On February 11, 2018 my husband and I celebrated our 11th Wedding Anniversary by renewing our vows atop the Skydeck of the Willis Tower. With one of the most stunning views of Chicago as a backdrop, my husband Jeffrey and I couldn’t think of a better and more unique way to renew our vows.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
Photography by Ali Stone
Jeffrey and I always talked about renewing our vows. Initially we wanted to do it on our 10th Wedding Anniversary but we had Jaxson and moved into our new home—hence life got in the way. For us, renewing our vows with our children meant to celebrate and reaffirm our love and commitment for one another but it also meant teaching our boys a valuable lesson: Marriage is not just about emotions and feelings of love. A strong marriage is about commitment, and being responsible to that commitment regardless of the external variables you may face as a couple. Like any other (married) couple, Jeffrey and I faced ups and downs in our relationship. However, it was our commitment towards each other that we were able to face our ‘downs’ with strength and love.
Renewing our vows atop the Skydeck of the Willis Tower was beyond magical. Not only did Jeffrey and I marry downtown 11 years ago but our oldest son, Kingston was also born in the city. This being said, Chicago will always hold a special place in our hearts. Renewing our vows in our beloved city was truly the ‘cherry on top’, so to speak.
It was a very emotional day for me and my husband. We exchanged personal vows for each other and when we saw our son, Kingston (who was our ring bear) walking up to us to bring our wedding rings, well, I simply couldn’t help but wipe away tears. It was magical to have our children be part of our vow renewal. Jaxson, our 10 months old was a trooper also! He did not fuss once but he did make funny noises with his tongue when my husband and I were exchanging vows. After our ceremony we headed down to the 99th floor for a toast with our family and closest friends. It was very intimate and special, just what we had hoped for.
And on this note, thank you all for your kind congratulation wishes! We received an outpour of love and well wishes on social media. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to share these intimate parts of my life with you all!
PS: Happy Valentine’s Day!