Over the five years they've known one another they have spent more time together in those years than many couples spend together in a lifetime. They work together and live together and yet this has brought them closer together than they ever thought possible.
They've created a strong loyal partnership and a deep and abiding friendship. We celebrate that, too, in their wedding.
A special part of Erik and Carol's exchange of vows was the Celtic Handfasting ceremony. Carol had beaded their handfasting cord in the mauve and green colors of their ceremony and it was gorgeous. I forget how many thousands of beads Carol told me was in it.
Here's a picture of their cord next to the vase that held Carol's bridal bouquet.
When Erik and Carol exchanged rings as a token and symbol of their vows, they said to one another, 'I give you this ring as a pledge of my love and as a symbol of our unity.'
After I pronounced the married with the words, 'You have formed your own union, in friendship, in respect for one another, and in love, and is it therefore my joyful task to pronounce that you are married,' they shared a wonderful kiss. My photographer friends ask me to tell the couple that a 3 second kiss is just about right if they want to get a good picture. And they got a great one.