“And they all lived happily ever after!” The happy fairy tales of childhood all end this way. May this blessing be bestowed on the couples wed on Valentine’s Day in Madera. Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, 19 couples took their vows in the wedding chapel at the Madera County clerk’s office.
Scheduled every half hour between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. the ceremonies were officiated by deputy marriage commissioners from the Madera County Clerk Recorder’s office. Justin White, Jose Gonzalez, Pearl Carlotto and Catherine Martinez took turns performing the nuptials throughout the day.
A $50 marriage license and $25 ceremony fee were paid by each couple. The minimum age to wed is 18 and a photo ID is required. Minors are required to have a judge’s signed order to marry. All applicants sign an affidavit attesting to their unwed status. They are required to bring one or two witnesses to stand up with them and sign the marriage license following the ceremony.
Lupe and Alberto Flores, both 26, graduated from Madera High School in 2005, have been together eight years and have a 5-year-old son Lennie and 3-year-old daughter Ariana Rose. The groom works for Carris Reels and the bride is a hairstylist at Fashion Hair. They were introduced by the bride’s niece at a family party. Jose Gonzalez performed their ceremony...