I am so honored that you stopped by today! For me, life is one big adventure and the more trips I take around the sun the more I find the beauty in each part of the journey. Whether you are blissfully engaged, happily married, preparing to bring forth new life, or find yourself rekindling the spark, we want to hear from you. It is our mission to serve and support couples no matter what stage of life you are in.
This past Sunday was an experience I will never forget. When Hannah and I first dreamed up Beyond the Vows we imagined a day of fun sessions where couples could take a break from the busyness of day to day life and focus on one another. As we completed our first two events our hearts soared with ideas and this spring we were blessed to be joined by several wonderful people who gladly joined the movement and gave of their time, talents, and support. And the result of months of planning was better than we could have ever imagined.
The lovely ladies at The Farm at Eagles Ridge were gracious hosts and we could not have asked for more perfect weather. We literally were all bouncing in our seats with excitement as we pulled in the driveway and immediately set out to begin working on creating the vision we had for our couples to experience as they joined us that day. Betsy and Paige are the kindest souls who opened their farm house and allowed us to use it as if it were our own. It was so reassuring to know that they supported this movement we feel so strongly about. I even had the chance to meet the entire family behind this beautiful farm as they were kindly putting “The Notebook Boat” in the pond for us to use!
As the couples arrived they were welcomed by our dream team and led off to a quiet space where they could begin to reflect privately on their feelings for their spouse by writing a love note to be later read during the session. And while one spouse wrote, the other got to indulge in yummy treats and cool drinks while sitting in the dining nook overlooking the immaculately landscaped property. Once the love letters were complete, we ventured outside through the blooming magnolia trees, budding weeping willows, and down by the pond. As we roamed the property taking photographs of each couple, we provided an experience to get them to connect on a deeper level. Some moments included fun prompts and exercises while others got them thinking back to that moment they first fell in love.
These sessions aren’t just about capturing beautiful photographs. They are therapeutic. They bring out those early butterflies that made you giggle when your first caught each other’s eyes in a crowded room. They take you back through time to memories you may have forgotten about that you once cherished so deeply. They may even stir strong emotions that will cause a lump in your throat and tears in your eyes. These sessions are created with you and your spouse in mind to rekindle, revive, remember, and renew.
And as each session came to a close the couples stayed to spend more time with one another whether that was sharing a drink on the back patio or going for a walk. Others also journeyed to downtown Lancaster to some of the fantastic restaurants and shops. All in all, it was a day in which each couple left feeling more deeply connected to their spouse and that left our hearts full. And as we hugged goodbye with each sweet couple we sent them with a little thank you gift that included The Navigator’s Council; a fantastic marriage workbook that myself and Hannah can attest to its greatness as we both use it with our husbands. It is our hope that each couple’s experience reignites their passion and drive to continue to invest in their marriages far beyond our event.