All Smiles at our 10 year wedding anniversary celebration!
Jason and I got married back on 30th August 2003. We couldn’t believe how quick our anniversaries would come around each year and on we always discussed having a celebration on our ten year anniversary so we could renew our vows.
In 2011, I officiated at a wedding at All Smiles of the Yarra Valley in Warranwood and we were invited to stay for the reception. Both of us were simply amazed by the hospitality, continual food service and funky vibe the place had to offer. We both agreed that we would have our celebration here and locked it in back in January 2012.
It didn’t take long for us to organise everything. I guess as a celebrant, I see lots of different colour themes and choices so it was a lot of fun choosing something totally different to our wedding day. For something a bit quirky, I chose to buy a button bouquet from Nic’s Button Buds as I just love her creations!
Most importantly, I took a bit of time putting together our ceremony so it reflected our relationship and our personalities.
With the winter sun shining, Saturday 31st August 2013 finally came and we both woke up just as excited as what we did ten years ago. Tania de Ross from De Ross Artistry came nice and early to do my make-up and I was so happy with the natural look she gave me to suit our theme for our lunch time cocktail function.
We decided to have transport for the day for just the two of us and were lucky enough to have Vince from LR Limousines pick us up in the stylish Chrysler Sedan. On the way, we enjoyed chatting whilst sipping on champagne.
I must admit, my emotions started during the trip and it did feel like our wedding day all over again- except that we had the comfort of each other during the preparation and travel there which was wonderful.
We arrived and were greeted by the super smiley Tim from C2 Video and guests started arriving not long after. Our amazing photos were captured by the ever so friendly Andrew from Passion8 Photography who I have had the pleasure of working with at previous bayside weddings.
Our ceremony was performed by Robyn Meikle who is not only a celebrant but also a friend of ours. It was great having her there for such a significant role.
Throughout the ceremony, I could feel myself tearing up and as my sister in law Colleen read out one of my favourite poems by Regina Hill, she too was getting emotional!
As well as tears of emotion, we shared plenty of laughs throughout- especially whilst our bit of history was read out. Everyone has a story to tell and generally, it does come with some humour!
The time came for our vows to be read out and ordinarily, I tend to let the groom go first but in this instance, Robyn suggested I go first… so I did…. and there were tears!!! I The emotion I felt during this time was just like our wedding day and I loved it! Some of our guests were quite teary also which was actually really nice to see.
Jason then read his vows out which he too had written himself and I was in hysterics (as well as teary still!). Much to my surprise, Jason wrote a limerick about us and I was just blown away by how thoughtful and wonderful his words were.
Not long after, the ceremony ended on a high and we all went inside to enjoy Andrew Grant and Rich sing and play the song I walked down the aisle to – Goodnight Girl. They specifically learnt this song for me and I was so happy sitting and listening to them with my husband by my side. I reminisced about how I felt ten years ago whilst this song was playing. I specifically chose this song because of the lyrics “… take your love and promises and make them last…”
We had some photos and footage taken on the premises and had so many laughs together with Tim and Andrew. (Hiring suppliers you get along with, really helps make a special occasion so much fun and enjoyable!)
During this time, our guests enjoyed looking through a memory album I put together which included photos of Jason and I from when we were young, right up to our wedding day and our years together.
After our photo and videography shoot, we had a bit more time to chat to our guests and enjoy some of the food and drinks on offer.
We then cut our choc mud cake which was made by the girls at Fantasy Cakes and this was then given out to everyone or they could take some home. It was so delicious that we encouraged everyone to take more than one slice!
The time soon came for the end of the function and each person was given a bomboniere to take home. I had lots of fun putting them together. We bought some small heart shaped glass jars and filled them with mini m&ms. The bon tags (as well as our invitations) were made by Sally from Notefully and I tied them on with bright orange ribbon.
Our guests all commented on what a wonderful day it was and how special it was for them to be a part of a great occasion.
When we arrived home, both of us were so happy and felt it was a great day.
That night, I couldn’t sleep as I was still beaming with excitement that not only had we reached such a great milestone in our life together, but we are also just as happy from when we met in 2002.
As a marriage celebrant, the request for renewal of vows is not all that common, but I guarantee that if you take some time to have a celebration with close family and friends and show your recommitment to one another, you will have a wonderful time just like on your wedding day.
To view a snippet of our day, please click here.