Courthouse bells served as wedding bells at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse Monday, as more than a dozen couples lined up outside before the doors even opened at 10am.
Couples like Brett Price and Janeka Jackson were there to exchange marital vows on Valentine’s Day. For them, the decision to come down Monday was easy.
“Because we love each other.” Said Mr. Price “And it’s Valentine’s Day , it's his birthday and we love each other and he’s my soul mate.” Added the future Mrs. Price.
The city offered free wedding ceremonies to those who were lucky in love. The couples did need to have a valid marriage license before the fourteenth.
Judges also performed vow renewal ceremonies for husband and wives looking to rekindle romance like the Nyes, who got married Valentine’s Day, 2006.
“Well, we thought it would be nice. It’s our fifth anniversary,” said Pamela Nye.
“I’m Ashley Folds now, and I’m Matthew Folds.”
The Folds have been together for five years now and decided to make it official on Monday.
“It’s Valentine’s Day. A good way to celebrate your love.”
After the ceremony, the Folds had little time to celebrate. Both are both students at Georgia State University.
“We have to go to school! Then afterwards, we’ll have a fondue night at the house," said Mrs. Folds.
But the newlyweds say they will have a big family celebration in Aruba this summer.
“Big poofy white dress on the beach!” said Mrs. Folds excitedly. “With all the family and friends,” added Mr. Folds.