A wedding thrown into chaos two months prior to its 2020 date–a vow renewal stepped in to save the day. It allowed this couple to fill in any gaps from their wedding day and keep the celebration going. Keep reading for how this couple planned a two-part celebration that concluded with wedding vow renewals that included a HUGE surprise for their guests!
Krysel and Jeremiah were one of many couples in 2020 that had to come up with creative last-minute wedding changes. Their solution included an immediate family-only ceremony followed by a first dance in the parking lot surrounded by friends. The second part of their plan a few months later included wedding vow renewals and a reception that everyone was able to attend!
As the couple reflected on this decision, they shared, “We could’ve done without the added stress, but overall we really enjoyed our wedding experience. It definitely wasn’t what we originally planned. But, after we embraced what we couldn’t control, we were able to love everything about it.”
In sharing their wedding story, the couple described it as “a story of hope and victory. We were so thankful for our friends and family, who encouraged us to stick to our May 15 wedding date despite not being able to celebrate with all our guests. After all, our ceremony mattered more to us than the reception.”
Doing whatever it took to ensure that their loved ones could attend provided what they never would have expected. The couple live streamed the wedding ceremony sharing it with over 600 family members and friends from around the globe!
The couple landed upon Sweeney Barn in Manassas, Virginia as the perfect modern barn reception venue for their reception. The couple shared that, “We loved the rustic elegance of the venue! Sweeney was not that far from the city, yet you were transferred to a different place while you were there.”
Other inspiration for their wedding vow renewals arose from wanting a rustic yet elegant theme for their wedding. This informed the design and colors, as they selected maroon and partnered it with “white, green and brown/gold for nature/earth-toned colors. Sweeney’s theme went really well with what we were looking for.” All the little details came together including Krysel’s parents making the backdrop for their sweetheart table at the reception!
They decided to hold their wedding vow renewals at the same church as their ceremony, St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Fairfax, VA. The spot holds a special place in the couple’s hearts as the place where Jeremiah asked Krysel out on their first date!
The vow renewal date is also that of both their parents’ anniversaries, celebrating 32 years of marriage that same day. These many connections to faith and family were particularly important at their wedding vow renewals because they had a little surprise announcement about starting a family of their own!
Krysel and Jeremiah used their reception as an opportunity to share their pregnancy news, as Krysel recalls, “It was amazing! Looking back, they were saying that I was already giving away hints that I was pregnant (more tired than usual, and using the bathroom more). I think my mom was the last person to figure it out–when she saw the pregnancy test in the box, she asked if it was a pen. For a while we were asked why we had to have two celebrations, and perhaps this was one of the reasons. It was great being able to share the news with everyone.”
Here’s what Krysel and Jeremiah learned from planning a ceremony and wedding vow renewals as two separate occasions:
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Coordinator | Sublime Event Co.
Ceremony | St. Leo the Great Catholic Church
Venue | Sweeney Barn
Catering | Catering Reserved
DJ | Archon DJ
Videographer | Shutter & Sound
Florist | Petal Burst
Cake | Sweet Creations
HMU | Updos For I Dos
Photo Booth | Party Favor Photo
Transportation | Majestic Limousine Service
Musician | Kenny Kohlhaas