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Renewal of vows for Darrel and Mitchi

You could say Darrel and Mitchi’s celebration was 50 years in the making.

And you’d be right, as 50 years ago on November 30, 1968, the couple held a special ceremony and became husband and wife. Darrel was still in the US Air Force at that time and taking a bit of time off for their wedding celebration.

Now, they had their children and grandchildren serving as their bridal party. Mitchi walked down the aisle being lead by her daughters.

But some things were just the same — down to the six pence that was preserved from their wedding day years ago. Adding in a few more things . . . something old? Her grandmother’s hanky. Borrowed? Her daughter’s jewelry. Blue? Her dress.

Their renewal of vows took place at Lane Christian Church — where Mitchi and Darrel arrived early on Friday to set up. Grimsley’s Flowers of Clinton brought gorgeous bouquets and more to make it all prettier.

Banners were hung and the cake (created by one of Mitchi’s former students) laid out for their family and friends later that evening. Dinner was at Cinco De Mayo in Clinton. Then followed by a trip to Lane to find a church with guests already arriving for the nuptials.

They dressed, with their family helping them get ready. And then took a trip to the church proper and, with Rev. Jim Kilson presiding, Mitchi and Darrel exchanged personally written vows to each other.

More than a few tears were shed . . . along with a few laughs, grins and kisses.

The day was perfect, with blue skies and warmer weather making sure all their guests could make the trip on a Friday from places across the United States. Family came in from Arizona — with one grandson making a last minute appearance after his classes ended at the University of Iowa.

Yes, 50 years in the making. Congratulations to Mitchi and Darrel!

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