Celebrating 30 Years of Adventure and Romance…Steve & Judy Sparks renew vows at Cannon Beach, Oregon

by | Apr 23, 2014

Inn at Cannon Beach…


Friends of Haystack Rock…


Friends of Haystack Rock fosters stewardship and promotes harmonious living with the natural world by opening minds to the wonders of Haystack Rock through education, exploration and discovery.


Photo by Lisa, Haystack Rock Awareness Guide…April 22, 2014



Our expression of love and friendship on this occasion… “Dreams, Hope, Love.”


Judy and I renewed our vows the first time when we celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary while living in Leavenworth, Wa.  Judy was totally surprised because it happened during church services on a Sunday.  I secretly talked to our priest and arranged it without anyone knowing it.  During the homily, Father Maury, started talking about marriage and asked us to come up to renew our vows.  No question about it, Judy, and everyone else in church was taken by surprise!  It was a wonderful and memorable experience looking into Judy’s eyes, both of us with tears of love.  I even had a hard time repeating the vows of marriage on queue!

This time we casually talked about the timing of renewing our vows after 30 years of marriage.  But Judy left it up to me to make it happen.  As soon as we arrived I called Rev. Christina Irvine, Coastal Weddings, to set it up for this day at 5pm.  And it is a secret as of now until this post is published later today after the ceremony.

We both feel very lucky and blessed to have each other.  Our life together has seen ups and downs like everybody else.  Our long friendship and unconditional love has been like Haystack Rock here in Cannon Beach, Oregon…  So, it is fitting that we picked this beautiful place on the coast of Oregon not too far from home to renew our life together in marriage.   We continue to see our future together with “dreams, hope, and love” as in the glass heart in the above photo.  We treasure the memories of an abundance of adventure and romance over the years.  And for today it is “U & Me” just like the license plate reads in the same photo above.  Judy and I have each other always and forever.

Steve & Judy Sparks, married April 21, 1984…

Kissing the bride!

Kissing the bride!

Steve & Judy after the ceremony...Inn at Cannon Beach

Steve & Judy after the ceremony…Inn at Cannon Beach


Steve & Judy and   Rev. Christina Irvine www.mycoastalwedding.com

Steve & Judy with Rev. Christina Irvine




About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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