We are doing a vow renewal giveaway! As many of you might have seen on our social media pages, we decided to do a giveaway for an actual vow renewal; florals, dress, photo, video and all! I could not be more exited and am so blessed to be in this season of giving. I usually do one or two styled shoots a year and this year I, along with the other brain behind this (Natalie Parks) felt called to do something more. I base my business model on authenticity and intimacy, and at that point it just made sense that I partner with Natalie to make this whole dream happen.
This is how it worked, I partnered up with some local vendors to be able to have the resources to provide somebody with whats needed for their special day. Here is our team:
Photo/Video: Mayfield Photo + Film (hello!)
Floral: Natalie Parks floral and design: https://natalieparksfloralanddesign.com/
Venue: Ravenwoods Farm: https://www.facebook.com/Ravenwoodsfarm/
Dress: Grace and Ivory: https://graceandivory.com/
Custom Jacket: Bushel and Bee: https://www.bushelandbeeweddings.com/
Day of coordination: Marzano Coordination: https://www.instagram.com/marzanocoordination/
Second shooter: MJF Photos: https://www.mjfarlowphotos.com/
Publication: Wedventure Magazine: https://www.wedventuremag.com/
H&M: Lorena Soto Makeup: https://www.lorenasotomakeup.com/
After we had our team together, we launched a platform for people to be able to submit their stories. This was their chance to tell us why they wanted an elopement or a vow renewal. Let me tell you this was one of the most humbling experiences, my team members and I struggled to narrow it down to three stories that stood out to us. We kept names out of it when we all voted, as we wanted this to be as accessible and equitable as possible. These three finalists we have narrowed it down to all deserve that final slot and I can't wait for you guys to read their stories too. They have all won a couples photo session, but in the meantime I need you to read their stories and vote!
In this time of hardship from covid-19, these love stories really helped bring some joy to my day and I hope they do for you as well. Happy reading, and voting closes on Wednesday April 1st 10:00am PST.
Read through the stories, the link to vote is at the bottom!
Brianna + Justin:
Hello! My name is Briana and my husbands name is Justin. We currently live in Lacey, WA with our 3 babies Jaelyn(3), Josiah(2), Jordan(6 months) and our very new fur baby Simba who is the cutest little mixed breed doggo we’ve ever laid eyes on. We are always flying by the seat of our pants and yes, our hands are so full but our life is filled with even more love and joy than we could have ever dreamed of and for that I’m so thankful. Justin and I are very different. He is silly, brave, generous, spontaneous, a little on the quiet side, and fiercely protective. I’m the kind of person that will talk to you like I’ve known you my whole life. I genuinely love people, predictability, and creating things. Justin has without a doubt been my biggest adventure, forever pushing me out of my comfort zone and making sure life is anything but boring, his zest for life is contagious and I’m humbled he picked me to do life with. We have been married almost 5 years now. Typing that out blows me away because it truly feels like just yesterday and an eternity ago all in one.
We met in the Spring of 2014. I was 19, he was 21 and we fell fast and hard. I was working in banking and he was in Special Operations in the Army, even from the beginning he was gone a lot... but I didn’t care, every single second we could spend together between our busy schedules we did and we knew pretty quickly that we were it for each other. A year later, he asked me to marry him. He was covered in paint from head to toe from hand painting letters that spelt out “will you marry me” and he had set them up on the balcony of our very small apartment. It was just him and I. It was simple, not flashy and certainly not “social media worthy” but it was very “Justin and Bri” and I’ll never forget how I felt in that moment.
After we were engaged the Army really sped things up for us, Justin was set to deploy in the winter and we knew that we wanted to be legally married before then. Justin is from North Carolina and I’m from WA so our families were literally on opposite ends of America. The stress of trying to quickly plan a wedding that wouldn’t leave out any of our family members, was affordable, and met all of our wishes became overwhelming and we decided the courthouse would be our best bet and got married on our next day off. It was a Tuesday and I’ll never forget it. He had to work half the day, and I got up, drove to the mall, got my make up done at the MAC counter, tore through the clearance rack at Nordstrom, curled my hair, and drove to the courthouse to marry the love of my life. All that being said, I was happy. In that moment, nothing else mattered.
I have no regrets in marrying Justin, he’s the absolute best Father to our babies and we’ve grown so much over these last five years but I would be lying if I said my heart didn’t hurt a little that we didn’t get the wedding of our dreams. I have a cell phone quality picture of us in a courthouse to show our children of their mommy & daddy on their wedding day. I never got that AHA moment when I tried on the dress of my dreams and my house isn’t decorated with memories of our special day. I never took the time to write my own vows, and while this makes me kind of sad I’m also so glad we didn’t because 5 years later I know without a doubt that our vows would be very different. Our love is different. 3 babies, four deployments, and a mortgage changes things. Our vows today would be deeply rooted in a truth that only life experience can bring. The gravity of the promise would mean so much more because we’ve been given the gift of perspective and can physically feel the depth of that promise. I would be so grateful to be picked for this giveaway and have an opportunity to Re-Marry the man of my dreams, the father of my children, & the love of my life. Only this time in a dress I adore, in front of the people I love, and capture memories that are a beautiful representation of the family we have built.
Thank you for reading!
Matt + Kait
"I (Matthew) am a pastor and my wife (Kait) just gave birth to our firstborn son! I have a big mouth and a passion for people while Kait is the artistic wall flower that everybody wants to know about. We have been married for four and a half years and have gone through a lot to get to where we are now! I decided to enter us in this giveaway because our wedding was sadly, a disaster, and I've been promising Kait a wedding re-do ever since. On the day of our wedding, I woke up at 5am puking my guts out. To be clear, this wasn't from raging the night before! I don't get drunk out of conviction. I didn't understand why I was so sick, as I didn't have that much to drink the night before and I went to bed hours before my groomsmen did to get a good night's rest. Four hours before I was supposed to show up the venue we made the decision to rush me to the nearest hospital to see if there was anything they could do, as I could barely stand. Before we left for the hospital, one of my groomsmen decided to call Kait and tell her that I didn't drink a thing, which was a lie, to try and ease her mind. This would end up as fuel on the fire... When we got to the first hospital, they were unable to admit me because they weren't able to administer an IV on weekends (thanks small town America). As it poured down rain, we sped to the next nearest hospital where we were told of a nasty stomach flu going around that was messing people like me up. They gave me some shots and an IV and sent me on my way.
While I was at the hospital, my groomsmen showed up to the venue in my car with the rest of the decorations. In an act of sheer wisdom, they packed my trunk full of the alcohol that they had been drinking the night before. You could imagine how Kait felt as she opened my trunk! In her mind, I was at the hospital because of a wild night and my buddies were trying to cover it up (in reality, we were playing Super Smash Bros and freestyling). Needless to say, what was supposed to be one of the best days of our lives turned into one of the worst days of our lives. I felt like a zombie from being so sick and I couldn't even stomach taking a bite of our wedding cake with Kait, which happened to be from our favorite bakery in Seattle! We fought so much that day as our wedding dreams were shattered and that tension carried into the first year of our marriage. I have so much regret when I look back on that day and Kait is still provoked to tears when she hears our friends talking about the majesty of their wedding days. It might seem small to some, but I am confident that renewing our vows would have such a healing effect on our marriage and would give us the opportunity to lay to rest the pain that is associated with our first wedding day."
Emily + Ian
“My name is Emily Clark and I am an actress, singer and mom! My husband, Ian, is in the Air Force. We are PNW born and raised and met in high school. We love the outdoors and playing music together with our daughter. When I look back at our wedding day, all I can think of are the things I would choose to do differently. We had a beautiful day full of family, friends and love. That being said, we made a lot of our wedding decisions in haste, and without much thought and consideration for what we wanted the actual day to be like. We planned it while living in different states, I was finishing my senior year of college and Ian was stationed in El Paso, Texas. My husband had to take leave to come to Washington for our wedding. During that very short time, we had to finalize wedding details, have our rehearsal, get married and move me down to Texas where we would live! Little time before to make thoughtful decisions let alone have time together during to appreciate those decisions. We had a traditional ceremony and that meant we didn’t get to write our own vows, something I regret not doing. Many other examples come to mind of how we weren’t as intentional with our planning as we would be now.
The important thing was that we were getting married and spending our lives together, but to be given the chance to make a more personal commitment to each other would mean the world to us. We have spent the entirety of our marriage living in a different state from our families. There we started our own little family with a cuddly pup and a sweet baby girl. Recently we got orders to JBLM and finally get to be close to our families and share in memories together. This summer we will welcome our second daughter. The time feels so right with this new shift in our lives to recommit to each other, and celebrate where we have come from, where we are, and where we are going.”