Dozens of Travis County couples wed at courthouse on Valentine's Day

 On a holiday created to celebrate love, about 50 Travis County couples made a lifelong commitment.

Some couples said they waited a long time for the perfect day.

"Well, I saw Valentine's Day was on a Saturday this year and I said, 'Why not,'" said Tiana Lewis who married her fiancé of four years Saturday.
 
Other couples hurried to the alter ahead of a deadline.

"My fiancé is actually joining the Air Force," said Rae Cover who rushed to get their marriage license in time for the holiday.

"We don't have much time left and we figured it all came together so perfectly. I don't know, it seems like it was meant to be," said Cover.

Retired Judge Jan Breland started the Valentine's Day wedding tradition at the courthouse 26 years ago. Breland told a friend how much she would earn from all the wedding requests she had and he made a suggestion.

"He said, 'Breland, don't do that. Do them free and people will love you forever.' And he was right," Breland explained.

Four years ago, Breland's husband Judge John Lipscomb joined in on the ceremonies.

"What I usually do, one side or the other is not necessarily happy. Here everybody is and that makes it wonderful and doing it with my wife Jan makes it even better," said Lipscomb.  

The list of couples who want to tie the knot on February 14th grows every year. This year the judges performed 22 individual ceremonies and one group ceremony with 25 couples.

Lipscomb and Breland said the holiday tradition has stolen their hearts.

"I love looking in their eyes because you can see the sparkle there," said Lipscomb.

"I guess we're going to do it here for a long time to come," Breland said.


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