Thirteen couples wed on Valentine's Day

February 15, 2002

Thirteen couples wed on Valentine's Day


Angela Dawn began to cry as she exchanged wedding vows with Travis Spoonire during a Thursday wedding ceremony at the Washington County Courthouse.


Her crying made Spoonire so nervous that he had trouble saying his vows. Spoonire paused before repeating some of the crucial words.

Dawn, 19, and Spoonire, 24, had not planned to be one of 13 couples who were married in the Washington County Courthouse on Valentine's Day.

They had planned to get married after Spoonire's next paycheck arrived, Dawn said. The check came Monday and they paid for their wedding license that same day, she said.


When they realized they had to wait two days before the could tie the knot, they decided to do it Thursday, Dawn said.

Some of the couples who were wed Thursday were dressed up, the men in suits, the women in dresses or skirts. Some were accompanied by camera-wielding friends or family members.

Each ceremony lasted less than 10 minutes.

Ray Hose, 60, said he was a little nervous while exchanging vows with Robin Hose, 47, formerly Robin Ashbrook.

"I got a little tongue-tied," Hose said.

Laughing, he admitted he accidentally pledged to obey his "awful wedded wife."

The couple decided to marry on Valentine's Day, she said, "for love. It is a special day."

Betty Blackwell, 55, of St. Albans, W.Va., and Hubert Slater Jr., 58, of Williamsport, decided to marry on Valentine's Day because, he said, "it is a romantic day."

It was Blackwell's third wedding, Slater's fourth. This will be the final wedding for both, she said.

"We got it right this time," she said.

Blackwell did not appear visibly nervous during the brief ceremony, but she said she was.

Slater had proof that was the case. Her hand shook as he held it during the ceremony, he said.

The couples had to wait briefly before being led down a courthouse hallway into space formerly used by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation's Hagerstown office. Couples exchanged vows in one of the offices.

Tricia Coulter, a deputy court clerk, performed some of the ceremonies.

"Sometimes it is fun," she said. "Sometimes it is sad when they cry."

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