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Love Has Not Been Canceled

The pandemic may have put a stop to big weddings, but plenty of local couples are still getting hitched at City Hall. One morning in September, we captured the big day for 10 of them.

When City Hall reopened July 6, after a nearly four-month coronavirus hiatus, interest in having weddings there boomed, as couples looked for a viable option. “There was a huge influx — easily 75 phone calls a day,” says marriage court clerk Michele Roberts. A City Hall ceremony used to be like going to the DMV: Wait in a crowded room, then approach a civil servant hoping you have all the right documents. Things operate differently now. Hours are limited (down to four hours a day Monday through Friday and two hours Saturday morning), appointments are required, guest lists max at two, and social-distancing and mask rules apply, though your judge might let you take off your face covering just long enough to kiss. One particular Saturday — September 26 — 18 couples tied the knot at City Hall. Here are 10 of their stories.

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