Sonoma Mission Inn | 20 yr Vows!

There has been so much romance in the air lately and it completely warms my heart! Meet Carl & Sylvia, a couple who married 20 years ago but act like newlyweds, who are living and raising their family in Las Vegas yet chose Sonoma as the location for their big 20 year anniversary.  The kicker...Carl put together an amazing surprise vow renewal for Sylvia, complete with the stunning location of Sonoma Mission Inn, gorgeous Anne Appleman flowers and of course the talents of Kimberly Thompson officiating.

Catherine (SMI), Kimberly and I were standing in a quaint garden setting ready to surprise the couple (well actually just Sylvia).  As they approached, Sylvia turned to Carl and said, "I wonder what's going on over there?"  Even though he knew the real answer, he replied with a calm, "I don't know.  Let's go over and see."  So romantic!!  Sylvia was so surprised and she instantly started tearing up with joy.  And if all of that wasn't enough, Carl took her dress shopping so she had something new to wear for the occasion, and also gave her a stunning new diamond ring.  Way to go Carl!!

Nov. 2,  A very nice email from Sylvia:

Hi Megan,

I am still in such shock from the amazing surprise my precious Carl was able to pull off last week!  I didn't think it was possible to love him any more than I already did...but, after his surprise 20th anniversary vow renewal ceremony...I can honestly say I do!  I fell madly in love all over again and even more deeply with my fabulous husband.

We just finished looking at the pictures and can't thank you enough for capturing all of the fun moments.  You did an outstanding job of capturing all of the many emotions that we felt that afternoon.  From the beauty of the grounds at the Fairmont, to the shock on my face, to the tears, smiles on both of our faces, and even guffaws!  You are a tremendously talented photographer, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing your special gift of seeing the "real" moments through your lens with us.  We will treasure these photos forever, Megan.

Take care and know that you are truly appreciated!

Fondly, Carl and Sylvia

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