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.


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”:


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:


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:


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!


57 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,

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  2. Thank you, Mia! Love and a wonderful new year to you, too!


  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Thank you, Diana! Much love and wonderful blessings to you, too!

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

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

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  8. Well, Happy Anniversary, Sophia! So funny, I was just thinking of you and Craig the other day. I guess that’s why. Love and blessings to you both, too!


  9. 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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  10. Hehe, thank you, Sweet T! And thanks to all of you for the lovely gifts and virtual/psychic “being there” quite literally in spirit. LOL! And the Sync Train goes choo choo again! ❤ Love you all

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  11. Thank you, Seattle72! 💙💙💙


  12. 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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  13. you’re welcome!! chug-a-chug-a-choo-choo!! ❤ weeeeeeeeeeee!

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  14. 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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  15. 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 !


    December 23, 2016

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

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  16. Oh, thank you so much, James! An Irish Wedding Blessing was the only thing missing, and now we have it! ❤

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  17. Thank you Contramary/Contramimi. David speaks fluent German, so I’ll have him read the original. 🙂 Love to you and yours


  18. 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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  19. 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,


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  20. Thank you so much, Tracy! Blessed Be ❤


  21. Thank you so much, Sky, for your prayers and comments. I did feel like a faery. 🙂 Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a healthy, happy new year.


  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Thank you, Denise! So good to hear from you. Wishing you and Dana lots of love and holiday blessings. ❤


  25. LOL! Thanks, Mitch, and it is a little known fact that he Represents the Gnomes! 😉 Big love right back to you! ❤


  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. Perfection!!! Blessed be! ♥

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

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  31. 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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  32. Thanks so much, Nikkoale! Love and blessings to you and the magical beings on and in your Land. ❤


  33. Thank you, Cnawan! Big hugs and blessings. I trust you had a meaningful turn of the Wheel on Solstice. ❤

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  34. Thanks and Blessed Be, My Little Urban Homestead! ❤

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  35. Ohhh, thank you, Susie! Always happy to receive blessings from Scotland. Big hugs!


  36. Thank you, Anika! We are feeling the magick here. Big hugs, blessings and appreciation to you on the old English Isle. xoxo


  37. Oops! Mitch, I replied to Denise instead of your comment. Hopefully you got the thanks! ❤


  38. Posted by Cnawan Fahey on December 24, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you, Laura! I did – I led the solstice ritual and 100 year anniversary of the building of the metaphysical church that I attend. It was quite beautiful. Merry Christmas! Spend lots of time under the mistletoe!

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  39. Oh, wonderful! I had a feeling you were up to something special. Hehe, yes, with the mistletoe. It’s funny, because we really have lived together for over six years, but it does feel different, lighter and excitingly fresh as newlyweds. 🙂

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  40. Posted by Cnawan Fahey on December 24, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    That is so wonderful for you two. Enjoy!


  41. Lisa, so good to hear from you! Thank you for the congratulations and affirmations. Yes, it really does feel divinely ordained and just how we wanted and more. 🙂


  42. 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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  43. Thank you, Marge! Well, yes, I do like a bit of magic. 🙂 OK, more than a bit! Thank you for the blessings. Wishing you all the best, too.


  44. 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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  45. Thank you, sweet Linette! ❤ Much love and see you soon. ❤

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

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

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  47. Thank you so much, Cheryl! Hi and hugs from both of us. 🙂 xoxo


  48. 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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  49. Thank you so much, Sri Devi, Ron and Michi Cat! Wishing you all a wonder-full 2017 and lots of love



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  51. ❤️❤️❤️ Love to you and your family, too, Nalla!


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


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