Couples plan weddings on lucky 12-12-12
BY MICHAEL OVERALL World Staff Writer
Monday, December 10, 2012
12/10/12 at 7:43 AM
The first phone call came a couple of months ago, unusually early to schedule a courthouse wedding. But this was no ordinary date.
The couple wanted to get married Dec. 12.
"We're probably going to have a few more of those requests," District Judge Mark Barcus decided. "We might as well make an event out of it."
The Tulsa County Courthouse will host a special "wedding docket" at noon.
Get it? 12 o'clock on 12-12-12.
A date with this much alliteration won't come around again until Feb. 22, 2022 - 2-22-22.
"So it's going to be a while before we get to do something like this again," Barcus said.
At least 13 couples had signed up by the time Barcus announced the docket - one couple too many, really.
But the list seems likely to keep growing as the date approaches, so maybe the couples can sit in rows of 12 just to keep the theme going.
Rather than a mass wedding, each couple will approach the bench separately for a brief ceremony.
Usually, they would then be on their own for a reception. But just this once, Barcus will provide a cake for everyone.
"It will be a special day," the judge said, "something that everybody involved will remember."
Maria Delgado was going to get married anyway, of course.
A 25-year-old office manager, Delgado met 31-year-old construction worker Jose Antonio Hernandez-Loera at a friend's Thanksgiving party in 2009.
After dating for three years, they decided a few weeks ago to set a date.
"We're just ready to do it now," she said. "The date was not the important thing. But why not do it then?"
Dec. 12 offers one obvious advantage.
"It's impossible to forget," Delgado said. "We both have a lot of family birthdays and anniversaries to keep track of already.
"It's going to make this one easy."
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Maria Delgado and her fiance, Jose Antonio Hernandez-Loera, stand in their home in Broken Arrow on Friday. The couple will be married at 12 noon on 12-12-12 during a special court docket with Judge Mark Barcus. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World