Marriage Desk Clerk D told me there is a decrease in the number of in house weddings. We are doing way less than usual. D’s theory is people are waiting for Valentine’s Day to marry. She is afraid we will have huge crowds on the 14th. Not only is it the “most romantic” day of the year, this year it falls the day after a Federal holiday. We always have crowds after a holiday, and now it is a double whammy. I will report back next week.
This week was slow the two days I was at the county building. I only had a total of six weddings for those two days.
One couple was older, he was born in 1942 and she was born in 1949. He wore a gorgeous black suit and she wore a brown wrap dress. But it was all about her jewelry. She had a huge huge marquis cut diamond engagement ring. Huge, it was at least 2 carats. Her necklace was very unusual. It was a three strand pearl necklace of Tahitian pearls and creamy pearls. The unusual part: the right side of the necklace was Tahitian pearls and the left side the creamy pearls. Not sure I liked it, but it was striking.
Another couple were just 20 years old. Her mother was their witness. Mom was a nervous wreck, visibly shaking. She was trying to take pictures and was shaking so hard most of them were blurry. I restaged the ceremony and took some pictures for them.
One couple was from Nigeria. The bride had the giggles throughout the ceremony. What set her off was the eagerness of the groom. As soon as I started the ceremony, he started to put the ring on her finger. I stopped him and said I would let him know when the ring ceremony happens. He was so happy and so excited. When I pronounced them married he went crazy. He yelled, he grabbed her and did a big dip kiss. He picked her up and swung her around. That was impressive, he was over 6 feet tall, and she was nearly as tall. He lifted her as if she were a tiny little girl. He was one happy guy. The bride just kept laughing.
I do love doing weddings.