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Elopements in Salt Lake

With COVID restrictions still in place (to some degree), many couples are at a loss for how to married in Salt Lake, where to get the paperwork, and who can perform their wedding ceremony. While large weddings are a reality, elopements are a legitimate option that a lot of people in Salt Lake need, but resources in the space are surprisingly scarce. That's why I'm here though. I had two separate requests this weekend for quick ceremonies, and I was able to officiate both. The first turned into a wedding ceremony in the conference room at the Groom's workplace, with their two infant children, as well as a mother and a brother to serve as witnesses. The wedding ceremony itself took less than a minute, but there are parts of a process that need to take place to satisfy the legalities (marriage license, two witnesses, and a bunch of signatures). The second elopement was at Liberty Park, the small gazebo near the lake. We crashed it (supposed to reserve), had a 5-minute wedding ceremony, cried a little, and formalized the commitments. Beautiful little exchange actually, and as a non-denominational minister, justice of the peace, and wedding officiant, I witness surprisingly beautiful moments at the least expected times. Friday at Liberty Park in the middle of the day, the Bride and Groom shared a real moment in front of two witnesses, the ducks in the pond, all while Unified Fire and Police were removing a vagrant from the island in the lake where he was illegally setting down roots. Just another day in the life.

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