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Valentine's Day special: dozens show up for free weddings in Vancouver

Not only was love in the air, it was a public affair as dozens showed up Saturday to take advantage of the free weddings being offered by a local company.

Couples say they did it for fun and romance and in the spirit of Valentine's Day

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      Not only was love in the air, but it was a public affair as dozens showed up Saturday to take advantage of the free weddings being offered by a local company.

      A wedding planning company called, Young, Hip and Married provided a complimentary commissioner and for two hours in the afternoon on Valentine's Day all couples had to do was show up at Robson Square with a marriage licence.

      Not only did dozens show up, they were so many, they had to line up to get their chance.

      Newlyweds Arielle Moscovitch and Michael Wolfe said it was their maid of honour who proposed the idea.

      "I already had my dress and wouldn’t have to wait until the summer and get all nervous," said Moscovitch. "It was a fun, spontaneous thing to do."

      Moscovictch says they're still going to have a big wedding at the end of August, but this way, "we can skip the legal part and just have the party."

      Lori Ewen and Bob Laing have been together 17 years and thought finally getting married would be a great and memorable way to celebrate Valentine's Day.

      "This was great. This was not embarrassing," she said laughing. "I think it would have been more more embarrassing in front of our friends and more pressure. This was so easy and fast."

      And the couples weren't alone. The public weddings in downtown Vancouver's Robson Square attracted quite a crowd, many of whom took their own pictures of the spectacle.

      The day isn't over either. Tonight the newlyweds are going skating. Robson Square has an ice rink and the wedding planners have arranged for a romantic night time skate.


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