As bride and groom, we were then allowed some quiet moments together in the celestial room (pictured above) while waiting for our family and friends to gather in one of the 12 sealing rooms where the marriage was to take place. Summer is a very popular time for weddings at the temple, and I'm sure there were many more marriages performed there that day. Once DH And I were brought into the room, the officiator took a few minutes to share some words of counsel and advice: remember to talk together and pray together every day, to avoid arguments and silences, and to return to the temple often. We then were invited to kneel together at the altar holding hands, and within a few minutes, we were pronounced husband and wife for time and for all eternity.
There was plenty of time for us to gather outside the temple to visit with our loved ones and to pose for photos such as the one below. This famous olive tree was over one hundred years old, and was a very popular photo spot. Unfortunately, the tree is no longer there: