High School Sweethearts Finally Get Dream Wedding After 21 Years of Marriage: It Was 'Emotional'
Kristin and Jeff were all smiles as they renewed their vows in a sweet ceremony sponsored by Hallmark
Kristin and Jeff Colburn had just graduated high school when they said their “I dos” in front of family and friends in 1997.
“My husband was in the military, I was only 17,” Kristin, now 39, tells PEOPLE. “It just seemed so rushed and as soon as we got married we were moving right away to [Joint Base Andrews] in Maryland where he was stationed. It was kind of a whirlwind. It was a quick moment in our lives.”
With that, the Hinsdale, New York, couple began their lives together, welcoming three children over the years. But Kristin has always wanted to redo their big day, so the mom of three didn’t hesitate when she came across Hallmark’s “Making up for Missed Moments” contest.
Sponsored by Hallmark Cards, Inc, the contest provided couples with a chance at a do-over for those “missed moments” or those that didn’t go as planned the first time.
“It was sometime in the beginning of November that I saw it online and I entered,” Kristin tells PEOPLE, noting that contest officials called her just days before Christmas with good news. “I didn’t really think we had a chance to win but we did! I was super surprised and a little shocked. I didn’t completely believe it at first.”
But there was no doubt in her mind on Jan. 12, when she and Jeff were flown to Kansas City, Missouri, where they were treated to lunch and Kristin had her makeup done before renewing their vows.
“Hallmark sent us questionnaires to fill out then they took that information and they rewrote our vows for us,” Kristin gushes. “They were perfect. They captured everything that we wanted to say to each other and it was great.”
Photos from the sweet ceremony showed Kristin and Jeff smiling in front of an arch made of flowers and a table full of candles.
“It was awesome. My husband and I were very emotional during it and it was just something very special. I’m glad we got the opportunity to do it. We got to do a unity candle together and we had a great four-course dinner they prepared for us.”