Lisa & Rich

a surprise vow renewal at Limetree Beach, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

22 YEARS AGO, RIGHT HERE IN ST. THOMAS, RICH AND LISA MET EACH OTHER. TWO YEARS LATER, THEY WERE MARRIED. AND A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT, THEY STARTED A FAMILY.

A few months ago, Rich reached out to me. He, his wife, family, and some friends just happened to be planning a cruise that would stop in St. Thomas near his anniversary date. To make their stop in port in St. Thomas extra special, he wanted to surprise his bride-that-was with a renewal of vows ceremony.

I love surprise events, especially when the photographer has to hide in the bushes. But when photos are involved, I always caution my clients to make sure you find a way to ensure everyone is dressed their best. To do this, Rich suggested to Lisa that they schedule a family photo session while in port.

Check out these lovely photos from Savanah Loftus who was there to capture the day.

Limetree beach wedding venue in St. Thomas, USVI.
Coconut palm tree at Limetree beach, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
Wedding arch with pink, blush and white flowers and trailing greenery at Limetree beach.
Groom and his sons all wearing pink await the bride for vow renewal ceremony.
Smiling groom in pink shirt with white orchid boutonniere sees the bride for the first time at vow renewal ceremony.
Wife walks down the aisle with sons at destination vow renewal ceremony.

According to plan, Rich told Lisa that they’d be doing some family photos while in port. What a surprise to arrive to the beach and find a gorgeous ceremony set up. SURPRISE!

Originally scheduled for Magens Bay, Rich decided to change the location to Limetree beach. His reasoning was that since they met at Magens Bay, it seems right to start the new chapter of their lives with a different view.

Vow renewal ceremony at Limetree beach with Wedding Minister Island Mike, stthomasweddingofficiant.com
Bride and groom at destination vow renewal ceremony.
We still do vow renewal sign hangs from white garden chairs at beach ceremony in St. Thomas.
This couple just celebrated their 20 year vow renewal on a cruise to St. Thomas with a ceremony on the beach with Blue Sky Ceremony.
Couple toasts 20 years with Vueve champagne on the beach.
Beach vow renewal couple's portrait.
Exchanging rings at destination vow renewal.
Vow renewal couple's photography session with Savanah Loftus.
Mini wedding cake for beach vow renewal ceremony.
Couple on the beach wearing pink for vow renewal.

On this very island, I met the woman that forever changed my life. 20 years later, I am happy to say I still call her my wife. Thank you Amber for making everything so easy for me.

– RICH & LISA

Vow renewal planning with Blue Sky Ceremony.