A Valentine's Day marriage marathon was held Thursday in Mystic.
Connecticut Justice of the Peace Mary Tyler Wiley performed free wedding ceremonies for couples at the Meeting House at Olde Mystic Village on a first-come, first-served basis.
"Early on, I had charged people once or twice on Valentine's Day and I didn't feel right doing it," she said. "So I thought give it up and just do it for free. And it's a nice way to say thank you to the world."
Wiley performed individual ceremonies for anyone who has an official wedding license from the Town of Stonington. By noon, she had already conducted more than six.
"Nowadays the wedding industry is so expensive and this way they can take advantage of a free wedding," she said. "And get married by someone who really loves marrying them, which I do."
This is the fifth year that Wiley has performed the marathon of weddings on Valentine's Day and she has married dozens of happy couples each year.
Carlos and Dianne Hernandez heard about the offer at the clerk's office in Stonington Thursday and drove right on over.
"We wanted to get married on Valentine's Day, so here we are," said Dianne Hernandez. "I'm just happy and excited and saying it's about time."
"It's a day for love, so valentines is very special," said Carlos Hernandez. "So we needed a special date for the wedding so today was perfect.
The free wedding ceremonies are expected to resume next year.
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