The "Love Judge" Weds Six Couples on Valentine's Day
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on February 14, 2013 @ 7:58PM
Created on February 14, 2013 @ 5:45PM
For some couples, Valentine's Days is full of flowers, chocolates, and balloons. But for six couples in Clarksburg, it meant saying 'I do'. The 11th annual mass wedding was held at noon for the love birds to tie the knot.
"It started out small like most things. On Valentine's Day, we had a few people ask to come to the courthouse to get married, and then it got so large we dedicated the whole day, and then we decided to try to marry a whole bunch at the same time," said Judge Tom Bedell, the "love" judge.
For the couples, tying the know makes the holiday even more special.
"We were actually planning a wedding, but a bunch of stuff happened that made us delay it, so we were expecting to get married soon anyway, let's do it now," said newlywed, Cecilia Headley, who was joined by her new husband, Levi.
The mass wedding in Clarksburg is the only one in the state, and one of only a few nation-wide. The judge said he loves to officiate such a happy occasion.
"This is my favorite day of the year as judge. Certainly, this is the one day everybody, hopefully, is joyful, and has a good day," said Judge Bedell. "They're all special. Everybody's unique and we try to make it fun for everybody."
On this Valentine's Day, those six couples got to make their love official for a lifetime.
"I'm so happy we're finally getting it done. I'm ecstatic I'm finally his wife," said Handley.
All of the couples were joined by their friends and families. They all enjoyed cake after the ceremony.
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