Vow Renewal Party from Orange Turtle Photography
August 2, 2013
United States
RomanticRusticRustic Weddings
Earlier in the week we delved into some of our unique fashion trends we've spotted tucked inside the weddings of SMP and I'm thinking this gorgeous Mrs. and her floral Badgley Mischka dress need to be added to that list. What better time to go bold and rock a print then for a vowel renewal to your one and only? But aside from the beautiful details DIY'd by the Bride or the layer of yummy florals by Marion Curson Floral Design, is a lovely and real story of marriage and its ups and downs. Read the Bride's story for more and prepare to get lost in this beautiful day captured by Orange Turtle Photography. See more right here!
Aren't these two the sweetest? And you haven't even pushed play on their film by HWu Studios. It's so worthy of a watch (or three). Have a look...
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From the Bride...Five years may seem like a short time to renew our vows, but for us, there was so much to celebrate.  We almost didn’t make it.  We hit a breaking point in the third year of our marriage, when things got so bad that we seriously considered separation.  As a last resort, we tried couples therapy.  Through some breakthrough moments where God really met us, a lot of hard work, and the support of our loved ones, we came such a long way that it only seemed natural to celebrate this milestone.

The day was as much about our journey as it was about honoring our friends and thanking them for the ways they supported us.  We held our intimate gathering up in the Malibu mountains at Rancho del Cielo, a small cottage where the owners still reside.  It had an intimate backyard feel yet was elegant with its breathtaking views of the coast.  

The inspiration and subtle theme for our event was around good stories.  In the best stories, there always comes a point when you don’t know if the protagonist is going to make it, and the journey of how they do is what makes the story.  We felt like that has been a picture of our marriage.  The subtle theme lent itself well to the overall look and feel we were going for – rustic, literary, and rich in love and depth.  We brought it to life in the details: the design of our paper goods was reminiscent of a book page; actual pages from classic novels were incorporated into our signage; and our centerpieces featured classics or books on relationships.  As the goal was to honor and thank our guests, we also wrote individual thank-you notes and handmade each favor.  The men received cufflinks featuring handpicked quotes we knew they would appreciate, and the women received a personalized necklace.

Everything about the day was perfect.  We felt so blessed to be surrounded by a community who loved and supported us through the toughest of times.  In a way, the day was so much sweeter than our wedding day, because even though we know how hard marriage can be, we were still choosing to say yes.

Photography: Orange Turtle Photography | Cinematography: HWu Studios | Floral Design: Marion Curson Floral Design | Venue: Rancho del Cielo | Catering: Monrose Catering , Rancho del Cielo | Invitation/Program Design: Duncan Park Papers | Hair + Makeup: Design Visage | Styling/Signage/Favors: DIY | Dress: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Haute Bride | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic