Today I am thrilled to share this stunning Springtime Vow Renewal in Washington State with pretty pink and peach details.
Ashley and James love story has spanned 35 years and they wanted to reaffirm that beautiful commitment they have always shared.
From a first look, and bridal and group portraits then a meaningful ceremony, and then on to an intimate reception ceremony this was a day of togetherness and celebration.
Images were captured by Breanna plus Kevin.
Breanna + Kevin are a husband and wife wedding photography team located in Seattle Washington.
Specialising in joyful, lifestyle wedding photography and portraits, they capture candid moments and pose the ones for Grandma’s fridge as well. Serving Washington, Oregon, California, and available for travel worldwide.
Beautiful Bride Ashley says of the couples springtime vow renewal…
How did you originally meet?
In August 1983 we met at a going away party James was having.
It was his last night in Alaska after living in a fishing village for a few years – he was moving to Washington DC for University.
We danced one dance together (She Blinded Me with Science, Thomas Dolby), and it was love at first sight.
My date didn’t like how we looked at each other, and we left shortly after that!
The next morning, James came to see me at the restaurant where I worked, and we exchanged contact information (back then, it was C/O parents’ addresses).
Three thousand miles apart, and pre-internet, we just kept each other’s information without writing, but neither of us could get the other out of their minds.
The next June I learned through friends still in Alaska that James unexpectedly returned for the summer.
It only took me a week or two to decide to give up my $100/month rented room, $16/hour PT job (VERY good money in those days), and the guys I’d been casually dating in Seattle.
I returned to Dillingham without a job in the hope that there was something with James.
When I arrived, James told me he’d been planning on stopping in Seattle on his way back to DC to see me.
Our first date was a picnic dinner a few nights after I arrived during my dinner break. It was like the world stopped.
The next night was our second date, July 16, 1984. It went very well. He took my hand, and we both felt electricity moving between us
Our whole lives we never realised that half of ourselves were missing, until our hands touched, and we realised we were whole for the first time.
I moved into his apartment the next day. A few days later he told me he loved me, then had to go away for a couple days on a business trip.
Instead of getting freaked out, I realised I loved him too.
We were together in Alaska for a few more weeks before I had to return to UW in Seattle.
A few weeks later, James joined me in Seattle to meet my parents; then we flew to DC so I could meet his parents.
We were officially engaged in DC on Sept 15, 1984. We decided on a year engagement.
James took a leave of absence from his University to join me in Seattle in late September, then he returned to school in DC in January.
In mid-February we decided to get married on Spring Break – no need to delay we thought so we picked March 9th, 1985.
We didn’t have much time to plan, so we got married by a family friend – a Judge -in the Presidential Suite of the Madison Hotel in Seattle.
Basically it was the only place I could find on such short notice. On the upside, we had a pre-wedding cocktail party, then the wedding, and then the reception.
Since our wedding party stayed in rooms in the suite, and James’ Father and Sister were on the same floor, we continued the next morning and opened presents with cake and champagne. It was fabulous!
A week later, James was back in DC. I joined him that summer, and the following Spring, had the family priest marry us again on our first anniversary.
Our love has only continued to grow and deepen. We’re still two parts of a whole, and best friends, always there for each other.
Why did you decide to renew vows?
In the early 1990’s, James’ Godparents celebrated their 50th Anniversary at their Catholic Church in Washington, DC.
It was a wonderful event as they celebrated with their kids, grandkids, and about a million friends. It was a joyous celebration.
The families have been friends, since the beginning, for over 50 years. Unfortunately, James’ parents were never able to have a similar celebration.
In 2013 we joined the Catholic Church and a wonderful faith community. We decided we wanted to have a renewal of our vows in our new Church surrounded by friends and family.
There are too few occasions lately… and you never know what life has for you around the corner.
Anyway, it took a lot of planning to get most our family together, our marriage blessed, friends’ calendars cleared, and enjoy the formal wedding reception we’d never had.
Your recollections of your springtime vow renewal day….
The day was perfect – Other than about half our guests and a few family members cancelling because Covid-19 had just broken out in Washington State.
Our son and James’ sister came in from the East Coast, and our daughter Katie of Blooms and Twine Floral did a fantastic job managing all the details.
She made it so easy., talking with me about what I wanted, and I hardly lifted a finger.
The food was excellent and beautifully presented; the cake was thoughtful, delicious, and stunningly covered in flowers; and the photographer captured what I really wanted – wonderful forever memories with my family and our closest friends.
We had a fairytale setting of chiffon table runners with tons of candles, fairy lights, greenery, and amazing floral arrangements with deep texture and interesting bits of nature.
My bouquet even had an artichoke, thistles, and berries in it!
The cakes were so custom for us – including one made from frosted animal crackers – my favourite cookie! We also had balloons with LED lights to brighten up the entrance way.
I don’t know how many people do a springtime vow renewal ceremony like we did, and then follow it up with a sit-down meal and reception. But more should – it was truly wonderful
Vow Renewal Vendors
Photographer: Breanna plus Kevin ⠀⠀
Florals / Event Design & Coordination: Blooms and Twine Floral
Flowers and supplies: Frank Adam Wholesale Flowers and Blooms and Twine Floral own garden
Cake Magician: Bees Custom Cakes
Ribbon: Honey Silks Co. ⠀⠀
Catering: Camelot Catering
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