If I had to do it all over again I’d marry my husband again. In a heartbeat. I’ve told him that countless times and I mean it but I’m not sure if I would want to do it over and over again. Our wedding day was beautiful and a day I will forever cherish. Its beauty extended beyond the votive candles wrapped in lace and the sparkly crystal chandelier we stood beneath as we smiled like school aged teenagers in love. Beauty trickled out of every facet of our wedding from the misty eyes of my mother as she sat in a chair, the excitement on the face of our daughter who was just as excited to marry daddy as I was, the feeling of tears streaming down my cheek because the words that came together to make up my vows to my husband were so true and in a sense an extension of my heart. I know I have written about this before and most certainly I will again. That day and what it symbolized for our family meant so much. And it can’t be duplicated not one time and certainly not 106 times.
But for David and Lauren Blair, the world’s “most married couple” it seems the excitement centered on their wedding day can be duplicated. While some couples renew their vows to celebrate an anniversary, this usually is only done once. A vow renewal allows them to celebrate their lives and reaffirm their promise. But no matter how much you love one another I tend to wonder if saying I do to your husband in the context of a wedding ceremony loses a little bit of magic after the second or even third time.
While I’m not closed off to the idea of a vow renewal, I would go into it knowing that for us the purpose is to celebrate our love, our marriage and our journey. And although it might be magical and special in its own right I am doubtful that it can be compared to what we both felt the very first time we looked into each other’s eyes and made our promise to one another.
David and Lauren Blair seem to have a different perspective when it comes to getting hitched. According to the New York Daily News, the two met in 1982 and two years later they were married. It was their desire to hold on to the feelings that came with the first day they said, “I do.” The couple promised each other “they would never let go of that initial moment of bliss the first time they became husband and wife.”
While many married couples are working hard to get that spark back and keep things poppin’ in their marriage it’s a wonder if the two are on to something. Perhaps I have it all wrong in thinking that initial moments of bliss can’t be recreated time and time again.
The couple indicated that they “continually share that vow experience.” The two are doing something right given they’ve been together long enough to get married over 100 times. Particularly interesting about this is the fact that Lauren initially declined her husband’s proposal.
This August they will celebrate 30 years of wedded bliss, by getting married of course. For more on this love story with what appears to be a very predictable yet happy ending visit the New York Daily News.
What are your thoughts on vow renewals? And is their such thing as saying I do too many times?
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