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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 on 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 photograph of her and her new husband in an outdoor setting. “MARRIED ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”, she simply captioned the photo.
Sharing the same photo of the couple, Bernthal wrote in his own post: “After they both experienced loss, @sherylsandberg and I weren’t sure we would ever find love again. Over the past three years, we’ve merged our lives and blended together. .Our wedding today was a dream come true.”
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The 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 sons – all serving as members of the bridal party.
Bernthal tells PEOPLE that “it’s our marriage like the seven of us”.
“We keep saying, ‘Let’s all get married,'” adds Sandberg.
Meanwhile, Rob Goldberg, brother of Sandberg’s late husband Dave, was the co-official Option B author says it’s “as close to Dave’s blessing as possible”.
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The decision was also fitting as the happy couple started dating in 2019 after Rob introduced them.
Rob previously told PEOPLE that he knew that Bernthal, a close friend and former NBC News producer, was looking for “someone to build a life with” following his divorce.
“They both came out of hard times in their lives still happy and motivated to improve their lives and the lives of their children,” said Sandberg’s former brother-in-law.
In a sweet nod to his five children, when the couple got engaged in 2020, Bernthal popped the question with a ring with five tiny diamonds hidden beneath the setting.
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While Sandberg, who will step down as COO of Meta (formerly Facebook) in the fall, previously said he “could hardly imagine dating again, let alone getting married” following the death of her late husband, her brother Rob “had a different idea.” .”
“He just knew I had to meet him,” she wrote in a love letter to Bernthal published by good housekeeping in 2021. “When I first shook your hand, I had no idea that you would be the one to change my life.”
“Together, we found a new way forward, full of gratitude and optimism,” he added.
In lieu of gifts, the couple asked guests to donate to VOW and CARE to fund anti-child marriage programs and poverty alleviation efforts.
Sandberg acknowledges that even though “we chose to get married”, thousands around the world are still forced to marry as children. “We’re making donations,” she says, “but also inviting our guests to celebrate with us and try to end child marriage.”
So far, the duo has raised $1 million for VOW and $10 million for CARE, Sandberg told PEOPLE.