The bride dressed in a long red dress and the groom in a red shirt, Airika Mendoza and Gregorio Celestino Jr. were wed on Valentine's Day.
"We were planning on getting married, but because of Valentine's Day this was a spur of the moment," Gregorio said.
In a short 10-minute ceremony, Justice of Peace Juan Rodriguez Jr. officiated the wedding in his office at the courthouse basement.
With about 15 family members, the couple officially tied the knot and became Mr. and Mrs. Gregorio Celestino Jr.
During the reciting of the vows, the bride was a little nervous, but everything went smoothly as Judge Rodriguez made them feel more comfortable.
"Yes, I was nervous," Airika said.
Rodriguez married two couples on Valentine's Day and said in the past he has married up to about seven on the special day.
According to Wikipedia, Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
Several martyrdom stories associated with the various Valentines that were connected to February 14 were added to later martyrologies, including a popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome which indicated he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell.
The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart."
"The day of Valentine encourages couples to marry," Rodriguez said. "One good thing is they can't forget their anniversary date."