A single vow: 'Sacred serenity to absolute joy'

Lahdan Saeed and Kelsey Heidarian
Lahdan Saeed married Kelsey Heidarian in a simple, Baha'i ceremony at Red Butte Gardens. (Ryan Galbraith/The Salt Lake Tribune)
Promises to each other and to God are the focus of a Bahai wedding in lush Red Butte Garden

On a balmy June evening, Lahdan Saeed and Kelsey Heidarian strolled arm in arm through a meadow of dame's rockets, dianthus, sage, oregano, chamomile, yarrow, catmint, ornamental onion and thyme at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City to the strains of Pachelbel's evocative Canon.

At the end of the path, they stepped onto a Persian carpet spread before them, while the lively and colorful crowd of friends and family watched in awed silence.

No bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls or parents went before them. No father of the bride handed her off to her future mate. No white-collared clergy waited at an altar to marry the couple.

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