What’s Better Than a Five-Year Anniversary? A Surprise Valentine’s Vow Renewal!

Amber + Carlos | Feb 10, 2018

Sweet Wife Returns Husband’s Surprise Wedding with a Surprise Vow Renewal Ceremony at The Prettiest Pieces in Greensboro, North Carolina

Amber and Carlos are what married couple dreams are made of! For starters, Carlos swept Amber off her feet with not only a dream wedding, but one that was a total surprise! 

Five years ago, Carlos proposed to Amber in the winter and when she said “yes! “Carlos immediately began to toss around ideas for a New Year’s Eve wedding. Amber, thinking they would have over a year to plan, was totally on board. However, to her surprise, Carlos meant the fast-approaching New Year’s Eve of that year which was only a month away! Amber couldn’t believe it and told Carlos he was crazy. Little did she know, Carlos took that as a sweet challenge. 

That New Year’s Eve, Amber got the surprise of her life when the man of her dreams surprised her with a wedding! Carlos not only picked out a beautiful sequined dress for Amber, but he also arranged for all of their friends and family to be there. In front of their favorite people, the two were married. Their photographer shared, “He did what she thought could not be done, and what a beautiful beginning to their story it was!”

Fast forward five years, Amber and Carlos are still married and have created a beautiful life together, complete with a few adorable kids of their own! Amber is a full-time wedding photographer and Carlos has joined her to help grow their dream; and the two now own Raleigh’s first photo bus together. The two take every opportunity they can to spend time together and celebrate their love. 

Although they celebrate their love every day, they like to put in a little extra on holidays. One such holiday was this past Valentine’s Day, when Amber went above and beyond to reciprocate her love for Carlos and his fantastic wedding day surprise. She got together with fellow vendors in the wedding industry to create an amazing surprise of her own! 

The weekend before Valentine’s Day, the two headed from Raleigh to Greensboro for what Carlos thought was going to be a romantic lunch date. When the two arrived in town, they stopped by The Prettiest Pieces to see a friend at which point Amber left the room for a moment, leaving Carlos a little bit confused. Cue the photography and videography team! They walked in to the room and began capturing the sweet moments leading up to Amber’s big surprise. 

One of the photographers handed Carlos a card from Amber that read “My Love” and he was asked to read it aloud. As he did, tears began flowing down his cheeks; Amber had surprised him with a vow renewal in front of their family and friends! 

The gorgeous space had been transformed with rose, blush, burgundy, and golden hues plus touches of vintage pieces. Shiny gold candlesticks and copper accents added a rich, warm feel while flickering lanterns and lush flowers added to the romantic Valentine’s Day mood. Drapery in various colors and textures added an element of soft drama to the setting and rose-colored sequined runner accents added a touch of glamour. 

Amber looked stunning in a long-sleeved soft-pink tulle gown while her husband looked handsome in a burgundy suit. The pair renewed their vows under a simple copper square archway decorated with two beautiful greenery displays full of blooming pink roses and burgundy floral accents. Their friends and family surrounded them, seated on vintage sofas and chairs. Everyone was all tears and smiles as a two-piece acoustic band performed renditions of Ed Sheeran and the duo exchanged words of love and continuing affirmation to each other. 

After the ceremony, everyone sipped delicious blush-colored cocktails from the fabulous bar and celebrated the milestone! It was such a gorgeous affair from its surprise start to confetti filled-end – Amber and Carlos couldn’t have asked for a better way to renew their vows!

Thought this couple couldn’t get any sweeter? To celebrate their fifth year of marriage, these lovebirds vowed ot take more photos together so they decided to participate in a 12x12 photo challenge – 12 photoshoots in 12 months with 12 different photographers. So cute and fun (and we have featured a few of them HERE and HERE!).

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