“We Do” … Again!
We celebrated our “1 year, 3 months and 20 days” (476 days) anniversary with a vow renewal ceremony officiated by the “King” while in Vegas last week.
When we initially began planning our wedding, we wanted fun and simple. Las Vegas seemed perfect. It was second marriages for both of us and we earned some alone time (we have five children between us, nuff’ said). It seemed like a great idea to get married by “Elvis” – what could be more fun? But the powers that be (cough, cough: my parents!) were less than thrilled, so we went old-school and got married at Niagara Falls. Still fun and simple, but instead of being married by an impersonator in blue suede shoes, we had a lovely service preformed by a minister in Niagara Park who incorporated God and the true meaning of marriage into the ceremony. It was just the two of us and it was perfect. When we returned home, we had a wonderful celebration with family and friends. Again, perfect.
When we decided to go away for my 40th birthday to Las Vegas, it was a no-brainer (to me, anyway) – we were going to revisit our original wedding plan, but instead of tears of joy as we stood and recited vows to each other in Niagara Park, there would be laughter and playfulness while still renewing our commitment to one another – but this time, in a do-op diner!
It was fun (and awkward) having “Elvis” serenade us (he sang Viva Las Vegas and I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You) and seeing our names in lights was pretty damn cool. As whimsical as it was, the promise, the commitment and the “from death do us part” sentiments were as true as they were the first time we said them to each other.
And you know you have a good man, when he agrees to the ridiculousness of a vow renewal ceremony with Elvis just to make his wife happy. I love you honey…. You are my hunka, hunka burnin’ love!
P.S. – As fun as it was to have a ceremony preformed by Elvis, I am so happy we were officially married by a minister – and not in Vegas. Yes, I admit it, my mother was right! Shhhh….don’t tell her.