We Do, Round Two! My parent's vow renewal recap
My parents Bob and Mary Jo are a force to be reckoned with. It's not "Bob" and "MJ", but "BOBANDMJ". One word. They're insanely in love after 30 years of marriage and they're the reason I've chosen this crazy profession of mine! They've taught me everything I know about love, respect and having fun through the curve balls life throws your way. My parents spend most of their days working their butts off (Dad builds clean rooms and Mom is an RN/BSN in the Pain Management Center at Barnes), but come Friday at 5, you can bet they're on their deck that they've so delicately tended to over the years, beer in hand and their favorite music playing until the wee hours of the morning. Lush greenery, beautiful flowers from Rolling Ridge Nursery that my mom adds to her collection pretty much any weekend it's not snowing and the sound of the waterfall dropping into the pond in the backyard are the perfect backdrop for the memories they make together along with their best friends, who know "the Freeman's porch is the place to be".
It was no surprise to me that Mom and Dad chose this location for their vow renewal that my sister Annie and I planned for their surprise Christmas present last year. Friends and family surrounded Mom and Dad as my amazing Uncle Terry (Dad's brother and BFFAEAEAE) performed a short and sweet ceremony commemorating the life my parents have built together. Roses & Mint provided the gorgeous flowers inspired by the wild & boho look my mom really loves. My Papa walked my mom down the aisle and it was such a cool thing to witness. After the ceremony, we feasted on a delicious Sugarfire Events lunch and spent the day hangin' with our favorite people! Our dear friend Mike Romer took the photos in this post that we'll cherish as a family forever. The vow renewal was a casual, fun event just like my parents like it. Nothing fancy, just love!
All photos by Mike Romer:
Roses and Mint KILLED IT when I told them that my mom wanted wild, boho colorful, happy bouquet - emphasis on wild! When she got married 30 years ago, the florist refused to let the bottom of the stems show even though it was what my mom wanted so badly. They insisted on tightly wrapping them in ribbon! I'm so glad wedding vendors are open to new ideas these days and focus on what the couple wants, not what the "norm" is.
Love you so much Mom & Dad! Thanks for showing us the ropes in this crazy life. You're real life #GOALS and Annie and I are the absolute luckiest.