Mark & Jan planned a trip to Alaska to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. Mark decided to make the trip extra special and arranged a vow renewal on their anniversary while they were here – without telling Jan. He did loop her in on his scheme a few weeks before their departure date so she could plan an outfit and not be caught too off guard.
The day of the ceremony was bright and clear, perfect for the afternoon glacier cruise they booked. When we met in Girdwood at Moose Meadow for their ceremony, they told me the only thing that could make their day any more perfect was to have a dog at their ceremony because they missed their 34 – that’s right I said 34! – rescue dogs back home. If I’d known ahead of time I would have arranged for my 3 crazy K9’s to join the festivities but it was too late and we were too far from my house.
During the ceremony Mark surprised Jan again with a special sand ceremony, he had arranged in advance with Reverend Dorothy. They each poured sand from both Hawaii, where they’d had their original wedding and Alaska to represent their renewal of vows. It brought Jan to tears – and me too!
After the ceremony, just as we were about to start taking portraits, a local family arrived in the meadow with a puppy. I called out to the family, explaining that they were there for a vow renewal on their anniversary and wished they could include a dog in the event because they are animal lovers. I asked if we could borrow the puppy for a few minutes and his owner quickly agreed. She then told us that he was a rescue which made the moment even sweeter. Mark and Jan were quickly greeted with a wagging tail and slobbery kisses. It was indeed the perfect detail for their anniversary celebration!