Meadow Springs residents reaffirm their love with vow renewal

Loretta Westscott with husband Brad Westscott. Photo: Ben Law of iDoWeddings Photography.
Loretta Westscott with husband Brad Westscott. Photo: Ben Law of iDoWeddings Photography.

Meadow Springs resident Loretta Westscott married her husband Brad, who dressed as Zorro on the day, at their surprise wedding 17 years ago.

“Walking down the aisle to see my husband dressed in a nice suit for our recent vow renewal, and not as Zorro, was wonderful,” Ms Westscott said.

According to Mrs Westscott, renewing your vows makes you realise what’s important in life.

“You realise how grateful you are for the people around you and lets family and friends know you are still committed,” she said.

The pair have had six children together, one a stillborn.

The five remaining children were part of the bridal party of the vow renewal day.

“It was wonderful to capture the day with such wonderful photos,” she said.

“We have fantastic photos of the whole family looking and feeling a million dollars.”

Registered celebrant Camille Tangney said the choice to renew vows stemmed from the context behind why the couple choose to in the first place.

“It’s a choice as there is nothing legal about renewing vows,” she said,

“When people love each other and they want to express that publicly to their family and friends after being married for a certain amount of time, it’s something they want to do themselves.

“Renewing vows is really no benefit.”

However, Relationships Australia WA clinical training manager Frederika Davies said it’s important couples had a conversation before choosing to renew vows to see if it would strengthen their relationship or not.

“If people are having trouble in their relationship and think renewing wedding vows would fix things that’s unrealistic,” she said.

“When you’re renewing your marriage vows what’s it’s saying is you’re still committed to the relationship.

“If a couple is having trouble in their marriage then they need to find ways first to communicate respectfully and with equality and then maybe consider vow renewal.”