12/13/2012 6:01:00 AM Couple makes it official at 12:12 on 12/12/12
Courtney Castineau and Elizabeth Remler kept it simple as they joined those getting married on Wednesday.
Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa Miner Staff Reporter
Wedding bells were ringing for couples around the world Wednesday in celebration of an historic date: 12/12/12.
While some couples around the world held extravagant parties, Elizabeth Remler and Courtney Castineau in Kingman kept it simple, short and sweet and got married at exactly 12:12 p.m. Wednesday at the Historic Route 66 Swap Meet on Thompson Road.
"It only happens once a century and it was easy for everyone to remember," Remler said. "We might have picked another day, but there have been so many times where we nearly lost each other. We just wanted to make this right in the eyes of the Lord."
The young couple met more than seven years ago at a party at a friend's house and have supported each other through numerous hard times, including several life-threatening medical episodes.
It was Remler's last visit to the hospital that finally cinched the idea to get married in Castineau's mind.
"Elizabeth, I know I told you several years ago that one day I would marry you," he said as she wiped away tears during the wedding ceremony.
"That day, when you came home from the hospital after I almost lost you, I had to throw myself on my knees and ask."
Janice Palmer, a close family friend who served as one of Remler's bridesmaids, said, "I've never known a couple that was more in love with each other."
Because of expected demand for the 12/12/12 date, Clark County reportedly opened its clerk's office in Laughlin.
The Mohave County Superior Court clerks at the Kingman office said they received two requests for marriage licenses.
According to the Associated Press, the $800 million wedding industry in Las Vegas used the date to boost its quick and quirky marriage ceremony business and mass weddings were held in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia Wednesday.
The Las Vegas wedding machine has not been a cash cow of late, with increased competition from other destinations - including New York, New Orleans, Hawaii and Mexico - getting some of the blame.
While the 12/12/12 date is the last of the "same date" combos for this century, the focus next year will be on a consecutive date - Nov. 12, 2013, or 11/12/13.
Triple digit wedding dates have become a lifeline for struggling chapels, said Joni Moss, a longtime Las Vegas wedding planner and founder of the Nevada Wedding Association.