It was an informal ceremony, though the bride and groom were dressed up for the occasion. Everyone else — including our Justice of the Peace, Mike Cherim — was told to stand down in terms of dressing up. Casual was the order of the day. (Mike still wore a button-down shirt — can’t be a total bum.)
There was one anomaly as it concerned the paperwork. The town hall in Lincoln NH issued the license, but they didn’t sign it! They didn’t have the bride and groom sign it, ether. Thankfully we had the couple take care of that part on the spot. Mike wasn’t sure what to do. A valid marriage license is required to perform the ceremony. And the couple had one, it just wasn’t signed — making it invalid? He just wasn’t sure. This was a first, to be certain. Everyone was there, the couple dressed, their intention crystal clear, so Mike decided to go on with it as planned. Pfft, let the Lincoln town hall deal with it on Monday (he did call and leave a message, but they were closed).
Congratulations to Michelle and Joseph, the ceremony counts in our eyes! Let’s hope Lincoln agrees. 🤞