NORWALK — Heavy rain couldn’t put a damper on Valentine’s Day romance when the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder County Clerk (RR/CC) opened up same-day wedding ceremonies for happy couples eager to tie the knot.
Couples young and old alike piled into the Norwalk RR/CC office to say “I do” last Thursday during what has become an annual event over the last few years.
“People get married here every single day in our offices,” said Brenda Duran, spokesperson for the LA County RR/CC. “Obviously Valentine’s Day is a lot more popular just because it’s the most popular day of the year, so we tend to get a larger flow of people on Valentine’s Day getting married here.”
With no appointment needed and walk-ins gladly accepted, soon-to-be newlyweds needed only pay a $35 fee and provide a government issued ID to get hitched. They could also purchase their marriage license for an additional fee.
Other traditional wedding paraphernalia - such as tuxes, gowns, flowers, and even rings – were up to the couple’s discretion.
“We try to make it as convenient as possible for people… they can expect a really quick and easy process,” said Duran. “Flowers and Rings, that’s your personal taste.”
Donna and Miguel Rodriguez were one of the happy couples to take advantage of the opportunity, saying their vows in front of a small ensemble of loved ones. They have been together for four years.
“Prior to this, we tried getting married six times, both here in California and Las Vegas,” said Donna. “Finally, we came today where we were able to do it here in Norwalk. I still can’t believe it.”
“It’s beautiful,” added Miguel.
When asked what comes next for the happy couple, Donna simply replied, “A lot of surprises.”
Photos by Alex Dominguez