I created this book as a unique guest register for a renewal of vows ceremony. I made the last four pages at the back with lines and sections for all the guests to leave their special messages. It caused lots of laughter and comments as people flicked through - reading the stories and looking at the pictures covering the couple's life together. And then I made another copy of the book for the mum of the 'bride' with special pictures and a poem just for her.
A couple who are renewing their vows next month have chosen to have a book made as a really special guest register for their celebration, tracing their 25 years together.
It's a wonderful journey, not just down memory lane, but a chance for them both to see how much they've learnt, changed and grown over the years. It hasn't all been plain sailing. Life and relationships never are, but they've worked hard to ensure they not only constantly challenge each other but also spend time nurturing their love. Hearing their stories and putting them into both a ceremony and a book have been a wonderful learning experience for me. I've been reminded how vital it is never to take anything for granted and to work hard for the things that are are important in life.
Rebecca Skinner has been a journalist and editor for more than 30 years working in newspapers, magazines, TV and radio. Her caring nature enables her to put people quickly at ease to help prompt their memories. As a writer she can weave anyone's story into a professionally written and produced book that makes compelling reading.