Her usual job is to document the confessions of “guilty” and “innocent”, but on Valentine’s Day, the clerk of the Prince William County Court Jacqueline Smith took the oath of “I so” at the annual wedding event. “We started doing this because we don’t have many things to celebrate in the courthouse,” Smith said. By the end of the day, Smith had married 32 people.
Her usual job is to document her confessions as “guilty” or “innocent,” but on Valentine’s Day, the clerk of the Prince William County District Court, Jacqueline Smith, took the “I so” oath at the annual wedding event.
“We started doing it because we don’t have a lot of things to celebrate in the courthouse,” Smith said.
One by one the couples approached the altar at the Three Monkeys Pub and the Chophouse in the historic center of Manasas to take a life sentence love.
By the end of the day, Smith had married 32 people.
“Every time I have a wedding, I think about my wedding day, about how happy I was and how special it was. I see it in our couples, ”Smith said.
Orlando Pizarro and Karen Aguilar were among the couples to attend the ceremonies on Monday. They lived in a relationship for eight years and decided that this event was the perfect opportunity to make it official.
“It’s a new beginning,” Pizarro said.
For Stephanie and Kevin Aguilar after 10 years together they were happy to take part and say, “I am”.
“I feel great now; I just want to go outside and tell everyone that I am married, ”said Stephanie Aguilar.
The 146-year-old building where the restaurant is located can bring good luck to new couples. It used to be a church and no doubt many weddings took place here.
Karen Williams, one of the owners of the pub and Chophouse Three Monkeys, said it was the perfect way to bring back the community. The restaurant has also brought together 26 businesses in the area to donate gifts and even cakes to couples.
“One of the other owners keeps saying,‘ We’re just in love here, ’” Williams said.
Kobe and Audrey Manto from Woodbridge are originally from Ghana, so plan to have a more formal wedding there. They chose Monday’s event to say their vows to get a marriage license in Virginia.
“We were very excited and happy to see this day,” Audrey Manto said.
For Rocky and Nicholas Hagler of Woodbridge, they said there is no better day to get married.
“It was just great to have it on Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day,” Roccia Hagler said.
In addition to weddings, Smith said many couples used Monday’s event as an opportunity to renew their vows.