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!
Darrel the groom's special boutonnière waits to be put on his lapel.
A basket for Darrel and Mitchi's cards for the 50th anniversary celebration.
A rose decorate the table symbolizing their 50 years together.
Love is patient and kind. Love it is not envious or boastful … special rings with a special verse.
There are many special moments — add in the something borrowed: a neckless and bracelet from the daughters into the bouquet; something old — a hanky from mother; new and blue a— an amazing dress and a beautiful bouquet. Then add in a six-pence in the shoe. . . It worked 50 years ago — and, just to make sure, they added the same one for the shoe at the 50th anniversary.
From Darrel’s expression, it’s probably as exciting as it was 50 years ago!
Walking down the aisle is just as magical, and having your daughters walk you down, makes the moment even more special.
Touch of their hands is so special for Darrel and Mitchi.
Mitchi listens to her husband's renewal of their vows.
Darrel works his way through his own vows, written by himself for the occasion.
Mitchi's daughters and granddaughters served as her bridesmaids.
Darrel and Mitchi have been together for years, and have amazing daughters and grandchildren, we were privileged to photograph their 50th anniversary and renewal of vows at the Lane Christian Church.
Darrel puts Mitchi's special 50 anniversary wedding band on her finger
A kiss for his bride.
Laughing in joy after the kiss.
Emerging from the chapel at Lane Christian Church after their renewal of vows.
Grandchildren walk down the aisle after the ceremony.
Our lovely couple embracing with their new rings, to finish the celebration.
Cutting the cake, again… just as special as it was the first time, but when you know the baker, it makes it even more special.
Mitchi and Darrel enjoying their cake.
When the groom gets to hold the flowers and see’s his lovely lady. . .
Who says the formal, family photos have to be boring! Mitchi has fun with her girls.
Darrel and his boys.
Darrel and his girls pose during their formal photos.
Darrel and Mitchi's signing canvas is filled with friends and relatives names.
Exchanging vow’s for the first time, or after 50 years, it still means as much now, if not more, now after 50 years.