The big I DO took place on August 22, 2018 for the second year in a row. The Aruba Tourism Authority dubbed it Vow Renewal 2.0, and it was held on the World’s #4 Beach, spectacular Eagle Beach.
Couples from all over the globe made it to the island to renew their I Dos and participate in the fun affair, which coincided with Romance Awareness Month on the One Happy Island.
Reverend Andy Osborne conducted the official ceremony, he had some wonderful things to say to his audience, text compiled and edited by his lovely wife, Michelle. The afterparty included Carnival dancers and a traditional Hora Loca celebration with the Bamboo band.
Participants enjoyed the complimentary ceremony with champagne, hors d’oeuvres and transportation to and from the event.
Some of the couples were newlyweds, some were married for decades including two lovebirds who had spent the last 61 years together!
Ambiance and décor were inspired by real destination weddings in Aruba, Let’s Aruba did a great job, so did wedding planner Lissy Lampe, whose company Ceremonies & Celebrations in Aruba, was part of the organizing team. Couples were encouraged to embrace their inner bride and groom on the occasion and dress in white with pops of Caribbean color.
The ceremony started at 6pm, in time for a spectacular sunset with all cell phones and cameras overloading Eagle Beach’s WIFI capabilities.
The Aruba Tourism Authority reports a bigger-than-last-year event with over 200 couples, including some LGBT couples, in addition to a number of starry-eyed locals who just walked in, and joined the festivities.
Gandelman, Official Jeweler of the #ARUBAIDO
All couples renewing their vows at the Caribbean biggest renewal ceremony got an elegant blue goodie bag from Gandelman. It contained a raffle ticket for matching His & Hers Cartier bracelets. Hers was 18k yellow, pink and white gold Trinity rings on a silk cord, and His was white gold and ceramic Trinity rings on silk cord. The winners, a young honeymoon couple from Chicago who got married three days prior, were elated to present their starred winning ticket to Jonna Gandelman and collect their prize, right there on the beach, posing for a photo opportunity in front of the stage with their iconic Cartier bags.
All couples participating in the ceremony also received a voucher in their goodie bags which entitled them to a gift with purchase at Gandelman. Established in 1931, Gandelman is renowned for exclusive fine watches, jewelry and accessories, all at Caribbean duty-free prices. Built on a solid family business, Gandelman represents what is the finest in the field of luxury shopping, brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, David Yurman, Bulgari, Carrera y Carrera, Carla Amorim, Ana Morris, Pesavento, Lisa Nik, Tudor, Victorinox, jewelry and watches.