A Few of the Many Reasons for Renewing Your Marriage Vows
Perhaps you wish to have a milestone wedding anniversary celebration: 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 years, a Silver 25th, a Golden 50th or anything beyond or in-between or maybe you simply want to renew your vows to simply to celebrate & reaffirm your love.
Or, perhaps your marriage has recently weathered difficult times such as an illness or a rocky patch. A personalized renewal of vows ceremony can facilitate in healing from difficult times and be the doorway to new beginnings.
Our busy and demanding contemporary lives full of obligations and opportunities can sometimes distance us from our connection to each other. Raising children, the stresses of day to day living along with pursuing careers are just a few of the many challenges that can cause us to feel alienated from each other. Even though we believe our love is strong enough to survive such demands we must always remember that even mature trees need water and care if they are to thrive.
Step outside of time, leave your hectic lives behind, honor and celebrate your love with a romantic Vow Renewal ceremony & celebration. Reconnect to the reasons why you fell in love in the first place!
A Renewal of Vows ceremony & celebration is the perfect way to reflect upon your marriage and renew your commitment. It is also the perfect, romantic way to say “I love You!”
Vow renewal celebration and ceremony were a complete and glorious surprise for Elizabeth. The Agenda for their special day was secretly planned between New York & Australia through emails and SKYPE by Rev Sara & Mark. Details included a customized ceremony script, a photographer, bouquet of red roses and a horse and carriage ride through Central Park to Bethesda Fountain, Mark’s chosen ceremony location.
Susan surprised her husband Don with a beautiful vow renewal celebration and ceremony The Agenda for their special day was secretly planned between New York & Scotland through emails and SKYPE by Rev Sara & Susan. Details included a customized ceremony script, an exquisite new wedding ring for Don from Susan
REVEREND SARA WITH COUPLE FROM ENGLAND RENEWING THEIR WEDDING VOWS ON THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE IN NYC.
I would love to help you create an elegant romantic and magnificent vow renewal ceremony and celebration. Let us set up a date for a meeting on the phone or SKYPE or in person. I will inspire you with fabulous ideas and, by the time we have finished our meeting we will have created a ceremonial vision for this most special day in your life!
Surprise You Spouse with a Renewal of Vows Ceremony
I routinely have the pleasure of working with husbands or wives on a surprise vow renewal ceremony for their spouse. I love creating these surprises and I will joyfully collaborate with you in planning and implementing a most glorious vow renewal surprise for your spouse!
It all begins with creating the perfect Renewal of Vows plan through email and or a phone or SKYPE call. This includes creating a personalized ceremony that reflects your relationship, preferences and beliefs. Additionally I will take care of making all of the arrangements for your Big Day. This includes securing a location of your choice, as well as optional preferences such as flowers, boutonniere, horse and carriage ride in Central Park, NY, Your choice of a photographer, limousine/car service, musician and much more.
The following is a vow renewal ceremony in Central Park, New York City written and performed by Reverend Sara for one of her many couples from England. This renewal of vows was a surprise for Peter's wife, Diana. Peter and Reverend Sara planned this ceremony through emails. It was a total and glorious surprise for Diana who had no idea that for 3 months Peter and Reverend Sara had been planning all the details of their Big Day through email and SKYPE.
PETER & DIANA
RENEWAL OF VOWS CEREMONY
SHAKESPEARE'S GARDEN, CENTRAL PARK, NYC
September 9, 2016
Photographer Todd Fairchild & Rev Sara will arrive 15 minutes prior to Diana and Peter’s arrival to ensure that they are in position for “The Surprise.”
Peter and Diana Arrive in Chauffeured Car at 10 AM
The Surprise Revealed & The Introduction
Steve and Jerry from Wales Renewing Vows in Central Park with Rev Sara
Photographer Todd Fairchild and Sara will be waiting on the north east corner entrance of Central Park West and 77th Street for Peter and Diana to arrive in their chauffeured car. Photographer Todd Fairchild will be incognito in the background taking photos of Peter helping Diana out of their car. Once they are out of the car and on the sidewalk Reverend Sara will walk up to Diana and Peter, introduce herself and say the following. (Photographer Todd Fairchild will still be in the background secretly taking photos and capturing Diana’s expression):
Diana, it is Peter who has gathered all of us here today to not only surprise you with a special renewal of vows ceremony but to express his deep never ending love for you and to celebrate your love and your 20 years of marriage! I have had the pleasure of planning this day and this ceremony with Peter for the past few months through emails and today I am thrilled to meet you both and honored to preside over your ceremony of renewal.
Walk From CPW & 81st Street to Shakespeare’s Garden
We will all walk together to Shakespeare’s Garden. Photographer Todd Fairchild will take photos along the way.
Ceremony Begins – Opening Words
Peter and Diana this is a most joyful day in your lives because you have come here to Shakespeare’s Garden to celebrate your love and your 20 years of marriage and to renew your covenant of love, loyalty and friendship with each other. This ceremony signifies a new beginning; a rebirth of your marriage. The sacred vows which you will make to each other today will affirm your love as a sacred commitment and, in doing so will fortify your relationship. I am thrilled to meet you both and honored to preside over your ceremony of renewal.
Your love is a glorious, sacred and magnificent gift. You Love is the reason why this day was chosen to renew your lives together. Love is the reason why you both will give with all your hearts for the good of each other. Love is the reason that together you have become one; one in hope; one in believing in life; one in sharing the coming years. Love should come first; love should be the beginning of and the reason for everything: your love for each other and your love for all those most dear to you.
You first came together as friends and through all these years of friendship, love and marriage you have discovered that one of the most wonderful of all things in life is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth of love and friendship as the years increase. You have shared the joys, blessings, and yes, the challenges, of married life for 20 years. Today you are reminded that the purpose of your marriage is to continue to grow with each other in love and friendship. In renewing your vows you will reconfirm your commitment to working together to make your marriage grow and blossom in the years to come.
Often it is said that love that makes the world go around and, indeed this is true but, it is friendship that helps keeps our whirling existence balanced. True friendship provides so many of the essentials for a happy healthy life. Friendship is the foundation on which to build a relationship that will persevere through the wind storms of life, it is the mortar which bonds us together in harmony, and it is the serene, warm protection we sometimes need when the world outside seems cold and chaotic. True friendship holds a mirror to our shortcomings and failings, without destroying our sense of worthiness. True friendship nurtures our hopes, supports us in our disappointments, and encourages us to grow to our best potential. Today, your pledge to each other is not only your love, but also the strength, warmth and, most importantly, the fun of true friendship. May you continue to love, laugh, and celebrate each other forevermore!
Honoring Loved Ones Unable to Be Here in Person
I will now repeat my quote from the beginning of this ceremony because it is relevant not only for you as husband and wife but also for all of those in your lives that you hold most dear:.
“Love should come first; it should be the beginning of and the reason for everything; your love for each other and your love for all those most dear to you”. With this in mind let us call forth your loved ones who, although unable to be here today in person today are always deeply connected to you no matter where you go:
Diana’s parents Lincoln and Barbara and their respective married partners Maria and Dave.
Diana’s brother, Ryan, his partner Lynsey and their beautiful boy Sonny and of course, Granny Nora!
And, your “babies!” Your two dearly loved dachshunds, Douglas and Freddie!!
Diana, Peter has asked me to remind you that Douglas and Freddie send you lots of love!
Peter’s Parents, Ken and Dorothy
We will now honor Peter’s Mum, Dorothy and his Father, Ken whose love will always be a most important part of Peter’s life.
Today we pause to reflect upon those who have shaped our character, molded our spirits and touched our lives. May we remember the memories we have shared and the everlasting impact they have made upon our lives.
Although death has separated us physically, faith and love have bound us eternally. Though we cannot see you, we know you hare here. Though we cannot touch you, we feel the warmth of your smile.
Reading Two - By Captain Corelli – Love is a Temporary Madness
Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your root was so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
Reverend Sara’s Homily
When we first fall madly in love we are in that glorious state of “temporary madness” mentioned in the reading. Love is fresh and new, it's like a firework in the sky, erupting in passion. But, this glorious state of passion cannot last forever and, it is then, when the fireworks have gone that one must decide if the relationship one has formed with one’s partner has created a deep foundation that reaches beyond the fiery passion. Couples who come to this juncture in their relationship and are able to thrive together in the years ahead, are those who have created a strong, profound and lasting relationship foundation. This is done through accepting the cycles of life and marriage, weathering the inevitable storms of life together, through believing in and caring about each other, working as a team toward mutual goals, growing together as a couple and honoring what really matters:. It is then that two people realize what true love, unity and marriage is all about.
You are on the threshold of a new and wonderful beginning in your marriage. Your relationship has a deep and long history and surely a strong foundation after all of these years.
Your marriage has surely brought you both wonderful blessings as well as multitude of challenges. It has stood strong through time and through the inevitable good and difficult times and your lives have become inextricably woven together like a beautiful tapestry. In your journey through the years ahead may you love with all your heart, laugh often, and share and celebrate the magnificent opportunities and adventures inherent in this exciting new beginning and new season in your lives and in marriage.
Your love is here and now, real and true, and it is the most important thing in your lives. May you honor the gift of love that you have been given. For, if you make your relationship the number one priority in your lives your love will be a promise that will always be kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely place. It is in truly understanding this wisdom that your love will never fade but instead will continue to blessed with magical joy.
Peter to Diana
My darling Diana, it was 20 years ago today, that we first pledged our commitment to one another, but it seems just like yesterday that I was standing across from you, my beautiful bride.
We have been through a lot together - laughter and tears, joy and sorrow - and through all those times, I can honestly say, I have loved you every step of the way.
Today, I want to renew those vows again and pledge my love and life to you.
I promise to be there for you in sickness and health, in middle and old age, in good and bad hair days! Whether you feel thin, fat, beautiful, ugly, fit or out of shape, I will always think that you are perfect - perfect for me.
I am here to be your shoulder to cry on, your lover and your best friend. You are my girl, my darling, my angel. You are simply my world.
I have been blessed for the last 20 years and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with you! I love you.
Diana to Peter
As we face the future together, I promise to stand by your side
I vow to be there for you always
When you are sad, I will dry your tears
When you are scared, I will comfort your fears
When you are worried, I will give you hope
When you are confused, I will help you cope
When you fall, I will catch you
When you cry, I will comfort you
When you laugh, I will share your joy
And when you are lost, and can't see the light,
I will be your beacon, shining ever so bright
This is my oath; I pledge to the end
You are my lover, you are my friend
Love Bracelet to Diana by Peter
Diana, trying to convey his deep never ending love for you, Peter has given you a most beautiful present. May this lovely gift always remind you of how deeply he loves you!-
Peter Will Now Say:
Diana, I have given you this bracelet as a symbol of my love and of the vows I have spoken today. May this bracelet forever remind you that I love you with all of my heart!
These are The Hands
Peter and Diana, please now join hands and look upon the hands of your beloved with loving eyes and listen to these words I say to you:
These are the hands of your best friend, vibrant, strong and full of
love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you
promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you continue building your future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. Lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness.
Closing Words -Pronouncement
Now that you have reaffirmed your love and commitment to each other by your vows and the giving and receiving of Diana’s bracelet I affirm your renewed promises to each other. May you now continue on in your journey through life as husband and wife in peace, joy, love and celebration. May you go forward together from here and know that you have nothing to fear, as your love is strong, your intention clear and truthful. May you wake each day with gratitude for the blessing of your love and share all you have. Know that Divine grace is always within you, always there to guide you, always blessing you as husband and wife…
Last Minute/Impromptu Ceremonies Welcomed
My goal is to create a beautiful, meaningful & memorable renewal of vows ceremony and celebration that reflects your philosophy/spirituality and your unique relationship.
My total fee is $350 – $375 for the basic package which includes the following:
Additionally, I will be happy to help make arrangements for other (optional) vendors such as a photographer, videographer, florist, horse and carriage, car & driver services and musicians to play at your ceremony.
Note that fees for the above optional services are separate from the $375 I charge for ceremony services. However, I do not charge an additional fee for making arrangements for optional services.
I offer a free consultation in person, on SKYPE or on the phone to give you an opportunity to decide whether my services are what you are looking for so do let me know if you would like to set up a call.
I have had an amazing and extensive 15 years of experience officiating over 2,000 ceremonies for couples coming from an array of different countries, cultures, religions, spiritual paths. Many of these ceremonies have been for renewal of vows for couples coming to New York City from all over the world.