t spoil the party at all.
Photographer – Fleming Photo
Ceremony Venue – Merton Register Office – The Sherington Room
Celebrant – Lesley Anthony
Reception Venue – Family Home
Decor – DIY
Cake – Brides daughter – Asia
Rings – Amanda Li Hope