Friday, August 14, 2015

Our Tropical Backyard Vow Renewal: 16 years

tropical backyard vow renewal

        A few weeks ago, we renewed our wedding vows right in our backyard accompanied by some of our family members. Next week, on August 23rd, we will officially celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary. Can you believe that?  Our renewal was extremely special to us because when we first got married, we only had a Justice of the Peace and so many of our loved ones were not present, including my Mother who was still living in Jamaica at the time.  
        If you're a long time reader, then you know the hubby is almost always away and has missed numerous anniversaries and milestones because of his work. Now he has been home for a bit and it seemed like the perfect time to celebrate our love to include our two boys, our dog, and our lovely family members by renewing our vows. This is probably going to be the longest post I've posted, so you've been warned, but it's worth it. You can read HERE to learn more about our love story or to refresh your memory. 


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i made my first flower crown
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tropical backyard vow renewal

diy

instagram
symbols of love everywhere

bedroom decor

color flowers

garden

garden


succulents

succulents

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boy fashion

tropical backyard vow renewal

tropical backyard vow renewal
So Zion opted for no shoes and I didn't object and
 Ian wasn't in the mood to do much walking...

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tropical backyard vow renewal

tropical backyard vow renewal

tropical backyard vow renewal

tropical backyard vow renewal


tropical backyard vow renewal

tropical backyard vow renewal

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tropical backyard vow renewal

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My Mama!

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tropical backyard vow renewal

tropical backyard vow renewal

tropical backyard vow renewal
she is like a 2nd Mama to me!

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tropical backyard vow renewal

tropical backyard vow renewal

tropical backyard vow renewal

tropical backyard vow renewal

me with my brothers and mama and dada



everyone; what a beautiful sight!


Chow time!





Jamaican rum cake










favors(spice jars)

i could just gobble him up. love him so!

I was a sobbing mess and for good reason. Love was undoubtedly in the air and having our family here to celebrate with us made it extra special. Big thank you to Carly of C. Jakubowski Photography for capturing this special occasion. Styling by me. I completed a few diy projects for this event, but will save the details for another post. xx



ON Love
Love is a mighty power, a great and complete good.
Love alone lightens every burden, and makes rough places smooth.
It bears every hardship as though it were nothing, and renders all
bitterness sweet and acceptable.
Nothing is sweeter than love,
Nothing stronger,
Nothing higher,
Nothing wider,
Nothing more pleasant,
Nothing fuller or better in heaven or earth; for love is born of God.
Love flies, runs and leaps for joy.
It is free and unrestrained.
Love knows no limits, but ardently transcends all bounds.
Love feels no burden, takes no account of toil,
attempts things beyond its strength.
Love sees nothing as impossible,
for it feels able to achieve all things.
It is strange and effective,
while those who lack love faint and fail.
Love is not fickle and sentimental,
nor is it intent on vanities.
Like a living flame and a burning torch,
it surges upward and surely surmounts every obstacle.
Thomas à Kempis (1379-1471)

17 comments :

  1. Wow, Stacey! This was beautiful. Congratulations to the two of you! How wonderful it must have been to have everyone there together, celebrating the love. You looked gorgeous!! The whole party was so beautiful and thoughtful. Enjoy your anniversary day!!

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  2. Laying in bed looking at your Instagram and saw that beautiful green dress. I had to click over to your blog. LOVE! Read the whole post on my tiny cell phone and reached the end with tears of joy for you and your family.
    Most likely because our stories are similar. My husband and I have been together 25 years but married for 9.5. We were married in a chapel but quick because our twins were almost nine months, and I just needed it to happen. Only my parents were there with the twins screaming in the front row. We always said we would renew by the 10-year point.
    I was happy but would have loved his family and the rest of my family present.
    Your vow renewal was so beautiful, and I'm so happy for you that your dream came true. We need our dreams to come true in our life! And you are/were stunning!! Congratulations!

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  3. You look beautiful and this is such a beautiful LOVE story!
    So happy you are happy and loved!
    Hugs, Tina

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  4. Stacey, oh my, simply put-stunning!! Your pictures are all so beautiful. I love that the renewal bought so many friends and family together. So happy to see you in love!!!

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  5. Awww my heart😍 so much love in those images! Melted my heart to see and read of your journey with hubby, from high school til now! So happy your mom was able to bear witness this time around. Thanks for sharing your special moment with us and allowing us to truly strive for this level of love. Priceless and beautiful my sissy 😘

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  6. Congrats momma! You looked stunning as per usual and love seeing your beautiful family. I need that rum cake recipe stat! 😘

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  7. Oh my goodness, Stacey, what a beautiful time for the both of you! I know I've said it before, but it truly comes from the heart...
    You are such a BEAUTIFUL couple.
    I wish you both a very Happy Anniversary.
    Sending you big anniversary hugs. xo.

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  8. Dear Stacey,
    What a wonderful party it was!! Everyone of you and everything looked so very beautiful!! Congratulations to your both!
    I absolutely enjoyed these gorgeous pictures of your vow renewal!
    Happy weekend to you!
    xoxo
    Greet

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  9. Congratulations Stacey everything was BEAUTIFUL!

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  10. OMG! I am so very happy for you all my friend!!!! This is such an important gesture not just for family and the boys but for YOU TWO as well!!!!!! Everything is perfect and for sure the LOVE you have for each other is evoked in this ceremony! How I wish you had a short video to share too! The boys look so dashing and adorable and your hubby, such a handsome and sweet guy!!!! YOU ARE GORGEOUS, as always and btw, we are definitely gals of the same feather, I have a very similar green dress too!!! Congrats and looking forward to the next renewal of vows!

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  11. Beautiful pics & ceremony, Stacey! Congratulations!

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  12. Beautiful pics & ceremony, Stacey! Congratulations!

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  13. Beautiful pics & ceremony, Stacey! Congratulations!

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  14. You look positively regal! More importantly, you and your friends and family looked happy and full of love. Congratulations!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  15. Your ceremony looked lovely, and your love even more so. Keep going, you're doing fabulous!

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  16. Their in-house catering is remarkable. The food was delicious. So many of our guests (including and especially the foodies) have told us it was the best food they'd ever had at a wedding. The service at wedding venues Los Angeles was impeccable but not overly formal.

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