I had an incredible time with Carl and Abby. After doing some investigation, we found a spot in Waimea where these two could truly be the only ones in sight for their Hawaii elopement. What I loved most about it was their decision to read their vows to each other in private instead of during their ceremony. A quick tip if you plan to elope is to consider waiting to share your vows after your ceremony. I personally love it when my couples choose to share their vows when it’s just the two of them (and I :)! Handwrite those suckers on a piece of paper or a beautiful leather journal.
Need a recommendation for a leather journal? Well, I’m glad you asked! Here is my favorite! The Travelers Notebook. These are Japanese-made journals that are so beautiful! This journal is actually a passport holder that doubles as a notebook.
Having troubles on where to start when it comes to writing your vows? Keep reading for my 5 steps to writing intimate, meaningful and from the heart vows for your love.
Begin with something you can easily recall. The moment you first met your partner. How you felt, what you were doing, your first impression. I love looking back and remembering when my husband and I first saw each other and how significant of a moment that was. This is a great place to start when writing your vows.
This isn’t something we always share with our partner. Or maybe for some of us, we haven’t fully taken the opportunity to reflect and answer this question for ourselves. But the exercise of discovering when this moment was for you and being able to share that with your partner will be so meaningful to you both.
Can you recall a time in your dating relationship where you went through something so hard and realized you couldn’t have made it through that difficult season without your partner? For me, it was when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I needed my husband in that season than many others. Or when our children had health emergencies. Life throws us some massive, painful curve balls, and we cling to those we trust and love most. Take some time to reflect on what that is for you.
Turn off your devices, get away from distractions and take a good 2-3 (or more) hours to reflect on your relationship with your partner and why you have chosen them as your partner for life! Marriage can get so painfully hard. Make it a practice from the very beginning in knowing your “Why” behind why you love and are committed to this person. Write your vows by hand! It’s just another way to slow things down and adds an extra element of intentionality and meaning.
Instead of a traditional vow, write your 3 favorite things you love most about the other and explain why! My husband and I did this for our wedding. We gave our answers to our officiant ahead of time, and then our officiant read our answers aloud to our guests and us! This was our FAVORITE part of our ceremony! We were laughing and crying all at the same time. Sometimes simply reflecting on why you love your partner so much flippin much can be just as meaningful! Happy writing!
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