At the beginning of the summer my parents neighbor's daughter came to them and asked if they could get married in their backyard. My parents were honored and of course said yes. We couldn't have asked for better neighbors growing up. They have been there for about 40 years and remain great friends to this day, not something you see very often anymore.
My parents garden is very simple, yet beautiful. They work hard and put love and sweat into it. It is a peaceful place to sit and enjoy the day or a place to gather and share memories with family and friends.
The fountain is always to soothing to listen to.
The bench was a perfect place to take pictures.
Anyway, their wedding date was August 21st which happened to be my parents 45th wedding anniversary. My mom and dad thought that it would be a perfect time and place to renew their vows.
45 years is something to celebrate!
My parents are every bit as in love with each other today as they were the day they got married. In ways, their love is greater, having lived through times that both challenged them and excited them along with raising two children.
The happy couple!!
My daughter, myself and my mom.
I wasn't able to take any photos of the ceremony because I was in it....
but I was able to snap some after. The image of the rings up close is always my favorite in wedding pictures.
My mom and dads friends that were in their wedding 45 years ago also joined us and we toasted to many more years!
Our neighbors surprised my mom and dad with a cake of their own!
I can't tell you how much it meant to see my parents renew a love that has lasted through time. To see two people that I admire, respect an love so very much pronounce their love once again, to put the past behind them, but never forget it, and start again on a new future.
If my marriage is half as great as theirs, I would consider myself blessed. I learn from their examples, mistakes and triumphs and always listen to what they have to say. I hope that it is something that I can pass along to my children.
Like my brother said that day, they are the rock of our family.