Seth & Kate got married 15 years ago, but last weekend they hosted a “Vow Renewal” ceremony in their backyard with an intimate group of friends & family to publicly show their continual commitment to each other. I’m so proud of their perseverance through tough times, and their unconditional love for each other through sickness and health (they’ve both has their fair share!), good times and bad (when you’ve been married this long, you now know what that means) 😉 . They are such a wonderful example for us all!
I love that their son Dominic was such a big part of their day! It must be so good for a child’s soul to see his parents so committed and in love with each other. What a lucky and beautiful loved boy!
| noun | tap·root | -ˌrüt , -ˌru̇t |
A taproot is a large, central, and dominant root. The entire root system branches off from this central taproot. A strong taproot provides protection from harsh weather and difficult conditions and through the root system connected to it, the means to grow.
These two are such creative minds, and their carefully crafted words were another example of that. I wanted to share a bit of what they wrote to each other….
Kate: “I choose you. I want you. With you I breathe and I belong. Any heartache that I endure as a result of loving you will always be worthwhile. I will love you fiercely with love that protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres.”
Seth: “Kathryn, I bind myself with glad and open heart to you. At the sowing and the harvest, in winter and summer, in times of shadow and times of light, through drought and plenty, in triumph and defeat, in sickness and in health. I walk with you. I grow with you. I dream with you. I am rooted with you and I love you.”
Kate’s Poem: “Two strays on a journey, to each other belong, traveling lightly, the wind is our song. Seeds spill from our pockets, daisy and red clover, taproots securing the ground we walk over. We wander pine forests, their soft needles our bed, sink deep down in rivers, through caves darkness are led. A torch to light the night, home and sanctuary, me and you and us, forever to by merry.”
Seth & Kate had a tree planting ceremony during their vow renewal. Along with all of their guests, they added dirt to the planted tree and watered it at the end. I love the symbolism of their love that the tree planting represented. In Seth’s words:
“Like a tree; vast, silent, old. Deep and secret, broad and lifting. Sighing the tale of our years. Changing, falling, dying. Growing, rising, living…”
Seth: “Every place we’ve lived, Kate and I have planted things. Gardens, flowers, trees. It’s a way for us to leave a quiet, but lasting influence on the places we’ve loved and the world we find wondrous in its beauty. We’ve found joy, peace and balance working in the dirt and when we look at trees we see groundedness, patience, perseverance, growth, quiet strength, and deep roots.”
We had such beautiful fall weather this weekend! Seth & Kate spent the rest of the evening together with their friends and family enjoying amazing food, drinks & music. It was laid back and lovely!
I love that Seth & Kate’s rings aren’t sparkly and smooth. They’re 15 years old, and have been through a lot; just like them!
Props to Heather, Emily & Michelle for their amazing help decorating and pulling off this spectacular and gorgeous party! It’s such a blessing to have good friends, who also work hard and have awesome skills! 😉 Thanks for making it special, ladies!
Kate’s Makeup: Glamour To Go Mobile Salon
Everything else: Kate & her friend’s amazing skills! 😉