Dozens of couples marry on Valentine's Day at Milwaukee County Courthouse

Judges saw five times more couples than normal
Posted at 5:03 PM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 20:06:56-05

On any given day, the county clerk says about eight marriages take place at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. On Valentine's Day, judges volunteered their time to perform five times as many ceremonies.

Jessie Horenberger and Maria Hernandez thought Valentine's Day would be the perfect day to get married.

"It made sense, the day of love, might as well," Horenberger said.

The couple met at work and dated for almost four years before one day deciding they should get married. They said getting married on Valentine's Day meant having a very easy anniversary to remember.

'"I got emotional, I just became a meltdown," Hernandez said.

They are among more than 40 couples who chose to get married at the courthouse on Valentine's Day.

Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson says judges and commissioners volunteer their time to perform the ceremonies, and court staff decorates the courtroom.

"I think it is nice, it's a good way to do it at a very economical fashion," Christenson said. "It's only $100 to get married at the courthouse, where if you did it somewhere else it'd be of course a lot more."

"It's extremely special, all the people that love us are with us," Horenberger said. "That's what it's about, support and love."

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