After about 30 minutes of taking portraits, my parents went back to the hotel to “change into something nicer” so they could take more elegant photos of just themselves. Us kids stayed back and took more photos.
After about 30 more minutes, we started to become worried about them taking so long, because they said they had only booked the photographer for an hour. They finally come walking up, but in full-on beach wedding gear! My mom had on a simple and beautiful wedding dress holding a bouquet of flowers, and my dad was wearing your typical groom-at-the-beach attire.
We were stunned!
…as you can see from this photo. We had no idea!! Reggie is the funny one, looking at his watch, noting how long it took them to change, but not yet realizing that they were about to renew their vows!
Carley, my younger sister, had the most heart-felt reaction of us all!! She sat there with her mouth open for a full minute before starting to tear up. Haha!
They thought the looks on our faces were hilarious.
Luckily, I had brought my camera, so instead of taking photos (since we already had a photographer), I decided to record it all.
My dad’s wedding ring had just gotten lost in the ocean that day. But the pastor made a save and grabbed a long leaf from a nearby tree so my mom could tie it around my dad’s ring finger as a sign of commitment.
After the pastor serenaded my parents with a beautiful song, my mom and dad gave an amazing speech.
In short, they said that though they’ve managed 30 years, it hasn’t been all peaches and cream. They’ve had to work hard, and sometimes even felt like quitting. But they said that marriage isn’t a 50/50 thing. When one falls short and isn’t giving their 100%, that’s when the other one takes over and gives above and beyond 100%. They also said that marriage isn’t about just two people. It is about a covenant between three people – the husband, wife, and our Lord. Jesus was the only one able to keep them going when neither of them felt like it.
It was amazing. They both cried a little, and you could tell that they’re mission in their vow renewal wasn’t for them. It was to be an example to us, their children. God totally used them that day, and I will never forget it.
My parents are truly my angels.
Then my mom threw the bouquet, and guess who caught it? Yup, Carley, the only one of us who isn’t married. Hah!
Me and my dad. Yes, we still kiss on the lips.
My pretty mama and my handsome papa.
(The above three photos, the black and white one, and the first photo in this post are the only ones that I actually took. All the rest were from the photographer that the hotel hired for us.)
More family photos. P.S. My niece is just too hilarious in these two photos!! :’D She’s really the only reason I included both!
The original six.
We then had a “reception” outside under one of the hotel’s pavilions. It got super dark, so the only photo I took was the cake. We had yummy food, wine, and had so much fun talking about how surprised we were about the vow renewal.
Afterwards, we went back inside the hotel, and Mark found a piano so he could play and sing songs while we danced. So fun! We then went back to my parents’ hotel suite and told stories of mom and dad. It was such a great day.
The next day, as a congratulatory gesture, the hotel graciously reserved one of their verandas for my mom and dad to enjoy. It usually costs money, so that was pretty awesome of them.
Us kids left to go back to Texas that day while mom and dad stayed back to enjoy a day for themselves. They deserved it!!
[All photos were taken in August 2012.]