Renewal of Vows Ceremony at Boneca Bar Restaurant

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I really enjoy Renewal of Vows ceremonies, as they always come across so personal and meaningful and to celebrate a marriage that already has been strong for years is such a joy.

This type of ceremony is becoming more popular, with lots of couples combining the celebration with a family holiday.  David and Sharon where no exception.  It was David who first contacted me, explaining that he had planned a family holiday later that year with his wife, four children and niece and after 10 years of marriage they wanted to renew their wedding Vows.

Their initial idea was to hold the ceremony in the villa that they were staying in, and out of courtesy contacted the villa to explain their plans, remembering they are a small party of 8. The villa then tried to charge an additional 300euros for them to host an ‘event’ there, which was totally unacceptable, so David and I had a think of some different locations and I suggested the cliffs around Boneca Bar in Carvoeiro, Algarve.  Boneca is one of my favourite restaurants in the Algarve as it is tucked into the cliffs with amazing sea views.  The food is fabulous and the atmosphere relaxed.  And the wine is pretty good too.  We approached Boneca and they were more than happy to accommodate the party.

With the location organised, I started writing the ceremony.  In the same way as a wedding ceremony, I like to hear all about the couple, so that I can make the ceremony personal to them.  We also chatted about different unity elements that we could build into the ceremony to make it extra special.

So the day came and the sun was shining.   I had prepared the cliff top area with a simple table.  The view was all you needed for a back drop so no flower arches in sight.

David stood with a big smile on his face as his Bride made it down the steps and along the slightly rocky aisle, to once again marry her best friend.  She looked amazing.

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So the ceremony began, starting with an introduction and then talking about the meaning of marriage.

Many people believe that entering into marriage is the final step in a romantic relationship. As they see it, a couple meets, gets to know each other, falls in love, decides they want to go through life together, and then take the final step….marriage.

But marriage is not meant to be the final step in a couple’s relationship. It is really just the beginning of a great adventure, which hopefully, will be long and fruitful for each individual.

For the Vows, David and Sharon chose to keep it simple and meaningful and allowed me to speak the Vows with them individually answering ‘I Will’.

Before we blessed their wedding rings, they chose to have a Hand Ceremony, with beautiful words about the gift they are to each other.

These are the hands of your best friend, smooth, young and carefree that are holding yours on this special day, as she promises to continue to love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.

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Couples choose different options when it comes to their rings for a Renewal of Vows.  Some couples I have worked with had new rings to exchange but David and Sharon, like most couples,  chose to have the wedding rings they were wearing blessed within the ceremony. This works so nicely after a Hand Ceremony as the couple hold hands and say the words:

I wear this ring you placed on my hand, as a symbol of my love and commitment to you.

With the formalities done, we then moved onto the Sand Ceremony, which is about blending grains of sand which can never again be separated.  David and Sharon wanted to involve everyone in the ceremony and so they all took part in the Sand Ceremony. Everyone was given a small vase of sand, each having a different colour.  First David and Sharon poured their sand into the glass jar, symbolising them one again uniting as a couple.  The children then added their sand, symbolising them coming together as a family.

Today, together as a family, you are now going to blend sand, to mark your commitment to each other, and to symbolise that you will always be there for each other. 

As you each hold your sand, the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one.

Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your family be.

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I designed a certificate for David and Sharon to have as a keep sake of the day, and we opted to have all the children act as witnesses for the signing and so everyone signed it, making it extra special.

During the final close of the ceremony, I wished the couple well in their adventures and then gave David the words he was waiting for…..

David, you may now kiss you wife!!

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We then all celebrated with a toast before the family went to have some magical photos, including waving at the pirate ship that sailed passed. After the photos, they relaxed for a lovely meal at Boneca Bar.

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I would like to thank David and Sharon for letting me be part of their celebrations and giving me permission to share their story.

All the amazing photos were taken by the lovely Dan and Tash from Birch Photography.

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