It is not often that you see a couple that “makes it” for twenty-five years.  Nowadays that is nearly unheard of.  People give up when the going gets tough and never get to experience the numerous phases that come with being with someone for decades.  The good, the bad, and the ugly no doubt, but in some cases it can be quite a magical thing.

I was invited to witness this last weekend.  Not only has the couple been together twenty-five years, they were renewing their wedding vows as well!  I had to go!  I could not miss out on seeing this with my own eyes.

I met Dan and Robin Carroll last year at Dragon*Con in Atlanta.  Both working there, I quickly became friends with them and told them Rob, myself, and The Backstage Beat would help promote anything they were involved in.  They were just good people, the kind of people you want to do things for.

I was so honored when they invited me to come out and witness this memorable day for them and their friends.

I should mention that their vows were being done at The Mid Winter SteamPunk Festival at The Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates.   One definition I found of what “SteamPunk” is was this: “An imaginary Victorian age, that features brass and copper clockwork and steam powered inventions that go far beyond 1800’s technology.  Steam powered mechanical wonders, optimistic gear driven computers, dirigibles, clockwork firsts, and stuff like that”.  So that pretty much gives you an idea.

Check out these pix of the Steampunk favorite Karma Lingo!  . . . . from our very own Tom Dausner

Steampunk Boba Fett was there, presiding over the wedding vows.  I must say, he did a very good job.  I would hire him :)

Before the ceremony starting officially, there was a beautiful slide show to allow us all into the world of Dan and Robin Carroll.  It started with scenes of them as children, then progressed to early adulthood and when they met.  It was wonderful and somewhat humorous to see them when they were younger.  It took us through the birth of their three beautiful kids, their life they built together and at times it was very moving to watch.  As I sat there, I couldn’t help but think, did it go by this fast?  I thought about my life with my family and in that moment, I hoped my next fifteen years would not go as fast as that slide show did.  I was honored to be in the slide show also, what a great surprise and I am glad that they know that The Backstage Beat is their friend.

Dan and Robin looked at each other with pure love.  A love that only twenty-five years can make.  They recited their vows, Dan even getting choked up.  It was beautiful.  That is the only way to describe it.

Thank you to Dan and Robin Carroll for inviting me out.  Thank you for all the support of The Backstage Beat.  We look forward to this year ahead with you both and I hope I will be in the slide show in another twenty five years!

Best to you both!

Photos by none other than The Backstage Beat’s finest, Tom Dausner: