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Sheryl Sandberg and Tom Bernthal are married!
The business executive and philanthropist, 52, married Bernthal, 50, founder and former CEO of Kelton Global, on Saturday in Wyoming.
The couple, who share a love of country music and got engaged at a ranch, incorporated a number of western touches into the ceremony, including the groom’s outfit of cowboy boots and jeans.
In an Instagram post, Sandberg shared a photo of herself and her new husband outdoors. “MARRIED ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️,” she simply captioned the shot.
Sharing the same photo of the couple, Bernthal wrote with his own post: “After both experiencing loss, @sherylsandberg and I weren’t sure we’d ever find love again. Over the past three years, we’ve put our lives together and we blended our families. Our wedding today was a dream come true.”
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Family played a major role in the ceremony, with the couple’s five children — Sandberg has a son and a daughter, while Bernthal has three children — all in the bridal party.
Bernthal tells PEOPLE that “it’s our wedding of seven.”
We keep saying, ‘We’re all getting married,'” adds Sandberg.
Meanwhile, Rob Goldberg, the brother of Sandberg’s late husband Dave, was their chaperone. Option B The author says it’s “as close to Dave’s blessing as you can get.”
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The decision was also fitting as the happy couple began dating in 2019 after being introduced by Rob.
Rob previously told PEOPLE that he knew Bernthal, a close friend and former NBC News producer, was looking for “someone to build a life with” after his divorce.
“They both came out of difficult times in their lives still happy and motivated to make their lives better and their children’s lives better,” Sandberg’s former brother-in-law said.
In a sweet nod to their five children, when the couple got engaged in 2020, Bernthal popped the question with a ring with five tiny diamonds hidden under the backdrop.
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Although Sandberg, who will step down as COO of Meta (formerly Facebook) in the fall, previously said she “couldn’t imagine dating again, let alone getting married” after the death of her late husband, his brother Rob “had a different idea.”
“She just knew I had to meet you,” she wrote in a love letter to Bernthal that she published Good cleanliness in 2021. “When I shook your hand for the first time, I had no idea that you would be the one to change my life.”
“Together, we have found a new path forward, one filled with so much gratitude and optimism,” he added.
In lieu of gifts, the couple asked guests to donate to VOW and CARE to fund programs against child marriage and poverty alleviation efforts.
Sandberg acknowledges that while we “choose to marry,” thousands around the world are still forced into marriage as children. “We donate ourselves,” she says, “but we also invite our guests to celebrate with us and try to end child marriage.”
So far, the couple has raised $1 million for VOW and $10 million for CARE, Sandberg tells PEOPLE.