Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:14 PM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Feb 14, 2013 6:57 PM
NUECES COUNTY -- The Nueces County Justice of the Peace courtrooms usually hear a variety of cases each day.
But today, they spent their time meeting couples and marrying them, instead.
"This is one of the busiest courtrooms, JP1-1," JP Joe Benavides said.
His days are usually packed with a variety of cases. "Small claims, FTAs, failure to appear, the truancy, quite a few cases," Benavides said. But, not today.
That's because the chief clerk is spending the day providing the music on the piano, the court clerks decorated the courtroom with heart shaped balloons and flowers and the judge will marry a couple dozen couples.
Monica and Ronald say after 6 years together, they decided its time to tie the knot, and on what better day?
"We just wanted to demonstrate our love, what more special way on Valentines Day," Michelle Tyron told us.
In the courtroom next door, another couple also decided to marry after two years together. Irene and Christian say with a baby on the way in June, Valentines Day was the perfect day to marry.
"We just wanted to be married before she comes, be officially a family, whenever she comes, and its Valentines Day," the couple explained.
Both judges say weddings are all they'll handle today and it's a nice break from the norm.
"I will marry them, and hopefully it will last for a lifetime," Benavides said.
Benavides says he just has these words of advice for the couples he marries today, "don't come back!"
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