Last Saturday I had the privilege of documenting the wedding vow renewal for Chris and Rachel. This lovely couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary a week last Tuesday and had chosen to renew their vows the same week. Much planning went into this event and it was basically a full-on second wedding …. but to the same partner! 🙂
They had booked St Cadoc’s Church in Caerleon which was where they married 25 years ago. Rachel and Chris arrived together with Rachel looking fabulous in a Ted Baker wedding gown. She carried a beautiful ivory & blush pink rose boquet by Upmarket Flowers in Usk. They had even purchased gorgeous new platinum rings for their vow renewal! Their two lovely sons – Jack and Archie were best men and carried the rings. They had a really lovely ceremony – obviously slightly different from a first time marriage with great scriptural advice. The vicar brought out one of my favourite scriptures – 1 Corinthians 13 – which is all about the quality of love. “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous. It does not brag, does not get puffed up, does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been married … these words will always apply.
After some group and fun photos in the grounds of St Cadoc’s, everyone made their way to the Olway Inn, Usk. This old country pub on the outskirts of Usk dates back to the 17th Century. It has very low ceilings with black beams throughout (not quite conducive to us lanky people)! As guests arrived they were served with canapés and drinks. There was a stunning four-tier cake on display provided by the Honeybunch Cake Company. Chris and Rachel had arranged for each separate table to have an appointed chef who would carve several joints of meat! After dessert, came the speeches with both Rachel and Chris’s dads having a few words followed by Jack and Archie. It was very touching to watch Chris and Rachel’s faces as they listened to the lovely comments by their very proud sons who evidently love their mum and dad so much. With the meal and speeches complete, everyone spilled out into the garden whilst the room was re-aranged for the evening. Chris and Rachel only live locally so they dashed back to their house to change.
As the night wore on and other guests joined them, some music organised by one of Chris’s friends and colleagues who was DJ-ing was set up. A Magic Mirror was also up and running by A J Wedding Events of Bargoed. Chris and Rachel were soon encouraged onto the dance floor for their first dance before family & friends joined them. It was a real honour to be part of such a lovely occasion and I wish Chris and Rachel every happiness in the next 25 years of their marriage and hope it brings them contentment and good times to come!