Tying the Knot on 12/12/12

Some couples say they planned for the date, while others say it was just a coincidence.

By Gordon Tokumatsu and Olga Spilewsky
|  Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012  |  Updated 8:39 PM PDT
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Tying the Knot on 12/12/12

One of thousands of weddings on 12-12-12 in Long Beach.

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From chapels to courthouses, many couples said “I do” Wednesday, when the calendar read 12/12/12.

“I’ll never forget this day, I’ll never forget this year,” said groom Javier Fournier, who was married in a Long Beach chapel.
At the Long Beach Wedding Center, there were 20 ceremonies planned non-stop until midnight.

“Usually, on the weekends, we do about three to four, at the most,” said Peter Otto, wedding officiate at Long Beach Wedding Center. “After 12, that’s it. It’s just another day.”

Couples recognize it’s a unique experience to tie the knot on the last triple date of the century. For some, it is symbolic. For others, it is superstitious. And then it was just a coincidence.

“We wanted to get married last week, and they gave us this date,” said bride Jeannette Maria Pomales, who was married at the Van Nuys courthouse Wednesday.

“I don’t buy into any of that stuff,” said Pomales’ groom, Michael Patrick Morse. “I make my own destiny.”

Bottom line: any wedding day is a special one, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, whether the numbers are in sequence or not.

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