First I would like to say thanks to all of my fans for your support throughout the season. Without you the show would not be the success it has become. I really enjoyed myself this year even with all the craziness. I have received endless emails with questions on how I maintain my body. I will post my tips on my blog, but the one key was my trainer Gaby from http://infinitybody.com.
The day I renewed my vows with Mario, I felt as though I was getting married for the first time. I could have waited for a milestone anniversary, but I chose now because it felt right. I have been renewing every aspect of my life - my friendships, my career, my looks - why not renew one of the most important aspects of my life - my marriage and my relationship with my husband? In the age of high divorce rates, and complacent, loveless marriages, Mario and I have beaten the odds. We have been happily married for 18 years, which to me is wonderful, but in NYC abnormal.
The Pierre is a very special place and having the vow renewal ceremony there was a dream come true, as I wanted to get married there my first time with Mario.
The day of the ceremony I felt like a bride, but the difference was that I knew 100% Mario is the man for me and we will live happily ever after!!!
When Avery and I looked through the trifold mirror in our suite, she took my breath away. The moment was surreal and tears welled in my eyes. I saw a younger version of myself and it was as if I was seeing her for the first time as the woman she had become. I am so proud of her and the person she has become through the love Mario and I have given her. Walking down the staircase to meet Mario and Avery, I was glowing like a first-time bride. I felt more beautiful that day than the day I got married 18 years ago. I basked in the love I felt coming from all of our friends in the room. When I walked up to Mario I saw such intense love in his eyes it was caressing my entire body. I started to tremble. We each prepared our own personal vows and I was hoping I would not forget them.
When I read my vows to Avery before the ceremony she said to me, "Mom, you will not be able to say your vows, you'll start crying." So I told her if that happened she would have to take over and read from my note cards. Well I did get teary eyed, but I was was able to get through it. You didn't get to see most of Mario's vows to me. He was so emotional and what he said was so touching to me and to everyone else in the room. There was hardly a dry eye. Go to Mario's blog to read his vows, I hoped he posted it.