We Tied the Celtic Knot on Yule

Some of you already knew and maybe some of you wondered: David and I tied the Celtic knot on Yule. Literally: our rings are from Dublin.

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Since we began our relationship as housemates, we have never not lived together, but a series of both subtle and not-so-sublte synchronicities recently revealed to us the time, manner and place of our sacred union.

We wanted our ceremony completely private, just between us, and I am not a wedding kind of gal. I’ve often said, “The only way I would have a wedding would be on Halloween so that everyone’s in costume, obviously reflecting their respective roles.” All true, but we wanted more than a courthouse experience to sanctify our marriage. Heaven, Earth and especially the Faery Realm aligned. It just so happened that we got married at midweek, at dusk, on Winter Solstice, by a hearth, as close as possible to the Indiana-Michigan state line, in a very Faery, highly liminal ceremony led by a fellow Reiki Master Teacher and her lovely daughter (also a Reiki Master Teacher).

In case we needed anymore sync winks, our officiant’s leaf earrings nearly matched the new Elven necklace I wore for the occasion, and the first photo of us as a married couple has the same time stamp as my birth date. A giant, antique clock behind us confirms that time stamp, even if iPhone snapshots didn’t.

When David’s coworkers first learned we were having a private ceremony, they generously gifted us an hour with Carla of Behind the Lens Photography, whom they originally intended to send to our actual marriage event. We both thought photos would be fun, but we wanted to maintain the uninterrupted sacredness of the ceremony itself. Grateful to have photos to share, though, we opted to have these taken before our ceremony … and what better location than a theater whose costumes and roles make it Halloween every day?!

We had a great time inside and outside the restored, historic Goshen Theater. We’ll get access to those photographs in a week or two, and I might share some of them here for people wanting to see us together. We will keep the photos immediately following our ceremony for family (by birth or otherwise). Here are some iPhone photos we’ve agreed to share:

First, the one my sweet faery twin, Tania Marie has dubbed “Marylin Faery”:

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When David saw my dress on the way to the theater, he said, “It almost looks like Marylin Monroe above the vent,” so when I got startled by the heat coming on, he couldn’t help laughing and taking photos as our photographer began setting up for our shoot. Apparently, “Marylin Faery” now pops up whenever I text Tania — and btw, for any other vegans or vegetarians out there, that is faux fur, much appreciated during our outside snow shots!

Phoebe of Flowers by Phoebe did a beautiful job making both a boutonniere for David and a seasonal bouquet for me:

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We changed and ate dinner at our favorite restaurant in South Bend, and then finished with a gluten-free, “bee-gan” buche de noel (Yule log) wedding cake, I had made for us the day before:

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Although we had spoken of getting married “at some point,” everything came together in only three weeks, so we took a mini-honeymoon at Haus Am See. We already have some big events and shifts intended for 2017, to which our marriage is apparently a key, so we look forward to seeing how and where the longer honeymoon plays out. Meanwhile, we’re both so grateful for a day that was everything we’d hoped and more, with synchronicities galore.

Jolly Yule, Blessed Solstice, Merry Christmas, and Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Boxing Day with warmest wishes from the lovebirds at Faery Hof and Haus Am See!

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62 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mia Feroleto on December 23, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Just beautiful!

    Congratulations Laura, to you and David. What a perfect way to end one year and begin another.

    Love to you both,
    Mia

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  2. What a lovely surprise to see this today! A very warm congratulations to you both, yuletide newlyweds Laura and David! May your union be forever blessed, in every imaginable way… ❤ Much love always, Diana

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  3. Posted by Sophia Sutton on December 23, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Oh, Happy Happy JOY JOY! Congratulations on your sacred union with David. I am so happy for you. You looked radiantly beautiful…as always! May you live long and prosper! : ) Craig and I just celebrated our first anniversary on the Winter solstice. We had our sacred union ceremony in our friend’s prairie labyrinth out in the country outside of KC….a wonderful day! Love and blessings to you both! Sophia

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  4. yay!!! so glad the faery’s out of the bag now so i don’t have to be sneaky faery lol! so happy for you both and that i now have a faery brother in law that i love to go with the faery sis i adore!! yay!!! sending so much love from all of us and an extra nose wiggle and snuggle from sweet cosmo who has been such a big part of everything for us all. so grateful for our connection so i could still be with you for your special day ❤ enjoy the gifties and we'll have to have a big in person celebration again soon!! i love you! here's to the best year yet!! magickal blessings to you and D!

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  5. Posted by seattle72 on December 23, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Beautiful!!! Congrats to you both! 💙💙💙

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  6. Congratulations Laura and David!

    Thank you for sharing this magickal event with us! Now I get to see the rings😃 They are lovely and uniquely you. You look extremely happy and enchanted. An amazing snow goddess. I agree with the Marilyn faery. Lol. How fun.

    Much love to you both. Your wedding cake looks incredible as well

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    • Thank you so much, Dawn! LOL, the wedding cake was so good I needed to discipline myself to freeze some for later. Triple chocolate madness, because a crumbly cake required a ganache as well as the chocolate honey chestnut filling. Much love!

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  7. That’s fantastic!!!

    May you always have walls for the winds,
    a roof for rain and tea beside the fire,
    laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
    and all that both your hearts might desire. – Irish Wedding Blessing

    Congratulations Laura and David!

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  8. Congrats and my heartfelt wishes for you two !

    Wünsche zum Jahreswechsel – Wishes for the Change of Years
    Posted on 23 December, 2016 by contramimi

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    Was ich mir zum Jahreswechsel in den letzten Tagen des Jahres 2016 wünsche :

    Ich wünsche allen Menschrn ob Christ oder nicht eine beseeligende Zeit voller Sinngebung für jedes einzelne Leben viel Nachdenken und eigene Wahrheit erfassend,

    Toleranz gegenüber Allen Anderen und nicht zuletzt Harmonie mit unserem liebevollen Schöpfer und dem Universum und Frieden wie im Himmel und auf Erden!

    Gehen wir alle weiter zu einem friedvollen Miteinander aller Königreiche !

    Lernen wir weiter die bedingungslose Liebe mehr und mehr zu sein !

    What I am wishing for the changing of years for the last days of 2016

    For all mankind wether Christian or not – I am wishing a soulful time full of sensegiving for each single life and toughts of all there is gaining to grasp full own truth !

    Tolerance against all others and not at last nor least harmony with our loving Creator and the Universe and Peace in Heaven and on Earth !

    Come all on and let´s go to a peaceful Together of all Kingdoms !

    Let´s learn to become the being of conditionless Love !

    Contramary/Contramimi

    December 23, 2016

    Shortlink : http://wp.me/p2wHrN-6CH

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  9. Posted by Tracy Kruse on December 23, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Beautiful and meaningful and filled with majik. A day to always remember! Blessed Be!

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  10. Oh, Laura! What a happy surprise to read that you and David tied the knot, and a Celtic one at that! Love the wreath you wore, love the dress with the faux white fur around your shoulders, and those shoes were the perfect sparkly magic to complete your outfit. As I looked at your outfit, I actually saw you as a true shimmering and floating faerie in your own right. Your outfIt was perfect, as was the timing of your and David’s union. And James’ Irish Wedding Prayer completed it all. Thank you, James.

    Such a wonderful wonderful and delightful surprise! And I have a feeling there are more surprises in store in 2017.

    May God bless and keep thee and David now and for forever more,

    Sky

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  11. How exciting! So many blessings for you both, and for all who are touched by your spark of magick. So much love! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  12. Posted by Mitch on December 23, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    This just in from Goshen’s Faery tabloids “Marylin Faery ties the Celtic knot with Goshen’s most handsome Elf” hehehe So much love and magickal blessings to you and David ❤️

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  13. Posted by Nikkoale on December 23, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Congratulations and blessed wishes for you and David, Laura! So very, very happy for you! Love to you both, my beautiful friend! >3

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  14. Posted by Lisa E-Bridgewater on December 23, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Many many happy congratulations To both you and David. I know you will have a life of joy and love. Everything is in divine order and it sounds like it was just the way you wanted. Cheers!

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  15. Posted by Cnawan Fahey on December 23, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Laura & David, Congratulations!!! This is all so sweet and so beautiful. So happy for you both. Blessings, blessings, blessings! Cnawan

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  16. Perfection!!! Blessed be! ♥

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  17. Blessed be indeed. Huge congratulations to you both from Scotland xx

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  18. Posted by zigeunerseele on December 24, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Amazing!! Infinite blessings to both you and David. Thought sth was up when you went offline lol. Fantastic dress! Magickal best wishes from the old English Isle, Anika xoxo

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  19. Posted by Marge Binder on December 24, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Congratulations to the two of you! My blessing to you for many years of loving and growing together :-). I should have known that your declarations of never having a wedding would be more subtle, complex and……magical:-). All the best!

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  20. Posted by Linette on December 27, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Crying from the photos! Everything was just so beautiful, from the timing to the flowers. And you, my sweet friend, were absolutely radiant ❤ Congratulations to you and David…and so much love to you both!

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  21. Posted by Cheryl on December 28, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Congratulations & many blessings for you & David. So happy to hear this news!
    XOXO
    Cheryl

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  22. What wonderful news Laura, our heartfelt congratulations to you and David!

    Thank you for sharing this most magickal of wedding collaborations with the faery realm.

    Blessings always, all ways!

    Love, Sri, Ron, and Michi Cat

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  23. BLESS BLESS BLESS – LOVE ALWAYS ❤️

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  24. Blessed Be~!
    (…and a Merry Meet it was!)
    Congratulations, Laura & David!

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  25. […] influences. In my own life, I’ve continued tying up loose ends since December 19th, including “tying the Celtic Knot on Yule,” which David and I consciously chose for both the return to light aspect and for the sense of […]

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  26. […] influences. In my own life, I’ve continued tying up loose ends since December 19th, including “tying the Celtic Knot on Yule,” which David and I consciously chose for both the return to light aspect and for the sense of […]

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  27. […] I said I’d share some of the pre-marriage photos David’s co-workers gifted us before “We Tied the Celtic Knot on Yule.” Today seems like a good day to post this one. Happy Valentine’s Day from the newlyweds at […]

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  28. […] that time apart. After nearly 8 years of living together, the past few months felt like dating! As newlyweds, we didn’t need a relationship recharge, but we got one anyway, appreciating each other more […]

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  29. Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:

    Happy Winter or Summer Solstice, depending on your location! I cannot believe it’s been a glorious, action packed, enormously transformative YEAR since David and I tied the Celtic Knot on Yule. We’ll spend this day celebrating our shifts, eating a piece of last year’s Yule Loge wedding cake, visiting some favorite spots in Michigan, and continuing to envision and enact next year’s journey.

    We are also taking some time to honor our vast friend, Tim, as he had planned a mysterious Yule celebration for himself before his sudden passing. Or perhaps in eerie anticipation of that passing?! He was most mysterious about the ceremony, but had requested today and tomorrow off work and indicated to us the ceremony’s importance to him.

    The past 72 hours have brought such a Celtic knot of synchronicities, memories, dreams, owls and aha moments that I now consider Tim’s passing to be what Aristotle defined as a good ending: “inevitable but unexpected.” I will post less private details sometime, but for today, David and I celebrate one year of marriage, our major life change of moving to Kalamazoo at Summer Solstice, and the friend who was so intertwined with that evolving process.

    For us, Yule always reveals itself as pivotal. Solstice = Sol (Sun) still (for three days). May you find the magic in the moment.

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  30. “If I get married, I want to be very married.”
    ― Audrey Hepburn

    Congratulations!

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  31. So happy for you guys

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