Maui, Hawaii 2007 Thursday
August 16th

Our 38th Anniversary

August 16, Our 38th Anniversary. When we made the decision to renew our wedding vows in Maui, we did tons of research on the Internet, and finally decided on Reverend Marc Grodan (A Promise Made in Paradise) to officiate the ceremony. Not only did he appear to have a lovely Vow Renewal ceremony, but he was reasonably priced and would take pictures with our camera (a big plus). We met him at Denny's Restaurant in Kihei at 8:30 AM, and followed him to our ceremony location, a beautiful beach called Po'olenalena Beach in Wailea. Our vows encompassed both the traditional, religious and the Hawaiian ceremony. We began with a ceremonial Hawaiian lei exchange, and then followed with the following vows.

Aloha. Before God we are gathered here today for marriage is one of His most sacred wishes. Now, He joins you in one of His holiest of bonds. Oh Lord, hear our prayers for Ellis and Ginny who today are reunited in marriage before You. May You give them Your Blessings & always strengthen their love for each other. Amen.

I find some likeness between marriage and religion. They are both concerned with the emergence of the larger self. It is the finding of one's life by losing it. Such is the privilege of Husband and Wife, to be each himself, herself and yet another, to face the world strong with the strength of two, wise with the wisdom of two and brave with the courage of two. The high and fine art of married life is in this mutual enrichment, mental and spiritual, this give and take between two personalities. You are about to enter into a union which is most sacred and most serious, requiring of those who enter into it a complete and unreserved giving of self. It will bind you together for life in a relationship so close and so intimate that it will profoundly affect your whole future. That future with its hopes and disappointments, its successes and its failures, its pleasures and its pains, its joys and its sorrows are hidden from your eyes. Love can make it easy, perfect Love can make it a joy. May, then, this Love with which you join your hands and hearts today never fail, but grow deeper and stronger as the years go by.

In the quiet of this very special moment we pause to give thanks for all the rich experiences of life that have brought you to this high point in your lives. We are especially grateful for the values that have flowed into you from those who have loved you along life's way. We are grateful that within you is the dream of a great Love and the resources to use that Love in creating a Home that has and shall endure. We are grateful for the values which you have found by your own strivings. Now, as you make your promises to each other again, may you make them with the deepest insight into their meaning and with your fullest sincerity. May this be the beginning and continuation of a relationship that will grow and mature with each passing year until the latter days become more wonderful than the first. I ask you each to now agree to the marriage vows.

Ellis, do you take Ginny for your lawfully wedded Wife, to Love and cherish from this day forward, for better or for worse for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health? "I DO!" Ginny, do you take Ellis for your lawfully wedded Husband, to Love and cherish from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health? "AND OBEY, I DO!" The hand offered by each of you is an extension of Self, just as is your mutual Love. Cherish and touch, for you touch not only your own but another Life. Be every sensitive to it's pulse. Seek always to understand and respect its rhythm. At this time I ask that you place the marriage rings in my hand. May the Lord bless these rings. Ellis, as you place Ginny's ring on her finger I ask that you repeat these words, "With this ring, I thee again wed". Ginny, as you place Ellis's ring on his finger I ask that you repeat these words, "With this ring I thee again wed". May you always share with each other the gifts of Love and be One in heart and always beautiful of mind. May you always create a Home together that puts in your hearts Love, generosity and kindness. In Hawaiian they say 'Pili olua e', 'you two are now one'. Haku e kau i malama lama O kona maka maluna. May the Lord bless you and keep you and may he shine upon you. And so by the power vested in me by the state of Hawaii, I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU HUSBAND AND WIFE, AGAIN. You may kiss the Bride. . . again . .

Upon completion of the ceremony Reverend Marc took the pictures seen here. He is also a professional photographer, and these were all taken in less than five minutes. We stayed and took a few more after he left.

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Wailea Golf Club

We stopped for a wedding breakfast at The Seawatch Restaurant, located in the Wailea Golf Club. The food was wonderful and the view from the terrace restaurant was spectacular. Very romantic!

And there were lots of little birds to feed.

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Old Lahaina Luau

For our wedding reception we decided to attend the Old Lahaina Luau. Where else can you have a party for 400, with all the trimmings, and only cost to us was for the bride and groom (us)? This was by far the best wedding reception we ever attended. Acclaimed as Hawaii's most authentic luau, the Old Lahaina Luau offers a unique experience. Individual fresh flower lei greetings, personalized souvenir programs, spectacular oceanfront grounds, the unearthing of the roasted pig from a traditional "imu", and a delectable feast presented buffet style, an open bar all night, and great service were just the beginning.

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We sat on mats at short tables. This they call "traditional matt seating", and the stage was right in front of us. Our table consisted of four couples, the other three all on their honeymoons. So we were a table of all "newlyweds". We had a great time.

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Old Lahaina Luau