As Valentine’s Day approached, I was excited to interview a couple who have taken the meaning of love and commitment to a new and wonderful level.
The past three years, I had noticed on social media a couple who were posting pictures of their various weddings as they continued to recommit to one another on a regular basis.
I hope their story inspires those looking for love and provides hope to those in long-term relationships who may need a little spark to reignite their commitment.
Three years ago, Marc Markwell was divorced and raising his then-3-year-old daughter. He was not looking for love and just wanted to spend time with his daughter and focus on his career. At the same time, Jennifer Rogers had never been married and was focused on her grandmother, who was living with her.
Marc, who serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club, was encouraged by another board member to meet a woman who he considered the “perfect fit” for Marc. Marc was not immediately interested, but there were six people gathered at the meeting when his friend encouraged him to meet her, so Marc agreed he would call her.
About one and a half weeks later, Marc finally had the courage to make the call. Jennifer and Marc agreed to meet for drinks at Whispering Vine. Their connection was instant and they spent their time together laughing and enjoying a mutual sense of humor that was important to both of them.
The next night, Marc and Jennifer would go to dinner at 4th Street Bistro, and their connection was obvious. Marc felt that Jennifer broke down the wall he had built around himself. Their communication came naturally and they both realized that night that they would either get married or end up with broken hearts.
Two months later, Marc informally told Jennifer that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her and just knew that it was right. On a family trip, Marc planned out a more formal proposal in a park but was derailed by a deep cut to his hand and a tooth infection that required a doctor visit. He didn’t want any more time to pass, so on the way back from a late dinner, he proposed to her walking back to their hotel.
Marc believes he has proposed 100 times since that first night he knew he wanted Jennifer to be his wife. They got married on July 27, 2014, but they both knew they wanted to continue to marry each other as often as possible. So they have:
- July 27, 2014, their first wedding at Emerald Bay, attended by Marc and Jennifer with the minister and the photographer.
- Aug. 31, 2014, at Burning Man, attended by 15 friends
- Jan. 25, 2015, at Lake Tahoe, attended by Marc and Jennifer with the minister and the photographer.
- July 25, 2015, at Snow’s Catholic Church. They wanted to exchange vows in front of God and honor their faith – attended by 150 people.
- Oct. 6, 2015, in Santorini, Greece, attended by Marc and Jennifer.
- Oct, 12, 2015, in Venice, Italy, renewed vows in the San Clemente Palace Monastery Church.
- Feb. 14, 2016, at Northstar, attended by Marc and Jennifer with the minister and the photographer.
- May 23, 2016, in Las Vegas at the Graceland’s wedding chapel, attended by a small group of friends.
- July 27, 2016 at Wolf Run, Marc’s daughter married them.
- Jan. 1, 2017, in Disneyland, attended by Mark, Jennifer and Marc’s daughter.
- Jan. 20, 2017, in New Orleans, attended by Marc and Jennifer with the minister and the photographer.
Each wedding brings a different location and great memories and the renewal of their vows. They often write new vows or get them from others. During the work week, friends often ask them if they got married that weekend. They both love the weddings, which they say keep them centered and focused.
They also can look back at the pictures with a sense of gratitude for the love they have found. Jennifer’s grandparents were married almost 65 years, and her grandmother passed away recently. Her grandmother had the opportunity to see her granddaughter find her true soulmate and to be a part of many of the weddings.
Marc’s daughter loves the weddings, and Marc hopes they will show her what to expect from real love and commitment when she grows up.
I loved interviewing both of them and I could hear in their answers their love for each other and so much patience and understanding. I actually have known Marc since I was about 12 years old and couldn’t be happier that he found his true love.
For those of us that have, we know it is a treasure to fight for, and while getting married frequently may not work for everyone, the importance of highlighting your commitment towards one another can help you remember why you fell in love in the first place.
This Valentine’s Day, maybe you should consider reciting vows to one another if you are married and want to recommit. If you are single, know that true love can find you when you least expect it, and you have to break down your walls to let it in. Happy Valentine’s Day to my husband, Chris! I dug out our vows from nine years ago and am looking forward to us reading them to each other.
Katie Coombs is the host of the radio show “Uncommon Sense with Katie Coombs.” You can reach her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UncommonSenseKC/.