We have attended the 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary celebration of two of our good friends, Fred and Odette, which was held in Fairmont Hotel in Ajman, UAE last Satuday. The ceremony was beautifully arranged in the garden facing the beach, complimented by a pleasant cold breeze while the celebration took place in the hotel’s grand ballroom. We were blessed to witness their renewal of ‘I dos’ and corroborate it to each other once again after 25 years with the same response of, “Yes, I still do”!
The couple, along with their children, have been residing in the UAE for almost 15 years. Their decision of celebrating their silver wedding anniversary away from home was not a very easy choice for the whole family, as most of their loved ones are back home in the Philippines. However, it is also equally important for them to celebrate it in here since being in this country that long, they had already built a close-knitted ’empire’ of good friends that had become a part of their family. So in order to make this special occasion truly unforgettable, the couple had decided to bring some of their closest family members to UAE to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Their presence had brought so much joy and emotions to the bride and groom, who were a picture of contentment and pure happiness.
I always say that weddings make me cry; including mine… I still remember one of the pictures taken during my wedding wherein some black tears were rolling down my cheeks. I thought it was a bad print, then later on I realized it was actually the color of my mascara (hahaha – classic!). Anyhow, my sentiment is not due to sadness or anything related but it’s the idea of two strangers beholding each other with a promise of ‘till death do us part’. It is that unexplained joy and unforeseen adventure of two imperfect individuals attempting to create a life together as one…isn’t that an exciting journey?! Fred and Odette have exemplified that in reality during their 25 years of marriage. Their secret revealed during their wedding vows, acknowledging the ‘one thing’ that stood as a pillar in their marriage and the source of their strength while battling all the tests and trials; it’s their relationship with God. Yes, they faced challenges of many kinds but it is their friendship with the Lord that serves as their constant aid and companion. It was the highlight of the event. Fred confidently read his vows with so much love and respect to the mother of his three children. While Odette’s pledge (though her voice was shaking in deep emotions, which by the way brought most of the guests in tears, including some of the tough men I know 🙂 ), was full of gratitude and admiration to the man who remains true to protect and provide.
Love, love, love was truly in the air that day! Couples who have attended were inspired, renewed, and rekindled while in reminiscing and definitely looking forward to their own silver wedding celebration one day! Fred and Odette’s testimony is both an encouragement and a reminder to us, who have committed to the promise of ‘till death do us part’, that keeping our marriage healthy and triumphant is not a work of two married people alone; it’s the Friendship of Three: husband, wife, and a faithful God.
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no man separate.