During the couple’s ceremony they included a very sentimental sand ceremony. The bride’s Godfather brought sand from Africa for the base of the vase. Nick’s mother carried a small vase of sand captured from a beach in North Carolina, where he was born and raised. Ayanna’s mother carried sand from a beach in California, her home state. The mothers presented the sand to the couple, who then added it to the larger vase. What a sentimental way to symbolically blend two families.