A vow renewal is a way for a couple to celebrate their marriage with a party like a wedding but without the big dress or clergy. Often couples plan one to mark a milestone like an anniversary. High-profile celebrities do it, too. Is it a curse or a coincidence that within a year of the vow renewal, many boldface names split — or was their vow renewal a last-ditch attempt to save a dying relationship?
Married in 1977, John Edwards (59) and Elizabeth Edwards arrived in the national spotlight in 2004, when he became the Democratic vice presidential nominee. We swooned over their love story, college sweethearts whose union remained strong despite the loss of their firstborn. We loved that he was prettier than she, and it didn't seem to matter. We were saddened when she revealed her breast cancer diagnosis. On their 30th anniversary, they renewed their vows. The couple legally separated in 2010, after news of John Edwards' affair with Rielle Hunter broke. Elizabetth died later that year at the age of 61.