So on Sunday August 29th we all celebrated my parent's 30th wedding anniversary by having a vow renewal ceremony in Hathersage, about 20 minutes from Sheffield. It was at the St. Michael and All Angels church, and it was picture perfect.
The whole morning was rainy, and as a friend of mine told me rain is actually lucky on a day like that. And fair enough, by the time we got to the church the skies had cleared up and it was absolutely gorgeous.
The ceremony was wonderful. Everyone who was supposed to show up did, and the canon who led the ceremony was fantastic. The whole thing was really focused on love and how pure and valuable it is, and how lucky my parents are to have found and kept it for so long.
Both my sister and I shared a role in the renewal as my sister recited this verse from the Bible on love. It was truly beautiful and very fitting.
I Corinthians 13: 4-13
Love is patient;
love is kind
love is not envious or boastful or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing,
but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never ends.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly,
but then we will see face to face.
Now I know only in part;
then I will know fully,
even as I have been fully known.
And now faith, hope and love abide;
and the greatest of these is love.
Afterwards, since I was basically the best man, I gave the rings to the canon to give to my parents. Although there was some difficulty in getting the rings out, it was still an honor to be a part of the whole thing. I guess. No it really was. Both of my parents were beaming the whole time.
The canon gave my parents this traditional heart that is made in the county they got married in. The whole thing was very unique and personal.
|Showin' off their new rings. Silver and white gold with celtic bands and a claddagh symbol in the middle.|
|They were obviously pissed off the whole time.|
|All the girlies. From left to right: Louisa, Michelle, Anne, Rose, Penny, Me Mum, Alison, Elise, Janice, Sue, and Linda. And then hiding behind Sue is Louisa's mom, Carol. Bugger.|
I have quite a few more photos on the way like of all the guys and the whole fam damily outside the church but since I was in em I couldn't get any with my camera. We also got a group photo but that'll be coming at another time cause it wasn't with my camera either.
|Mumsy with Ben and Janice.|
|Yup, it's STILL pretty.|
And afterwards we went to a pub just down the road and had a fantastic lunch with everyone.
|My dad had his lovely Yorkshire cap on.|
Most of us had the carvery, which is basically an all you can eat of amazingness. Roast beef, roast potatoes, chicken, turkey, stuffing, four types of gravy, cabbage, yorkshire pudding and all sorts of other things. It was incredible.
During the lunch our Irish friend Alison gave a typical Irish toast and it was wonderful. Couple of quotes included "As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way" and "May all your ups and downs come only in the bedroom." My mum and dad also gave a heartfelt and then I was pressure into giving it. Totally unprepared and caught off guard I don't really remember what I said but supposedly it was alright.
|Mumsy-pants throwing the bouquet which Anne caught.|
|Everyone pretending to enjoy themselves.|
Took a short walk up the road and got some gorgeous views of the area. ISNT IT PURTY?!?!@@!
And then we all headed back to the hotel and collapsed. Elise and I stayed in the rest of the night, got room service, enjoyed the awesome room and I took a fantastic lavender bath. Yes, I'm posh. But it really was a fantastic day and to be all sentimental and cheesy, my parents definitely deserved it.