Today is my 22nd Anniversary with the Mister. Last year, here on the blog, I dedicated the whole month of November to our marriage with a five part series on lasting romance. If you missed it you can check it out by either clicking the button on the sidebar or go here for part one, two, three, four, and five.
Several years ago, for our 10th anniversary in fact, we decided to renew our vows to one another and did so with a Renaissance themed wedding. Renaissance means rebirth so we thought it only fitting since we were celebrating the rebirth of our commitment to one another.
Our invitations were copies of an illumination that I hand painted and then they were sealed with wax and hand delivered.
I designed and made my dress. It had three layers, the outer layer was a dupioni silk with hand beading, the inner layer was a silk velvet, and the chemise was a rayon. I spent hours working on this dress and was quite proud of how it turned out.
We incorporated many ancient traditions, such as a handfasting ceremony, moving the ring sequentially from the thumb to the middle finger, and being encompassed inside a circle made of our guests to symbolize our eternal love.
My mother and I made our cake to look like a castle. We decorated the Hall in a castle medieval theme and my sisters and daughter served as our serving wenches. My youngest sons served as our Knights. Our guests also came in costume so it was loads of fun to see what everyone put together.
So, in honor of our anniversary, I thought it would be fun to share some of the photos from the event with you.