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Couples invited to tie the knot on Valentine's Day

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is a popular venue for weddings, and couples are invited to tie the knot at this historic location on Valentine's Day.

Gwinnett County Magistrate Court judges will again perform Valentine's Day marriage ceremonies and oversee the renewal of vows for couples who want to make Feb. 14 a memorable occasion. Officials, including a judge who speaks Spanish, will offer their services, free of charge, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the former Justice of the Peace Office, room 103, in the historic courthouse.

Chief Magistrate George Hutchinson said the annual event is one he looks forward to every year.

"The Valentine's Day weddings are a tradition in Magistrate Court," he said. "Whether it's Valentine's Day or any other day I perform the wedding ceremony, it always strikes me what a privilege it is to be part of helping two people pledge to care for each other for the rest of their lives."

Couples who wish to be married Saturday must obtain a valid marriage license and provide the license before a ceremony can take place. Marriage licenses can be obtained through the Gwinnett Probate Court on the first floor of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on additional requirements to obtain a marriage license, call 770-822-8265.

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· What: Valentine's Day marriage ceremonies and vow renewals

· When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

· Where: Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville, room 103

· Cost: Free

· For more information: Call 770-822-8100