Valentines renew vows
A married Blenheim couple marked Valentines Day today by renewing their wedding vows at Pollard Park.
Richard and Michele Ford tied the knot, again, under the park's pavilion surrounded by beautiful floral gardens.
Red carpet was rolled out over the Pollard Park bridge for Mrs Ford to walk down the aisle.
Despite the special effort, that would put many men to shame, Mrs Ford said her husband still had to work on his romantic side.
''He's not too bad,'' she said.
Mr Ford entered a radio competition giving one lucky couple the chance to reaffirm their commitment to each other on Valentines Day.
Couples had to submit their wedding vows to the More FM website to win the romantic treat.
Mrs Ford said she was shocked to get a phone call from the radio station at work on Wednesday.
''I was shocked because he only entered our vows the night before,'' she said.
The couple, who married in 2001 after meeting on a blind date, also won a romantic Valentines Day dinner-for-two at Hotel d'Urville. The prize package was sponsored by Nicolas Perez, of Harcourt's Marlborough.
They will have a chauffeur-driven limousine to pick them up and take them home.
''Normally I cook him a nice dinner so I've got the night off,'' Mrs Ford said.
Mrs Ford was walked down the aisle by their 15-year-old daughter Kaylee. She was flower girl at their original wedding.
Son Duncan, 12, was ring bearer for the day.
''Duncan was just a baby when we first married and cried through the whole ceremony with an ear infection,'' Mr Ford said.
The bride and groom said they both felt a little nervous before their Pollard Park wedding at 8.30am.
But with the ceremony over, and the register signed, it was back to work for the ''newly'' married couple.
''It's just a normal day,'' said electrician Mr Ford.
Their children were heading back to school but were happy to have the hour off.
Kaylee said she felt a bit weird during the ceremony.
''I can go into school and say, 'oh yeah, I was just at a wedding'.''
We might have to write you a note, Mrs Ford said.
The Marlborough Express