It was Jack + Tori’s 5 year anniversary, and they chose to celebrate it by renewing their vows at Max Patch Mountain. We met in the dusty parking lot, hiked up the Max Patch together and found a pretty spot where they read the sweetest vows to each other.
Tori arranged for a cute little picnic, so they found a spot to spread a blanket and had the yummiest bread, meat and cheese you could imagine, all from The Rhu, in Asheville, NC. (Side note: they have the coolest spot downtown for lunch or coffee and pastries, HIGHLY recommend 🙂 )
Some people will probably wonder why we chose year 5 to renew our vows instead of say 10 or 20, and I would say we chose year 5 because we said “why not.” Love deserves to be celebrated. Why postpone something that could be a beautiful memory?
So we picked a Monday evening in May to choose joy and celebrate year 5 of marriage. We wrote our own vows, got a little fancy, brought along a picnic and some cold brew, and asked our two best friends who also happened to be our best man and maid of honor at our wedding to witness.
We chose Max Patch because the views are breathtaking and provide a backdrop of something we love so much. We love the mountains and live to be outside together hiking, taking our dog on adventures, fly fishing or just getting lost on back roads. There is also something about standing on a mountaintop that leaves you in awe of what God has created, and that speaks to us.
Jack and I have been together since middle school. As you can imagine, we’ve learned a lot about each other over the years together, but the most significant lesson we learn time and time again is to always put God first in your marriage and everything else will fall into place. Love like Jesus, be kind and patient with one another, and be open. Try new things and travel together. Laugh – a lot. (It doesn’t hurt when your husband is already really funny, but don’t tell him I said that.) And lastly, take lots of pictures.