Finally time to reveal my secret project!
Surprise! We are married…again!
As I have shared time and time again, I am blessed with the most amazing husband! He attends 98% of my doctors appointments and is my biggest advocate. When I spent three weeks in the hospital last summer, he spent every night next to me in one of those crappy hospital chairs (although by week 3, he brought in an air mattress!). I just cannot put into words how thankful I am for everything that he has done for me and all that he continues to do but I wanted to try.
We had been throwing around the idea of renewing our vows around of 10th anniversary but I didn’t want to wait that long. This past year has been extremely challenging between the emergency surgery and hellish recovery, countless doctors appointments and treatments, and disability and through it all John has been right there beside me. I tell him all the time what he means to me but I wanted to find a way to show him in a tangible way.
The idea popped into my head to arrange a surprise vow renewal and I just ran with it. I secretly started contacting family to find a date. The date we picked just so happened to be almost ten years to the day of when John asked my dad for my hand in marriage which was the night before my first surgery so it was a happy coincidence. Once the date was picked, I worked with the other church staff to help me with my plan and I enlisted the help of the youth girls to help get ideas and spread the word quietly to get other youth there.
I scoured Pinterest for ideas and Poshmark for a dress. While the whole purpose of the day was to show John exactly how much I love and appreciate him, a perk was getting to wear a pretty dress! I worked hard selling on Posh and eBay to try to cover expenses to keep the party as big a surprise as possible! I will admit that I did a pretty good job! Hidden all throughout the guest room where decorations, table wear, and ceremony outfits.
When the day arrived, I was an absolute bundle of nerves! I swung between wanting to cry and wanting to throw up. Thank goodness my mom was here to help! Well, most of the time she helped. We left home to go “shopping” leaving John at home with my dad. At this point, I think he knew something was up but wasn’t sure exactly what was going to take place. It was a beautiful fall day and I could not have asked for more perfect weather for an outdoor ceremony like we have always hoped for.
Abby had a birthday party to attend at the church so while she was having a ball helping capture the villain at her buddy’s superhero birthday bash, my mom and I worked feverishly getting everything organized for the ceremony. Once the birthday party was over, we had less than 90 minutes to have all of the decorations up, reception prepared, and to get everyone dressed and in place before our music minister showed up with John. My hands have never shook so badly when trying to put on makeup! My practice with the rocker eye makeup tutorial came in handy!
With minutes to spare, we are in our places! When the car pulled up carrying John, Abby was waiting for him at the top of the stairs to escort him down to our church gazebo. Before starting down the stairs, she told him that there was a surprise for him and that he had t o hold her hand and close his eyes! Seeing her walk him down was one of the most beautiful and amazing moments of my life that I will never, ever forget. It seemed like all of the trials and struggles we had encountered had come full circle and now I am able to see our beautiful daughter that we had prayed for holding the hand of my husband who is my perfect match in every way.
It was a beautiful and intimate ceremony and our pastor knew exactly what needed to be said and while it took me awhile to be able to get through my vows because of the tears, I was so glad to be able to tell John exactly how I felt and how thankful I am that God granted me such an amazing man to be my partner in life.
The ceremony was short and sweet and it was so fun being able to fellowship with our family, friends, and youth. We had the most amazing gluten-free wedding cake ever before John and I headed out of town and enjoyed a night away. It wasn’t anything big or fancy but just our ceremony, it was a very intimate time together. Get your mind out of the gutter! I’m not talking about THAT!
All in all, it was worth all the stress and the resulting flare. I could not have imagined the day going more perfectly! I can’t wait to see the professional pics! Here are a couple my mom was able to snap on her phone:
I will definitely post more pictures when I get them from my photographer! I can’t wait to relive our magical day!