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A Lana Del Rey Inspired Tenerife Vow Renewal

When a wedding photographer decides to renew her vows, you KNOW the photos are going to be totally spectacular. Emma of Epic Love Story renewed her vows with husband Neil, and flew to Mount Teide, a volcano on Tenerife, which holds a special place in their hearts and relationship, to do so. They went on a group holiday together to Tenerife 10 years ago, which is where they both realised they wanted to be a bit more than friends!

They wanted to keep things low key and casual and to leave plenty of time for their pictures with The Mchendrys. Emma wore a black maxi dress which she bought for £20 online! Neil wore an All Saints leather jacket and a denim one from ASOS which Emma painted herself with a verse from a Lana Del Rey song.

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We’ll Always Have Paris: A Parisian Meets 1920s Themed Vow Renewal

As we kick off 2020, I’m not sure I can think of a more perfect feature than this roaring 1920s themed vow renewal! And OMG is she a beauty! We feature quite a few vow renewals, but not often those of LGBTQ couples, so I was super excited to hear all about Kaitlin and Stephanie’s love story. The day began life as a styled shoot, but they decided to renew their vows for real. They were married in Paris originally so wanted nods to this throughout too.

“We met at a theatre where we were both bartending in October of 2010”, they began. “We instantly became good friends as we bonded over our love for musical theatre and teaching. In 2011, we both joined forces at a local high school drama program. At the time, Kaitlin was already in a long-term relationship with a woman and Stephanie was in and out of unhealthy relationships with troubled men. We knew that we faced a barrage of judgements and questions from our families and friends, and that there would be serious consequences if we made the choice to be together. We knew that this would literally change our lives as we knew them, yet we found the courage and together.”

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Not Another Wedding: A No Fucks Given Las Vegas Vow Renewal

You probably know Sophia Hilton already – bad ass business babe behind the iconic Not Another Salon on Brick Lane. She even has her own series on BBC Three (I’ve definitely not cried watching those makeovers… Oh no ma’am). Married to Jorel for five years, the pair decided it was time to celebrate so zipped over to Sin City for a vow renewal to end all vow renewals.

Look up ‘Rock n Roll wedding’ in the dictionary and there will be a photo of these two right there.

“We met in the back of a taxi, drunk, at 6am”, Sophia told us. “Shortly after, we moved to Madagascar together to volunteer for six months. We then moved to England, got married, opened a hair salon and had a baby. We are now planning to adopt. We decided to renew our vows to have the wild version we couldn’t have with the family the first time. Going OTT together was so fun. Having our reception at Sapphire Strippers was super funny, I mean Jesus, we did everything not be parents for one night and really lived a fantasy life!”

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Gothic, Pagan Handfasting in the Woods

Amelia and Tess were married in 2016, before Tess’ transition. Since their wedding, Tess has come out as bi-gender, sometimes having days when they identify as male, but others when they’re female. The couple wanted to celebrate Tess joining their family, so with the help of daughter Ivy they had a gothic styled, handfasting vow renewal in the same place they were originally married, Whistlewood Common in Derbyshire.

“Tess falls under the trans umbrella and is bi-gender – switching between two different genders, can be binary and/or non-binary genders”, they explained. “They switch between the two binary genders of male and female. Tess found the term to explain how they feel and has since been ‘out’ for a year and a half.”

The day had a gothic, pagan vibe and the woodland location set the tone for a lot of their stylistic choices. The day felt very ‘them’ but also complimented the surroundings perfectly. “We wanted to update our vows and wedding photos to include Tess”, they continued, “to have a visual representation of how our family is now. Amelia is Pagan and wanted to keep some of our original woodsy themes but with a darker, older feel. Amelia performed the ceremony herself, incorporating parts of our original wedding. Ivy played a bigger role with her being old enough to want to join in with the handfasting this time around.”

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Low Profile & Authentically Them Rock n Roll Las Vegas Vow Renewal

What’s better than a Vegas wedding? TWO Vegas weddings that’s what! Marcela and Padro were married in Vegas in 2015 (we featured the wedding here!) in the most bad ass, American Hustle inspired day. They returned to Sin City and decided to renew they vows in the same chapel. They also hired the same photographer, the amazing Kristen Marie Parker, to document their second jaunt down the aisle.

The pair, who live in Brazil, met when they were in school. “He is younger than me and I was friends with his brother”, explained Marcela. “We had had friends in common all of our lives, but never hung out together. I married young (at 22) to someone else and had kids but we split some years later. After I was divorced we saw each other at a bar and started messaging each other however I was dating someone else at the time so nothing happened.”

“Six months later he called me and we started seeing each other. I had a holiday booked in Morocco with my kids a few weeks after we got together. He booked a ticket and flew there to be with us. We started going out and have lived together practically since day one, almost seven years ago now.”

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Rock n Roll Vow Renewal at Sacré-Cœur

Is there anywhere more romantic than Paris in the winter? Alice and Simone, who met and were engaged within four months, always regretted not having a professional photographer for their wedding three years ago. So, when they decided to renew their vows on the streets of Montmartre, hiring someone amazing to capture the day was top on their list of priorities.

“We sorely regretted not hiring a professional photographer to capture our wedding”, said Alice “We then tried to incorporate pieces from our original wedding and also found some incredible vendors that truly represented our Rock n Roll style!”

“It was not your fairytale type of ceremony. We wanted to be ourselves on that day and wore what we felt comfortable in and what would reflect US — leather jacket, jeans, boots, fishnet stockings, green andblack heels, edgy looking large ring, etc. All the pieces that you wouldn’t expect to see at a classical ceremony, but felt right for us.”

“We knew we didn’t want our ceremony to feel official and, well, strict. So, we found the most amazing officiant who’s not only a woman, has tattoos and is rocking the most stylish pastor outfit we’ve seen (which is already quite cool, right?) but also very chilled person and is a lot of fun to be around — we knew we found the right one! We laughed a lot during the ceremony, as you can see.”

“One of the reasons we picked the Montmartre and Sacré Cœur in particular as our vow renewal ceremony location (apart from its famous beauty) is the fact that three years ago we got married just a few streets away, at the Mairie du 18ème arrondissement. Our ceremony was very small and intimate — just us, the officiant and the two photographers, but it felt like we were just two of us there. I walked up the side stairs of the Sacré Cœur where Simone was already waiting for me, it was a bit like walking down the aisle, but in our own way. Then Michelle started the ceremony and it was very emotional yet very relaxed, we laughed all the way through it.”

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