“The love story of Marie and Danny began in September of 2004, when they met at a running club in Davis. Marie was new in town and wanted to find some training buddies. She and Danny had the same pace, and they ended up running the 7-mile loop together. They became friends, but it wasn’t until a year later that they started dating.” (From their original wedding ceremony)

Over the next three years their relationship grew and deepened into love, and they were married in Sacramento on May 31, 2008.

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Photo by Christopher Kight Photographers during Marie and Danny’s 5-31-08 wedding ceremony.

During the next decade they experienced many joys and faced some challenges, as they changed employment, moved out of state, had two children, and returned to live Davis, California.

Through it all they continued to be each other’s best friend and greatest cheerleader. So as their ten-year anniversary neared they knew they wanted to renew their vows and include their children in the celebration.

Renewal Ceremony Including Children

They chose to incorporate some of the key parts of their original ceremony: Marriage Address, Promises and Vows, and a special “Hands blessing” reading.

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Marie and Danny’s wedding ceremony on May 31, 2008. Photo by Christopher Kight Photographers.

In addition, Marie and Danny wanted to include their young children, Henry and Caroline, by adding a special family ritual that would be both meaningful and brief enough to keep their attention.

I asked what activities they enjoy as a family, and when they said they particularly enjoy spending time in nature I suggested they create a family terrarium!

Family Terrarium

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Marie and Danny and their children begin creating a family terrarium!

“Marie and Danny in the years of your marriage you have not only supported each other through challenges and triumphs, but you have also created a nurturing environment for Henry and Caroline to grow and thrive in . . . they share your enthusiasm for life.

“You have told me that you enjoy taking walks together and spending time in nature as a family. And in just a few minutes you are all going to do a nature project together by building a family terrarium!”

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Building the terrarium and discussing all the special details they are adding!

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Putting the finishing touches on the family terrarium!

Looking Forward To Many More Anniversaries

“In 50 years, as they celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary, Marie and Danny expect to look at their family with pride, knowing their children were raised in a home filled with love and strong values.

“They hope to still be running together and enjoying good health. They will reminisce about their many years together, grateful for the love that has lasted and grown throughout the years.

“And they will look forward to many more years together as a happily married couple.”

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Family portrait following Danny and Marie’s Renewal of Vows ceremony.

Congratulations, Marie and Danny! Your love for one another and your continued commitment to and trust in the strength of your union inspires us and renews our faith in marriage.

May the next decade be filled with continued joy, growth, and many more reasons to celebrate your union!

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Ten-year Renewal of Vows for Danny and Marie and their children!