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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Love in the Hills! ~ 2014 ~ Renew Your Wedding Vows for FREE!

This Valentine’s Day (Friday), February 14, 2014 married couples from all over the United States will be gathering at Fountain Hills Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona (a shade east of the Greater Phoenix area) to help us exceed the Guinness Book of World Records for the most couples Renewing their Marriage Vows as the same time.

This was the scene on Valentine’s Day in 2013!


I will be performing a very “romantic” Renewal of Vows Ceremony for more than 1088 couples in the amphitheater near “The Fountain” of Fountain Hills, Arizona as nearly 2,500 others observe this incredible Celebration of Love Event. At 560 Feet, being one of the “World’s Highest Fountains” it is 5 feet taller than Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Fountain Park is a 64-acre passive recreation area and anchor to the town center.

Sami Fine Jewelry, plus our amazing “Love in the Hills” sponsors, plan to exceed the Guinness Book of World Records! Sami Fine Jewelry will be hosting the second annual “Love in the Hills”, the largest, most romantic and most beautiful vow renewal ceremony in the world!

As of 2012, the “Miami Merger Moment”, held on June 20th 2009, renewed the vows of 1,087 couples. Deemed, the “Queen of Marketing”, Stephenie Bjorkman, owner of Sami Fine Jewelry, claims that Sami’s event, “Love in the Hills”, will exceed that record!

Bjorkman is currently working day and night to assemble her troop of local businesses to help put together this amazing event. We are thrilled that the Town of Fountain Hills has donated the Fountain Hills Park as the ceremony location. The park features over 35 acres of turf, and has been named one of the most beautiful wedding locations in Arizona. “The Fountain Hills park is the perfect location for the vow renewal ceremony. Not only is it beautiful, but the park can easily hold thousands of people”, says Bryan Hughes, Supervisor of Recreation for the Town of Fountain Hills. “Besides, who wouldn’t want to renew their vows with the World Famous Fountain in the background?” exclaims Hughes.

Reminder: You must register to participate and to be eligible for the prizes! Details below.


LoveintheHillsLogo2014Sami Fine Jewelry was named One of America’s Top 5 Cool Jewelry Stores by Instore Magazine. This second generation jewelry store knows how to pamper their clients with unique jewelry designs, customer service to the max, and fun events. Sami Fine Jewelry offers a wide variety of fine jewelry, that will hit the mark for all of your jewelry needs. Discriminating buyers around the world have sought out original Sami designs to add to their jewelry collection. Known for their customer service, Sami’s “romantic advisers” are always ready to help you find the perfect gift for every occasion. For more information on Sami Fine Jewelry, visit or call 480-837-8168.

Town of Fountain Hills ~ The Town of Fountain Hills community service department is responsible for providing safe and accessible recreation services for all age groups. Community services include senior programs, adult and youth sports, pre-school programs, cultural programs, teen services, outdoor programs, special events, special interest classes, adult education classes, and after school programs. The department also oversees a growing trails system. For more information on the Town of Fountain Hills, visit or call 480-816-5100.

Larry James, Award Winning Wedding Officiant, Professional Speaker, Relationship Coach, and author of the book “How to Really Love the One You’re With,” was interviewed by Barbara Walters on ABC TVs “The View,” and will again be the honored Wedding Officiant for the event. Larry has performed wedding and renewal of vows ceremonies for more than 600 couples and has won numerous awards for his ceremonies. “I can’t wait to make this the largest celebration of love in the United States and exceed the Guinness Book of World Records,” say James. He is also President of and

Curtis Whipple ~ Award winning DJ and Entertainer, Curtis Whipple, will provide the music and sound equipment.

Sara Goodnick Photography ~ Sara Goodnick is a portrait photographer for those who love the classic, timeless look. Families, children, and pets are specialties, as well as business portraits for the working professional. Each portrait is planned and designed especially for each client, working together to create personal art for the home. She is a Certified Professional Photographer, Member of the Professional Photographers of America, the Arizona Professional Photographers Association, and a volunteer trip leader with the Arizona Highways Photo Workshops.)

Nick Laessig Photography ~ From landscape, portraits, to commercial and real estate photography, Nick Laessig can do it all. Proudly serving the Fountain Hills area, as well as Scottsdale and Rio Verde.)

Lexington Hotel and Suites/Holiday Inn ~ Award-winning Holiday Inn Hotel and Resort, located in Fountain Hills, with their stunning oversized hotel rooms and breathtaking views of the world-famous Fountain, is offering special rates for Love in the Hills participants as well as dining specials at Fireside Grill inside the hotel. They are just minutes away from the Mayo Clinic, Ft. McDowell Casino, McDowell Mountain Park, Saguaro Lake, and Taliesin West. Other major attractions include the Golf Club at Eagle Mountain, SunRidge Canyon Golf Cours, Desert Canyon Golf Course, and We-Ko-Pa Golf Course.)

Fireside Grill and Bar ~ This hotel restaurant serves a delicious menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menu items include egg dishes, baked goods,appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, pizza, American grill items and daily specials.)

Plaza Fountainside ~ Plaza Fountainside is a unique retail destination offering ample opportunity to dine, shop and play in the shadow of Fountain Hills’ world famous fountain towering 560 feet overhead. At Plaza Fountainside, you will find great restaurants, unique shopping, and top-tier professional and personal services with unparalleled vistas in a hometown atmosphere. 12645 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

Watch a 17 minute video of the 2013 “Love in the Hills” Event:

Event Timeline:
4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Couples check in at registration tent
5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Winner of prize baskets announced, plus giveaways!
5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. – Vow renewal ceremony with Larry James begins
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Enjoy your visit to Fountain Hills! Holiday Inn and Fireside Grill will have special rates and offers, and Plaza Fountainside is nearby with dining, ambiance and breathtaking views!

No matter where you live… you are invited. In 2013 we had people as far away as Holland and from all over the U.S. (Alaska, Florida, Connecticut, Ohio, and many more), not just Arizona! There are hotels nearby. Fountain Hills, AZ is a shade east of Phoenix.


Gather all your married friends together for a Valentine’s Day event you will always remember… and renew your wedding vows for FREE! Major hotels are nearby. Everyone – married or not – is invited to come and be a part of the gigantic event. Make your reservations TODAY! There will be specials from local restaurants so you can take your sweetheart to dinner after the event. No special papers to bring, just be there and invite all your friends. Register at:

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Special request: Please help us get the word out to married couples all over the U.S. by passing the link to this blog post to your friends! We look forward to seeing you on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014.


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Copyright © 2014 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: Check Larry’s availability.

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