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Valentine's Day walk-in weddings

Valentine's Day walk-in weddings

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Love was in the air at a Youngstown church on this Valentine's Day.  More than 10 couples walked in and tied the knot on a first-come, first-served basis.

With the candles lit, one last adjustment to the groom's bow tie and their families by their side, Jonathan and Faydra Spikes were ready for a Valentine's Day they will always remember.

"It's the most romantic day of the year so we'll have Valentine's Day and our anniversary," said bride Faydra Spikes.
 
The Spikes had been planning to tie the knot on this holiday in full Valentine fashion before they even knew the Little Chapel of Friendly Bells at Trinity United Methodist Church was hosting walk-in weddings.

"We both always have enjoyed Valentine's Day so we kind of went a little away from the traditional, but it was still religous and elegant," the groom Jonathan Spikes said.

The pastors, who are husband and wife, had seen lines at the justice of the peace and churches in other communities on Feb. 14 so they decided to offer a religious ceremony in Youngstown.

The pastor said a little more than ten couples were planning to say "I do" by the end of the day. 

"We married one couple that had been divorced and realized they made a mistake and wanted to be back together and we had one couple here who are celebrating their 40th anniversary in December and they were  married here and they came to do a renewal of vows," Rev. Susan Brown, pastor at Canfield United Methodist Church, said.

Brown said there's a financial benefit too.  Couples who didn't think they could afford both a church wedding and all the other things that go with the wedding were able to today.

For the Spikes, it was the wedding of their dreams complete with photos to remember, celebratory bubbles and a limo ride.

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