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Sep 28, 2016

Lavender Field Vow Renewal in France

When it comes to wedding photographers Amy & Jordan are not only incredibly talented (see their work here), but also beautiful inside and out! The sweet duo decided to renew their vows on their seventh wedding anniversary. The Lavender field vow renewal took place in France! Yes, France! Provence to be exact. The gorgeous scenery and their sweet emotions give us chills. Just wait, you’ll see. We don’t want to keep you for taking in all the beautiful photos from the day. It was captured by Katelyn James and relived for you all below by Amy & Jordan themselves.

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Jordan and I have always wanted to renew our vows. We’d been talking about it for years, and knew it’d be special whenever it happened. But we underestimated just how meaningful the whole experience would be for us. Now having experienced a vow renewal ourselves, we’d wholeheartedly recommend every married couple create an opportunity to do one together at some point in your life!

Here’s why. We were so in love when we got married. We meant every word we said that day as we exchanged our wedding vows in front of all of our friends and family. But we just couldn’t fully understand what our vows meant because we hadn’t LIVED them yet. As our vow renewal ceremony started, the words felt brand new to us. It was such a gift to get to stand together hand-in-hand, looking right into each other’s eyes, and redeclare the exact same promises we made to each other seven years ago. But this time, understanding the words so much more deeply than ever before because we’ve been LIVING them.

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One of our biggest regrets has always been that we didn’t take even one traditional portrait of the two of us looking at the camera and smiling on our wedding day. But now, we finally have our traditional portrait (and so many other images we cherish!) to add to our home. Here’s why this was extra important to us:

Our parents have both celebrated over 25 years of marriage (and counting!) and all four sets of our grandparents made it to 50 years each before losing the one they love. So we wanted to pay homage to that legacy of love that was fought for, struggled through and passed down to us. To honor the harvest we got to reap. To have a portrait that represents our own marriage, and the marriages that came before us.

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We contacted the amazingly talented Katherine Bignon, who’s passion is creating custom heirloom dresses. She couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. Amy explained she wanted a dress that would incorporate elements from each of our moms and all four of our grandmas. A tangible representation of the legacy of love we’ve been blessed to inherit. Katherine just “got” the vision right away. A classic silhouette that looked so much like my grandmothers’. Delicate lace and silk that made the dress look like it could’ve been from any generation. I was in love with it right away!

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We didn’t know exactly where we were going to renew our vows. We’d been toying with the idea of a vow renewal for a few years, and knew we wanted to do them somewhere beautiful and private. We discovered that we had clients bringing us to Italy to shoot their anniversary only a few days before our friends Katelyn and Michael had clients bringing them to France to photograph a wedding. Also, we were going to be there RIGHT over our seventh year wedding anniversary. It felt like fate! The lavender fields in France have always been a bucket list destination for us, and we couldn’t think of a more beautiful, private place than that!

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Between our parents and grandparents, we inherited a legacy of marriage over 250 years long. We just feel thankful that they paved the way, because it’s made our path straighter and easier. This is why we’ve made it our mission to impact as many other marriages as we can. To keep carrying the torch for the couples who sacrificed before us.

 

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